There seem to be more places to eat in York than ever. Numerous chain restaurants have muscled their way into the city centre, most of the city’s pubs and bars seem to offer food of one sort of another and independent restaurants have been popping up everywhere. Whether you’re after fine dining, classic French food or a great curry we’ve put together a list of 10 of the best restaurants in York.
One of the most popular restaurants in York, Rustique is such a success because they have a winning formula. They’re not pushing boundaries or telling a story on a plate, they just serve classic French-style dishes at affordable prices. The two course set menu is just £14.95 (three courses are £17.95) and is available all day Sunday to Thursday and until 7pm on Friday and Saturday.
You get plenty of choice between dishes on the set menu, and they all seem to bring back memories of holidays across the channel (Boeuf Bourguignon, Steak Frites and Moules Marinières). On the A La Carte menu things are a little more expensive with meat-based mains £15-£22 and the vegetarian options under £12. If you’re planning on dining here it’s well worth booking ahead as the place always seems full.
No. 8 Bistro
This Gillygate bistro is a little bit out the way. Located just around the corner from Bootham Bar, as a visitor to the city you probably wouldn’t accidently walk past it. However, it’s definitely well worth a visit. The dishes they serve are all well balanced combinations of flavours with an emphasis on local ingredients – carefully thought through rather than overly showy or pretentious.
Your wallet will approve as well. For the evening menu one course is £16, two £22 and the full three are £26. Although the restaurant opens out a little toward the back, ca