Places to eat in York
Here are some of our recommendations – enjoy!
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. You can reserve afternoon in the Belmont Rooms at the weekend.
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!
Spring Espresso – Fossgate and Lendal (café)
Lovely smooth coffee, friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Brew and Brownie and the Bakeshop – 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.
The Perky Peacock – North Street Postern Tower (café)
Quirky café situated in tower by the River Ouse selling great coffee and cakes.
Fossgate Social – Fossgate (café)
Young and lively café with great atmosphere.
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! At present only open between 9.30am and 5.00pm seven days a week.
Bengal Brasserie – 21 Goodramgate (Indian) 01904 613131
Local Indian restaurant which has received good reports from our guests.
The Royal Oak – 18 Goodramgate Tel 01904 628869
Real ale and good food. Based in a 17th century Inn and do a great Sunday roast!
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
Roots – York 68 Marygate
This is the restaurant everyone is talking about! Set up chef Tommy Banks who runs the Michelin-starred restaurant, The Black Swan and Oldstead, this restaurant is getting rave reviews.
Skosh – 98 Micklegate (Japanese/Middle Eastern) Tel 01904 634849
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.
Whippet Inn – 15 North Street (Steak and Ale House) Tel 01904 500660
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. Described as English Tapas.
Café No. 8 – Gillygate (English) Tel 01904 653074
Serving high quality food daytime and evening and has a lovely secluded garden in Gillygate.
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.
Partisan – 112 Micklegate, York (café) Tel 01904 629866
Very popular with the locals which is always a good sign and new entry in the Good Food Guide 2019. Open for evening meals on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and also great for breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas and excellent choice for vegetarians and vegans.
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
Highly regarded curry house in a lively part of town, very popular and reasonably priced.
Coconut Lagoon – 56 Clarence St (Indian) Tel 01904 652828
Southern Indian cuisine.
Red Chilli – George Hudson Street (Chinese) Tel 01904 733668
This is where the Chinese community eat and it comes highly recommended.
Los Moros – 15 to 17 Grape Lane (Modern North African) Tel 01904 636834
These guys have a successful street food stall in The Shambles Market and now opened a shinny new restaurant, it’s the only one of its kind in York.
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
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 – Coney Street (café + evening meals) Tel 0871 902 5726
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.
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.
Deliveroo offering delivery to your door service
Type in the apartment’s postcode which is YO31 7HZ (Cloisters) and YO31 7PL (Feversham) and you will find a list of local restaurants who are part of this scheme.