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As a town that attracts lots of visitors, York has long boasted numerous restaurants, but only recently have good quality, smaller, independent restaurants really flourished here. Many can be found in two restaurant districts: Fossgate/Walmgate and in the alleys just east of Stonegate. If you're undecided, both areas are well worth browsing for their quality and ethnic mix.

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  • Solo
  • Friends
  • Couples
  • Senior
  • Foodie
  • Like a Local

12 Places

4 City Tips

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12 Places

Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms - Stonegate

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Drakes Fisheries

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The Hairy Fig

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Cafe No.8 Bistro

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The Blue Bicycle Restaurant

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Barbakan

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Il Paradiso del Cibo

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El Piano

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The Last Drop Inn

Bars & Clubs

Melton's

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City Screen Picturehouse York

Movie Theatres

The Golden Fleece

Restaurants

Christian W's City Tips

  • If a particular restaurant strikes your fancy, be sure to book a table on weekend nights, which are always busy.
  • York is a pedestrian's delight: Traffic is banned on most foot-streets and distances are short.
  • York has a famously huge number of pubs within its city walls. Many are atmospheric and perfect for a drink before or after dinner.
  • You can find car parks at various locations just outside the city walls.
  • Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms - Stonegate
    Restaurants (Cafe, British, Swiss)
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    Christian W Says:

    This extraordinarily popular cafe has a venerable charm about it that makes it an essential afternoon tea stop for many, despite the slightly eye-watering prices.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Little Betty's, a couple minutes' walk down Stonegate, is under the same management and a little cosier.
    • To avoid standing in line for a table on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, call in advance to reserve.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #134 of 824 restaurants in York
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • a delight 07/01/2020
    • Disappointed by the very weak tea 05/01/2020
    • Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms - Stonegate
    Address:
    46 Stonegate
    York YO1 8AS
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1904 622865
    Other:
  • Drakes Fisheries
    Restaurants (Seafood, Fast food, British)
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    Christian W Says:

    If you're a fish and chips lover, your mouth might start watering before you even see Drake's, as the scent of its deep-fried fish wafts a fair distance down the street. Most take their food away and eat on benches hereabouts, but there's an upstairs cafe you can sit in, too.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If you want large or jumbo haddock, be sure to call out from the queue so the staff can start cooking it for you.
    • If the line is long consider going to Mr Chippy around the corner – it's of similar quality and less busy.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #92 of 824 restaurants in York
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Absolutely Delicious 19/01/2020
    • Genuine fish and chips 17/01/2020
    • Drakes Fisheries
    Address:
    97 Low Petergate
    York YO1 7HY
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1904 624788
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$17
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
    Other:
  • The Hairy Fig
    Restaurants (Cafe, British, International)
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    Christian W Says:

    A modest exterior belies the gourmet delights you'll find within this deli, which is also an ideal place to pick up gifts for foodies. The back-room cafe is great for light meals and cakes, too.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Lunch is only served until 3pm and not on Sundays.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #59 of 824 restaurants in York
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • More tosh to die for at Christmas! 21/12/2019
    • Tosh to die for!!! 14/11/2019
    • The Hairy Fig
    Address:
    39 Fossgate
    York YO1 9TF
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1904 677074
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Cafe No.8 Bistro
    Restaurants (European, British)
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    Christian W Says:

    This small, welcoming bistro has an inventive and oft-changing menu based on local ingredients. Modern and upbeat, it's an especially good choice for inexpensive breakfasts, brunches, and lunches, too.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Gillygate, the road outside the cafe, can be very busy. Try for a seat in the conservatory beside the city wall for a quieter time.
    • There's always a fish of the day on the menu.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #66 of 824 restaurants in York
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great food. I’ve not idea 17/01/2020
    • Stunning 10/01/2020
    • Cafe No.8 Bistro
    Address:
    8 Gillygate
    York YO31 7EQ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1904 653074
    Price range:
    US$13 - US$39
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • The Blue Bicycle Restaurant
    Restaurants (British)
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    Christian W Says:

    This upmarket bistro specialises in modern takes on classic dishes. A little pricey perhaps, but the fish and steak choices here are reliably excellent.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • There's a cosy cellar for pre-meal drinks.
    • A service charge is usually added to the bill automatically, so there's no need to tip.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • This is closed because of flooding 14/08/2017
    • Warm, charming and lovely food 14/04/2017
    • The Blue Bicycle Restaurant
    Address:
    34 Fossgate
    York YO1 9TA
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1904 673990
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    Thu - Sun
    12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Other:
  • Barbakan
    Restaurants (Polish, European, Eastern European, Central European)
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    Christian W Says:

    Barbakan is a small, family-run Polish place with fantastic authentic Eastern European food. The excellent borscht and pierogi are must-trys!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Save room for the homemade, freshly baked cakes and desserts.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 824 restaurants in York
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Delicious veggie pierogi 07/01/2020
    • Very good food an service! 01/01/2020
    • Barbakan
    Address:
    58 Walmgate
    York YO1 9TL
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1904 672474
    Price range:
    US$9 - US$27
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Mon
    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Tue - Sat
    9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Il Paradiso del Cibo
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Sardinian, Southern-Italian)
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    Christian W Says:

    An authentic Sardinian bistro – right down to the Italian TV blaring in the corner – Il Paradiso is certainly not quiet. It's especially good for families with kids, who'll love the perfectly-executed and unpretentious Italian food: pizza, pasta and superb fish and meat specials.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The pumpkin ravioli is excellent (when available), and don't miss the chef's legendary tiramisu.
    • Cash only! No cards accepted here.
    • Very popular – be sure to book days in advance for a table at the weekend.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #88 of 824 restaurants in York
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lively and bustling with great food.... 13/01/2020
    • Great as always 11/01/2020
    • Il Paradiso del Cibo
    Address:
    40 Walmgate
    York YO1 9TJ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1904 611444
    Price range:
    US$9 - US$52
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • El Piano
    Restaurants (International, Spanish)
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    Christian W Says:

    Well worth a visit if you want nut free, gluten free, or vegan dishes, or simply want to be pleasantly surprised by how good such 'free-from' food can be: El Piano is 100% vegan and has a wide range of remarkably good international dishes.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The Andalusian tapas are well worth a try.
    • If you like the desserts, it's worth knowing that you can pick up kits here for making them at home.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • vegetarian/vegan heaven... best banana split! 03/10/2018
    • Unusual, unnecessary vegan food 03/09/2018
    • El Piano
    Address:
    15-17 Grape Lane
    York YO1 7HU
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1904 610676
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$48
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • The Last Drop Inn
    Bars & Clubs
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    Christian W Says:

    This is a great pub owned by the York Brewery. The Last Drop Inn has a traditional feel and good, simple comfort food – including several local sausage and mash options. The selection of beer is also impressive, and a four-glass taster is offered for those who simply can't decide.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Live music most evenings after 9pm.
    • No children allowed at any time.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 56 Nightlife in York
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A great place to call in 30/12/2019
    • Great ale 07/12/2019
    • The Last Drop Inn
    Address:
    27 Colliergate
    York YO1 8BN
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1904 621951
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Mon - Thu
    11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Melton's
    Restaurants (European, British)
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    Christian W Says:

    Certainly one of York's top restaurants for modern, creative, and seasonal British food, Melton's thrives despite being a bit of a walk from the centre, and having a rather bland-looking exterior.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Special prices are offered for those prepared to finish their meal before 7.45pm.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 824 restaurants in York
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent food and service 10/01/2020
    • Perfect! 06/01/2020
    • Melton's
    Address:
    7 Scarcroft Road
    York YO23 1ND
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1904 634341
    Other:
  • City Screen Picturehouse York
    Movie Theatres
    Christian W Says:

    This independent cinema and cafe-bar has a riverside terrace and is reliably good for brunches (until 2pm) and light meals. A good place to go just to have a fair trade coffee, too.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The venue has three film screens and hosts other events like stand-up comedy nights. Pick up a full program in the foyer.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 41 Fun & Games in York
    • Outdated soy milk 13/01/2020
    • Night out 12/01/2020
    • City Screen Picturehouse York
    Address:
    13-17 Coney Street
    York YO1 9QL
    England
    Phone:
    +44 871 902 5747
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
    Mon - Tue
    11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Wed
    10:30 AM - 11:00 PM
    Thu
    11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Fri
    11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Sat
    10:30 AM - 11:30 PM
  • The Golden Fleece
    Restaurants (Bar, British, Pub)
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    Christian W Says:

    If you're on the lookout for local specialities like roast beef and good Yorkshire pudding, you'll find them done well in many of the city centre pubs, particularly on Sundays. The Golden Fleece is my pick of the bunch: The 'roast dinners' are reliably good and well-priced.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Allegedly one of the most haunted spots in York, this pub featured on American TV show "Most Haunted".
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #207 of 824 restaurants in York
    • Wonderful 15/12/2019
    • Shocking customer service 06/12/2019
    • The Golden Fleece
    Address:
    16 Pavement
    York YO1 9UP
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1904 620491
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
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