About Dare Cafe Restaurant

Located in the trendy Headingley area of Leeds on Otley Road, Dare Cafe Restaurant serves up tasty Mexican and Italian dishes to lucky locals. Open seven days a week, by day this cafe is the perfect place to snuggle up with a coffee and some homely international cafe cuisine, while at night Dare Cafe Restaurant is a stylish hangout, winning the hearts of the area’s student crowd with its affordable cocktail and wine menus.

Opening Times

Closed now
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm


Dare Cafe Restaurant
49 Otley Road Headingley Undo, Headingley
Leeds LS6 3AB

Menu Highlights



Chips & Dips (v)

tortilla chips served with salsa, guacamole and soured cream

Deep Fried Brie (v)

with homemade sweet cranberry sauce

Mexican Mussels

shelled mussels in a spicy tomato liquor


Traditional Lasagne

pasta layers with bolognese

Tomato and Basil Tagliatelle (v)

with Italian mozzarella

Cajun Chicken

pan fried marinated chicken served on Mexican rice with a side salad


Hot Chocolate Fudge Cake


Baked Cheesecake with Raspberry Coulis




More about Dare Cafe Restaurant, Leeds

For over twenty years, Dare Cafe Restaurant has been a widely-known fixture in this area of Leeds, loved throughout Headingley for its quality international cuisine and welcoming atmosphere. Attracting diners to its stylish location on Otley Road, decorated with exposed brick walls and sleek furniture, all day, every day of the week, no matter whether it's morning or night, you’re guaranteed a good feed at this Headingley hotspot.

Head to Dare for breakfast and kick your day off with a tasty start by opting for the big breakfast or a bacon sandwich, chow down on a sandwich, ciabatta or some pasta come lunchtime or get yourself down to Leeds’ Dare in the evening for a full on Mexican or Italian feast. Share some tapas and a bottle of wine with friends or feast on some Italian and Mexican favourites like the florentina pizza topped with spinach, olives, capers, parmesan and an egg, or the sizzling fajitas served with a side of salsa, guacamole and sour cream.

31 Dare Cafe Restaurant Reviews

31 Reviews
Waiting time:Exceptionally good
Value for money:Great value
Noise levels:Pleasant
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Jane B.2 days ago · 1 review

Amazing service and food. Will definitely go again . Friendly staff make you feel very welcome and relaxed. I recommend this restaurant. Small but cosy.

Elizabeth B.a month ago · 1 review

The wide range of food was delicious and suited all tastes. The atmosphere was very chilled but very lively. A really excellent restaurant for a relaxed meal.

Kate B.2 months ago · 2 reviews

Lovely freshly cooked food in relaxed environment with friendly service. The Mexican chicken burrito was very flavoursome and well presented. It was Great value too.

Anne R.3 months ago · 1 review

We love Dare Cafe. Fantastic, interesting food and friendly service at a great price. Best Mexican food outside of a Mexican restaurant I have had.

Janet W.10 months ago · 1 review

A small venue and our server was very friendly and helpful. The menu is varied, atmosphere laid back and we enjoyed our evening. Starter nachos were delicious; good choice of lagers on tap; food was good and well prepared. The noise level was quiet enough so that we were able to have a proper conversation. The prices are very reasonable. Overall, a very nice experience and we would certainly go again.

Samantha O.a year ago · 1 review

Lovely restaurant. Friendly helpful staff, relaxing atmosphere & amazing food. Wanted to order everything on the menu & almost did. The food & drink prices are great value for money, portions sizes are great & presentation can't be faulted. Realising it was 241 on mains was an added bonus. Will definitely be back.

Alice W.10 months ago · 2 reviews

Dare Cafe Restaurant always serves reasonably priced but is always amazing quality and lovely staff. I recommend you to try the Mexican Beef Burrito -

Sally H.a year ago · 3 reviews

5 of us visited for Friday lunch. Glad we booked as it was busy. The soup and sandwich deal was great value. The soup was really lush and I enjoyed my sandwich. Generous servings, friendly service, had chai tea

Joanne C.2 years ago · 1 review

We always go to Dare when we visit Leeds for old times sake for when we used to live here. It never fails to disappoint. But we can never change from our favourite dish of choice as we like them too much!!!

Clare M.2 years ago · 1 review

Really friendly staff, good atmosphere and cosy feel but great for a weekend. Lots of menu choices (not purely Mexican) and the food was presented beautifully. I'll definitely be going back again!