The Ivy St. Helen’s Square

4.6
6489 reviews
£25 and under
Breakfast
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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vipCraigM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Poor service. Waitress was rude. Starter was like warm. Very average meal

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CristianC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very nice lovely people there the ambient was excelent and the food jt’s well!!

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KateS
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Waited a long time for our maim courses which were lukewarm when they arrived. We were in a rush so didn’t mention at the time. The staff were very apologetic about delay.

JB
JanetB
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Afternoon tea was lovely. Imaginative a very scrummy. The service was ver friendly and efficient. A real treat all round.

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SandraN
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fabulous experience from walking in to leaving . . . Atmosphere food and service second to none . .

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RachelC
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere. Food was outstanding as was the service from start to finish.

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Doug
Bath
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Generally staff were very pleasant and helpful. Our waitress was rather brusque.

Zucchini and Olives excellent. My minute steak was tough and my wife’s sea bass was rather drowned out c excess seasoning. Chips very good however and the place was packed (for a Tuesday night)

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JamesW
Yorkshire
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Average food with poor service, not up to previous standards

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LizH
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, not too much but great quality. House wine was good quality as well.
Service impeccable.
Great table (29) which we have rebooked.
Love the atmosphere.
Definitely recommend

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ElaineS
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waitress was excellent
Just the correct amount of attention did not feel rushed at all

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LesleyQ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fabulous lunch at The Ivy York. James, our waiter looked after us really well. He hit the right balance of friendly, knowledgeable and efficient to create a positive and harmonious atmosphere which made our anniversary celebrations rather wonderful. The food was full of flavour and nuance with the portion size being perfect. Will definitely celebrate again at The Ivy York.

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NickiR
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great surprise 21st Birthday Brunch at The Ivy, staff were really friendly service and food great

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StuartB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic breakfast, we ended up going twice! Full English is excellent

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Andrea1966
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed always great food
Staff great

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AllisonS
Liverpool
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening from the second we walked through the door. Lovely birthday surprise for my husband thank you

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Pennys
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food excellent. Although not busy waited over 40 mins in-between starter and mains.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to celebrate my 50th birthday

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Summerroses19
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food. Good value for money for something that little bit different.

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Susan
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Lovely welcome. Cocktails perfectly made. Service brilliant. Food was a bit disappointing - gristle in shepards pie/chips cold and felt like they had been reheated alot. Only got 5 olives. But enjoyed the setting and service, drinks and desserts

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NR19
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great, the shepherds pie was the only thing we thought was on the small side. Everything else great.for the steak tartare I would have preferred melba toast instead of chips.
But loved it. Great place lovely atmosphere and really good service

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DerekB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very good dining experience. The service was excellent followed by fine food. The restaurant appeared to be full but definitely no issues with anything.

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MikeW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Marking down as we told venue it was wife's 40th birthday. The greater acknowledged it when we arrived. We then saw other tables be given a complimentary dessert with a candle which we didn't get. I left disappointed as my wife wasn't treated the same as other guests also celebrating. Not good

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KevinD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate here on a Sunday evening and everything was excellent, food, service and atmosphere. After our meal we sat at the bar for a cocktail and again these were excellent. It was our first time at the Ivy but we would definately eat here again

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JanetB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent meal. The duck starter had wonderful flavours and textures, for mains one had steak the other the pork cheeks. Both excellent although the additional portion of spinach was needed to give sufficient vegetables for our taste. The service was excellent throughout.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Disappointed in the service, not as friendly or helpful as other Ivys.
The vibe wasn’t at the same level as other Ivy establishments we have visited.
The fillet steak was not to the usual standard expected or received.
Our table didn’t have sanitiser or a list of the specials and we were not advised what they were.
A shame as we have previously had good experiences and positive feedback.

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MalcolmG
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Your waiter, aged 19, was outstanfing especially considering it was only his second....

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Magic
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Very limited options for a vegan…. Service was great, atmosphere was great, it’s the Ivy, so good.

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Debbi
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food very average. Burgers v v dry. Courgette Frites greasy and oil they were fried in a little old.
Service hot and cold. Totally forgot I’d requested a Birthday Dessert for my daughter.
Nice atmosphere but acoustics harsh so hard to hear everyone at the table when they spoke.

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nicho
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was OK but not outstanding with respect to the cost

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Bella
Devon
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good quality food, nicely presented. Good service and very pleasant surroundings, right in the centre of York. Our first time but definitely on our list next time we are in town.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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DavidB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The duck curry contained inedible parts: gristle and skin. Otherwise it was a flavoursome dish.

The waiter was extremely attentive to the point of intrusion. Very polite but too attentive. Training need: waiting staff need to be able to read the atmosphere of a table and intuit when to approach and when not to.

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Zelda
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We all had the cooked breakfast. The produce was very good the bacon with it been streaky could have been crispy but it wasn’t. It also could have been a little bit hotter than it was but overall it was very nice. As a treat now and then I would definitely recommend.

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PoppyS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect food and impeccable service, lovely staff! Would recommend for any occasion and can’t wait to revisit!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great experience

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Louw
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely evening at The Ivy.
All food tasty and well presented, only issue was it wasn't piping hot.
Soup was like warm and the pigs cheeks were also warm rather than hot.
Still tasted good though
Great evening for 4 girlfriends to celebrate 2 birthdays

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BaukjeG
Devon
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely evening in the Ivy - York. Staff were very attentive and the food was delicious.

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dsps
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super service, super food super place in fact super

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ChristopherB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed a lovely evening with excellent food, cocktails and service.

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GinaG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

York Ivy is fabulous. Staff and food great. Highly recommended.

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The Ivy St. Helen’s Square is rated 4.6 stars by 6489 OpenTable diners.

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