The Ivy St. Helen’s Square

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4369 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.
What 4369 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CraigE
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food on the whole. The sauce on the bombe desert was too cool to dissolve the bombe which detracted from what was otherwise a very good meal.

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Jane
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday meal

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KeithW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service, good choice of cocktails & wine.

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EmilyG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time at the Ivy. The staff where great and very helpful. Great food.

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Wojjy
Nottingham
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

- Amex card was dropped upon payment
- there was a working lady sat opposite us
- steak was over cooked
- tomato ketchup took too long to arrive
- a plastic straw was knocked from our drink
- coats were not collected upon arrival - COVID IS NOT A VALID EXCUSE

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AlisonL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely waitress - very knowledgeable about the dishes on the menu, so patient and friendly. Beautifully prepared food. Fish cake, filet of salmon, monkfish and prawn curry were delicious as were the truffle arancini and zucchini fritti. The Ivy serves up not only wonderful food but also a wonderful and memorable dining experience.

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VUzwa
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Wouldn’t recommend, very overpriced, poor service, felt rushed and pressured. Had £14.56 added automatically as a service charge totally not worth that. Had steak it was pretty bang average and quite fatty for a sirloin. Went to Piccolino the night before which was so much better and cheaper with brilliant service.

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SharronR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely for a special occasion good food good staff.

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Gillianl
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The chocolate bomb is a must for any chocoholic it’s amazing

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PaulF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the place to eat in York. The food, service and ambiance are outstanding and I would strongly recommend it for either Lunch or Dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t fault a single thing. Tuna starter - perfect. Fillet steak - perfect. Service - brilliant.

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Mark
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was really nice as was the service. Would recommend!

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vipDavidS
London
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very pleasant experience, great service and food.

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ElizabethR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Lovely meal and surprise birthday treat given to my daughter. Problem with one dish was dealt with and taken off the bill. Excellent service

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LauraM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food very yummy although service of food was very quick (too quick). Would have been nice to enjoy ambience more. Went on a Sunday and restaurant was generally quiet.

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ChiaraS
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing as usual. It’s our Sunday spot for brunch.

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SeanB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A lovely meal as always. We felt safe at all times and the team are great.

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Tmb07
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Felt very rushed, even taking into consideration the 10pm curfew, they are said to allow you 1.30 per table.
However they served our main course within 10 mins of ordering so we were still eating our starter.
We were there for just under45mins including starter, main & dessert.
Food was nice but not amazing.

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SandraL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our evening at the Ivy, From our greeting and being shown to our table,
Our waitress went out of her way bringing the vegetarian menu and her recommendation we’re valued
The food came and was excellent including the wine. The hole staff were dressed smart and the restaurant set out in a relaxing atmosphere. We would like to thank all at the Ivy and wish you all the best in the times to come
Thank you
Sandra and Barry

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KirstyM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as Always. The Bloody Marys are the best we have ever tried

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SamanthaG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Friendly service, great cocktails. Nice environment, fast service and would go again.

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DeborahW
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely food, drinks and service, could not fault. We were sat upstairs. Would have prefers downstairs, guess should have said at time of booking. Like I requested a window position but never received.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Completely overpriced. Wouldn’t have minded if the food was a third of the price and would have been fine for pub food but definitely expected better.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food and ambience was superb. Sally the drinks orders were all over the place. Nearly every drinks order was wrong and moreover not once did a waiter/waitress apologise. Overall a good visit but not great.

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Sssnw
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Love the decor. Always feel special and cosy. Staff are friendly

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Sporty
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Five stars across the board. A wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

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AnneB
Yorkshire
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent attentive service and the food was perfect too. Well done York Ivy !!
I dined with friends to celebrate my husbands 70th birthday in The Ivy in Harrogate on the 8th October and I could not have been more disappointed with the level of service .
I waited until returning home before letting the Ivy Harrogate know as not to detract from the occasion. The reception staff said they would ask a manager to call me and I’m still waiting. Little disappointing as we are frequent diners .
Saturday was a delight in The Ivy York .

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Maria
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Lunch at The Ivy, beautiful well cooked food, tasted delicous!!

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RuthG
Yorkshire
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding as always. Couldn’t have asked for anything more. Wow! We love this place. Staff were superb and made our afternoon so special xxx

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was first class.
I was greeted warmly by front of house staff who offered a large table than I required for dining alone - I opted to wait at the bar until a suitable smaller table was free (whilst waiting I enjoyed a delicious negroni aperitif)
The serving staff who looked after me were very professional - explaining the menu specials.
The food served for both courses was delicious - compliments to the Kitchen.
The ambience was warm and friendly.
I will certainly return when next visiting York.

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andyc
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing the service was fantastic the restaurant has a face scanner to detect for your temp at the door the place has a great ambience inside

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WendyB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were warmly welcomed on entry and made to feel safe. Beautifully set out, fabulous food and service. Made extra special with the birthday treat for my daughter. Thank you.

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Mmplus3
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service as always. Covid protected, we saw regular cleaning after every table vacated, tables distanced etc.. food and drinks great as ever during this difficult time.

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Catkins
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very civilised and enjoyable experience and we would visit again and recommend to others. Wel spaced and temerature taken on arrival plus hand gel on table.

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BeckyM
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, friendly staff, food came out extremely quickly, it was my Birthday so they even brought me a mini cake out with a candle nice touch!

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LadyMuck
London
18 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

A good central position in York. We had no complaints with the food. The wine could have done to have been better chilled when brought to the table. A wine bucket helped to chill to the desired temperature.

Lovely atmosphere.

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Barbara
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and made our day extra special by brining a complimentary birthday desert - thank you so much.

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GlenisG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere staff very professional and friendly. Always eat here when in York.
Circumstances because of Covid are a problem but the management have it off to a fine art yet still retain the ambience of the Ivy.
Thanks for making our stay such a special time.

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MaryL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was as I expected really for a high end restaurant at lunch time

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HannahB
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely place and the nicest coffee. Will definitely be back again soon. Thank you

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The Ivy St. Helen’s Square is rated 4.6 stars by 4369 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.