Here are our recommendations for independent York cafés and restaurants. Some take reservations for evening meals but not all of them.
See our suggestions below:
Betty’s St Helen’s Square (café + evening meals)
Enjoy visiting the famous Betty’s tearooms in the Centre of town. Quite expensive but a real treat and worth the queue. Shorter queues are first thing in the morning and last thing at night.
It’s not possible to make a reservation; they stop serving evening meals just after 8pm.
Little Bettys Stonegate (café)
Small version of Betty’s set in one of York’s oldest streets. Very quaint and smaller queues.
Mannions 1 Blake Street (café)
Excellent homemade food with small outdoor space with heating in the winter. Great for breakfast and lunch. One of our favourites!
York Cocoa House 3 Blake Street (café)
A must for the chocolate lovers – apart from eating delicious chocolate biscuits and cakes, you can also buy chocolate made in the shop or sign up for a chocolate workshop.
Spring Espresso Fossgate and Lendal (café)
Lovely smooth coffee, friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Brew and Brownie Museum Street (café)
Uses great local produce and has a fabulous cake-maker. Is quite small and can be hard sometimes to find a seat.
Nearby Restaurants and Pubs
Little Italy 12 Goodramgate (Italian) Tel 01904 623539
Cosy family run Italian just a few minutes’ walk away, very popular for evening meals so you should book in advance. Nice deli counter for take-away food. Closed Wednesdays.
Ambiente 14 Goodramgate (Tapas) Tel 01904 689784
Great lively tapas bars – on the same parade as Little Italy. They also have a restaurant in Fossgate which is larger and the other side of town.
Café Concerto 21 High Petergate (English) Tel 01904 610478
This is one of our favourite café/restaurants, which opened 25 years ago and still going strong. Open all day and has stunning views of York Minster to admire whilst eating. They supplied the chocolate cake, which you can see in our gallery pictures! Another one of our favourites!
The Royal Oak 18 Goodramgate Tel 01904 628869
Real ale and good food. Based in a 17th century Inn. They have live music on Wednesday and Friday nights.
The Black Swan Peaseholme Green Tel 01904 679131
We haven't eaten here but have heard great things about the food. This is also the home of the Black Swan Folk Club and there is live music on Thursday nights http://www.blackswanfolkclub.org.uk/guest.cfm
Special Occasion Restaurants
The Star Inn The City Museum Street (English/Yorkshire) Tel 01904 619208
Situated within the stunning Museum Gardens, the restaurant has fabulous views across the River Ouse and Museum Gardens and serves excellent food and ideal for a special occasion, although not cheap. Recently refurbished.
Whippet Inn 15 North Street (Steak and Ale House) Tel 01904 500660 www.thewhippetinn.co.uk
This restaurant/gastro pub is extremely popular and is known for its excellent local produce with the finest real ales, lagers, spirits and wines from around the UK. They also specialise in Yorkshire Beef cuts.
Mr P’s Curious Tavern 71 Low Petergate Tel 01904 521177
This is run by the same people who own The Star Inn the City. It's a quirky restaurant – small plates from around the world to taste along with an atmospheric (allegedly haunted) Grade II* listed building.
Café No. 8 Gillygate (English) Tel 01904 653074
Serving high quality food daytime and evening and has a lovely secluded garden in Gillygate. They also have a lovely café within the York Art Gallery – you can use the café without paying to go into the Gallery.
The Rattle Owl 104 Micklegate (English) Tel 01904 658658
Fabulous restaurant for lunch and evening meals. Based in a 17th century building with a Roman building in the basement. It opened in 2016 and has been getting great reviews
Skosh 98 Micklegate (Japanese/Middle Eastern) Tel 01904 634849
Recently opened this restaurant is going down a storm in York and with this Guardian review you should book well in advance!
Read the review here from the Guardian
Food from Around the World
Barbakan 58 Walmgate (Polish) Tel 01904 672474
Amazing home cooked Polish food, very popular and large portions. Service is quite slow but well worth the wait.
Rustique (French) Tel 01904 622333 (Lendal) and 01904 612744 (Castlegate)
Lovely French restaurant, reasonably priced and has an excellent reputation. There are two restaurants in town – the nearest one to the apartment is Lendal.
Le Cochon Aveugle 39 Walmgate (French) Tel 01904 640 222
Small restaurant offering a gastronomic experience focusing on trying new things. They describe themselves as presenting ‘bold and expressive dishes.
Mumbai Lounge 47 Fossgate (Indian) Tel 01904 654155
Very highly regarded curry house in a lively area of town, extremely popular and reasonably priced.
Red Chilli George Hudson Street (Chinese) Tel 0190 473 3668
This is where the Chinese community eat and it comes highly recommended.
Lucia 13 Back Swinegate (Italian) Tel 01904 731599
Lovely little wine bar with outside eating area in quaint part of town and blankets provided in the winter to keep you warm. You can’t book but nice place to chill and have a drink whilst you wait for a table.
Gluten Free Restaurants
The following places cater for gluten free diets:
Cafe Concerto High Petergate Tel 01904 610478
Filmore and Union Low Petergate Tel 01904 654123
El-Piano Grape Lane Tel 01904 610676
Plant-based, gluten-free food using organic and local ingredients.
Goji 36 Goodramgate (veggie/vegan café) 01904 622614
Just around the corner from the Minster this place is a must for vegetarians, vegans and anyone who enjoys this style of food. Not open evenings.
… Sainsbury’s has an excellent Gluten Free section
Just a few more….
City Screen York Coney Street (café + evening meals) Tel 0871 902 5726
Based in the middle of the shopping centre, City Screen is a bustling, lively café bar, which is part of the cinema complex with an outside space overlooking the River Ouse, which is lovely in the summer. Great place to get all day food, no reservations needed.
Fossgate Social Fossgate (café) Tel 01904 628692
Young and lively café with great atmosphere.
Drakes Fisheries York Low Petergate (café) Tel 01904 624788
Fish and chip shop/restaurant in the centre of York, popular with the locals and seating area upstairs.
Delivery to your Door Service
Deliveroo operates in York allowing you to have food delivered to your door. If you Google www.deliveroo.co.uk and type in the apartment’s postcode which is YO31 7HZ you will find a list of local restaurants who are part of this scheme. Or click here
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