The Ivy St. Helen’s Square

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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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ST
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Hi we all three ladies had a lovely evening ,good atmosphere not rushed at all. Had lemonsole and the waiter took it off the bone which was something I had not seen since the sixties. Took me back!Well done everyone.

KW
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for a birthday lunch..including yummy cake by surprise!

JW
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Location was good , service was good until we asked for the bill, we then waited 15-20 minutes and had to chase again , the food was very mediocre but reasonably priced , however the wine prices were high, we paid £29 for a bottle of Pino Grigio that would have cost £8-9 per bottle, tops in a supermarket there’s mark up and then there is daylight robbery

NS
Oxford
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only problem I had was reading the menu in the candlelight ,had to use my phone torch otherwise a special treat

OT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent reception, waitress service and food. We particularly appreciated not being hurried at all. Thank you to the staff.

SB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food well looked after and even acknowledged my daughters birthday too

AT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration, absolutely lovely! I'll definitely be returning and will recommend it to others.

HW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not fault a thing, best place I've ever eaten at. Food was delicious and staff were very polite and friendly without being over bearing. The atmosphere at decor was lovely and factor all this in the cost was very reasonable for the high quality experience you recieved. Would definitely return

SC
London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing experience- I have been to the original many times and had low expectations of this satellite.

If any of you harbour the same doubts banish them - this place is the real deal. Lobster risotto was utterly perfect and my wife took it off me! Her scallops were equally devine and my sons burrata was also perfect. I had the best swordfish in years followed by the chocolate bomb that I didn’t need but had to try - it was a gooey delight!!

I am seriously considering moving to York partially because of this meal - don’t miss a chance to try it out

KE
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food lovely, service good until the end of our meal where it became slower. Ambience very different this time, missed the little touches.

UG
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service excellent. Love the ambience and atmosphere BUT four guests squeezed round a table in the bar area. By main entrance so a bit draughty and in main thoroughfare for staff. Felt that the menu was very limited and seemed more so than at visits to Leeds and Edinburgh branches previously. Sunday lunch but only one of the specials available. Drinks eye wateringly expensive, so overall cost for 4 people two courses plus a couple of drinks, coffee and service well in excess of £200 - poor value.

RB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the venison, which was cooked to perfection and tasted delicious.
My sweet potatoes were tasty too.

I think if you want to have a quality meal in fabulous surroundings with efficient and friendly service then this is the place to go.

CJ
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Felt that the service in Leeds, Guildford and Edinburgh was better than the York restaurant unfortunately. York was not as attentive and got the bill wrong.

CW
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal, great service, good value, friendly staff would return.

SR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff at The Ivy York were so accommodating to our every request. The food was delicious, complete with one of your own celebration cakes.
I tried to order a cake for a celebration at The Ivy , London today, but was disappointed to find its not available in every outlet.
Another fabulous visit!

JE
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had booked a meal with friends who were visiting so didn't want to disappoint them. Needless to say it was a complete triumph. The food choice is varied, something for everyone. The service was excellent, our Waitress Christina was lovely and extremely efficient. Our meal was delicious. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend The Ivy.

S
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

After previous meals I would recommend.
After this meal it wasn’t good enough to recommend

N
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely setting and great food...service was attentive but not stuffy!

WA
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was lovely - food fabulous and great service. Really lovely surroundings and thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

KH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Lovely food not too much so you were either over full or leaving it

M
Brighton
5 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

York races

HP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We loved the place, the ambience and the service most of all. The food ranged from ordinary to excellent.

RB
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife there for a birthday meal. Everything is exceptional; the food, the service everything...

Highly recommended.

A
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there on Thursday evening and we had the most attentive waitress. So sorry we do not know her name. This was our first visit and would without doubt recommend to friends. We had a most delicious meal. Lovely atmosphere. Thank you.

JS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good all round experience. Food was good, starter could have been bigger in my opinion but the main was good. Fair selection of food and drinks and great service from the staff

NO
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant place and very pretty. Brought me a lovely little birthday cake for my birthday to me on my table.

BH
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect attention to detail , made a 80th birthday special

JA
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

This was our 4th visit to The Ivy in York and our previous experiences were first class. On this occasion, the visit did not live up to our expectations. The welcome was good but the situation of our table was disappointing, it was one of three in the window area, the other tables had 4 chairs but ours only had 2 so there was nowhere to put anything other than the floor. Service was fair/efficient but nowhere near what we had on our other visits. The food was generally good but some of the salad on one of the main course was limp and tired looking. The chocolate sauce poured over our mixed berry dessert was not distributed evenly. The flat white coffees we finished off were bordering on cold! We chose York because on previous visits to The Ivy, we believe it to be better than the Harrogate and Leeds branches, on the visit today we believe that they are very much the same and will not be in a rush to revisit.

DR
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy The Ivy, from the lovely friendly front of house to the helpful waiting staff.

ST
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

First time at the Ivy in York. Even on a Tuesday night the restaurant was pretty busy with a nice "vibe" and relaxed atmosphere. . The decor is excellent with the walls full of pictures and photographs relavent to the local area and beyond. The staff were polite and professional. The food was good but did not have the WOW factor. A visit to the Ivy is not cheap especially if you want a nice bottle of wine with your meal. Then there is the service charge. However you know this before you book so no problem there. I would definitely recommend a visit to the Ivy.

U
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who suffers from a food intolerance. Although it had been stated during the booking procedure that I have intolerances for wheat and dairy the restaurant seemed unable to offer any wheat and dairy alternatives despite the best efforts of the server. Why state on the menu ‘if you have intolerances speak to our staff’ if the restaurant is unable or unwilling to offer any alternatives.

OT
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely meal in pleasant surroundings. All the staff were attentive and helpful.

EU
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a lovely meal. The dessert was outstanding. The service was attentive without being obtrusive and we will certainly go again.

KH
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our first wedding anniversary meal, I had emailed at the booking that my wife was heavily pregnant and would need a table with a bit more room.
When we arrived we were greeted with a happy anniversary, a lovely table and gorgeous food.
We even got an anniversary cake!

WC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great ambience with excellent waiting staff knowledgeable about the menu.

We absolutely loved it.

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Resteraunt little busy for quite lunch time dining. Could fault nothing else. Wonderful food and service

TG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, exceeded our expectations! Service exceptional. Food delicious! Buzzing environment.
Will be back!

H
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a lovely experience that I will definite enjoy again and recommend to family and friends. My friends are still talking about our lovely time

AW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice restaurant not great service but would try again, last time visited service was good

L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a beautiful restaurant . We had breakfast here for my daughters birthday on October 6th. We were seated at a lovely corner window table . The menu caters for all tastes and the food on arrival was beautifully presented and tasted delicious . Staff are attentive but not overly so - absolutely perfect . The Ivy feels like a real treat but the reasonable prices mean you can go regularly and enjoy the experience . We will definitely return and can recommend the restaurant wholeheartedly .

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