The Ivy St. Helen’s Square

4.5
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£26 to £40
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British
Relaxed yet sophisticated all-day dining in the historic city of York. Open seven days a week offering all-day dining to local businesses, residents and visitors alike, The Ivy St. Helen’s Square, York is located on the eponymous square in the heart of York and will serve all-encompassing, contemporary British menus for breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.
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4.5
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4.5
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4.5
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LM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Unfortunately we had a table that was almost in an annexe and there was not much atmosphere.
One main meal [the special] was overcooked and whilst it was replaced [and taken off the bill] it did mean that our meal was marred whilst one diner waited for it to be replaced. The other food was fine.

The wine list is expensive and it is hit and miss where you end up sitting. A good table is great a bad one....

We like the place and will go again - but watch what you are ordering!

CS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it all

j
Warwickshire
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything about York Ivy is consistently good- staff, atmosphere, menu and the food itself.

J
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Sat in very close proximity to two other 2 seater tables when there was other free tables available. So you could clearly hear everyone’s conversation, making it awkward. The food was delivered with no cheese as ordered so had to be taken back up to have applied to the steam baguette. In fairness wasn’t charged for the cheese, but I was charged a service charge which I wasn’t expecting however.

SB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food, loved it! I had eggs benedict and my wife had pancakes with fruit bothwere really good.

JW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous, relaxed lunch with very tasty and well presented food but the star of our visit was our waitress who made us all feel ‘special’ by her excellent service and unassuming attention.

AH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had afternoon tea at the Ivy. Lovely atmosphere, beautiful surroundings. The food was good although a little more attention to details would have improved it.
Always plenty of tea & a good selection.

SW
Lancashire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere very easy to book on line.
Table ready on arrival and staff outstanding.
Great choice of quality food something for everyone.

CS
Orlando
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love The Ivy for a special treat brunch on a day out. Excellent food. But pricier than your usual brunch offerings but hey, you
Get what you pay for!!

K
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, impeccable service, lovely atmosphere and all for a very reasonable price!

DG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Arrived early for pre dinner drink but bar area extremely busy and no seats available. I suppose it was busy weekend for Christmas shopping and expected. However, on speaking with a number of customers at the bar not all had booked meals and only there for drinks which feels a little frustrating as a diner.

GA
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

An excellent evening. Much better than my last Ivy experience last year at the then newly opened Leeds restaurant. Although, my wife tells me that it was much better the last time she went there for afternoon tea.

Would really recommend the York restaurant though. It's much better eating out when a restaurant is full and busy. The food was great and so was the atmosphere.

ER
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved coming to The Ivy tonight. Fantastic service, food and wine. Even the toilets smell like a perfumery!!!😁😁😁
Can’t wait to come back.
Emma. Sherburn in Elmet.

JG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The quality of the food and service was excellent and the price was appropriate for that standard. We had a thoroughly enjoyable meal.
The only point of criticism was the noise. It was very noisy. Not what I was hoping for in a fine dining experience. I think the hard wall surfaces accentuated this.

MD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ivy was a great place for lunch, the cocktails were delicious, and the service was good! Possibly a little more ambience (maybe some low volume music - we didnt hear any). We sat very close to others, which meant we could hear their conversations and vice versa.
No major complaints, solid and great value!

EG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and food was fantastic. Staff cant do enough for you would most recommend.

AS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The stars would have been higher, but for the fact we were served frozen chips with a £30 steak as a paid for extra, which I find completely unacceptable. We did complain (something we hate to do) and the chips were removed from the bill, but it still distracted from what was otherwise a fairly decent meal.
I feel very sorry for the kitchen staff who have to carry food orders down 2 flights of stairs (making way for customers as they do so) to hand it over to the waiting staff. Nightmare!

KB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Service charge excessive. Service mediocre at best , one waitress excellent others disinterested, waiter aloof and rude . Starters excellent and plenty to eat . Mains small but tasted delicious. This was our second visit we would not go back again. Experience not worth the money !

OT
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I all enjoyed our experience at the Ivy on Friday 6th December. The food and service were outstanding.. the setting and surroundings were beautiful. I would definitely recommend and I will be returning again next year

JL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service would definitely use again.

SW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I had chicken with a fried egg but my chicken was burnt all around the edge which was disappointing. The egg however was delicious.

j
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous lunch , the food was amazing and teh ambience was lovely

DK
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not terribly Christmassy as far as decorations on tables etc but food and atmosphere lovely. Have the apple tart just for the theatre of the flaming Calvados!

CE
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb restaurant, food and staff excellent, would highly recommend

KS
London
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A fabulous evening celebrating my husband's birthday. The service and ambience were very classy indeed and the food was wonderful. We'll be back!

SM
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good atmosphere with pleasant and helpful staff. Got a bit noisy at times, but just people enjoying themselves.

KO
Cheshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a really good experience at this Ivy. Everything was excellent.

JA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect wedding anniversary lunch. Thankyou. Will definitely visit again.

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing lunch! Thank you so much xx

HW
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Celebrated my birthday here this week and was very impressed. The food was lovely will definitely be returning

AR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely atmosphere wit good service and tasty food. Very convivial lunch . The waitress was really caring and sorted a little problem with a mixup with wine bottles without fuss. She was professional without being overdone.Everyone in my party commented on how much they had enjoyed it.

It was a very busy time and so lots of noise from conversations....we could definitely have done without the music ,which you could not distinguish and only saved to make people have to shout to be heard. Its fine to have music as a background when things are quiet but when busy music just detracts .

LC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3 of us had a superb dinner at The Ivy, York. Although not the cheapest, this is the sort of place to go for a real treat. The welcome was warm, the decor stunning with a great ambience. The service was extremely friendly and attentive without being OTT. All that would have been wasted if it hadn’t been matched by the food, but it absolutely was!
Can highly recommend for a special experience’

OT
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful!!!
Beautiful & fun restaurant, decorated lovely for Christmas.

C
London
11 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really nice served nice and quickly, Got a little bit busy later so staff didn’t necessarily notice When we had to leave but hold hold an excellent experience

MG
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Not been before so did not know what to expect. Had read negative remarks after we had booked but was very pleasantly surprised.

a
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience as always
Food,service. atmosphere all fantastic
Drinks expensive

A
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Visited The Ivy, York for a birthday treat, really enjoyed the evening. Friendly service - not as stuffy as I thought it might be, recommended for that special occasion.

SH
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service fornour anniversary thank you

CA
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great, delicious and on time. Location was superb, and the staff really kind! my husband and I Absolutely loved it!

LB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our visit was Perfect in every way! Will definitely return.