Recommended restaurants by the first direct arena

Pizza Express

23 Merrion Way , England LS2 8BT
Phone: 0113 2211890

Our pizzeria is located in the heart of Leeds Arena Quarter. From lunch ‘til late, we serve all your favourites in our sociable pizzeria, as well as cocktails and light bites at our new bar.

Gong Cha

80 Merrion Street , England LS2 8LW

Serving authentic bubble tea from Taiwan, Gong cha Merrion Street offers an extensive range of cold and hot drinks that can be customise according to your personal taste!


Natural, healthy, freshly brewed tea and beverages are on offer with most drinks’ sweetness levels being able to be tailored to individual preferences.
But it’s not just tea at Gong cha… there’s a whole host of drinks to get your taste buds tantalised! From milk tea to smoothies, you can personalise your drink to suit your taste!

Cult Wing

19 Merrion Way, England LS2 8NG

Cult Wing celebrates freedom and raw individuality, richly captured in the venue’s funky décor and laid back, yet attentive style of service.


It serves fresh, flavour packed food and drink menus from fried wings and gourmet burgers and produces its own sauces which come in a choice of 9 flavours. In addition, craft beers and an impressive range of more than 200 tequilas also feature in a hard-backed ‘Tequila Bible’. 

Blue Sakura

3 Merrion Way , England LS2 8BT

Blue Sakura offers a unique all you can eat concept of Japanese sushi and Asian style grill. Get acquainted with hundreds of delicious cold and hot traditional Japanese & Chinese dishes all ordered via touch screen technology at tables set beneath stunning oriental blossom trees.

Fuji Hiro

45 Wade Lane , England LS2 8NJ

Fuji Hiro is a traditional Japanese noodle bar that is LEGENDARY with foodies who flock from across the city (and further afield!) to enjoy their mouth watering, authentic Japanese food.
A quick, quality hit of pure Japanese yumminess awaits at this cafe-style noodle bar! Whether it’s a steaming bowl of fresh chilli beef ramen, delicate gyoza dumplings or an epic bento box that gives you a little taste of everything, it’s a bonafide Japanese gem that’s not to be missed.


9 Merrion Way , England LS2 8BT

Bulgogi Grill offer top quality (locally sourced) grilled meats, seafood and vegetables combined with Korean influenced side dishes, beers, drinks and cocktails. Specialising in the joys of Korean BBQ, this unique, modern restaurant puts you in control of your very own table-top grill.

Burger King

4b Merrion Centre
Unit, England LS2 8BT

Head to Burger King on Merrion Way and tuck into their signature Whopper, try a Chicken Royale or choose from a wide range of other freshly grilled burgers, kid’s meals and meat-free/Vegan society approved items in this warm and welcoming restaurant.


84 Merrion Street , England LS2 8LW

Eatime specialises in authentic, traditional Chinese rotisseries including duck, chicken and pork as well as various popular rice and noodle dishes.With chefs cooking all food on the site to ensure each dish is served as fresh as possible, you’ll find dim sum and many other popular Asian flavours including Sweet & Sour and Chinese curry alongside signature chef’s dishes which can only be found at Eatime!.


Merrion Way , England

With food freshly prepared on a daily basis, using only the finest quality ingredients, Frankster’s on Merrion Street offer a wide range of menu options. From delicious Angus beef burgers to lip-smacking Peri peri chicken, there is something for everyone at Frankster’s!

Hama Korean BBQ

30-32 Woodhouse Lane, England LS2 8LX

Hama serves authentic, traditional Korean food with an all you can eat BBQ buffet and over 30 additional dishes.

Fresh produce including chicken, beef, pork, fish and lamb can be grilled on your very own table top grill, meaning you can enjoy your meal cooked exactly how you like it!


Merrion Street , England LS2 8LW

KFC’s famous recipe consisting of 11 secret herbs and spices can be found on Merrion Street close to the Arena.

From fillet tower burgers to buckets of mouthwatering, delicious chicken… why not take advantage of their value for money meal deals when you're next in Leeds

Mi's Noodles

21 Merrion Way , England LS2 8BT

Looking for an authentic taste of China in Leeds? Head to Mi’s Noodles!
Serving a variety of hot & cold dishes (including hand made Ramen & Mi Xian rice noodles from the Yunan Province), Mi’s offers traditional food in the heart of Leeds Arena Quarter. Offering an informal dining experience, there’s no need to pre-book at Mi’s… simply choose to takeaway or eat in at Mi’s casual upper mezzanine level.
We guarantee you’ll be transported to China with the amazing taste of signature soups, noodles & dishes!


43 Wade Lane , England LS2 8NJ

My Thai, your Thai, everybody wants a piece of this authentic Thai restaurant!

The interior transports diners to Thailand itself, with favourites like gently-spiced yellow curry, fragrant Thai fishcakes and a fiery papaya salad that’s sure to warm your cockles, all at irresistibly affordable prices.

Choose from ‘Big Bites’ including Pad Thai or Chicken Noodle Soup or opt for a ‘Thai Tapas’ by ordering a selection from the extensive ‘Lite Bites’ menu (from £1.50).

OBA Kitchen & Bar

Wade Lane , England LS2

OBA is where Korean cuisine meets Japanese fusion!

Expect a tantalising menu offering an authentic range of dishes including Stir Fry’s, Korean pancakes, Traditional Rice Dishes & Bibimpap (over 70% of OBA's extensive menu us Vegan!)

We’re sure foodies looking for a unique dining experience will be heading to this contemporary eatery in the heart of Leeds Arena Quarter

Sticky Sisters

11 Merrion Way , England LS2 8BT

Sticky Sisters is a fast-casual dining experience, serving up a diverse menu including its signature chicken wings & 17 delicious sauces to choose from!

It’s time to get Saucy…from hot’n’spicy to mild’n’wild, whatever your preference, you’re well & truly covered at Sticky Sisters.

In addition, the menu also includes vegetarian options & speciality milkshakes, with the option to dine-in or takeaway.

The Merchant

20-24 Woodhouse Lane , England LS2 9HD

The Merchant is a friendly venue offering delicious food, great drinks & brilliant service all at an affordable price!

The Merchant is a friendly venue offering delicious food, great drinks & brilliant service all at an affordable price!

Bengal Brasserie

5 Merrion Way , England LS2 8BT
Phone: +44 113 243 6318

Bengal Brasserie’s flagship restaurant is located on Merrion Way (directly opposite the first direct arena), and offers a fully licensed bar in air-conditioned pleasant surroundings with fantastic Indian and Bengali cuisine.