Cafe 21 - York

4.6
48 reviews
£25 and under
Cafe Dining
A home from home where hospitality comes first. Café 21 is a sociable and effortlessly stylish space, serving crafted comforts, lunch bites and sweet treats. This breakfast, lunch and early evening venue is the place for a mid-shopping trip lunch, business meeting, afternoon tea, or a quiet cup of the good stuff. A place where ‘me time’ matters.

To help keep everyone safe, our teams will continue to wear face masks and we'd love you to do the same when entering and moving around the restaurant.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding and we look forward to seeing you.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 48 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and a delightful champagne after tea.

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ChrisH
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very calming decor. I met a friend for brunch, liked the variations of egg on menu. Walked passed the cakes which looked very enticing, mental note to come again & try next time. Finished off with lovely cocktail. All the staff very attentive & friendly.

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JanS
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another gorgeous meal at Cafe 21 York. Staff very accommodating and welcoming.
They even supplied us with a desert to celebrate our anniversary.
Very recommendable!

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Claire
London
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very friendly staff food really great

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ClaireS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely location within a stunning department store. Food, service and value all excellent would definitely recommend. We had afternoon tea which was delicious.

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Alexandra
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded all expectations for two ladies having a late lunch. The little things make all the difference…not only great food but quality tablecloths and napkins made it feel very special indeed. Compared with the rest of York that looked and felt crowded and busy this was the perfect sanctuary after a morning shopping. Just loved it.
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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! What a great treat and lovely plave

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SueB
Yorkshire
10 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The service was a little slow and the waiter forgot to bring us a jug of water that we’d asked for.
I was sat near the kitchen and there was a cold draft which made it a little uncomfortable.

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Mickyfinn
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed the stilcheton. A cheesy confection withh honey

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Felix
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and attentive staff. 100% recommended!

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Gail
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely surroundings, great staff, easy parking, good food!

JP
JoyP
London
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a lovely experience. Proper table linen ! Great staff . A special treat first trip out after a long lockdown. A 2 hour lunch not hurried service . Well priced food and a pretty perfect menu . The sort of place for great breakfast or lunches with friends . I highly recommend Cafe 21 - the name Cafe is a misnomer it’s a fab restaurant. Much preferred it to The Ivy . One tiny criticism was the chef was a bit heavy handed with the salt .

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TeresaB
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was lovely, I had the souffle followed by the meringue and both were amazing.my husband had the seafood pasta and the brulee ,and again both were amazing. The service was very good and the atmosphere was great,.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, lovely staff and food value

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Maz19
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We have visited both Cafe 21 restaurants in Newcastle and never been disappointed so were really looking forward to lunch in York. And overall we had really enjoyable lunch. The only complaint I have is my smoked haddock service and ambience excellent.

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SueB
Yorkshire
11 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had a lovely lunch that wasn’t rushed which was great because we haven’t been able to eat out at all for a long time. Will definitely be back.

JK
JackKk
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect and the food was amazing. Everything was COVID friendly too

JM
JillM
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a delightful lunch with friends, mix and matched from the set menu (vegetable crudités, Fish cakes, minute steaks) and had a delicious cocktail (Hugo Spritz) and Prosecco. All the service was great and reasonably priced.

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VictoriaL
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food was delicious. Unfortunately they seemed to be using only half the restaurant for brunch which meant I was uncomfortably close to other diners, definitely not 2m and there were no screens. The service was friendly. I had to ask 3 times for water and one of the items I ordered was completely missed. I hope it was a bad day for them and I would try it again.

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HannahH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe 21 is a lovely restaurant. The interior is beautiful and the atmosphere is very calm and relaxing. The staff were lovely, especially the man who greeted us at the door - I didn’t catch his name but he went above and beyond to make sure we were catered for. The food was amazing - and you must try their homemade lemonade!! Definitely will be coming again the next time I visit York.

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vipGillnRoger
London
21 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good to see the Cafe 21 group in York. It is following the excellent standards well-established in Newcastle. Interesting menu, our choices well presented and great flavours. Professional and friendly staff. Lovely to have good quality tablecloths and napkins. Our first choice venue for lunch in York.

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FrancescaG
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food in a really nicely fitted out restaurant. Adequate choice on the menu and the staff were able to adapt a dish to my liking which I really appreciated.

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Julesxxx
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely Champagne Afternoon Tea.
Excellent value for money and wonderful customer service.
My friend asked for Gluten Free and no meat sandwiches...her tea was fabulous too.
We frequent Cafe 21 often and it never disappoints.
Thank you
Julie, Gill, Lynne and Glenys xxxx

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JaneT
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely food, great service - yummy champagne! Thank you!

JM
JuliaM
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cafe 21 provides a quiet retreat from the business of York's. The food and service is excellent centre

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BernieA
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, excellent, professional service and a haven away from shopping. Good choice of food and drinks and good value for the quality. Would definitely recommend and will be visiting again soon

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food , 21 group never fails to delight its customers!!

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1happyluncher
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed Sunday lunch menu. Prawn & avocado salad to start, followed by roast beef ( very tender) & yorkshire pudding, with great selection of separately plated vegetables. Finished off with one of the best chocalate brownies we've had. Friendly staff, good service, great atmosphere. Will definitely be back.

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Laney
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had lunch in Cafe 21 with my husband on Friday 28th May.

He ordered the Truffle burger and I had Eggs Royale, both were cooked perfectly with exceptional ingredients, my husband was really excited about his burger, the combination of flavours and different textures were lovely.

All of the staff in the cafe were really competent and relaxed helping create a really nice atmosphere. We’ll definitely return and would recommend a visit to anyone looking for a similar experience.

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StephenB
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic lunch and great service from our waiter. Will be coming back in the next week or so to have champagne Afternoon Tea.

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ErenaS
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food nice and tasty, staff lovely would visit again especially if the Discount available Thank you.

JJ
JeanJ
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our visit to cafe 21 was exceptional and I would recommend it to anyone

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HelenM
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful light and airy restaurant, wonderful service, delicious food and wine. First outing after a long year and can’t wait to go back.

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MargaretS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not cheap but tasty food and absolutely superb service

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SusanW
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greeting, table, table service, and afternoon tea, was Beyond excellence. Will tell family and friends, when visiting York, visit Cafe21 in Fenwicks. You won't be disappointed.

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LisaD
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really lovely to be back and the food was great as always.

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vipJoda
Yorkshire
6 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A lovely place to spend the afternoon whether for a coffee and cake, or champagne and pasta it really is a nice setting.

The new curtains are a great addition making the area more private.

The service is always exceptional - such a lovely team and I love having this restaurant so close!

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Goldy
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service first class, but I found the room a bit chilly. No doubt due to the government warnings . I’m going to book for afternoon tea !

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PenguinLover
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very pleasant and attentive staff. Nice to have table cloths and cloth napkins. The food was well presented.

JP
JillP
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and great service. Really lovely restaurant, will be back!

FAQs

Cafe 21 - York is rated 4.6 stars by 48 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.