8 Sheffield restaurants to take the family to this graduation

City Hall Sheffield
Thousands of Sheffield Hallam University students will graduate at City Hall

As thousands of Sheffield Hallam University students graduate, we have picked out some Sheffield's restaurants to dine at with the family. For more inspiration, head to Alive After 5's food and drink section.

Silversmiths – Arundel Street

Situated right in the heart of Hallam’s city centre campus on Arundel Street, Silversmiths brands itself as the Yorkshire restaurant. Boasting a menu featuring the finest local ingredients, Silversmiths is the spot if you really want to show off to your family. Tuesday is always popular, with pie and steak ruling the menu for one evening a week. Book by calling 0114 270 6160.

Bloo 88 – West Street

Bloo88 on West Street is offering graduates a free glass of prosecco to celebrate their achievements during grad week. Book a table for six or more and they’ll throw in the rest of the bottle. Bloo88 is famous for its pizzas, with a 241 offer running throughout most of the week. With 6” and 12” options covering everything from spicy to meaty to vegan, Bloo88 is a safe bet for even the fussiest of families. Call 0114 270 6264 or email bookings@bloo88.com to book.

AAGRAH – Leopold Square

If spice is your thing, head to AAGRAH in Leopold Square. With restaurants all over Yorkshire, AAGRAH specialises in Kashmiri food, and with dining deals throughout the week, is ideal for those budget-conscious graduates. Enjoy the early bird buffet for £13.95 per person from 5:30pm – 6:30pm on Monday, or order two starters and two main dishes and receive the least expensive main dishes for free between 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Monday to Thursday. Book online.

OISOI – St Paul’s Place

Hidden away on St Paul’s Place is one of Sheffield’s best-kept culinary secrets. OISOI opened in 2015, and has been on a mission to transform Oriental dining in Sheffield ever since. Inside, it’s easy to see why OISOI has won awards for its stunning interior, and the menu features some top-notch Oriental cuisine. Make sure to leave room for dessert – the patisserie bar is incredible. Book by calling 0114 275 6566.

Cubana – Leopold Square

For a taste of Cuba in the heart of Sheffield, head to Cubana in Leopold Square. Tapas is the star of the show here, which is great for sharing in large groups. Order plenty of dishes and try a bit of everything, we can recommend the gambas tigres (breaded tiger prawns) and espárragos trigueros (asparagus with spinach, tomatoes and manchego cheese). Take advantage of Tapas Happy Hour until 6pm every night of the week – any two tapas for £7.95 or £5 off Cubana’s tapas set menus. Book by calling 0114 2760475.


Tucked away in the West One Plaza on Fitzwilliam Street, Akbars makes spice simple, with a great selection of set menus to choose from, ranging in price from £16.95 - £22.95 a head. Expect classic dishes including chicken Balti and chicken tikka masala to the more unusual karahi fish and lamb handi. Call 0114 272 7222 to book.

Pizza Express

With three sites in the city centre – The Moor, Devonshire Street and St Paul’s Place – you’re never far from a Pizza Express in Sheffield. With crowd-pleasing Italian classics including pizza, pasta and salads, Pizza Express is a good all-rounder if you need to please everyone from your Nan to your little brother. Head to the Pizza Express website to discover some great offers on dining.

U buffet

If Chinese is a family favourite, U Buffet on West Street will cater for all your needs. The all you can eat buffet features Chinese classics including spring rolls and shredded pork as well as sushi and a fantastic selection of desserts. Between 4pm and 11pm (Monday to Thursday), it’s just under £15 a head, bargain! Head to the U Buffet website to book.

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