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La Casita Ilkley

Ilkley Mediterranean £ +100
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About La Casita Ilkley

Dear diners, please be aware that tables booked online are available for 2 hours only. To enquire about a lengthier booking, please contact the restaurant directly.

Situated in the heart of Ilkley, La Casita has been turning up the heat with its wide array of Spanish traditional dishes, tapas, deli items and Mediterranean specialties. With an extensive menu complete with seafood, meats, cheeses and plenty of items suitable for vegetarians, the folks behind Bradford’s La Casita at the Victorian Arcade on South Hawksworth invite Ilkley locals and daytrippers from nearby Leeds to fall in love with their hearty Spanish cuisine.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 17:00 - 21:00
  • Wednesday 17:00 - 21:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:00 - 21:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:00 - 21:30
  • Saturday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:00 - 21:30
  • Sunday 15:00 - 19:30
La Casita Ilkley, The Victoria Arcade, South Hawksworth Street, LS299DY Leeds

Further Information

Featuring ornate Spanish decorations and a notably Mediterranean atmosphere, Ilkley’s La Casita is a beautiful place to take loved ones for an unforgettable evening of great wine, excellent food and friendly service. A standout in Ilkley for its bright, sunny atmosphere, La Casita provides a much-needed escape from cloudy weather and chilly days. Located among the beautiful historic buildings of the Victorian Arcade on South Hawksworth, La Casita has quickly become one of Ilkley’s top foodie hotspots.

Step in to La Casita’s beautiful premises and let yourself be swept away to the Iberian Peninsula, escaping from the usual monotony of your weekly routine. Open every day of the week, there’s plenty of time to come by and try delicious tapas including boquerones rebozados (breaded devilled whitebait with fresh lemon and garlic aioli) chorizo al vino tinto (chorizo cooked in red wine with parsley and bay leaf) or the classic patatas bravas served with a tasty smoked tomato sauce. The Bradford restaurant features an impressive wine selection, too, so be sure to ask your server to recommend the perfect glass of wine to go with your meal. Have we tempted you enough yet? Make your reservation for La Casita on Ilkley’s South Hawksworth and start enjoying the good life.

CHEF'S CHOICE

188 Reviews

5.5 /6 Wonderful 188 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Atmosphere: excellent
Quality/Price: great value
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
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1 review so far 6
15.08.2017 09:33

Brilliant service and the best tapas in Leeds by far! I have been here a few times now and can safely say it's a cut above the other tapas restaurants in Leeds.

1 review so far 6
15.08.2017 07:40

Lovely meal. Unusual choices rather than just the standard patatas bravas and meatballs- the blue cheese salad and the halloumi were particularly good. The gin and tonic options were also very impressive.

2 reviews so far 6
14.08.2017 07:38

Fantastic food and service once again. We will be back! My son commented that it's the best place he'd eaten in Ilkley. The sweet potato fries were beautiful!

2 reviews so far 6
13.08.2017 09:36

A wonderful tapas restaurant. We sat outside for our meal, it was very relaxed and a little bit like being abroad. The staff are always pleasant & helpful. Highly recommend.

1 review so far 6
03.09.2016 10:30

By far the best tapas (and one of the best meals) we've had - and we eat out a lot. Beautiful presentation, exquisite flavour combinations, discreet but efficient service, excellent ambiance and a delightful setting. Certainly not the cheapest tapas that you can find but, in our experience, definitely the best value for money. The sort of dining that you would be confident to introduce and recommend to anyone as a "different" evening but not one that would compromise on quality. We will go again and would also be keen to try the other two in Horsforth and Boston Spa.

1 review so far 2
28.09.2016 17:39

Good food, poor service. My friend and I went last Saturday night having booked it earlier in the week. I booked online and said I was pregnant. Despite this, when we got there we were shown to a table right in the middle of the dining area with people and staff walking up and down both sides of our table, so I got a few bashes throughout the evening! This I could cope with, but on top of that, the service all evening was just appalling! We were sat for 20mins and not even offered water, let alone a drinks order being taken. We had to try and get a staff members attention, and finally got our drinks. Then, when we got someone to take our food order, no one told us when we ordered the slow cooked beef that it would come nearly AN HOUR after the rest of our food! We had different waiters/waitresses throughout the whole evening so there were clearly enough staff, it just looked like there was no organisation to the areas they covered. The final straw was when (after they tried to clear unfinished plates while we were still eating at least twice!) they brought us the bill, without us asking for it and not being even offered the dessert menu!! We could only assume that they were desperate to get the table back? Despite this, as I said at the beginning, the food was delicious and it's a great menu in a lovely location, good value for money too. Just a shame about the shockingly bad poor service on the night. Oh, and people were allowed to vape in there, not something I have seen in many restaurants or appreciate when I'm eating....

1 review so far 4
23.07.2017 08:50

We booked for 5pm. The restaurant was empty. We enquired if we could sit in the "outside" area - no because the tables were booked. We were put on a table that was next to a wall and cramped. The music was loud. The food was excellent. When we left 1 hour and a quarter later no-one had been sitting in the "outside" area, so, we could have been accommodated. In fact at the time we left we could have chosen any table as only about 6 people had arrived. It was disappointing as we had built up the experience with family from USA. They seemed very impressed by the food and service but unable to understand why we could not sit where we desired to. However we will visit again booking a table in the "outside" area, probably at lunch time.

1 review so far 6
25.08.2016 22:40

Had a great evening at La Casita Ilkley. Staff were lovely and the food was excellent. There was great choice and each dish was superb. Well worth a visit and we shall be returning. Thank you for a lovely evening!

1 review so far 6
10.06.2017 13:26

Great food, lovely interior with comfortable seating. Our table was a little bit too high which means you eat with your arms sticking out like a toddler and the music was just a tiny bit too loud, but these are v minor gripes. All the food we ordered was delicious, we were given great guidance by our lovely waiter and we had a lovely time for £50 (2 adults, one bottle of Malbec). Will return.

1 review so far 6
04.09.2016 19:10

Excellent - fantastic place. The staff were really helpful. The food was absolutely delicious and we had a brilliant night. As there were 6 of us, we opted for the £15 per head and they chose the tapas for you. It was such good value, we had a very varied selection and there was plenty of food. Overall a wonderful hidden gem of a place x

1 review so far 6
31.01.2016 05:20

Lovely atmosphere and amazing food. There was a good selection of tapas to choose from and the service was spot on, attentive without hovering. Save some room for the parfait as desert - raspberry is my new favourite. We've eaten here five or six times over the last couple of years and have always been impressed and it's good value too.

1 review so far 6
02.04.2016 09:47

Fantastic service and food - our third visit, the second with our 9 year old. I especially love the pig cheek in sherry with celeriac purée, we all love the various parfaits for dessert (can't agree which one we like best) and the popcorn chorizo on the new menu is to die for (just try not to think about the calories).

1 review so far 6
09.07.2016 09:51

Lovely setting within Victorian Arcade. Staff friendly, professional and efficient. The food was superb the best Tapas we have had in the UK. We would strongly recommend La Casita Ilkley

2 reviews so far 5
14.05.2017 19:10

Beautiful as always. We always enjoy our meals here. If I was to pass one criticism the seafood was a let down - likely because they were frozen, but the muscles should've been fresh and would've been bigger if so (the sauce was yummy though) and the calamari a little less greasy - it needed to be a bit more crisp to have been more enjoyable.

1 review so far 6
06.02.2016 17:35

Excellent lunch today. There were three of us. We shared 7 tapas amongst us (we took advantage of the lunchtime special of two tapas for £8, we chose two each, all different plus the special of the day). There was plenty of food followed by three puds, again shared. We will be back.

3 reviews so far 5
10.03.2016 20:28

Been here on a number of occasions and always been happy. This time one of dishes portion size was extremely small but very expensive. We queried this and without any fuss another dish was brought to us which we were not charged for. Service was good and food is cooked fresh. Thumbs up. One of the best places to eat in Ilkley 👍

1 review so far 6
31.01.2016 12:53

Fantastic restaurant. The food was excellent especially the chick peas and prawns. Great wine selection and great service. Only wish we'd taken their advice of six plates between the two of us, think we ordered a tad too much but it was all fantastic. Will definitely be returning in the near future.

2 reviews so far 6
30.10.2016 14:17

My 3rd visit - I love this place! I no longer live in Ilkley, but when I come home to see family/friends, I always book a table! I cannot fault the scrumptious food and the staff are attentive and friendly. The atmosphere is always buzzing. Hope to be back soon x

1 review so far 6
11.07.2017 11:27

We have been here a few times and have taken different groups of friends each time, they all say how enjoyable it is eating there and how tasty the food is, not to mention the extensive beer and wine menu and friendly, helpful staff. we will certainly be back!

1 review so far 6
15.02.2017 09:16

Never had tapas before but after going here I definitely think I will be going back the staff we're a1 and the food was excellent all in all a very nice place to eat out for a special night or just to meet up with friends. Thanks Martin

1 review so far 6
06.03.2016 18:54

Another really good family occasion, lovely food, great company & marvellous service! This restaurant never fails to go over and above, today my Mother's Day flowers were taken from my table & put in water behind the bar. I was also reminded to pick them up before leaving.

3 reviews so far 5
29.03.2016 06:52

Went on a very quiet Easter Monday evening. The food was excellent and the service was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Patatas bravas and Padron peppers formed the basis of our mail, both are strongly recommended. We enjoy the vegetables and the fish, so cannot comment on the meat. Excellent Spanish and Portuguese wines. Well worth a visit.

1 review so far 6
08.01.2017 10:55

Third time here and it was excellent as always! Staff are very friendly and helpful and the service was very quick. Every dish we had every person at our table enjoyed and the final bill was very reasonable for how much food and drink we had.

1 review so far 6
10.01.2016 10:07

A fabulous little restaurant, often full so must book. A really fresh take on tapas, everything I've eaten has been delicious. Great wine list offering varying priced wines, plus some great sherry . Staff are very attentive and knowledgable a great asset for Ilkley .

1 review so far 6
26.03.2016 22:17

Lovely staff, great food , lovely setting, spotted this in a food and drink brochure and weren't disapointed , will come back again and recommend it to others. Travelled 50 mins to get there so says a lot if happy to do so again. Thanks.

1 review so far 5
17.07.2017 08:58

Love this place... really nice atmosphere. There is usually just the right volume from other peoples conversations going on around you which create a nice buzz. Food never fails to please no matter what you choose! I HATE the phrase "hidden gem" but it does suit La Casita, it's hidden and it's a gem!

6 reviews so far 6
28.05.2017 19:02

Fantastic experience once more at la casita, Ilkley. Brilliant food with excellent service. Very knowledgeable staff and the menu had changed since our last visit so it was nice to try the new dishes. Love this place and can't wait to go back!

2 reviews so far 6
06.05.2016 12:20

Excellent service, the staff are really helpful advising what to order & the food is delicious. I took any left over food home with us as the temptation to over-order is always with me since every dish on the menu is gorgeous!

6 reviews so far 6
01.04.2017 08:33

Fantastic food, would highly recommend the lamb and the baked Brie! Great lively atmosphere too! We had 7 dishes between two of us and we're pretty stuffed by the end of it - possibly 6 would have been a better amount

1 review so far 6
11.07.2017 23:16

We had an amazing meal. The food was fantastic and full of flavours, we ordered just the right amount and the mango parfait topped the meal off perfectly. The service was very friendly and attentive. Thank you for a lovely evening

1 review so far 6
23.03.2016 23:03

The whole experience was absolutely 'top drawer' - The food and wine were just wonderful and the service was excellent. My only regret is that we have waited so long before going there - we will def be back again soon!

6 reviews so far 6
20.02.2017 20:32

Had a lovely meal as usual here. Pinot Grigo blush was recommended and was excellent. Really enjoyed all the tapas, special mention to the beef daube and the selection of cheeses. Finished with the salted caramel parfait which was sublime.

6 reviews so far 6
22.07.2017 13:56

Another fantastic experience and meal at la casita, Ilkley. Great, friendly, knowledgeable staff who were welcoming matched the fantastic food that was on offer. They had recently changed the menu so there were a few new dishes to try! 10/10!

3 reviews so far 6
05.07.2017 09:06

Always enjoy going there and each time I take folk who have not been before they are delighted and say they will return. the new set up outside is also an improvement - not that I didn't like it before.

2 reviews so far 6
22.06.2016 09:15

Fantastic little tapas bar. Lovely staff, very helpful. Excellent food and wine menu. Quality of the food amazing. It was quite busy for a Tuesday evening which says a lot. Highly recommend (especially the braised chickpeas and Rioja reserve!)

1 review so far 6
02.05.2017 11:14

Excellent variety, food, service and value. Went a a party of four and each chose two mains, more than enough quantity and the quality was fabulous. A real gem and a must as a treat to yourself and friends

1 review so far 5
29.01.2017 10:15

Excellent meal all dishes freshly cooked.One star off for the table, sat facing the wall and would have preferred a table by the window. Online booking was easy and have already recommended La Casita to a friend. House wine also good nice atmosphere and pleasant staff.

1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 22:53

Lovely, authentic tapas and an amazing gin and tonic menu. The restaurant is small and friendly. The staff are very knowledgeable and yiu can trust their food suggestions. The setting, inside the Victorian arcade in Ilkley is lovely.

3 reviews so far 6
08.10.2016 07:32

food is always great and the atmosphere is cosy but lively too. Staff are always helpful and eager to help. Theres nothing more i can say it was perfect evening out for a couple of girlfriends catching up.

1 review so far 5
15.10.2016 21:25

Friendly service, excellent food, sangria and gin. Made for a lovely evening. The atmosphere was lovely also due to the decor and location- I would like the opportunity to sit outside next time! Thanks for a great evening- we will come again with friends. .

1 review so far 6
01.06.2016 10:53

The food was delicious and service exceptional. I love sitting outside to eat. I would recommend the restaurant to anyone, I live in East Leeds and travelled all the way to Ilkley to go to the restaurant.

3 reviews so far 6
25.06.2016 20:03

very good indeed. My grandson aged 5 said it was his best meal out ever - and he has already travelled abroad on several occasions. Food was excellent and staff were so very good with little Ewan.

1 review so far 6
14.01.2017 10:49

visited for the 4th time, the menu has changed from last time and was still excellent...... sangria was also fabulous (although I didn't see it on the menu). Olives divine. my friend adored the ham hock croquettes

3 reviews so far 6
31.08.2016 14:54

Excellent and the bonus for anyone taking children is that the outside table for four nearest to the restaurant door gives you THREE Pokémon stops. Greek to me but not to my grandson! Food and service splendid.

3 reviews so far 5
02.09.2016 14:49

Had to wait 20 mins before food order taken and canned (non-Spanish!) music too loud although we were sitting directly under speaker but wine excellent and wife (not easy to please on culinary front) declared tapas best she had tasted. Will be going again.

1 review so far 6
04.06.2016 23:37

Brilliant food, lovely location and great food. Simple! I work in Ilkley and only heard about La Casita when my sister enjoyed a meal there a couple of months ago. It is truly a hidden gem.

2 reviews so far 6
27.01.2016 08:02

Great meal very authentic with a nice atmosphere. Lots to choose from with wines that match well. There is a limited dessert option of just different flavoured parfaits though they are delicious. Will definitely visit again.

2 reviews so far 5
13.10.2016 13:33

Visited with three friends. Excellent visit. Great food, staff really helpful in advising on both food and wine. Good and timely service. Only negative was very limited dessert selection. Would be great to see a few more options to parfait. Will definitely return

1 review so far 6
21.09.2015 08:06

Excellent food. Attentive staff who care. Great ambience both inside & outside. We took 20 people and they were able to cater without any noticeable disruption. Well worth a visit. We will be back !

1 review so far 5
11.02.2017 07:43

We had a table for 4, the restaurant had a lovely vibe & the food was excellent with good wine & a fine brandy to finish. The service was generally slow but we weren't in a rush so this wasn't an issue