The Ivy St. Helen’s Square

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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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JF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Front of house staff were pleasant. Server was very accidental! Bumping into other staff, dropping things and clumsy. Pleasant and friendly but clumsy in her style.

LS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very nice and food delicious . Greeting by door host could have been a bit friendlier is only thing that let it down

A
London
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fab waitress who was friendly, efficient and attentive. She even asked her manager to give us desserts on the house because me and my 2 daughters found it hard to hear/be heard over a pleasant but loud and lively table of 8 ladies next to us in the cosy alcove. The food was great as were the cocktails. This place never disappoints and we will be back again.

H
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Charming staff. Food very good. Great cocktails and wine.

F
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place to eat. Wonderful food and staff were lovely 😊

CG
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, food and drinks. Would thoroughly recommend

CF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely brilliant service and delicious food. Will be visiting again

SE
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited with friends last weekend to celebrate my birthday following a fantastic visit to the Manchester Restaurant over Christmas. Food was mouth watering, service spot on and the ambience was everything you need in making it a fantastic experience. Already planning our next excuse to visit York however I think there is no excuse needed now as dining at The Ivy is the only reason we need!!!

DT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely brunch to celebrate my husband’s birthday, excellent service and food

SB
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always we had a super time at The Ivy York. Nicky is always there to greet us with a smile , so professional, warm and friendly.

Jonny's recommendations go down a treat. His knowledge of wines is outstanding.

A wonderful experience every time we dine.

KC
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a wonderful restaurant. The staff and service were excellent. Beyond our budget for everyday dining but perfect for special occasions.

OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere.

D
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant. The service is excellent and the staff really helpful. The food is tasty and we will certainly eat there again

J
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

A nice buzzing atmosphere. We were having an early supper, the dining and bar area was busy and enjoyable.
We were taking risk as the previous 2 dining experiences were pretty poor, but, prior to them, we had experienced good food and service so didn't want to give up!
This time, the service was a little slow to start, but soon picked up, our server was a young lady named Mia, who was polite, helpful and attended to us very well.
The food was not far off excellent, our dietary needs were met and handled well.
all in all a very good experience, nothing really to fault....except.....£3.50 for five little olives!!! Seriously!

MN
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we arrived and were checked in and shown to our table the service was first class. Attentive service without being too intrusive. Food superb.

JD
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a very pleasurable experience at The Ivy - The service is attentive but not intrusive - The whole experience is relaxing and you are made to feel special and the food is excellent and value for money

OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food excellent service thank you !

JH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding service and food. Beautiful environment and Sophie who looked after us at our table was amazing!!. Both my partner and I gave feedback to say just how great both Sophie and our experience was. I plan to visit again on another special occasion.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We was very disappointed with the whole experience of the restaurant having eaten at the Leeds restaurant we was expecting good food and good atmosphere, for the cost of the food and service I would expect a much higher standard of service the staff where not brilliant by any stretch, we both felt uncomfortable in the environment and the food we ordered was of poor standard, the risotto was undercooked and my steak was overcooked over all not impressed and will not be returning. I have never been upset with having to pay for a meal no matter the cost but I was extremely upset and found it hard to part with my money for such a poor meal.

CA
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love to come to the ivy for special occasions it’s been such a great experience every time.

SM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and a lovely ambiance, highly recommended.

AO
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best dining experience I have ever had! Food was amazing and the service was incredible. Can’t wait to go back here

L
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had the prefect table with a quiet space for the young child which was lovely to have, and the staff were very helpful in locating it for us.
The food overall was very enjoyable, one of the dishes was not quite as good as the other three, because as a vegetarian dish with butternut squash it did not really have enough considering it was main ingredient which was disappointing. The beverages were lovely and we all enjoyed the variety and choice of dishes.

S
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the first time one of my friends had visited The Ivy, as I had hoped it won’t be the last. I felt very proud to have recommended such an excellent venue.

J
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service4ambience4

The food was really poor. The sweet potatoes were hard and the salmon was pink although asked for it to be well cooked. Did not say anything at the time as not appropriate with my guest and did not want to disrupt the lunch.

JP
London
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friend's birthday lunch. We were really looked after., from the perfectly situated table to the surprise birthday bun.The food was delicious and the staff extremely friendly (even down to helping one of us with a broken coat zip!) but highly professional. My second trip to this restaurant and already looking forward to coming again. Thank you.

n
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Nice looking dining room, interesting menu.

Unfortunately, the food experience failed to deliver - the shepherds pie was an extremely frugal portion and the mash on top was so thin it was almost not there. Saying that, the creme brulee was very good.

On the whole it was not worth the premium price, which is a shame.

Positives: excellent service across the board.

FL
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, in super location. Delivered the usual Ivy great standards.

y
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very good meal - the server was very knowledgeable with regard to the menu and various food intolerance's

J
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Never disappointed. Love the deco .

NW
Yorkshire
7 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent visit. Restaurant was very quiet possibly due to weather. Food was great and staff very attentive and friendly

SB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really nice evening.

BT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, lovely staff, professional and friendly service! Can’t wait to go back!!!

KC
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Our first time at the Ivy and we were seeing what the hype was all about! Service was professional but rather impersonal. Noise level ok - about what we’d expected. Food was a mixed bag - starters were delightful but mains were disappointing. My veg shepherd pie was the taste and texture of a bland school dinner, and over-peppered to boot. My partner’s cod was beautifully cooked but over-flavoured. The side of chips was dry and flavourless. We were up for dessert but the waitress took so long to get to us that we’d had enough by that time and just wanted out. It took the receptionfolks ages to find our coats. It was a busy Saturday night so maybe this experience is not indicative... but I’m not up for spending another £86 to check out that theory!

EM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and fantastic service. Have never been disappointed in any Ivy restaurant, but this might just have been the best food experience. Lovely location in the centre of York. Tables close together but the buzzy atmosphere means you can't tune in to your neighbour. Will definitely come here again next time I come to York.

EP
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Plenty of choice and portions were of a good size. Tasty dishes nicely presented. Service was attentive but not overbearing. Would definitely recommend!

H
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely place to eat, only downside was the steak i ordered was cold. Had to be returned, i then ate my meal after my wife finished hers. Admittedly, I wasn't charged, but it took the edge of the meal.

BS
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service and excellent quality food. Would definitively recommend.

LS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great place for a special occasion. Busy, bustling but still space to chat to firends on our table. Attentive service.

EL
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I normally love the food but I was disappointed to be honest, it was luke warm (shepherds pie) and we left most of our starters as they were average (duck late was extremely garlicky). It was a special occasion and it didn’t feel it due to the standard of the food however the service was great