Great places to eat in York

With hog-roast sandwiches, out-of-this-world Italian and rustic-romantic boltholes, there are plenty of reasons for foodies to take trains to York...


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York is the home of our head offices, we love our medieval town and we know it’s restaurants, cafes and cosy corners well. Here’s our top places:

Family favourites from Suzanne

Il Paradiso del Cibo, Le Cochon Aveugle, Oshibi & Source

“Oh there are so many fab places to eat in York - where to start?! A family fave is Il Paradiso del Cibo on Walmgate - down to earth gorgeous Italian food and good big portions! And for pushing the boat out I highly recommend Le Cochon Aveugle - this is the best restaurant I have ever eaten in and I have eaten in a lot! It has a blind tasting menu and every course is amazing plus the restaurant has a lovely feel. Oshibi does great Korean food where you can even cook your own meal on a hot stone. And lastly Source on CastleGate another favourite!”

Il Paradiso del Cibo

  • Where to find it? 40 Walmgate, York YO1 9TJ
  • How much? ££  

Le Cochon Aveugle

  • Where to find it? 37 Walmgate, York YO1 9TX
  • How much? ££££  


  • Where to find it? 9 Franklins Yard, Fossgate, York YO1 9TA
  • How much? ££-£££  

Le Cochon Aveugle

  • Where to find it? 37 Walmgate, York YO1 9TX
  • How much? ££££  


The best cake in town from Sarah

Crumbs Cupcakery

“Everyone needs cake.... and in York you honestly can't beat Crumbs Cupcakery. The twin sisters who have set up this small business have worked so hard to make a really welcoming atmosphere in their little tearoom with the best Minster view (you can sit outside on a lovely day). The cakes are just so delicious! Different specials everyday... even gluten-free and vegan options too. Lots of choices of teas, their own blend of coffee and Fentimans drinks.”

  • Where to find it? 10 College St, York YO1 7JF
  • How much? ££-£££  

The university throw back from Jake

Rae & Webb

“Rae & Webb in York in Gillygate is the best, I spent most of my time at York St John University in there!”

    • Where to find it? 74 Gillygate, York YO31 7EQ
    • How much? ££  

Independent burgers and vibe from Jeni


“I love Burgsy's in York - it's an independent restaurant starting out as a burger van and they travelled all the way from Whitby to settle in York. They create the most amazing burgers, they make everything from scratch and use local ingredients. They've kitted the place out in Americana styling and entertain us with country music. A wonderful vibe.”

      • Where to find it? 9 Castlegate, York YO1 9RN
      • How much? ££-£££  

A little luxury, York style, from Alicia

“Star in the City in York is lovely, as is The Whippet Inn.”

Star in the City

      • Where to find Star in the City? Museum St, York YO1 7DR
      • How much? £££  

The Whippet Inn

      • Where to find The Whippet Inn? 15 North St, York YO1 6JD
      • How much? ££-£££  

Mouthwatering North African food from Ben

Los Moros

“It's got to be Los Moros. Either the stall in the Shambles Market or the restaurant. If they did deliveries then I'd be ordering a merguez sausage sandwich at least once a week! They started off with just the stall and it did so well that it was voted the top restaurant in York on Tripadvisor.”

      • Where to find it? 15-17 Grape Ln, York YO1 7HU or Shambles Food Court Shambles Market YO1 7LA
      • How much? £

The perfect cheese board and wine pairing from Jessica

Pairings & Love Cheese

“Pairings in York - amazing wine and cheese - try the 'brie on steroids'! Or Love Cheese on Gillygate....there might be a theme here!”


      • Where to find it? 28 Castlegate, York YO1 9RP
      • How much? ££-£££  

Love Cheese

      • Where to find it? 16 Gillygate, York YO31 7EQ
      • How much? £-££  

If your mouth isn’t watering yet, we have even more suggestions below.


Bennett’s Café and Bistro  

Start the day the right way – with a sizzling fry-up. Bennett’s is a bit of a local institution, and the amazing Yorkshire Breakfast, packed with bacon, sausage and black pudding from a butcher in nearby Ilkley, is hard to beat. That’s before you’ve even mentioned the fluffy, free-range scrambled eggs. Wash it down with a builder’s brew and admire the majestic York Minster just outside.

  • Where to find it? High Petergate, YO1 7EH
  • How much? ££


The York Roast Co

Slow-roast pork and stuffing, sandwiched in a floury white bap and slathered in apple sauce. Do sandwiches get much better? Only when served with a side order of roast potatoes – with a crisp, jagged crust concealing dreamy soft spud. Beef and horseradish, turkey and stuffing are also on the table. It’s basically a Sunday roast in a bap. It's also the home of the Yorkshire Pudding wrap!

  • Where to find it? Low Petergate, YO1 7ZH
  • How much? £



This great all-round restaurant really has something everyone. There’s a brilliant choice of slow-cooked meats alongside delicious meat-free options. The 48-hour beef brisket is a popular choice, but for the health-conscious, the superfood salads are sure to please. Plus it’s in a great location close to the must-see sights.

  • Where to find it? 1 Castlegate, YO1 9RN
  • How much? ££


Oxo’s Restaurant on the Mount

Looking to ramp up the romance? Flickering fires, leafy surroundings and a country-house vibe await at Oxo’s. The restaurant is part of the Mount hotel – it’s historic, welcoming and rather easy on the eye. And the food, well, it’s delectable – think butter-poached lemon sole with celeriac and sea beets. Drink in the decadence (and the fine wine).

  • Where to find it? The Mount, YO24 1GU
  • How much? ££££  


Caffé Concerto

Caffé Concerto reminds us of the film, Amélie. Hearty, rustic food is eaten at heavy tables with mismatched chairs while the likes of Edith Piaf sing away. The food is Anglo-French – think grilled fish with lemon and herb crushed potatoes and white wine and cream sauce. Watch York Minster twinkling away outside the window.

  • Where to find it? 21 High Petergate, YO1 7EN
  • How much? £££



Betty’s has been doing afternoon tea since long before its recent resurgence as a foodie trend and TV phenomenon. The York Betty’s dates back to 1936, so they’ve had plenty of time to perfect those cakes, sandwiches and loose-leaf tea blends. No wonder it’s a part of local legend. Don’t miss the Fat Rascal.

  • Where to find it? St Helen’s Square, YO1 8QP
  • How much? £££


Coconut Lagoon

You’ll get a total taste explosion at this South Indian restaurant. The food isn’t jalapeno-hot; the aromatic spices creep up on you like a lapping Kerala tide. Veggies must try the signature dish – Masala Dosa, a pancake-thingy filled with potato masala. The Lagoon-spiced sea bream steamed in banana leaves is spice-sational.

  • Where to find it? Clarence Street, YO31 7EW
  • How much? £££