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The Ivy St. Helen’s Square, York, ENG

The Ivy St. Helen’s Square

4.5
4.5
12129 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 91 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

    £32.95 per person

    Multiple dates available
    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 - 8 Nov 2024
    Available Monday to Wednesday 11:30 to close and Thursday to Friday 11:30 to 6:30 pm. 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 12,129 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

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Yorkshire

    Most Booked

  • North Yorkshire

    Great for brunch

  • North Yorkshire

    Great for creative cocktails

  • North Yorkshire

    Good for special occasions

  • North Yorkshire

    Most Booked

12,129 Reviews
  1. StephenG

    New York City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. We had been to the Edinburgh Ivy last year and were happy to go to the York Ivy this year. Superior restaurant!

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  2. MurielS

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time at The Ivy, what a lovely experience from start to finish.

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  3. OliviaS

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food, lovely service, would definitely return!

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  4. ElaineB

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very professional and attentive staff. Excellent customer service and amazing food. The you

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  5. peterL

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food & service; delivered with panache. Every plate and bowl placed on the table is perfectly aligned. Good wine selection

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  6. GaryF

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazing at The Ivy… the service, the food and drinks always spot on and very enjoyable experience

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  7. TanyaC

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I visited for lunch with my sisters and we very much enjoyed it. The food was lovely! I forgot to use my new Ivy app though which was disappointing. I had mentioned I had it but forgot at the end.

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  8. Charlie82

    County Durham

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food well presented and tasty. Chose from ‘A Toast to Spring’ so selection understandably limited but reasonable price and seasonal. Unfortunately, our waiter didn’t pay any attention to the menu we ordered from (and the table was booked under), forgetting the complementary drink until after the main and asking us to order from the wrong dessert menu; couldn’t advise on sides for one of the mains; and was slow with drinks which arrived after our starter. The bill was brought to our table even though we’d not requested it or finished drinks (well within booking time) which created rather an abrupt end to the afternoon. Not to the standard of London Ivy and others high end restaurants visited; need to finesse the service if trying to emulate these.

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  9. Marie

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, the team worked hard to accommodate our request to sit together for food, overall was a great experience and would definitely go back!

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  10. KeithR

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    For tourists only… We live in central York and met up with our equally local friends on a Saturday morning for brunch. The greeting was warm and welcoming enough; they took our coats and showed us to a nice enough circular table for four (my preference). So far, so good. Thereafter, I found the service chaotic and slow. The food was “fine” but unremarkable. My wife’s poached eggs on toast was boring and her yoghurt with raspberries was nice enough but inexplicably served on a dinner plate, dominating an already crowded table with other plates, condiments, tea, coffee cups, tea pots etc. The restaurant is very well located and almost always busy - consequently, I found it incredibly noisy and not enjoyable at all,, so won’t be going back - to eat at least. Sat outside during the summer months with coffee and a croissant to watch the world go by is probably a better bet. The Ivy trades on its brand recognition and cachet. I would estimate 95% of its trade on this particular morning was tourists, so if they have only an average time, it probably doesn’t matter because they won’t be returning anyway and there are 8.6 million (annually) other tourists right behind them. As a business owner fortunate enough to live in central York, I’ll be choosing somewhere else to meet our friends next time.

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  11. FayeG

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely decor, food average, service very good. Told it was birthday celebrations, brought the next table a dessert with candles and sung happy birthday, yet nothing for are table?

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  12. PatriciaW

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I celebrated my birthday dinner last night, enjoyed the food very nice. Friendly staff , good atmosphere.

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  13. Tremmers

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fab food, service and ambience as always, but £48 for a bottle of Prosecco and £4.95 for water is extortionate! And takes the edge off the overall experience in my view.

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  14. JohnT

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very welcoming on arrival. All staff were very friendly and pleasant. The food we had was great quality, all beautifully presented. We did not feel rushed in any way, we will certainly return.

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  15. StaceyN

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We was celebrating a 70 birthday and on arrival my mom was wished a happy birthday including a desert with a candle. This was a lovely touch. Very good service.

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  16. susanm

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely meal - staff were very attentive - great food and selection - lively atmosphere for lunch - great venue

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  17. Gill

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From walking through the door, we felt looked after by all the staff. The food was beautiful (the Malaysian curry was outstanding). Service was excellent, no rushing at all. Really enjoyed our visit.

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  18. DavidR

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I would call our meal overall good but not outstanding for 2 reasons: - both the starter and mains were excellent in content but the food was less than hot - the Malbec wine was distinctly off - either a previousl day's bottle or overheated at some point. To be fair the fault was accepted without question and the wine replaced but it got us off to a poor start. On the plus side service was excellent and friendly, and our Anniversary choux pastry was much appreciated.

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  19. AndrewB

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great evening out as always. Excellent food and service. The 1917 menu is a great idea.

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  20. JamesC

    Lincolnshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb experience. Visited with my wife for a treat on our first day off work together in some time and we were very impressed with everything. The staff were extremely pleasant and the food and drinks were delicious. We’ll definitely be back

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  21. JohnW

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely lovely restaurant, staff were extremely friendly on arrival and continued to be throughout our meal. It was my wife's 60th birthday and we received a complimentary dessert with a candle in that was a lovely gesture. Our waiter was a gentleman called Ben who was very pleasant and a credit to your establishment. Food and drinks were delicious. A must try when visiting York.

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  22. AdrianS

    Yorkshire

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our third visit. This time was for a joint celebration. We were well looked after, especially by the young Greek man (we can’t remember his name!). Many thanks.

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  23. Katx

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, excellent service. We really enjoyed it

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  24. KeithH

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely food, great atmosphere and staff very attentive. Music and chatter was a little overwhelming ( had to shout a bit to speak) but overall an enjoyable date night evening with my wife.

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  25. GillV

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food not hot but otherwise very good Staff very accommodating and friendly

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  26. Lyns

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous food in a fabulous restaurant. Worth a visit

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  27. SheenaW

    Yorkshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good service despite being very busy. Spring menu was really good value. Hope there is a summer one!

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  28. JoyceS

    Newcastle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a surprise present for a big birthday and it was amazing. Purchased a champagne lunch for 2 and it was excellent.

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  29. JoeP

    Newcastle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding Bloody Mary’s forgotten about, eventually served and taken off the bill. Great service from Alex too.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A nice restaurant, but don’t expect anything similar to The Ivy London or Manchester, as this is a very informal Ivy.

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  31. MelanieS

    London

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and food at the Ivy, would recommend

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  32. NikkiR

    Surrey

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was average at best for price, it was cold with air con blowing

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  33. JaneF

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Really nice food, but menu does not include basic items like chips, vegetables etc that have to be ordered at a supplement. Beware of service charge on bill

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  34. JoanneA

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service by friendly staff Food was fabulous as always It was my birthday and I had a lovely complementary dessert Will return and would recommend

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  35. WayneR

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food at very reasonable price service was outstanding. Thank you.

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  36. TinaN

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Really not impressed with the fact that we were served frozen chips. If we wanted to eat in an establishment that served chips like this we’d of gone to Wetherspoons. Also, £6 for a glass full of crushed ice with a very small amount of lemonade in , is a bit cheeky.

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  37. JaneC

    Newcastle

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was exceptional, bar service and staff very friendly and professional. Disappointing service from our waiting staff.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ordered breakfast which was cooked perfectly and the choices changed to reflect our personal preferences. The service was outstanding as always!

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  39. GlenO

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Poor food served up, appears to be a warmed up pre cook food done to a very poor standard. Would not eat in the Ivy for dinner again for sure.

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  40. carolecambuslang

    Glasgow

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious and staff very friendly.. highly recommend.

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The Ivy St. Helen’s Square is rated 4.5 stars by 12129 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 91 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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