Lil's Bar & Bistro

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Steak
Welcome to Lil's Bar & Bistro; we are a British Bistro serving fresh homecooked food to order. Breakfast is served daily from 8:30am-12:00pm followed by our Lunch & A la Carte menu until 9pm. We are a small family run business who aims to provide our customers with excellent service and high quality food & drinks.
On Sundays we serve a traditional Sunday lunch with all the trimmings available from 12pm.

2 course Sunday lunch £16
3 course Sunday lunch £20

Sunday and Thursday Steak night 5pm-9pm
Any 2 steaks & bottle of Wine £40
*selected wines only. Excludes Bank holidays
What 21 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
4.1
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4.1
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3.9
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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience1

Not a great start to the evening as upon arrival we found that the restaurant was booked out for a 21st birthday party. We actually walked out but then noticed a sign outside stating that there were a few tables upstairs. It would of been nice if we had been made aware of the birthday party when we booked.
Aside from the initial disruption and noise during our meal the food was actaully very good and we were given a discount from our bill without even asking.
I'm sure on a normal evening this would be a lovely restaurant, the food was great, nice wine and attentive service.

AM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good choice on menu. Food was excellent and at a reasonable price. Service was good.

BI
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Food was ok but the service was very poor. Had to wait three quarters of an hour for food. So did other people. Not enough staff as they were serving outside as well.
This would put us off going again. We had to wait ages to order drinks and food. The waitresses were rushed off their feet. Large group of people upstairs as well.

KN
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

There was a very noisy group next to us - but they were not outrageous. Food was good and helpings were large

Lil's Bar & Bistro
Responded on 18 December 2019

Hi Karen, My apologies that you experienced a somewhat noisy table next to you - this can sometimes happen on a busy Saturday night in York and we try our best to accommodate groups and couples alike. I'm pleased to hear you enjoyed our food and hope to see you again very soon! Kind Regards, Lil's Management

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N
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant food, service was second to none.
Myself and my boyfriend visited in Saturday 23rd November and we visited on a Whim. We did not regret!

Lil's Bar & Bistro
Responded on 18 December 2019

Hi Nikki, We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit with us! Thank you for your lovely review - have a great rest of your day! Kind Regards, Lil's Management

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SH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A cosy restaurant, with a good varied menu, the food was delicious

Lil's Bar & Bistro
Responded on 18 December 2019

Hi Sue, Many thanks for your kind review! We hope you choose to visit us again very soon. Have a lovely day! Kind Regards, Lil's Management

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NK
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely warm welcome and the staff were all lovely throughout our evening. We were looked after really well. Great location with a nice view from our table overlooking the river. Gins and cocktails really good. We only had a main course which was a good size.

Lil's Bar & Bistro
Responded on 18 December 2019

Hi Nicola, Many thanks for taking the time to write such a lovely review. As a small, independent business it can sometimes be difficult competing with the larger chains in York so reviews like yours help us out greatly! Have a wonderful evening and we hope to see you again very soon! Kind Regards, Lil's Management.

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OT
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived at the bistro and shown to our table, waited a while then were asked if we wanted tap water for the table we said yes half an hour later it arrived! We then ordered drinks and food, starters arrived after about an hour! They looked shocking thrown together when we complained we were told they were busy down stairs, we were the only people eating in the upstairs dining area! We said we were leaving and it was not acceptable we paid for drinks with a “discount” and left never to return. Yes it was race day but staffing is not our problem, very poor would not recommend.

JF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

It was a Friday night the location was lovely overlooking the river. We were shown upstairs to a small room and were given a table by the window for 6 of us. The staff were lovely and couldn’t do enough for us. The food was okay but nothing special but the portions were large. Overall a pleasant evening.

OT
Cheshire
3 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food, nice restaurant and friendly staff

PC
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service and staff . Very clean restaurant and toilets. Lovely view of the river, shame the weather wasn’t better to be able eat out on the patio area👍

AS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

On a par with the best in your for food and service.
A bit cosy but the food is worth the squeeze.

OT
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Wonderful food and beautifully decorated. Wish more people knew about this place.

KM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The only issue was that the steak was medium and I specified rare.

AK
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Went last Saturday, it was very quiet, the food was nice, but not much choice.
Last time my friends(8 of us) and I went there was a problem with the bill !! The till didn't take the specials menu, so the tips for the waitress, who was soo lovely, went towards the bill : ( We paid well over what we should have to be honest.

LT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Menu had very few choices compared to the one on the website. Ambience was lacking and food was average. Disappointing.

G
Yorkshire
12 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nothing much wrong with it, food ok, just not special enough - ok if you’re in York and don’t know where to eat! Sorry, but that’s the best I can do.

CD
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Me and my fiancée went here for our valentines meal and it was lovely, the staff was very helpful and couldn’t do enough for us the place is small and comfortable I would highly recommend and would come again.

DI
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked this for a romantic waterfront meal pre theatre & what a find !!! The staff were most welcoming & attentive .The ambiance was perfect & the food was outstanding cooked to perfection
I would highly recommend this place it was a perfect start to a brilliant weekend
Well done guys xx

e
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked late for NYE. Was gorgeous food, friendly and great service. Food was amazing and very filling. Great choice of food and drink. Will be visiting again and would highly recommend.

KF
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Amazing food and brilliant service! Really glad we found it and will be returning.

All I would change is the ambience of the room (we sat 1st floor) - quite bright and would be nice if the lights were a bit dimmer not only for the atmosphere but so you could see the views outside better too!