The Ivy St. Helen’s Square

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4113 reviews
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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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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.6
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4.6
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BarryJ
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great breakfast here. We decided to come back the next morning also. Good food and attentive staff. Will definitely be back.

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vipSheryl
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food fab service excellent

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CarolineR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Food was great as usual but there was scant adherence to Covid guidelines in the restaurant apart from a temperature camera at the entrance.

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EmmaP
Manchester
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food. Fantastic service. Great location.

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EmmaB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bang bang salad it’s a must!
Sea bass was fabulous
The sweet menu I wanted to order everything
Staff couldn’t fault them
It my new place to go

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RuthH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Up market restaurant and the food is worth the money. Some lovely cocktails too!

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Coops
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All staff polite, friendly and efficient.
The menu and food choices offered was not fancy which I appreciated,cooked and presented well.

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Rose
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to dine. Staff were kind and attentive. Great place to take someone for a special occasion.

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LucyS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food and good choice.

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ValerieR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nice place but we feel the Ivy group
is over rated. We have tried London, Leeds and York and have not been bowled over. Tommie & Valerie Reape

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DawnC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really good nice food and great service would definitely go again

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Schooling
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have waited all year to be able to dine at The Ivy with vouchers given to us last Christmas! It did not disappoint in the slightest. Everything from the moment we stepped through the door and were greeted, to the service, the food, drink and atmosphere -were just superb! We dined in the little room upstairs and having never been in there before we were thrilled with the ambience of the room- it felt intimate without it feeling like we could not talk. We came away feeling like we had had a truly special evening and we cannot wait for another opportunity to return again. Thank you to all staff.

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TonyH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening. The restaurant was great. The food was good and the service was excellent.

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PamelaH
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Monk fish curry was delicious. Followed by the amazing chocolate bomb ❤️

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LeanneJ
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent night out for my birthday! Amazing service, very attentive including wine recommendations plus the food was amazing!

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SharonH
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food as always, nice atmosphere, attentive staff, nice quiet table

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BevB
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A warm welcome very Covid safe friendly staff excellent food would highly recommend and will definitely return

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WendyT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The menu has too many fish dishes and needs a more balanced menu. Although it boasts a vegetarian and vegan menu which it does have, the actual vegan choices are very few. But what I chose from the vegan menu was very nice and well presented.

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GrahamS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and attentive staff, who are knowledgeable about what they do.

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MartynB
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Not the usual level of care shown in the service on this occasion.
At first it was good but following this after the food was delivered we were not approached again for further drinks or to see if everything was alright or even to clear the table and to enquire whether or not we wanted a dessert, in fact we did not see our waitress again and I had to wait until I could attract the attention of a waiter in order to pay my bill and leave.
Most of the food was up to the usual standard but my fries were well and truly overcooked and very hard and peas were barely warm. The Ivy is usually very good and I always give a good review but after this experience I cannot give a good review.
The service was not worth the service charge on the bill but I did pay it rather than further ruin the meal. I know that this attitude doesn't help but I hope this was a one off and on my next visit perhaps it will have improved

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CarlA
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Almost pub quality set menu,very disappointing.It was not as special as we were expecting.

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LizT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dining experience. Pricey but the food is wonderful. Beautifully presented and tastes incredible! The service was perfect. We felt throughly spoilt and it was the perfect end to a mini break in York.

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KayA
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely place to eat. The main was nice but not outstanding for what you are paying, the truffle mash we ordered and sweet peas were delicious but the chicken lacked some more flavour but may have chose the wrong dish. The halloumi was oh so good. The chocolate bombe dessert was amazing though!

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KennethJ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would highly recommend this restaurant to a friend , food , service outstanding, definitely return again when back in York went 18.10.2020.

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BevW1383
Yorkshire
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fabulous time - food and service excellent as usual

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TracyD
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I had booked in for a girly couple of days away in York for our 50ths (should have been Benidorm). From start to finish the service was excellent. Food was beautiful. I couldn't fault them at all. I would highly recommend for a special occasion. I will definatley be going back.

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Johnw
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class service,the girls running the upstairs area in york were so professional and friendly they just made it perfect.

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JackieA
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, ambiance and food were excellent as usual.

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EnidW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This meal was for our wedding anniversary and we had a very enjoyable evening. The service was excellent, we were very well looked after. Our food which arrived quite quickly was a little cool for us but was replaced without any hesitation by our waitresses and we were impressed by that. Everything was great for the rest of our meal and evening. Many thanks Enid Wilkinson

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SusanM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday gift

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GeorginaY
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious lunch and a great place to catch up with friends. Good friendly service but a but naughty not to offer the set lunch menu - I had to ask. But having said that one of my favourite places to eat in York and the tuna carpaccio was mouth watering. I'll be back !

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AlanM
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent meal, as always, a good way to celebrate our 42nd wedding anniversary.

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MoiraD
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really enjoyed being upstairs plenty of space and light and airy. Great if you continue to use this area after Covid. It always feels squashed downstairs especially at the back. The food was delicious and the service was good. Thank you

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TonyL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from entering to leaving.
High quality food, though a bone left in fish cake.
Fish Pie was great

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DavidT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Staff were excellent and friendly. They were well presented and professional. The only complaint was a fly constantly buzzing around our table and surrounding tables.

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PeterS
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect antidote to Covid .....perfect food and wine with competent fun staff

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Sues
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Felt it was overpriced for this experience £95 (previously been to one in Winchester) food was nice enough, 2x main, 1 dessert, 1x warm coffee and 1 x g&t each. Happy to pay service charge but feel 12.5% a tad steep. Have to confess all this is in comparison with the excellent vfm we’ve had in all other places we’ve eaten this week in North Yorkshire that aren’t chains.

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AndreaH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A restaurant with a great atmosphere.
Service was top notch.
We are Vegetarians and the menu had a great choice.
We over ordered because everything sounded amazing, and non of it let us down.
Overall Atmosphere = Great
Service = Attentive
Food = Delicious

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Skippy
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Ivy is always exceptional in all areas.
Food is sourced well, cooked expertly and served attractively.
The staff are all friendly and efficient without ever being too intrusive.
The decor is attractively quirky, the seating comfortable, and the atmosphere is lively without being loud. Love it!!

JB
JennyB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual my experience here was wonderful. I have now brought many friends and family who have also thoroughly enjoyed it. A special treat!

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