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The Ivy St. Helen’s Square, York, ENG

The Ivy St. Helen’s Square

4.5
4.5
11990 Reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
The Ivy St. Helen's Square is located on the eponymous square in the heart of York and will serve all-encompassing, contemporary British menus.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 129 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary British, British, Breakfast
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 08:30–22:30 Fri, Sat 08:30–23:00 Sun 08:30–22:00
  • Phone number
    01904 403888
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Sean Burbidge
  • Private party facilities
    Within easy reach of the city’s most iconic sites, including York Minster and the National Railway Museum, our restaurant offers a luxurious haven for tourists and locals alike. We also have an elegant private dining room for special celebrations and big-occasion dining.
  • Private party contact
    The Events Team: 020 3727 6548
  • Area
    York
  • Parking Details
    NCP Car Park,Tanner Row, George Hudson Street, York, YO1 6JL (7 min walk from the car park)Piccadilly Yard Car Park, York, YO1 9NX (8 min walk from the car park)
  • Public Transit
    York train station, Station Rd, York YO24 1AB (9 min walk from the station)
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Breakfast Set Menu

    £15.95 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Elevate your mornings with our £15.95 breakfast set menu. Begin your day with a choice of refreshing smoothies and a tempting selection of pastries to start, accompanied by The Ivy Breakfast featuring all the classics.
    Breakfast Set Menu photo
  • The Ivy St. Helen's Square Afternoon Tea

    £29.95 per person

    17 Oct 2022 - 8 Apr 2024
    Beautifully presented in a three-tied stand and served with your choice of tea or coffee, The Ivy Afternoon Tea includes an assortment of freshly baked scones with rich clotted cream and strawberry preserve, a selection of delicate finger sandwiches, and dainty cakes and tarts, crafted with the finest ingredients. *Prices are subject to change.
    The Ivy St. Helen's Square Afternoon Tea photo
  • £19.17 All-Day Set Menu

    £19.17 per person

    4 Jan - 28 Mar 2024
    Elevate your dining experience with our £19.17 All-Day Set Menu. Embark on a culinary journey with our seasonal and classic dishes, and delight in two courses for £19.17 or three courses for £24.17 per person.
    £19.17 All-Day Set Menu photo

What 11,990 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Yorkshire

    Most Booked

  • North Yorkshire

    Great for brunch

  • North Yorkshire

    Great for creative cocktails

  • North Yorkshire

    Most Booked

11,991 Reviews
  1. KevinJ

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Once against n the IVY does not let you down good food, service first class and ambiance spot on, thank you Ivy York

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  2. Lilian

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Overcharged for the bottle of wine which they didn’t have in

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  3. katiek

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gorgeous visit to the Ivy yesterday! It was an impromptu choice and so glad we visited! Staff very kind and attentive. I observed an older gentleman ( must be a frequent visitor) get hugs from all of the staff, this was sweet !

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  4. Will

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Was really good food . But didn’t like how one of the staff was talking to one of the workers who was bringing food out. Didn’t have to say it in front of customers within ear shot . And when we asked for the bill they just took away the sugar tray when I still had some tea left .

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  5. Nicola

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I enjoyed my time here and the food was delicious. My only advice to future diners is to make sure you ask for a table in the main area if that is important to you. This was a special celebration for me and I was disappointed to be put upstairs. I didn’t make a fuss as I had a guest with me. In the end I chose not to let it spoil my time at The Ivy in York but it did lack the ambiance that I had looked forward to.

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  6. Tony

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The celebration for my wife was absolutely delightful.Dinner was lovely. Ivy made a special desert with all the bells and whistles. It even had her favourite colour. To see her smile was the best part. Many thanks Ivy.

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  7. LesleyM

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We booked The Ivy as a treat for a weekend away. The welcome, service, food and decor were excellent. A special night out. The only disappointment - no rhum Baba!

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  8. DavidB

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good service, very good ambience. Restaurant located right in the heart of the City close to many attractions. Food was delicious and menu gave a wide choice Choice of wine was perhaps a little limited but quality was good. Attention to special request was appreciated.I had ponted out when booking that it was my wife's 75th birthday and requested a nice table. We were given a very nice table and both the reception staff and waiter/waitress staff acknowledged my wife's happy event. She was also given a complimentary dessert with a lighted candle, which was a nice touch.

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  9. JustineA

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely lunch with excellent service. We got a completely anniversary cake that we very much appreciate and it was delicious for our wedding anniversary that we was celebrating We would highly recommend the Ivy at York it was a very positive experience, excellent food and very welcoming and efficient service. Thank you for making our dining experience such a good one

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  10. RobinH

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place, lovely staff. Food was beautifully arranged and tasted great but the amount of vegetarian choices was very poor . There wasn’t a single option on the main menu and only one each on the seasonal and Asian menu. Also only one choice each on the starters. The main options were pasta or curry. I’m afraid I’ve seen these or similar in every restaurant anywhere in the country.

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  11. Mouse

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    One of our party is a wheelchair user , what a wonderful experience for all of us , the staff are thoughtful & attentive without being patronising thankyou :) Our waiter gave excellent service which added to a lovely lunch , thanks everyone

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  12. SueK

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic meal and excellent service, highly recommend

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food reliable as always. Pre dinner drinks arrived at same time as starters Otherwise good service

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  14. Janb

    Yorkshire

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Visited The Ivy in York for Afternoon Tea , it was all very fresh , would have liked a better option of sandwich fillings though and the desserts were all chocolate based which was a bit too much . Lattes were nice and the staff were fabulous. Would return , but wouldn't have Afternoon Tea next time

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  15. YvonneH

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was wonderful noise levels on arrival seemed loud but once we sat down and got chatting we didn’t notice it anymore so it wouldn’t put me off coming again.

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  16. RobertB

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, lovely food, beautiful ambience. Such a lovely restaurant, with friendly, polite staff and the food was absolutely delicious, Shepherds Pie and the Burger. If l was going to say anything less positive it would be the cost, but this won't stop me returning.

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  17. Millie

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first visit to The Ivy, York. A busy restaurant with a mixed age range of clientele and plenty of enthusiastic staff adding to the general bustle of the place. The decor is bright, and the tables and seating all looked inviting. We enjoyed the food which was well prepared and presented. Our one comment would be that some vegetables should be included in the price of the meal and not be an extra add-on. We will certainly return in the near future.

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  18. VickieO

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An amazing dining experience at the Ivy, staff so attentive thank you

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  19. GolnarB

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always receive such warm welcome. That alone makes the experience unforgettable. Let alone the wonderful food and excellent service.
    The Ivy St. Helen’s SquareResponded 3 days ago
    Golnarb, thank you so much for your high rating!

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  20. Lamby

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We was very pleased with the food service and value we would recommend and go back again
    The Ivy St. Helen’s SquareResponded 3 days ago
    Lamby, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to The Ivy St Helen's Square York!

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  21. CarolT

    Newcastle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Something really very special and a memorable experience. Would definitely make a return trip.
    The Ivy St. Helen’s SquareResponded 3 days ago
    Carolt, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to The Ivy St Helen's Square York!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food good, setting nice, however too dark to read menu without torch on phone & our waitress lacked customer service skills.
    The Ivy St. Helen’s SquareResponded 3 days ago
    Hi Opentable Diner, we appreciate your honest review. We set a high standard for ourselves, so we are disappointed to hear that your experience with us was not a positive one.

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  23. Roysign

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We felt the whole dining experience was first class from when we arrived to when we left. It was our first visit and are looking forward to our return.
    The Ivy St. Helen’s SquareResponded 3 days ago
    Roysign, thank you so much for the positive review!

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  24. AlexandraQ

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good experience , I liked the tapestry and the ambience
    The Ivy St. Helen’s SquareResponded 3 days ago
    Alexandraq, thank you so much for the positive review!

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  25. GillJ

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, atmosphere, service and staff excellent as always.

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  26. Jaykay

    Dubai

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went Saturday night for wife’s birthday. Excellent service, good food all in a brilliant atmosphere. Typical Ivy experience.would definitely recommend.

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  27. IanS

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated a birthday at the Ivy York, a fantastic evening which we really enjoyed . Many thanks to the efficient and attentive staff!

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  28. TonySheppard

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An absolutely exceptional dining experience. Great atmosphere. Wonderful, friendly, knowledgable, professional staff. We were shown to our table upstairs, it was slightly quieter than downstairs which we really appreciated on a Saturday evening. A particular mention for Mitchel our waiter for the evening, who was simply wonderful and really made our experience the very best possible. We ordered from the regular and vegan menus, and the food was outstanding, absolutely delicious. We thoroughly recommend anyone wishing to have a wonderful dining experience to book at The Ivy in York.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The meal was really great, amazing food and flavours. The service in particular was great, really friendly and knowledgeable staff. Thank you

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very poor quality food wise , extremely disappointed

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  31. yorkie

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was very good and food good - but was annoyed that we arrived 15 mins early for our table for 4 people at 415 - our friends arrived 430 the time of our booking - at 6pm just as we had ordered 3 glasses of wine and desserts one of the staff told us we only had 15 minutes as we had arrived 415pm ! Given how much we spent i thought this was poor

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  32. Huddersfield

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I came here with friends to celebrate our 60th birthdays. The service was amazing - we were brought some chocolate cakes with candles on as a kind gesture and one of our party left her mobile phone behind and the waiter ran out of the building to return it to her which was much appreciated. We had a lovely table in a quiet area of the restaurant as we were a party of 8. The food was delicious.

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  33. Sue2464

    London

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    It was a disappointment after many visits . Good and service not as good as it normally is . I orderd Ivy champagne it came in a different bottle ,I was told they had run out . However a table that came in afterwards were served the Ivy champagne I always have !! I orderd duck curry I normally get it served with a good warming Stand to keep it warm but not on this visit . Overall I was very disappointed they staff were under a lot of pressure and it showed .

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  34. ChristineQ

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went The Ivy in York for birthday celebrations. Food was excellent! Staff were very attentive and friendly. Lovely relaxed atmosphere. Friends both got a complimentary Profitteroll for their birthday, lovely touch. Highly recommended.

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  35. JoanneS

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Yet again the Ivy was hugely disappointing. Yes, it was busy and you pay partly for the ambience but the food was mediocre, just warm, and we waited an hour for our main courses to arrive. Not great when you pay just short of 200 pounds for Saturday lunch for two people. There are far better restaurants for the money.

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  36. SusanS

    Warwickshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely dining experience. My daughter and I had a lovely lunch in a beautiful restaurant.

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  37. ChloeH

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Amazing service and high quality food with a fantastic atmosphere!

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  38. BigSteSpeight

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff were fantastic, the lady on the door was so helpful and accommodating helping my wife in her wheelchair gain access with a portable ramp.

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  39. Pierre

    Yorkshire

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice in a lovely environment. Definitely looking forward to next visit.

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  40. BarryL

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Never been before so was pleasantly surprised with the whole experience. Only problem we had was that we left a tip when paying only to discover when we got outside that a cover charge had already been added to our bill. If we had known this we would not have left a tip. Nowhere on the menu did it inform us of the cover charge had we seen anything we would not have left a tip. The Ivy need to make cover charge a bit more transparent.

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FAQs

The Ivy St. Helen’s Square is rated 4.5 stars by 11990 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 129 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Ivy St. Helen’s Square

2 St. Helen's Square, York, ENG YO1 8QP

Additional information

  • Area
    York
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 08:30–22:30 Fri, Sat 08:30–23:00 Sun 08:30–22:00
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary British, British, Breakfast
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    NCP Car Park,Tanner Row, George Hudson Street, York, YO1 6JL (7 min walk from the car park)Piccadilly Yard Car Park, York, YO1 9NX (8 min walk from the car park)
  • Public Transit
    York train station, Station Rd, York YO24 1AB (9 min walk from the station)
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Sean Burbidge
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    01904 403888
  • Private party facilities
    Within easy reach of the city’s most iconic sites, including York Minster and the National Railway Museum, our restaurant offers a luxurious haven for tourists and locals alike. We also have an elegant private dining room for special celebrations and big-occasion dining.
  • Private party contact
    The Events Team: 020 3727 6548
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