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The 25 best restaurants in Sheffield

High-end restaurant in a shipping container, you say? That’s just one of the very best restaurants in Sheffield now according to us. Along with Michelin-rated grub, 50 year-old curry houses and even a small plates and cocktail spot in an old toilet.

Daniel Dylan Wray
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Kelly Pigram
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Daniel Dylan Wray
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Yorkshire’s biggest city may be best known for its massive university, charming accent and winning array of things to do – but it certainly punches above its weight when it comes to independent restaurants, bars and cafés, too. In fact, student-centric Sheffield boasts a diverse food and drink scene that can cater for pretty much all budgets and occasions. So whether you’re more into the idea of street food, a sourdough bakery or a fine-dining establishment set in a shipping container, our pick of the very best restaurants in Sheffield has you covered.

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Best restaurants in Sheffield

Why go? For its eight-course tasting menu.

With its hyper-local produce and ample tasting menu, modern British restaurant Joro is one of the swishest eating establishments in Sheffield, even though it’s in the Krynkl shipping container development. At this award-winning joint, seasonal small plates are beautifully presented and fashioned from local ingredients. Wear stretchy pants.

Price: Blowout

Why go? To experience the largest food hall in the north of England. 

In this converted cutlery factory, you can sample a whole host of different cuisines from the 14 different vendors located here.  Konjo offers up a Scandi-Japanese mashup all cooked over open fires, while China Red makes authentic Szechuan cuisine. Plus, there's Nashville-style chicken, sushi, pizza, Mexican, Thai and burgers. The chocolate counter Bullion is incredible and stocked nationwide, while local coffee roasters Foundry serve up some of the best brews in the city. 

Price: Mid-range

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Why go? To sample the delights of Sheffield's oldest Indian restaurant.

'Inspired by India, made in Sheffield' is the tagline for this amazing restaurant that has been serving up the people of Sheffield since 1967. The menu is stripped back yet innovative and tasty. Quite simply: some of the best curry you’ll taste in all of Yorkshire.

Price: mid-range 

Why go? To sample the ever-changing menu. 

No Name is a small modern bistro with a minimal, but continually, changing menu. All the dishes are centered around seasonal and locally-sourced products. Located in the heart of Crookes, slightly outside of the city centre, this is one of the city’s best tucked away restaurants. Their sample menu should be enough to suck you in.

Price: Pricey

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Why go? To experience a taste of Yorkshire.  

Silversmiths offers up fine modern British cuisine but peppered with a strong Yorkshire influence. Over a decade ago it was a struggling establishment before appearing on Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares, after which it rebranded and became a regular in the Good Food Guide, as well as winning several awards.

Price: Pricey

Why go? To experience amazing food and drinks in a former public toilet. 

You could easily walk past Public given its underground location: a former public toilet. However, once inside you’re greeted with pristine decor, incredible cocktails, a range of natural wines and a small plates menu that offers up some of the best food in the city. There’s no wonder the Observer named it as one of the best spots in the UK.

Price: Mid-range-to-pricey

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Why go? To get a taste of Sardinian soul food. 

This family-run Sardinian restaurant, bar and deli is one of the city’s finest places to eat. Domo means “home” and here you’ll find a mix of fresh produce from local, independent Sheffield retailers along with specialities direct from Sardinia, specifically their home town of Castelsardo.

Price: pricey

Why go? To try some of the best vegan and veggie food in the city. 

V or V (vegetarian or vegan) is a real jewel in the crown of Sheffield’s food scene. The menu is innovative, exciting, and always changing with the results consistent. It’s a coffee place with a brunch menu by day and a seriously excellent small plates menu in the evening.

Price: mid-range 

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Why go? For an extensive natural wine menu and tasty small plates.

Located outside of the city centre in the cosy residential area of Nether Edge, Bench is a local deli, bakery, bar and small plates eatery. Natural wine is their game and they do it exceptionally well, with an ever-changing variety available by the glass and the bottle. Eat in or chill out on the terrace, this neighbourhood hangout is one of the finest recent additions to Sheffield’s food and drink scene.

Price: Mid-range-to-pricey 

Why go? For the 7 course tasting menu served at a bargain price.

A micro-resturant that sits just 12 people, Luke's Place takes fine dining and strips it back to a more comfortable, intimate and laid back offer. The ever-changing course 7 course tasting menu is only £30 and focuses heavily on seasonal, foraged and preserved produce. There's a house natural wine that changes monthly, along with decent beers and cocktails. This is high end food made accessible with affordable prices. A real gem. 

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Why go? For excellent small plates and top wine.  

Tonco is a small restaurant centred round an open kitchen, specialising in eclectic yet simple small plates, along with some knockout wine. The menu is ever-changing, reflecting seasonality, meaning your taste buds are always in for a surprise. 

Price: mid-range 

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