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10 of the best restaurants in York

Wondering where to eat on your next visit to York? Take a look at 10 of the best restaurants in York. From traditional tea rooms to French restaurants you’ll find plenty of choice within York’s city walls.

Take a look at 10 of the best restaurants in York for a spot of brunch, lunch or dinner

York may be a historic UK city (complete with Viking remains and medieval city walls) but that doesn’t mean it’s restaurant scene isn’t bang up to date.

#01 Skosh

Located in a Grade II listed building, Skosh is a perfect option if you want to sample lots of options from the menu. The food is served in the style of small plates and snacks and combines British cooking with international flavours. Find out more.

#02 Mr P’s Curious Tavern

Top 10 restaurants in York

Mr P is well-known Yorkshire restaurateur, Andrew Pern and the Curious Tavern includes dishes from around the world in snack sized portions. A great choice if you fancy some grazing to accompany a glass (or two) of wine. You’ll find a cheeseboard of the day, olives, and everything from Madras Monkfish Bites to Pig in a Pudding! Find out more.

#03 Le Cochon Aveugle

You can get a little taste of France in the centre of York with a visit to Le Cochon Aveugle. Under the expertise of head chef Joshua Overington (who featured on BBC 2, Great British Menu) the restaurant showcases seasonal produce in a tasting menu. Both lunch and dinner options with optional wine pairings are available. Find out more.

#04 Lucia Wine Bar and Grill

10 restaurants to try in York

You’ll feel like you are on a summer holiday in the Mediterranean with a seat outside Lucia Wine Bar and Grill. In case the weather is a little chillier they provide blankets and heaters and there’s a great choice of Spanish and Italian options on the menu. There’s also an extensive cocktail menu if you fancy a tipple afterwards.

#05 Star Inn the City

You can look out over the river as you enjoy your meal at Andrew Pern’s The Star Inn the City! It’s located on the edge of Museum Gardens in the old Engine House and uses the best of Yorkshire produce.  Find out more.

#06 Bettys

We couldn’t have a list of the best restaurants in York and not include Bettys! The beautiful interiors were inspired by the Queen Mary and it’s been a feature of York since 1936. As well as a Lady Betty Afternoon Tea (with a glass of champagne) or course you’ll find a selection of main meals on the menu.

Bettys Tearooms York

#07 Melton’s Restaurant

This fine dining restaurant has been one of the best restaurants in York since the 1990s. Owner and Head chef, Michael Sharpe trained with the Roux family and is one of the main organisers of the popular York Food Festival. Melton’s offers fixed price menus for lunch, early evening and dinner along with a 5-course tasting menu.

#08 Café No. 8 Bistro

This charming bistro is located on Gillygate and includes both a cosier front room and a lighter and more spacious garden room. We particularly like the walled garden which is right next to the city walls and the menu offers simple modern food using high quality seasonal produce.

#09 Mannion & Co

10 restaurants to try in York

Originally a greengrocer (opened by the Mannion family over 30 years ago), Mannion & Co is now a smart bistro / deli / bakery that sells and serves artisan local food. It’s a great spot for brunch and lunch and we love the charcuterie and cheese boards. Their range of cakes and pastries is also pretty tasty!

#10 The Rattle Owl

This York casual dining restaurant is set in a restored listed building and uses seasonal produce from across Yorkshire. Wines on the menu are typically from organic and smaller scale producers and you can even buy some to take away thanks to their Owlet microshop.

Rattle Owl is one of the top restaurants to try in York

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