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The best restaurants in York City Centre.


Dylan Mitchell

Manahatta York

At tastecard, we know great food and restaurants, especially in York! Whether you’re a resident of the city or you’re visiting for the first time, we can help you decide on the best restaurant for your tastes. In York city centre, there is a wide variety of choices in terms of the different cuisines on offer, so sit back and enjoy our list of the best.

York city centre restaurants.

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  • Manahatta

  • Lil’s on the Waterfront

  • Yemen Heaven

  • Fairfield Bar & Brasserie

  • The Lounge and Bar at Sidings Hotel

Manahatta York


The first stop on our journey through York's best restaurants is a taste of America. Transport yourself to New York with a trip to Manahatta for the finest American feast on this side of the Atlantic. This glamorous cocktail bar leaves hungry customers satisfied with a mouth-watering all-day menu that caters to all tastes. Small dishes include classic nachos and chicken tacos, or you can opt for main meals like steak frites, Manahatta chicken and a choice of delicious burgers.

There’s also a tasty brunch and lunch menu at Manahatta, as well as scrumptious desserts to finish off your meal.

Lil's on the Waterfront York

Lil’s on the Waterfront.

If you’re on the lookout for a classic British dish then Lil’s on the Waterfront is the place to go. Lil’s on the Waterfront is York’s perfect watering hole, with great food using quality ingredients from fresh and local sources, and cocktails with blended exotic ingredients to put more fizz into your evenings. Their menu offers a wide range of stunning dishes, including steak and ale pie and slow roast belly pork. If steak is your fancy then you’ll be pleased with their offering of a 12oz sirloin, a 12oz rib eye or an 8oz fillet.

There is also a lunch menu for lighter snacks as well as a menu for children, which makes this location perfect for the whole family.

Yemen Heaven York

Yemen Heaven.

Another gem of York city centre’s restaurants is Yemen Heaven. This Middle Eastern delight offers authentic Yemeni cuisine and is one that surprises customers every time. At Yemen Heaven, you can enjoy a stunning meal, filled with flavour, while relaxing in their large open-back garden which boasts a unique Middle Eastern atmosphere you’re unlikely to find anywhere else in North Yorkshire.

Fairfield Bar and Brasserie York

Fairfield Bar & Brasserie.

Relax and enjoy a drink and some food on the stunning manicured lawns of Mercure York Fairfield Manor Hotel. The Fairfield Bar and Brasserie is one of the best restaurants in York, offering exciting menu options and special signature dishes made from locally-sourced produce.

Get the best of British at The Fairfield thanks to their incredible menu, filled with traditional British delights like Beef Wellington.

The Lounge and Bar at Sidings Hotel York

The Lounge and Bar at Sidings Hotel.

The last stop on our journey through York city centre’s best restaurants is The Lounge and Bar at Sidings Hotel. Founded in 1985, this is a wondrous spot for some rest and recuperation in the historic city of York. In terms of starters, you can pick crispy halloumi cheese or wild garlic mushrooms. For the mains, there is a wide range of options, including chicken kebab, spaghetti bolognese, and baked seabass.

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