It’s not all about the kids, you know! It’s good to get out for a night out once in a while, and there are loads of lovely places for dinner in York. Book a babysitter and head to one of these lovely restaurants – all with the Little Vikings seal of approval. Just promise not to talk about the children.
The best tapas in town at Ambiente Tapas
A Little Vikings favourite, whether we’re with kids or without, this is the place to go in York for tapas. Whichever of the two restaurants you choose, you’ll be guaranteed a great meal served by lovely staff. Much as we love it for date nights, it’s also a big hit with the kids for lunch.
14 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LQ and 31 Fossgate, York YO1 9TA
Fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere at The Rattle Owl
This lovely independent restaurant has built a brilliant reputation for delicious, seasonal, locally sourced food. Casual dining in a stylish restaurant housed in a restored listed building. Date nights aside, this is a great destination for brunch or lunch with kids: there are highchairs, children’s books and a great kids’ menu or they can enjoy adult main courses at a great price.
104 Micklegate, York YO1 6JX
Cocktails and contemporary dining at Cut & Chase
Cut & Chase, 39 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LS
Gorgeous wine and lovely platters at Pairings Wine Bar
This lovely wine bar, just a hop from Clifford’s Tower, is run by two sisters. Let the friendly staff help you choose an amazing wine and a plate, board or platter of tasty morsels to graze on while you chat.
Pairings, 28 Castlegate, York YO1 9RP
Small plates in a stylish environment at Skosh
New to the York eating scene, Skosh is a small independent restaurant that serves incredible snacks and small plates in a stylish and relaxed environment. Modern, experimental and fun. It’s also highly rated, so book early!
Skosh, 98 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JX
Great steaks and amazing gins at The Whippet Inn
The self-styled king of steak restaurants in York, The Whippet Inn isn’t just for carnivores (but is is just for adults – children aren’t allowed at any time of day). Really good food and incredible gin menu. Book early – it’s really popular.
The Whippet Inn, 15 North St, York YO1 6JD
Classic French food at Rustique
Rustic French dining in two lovely locations. Expect delicious French classics like French onion soup, mussels and crème brûlée. Magnifique.
Rustique Castlegate, 28 Castlegate, York YO1 9RP / Rustique Lendal, 2 Lendal, York YO1 8AA
Italian flavours at Lucia Wine Bar & Grill
Popular family-run restaurant serving home cooked food with an Italian flavour. Expect stone baked pizzas, hearty salads, risottos, pastas and much more. Bookings not taken so prepare to relax in the bar while you wait for a table at busy times.
Lucia, 13 Back Swinegate, York, North Yorkshire YO1 8AJ
Quirky dishes at Mr P’s Curious Tavern
This new venture from The Star Inn the City’s Andrew Pern, Mr P’s Curious Tavern has already caused a stir with inventive small plates and a fab gin menu.
Mr P’s Curious Tavern, 71 Low Petergate, York YO1 7HY
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Fantastic curries at Mumbai Lounge
York has a lot of places to enjoy Indian food, but Mumbai Lounge is one of the most popular. Top-notch Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine served by friendly staff in this lovely restaurant on one of York’s most vibrant streets.
Mumbai Lounge, 47 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TF
Delicious Italian food in romantic surroundings at Delrio’s
This lovely little underground Italian restaurant serves home-cooked Italian food with a Sardinian twist. It’s a lovely candle-lit cellar, and if you’re lucky you might get a table in one of the booths. Very popular, so book early.
Delrio’s, 10-12 Blossom Street York YO24 1AE