11 Places to Eat and Best Restaurants in York

Restaurants in York and great places to eat – York is an amazing place to live and visit and we have some wonderful restaurants in which to eat.  There are so many different places to eat in York, it’s been hard compiling this list.  But, I have based it on the local pubs and restaurants I love to visit and places that have been recommended as the best places to eat in York by my local friends.


Fancy Hanks

American Deep South Feel Good Food – with buttermilk chicken, ribs and burgers, cocktails and milkshakes, we love it at Fancy Hanks!  Reasonable prices and a good vibrant atmosphere.

See our full review of Fancy Hanks here.

Fancy Hanks Burgers



Pairings Wine Bar

We recently visited Pairings Wine Bar for a wine and food pairing experience.  I’d heartily recommend it.  It was a pleasure from start to finish, a really enjoyable lunch and experience.

See our full review of Pairings Wine Bar here.

Pairings York Experience Review


88 Walmgate, York

“​​​​​​​At No. 88 Walmgate, our restaurant in York, we offer a tasty selection of dishes, ideal for sharing with friends or family. Every dish comes served with a dash of warm Yorkshire hospitality from our friendly staff.  Our focus is simple: a cracking selection of dishes, made using fresh local ingredients with an internationally inspired twist, served up with a selection of craft beers and ales, from Yorkshire and beyond.”

Have a look at our review of 88 Walmgate for more info and photos!


Places to eat in York


Rustique York, Castlegate

Rustique has long been a York favourite, and was so popular that a second Rustique restaurant was opened on Lendal.  “Rustique specialises in rustic French cooking in a busy, vibrant upbeat Bistro atmosphere. Offering a large and varied selection of traditionally cooked, locally sourced meat and fish dishes, we pride ourselves on giving our customers a first class, French-inspired dining experience.” Make sure you check out the set menu as it’s excellent value at £15.95 for two courses (£18.95 for three).


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Little Italy York – Goodramgate

Little Italy is an Italian restaurant and was recommended by a good friend of mine.  “Little Italy is one of York’s finest family run Italian restaurants!  Nestled between York Minster and Monk Bar “Little Italy” was established by owners Andrea & Mandy Gaias in January 1992, and as a result of endless dedication have built up an enviable reputation as one of York’s finest Italian restaurants offering gourmet cuisine to satisfy the most discerning tastes. Andrea has 30 years of catering experience and his passion for good food is reflected in his restaurant menu, he also hosts regular cookery demonstration evenings.”  Have a look at my list of other Italian Restaurants in York.

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Skosh York – Micklegate

Skosh started simply, as a word that represented a concept.  It has evolved into a contemporary dining room serving uncomplicated yet refined dishes in a comfortable and informal manner.  At Skosh, we serve our food in the form of snacks and small plates, this allows you to have as little or as much as you want, grazing as you go, or if you prefer, gradually served course by course to give you a complete dining experience.”


Delrios York, Micklegate

I have been to Delrios many time and have always enjoyed it.  Lovely intimate surroundings.  “Enjoy candle-lit dining in this atmospheric cellar restaurant located adjacent to the historic Micklegate Bar and just a few minutes walk from York railway station.  Delrio’s Restaurant offers home-cooked Italian food with a strong Sardinian influence in a lively environment.”


Melton’s York, Scarcroft Road

Melton’s is a fine dining restaurant serving modern British food and it is Michael’s position as Chef Proprietor, which has made it one of York’s leading restaurants. Melton’s is featured in all the major food guides and has a rating of five in the Good Food Guide.  Melton’s is renowned for serving high quality food in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.”

Restaurants in York


Toto’s York, Fawcett Street

Where to eat in York? Just a short walk from the city centre and opposite the York Barbican (perfect for when you are seeing a concert or show, plus there is a car park really close!).  “Nestled near the famous York Barbican, Totos is a friendly family run Italian restaurant. Antony and Paola welcome you to an authentic Italian experience, serving traditional cuisine in a relaxed and charming environment.”


Sotano York, Tapas York, Little Stonegate

Looking for tapas York?  Sotano York is an independent bar and restaurant in York serving Mediterranean tapas plates and classically-inspired cocktails.


Coconut Lagoon York, Clarence Street

Coconut Lagoon York is known for its culinary delicacies and now is one of the many reasons why people get to know us. We are a no fuss, no frill, stylish, laid back diner, who just speaks of truly and honest South Indian food in the heart of York City, established in 2013. In Coconut Lagoon Restaurant, we want you to experience authentic original flavours, therefore you would find some of our dishes served with fresh banana leaf.



Places to eat in York



11 restaurants is not enough as York has so many fabulous restaurants!  Also have a look at my post for Thai Restaurants in York and Italian Restaurants in York.  Or if you are looking for child friendly restaurants or if you want to go upmarket and sample one of the Michelin Starred Restaurants in Yorkshire.