Whether you’re craving a curry or pining for a pizza, you’ll be delighted by the variety of restaurants in Bradford waiting to welcome you through their doors.
Of course, Bradford’s famous for curry… and for good reason. But it’s not just curries you’ll find in Bradford. No matter what cuisine you’re interested in sampling next, you’ll find just about everything in Bradford. In fact, there’s so much on offer that choosing your next place to eat out may feel a tad overwhelming. To help you decide where to eat next, we’ve put together this list of some of our favourite restaurants in the area.
7 of The Best Restaurants in Bradford
Classic Persian Restaurant
Classic Persian Restaurant, Old Red Lion, 368 Little Horton Lane, Bradford BD5 0NB
Type Of Cuisine: Persian
There are few foodies in Bradford who haven’t visited Classic Persian Restaurant. In fact, it’s the highest-rated restaurant in Bradford on TripAdvisor. The restaurant is found in the centre of Bradford and has won the hearts of many a local over the years.
As the name might suggest, they specialise in Persian cuisine. It’s a family-run restaurant with tonnes of character and they’re well known for their welcoming service. On the menu, you’ll find a vast range of dishes. They split their menu into Hot and Cold Starters, Stew Specials and Charcoal Grill Mains.
The Charcoal Grill is the main event here and although their dishes may sound adventurous to those unfamiliar with Iranian cuisine, it’s comforting to know that very few diners leave Class Persian Restaurant disappointed. Digging deeper into their menu, main dishes range in price from £7.50 to about £14.
Type Of Cuisine: Indian/Pakistani
In Shipley town centre, a few miles from town, is the highly celebrated Shimla Spice.
Their reputation, service and delicious curry has lead to them winning countless accolades over the years, including the highly coveted “Curry King of England” title at the 2015 English Curry Awards. It really is one of the best curry restaurants in Bradford.
An extensive menu filled with the delicious curries, all flavoured with the spices of South Asian cuisine awaits when you visit Shimla Spice.
The Sizzler Mix is one of our favourite dishes. A mix of grilled meat, fish and tasty onions, it comes out sizzling and is the perfect starter or even a main meal.
3 Upper Piccadilly, Bradford BD1 3PE
Type of Cuisine: Italian
One of the longest serving restaurants in Bradford City Centre, Mamma Mia is a traditional, family run Italian restaurant who’ve been serving Pizza, Pasta and all manor of Italian dishes to the people of Bradford for years.
Generations of Bradfordians will have fond memories of visiting Mama Mia’s for special occassions, and being met warmly by the wonderful Massimo family, who brought their authentic take on Italian food to Bradford over 30 years ago. In 2019, their popularity continues, and we always look forward to a meal out at Mamma Mia’s, a true Bradford institution!
The pizzas are the star of the show at Mamma Mia’s but we certainly can’t fault their Calzones either. Perfect for those with a larger appetite!
Morley St, Bradford BD7 1AJ
Type of Cuisine: Multi
In the very heart of Bradford you’ll find the wonderful Restaurant 1914. With a superb menu featuring a variety of cuisines, you’ll find tasty offerings like Beer Battered Bury Black Pudding, Slow Cooked BBQ Beef Brisket and Tiramisu Torte.
Having been in Bradford since 2012, the restaurant can be found on the Upper Circle level of the famous Alhambra Theatre – just minutes from City Park and various other restaurants are bars. The restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere, honest, well-prepared food and an extensive drinks list.
If you’re in the region for a show – and fancy a bite to eat before hand, it’s definitely one to keep in mind. Get yourself a table near the window and you can enjoy fantastic views across the city whilst you tuck into some British classics and enjoy those all important pre-show drinks!
38 Sunbridge Wells, Bradford BD1 1SD
Type of Cuisine: Charcuterie
Another sensational independent eatery found in the heart of the City Centre is Bear’s Den which is run by local event caterers, Bear’s Pantry. Here, they serve a range of menu items but much of their focus is on cheese. They source their produce locally so you can be sure of the quality and their excellent coffee comes from the outstanding Casa Esspresso in Shipley.
At Bear’s Den, you will also find a great array of wines and craft beers which complements their simple yet delicious menu quite well. They’re a very social bunch so their main dishes are all designed for eating whilst enjoying the company of your fellow diners, making this place the perfect destination for anyone who’s after a more social bite to eat. Head here with a group of friends and share a platter of sliders or choose to enjoy your very own board of delicious cheesy treats!
20 E Parade, Bradford BD1 5HD
Type of Cuisine: Fine Dining / Steakhouse
Meat is the name of the game at Cona. They take special care to source only the best cuts and cook them with care. Specialising in excellent quality steak, prepared and cooked to perfection, Cona is a firm favourite with the more carnivorous of eaters in the Bradford area.
On the menu, you’ll find world famous meat-centric dishes like Wagyu Beef from Japan, USDA Prime from Nebraska and Salt Aged Dexter from Cumbria. If steak is your thing then this is a great place to try cuts you haven’t tried before.
All the meat at Cona is Halal, so it is inclusive to everyone. They serve their food in creative, inviting ways and their ethos is to celebrate the simplicity of good ingredients – and that certainly shines through. Expect to be wowed by their artistic presentation when served seriously good steak in their sleek and modern restaurant.
18 Wilton St, Bradford BD5 0AX
Type of Cuisine: Middle Eastern
This absolute gem of a reaturant serves authentic, traditional Middle Eastern cuisine in a relaxed and informal environment. Celebrated locally for their excellent kebabs and griddled meats, it’s a wonderful little restaurant for those who enjoy the aromatic flavours of Syrian and Lebanese cooking.
They don’t serve alchohol at Bab Tooma but you’re more than welcome to bring your own. Grab some friends and head to Bab Tooma with some beers in hand for an evening of culinary discovery and taste of the Middle East. On the menu, you’ll find traditional Mezze platters, succulent grilled meats and a selection of chef’s specials including stuffed vine leaves and deep fried stuffed aubergines. Yum yum!
As will all our articles of this nature, we’ll be adding to this list over time. If you would like to make a recommendation, request a review or discuss advertising opportunities, please email Alexis@theyorkshirepress.co.uk