Places to eat in Bradford
Bradford is an ideal location for any foodie. With so much on offer, there’s a menu to suit every palate. While the city is famous for its curry scene (with good reason), there’s so much more on offer, from Persian cuisine to pizza and steakhouses. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by choice, the Yorkshire Post have put together a handy list of the top eateries in town, and it’s one that the LoyalFree team would definitely agree with. So without further ado then, here is that go-to list of the best restaurants in Bradford – and don’t forget that there’s no better way to work up an appetite than a good scenic hike around the nearby Yorkshire countryside.
And if you’re looking to do more in Bradford than take in the many fine foods and eateries it has to offer, then take a look at this page for some great ideas for fun activities and experiences away from the dining table too. No matter whether you’re on your own, a couple, a family, or just looking to entertain the kids, Bradford’s got something for you – especially if you’re a fan of museums, architecture or arts and music, and in the run-up to it’s term as UK City of Culture 2025!
The best restaurants in Bradford
3 Cavendish Street, BD21 3RB
Shimla Spice is a highly acclaimed Indian/Pakistani restaurant a few miles from the town centre. This restaurant has collected many accolades over the years, gaining the coveted “Curry King of England title at the English Curry Awards. The menu features an extensive range of South Asian curries, sizzlers and grills, with plenty of vegetarian and seafood options. The Desi Sizzler Mix is great for sharing – although it’s a starter, it also works as a main course.
Classic Persian Restaurant
Old Red Lion, 368 Little Horton Lane, BD5 0NB
As the name suggests, this eatery specialises in Persian food. It’s the highest rated restaurant on TripAdvisor, and has been a favourite of locals for many years. The family-run restaurant serves up a wide range of dishes, including charcoal grill mains and hot stews.
The charcoal grill is the main offering at Classic Persian Restaurant, with lamb, chicken, and fish based dishes all grilled to perfection. There are also vegetarian options, like the vegetable stew (Khorak), and the affordable price point means it’s a great place for a family meal.
3 Upper Piccadilly, BD1 3PE
Mamma Mia is a family-run affair which has welcomed diners for over 30 years. Favourite pasta dishes like Carbonara and Canneloni all feature on the menu, along with steak and fish dishes. Napolitan pizza is cooked in authentic wood-fired ovens, and vegan cheese is available on request. The warm, friendly atmosphere has made this venue popular with Bradford locals over the years. It’s often a first choice for special occasions.
Morley Street, BD7 1AJ
Located on the Upper Circle level of the Alhambra Theatre, this restaurant provides simple but beautifully prepared food, including BBQ beef brisket and oven baked teriyaki cod lion. There are fantastic views onto the city, perfect for enjoying a drink before a show.
38 Sunbridge Wells, BD1 1SD
At Bear’s Den, you’ll find an impressive range of cheese and charcuterie, alongside coffee from the excellent Casa Esspresso in Shipley. Based in the heart of the city centre, the produce is all locally sourced and premium quality. Pair your grazing platter with one of the craft beers or wines on the menu. Bear’s Den has a sociable and relaxed vibe – it’s ideal for catching up with friends.
20 E Parade, BD1 5HD
Cona specialises in steak. The eatery sources excellent quality cuts and is a must-visit for carnivores. All cuts are halal, so this sleek restaurant is inclusive. Salt Aged Dexter from Cumbria, Japanese Wagyu beef and other fine cuts are beautifully presented. With prices ranging from £69 to £150 for steaks, this isn’t a budget friendly choice – but it is definitely worth the visit if you’re a steak fan.
18 Wilton St, BD5 0AX
Bab Tooma serves authentic Middle Eastern cuisine, including Syrian and Lebanese dishes. Grilled meat and kebabs are highly recommended at this relaxed eatery, but there are also wonderfully prepared vegetarian options, like deep fried aubergines. Mezze platters are great for sharing, or for one hungry guest!Posted on