The five best graduation restaurants in Sheffield!

Graduation is a day that students and parents alike look forward to throughout your years at uni, so why not celebrate your success in style at some of the best places in Sheffield?


This award-winning restaurant is situated within the Copthorne hotel, a short walk from the city centre and adjacent to the Sheffield United Football Club stadium. This hotel always proves popular with family who have travelled from far and wide to celebrate students’ successes, so why make them go further afield than the chic restaurant downstairs?

18Fifty5’s modern, stylish interior is the perfect setting for this particularly special meal out, and the spacious dining area can fit large parties as well as smaller, more intimate gatherings. This multi-award winning restaurant also accommodates any children with a designated menu made from the same locally-sourced, high-quality ingredients, so you can bring the whole family along for a sophisticated celebration without fearing that someone will be left out.

This attention to detail is mirrored in the adult menu, where delicious, high-quality dishes will have something to suit even the pickiest eater. Particularly popular is the way that 18Fifty5 has adapted classic British dishes to luxurious new heights, such as fish and chips from local ingredients prepared to an unbelievable standard, and all are presented beautifully by the famously attentive staff.

Perhaps unexpectedly, 18Fifty5’s lavish menu doesn’t come with an eye-watering price tag, so, no matter what your budget, your special occasion can be marked with a unforgettable meal if you book 18Fifty5.

Cubana Tapas

The best tapas in Sheffield

If you’re looking for somewhere lively and memorable to celebrate with friends and family, then you can do no better than Cubana Tapas. Located right in the city centre – its yellow-brick façade is difficult to miss. Often featuring live music, you will be transported to a sun-drenched Latin-American haven; it’s no surprise that this restaurant and bar recently won the Westside award for Best Night Out.

The tapas menu encourages everyone to dig in and enjoy a sociable, spirited meal with dishes inspired by classic Cuban, Latin-American and Spanish tapas. Reviewers on Go Dine point to Cubana’s ‘fun and rustic atmosphere’ as a unique attraction, and no graduation meal can go wrong with their mind-boggling range of drinks, from classic margaritas to speciality rums and post-dinner Cuban cigars.

By booking your post- or pre-ceremony meal through us you can access amazing exclusive offers to suit any size of party, from £5 off the tapas set menu to the large party deal for just £20.50 a head, which takes the pressure off of choosing exactly the right amount of dishes – they’ve already worked it out for you. Book through us soon for a great experience, as it’s sure to be very popular!

Zing Vaa

Chinese meal in Sheffield graduate

The unassuming exterior of Zing Vaa masks the city centre’s hidden gem, as here you will find Sheffield’s oldest – and favourite – Chinese restaurant, which has been serving a loyal base of customers for more than 50 years. The modern, chic interior can accommodate large parties on its round tables, and the central spinning board allows for easy sharing and socialising around all your friends and family.

It’s no surprise that Zing Vaa has been voted the No. 1 place to eat in Sheffield by Go Dine users, as classic Chinese dishes such as aromatic crispy duck have been elevated to perfection by unique family recipes and are made to order to ensure every element is totally fresh, authentic and, most importantly, tasty. Customers return again and again for the consistently speedy service and unparalleled food, so your graduation meal will be sure to be a success when you book Zing Vaa.

The Old Vicarage

Graduation meal at Michelin-starred restaurant

Gradation only happens once (for most people!) and it’s a day that both students and their parents look forward to for years. Somewhere which would certainly send you off in style is the only Michelin-starred restaurant in the area, the famous Old Vicarage. Just a short drive south from the city centre finds you in the tranquil countryside in which the historic venue is situated among rolling hills and beautiful landscaping.

Chef Tessa Bramley was given the prized award in 1998 for her unique and inventive dishes, cooked to perfection from the best ingredients on offer. A typical three course meal could see you enjoying roast quail, followed by spiced coconut aubergine with sweet potato croquettes finished with the famous blackberry and liquorice mousse, all of which are presented immaculately and lead to a truly special dining experience.

If this type of fine dining sounds like a lofty dream, then rest assured that your bank account (or your parents’) won’t be emptied by the evening, as when you book in advance with us a three-course meal is only £40 per person for amazing food at the best restaurant that Sheffield can offer.

Vito’s Italian Restaurant

Relaxed graduation meal in Sheffield

If you are just in the mood for a relaxed family gathering with some great food, look no further than Vito’s Italian, located just a mile from the University of Sheffield in the heart of the student areas of Crookes and Walkley.

Vito has been serving up classic Italian fare in this cozy, rustic little restaurant for more than 20 years, and it’s no surprise that Vito’s has become a firm favourite of locals and students alike. The menu offers authentic Italian dishes, from familiar pizza and pasta dishes to decadent pan-fried veal and steaks, all cooked using recipes handed down in Vito’s family from generations of chefs. Vito’s uses local Yorkshire produce to ensure that the ingredients are as fresh as possible, and the discerning will be spoiled by the vast array of quality wines on offer.

You can afford to sample all you want of the restaurant’s menu and drinks, as booking through Go Dine gives you 20% off your total bill, be indulgent and mark the occasion with a meal that the whole family will love.

To view all of our other restaurants, go to the Go Dine website, where you can sort through locations (near the University of Sheffield or Sheffield Hallam), different cuisines, best offers and more!

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