Issho

4.5
291 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Japanese
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  • Good for a Date
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Issho is a Leeds' only Japanese restaurant in the Michelin guide. Issho is located in the prestigious Victoria Gate with its Roofterrace looking out over Kirkgate Market.
The restaurant serves modern Japanese food from Sushi , grilled meats and fish on our custome built bbq to tempura and our signature Bao buns.
After your meal you can enjoy an Asian inspired cocktail on the terrace or Sake and Japanese whiskeys in the bar.

Special Offers

Graduation Set Menu

Congratulations on your graduation! Get the whole family together and celebrate this day with our £40pp set menu including a glass of fizz on arrival.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 9 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 9 people

Starts: 15 July 2019

Ends: 31 July 2019

Availability: Mon-Sat 12:30-14:30 17:00-21:00

Fathers Day Bento Box

Treat dad to our Bento box feast on fathers day. Available from 12pm - 3pm for £20pp including a selected drink and why not add on free flow beer for an additional £15pp.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 9 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 9 people

Starts: 16 June 2019

Ends: 17 June 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-14:45

Sunday Feast Bento Box- Six dishes & glass of wine for £20pp

Our Sunday Feast Bentos are your best Sunday roast alternative with a Japanese twist. Enjoy Miso Soup, Edamame, Maki & Sashimi, Pickled Red Onion & Cucumber & Rice and you choice of :
-Roasted Beef, Ponzu Sauce and Yuzu Mayo (£20)
-Slow Roasted Pork Belly, Sweet and Spicy Sesame Sauce (£20)
-Grilled Sesame Seed Seabream, Ponzu Sauce (£20)
-Grilled Sweet Potato, Smoked Lime Coconut Butter (V) (£18)
Add £15 Prosecco Free Flow (Max 1.5 hour)

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 9 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 9 people

Starts: 3 November 2018

Ends: 31 May 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-15:00

Five-course tasting menu at Issho for £65pp to share

Enjoy a five-course tasting menu to share together for £65 per person. All dishes will be served in order.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 6 people

Starts: 12 March 2018

Ends: 31 May 2019

Availability: Mon-Sat 17:00-22:00

Six-course menu at Issho for £45pp to share

Enjoy a fixed six-course menu to share together for £45 per person. All dishes will be served in order.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 6 people

Starts: 12 March 2018

Ends: 31 May 2019

Availability: Mon-Sat 17:00-22:00

Pre-theatre set menu for £25

Enjoy a lighter fixed price menu to share together for £25 per person. All dishes will be served in order, includes a glass of wine or prosecco.

Terms and Conditions: Minimum of 2 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 6 people

Starts: 1 March 2019

Ends: 31 May 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-15:00 17:00-18:30

What 291 People Are Saying
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TF
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service were absolutely spot on - absolutely no complaints could possibly be made... however, it was unbearabley hot. We were sat near the open kitchen but I think the air conditioning was either turned off, or not functioning. I feel like I should add however that I was on a first date with an incredibly attractive lady so perhaps my nerves were just making me sweat :D

The overall experience was fantastic and I'm looking forward to going again in the future

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JM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Our third time at Issho and absolutely our favourite place to eat in Leeds.

We chose the pre-theatre menu as we were heading to the Grand and booked our table for 6.15, envisaging an hour for dinner. Our only minor gripe was that service was really slow (1 course in 40 minutes) until we said that we needed to be away from the table at 7.20 at the latest.

Our waitress, Alex, was extremely attentive and the chef and his team rushed out three courses over 25 minutes - all beautifully presented and consistently delicious.

As I said, it was a minor gripe and will not put us off from returning - though maybe next time we book slightly earlier and let the staff know when we need to be away.

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RM
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food is always great here but the portion sizes leave a bit to be desired for the price

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J
London
22 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Not good I don’t really write bad reviews but this place needs to reinvent itself

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AR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice ambience and the food and service was great.

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MP
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An excellent meal. As there were two of us, we chose the gourmet meal as it enables us to try many different dishes. The courses were delicious -each dish tasted so different, a lovely combination of flavours and beautiful presentation. We had to ask for a rest at one point! The service was great and I liked the fact that the waiter kept our glasses filled with tap water (as well as pouring the wine). A special meal.

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GC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Amazing food, good wine, good atmosphere. Over all pretty good value and works well for groups of people willing to share food.

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Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Really attractive / stylish restaurant

Staff were attentive and friendly

However food is overpriced and I didn’t leave feeling full. Probably would go again but only for drinks not the food.

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OT
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is the most aesthetically pleasing restaurant I've been to in Leeds and the food tasted great. I will definitely be visiting again.

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n
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

style over substance, lovely venue but poor value and inferior to yo sushi

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JL
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely meal.
Great choices on the menu would recommend the sushi.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Lovely dinner at Issho! Delicious food and great ambience in the restaurant! Had a cocktail on the roof top bar before dinner which was very nice as well, lovely decor, very cool! Only negative of the evening would be that after sitting down and ordering food at 8.30, the waitress re-appeared around 15 minutes later and said that if we wanted any more food then we needed to order now before the kitchen closed. Not only did this pressure us into ordering more (unnecessary) food but, it was also untrue as the kitchen stayed open for another hour and was serving another table! Despite this, it was a lovely evening and would definitely return!

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OT
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it amazing food and atmosphere will be back

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L
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food! The decor is fabulous, the only bad thing I could comment on is that there was one portion that was not brought out to us, so I questioned where it was and they then questioned me as if I were lying. The manager came over and described the dish to me as if I hadn’t noticed it, as if they didn’t believe me. The service after that then went down hill, we didn’t really see the original waitress after that and when taking payment she just smirked as if we had done something wrong. Everything else was excellent, shame on the attitude near the end.

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Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Slightly disappointed at the smaller menu for lunch. Only was told this once seated so items I was looking forward too I couldn't have

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Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I am legitimately obsessed with Issho. It’s been one year that I’ve been regularly dining at Issho with my mum and I boast about my experience to absolutely everybody! The food is perfect, the staff are lovely and I am basically friends with everyone that works there, the manager is super amazing and professional, the chefs are the best and the ambience is just wonderful. I am a fashion blogger and have even been invited to Issho for a PR launch event. The food has a higher price range than most places in leeds but it is well worth it because you know you are getting the absolute top quality of produce. Thanks for always being great.

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Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love Issho. Amazing food and service.

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OT
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always an amazing experience. Food, ambience spot on.

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BR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, great service and great atmosphere. It’s quite pricey but we expected that. Had a great evening.

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PP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

HAd a fabulous evening ... I’ve been before with the girls but it was the first time my husband dined at Issho and he absolutely loved the food , the evening made Valentine’s that but more special xx

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CS
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

We arrived to be told that there have been a power cut two hours before our reservation. Nobody had had the courtesy to contact us to let us know. We had travelled from Holmfirth and were very disappointed. We understand that technology can let us down but a restaurant of Isshos standard should have contacted us prior to our booking. We will definitely think twice before returning.

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OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great night. Food was amazing and we'll priced ... Venue was great as well as the staff.. all in all a great night for drinks and food 👌🏾🔥

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V
London
13 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great experience- excellent food , impressive service & great ambiance.

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JS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Would have given a higher score but for one thing.

The food was excellent, the ambience great - we had a really good table.

However I do NOT want to be accosted by our waiter at the end of dinner and told to put a good review on a popular Restaurant/Hotel social media site!! Really not want you want to hear instead of thank you for coming!

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CB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely meal, nice post Xmas to have something a little lighter

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T
London
7 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday celebration for the daughter she is vegan so good choice of food ! Super tasty menu and free flowing Prosecco. Reasonable prices for a Sunday lunch !!! Nice staircase as well

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MB
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great 6 course tasting menu! Really enjoyed the wine we had with it and Japanese whisky in the bar afterwards. Great night all-round, as usual!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Eaten and enjoyed many times for both lunch and dinner.

Only offered reduced menu this time, very disappointing. The restaurant should make customers aware of reduced menus at time of booking. If we had of know we would not have chosen Issho on this particular occasion.

If you book for 2.30 in the afternoon, the experience is heavily compromised. All orders have to be in for 3pm. Kitchen closes at 3pm to reopen again at 4pm. This doesn’t work well with the Issho concept, felt very much under pressure to make all orders in 10 minutes after being seated in the restaurant.

Service was poor despite the manager trying her very best to accommodate. Restaurant felt heavily understaffed compared to what we have become accustomed to. Many of the staff switch out between 3-4pm, the service during this time suffers further.

It took three attempts to clear the table, not good!

One of the ladies in the bar had a terrible body odour issue!

All these things combine to shatter the experience and don’t leave you wanting more, which is what Issho has done on many occasions in the past for both lunch and dinner.

Recommendations
- If you go for lunch and you want the full menu, check first.
- Don’t go late afternoon, you don’t get the same experience, instead book for 1600 onwards.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Nice
Atmosphere

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Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Great food

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VG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

Dinner booked to celebrate family members birthday. Upon arrival requested that 2 of us have the tasting menu and 2 order a la carte. We were informed by the waitress and manager that everyone had to have the set menu as it was against restaurant policy. The reason given for this was that apparently customers were confused about their orders and complaints had been made about this in the past. The manager was rude and dismissive when trying to explain to her that this was for a special occasion. She had very little insight and to be running a high end restaurant in Leeds her manners/ tact have to improve significantly. The food can not be faulted but the overall dining experience left us dissatisfied. Quite frankly had we not gone for a birthday dinner we would have most definitely left to go to a different restaurant.

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KA
London
110 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Lovely interior and excellent flavours. On the expensive side but a special meal overall. The tofu salad is a wonderful surprise!

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AC
Yorkshire
9 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent lunch for a group of friends. Bar staff on arrival are fab and the service is excellent. Food was great also!

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OT
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

No matter how many times we have been here , the food is never disappointing and the staff are always so welcoming

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PB
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Food was outstanding and would definitely revisit
Staff a little over keen and interrupted the conversation on several occasions - maybe a little more tact
Bar ambience was great although a touch too loud inside
Can’t put my finger on the restaurant ambience, just something lacking

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GT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was concerned after previous reviews highlighting small portion size. I am glad to report no such thing. Went for the gourmet tasting menu. A couple of courses such as the spicy salad were a little sparse and could be a little larger, it was to be shared after all, but all the others were suitably sized. Every course was hugely tasteful and well served by very attentive staff who explained the menu to is as it went along. Highlight for me was the desert , unusual as I rarely ever order one, the rice pudding with banana flavour ice cream. Absolutely incredible taste, so creamy and the banana so intense flavour. Only gripe, common to all Leeds restaurants, is the ridiculous cost of cocktails, wine, and drinks. Essentially just doubled the cost of the evening. Yes they were interesting but the cost of this element is just getting prohibitive. Fingers crossed for someone to break the mould. Apart from that a superb meal,one of the best I have had in my 60 years which One celebrated on the night

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DD
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It's our first time in Issho last friday night and it was amazing. Food was amazing especially the soft shell crab and the maki. Staff was so polite and amazing they cater all our needs.

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ET
Yorkshire
6 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing as always! The food is always absolutely delicious and the staff are friendly!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What an amazing Sunday lunch experience. Fab food service and the bento box. Jackson and Morgan were great

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OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff are so friendly and nice and the food was so good! Everything was amazing

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