La Vecchia Scuola

4.4
1463 reviews
£25 and under
Italian
La Vecchia Scuola is a unique dining experience offering excellent service to match the exquisite standards of our food. Our menus have been specially designed to offer a creative side of Italian cuisine as well as producing some Italian classics.

Our chefs believe in serving only the very best, using trusted local suppliers for our fresh produce and authentic Italian ingredients such as cheeses and cured meats directly from Italy.

We can cater for any special dietary requirements you might have. We cook to order so can change any recipes that you like.

Come along to experience an unrivalled and relaxed dining experience – right in the heart of York - at La Vecchia Scuola.

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
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1463 People Are Saying
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JanetteM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food second visit to York and second visit to this restaurant would highly recommend

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Melanie
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food for a reasonable price. We loved it so much we ate here two days in a row. I have allergies and they catered for me extremely well.

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TraceyT
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Lovely meal did wait a while while staff was stood around

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StephenP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really nice meal and great service. A must visit for a trip to York.

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SarahC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely evening and some really delicious food. Highly recommend a visit. Staff were friendly, and the set menu was incredible value. All finished up with a fab cocktail. Left very happy and full.

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Eder85
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The restaurant is very quiet and the service is good. Some waiters are engaging more then others and others are more discrete which I like the most but it’s my personal taste. The food was good although a bit too salty (still personal taste!) and tiramisu was not really Italian (where are the eggs?). It was good but.. well not Italian. I may come back again and try pizza!

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JohnnyC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at La Vecchia Scuola accommodated us perfectly. I fell on love with the setting over ten years ago and the romance still blossoms with the freshness of a morning dew. The menu continues to cater to all needs and diversifies itself for various budgets as well as palates. The marriage 'twixt plating and flavour cannot be understated and the staff are polite without the oft-encountered overbearing nature of some restaurants. This gem is an infrequent indulgence for me, and I can't wait to return. I recommend the lamb, pizzas and the pâté, the latter of which is one of the most delicious I've tasted.

I jubilantly, yet patiently, wait to return.

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AnnaY
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff and lovely food set in a building with a unique history.

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MarilynW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked to celebrate my partner's 67th birthday. The venue was interesting, full of character and spotless. The service was spot on and the food was superb. We would highly recommend it.

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PandV
London
8 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lunch special for 3 plus wine. Excellent choice and delicious meals. Definitely will return

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RuthH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful building, great food, good and friendly professional service, wonderful piano player. Fabulous evening. Will return

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MayS
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The restaurant was busy so we were shown into a room at the front. We found it cold in there so we asked if we could be moved. Without hesitation we were moved to the conservatory which was lovely and warm. Our food was really nice. We have eaten here before and have always found it to be a pleasure.

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julieb
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were excellent! They were knowledgeable and efficient as well as being friendly and helpful
We ate from the set menu which had plenty of choice. All the food was well presented and tasted equally good.
The food and wine were very good value too.
Overall a great experience. We were with friends and I would also come again just as a couple.

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Andrew
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent all round service, food and environment!

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KateD
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice food, staff were lovely and service was quick. Nice atmosphere aswell! We just wanted a quick bite to eat whilst touring York and they did what we were after!

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SarahW
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and fantastic service would highly recommend and will be going back

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TonyP
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall an enjoyable meal which represents good value as we had the set menu for Sunday evening.

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shelleyo
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall3food5service1ambience3

food was outstanding but the service left something to be desired. Left stood waiting at the desk for 10 minutes before we were seated. ordered wine, didn’t offer to taste it, just thrown in glass. no side plates given for sharing starter. took ages to clear empty plates. waited for us to pass empty plates from the other side of the table rather than walk round and get them. when the bill came, instead of charging £7.95 for the children’s meals, they charged £14.95. when questioned, bill was altered but no apology given.
shame really because the food was delicious and it could be a real gem of a place if they sorted the service.

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NickD
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food and a nice environment in the centre of York.

SG
SarahG
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food! Will definitely be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Cumbria
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food great night x

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Fizzle
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience1

New year with the family , chose to eat in one of the small rooms at the front which was more intimate , but the lighting was cold and stark. Then someone started singing to the piano and it was dire . You could not get away from it and it spoilt dinner for me

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MICHELLEM
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were worried as had a couple of bad reviews but we had a great night.

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HelenR
Warwickshire
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice restaurant with attentive service and good food. Nice atmosphere for NYE.

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pault
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food . And service as always. cocktails very Good..

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NicnDanB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked here several times for new year and absolutely love it. Great service and amazing food!! Staff are very caring and deal with any issue or query professionally and prompt. Always a great atmosphere and service is very efficient!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had new years eve meal .The food was nice although could have been more seasoned.The service was good and very attentive even though the restaurant was busy .I have eat here many years ago during a trip to York and was a bit dubious as some poor reviews have been written recently but I found our whole evening very nice

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LouiseE
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service !

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BarbaraH
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked a last minute trip away to York for New Years eve and booked a table for hubby and I. We had a lovely seat in the conservatory and the service was incredible! Very attentative - nothing too much trouble. We had seabass which was so tasty and buttery mash a delight! Would definitely recommend - 5 stars.

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KimJ
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening the service was excellent and friendly. My dish of chicken was gorgeous, really enjoyed it, unfortunately Cannot say that for my husband’s rib eye steak after complaining once there was no problem of them cooking a fresh one for him but unfortunately that was terrible too. It was poor quality meat very stringy, lots of hard fat and my husband couldn’t cut it even with a steak knife. They were very understanding and took the steak off the bill.
It has not deterred us and we will go back.

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SteveJ
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent set menu at lunchtime with options of 1, 2 or 3 courses.
Service was very attentive and ambience great, overcoming all the covid barriers.

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Nats
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bruschetta starter was poor bread was extremely hard and topping was not great, but the main courses were nice. We had to ask for tomato sauce for the calzone. Overall didnt feel it was worth the money. Weve been there three times now with varied results, not sure we will be going back again though.

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Anthonym
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Usually our favourite restaurant.. however our seating request wasn’t initially fulfilled, and had to be moved when this was realised.. the starter seems very dry and tasteless, with what was on the menu not the same as what was on the plate. Main course was better, although over powered by the “crisps” on the plate.. dessert, very small portion but nice… also had to ask 3 times for dessert menu.. also, did over hear a waitress making derogatory comments about another diners clothing to another waitress… not great…

A disappointing visit, but usually our favourite, so only assume this was a one off…

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LesleyA
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Customer service good as we sat down and ordered, had a 25 minute wait from finishing starter, steak was overcooked, potatoes cold, pepper sauce tasted like chicken soup with pepper, no one asked if meals were OK, told the waiter as we finished no comment, no response. Had to go to the reception to pay the bill. Five tables were served 3 course meals and paid there bill while we waited. It spoilt our day in York, I won't back in there.

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sharonb
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always come to this restaurant when we visit York. Good value for money and lovely food and atmosphere. Only thing was the pate starter not as good as normal? But will still be coming back x

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StephenB
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Food was only just warm and ruined our evening with friends from London.

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RitaL
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Shoved in a little side room with no atmosphere - 20 minutes to get a drink then after a hour of waiting following our dire starters of chicken liver pate (tasteless and runny!) and still no main courses we asked for the bill and left

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Andymul1966
5 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service, fantastic ambience, my favourite restaurant in York!

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JamesH
Shropshire
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only place we go to when we visit York 10/10 every time 👍

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anneh
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Not a good dining experience ! The steak was awful won’t be returning

FAQs

La Vecchia Scuola is rated 4.4 stars by 1463 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.