York is known mainly for its diversity, with many cultures playing a significant role in its attractions, culture, technology and education. The city has a long history dating back to the 1st century when it was founded by the Romans as Eboracum, but has grown quite a bit in the thousands of years since. 

    York is also the first city in the UK to be considered a human rights city, as they use human rights as the primary factor in their decision-making. All of these factors have greatly impacted the local dining scene, so be sure to check out our guide to the best local restaurants in York for real British food.


    The Rattle Owl

    Enjoy casual dining

    At The Rattle Owl, you'll find a casual dining experience with dishes that everyone can enjoy. While the atmosphere is more laid-back and casual, the food is top tier thanks to the sheer abundance of quality ingredients available in the Yorkshire area. Whether you're looking for a filling dinner or a relaxing Sunday lunch, there's an extensive wine and beer selection to complement your meal. 

    Even the building itself has a sense of opulence about it, as it's a Grade II Listed Building dating back to the 17th century – it has been extensively renovated to the point where the work even won a York design award.

    Location: 104 Micklegate, York YO1 6JX, UK

    Open: Tuesday from 6 pm to 10 pm, Wednesday–Saturday from noon to 3 pm and from 6 pm to 10 pm, Sunday from noon to 4 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +44 (0)1904 658658


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    Corner Grill House

    Have a steak

    Corner Grill House strives to be the best steakhouse in York, with a stylish and cosy environment and top-tier meats and grilling techniques. Fresh ingredients from local farms and butchers are a requirement for any dish served here, so you can always be sure of its quality. The menu is quite small, but that only means the chefs can ensure that your service is fast and convenient without sacrificing quality. The restaurant is fairly small as well, so make sure you book a table in advance.

    Location: 9 Walmgate, YO1 9TX York, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 5 pm to 10 pm. Sunday from 5 pm to 9.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1904 654201


    Thompsons Fish and Chips

    Classic fish and chips awaits

    Thompsons Fish and Chips offers a casual dining atmosphere with 120 seats, so there's almost always room for a meal here. The seating is comfortable as well, so it makes for a great spot whether you're dining as a couple, a family, a party, or even for a business dinner. The food is cooked using recipes passed down from a long lineage of fishermen in the Thompson family.

    Location: Malton Road, Hazelbush, York, YO32 9TW, UK

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 11.30 am to 8 pm, Friday–Saturday from 11.30 am to 8.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1904 468022


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    Penny's Bespoke Foodhouse

    Enjoy a traditional English breakfast

    Penny's Bespoke Foodhouse is one of the top breakfast spots in York, with a diverse menu covering any sort of dietary needs. Whether you're looking for some perfectly cooked eggs, crispy bacon or a quality sandwich, you'll find it all at Penny's, with quaint surroundings to help you start the day. The service is top tier as well, with this restaurant being widely known for its friendly and welcoming staff, who provide some of the best services in the city.

    Location: 72 Walmgate, York YO1 9TL, UK

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm (closed on Sundays and Mondays)

    Phone: +44 (0)1904 642206


    31 Castlegate

    Eat in York's medieval heart

    Castlegate is one of the most iconic streets in York, as it was historically the only street in town that led directly to the castle. There are quite a few old buildings on the street, one of which houses the 31 Castlegate restaurant. 

    Specialising in contemporary European cuisine, 31 Castlegate offers incredible food, cooked fresh only using the best local produce. In fact, the restaurant has established a network of local growers and suppliers to ensure they can get the highest-quality ingredients and know exactly what they're offering to customers.

    Location: 31 Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN, UK

    Open: Tuesday–Friday from 11 am to 3 pm and from 5.30 pm to 9.30 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 9.30 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm and from 5.30 pm to 9 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1904 621404


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    D.C.H. The Restaurant

    Upscale British cuisine in an intimate venue

    D.C.H. Restaurant is far more than just the onsite restaurant of the Dean Court Hotel. You can enjoy an intimate dining experience that's formal and rewarding, along with a full a la carte menu of classic British cuisine. Gaze out the windows by your table, and you'll be greeted with a view of York Minster. There are even vegan options available, so you can find something to your liking here, regardless of dietary restrictions.

    Location: Dean Court Hotel, Duncombe Place, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7EF, UK

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 9.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1904 625082


    Blue Barbakan

    Relish the sumptuous fresh seafood

    Blue Barbakan is an excellent choice if you're looking for something a bit different than traditional English cuisine. Once known as Blue Bicycle, this restaurant offers European cuisine, with an emphasis on Polish food. 

    Even with their clear Eastern European influence, a combination of east and west is prevalent throughout their menu whether you're looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You'll also find vegan options and gluten-free options, so you don't have to worry about any dietary restrictions getting in the way.

    Location: 34 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TA, UK

    Open: Monday from 9 am to 3 pm and from 5.30 pm to 9 pm, Tuesday–Friday from 9 am to 3 pm and from 5.30 pm to 10 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm and from 5 pm to 10 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1904 672474


    Osbornes @ 68 Gillygate

    Start the day with a classic coffee and cake

    Osbornes @ 68 Gillygate is a laidback bistro that offers a variety of food, in addition to their classic coffee and cakes. They've made sure to include vegan and gluten-free options so that everyone can find something to their liking. No matter what you order, you can enjoy pristine homemade treats crafted by cooks who truly love their work. 

    There are even local works of art on display, and you're welcome to bring your dog in the café with you – all breeds are welcome, provided that your dog is comfortable with mingling with others.

    Location: 68 Gillygate, York, North Yorkshire YO31 7EQ, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1904 627939


    Ebor Inn

    Enjoy classic and vegan-friendly fare

    Ebor Inn offers classic pub food, and while fresh fish is their speciality, you'll also find a wide selection of vegan-friendly options made with fresh and locally sourced vegetables. There's a large outdoor garden area with a play area for kids, making it's especially appealing to families. 

    Don't forget to try their pies if you're looking for something a bit on the sweeter side, or their curries for something a bit different from traditional British fare. Of course, if you do like the classics, their fish and chips are among the best in York.

    Location: 46 Main Street, Bishopthorpe, York, YO23 2RB, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm, Sunday from 11.30 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1904 706190


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    House of the Trembling Madness

    Have a pint in a medieval bar

    A visit to House of the Trembling Madness is essential for any trip to York, especially if you're a fan of medieval films or TV shows. You'll find all sorts of beer, wine and hard liquors on offer, so everyone can find something suitable for their tastes. The food is high-quality as well, with traditional pub offerings and a few vegan options. 

    One of the more impressive aspects of this pub is that it's settled in a medieval building in Stonegate, which adds an interesting atmosphere. The establishment contains history dating all the way back to the 12th century.

    Location: 48 Stonegate, York YO1 8AS, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to midnight, Sunday from 11 am to midnight

    Phone: +44 (0)1904 289848


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