Bennett's Cafe & Bistro

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Welcome to Bennett's Cafe & Bistro. Located in the heart of York, right on the doorstep of the majestic York Minster, it's the perfect spot for people watching, taking a break from sightseeing or shopping, enjoying a pre-theatre meal or just relaxing with friends over wine and dinner. During the day it's a friendly bustling Cafe serving teas, coffees, homemade cakes, scones, sandwiches and breakfasts, whilst Tuesday-Saturday nights it transforms into a cosy, candlelit bistro serving locally sourced, delicious evening meals accompanied by a great selection of wines. Next time you're in York we hope you'll call in, we look forward to seeing you.
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4.7
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linda
Lincolnshire
7 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The bistro hasn't been open in the evening since November which I did make open table aware of as they kept asking me to confirm my booking

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RHIANNON
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked for an 80th birthday dinner and we were not disappointed. We were very well looked after (especially the birthday girl who was given complementary fizz) and the food was wonderful. I liked the small but varied menu which suited all tastes. The food was beautifully cooked and served. The view is amazing and the prices very reasonable. I would certainly go there again when I am visiting York.

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AndrewW
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Superb food and quiet, attentive staff. The meal was excellent and good value wine complimented the meal.

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Toots
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went on a Friday evening & the restaurant was quieter than I expected. Our food was extremely good, the wine very good & the service just right. Delightful sitting in the window with a view of the Minster & passing tourists.
This restaurant deserves to be busy. Looking forward to going again.

NG
NicholasG
Cumbria
4 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm welcome. Friendly and helpful staff. Menu fairly short but well thought out and from our perspective plenty of choice. Food delicious. Close to the Minister and enjoyed hearing the chimes from the clock tower. Would happily return.

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GraemeK
Yorkshire
10 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Although we live nearby we have tried many times to get a table here but its usually busy. We fell lucky on this occasion and enjoyed a perfectly cooked meal.

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DaveMac
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner for two, attentive staff, quality food and wine, very pleased with our choice in the heart of York

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Having read good reviews about Bennett’s I decided on the evening meal there with my wife, the service was good and th

OT
OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening meal.after a late booking, friendly staff and lovely food, highly recomended

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AndrewB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class service with excellent food. Staff helpful,friendly but unobtrusive. Excellent restaurant

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plasticthingyman
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went Saturday night after reading different reviews. Warm welcome and nice table by the window to watch variety of comings and going’s typical of a weekend In York.
Good wine , nice starters . Main course of salmon was good on bed of crushed new potatoes, Steak and sauce good but why oh why serve soggy chips soaked in oil - not rocket science to get oil temperature hot enough. In fairness replacements were given when we pointed it out - being typically British we said they were better but weren’t really. Vegetables nicely cooked but quantity was more for one than two.
Pudding was fine - in fact wife said Home made rice pudding was outstanding

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PeterC
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit back to York and indeed Bennett's for a few years. I made my dinner reservation in advance of my trip and I also took the opportunity to pay a morning visit for a coffee and a delightful freshly made scone!

Dinner was stunning in everyway, the quality of the produce used; the chef's skill and attention to detail was first class all of these things put together (including the wine and table service) gave me the best dining experience I've enjoyed in a long time - thanks for the memory!

JP
JeanetteP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wide range of choices on the menu, excellent wine list, the food was sublime, service was prompt but not intrusive. An extremely enjoyable meal in lovely, central York surroundings near the Minster.

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AndrewG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Perfect for a pre-theatre meal with excellent views of the Minster

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Kazza
London
7 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved Bennett's , we were celebrating my sister's birthday and were on a mini break to York. we felt welcome from the minute we arrived until we left and the staff also asked who's birthday it was and gave my sister a glass of Prosecco a very nice touch. The food was fantastic and none of us had any negative comments we all had a main and a dessert. Three had steak all cooked to perfection and I had Duck it was to die for. The service was also second to none. We would not hesitate to go back when we next visit York and would highly recommend this restaurant. Also you have a great view of York Minster which is just across the road. Also inexpensive

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DiCH
London
6 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Great location bang next to York Minster. Food was excellent and service was good if somewhat rushed. The big drawback is that there's no getting away from the fact that this is a cafe during the day - it looks and feels like a cafe with zero restaurant ambiance.

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DaveO
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always go to Bennetts when visiting York. It's in a great location opposite the minster with lovely food and polite service.

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MARGARETD
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real gem and well worth travelling 30 miles to dine here.

As close as one could be to the wonderful Minster!

Would like to keep it a secret but that would be very selfish!

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PaulC
Aberdeen
3 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Friendly, intimate Bistro. Really good service, food was interesting and tasty - and the clientele was varied in age and numbers. Some nice touches and decent wine list. Waiter was very helpful.

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CherylS
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very welcoming lovely staff and delicious food thank you

PB
PaulineB
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good service and duck cooked perfectly. Good service and gluten free bread available.
Most of the menu could be adapted for gluten free which was excellent.
Would recommend and book again.

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vipPeter
London
18 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious poached pear blue cheese roasted walnut salad

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NickyR
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I dined here on a wet weekday evening in March so it was very quiet. However, despite being the only diner in the restaurant at one point, I was not made to feel awkward or rushed. I had a delicious meal and the service was polite, efficient and friendly. The starter was a poached pear with local blue cheese and walnut salad and If I had one small niggle it was that the pear in the starter had been in the fridge and was quite cold compared to the other ingredients but that's my taste as I don't like fridge-cold savoury food: however, the combination of flavours was lovely. The main course was duck breast and it was the tenderest duck I've ever eaten. The pudding was a panna cotta and caramel and ginger ice cream - equally delicious! If you have a table by the window you have a lovely view of the Minster and can watch the world go by.

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KenH
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific place. The owner Michael could not have been nicer. Great duck. Great views of the Ministry.

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Bryderi
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bennett's is a lovely restaurant, centrally located next to the Minster. It's got great food (my favourite is the duck!) and wine and has a very nice and cosy athmosphere. The large windows makes it a perfect spot to do some people-watching, and spending time here is tempting and comfortable.
This is a place I will keep coming back to when in York!

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Knowlia
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked for a slightly belated Valentines dinner. The location, next to one of the most Iconic buildings in England, is exceptional , but the place was not overrun with tourists. The ambiance was tasteful with a slightly retro style, the service was friendly but unobtrusive, and the food was excellent . ( I had the Salmon, my partner had the chicken, we both had the warming roast vegetable soup and the sticky toffee pudding) Will revisit if in York again .

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this cosy bistro. Lovely atmosphere and fantastic food guaranteed. Great watching the world go by as you enjoy your meal.

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Simondaglish
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bennets was a very lovely surprise to us both,booked because we couldnt get in to where we had initially planned.
Turned out to be a real them, staff were very accommodating, friendly, helpful and professional.
Food was excellent with a lovely view of the minister and surroundings, very quiet and ticked all the boxes for us.
Thought had obviously gone into the choice of menu and wines available, my partner and I will happily be returning.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service - would definitely recommend!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only looked the day before on open table was recommend so booked it, would recommend it to anyone was lovely and good value, will most definitely return

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked here for an evening meal on a New Year trip to York. Everything was perfect. We had beautiful smoked haddock . The ambience of the restaurant was really good and it's proximity to the Minster is superb. Would recommend it to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bennett’s is my favorite little cafe/bistro in the world. Literally. I come from the USA to York just to sit in this cafe, have the best scones with clotted cream & jam, and people watch by the Minster. This time I brought my husband and children. We had dinner together and enjoyed the lovely, quiet ambience of the transformed cafe turned bistro. The food is delicious, from starter to dessert, and the service is top notch. In the morning before our train we returned for tea and scones. Mike is the wonderful owner of this precious place and he is truly a gracious host to all who enter his cafe. I can not wait to return to York as it holds a piece of my heart, and Bennett’s is a part of that.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was polite and first class.the food was excellent.its also set in a beautiful location

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Personal attention to service at its best.A pleasure to visit on our yearly trip to York.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Bennett’s Bistro was excellent, food was top notch the service good although the waiter /maitre de was a little lacking in personality and wasn’t particularly friendly .Nicely situated near the Minster with a quite romantic atmosphere ,overall very good.Booked the table on line and the whole thing went seamlessly making for a very enjoyable experience.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely spot by the Minster that transforms from tea shop by day to cosy restaurant by night. Excellent food and nice friendly staff made for an enjoyable evening.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just great food, good service and beautiful location.

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Chris
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great meal, yet again.
Great Food, Great Service, fantastic setting.
Thanks you

PH
PaulH
Yorkshire
6 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

interesting menu with delightful combinations, enjoyed everything...staff very friendly and helpful.

MA
MARGARETD
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful " find ", close to the Theatre Royal, The Minster, Museum Gardens and specialist shops.

Atmosphere and food, superb.

A real gem.

We live 30 miles away but certainly worth the journey to visit Bennett's alone.

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Bennett's Cafe & Bistro is rated 4.6 stars by 143 OpenTable diners.