15 Mouthwatering Restaurants in York

Everyone knows that York is a city full of historic landmarks, quaint cobbled pathways, local shops, and nearby countryside walks

But along with its galleries, market stalls, and museums, this city is also home to an outstanding culinary scene. From family run cafes to award winning gourmet cuisine, when it comes to good food York has a little something for everyone. The city has a growing reputation amongst Britain’s foodies who seek out its popular street food eats and unique dining experiences. As the birthplace of the Yorkshire Pudding you can expect to find plenty of traditional fare alongside innovative ideas and an abundance of local ingredients. This list has been compiled to give you an insight into York’s diverse and delicious restaurants.

Melton’s – $$$

This large 4-bedroomed property in the Upper Village can cater for up to 8 people. There are two luxury bathrooms, two lounges, space to park 2 cars as well as a private garden. It is fully centrally heated with fuel provided, as are the linen and towels.

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The ground floor comprises the smaller of the lounges where there is satellite flat-screen TV, fully equipped kitchen, dining room, utility room as well as a cloakroom/WC.

The first floor contains the larger lounge, four bedrooms, three doubles and a twin, and two bathrooms.

Phone: +44 1904 634341

Address: 7 Scarcroft Road, York, YO23 1ND

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Source – $$

Source is a trendy restaurant focusing on homemade vegan and vegetarian dishes, along with a selection of locally sourced slow cooked meats. This restaurant come deli offers casual dining with affordable bites to eat. Here you can tuck into American classics such as fried chicken and nachos. Treat yourself to a mouth watering brunch, or, try the specially crafted vegan menu with lime grilled avocados, mock camembert, and seitan ribs to name but a few.

Phone: +44 1904 630208

Address: 7 Jubbergate, York, YO1 8RT

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31 Castlegate – $$

For candlelit dinners set within a grand Georgian Mansion, 31 Castlegate is the place to be. Open since 2005, this restaurant serves up delicious European dishes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Perfect for those with food intolerances, this restaurant specialises in coeliac and gluten free dishes. If you’re looking for somewhere to take the whole family, then the Sunday Lunch menu offers great value with three courses for just £18.95.

Phone: +44 1904 621404

Address: 31 Castlegate, York YO1 9RN

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Skosh – $$$

Combining British, Middle Eastern, and Japanese cuisine, Skosh provides innovative flavours set within York’s historic centre. This popular fine dining restaurant is located within a newly refurbed Grade II listed building that is set around an open kitchen. The menu packs a selection of beautifully prepared small plates that are great for sharing with friends. For something truly memorable, opt for the whitby lobster dumplings with ginger, or, the restaurant’s signature skosh fried chicken with brown butter hollandaise.

Phone: +44 1904 634849

Address: 98 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JX

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D.C.H The Restaurant in York

D.C.H The Restaurant – $$$

Located in the Dean Court Hotel, D.C.H The Restaurant offers an intimate dining experience with enchanting views of York Minster. It is an AA Rosette restaurant serving lunch, dinner, and traditional afternoon tea. There is a separate vegan menu and plenty of gluten free options including pasta, grilled cod fillet, and a selection of sweet treats. The main Dinner Menu offers a variety of meals such as Smoked Paprika Braised Pork Belly and a Ribeye Steak.

Phone: +44 1904 625 082

Address: Dean Court Hotel, BW Premier Collection, Duncombe Place, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7EF

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House of the Trembling Madness – $$

Just like the name suggests, this eccentric restaurant offers something a little unique. It is designed to resemble a medieval ale house with stuffed animals sprawn across the walls and Belgian beers on tap. Food is served all day long with bar snacks, authentic Yorkshire ingredients, and craft beer all round. It's a real casual place where visitors and locals mingle over a good pint and great food.

Phone: +44 1904 289848

Address: 48 Stonegate, York, ​YO1 8AS

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Rustique – $$

Another restaurant where the answer is in the name, Rustique is all about rustic French food. The idea here is to provide a typical French dining experience with traditionally cooked fish and meat dishes. If you haven't done so already, maybe this is the place to try Escargot for the first time. Other French classics include Moules Mariniere and Crepe a la Bechamel, washed down with a selection of French and international wines.

Phone: +44 1904 612744


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The Star Inn the City in York

The Star Inn the City – $$

Conveniently perched along the riverbank, on the edge of the York Museum Gardens is The Star Inn the City, an elegant restaurant with good old Yorkshire hospitality. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks on the riverside terrace, this popular restaurant is a great place to go for good local food. Try the Pan-roast Breast of Beverley Duck or opt for the pub grub menu with a selection of cheap British favourites.

Phone: +44 1904 619208

Address: Lendal Engine House, Museum Street, York, YO1 7DR

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Le Cochon Aveugle – $$$$

This is the kind of restaurant for those who can never decide what to eat. Le Cochin Aveugle is a unique fine dining restaurant where diners don't really have a say as to what they eat. All you have to do is notify them in advance of any dietary requirements, rock up to your table reservation, and wait for the dishes to arrive. This blind tasting concept has become very popular with diners curious to see what Head Chef Josh Overington and his team will prepare. The dishes look as good as they taste with innovative design ideas brought to your table. The menu always uses produce from carefully selected farmers and advises guests to make a reservation in advance

Phone: +44 1904 640222

Address: 37 Walmgate, York, YO1 9TX

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The Pig and Pastry – $

The Pig and Pastry is a real quirky family run cafe with a typical Yorkshire charm. Breakfast has become a big deal here with many food critics and bloggers keen to share their positive experiences. The family are well known for their outgoing personality and the friendly chit chat that takes place at this popular local eatery. For breakfast, try some Buttermilk Waffles & Maple Syrup for just £4.95, or, the tasty Shroomalloumi buttie for £4.25. For lunch there is a range of soups, salads, sandwiches, shakes, and homemade gluten free bread available.

Phone: +44 1904 675115

Address: 35 Bishopthorpe Road York. YO23 1NA

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Los Moros – $

Take a wander through York’s fabulous market and you will find Los Moros; a North African Kitchen. Setting itself apart from the city’s other eateries, this street food restaurant boasts a wide variety of dishes set within a lovely courtyard garden. The homemade hummus and falafel steals the show with mouth-watering flavours. Los Moros also supplies its own pickles and preserves, and sources everything else within Yorkshire including beer and tea. Small plates include the Harissa Chicken and Spinach & Feta Bourek, while big plates consist of Shakshouka and Lamb Shank Tanjia.

Phone: +44 1904 636834

Address: 15-17 Grape Lane, York, YO1 7HU.

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Sotano – $$

For a night of creative cocktails and great sharing dishes, Sotano is the place. The food here is Meditteranean served tapas style with a selection of grilled fish, meats, veggies, olives, croquettes, and tortillas. All the ingredients are 100% Spainish, providing guests with authentic flavours. There are also 27 different gins and 60 beers to choose from, making it a great place to hang with friends.

Phone: +44 1904 620 230

Address: 1 Little Stonegate, York, North Yorkshire YO1 8AX.

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Coconut Lagoon – $$

Coconut Lagoon takes a Ruby Murray to the next level with high quality South Indian cuisine. Voted as York’s best Indian restaurant, the chefs at Coconut Lagoon pride themselves in creating authentic tasting dishes in a casual setting. To keep this authenticity, some dishes are prepared and served on a banana leaf. As with most Indian restaurants in the UK, you can expect to find popular curries including Chicken Tikka Masala and Lamb Biryani. There are also plenty of dosa, seafood, and veggie dishes to choose from.

Phone: +44 1904 652828

Address: 56 Clarence St, York YO31 7EW

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Partisan in York

Partisan – $$

Sample a variety of global cuisine at this popular Argentinian owned cafe. Inside you will find a totally relaxed atmosphere with wooden decor and a range of rustic and antique furniture that are always up for sale. This independent coffee shop come homeware store come restaurant is a true local gem, particularly popular with those who value a real community vibe. The menu changes every week with daily breakfast and brunch, and dinner served on Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays. There are always vegan and gluten free options available, and a range of delicious homemade cakes and pastries.

Phone: +44 1904 629866

Address: 112 MICKLEGATE, YORK, YO1 6JX

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Sara Danesin at St John – $$$$

Sara Danesin is a popular British chef famed for becoming a Masterchef finalist in 2011. St John’s is the only dining club in York, taking place just three times a month. This exclusive dining experience is certainly worth the wait as you will enjoy a fabulous communal dinner with four courses personally prepared by Sara herself. The supper takes place in Sara’s gorgeous Victorian house, making it an even more memorable experience.

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