Oceans Fish Restaurant

Business Reviews

Oceans Fish Restaurant is a new and welcome addition to Crossgates, East Leeds. The original takeaway known as Crossgates Fish Bar was opened in 1973 by the Michael family and their son George took over the reins 9 years ago. Recently he decided to rebrand the business and extend the original shop to include the smart new restaurant. 

On arrival, the restaurant looked welcoming. The smart signage is bold and eye-catching, while the interior is classy and modern. The restaurant has not forgotten its origins though, as a large black and white photograph of Austhorpe Road from days gone by dominates one wall – a nice touch I thought!

There were three of us in our dining party, three generations of the same family looking forward to a good meal and a catch up, and we were not disappointed. We were welcomed by the friendly front of house staff and shown to our table. We were brought the menus and left to settle in to our seats for a couple of minutes before drinks orders were taken.


The fact that this is a family business is clearly evident in the menu, they have clearly thought about all age groups and the whole family can dine out here and enjoy a meal together. The restaurant offers great value set meals for children and senior citizens which we took advantage of. My daughter ordered from the children’s menu which is £3.95 for two courses and a drink, while my Nanna chose a Senior Citizens special costing £8.95 for 3 courses, bread and butter and a pot of tea or coffee. This is also available as a single course for £6.95 which again includes the bread and butter, tea/coffee.

To start, I ordered the Calamari, my daughter chose the scampi starter from the main menu, while my Nan had soup of the day. The starters arrived without too much delay and we tucked into the beautifully presented dishes. The generous portion of calamari was deliciously soft and fresh, coated in a light batter, served with a pot of tartare sauce, wedge of lemon and fresh crispy salad. The scampi, also served with tartare sauce and salad was a huge hit with my daughter, and as one of her favourite meals declared it to be “absolutely gorgeous”.

The soup of the day was minestrone and was thoroughly enjoyed by Nan. This, along with garlic mushrooms are just a couple of the ‘fish free’ starters on offer for those wanting something a bit different.

There is a great selection of main meals on the menu, including 3 different sized portions of haddock and chips to choose from. I decided on the regular sized portion, but those with a larger appetite could opt for the special, or even bigger 16oz ‘giant’.

My daughter chose the haddock bites, along with chips and beans on the children’s menu (which also has chicken and sausage options.)

My Nan of course ordered the senior citizens portion of fish, chips and mushy peas. All three of us were thrilled with our main meals. The fish was clearly very fresh, and perfectly cooked. The batter was crisp and tasty and the chips were also beautifully cooked, without even a hint of grease. The whole meal was delightfully fresh, light and satisfying. Nan’s meal was accompanied with a selection of soft white and brown buttered bread. We both enjoyed our pot of tea which was perfect for me as I like it strong. We were also provided with a pot of hot water for those who prefer it a little weaker.

There is a good choice of deserts and on this occasion we struggled to choose between the hot chocolate pudding and an ice-cream. Eventually, ice-creams were ordered all round, and were the perfect way to end the meal for us. There was a choice of sauces including chocolate, butterscotch and strawberry. The ice-cream was served in sundae glasses topped with the sauce and wafers and proved to be as delicious as the rest of the meal.

For those of you wanting a traditional fish and chip meal, this is the restaurant for you. However, don’t be mistaken in thinking this is all Ocean’s has to offer. The menu includes a variety of fish dishes, salads, baked potatoes, lighter bites and deserts. Gluten free batter is also available on request which I think further demonstrates the fact that they think of everybody here. The restaurant also has an alcohol licence.

Oceans recently won an award for fish and chip quality by the National Federation of Fish Fryers – wonderful recognition of the high quality ingredients they use. Only the best Icelandic haddock is served here, and their fruit and veg is supplied by the grocers just across the street. This family business has always been a part of the local community and continues to be so. They sponsor a local primary school football team and they are launching a loyalty card soon.

Oceans restaurant is a fantastic, family friendly eatery that has enhanced the area of Crossgates. It is well worth a visit, and I’m sure it will be a favourite for many for years to come!

Table and Group Bookings Welcome

Tel: 0113 260 5440

44-46 Austhorpe Road, Crossgates, Leeds LS14 8DX


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