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Jamie Oliver brings his version of rustic Italian cuisine to Leeds courtesy of Jamies Italian.

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12:00 - 22:00


12:00 - 22:00


12:00 - 22:00


12:00 - 22:00


12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 21:00

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Jamies Italian reviews

By Cherril C.

20th April 2012: My friends and I went to Jamie's Italian and had a lovely time. The atmosphere was great and the food delicious and reasonably priced. In fact, the lemon curd dessert was one of the nicest puddings I have ever tasted! Our American waitor was polite and efficient. My only grouch is just one ladies toilet in the upstairs restaurant and so queuing. I will definitely be visiting Mr Oliver's restaurant again. Cherril Cliff

By Martin S.

Visited Thursday evening 27th October......first visit........we had a wait of about 40 minutes for a table which we did not mind.... My partner had sea bass overpriced at £17.95...I ordered Jamies special at £12.95 which when it came was a lukewarm turkey burger with a fried egg on top...tasteless and was sent back...I tried the tagliatelle which again was tasteless but I was hungry so being polite I got on with it. Jamies crunchy salad was nothing more than shredded beetroot and carrot in a tiny dish...not enough for one never mind two people at £3.95 and polenta chips, eight in total...not enough for one never mind two people. We ordered a carafe of wine during our meal but it never appeared...apparently there was a queue for carafes of wine..it was offered to us when we had finished our meal. I had a coffee which was fine...my partner had an icecream dessert which came in the tiniest of dishes. Drinks are overpriced at £3.95 for a bottle of lager and £5.10 for a glass of wine... People come here for the hype and to say they have been to a Jamie Oliver restaurant...all pretending to enjoy themselves and the hype. Take my advice.. dont go....we will NOT be going again, what a let down and a total rip off.....lots of hype and atmosphere...appalling food and service.


[wheelchair user] Third visit recently. Imaginative, exciting menu with attentive but not obtrusive waitress. Wine chilled correctly and no serious delay in arrival of food. Most enjoyable meal at a reasonable price considering the range and quality offered. No difficulty getting up in lift of finding a suitable table with help from staff. BUT OH WHY, WHY WHY THE LOUD BACKGROUND MUSIC? ASKED FOR IT TO BE LOWERED WITH MINIMAL EFFECT! NORMAL CONVERSATION VERY DIFFICULT AND THEREFORE SUGGEST EARPLUGS BE ADDED TO THE MENU! If still the same when I next visit, I shall go to nearby Picolino's instead

By Trish B.

My friend and I went early evening and had a delicious meal. We both ordered different dishes with sides to share and were very impressed. The service was fab and the portion sizes just right. We were both struggling toward the end but didn't want to leave anything as it was so tasty. Compliments to the Chef!! We paid £45 for bread nibbles to share, 2 mains, 2 sides and 4 drinks. Good value :) My opinion after reading the mixed reviews is try it for yourself and make your own mind up :) You may like it, we did!

By Diane H.

My friend and I went for lunch yesterday, it was a great bustling atmosphere, brilliant food, and attentive staff. The young man who attended to us had only been there for a week but was very friendly and helpful. Not a lot of choice for me being a Coeliac but had the risotto which was absolutely delicious. Decided on the panna cotta for dessert which I enjoyed. A bit puzzled as to why the meringue dish (eat and mess) was off limits. Have been to various restaurants but never been told the meringue dessert was not gluten-free. Would really like to know the reason for this. Would still eat there again when in the area.

By JM S.

This was my first time at Jamie's, I was not disappointed. Although it has the name of a famous chef my expectations were not high. I expected some good quality freshly cooked food and I expected to pay similar prices to the other main stream restaurants on park row. The restaurant was quite rustic in appearance and dimly lit, low lighting seems common in restaurants these days. Fortunately I brought my glasses so not a problem. We ordered a Mushroom Frito and a crab bruschetta to start, both were lovely. The crab starter was especially stunning with a complexity of flavour and great quality crab meat. For mains we had a fish in a bag and scallops baked in their shells, both were excellent with a wide range of flavours and wonderfully fresh fish. We had a couple of side orders of chips (fish and chips, it's an English classic), the chips were great too! We chased this down with a bottle of montepulciano d'abruzzo and 2 large bottles of sparkling water. For afters we shared an orange tira mi su which was fantastic. It was £79 for the lot, this was about £30 cheaper than the restaurant across the road, so excellent value made more excellent by the high quality of the food. The service was informal and good enough. Jamies seems to be about great food, good value and a relaxed 'at home' atmosphere where you can wear jeans or dress to impress. I will definitely go back.

By Deanne S.

we were a large party and packed into a table at the back where there was hardly room to get round the edges of the table. It was really cold where we were seated too. the starters were nice lovely meats, fresh and tasty but one small slice only per person so not very generous. the mains were well presented, ok in quantity but mine was very salty I thought it must have been the meat in the carbonara but other people who ate pasta dishes said the same. we ordered chips as an extra and these were under cooked. overall very disappointing for the prices we paid and we were expected to pay a large tip for mediocre service with meals left sitting waiting to be served for quite a while! the drinks are really pricey too.

By Jo B.

I went to Jamies Italian for tea on a Tuesday evening a couple of weeks ago and the only good thing was we didn't have to queue! I found the approach to our table to be a bit of a tussle with the staff waiting for orders at the kitchen. Our table was poorly lit, so much so it was difficult to see the menu. A diner at the next table requested a torch! I thought it was quite cold as well. The food was mediocre, my starter was bland and my main course of scallops was over priced for what it was and very salty. It's trading on Jamie's name and it doesn't deliver. I would say the building is lovely and so are the toilets. Shame about the rest.

By Sarah B.

We decided to pop into Jamie's for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. First impressions were not great, we were left standing on the steps whilst a group of staff stood around and chatted. As we were finally taken upstairs, we had to keep well to the left to avoid the waiters catching us with the food plates that were being taken to diners downstairs. Once upstairs we dodged our way past Waiter's, customers and seating (it is very narrow) to be taken to a dark corner that was freezing, we were also pretty much sitting on top of the family at the table next to us. It took about 5 minutes, but eventually we caught the eye of a waitress and asked to move. We were then seated at one of the booths in front of the bar. It was a vast improvement and meant that we were able to enjoy the buzzy atmosphere of the place, soak up the vintage furnishings (and ubiquitous Jamie merchandise) and try and warm up in the sunlight! Once we were seated and had chosen our meals, the waitress assigned to our table was great. She talked about the specials and gave recommendations for our lunch. Drinks were brought to the table quickly and when the food arrived it was hot and delicious. We tried the small portions of buffalo mozzarella ravioli, the angel hair pasta, a carbonara and accompanied these with breads and antipasti. Everything was superb, and encouraged we all ordered deserts. My Mum had the tiramisu desert, which looked like a soggy brown mess dolloped on her plate. As well as looking off putting it didn't taste of coffee and had an unpleasant texture. My husband and I had something else. The fact that I can't remember what we had says it all really. All in all we spent £80.00 on a lunch for 3 adults and a child. I think if we were to go again we would skip the desert, have a larger portion of pasta and skip the antipasti. Overall I would give 3 stars. The main courses were heavenly, but the staff / deserts / freezing cold room did spoil the experience.

By Donna B.

I visited Jamies Italian Leeds for the first time today as part of a large group for lunch. Having never been to a Jamies Italian before I did not know what to expect but anticipated that it would be top notch and I was not disappointed. The service was exceptional and attentive and the food was outstanding. The atmosphere was welcoming and warm in the rustic setting of the old bank. We enjoyed a variety of anti pasti, olives and bread served on fantastic rustic boards followed by lovely mains and beautiful puddings. I found the portions to be generous and beautifully presented and the whole experience wonderfully affordable. I will not hesitate to go back and would look at returning with my family as the menu has something for everyone including the most discerning taste buds of little members of the family. Will recommend to all that I know. The only downside is that there isn't a Jamies Italian closer to where we live. Come on Jamie open one in Lincoln please! Thanks for a lovely experienced. Barnard

By Jon S.

Just eaten here this evening, major let down was saving for a special event, but glad we didn't bother as I was so disappointed, and we were not the only ones. The upstairs was cold in temperature, the service very poor and disorganised with lots of staff looking like headless chickens with food sat on the pass for 10/15 minutes on regular occasions, with the food quality average at best, i watched my salad sit for 15 Min's on the pass until the under cooked chips and pasta dish arrived, real let down and I wont be going back! £50 felt like poor value also for 2x starters, 2 mains and a few drinks.

By Jan K.

I've seen the other reviews on this site and I must say that I am rather surprised at the general levels awarded. I was with a large group on Thursday lunchtime. We ordered a variety of starters and mixed and matched all sorts of flavours. There was plenty to eat and a decent period between that and our main course. I had chicken and thoroughly enjoyed it. I found the desserts a little disappointing. Portions were small and there was nothing particularly exciting in relation to the choice. In general everybody in our party of 11 were extremely happy with their main choice. We had a great time and the staff were first class, (that is one thing in the other reviews that I found surprising). We had an elderly parent with us and she was looked after royally and she really enjoyed herself and loved being spoilt and fussed over. Others in our group were celebrating their graduation and they were congratulated and made to feel special on a special day. I loved the thought put into the restaurant layout and consideration given to families. The prices were very reasonable and the staff were knowledgeable about the menu and the contents. I would certainly wish to visit again and hope that Jamie considers opening one of these restaurants in Newcastle.

By El R.

I'd like to give 3.5 stars really. Two of us visited in July. Service was a little slow on the drinks but our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. The wait in the bar area was pleasant enough if a little cramped. The decor/fittings/architecture is very pleasant and I quite liked the music choice which was kind of 90s indie/rock. The antipasti I thought was very good although when told there was one slice of the meat per head I though that a little tight. However paying for the platter for two (14 quid) makes it quite a grazing fest. The mozzarella was very nice and fresh, olives were great and the meats were mainly nice big slices of good stuff. Not the two mouthfuls I was expecting. My main was fritto misto. And contrary to some reviews there was a lot on this plate. Lots of fish, octopus etc lightly battered. Perhaps a little cold sadly or maybe I'm a slow eater (I'm not). Generally pretty enjoyable although the big prawn was unhelpfully wrapped in an impressive cage of deepfried cage-like noodley stuff which had to be removed. The spring (summer maybe?) salad we got was nice if a little saltily dressed. My friend's carbonara seemed pretty decent though hard to eat as the thick tubey pasta was "untwizzelable" but tasty. Big chunks of bacon in there two. All in all a pleasant experience and I enjoyed the atmosphere - though we did get a nice comfy corner seat away from the bustle of the waiting stuff - who are busy - and the place is pretty tight on the gangways. I'd go again but the food wasn't as knockout as I'd hoped.

By Kirsty M.

Myself and three others dined here on Sunday 4 July. We were told that there was a 20 minute wait and asked to wait in the bar area, where I felt as though we were getting under the feet of waiting staff - not how you want to be made to feel. We were then taken to our table 20 minutes later only to see that the majority of tables were empty and awaiting use. Upon asking our waitress why we had been made to wait when tables were available, she told us it was due to a lack of staff! Several of the starters, mains and desserts were not available apparently because it was Sunday. Very disappointing. The food itself was very nice, but you really have to search your plate for it - portions are very small. Not the generous helpings you see Jamie dish up on the tv! The salami starter was 4 wafer thin slices with nothing else. I ordered the capaccio and several of the ingredients it was supposed to be accompanied with never appeared. Most of the desserts were unavailable - in fact our waitress said it was easier to tell us what was on the menu than bring us a menu and tell us what was not available! We were all hungry and dissatisfied that we could not have a dessert so we asked for the bill and told our waitress that we would be going to a neighbouring restaurant for dessert - apparently this is not the first time people had done that! For two courses each it cost £95 but we were all still hungry. Good quality, very poor quantity. We also felt that the tables were very close together and actually had other people listening to our conversations. Overall, very disappointing. We won't be going again.

By Dave P.

Visited 2 July 2010. Ironically we met a friend who was just leaving as we walked past. They rated it, but told us not to have the ravioli or the scallops as the portion were small for the price charged. Went back at 7pm and there was a queue down the street. Decided to wait as there were only two of us. The queue moved quite quickly, waiting was eased when a member of staff appeared with a huge meat platter and cut bread and offered it to us all. Next came a tray with small glasses of wine and juice. By 7.30pm we were invited inside and were offered a table upstairs. It was in front of the prep and service area. This is also the route to the upstairs toilet (only one male and one female, don't leave it to the last minute ladies!) so you get diners constantly walking past - for this they lose a star! The menu is varied with lots of choice. Starters - mixed bread, whitebait, squid, truffle salami. All excellent, the whitebait is cold and this is stated on the menu, the portion is generous, 9 slices of salami and five pieces of squid - just enough knowing we had pasta to come. Mains - Linguini with prawns, pappardelle with meatballs. The meatballs were outstanding and the linguini full of prawns - served in a large bowl and there was plenty. Desert - chocolate brownie and ice cream which were both well made. Bottle of red wine - Italian Shiraz which was excellent. Espresso Total £65 - consdering the wine and coffees were about £20 and we doubled up on starters due to the choice (!) the meal was excellent value - £35 for two is easily possible. Definately somewhere to go back to, but I would request a table not in the main traffic area. If there are more than 4 of you prepare to wait much longer - a party of 7 behind us left the queue after being told it would be at least a 90 minute wait as they only have 3 larger tables. They do offer a pager service so you can go and have a drink in one of the nearby bars rather than wait in the st

By Lalia C.

I booked for a staff night out for a party of 12 people for a meal last night, when I made the reservation the hostess started to say she was nearly full but as it would be early that'd be fine. when most of us arrived there the waiter started to rush us in a rude way, we were still expecting 2 people to join us. when we finally all ordered food the last guests waited at least 10min to be served their drinks. Then big disappointment when the waiter brought the bread as starter (it was order as a side for my main) and then when the main courses arrived what a surprise about the Buffalo Ricotta Ravioli main size that included only 7 pieces of ravioli for £10.25 . the waiter all along kept checking on us and started to clear our plates when some were still eating but refused to bring us desert menu we decided to leave it there. when bill came what a disappointment to see that they charged us service charge as we were a party over 6 people 10% so £22.30 for a waiter who was not very professional and nearly rude to us all. A total disappointment will never go back and certainly won't recommend it quality is very low quantity is poor as well as service

By L L.

Went to Jamies on Friday 25th June 2010 for a special meal with my folks, we were really looking forward to going to Jamies Italian and though it would become a regular restaurant of ours but alas its not to be! We waited about 30mins in total, part of that in the very small bar where we were always in the way. We were shown to a seat right next to another table in a dark dingy room, my dad had to take the menu over to the light to read it! The waitress was very nice and friendly and brought some simple starters of breads and tomato & mozzarella salad which were fine, but the main course really let the whole meal down. Firstly my mum was given a meal of lamb chops which she had ordered but there seemed to be a mistake, after it sat there for 5 mins it was picked up and put on the table next to us!! Then we were served our food, a roasted pumpkin risotto, truffle ravioli, lamb lollypops and a steak, they all arrived at the table at different times and 3 of the dishes were cold, the side dish of green beans had no heat at all. We complained and they took the 3 dishes away and said they would put the meat back to cook longer....my dad said he didn't want it cooking anymore he wanted a fresh one also I had to tell them to take my meal away as I wanted to eat with everyone else. My dad wanted to speak to the manager, he came over and was dressed in a very casual manner, he kept saying we can't go back so lets move forward and we'll put this right, so I felt it was a bit of a half apology. When our meal arrived for the second time, it was disappointing; my dads was still on the cool side so was the pasta, but not only that, the risotto wasn't cooked properly, it was bland and it had boiled pumpkin not roasted as advertised, the truffle pasta (which we choose as the mushroom ravioli had run out!) had 2 tiny truffles and very little flavour and the meat wasn't consistant, all in all v disappointed and won't ever return, go to Piccolinos for decent Italian food not Jamies!

By Rebeccah L.

Visited Jamie's Italian on Saturday and I wouldn't recommend my worst enemy to go there! When we arrived (after booking) the staff tried to sit our party in two separate booths - why would we want to sit separately I hear you ask? Exactly our point! To be fair I think there had been some miscommunication when the booking was made (and I say with the up-most humility) fault could be placed on both parties. However the Manager clearly missed the seminar on how the customer is always right and proceeded to berate us on the fact that she had saved these table for... wait for it... THREE hours! What a load of rubbish. She said she would try and get us a table together whilst we had a drink in the bar but it would be at least another 1.5 hrs. When we said hopefully: 'well you never know it might only be a hour' she said: I can assure you it will be an hour and a half. Now is it just me or would a properly trained manager have simply said 'I'll try my best for you' or 'I'll definitely see want I can do' but no - another essential service industry/customer relations technique the rude manager had miss out on. Overall the impression received was that they were doing you a favour allowing you to spend your hard earned money in their restaurant. A little later they came to say a table had been found for us (less than 90 mins by the way), but the comedy of errors did not end there. The table was apparently for 6 but would have suited a 4 unless you wanted to get really friendly with the person sat next to you. However, aside from the sardine style table setting they were proposing, the main problem was that we had 7 people in our party. I'm not sure what bright idea Jamie's staff were going to come up with for where the 7th person might sit but we didn't stick around to find out. We finished up at Restaurant, Bar & Grill - great food and brilliant service. I suggest Jamie treats his staff to a night at RBG or Gaucho where the staff are a different class altogether!

By Diane M.

went as a party of 4 on 5 June. Restaurant decor fantastic however food did not live up to it. my husband and I shared the squid starter which I could have mistaken for pork scratchings had i not known better. We very rarely leave food but that was awful. My son had the chicken livers on bruscetta which was lovely. My carbonara starter was terrible - cold, stodgy and non-existent sauce!! My husband's burger was literally 8 inches high so looked very impressive, but the burger itself was thin and tasteless. It also didn't come with chips etc so these were all extra as were the veg and potatoes for the main courses. All in all a very very disappointing and expensive night out and will not be going again.

By Deborah M.

We went to Jamie's at 6pm on Friday 21st May, when we arrived it was fairly quiet but within 1/2 hour the restaurant was full. I was annoyed about how close together the tables had been placed and there was hardly any room to squeeze through to sit down. We were also put upstairs in a really dark and gloomy off-room even though it was a sunny evening and there was plenty of room in the lighter area of the restaurant. I order the squid for a starter and have to say that I was really disappointed about the portion size. It was really chewy and I struggled to cut through it with my knife. My husband had mozzarella wrapped in pancetta, this would have been lovely had the mozzarella not been fridge cold and the pancetta warm. For a main course I had mushroom ravioli which was the best I've ever tasted, but again the portion size was still too small for my liking. I also ordered some truffle chips, which again were disappointing and didn't taste of truffle. The parmesan on them was also fairly tasteless. The staff at Jamie's really make it what it is, they really go out of their way to provide good service. It's just a shame that you don't get more on your plate. Unfortunately I don't think we'll be going back for a second visit.

By Saira A.

We were a party of 24 last night from a law firm in Leeds City Centre and could not be seated. We asked if a few tables could be put together but they refused, we suggested just being seated in the same area without putting tables together they still refused, all the restaurant could come up with was sitting 2 or 4 at a time as and when tables became available. We were told only last Friday that if we arrived around 6.00pm the restaurant could accommodate us. Consequently our party of 24 left and we felt really let down and disappointed.

By John B.

Great food, I'd recommend the meat plank starter especially. Each bit was the nicest version of its own kind I've ever had; amazing olives, the meats were beautiful and the cheeses to die for. The staff were amazingly friendly and knew their stuff, and could have seemingly talked for hours on the food's sources etc. All in all a great night and one to recommend to anyone.

By Mark W.

went for meal at jamies italian saturday eve 15.5.10 had to queue for twenty mins however this wasn't a problem as the staff came out and kept us informed and even brought a tray of nibbles out once in-the staff could not do enough to make our night special the food was fantastic from starter to dessert and even tho it was busy we didnt feel rushed best italian food we've had since sorento.

By Paul W.

First time visit to Jamies Italian in Leeds, arrived 6pm ish for an early evening bite before going home, welcomed and straight into the restaurant upstairs, we were offered a table for 2 in the isle, we asked to be moved to a booth near the window for 4 people, no problem, understandably at this time they wanted to leave the 4 seaters for 4 people as the restaurant began to fill up, our visit was to try it out, nothing special to celebrate, just an early evening meal. The menu looks good, l opted for a light snack of pickled sardines before main course, which were light and refreshing, we both chose the prawn linguine, wow ! that was some pasta, we eat out alot and l can say having no expectations of the food on offer, the pasta was al dente with plenty of prawns and flavour, the sauce was just great with a little kick ! highly recommended, all washed down with a 500ml of merlot, between 2 of us ! by the time we left approx 7pm it was starting to fill up, and l`m not surprised, warm friendly staff, quick service, great food, this place is going to be huge on the foodie scene in Leeds, just hope we can get in when we want to next time very soon. paul walker

By M T.

Just a quick report, 13th May 2010 6pm. TBH a bit disappointing! Seated right away, was 30% capacity. As expected, new rest., new staff, just opened a few days.... waiters are great but cooks are not up-to standard yet. Pasta was not cooked properly, too hard (x2 dishes). Hot salad was over burnt (tasted bitter). Lamp chops perfect and funky chips very nice. Que outside about 10 ppl when we left at 7.30pm. I give 1 star for now as expected for newly opening rest. will defo go back and try again in a month's time and see how they improve, if same I'll never go back again. MT

By M T.

Just a quick report, 13th May 2010 6pm. TBH a bit disappointing! Seated right away, was 30% capacity. As expected, new rest., new staff, just opened a few days.... waiters are great but cooks are not up-to standard yet. Pasta was not cooked properly, too hard (x2 dishes). Hot salad was over burnt (tasted bitter). Lamp chops perfect and funky chips very nice. Que outside about 10 ppl when we left at 7.30pm. I give 1 star for now as expected for newly opening rest. will defo go back and try again in a month's time and see how they improve, if same I'll never go back again. MT

By Jennifer H.

Just had lunch at Jamie Italian Leeds, excellent. It was so Jamie, like being in one of his cookery programmes. Homely, tasty, had fish platter and chocolate brownie to follow. So nice not to have to treck to London to get a decent meal. Our waitress, Jemima, could not have been more helpful. Shall return again very soon.

By Jennifer H.

Just had lunch at Jamie Italian Leeds, excellent. It was so Jamie, like being in one of his cookery programmes. Homely, tasty, had fish platter and chocolate brownie to follow. So nice not to have to treck to London to get a decent meal. Our waitress, Jemima, could not have been more helpful. Shall return again very soon.

By Mcphee J.

Went about 2pm on Monday 10th May. Seated right away upstairs near the deli kitchen. Waitress was very knowledgeable and attentive. Had a selection of starters including the Italian Nachos which were great! The meat platter was excellent and came with fresh buffalo mozzarella and 4 different kinds of Italian meats. Had the Chocolate Raspberry brownie for desert which was really tasty. The building has been really well refurbished and has lots of great features. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.

By Ian B.

went 6pm sunday 9/5/10 just turned up table for 3 seated in minutes food was great but beware the Penne Arrabitata quite spicy 10 out of 10 though great experience woul recommend a visit. Ian Pudsey

By Mark W.

I don't have the number as yet but i do know that only tables of 8+ need to book,anything lower than that you can just turn up...some of the other restaurants can do up to a thousand people per day so you might have to queue.

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