Casa Colombiana on Leeds’ Grand Arcade may rightfully call itself the home of pure Colombian coffee, but it’s so much more than that. Serving up some of the best Colombian specialties in Leeds, this restaurant has the freshest coffee and the most authentic South American cuisine this side of the Atlantic. With its laid-back, informal atmosphere and friendly staff, it’s the type of place that you can visit for any occasion, whether it’s for coffee, lunch or dinner.
Coffee lovers have known about Casa Colombiana for a while now, but many aren’t aware of its recent conversion into a full-service restaurant. A small, cosy eatery, this restaurant has a relaxed feeling that, despite its rather tight quarters, takes guests far away from their actual location in Leeds city centre to somewhere sunny, bright, and laid-back. With a staff that treats guests as if they’re family, there’s just something special about Casa Colombiana that one simply needs to experience to understand.
Melding beautifully with the wafting scent of coffee throughout the dining area are the smells of home-made, authentic, and skilfully-prepared Colombian cuisine. Enjoy starters like empanadas de queso or papas fritas before moving on to a tempting list of hearty mains. From vegetarian specialties like the arroz con vegetales (rice with vegetables) or the ensalada de granos (mixed bean salad) to meaty classics like chili con carne, the entrees at Casa Colombiana contain all the flavour and freshness you would expect from a Colombian kitchen, with reasonable prices and served with a smile. Conveniently located on Leeds’ Grand Arcade in the city centre, there’s no excuse not to visit this local favourite.
Really nice food and the staff have good chat. Caiparinha is worth trying too. The barbecued chicken (I think its pincho de pollo but might be a different one) was amazing and so was the llapingacho.
Great food & a lovely warm welcome and service . Lovely Columbian food with good prices and we were guided with our choices which didn't disappoint !
Great city centre restaurant with a family run feel. Owner took time to tell us all about the place. Authentic feel and lovely food with big portions.
Had a lovely meal here. As I was going to the theatre had the pre theatre deal which was good value for money. The service was very good and the staff very friendly.
What a find! Recommended by family, our first visit, as a Pre-Theatre meal was just phenomenal - & a mere 2 minutes walk from the Grand Theatre. The atmosphere was so warm & welcoming & the food - delicious. The salsa with my vegetable croquettes had just enough heat to accompany the vegetables, but I think the most outstanding dish was my husband's king prawns. A truly magnificent plateFUL. Two teenagers were equally impressed with the food & character (of the people as well as the restaurant!) so can't wait to return, with or without a theatre visit! Oh yes, we shall return. An oasis of individuality in a corporate world!
We had a fantastic evening at Casa Colombiana. It was our first visit and Marta made us very welcome. The food was really tasty, the portions were generous and the cocktails were strong. Marta explained dishes with which we weren't familiar and entertained us with friendly banter. We got to see some of the dancing going on upstairs. The atmosphere is great and we got a big hug from Marta as we left. Looking forward to going back soon.
This the second time I have been to Casa Colombiana. The food is very good. Almost a bit like very good home cooked food. I must admit both time I ordered the same dish, as I liked it so much the first time, the one with the beans. Their hot chocolate is also delicious. I am very happy to see they extended their opening times, as the early closing time prevented me to come back after my first visit.
We had the pre-theatre 2 course meal for just under £10 on a Friday night. The place was busy, bordering on too cramped, and we got our food quickly after ordering (the main course a little too quickly as it was there no sooner than our starters had been cleared away). The food was nice (meatballs, and chicken kebab with chunky chips). Don't expect a huge portion in this particular offer and the chips although larger than McDonalds fries, were way off being chunky. We would have had dessert but we couldn't attract attention once our main meal had been cleared - not even to pay the bill - so had to leave for our show without course number 3 sadly as the banana cake looked very tempting! The staff were all polite and helpful in the main and the beers were good!
Nice and relaxing place - at the beginning. We had a nice conversation with David - the owner. The food and drinks were good. Time moved on so pleasant until we received the bill. Suddenly the waiter twice informed us that they need our table very urgent. It was a huge surpsise for us: I couldn't finish my mojito and I had to wait for my boyfriend with our jackets at the entryway - he was at the toilet then. It was a very unpleasant experience for both of us and we are not going to visit this place again.
Vibrant and quirky restaurant with a great selection of South American & Caribbean beers. Staff were very pleasant and attentive and the food was great. The menu is very typical of what you would expect in Columbia and this no frills approach allows the main ingredients to take centre stage in your meal. We all really enjoyed our time in Casa Colombiana and will be back.