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The Ivy St. Helen’s Square, York, ENG

The Ivy St. Helen’s Square

4.5
4.5
11961 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 96 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 - 29 Feb 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 11,961 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

11,962 Reviews
  1. Jaykay

    Dubai

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    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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  2. IanS

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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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  3. TonySheppard

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    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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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    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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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

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

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  6. yorkie

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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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  7. Huddersfield

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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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  8. Sue2464

    London

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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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  9. ChristineQ

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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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  10. SusanS

    Warwickshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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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  11. ChloeH

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  12. Pierre

    Yorkshire

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  13. BarryL

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  14. JohnG

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service by Johnathan. Overall a fantastic experience for our first visit.

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  15. MmeM

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    After reading the reviews, I was expecting more. The ambiance and decor are lovely, so head to the bar for a drink. As for dining, there are plenty of places in York. I'd give this one a pass.

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  16. SarahH

    County Durham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great Food and Service as always. We were seated upstairs and this area did feel quite chilly today. Lovely otherwise though 👍

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  17. Judyjudy

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The York Ivy is a beautiful place, joyfully colourful, near the museum gardens. The decor and the service delivered by well-dressed and well trained staff make the Ivy feel special, but the food does not live up to expectation. Our souffles were nearly cold, the smoked salmon laid flat across the plate, the shepherds pie was small and the edge of the chicken ‘supreme’ almost burnt, the radicchio tough and plastered over the chicken. On the plus side the truffle and parmesan chips were good as were the desserts and top marks to offering champagne by the glass! The venue is the star ably supported by the staff but a more imaginative menu would lift this Ivy out of the ordinary.

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  18. VictoriaT

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic. Lovely food l, good value and great ambience.

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  19. DebsDebbieS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food and attentive service during a busy period well done

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  20. HayleyB

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent breakfast for our family of 5, great service and a lovely atmosphere.

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  21. Matt

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious, service was great. Great setting.

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  22. Louatk

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an excellent meal. Food was delicious and excellent service. The Ivy is one of our favourites. The steak was cooked perfectly for both of us and the chocolate bomb was fabulous.

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  23. david

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was very good highly recommended a good atmosphere

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  24. TonyK

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was excellent, food was good although the menus have changed and we think were less extensive. (That isn't a criticism.) However, although we have been coming to the Ivy in York for some years we find that the noise level, as we get older and hearing deteriorates, particularly with the unattractive and overloud music, make future visits highly unlikely. A shame.

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  25. Issyt

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was outstanding & wonderful meal with a nice cocktail

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  26. Canons

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, good service, good ambiance. Problem when paying, one of the card payments had not registered, it was eventually sorted and an apology was given, but it was embarrassing and should not have happened

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  27. GAOKEO

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great setting for a couple to celebrate a Birthday, a surprise treat made the experience even better, Well done.

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  28. PatriciaM

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    No real concerns, once again a lovely eating experience although it was quire noisy. I ordered medium rare fillet steak. The outside was more well done than medium.

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  29. JanetM

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal but the menu did not include the extra supplement for the lemon sole (£19.17 menu). Otherwise a really enjoyable experience.

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  30. Ashurst

    Essex

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I'm never disappointed with an Ivy visit. It's always the same gorgeous food and wonderful service.

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  31. CarolD

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent ambiance brilliant service and comfy chairs

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  32. MarkH

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was amazing service at table was good we moved to have more drinks at bar first drink was fine. But could not get another drink at bar ladie was to busy talking to friend. So decided to go elsewhere even trying to pay our bill. Was hard to get her attention our bill was over £250- so all I can say the Ivy in York is a let down the other Ivy restaurant in other parts of the country are far superior
    The Ivy St. Helen’s SquareResponded 4 days ago
    Hi Markh thank you for taking the time to leave us your honest feedback.

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  33. Suzyk

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely evening! Great food, excellent hospitality. My glass was never empty and the service was impeccable. Sam was a delightful host. Highly recommended

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  34. Chrizdene

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    ordered afternoon tea for 2 people and thought it was very disappointing, sandwiches were dry, scones weren't fresh and also dry, small amount of clotted cream for 4 scones. Tea was very weak and had to ask for extra teabags. This was the first time I had visited The Ivy and not sure if I would go back

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  35. Chrish

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and drinks were all amazing and served beautifully. Our waiter Mitchell was fantastic - we felt very looked after.

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  36. MarkB

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and food were excellent. The extra touch regarding my wife's birthday was amazing.

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  37. RyanW

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food great service great atmosphere lovely place

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  38. LynetteB

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed an excellent meal and drinks and atmosphere of the restaurant was fabulous can't wait to come back soon

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  39. CraigL

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Whilst the service from the staff was excellent, the portions were very small for the price and was tasteless. I had the veal cheeks with the most tasteless watery gravy I’ve had and the other half had Mexican chicken which was dry and, again, tasteless

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  40. LouiseB

    Glasgow

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We haven’t been to this Ivy before ,it was nice.Our waiter Alex attentive but not pushy . My Ox cheek wasn’t very hot and the sauce was cold. Thanks for the anniversary desert. Time to change up the menu a bit it’s repetitive when you go often .

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The Ivy St. Helen’s Square is rated 4.5 stars by 11961 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 96 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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