With over 1,000 restaurants spanning every cuisine imaginable, it’s easy to be daunted when it comes to choosing where to eat in Sheffield. There are more than 100 Italian restaurants, over 60 outlets serving Chinese food and 300 places offering the best of British food – it would take you nearly three years to eat your way around Sheffield one restaurant a day. We’ve done the hard work (and gained the pounds) to bring you our dedicated restaurant guide – from city-centre hotspots, discovering the best dim sum and curries in town, and taking in some Michelin Guide eateries on the way, here’s our list of where to eat in Sheffield.
You only need to walk a few steps in any direction in Sheffield to come across a high-quality restaurant including nationwide chains and independent eateries.
Just a short walk from Sheffield’s restaurant district, Ego Mediterranean Restaurant is a well-priced chain restaurant with the set menus excellent value. Billed as the Yorkshire restaurant, Silversmiths is an all-Sheffield affair – the food is locally foraged and sourced with daily market specials and a good-value-for-money pre-theatre menu. Set in the heart of Leopold Square, The Botanist is an excellent all-rounder – be it cocktails, or an extensive wine and beer offering and a menu spanning sharing plates, Sunday roasts and a varied kids’ menu, the food and service are high quality and perfect for groups and families. For something a little bit different, head to Cubana Tapas Bar for a taste of Latin food and flavours. One of the biggest independent restaurants in town, the food is rivalled only by the lively atmosphere and excellent music on the first floor bar.
Known as Eccy Road to locals – and cab drivers – Ecclesall Road is a short walk from our St Mary’s Gate hotel and has dozens of eating-out options spanning virtually every cuisine under the sun, including the brilliantly named Mud Crab Diner.
A super laid-back affair offering burgers and craft beers, the Mud Crab Diner is a favourite with students and professionals alike. With no rules – breakfast for dinner and dinner for breakfast is perfectly acceptable behaviour – and with a cool, kitsch interior, it’s a cult favourite. If BBQ is your thing, then you’ll love Red’s True Barbecue, a chain restaurant that’s found a good home in Sheffield. The menu is packed with enticing words like ‘loaded’ and ‘pulled pork’ and it even has its own dedicated fries section. Another chain restaurant, but with an extra serving of olive oil, is Prezzo, a pasta, pizza and Italian eatery that, thanks to its location next to Cineworld and Hollywood Bowl, is the perfect post-cinema diner. If you’re after something with a bit more bite and spice, Ashoka Indian Restaurant comes highly recommended. One of the top-ranked restaurants in the city via TripAdvisor, it’s an authentic Indian restaurant that’s been putting out top-quality tikka masalas – and their intriguingly named Taxi Driver Curry – since 1967. Heading a little further east – flavour-wise – and you’ll find All Siam Thai Restaurant, a high-end restaurant alive with herbs, lemongrass, chilli and ginger. And rounding out the selection is Le Bistrot Pierre, a classy French restaurant that uses seasonal ingredients and menus to great effect – expect classics like steak frites and boeuf bourguignon as well as their own inspired take on tarte flambée, and confit de canard.
With over 100 Italian restaurants, you could almost be in the middle of Rome when the sun shines in South Yorkshire. One of the city’s favourite Italian outlets is Marco at Milano, a family restaurant almost into its third decade. With Italian flavours running through the restaurant from the waiters to the chefs, the restaurant is housed in a refurbished police station and prepares seasonal menus to reflect the fruit and vegetables in season. Another high-ranking restaurant overloaded with glowing reviews is VeroGusto, a city-centre Italian that’s just a short walk from the theatre district and our St Mary’s Gate hotel. Named as the city’s best Italian restaurant by several publications, expect 5* food and service from start to finish. Taking inspiration from southern Italy, Vito’s Italian is another stellar Italian restaurant well known for its excellent pasta and its stone-fired pizzas, with Italian ownership creating a true taste of the Mediterranean. Rounding out the selection is Piccolos located on West Street, in the heart of the city’s cool shopping and bar district. A small and intimate space, they pride themselves on their fast and efficient service and their excellent food – book ahead to make sure you get a table.
You know you’re in good curry hands when your city has best the Indian curry house in Yorkshire – Viraaj Restaurant is well worth the two-mile drive out of town. The winning restaurant at the 2017 English Curry Awards serves up a wide range of options including Indian, Balti and Bangladeshi recipes and caters for vegan, halal and gluten-free diets. Serving up excellent curries since 2010, book ahead to make sure you get a seat – and take advantage of their excellent buffet on Mondays. Or avoid the queues and get a takeaway to your Premier Inn hotel. With its city centre location in Leopold Square, Aagrah is a high-quality chain restaurant serving up traditional dishes from India and Pakistan. They also have a calorie-controlled, oil and ghee-free menu and only use halal meat in their cooking. Specialising in south Indian food, Maveli is named after the benevolent Keralan ruler who is celebrated yearly with a lavish feast – and Maveli certainly doesn’t hold back when it comes to portions or flavours. With coconut, tamarind, star anise and curry leaf flavours dominating, we highly recommend trying the restaurant’s amazing Dosas, lentil and rice crêpes with a range of fillings. And rounding out the selection is Butlers Balti House who take their inspiration from the northern states of Kashmir and Punjab.
Bringing Chinese cuisine into the modern day, Oisoi is a two-floor outlet that houses a café, bar, patisserie, tea market and an excellent Chinese restaurant. Head to the noodle bar to watch your dinner being made from scratch, or pick up a salad from the raw bar crêpe just don’t miss out on the freshly made steamed bao buns. With authentic Szechuan cuisine at the heart of the menu, China Red Restaurant is one of Sheffield’s best restaurants and has been serving up superb food for over a decade. And, should you be in the mood after your dim sum, there’s a fully stocked karaoke bar on the second floor. With an excellent city centre location, Hui Wei Bar & Restaurant is a bustling Chinese and Cantonese restaurant that offers a gluten-free menu. The soft shell crab and crispy duck are winners from the menu while the modern decor is a great contrast to the listed building it’s housed in. If quality and quantity are your thing, then head to U Buffet, a high-quality Chinese and Cantonese restaurant that offers live cooking stations spanning tempura, chargrill and wok dishes, with all-you-can-eat evening buffets.
Not just a clever name, Make No Bones offers some inspired vegetarian takes on classic dishes – crêpe tofu and chips, anyone? A mile from the city centre, the restaurant offers speedy service and focusses on meat-free alternatives to mainstream dishes including their meat-free lamb kebab. A long-standing part of Sheffield’s restaurant community, the city centre Blue Moon Café has been serving up vegetarian fare for over 20 years, offering a diverse menu that will have vegans and vegetarians salivating. The Bhaji Shop Thali Café has an extensive meat-free menu and is perfectly placed in Kelham Island for a post- or pre-pub meal. An Ecclesall Road favourite, Italia Uno is an Italian restaurant with a large range of vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan dishes including their renowned Nutella pizza for dessert.
With nearly 50 outlets across the sprawling shopping centre, you’ll find the right bite for your budget and tastes. There are several Greggs and Subways around Meadowhall, but there are also plenty of sit-down restaurants. Gourmet Burger Kitchen and the Handmade Burger Co both make made-to-order patties while Giraffe do a good range of food with a strong kids’ menu. Hit up Pizza Express and Pizza Hut for margheritas and more, Zizzi, and Carluccio’s for your pasta fix and Yo! Sushi, and Wagamama for a taste of the Far East.
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