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York Minster Refectory, York, North Yorkshire

York Minster Refectory

4.4
4.4
382 Reviews
£26 to £40
British
Brasserie style restaurant serving up modern British dishes, offering dine in and takeaway options.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 22 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Fri–Sun 09:00–11:15 Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00–15:00 Sun 12:00–17:00 Dinner Mon–Sat 17:00–21:00
  • Phone number
    01904 307399
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual

What 382 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Yorkshire

    Great for scenic views

  • North Yorkshire

    Innovative

  • North Yorkshire

    Great for fine wines

  • North Yorkshire

    Great for outdoor dining

  • North Yorkshire

    Romantic

  • North Yorkshire

    Great for scenic views

382 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to York Minster Refectory for my boyfriend’s birthday dinner. It was perfect. The found was unreal and the service was great throughout the evening.

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  2. HJ24563

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was okay; however, the service was not great. The host expressed minimal hospitality and was quite rude at times. As people of color, it became quite evident that the host was racially discriminatory when he engaged more and was more polite with other tables than our own. Apart from taking our order, we did not receive any customer service. Due to this, our experience left a lot to be desired. Overall, it was a disappointing experience. One member of the party had a severe food allergy, which they handled well after being informed well in advance.

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  3. ElaineL

    Yorkshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, creative menu, dishes cooked to perfection. The building itself is so beautiful, steeped in history.

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  4. Emma

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We would thoroughly recommend this restaurant - just excellent all round. And with a beautiful view of the Minister. Amazing.

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  5. PLYork

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Sunday Lunch menu is delicious, this time three of us had the pheasant toad in the hole and one had the roast beef which is fabulous.

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  6. PANAGIOTISK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing place! Food, service and atmosphere was perfect

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  7. RobJ

    Hertfordshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful meal and menu, we had the Chargrilled Breast of Yorkshire Wolds Chicken with North Sea lobster & ham knuckle ‘sausage’ what a marriage. Super low key atmosphere in a beautiful setting. Staff lovely and welcoming. Would recommend and will be returning.

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  8. fooddoc

    London

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was a wonderful evening - the staff, wonderful waiter and waitress, were excellent and the food delicious especially the mushroom soup (creative and superb) and the rum baba (incredible according to my husband)

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  9. DavidP

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Noisy heaters. Sausages could have had a little more flavour - otherwise excellent.

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  10. janes

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was absolutely delicious. The waiter was very attentive and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is celebrating a big occasion. It was very quiet and only two other tables occupied but it was a thursday night

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  11. Phil

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Warm welcome into a characteristic old building. Attentive but not intrusive service. Great food - good quality ingredients and good portion sizes with great choices of dishes that are unique to this restaurant. We were not rushed, taking a late lunch which stretched into the middle of the afternoon. For the quality, the price point was good. Definitely return

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  12. EddieM

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visited to assess the experience to take friends in 6 weeks time. We were not disappointed and will definitely take our friends and will book shortly. It ticks all our boxes and the service was excellent as well as the choice on the menu, ambience and overall quality. Great location.

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  13. NeilW

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, cocktails, service and surroundings.

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  14. AngeG

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Almost too much choice! Took my party a while to choose from three different menu offerings. Two of us had the market fish - stonebass - perfectly cooked - truffle new potatoes perfect accompaniment on side. My friend was in raptures over her burger! Excellent choice of wines by the glass as not all of us drinking and lovely mocktail selection. Wine list had some of my favourites on and some new ones. Unobtrusive and friendly service. Beautiful dining room - plenty of space between tables so didn’t feel closed in. What a beautiful setting too - bet it’ll be lovely having a cocktail outside looking at the Minster and watching the world go by. Will definitely return.

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  15. Johndubh

    Perthshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good great, staff great, music didn’t fit the theme.

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  16. EKnight

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Valentines 7 course meal, absolutely fantastic. We got in just before 7, started getting by busy around 8. Service was fantastic, food even better. The only reason it’s not 5 stars was the price. Great for the experience. We’ve already planned to go back in the near future to try their normal menu.

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  17. Scout

    Yorkshire

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely location, beautiful building. The staff were very attentive without being intrusive. The food was delicious and there was plenty of choice - we will definitely return. We could not attend the last “special event” but look forward to hearing about the next one.

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  18. RickF

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding, interesting food with unusual accompaniments/flavours, well chosen wine in a special, characterful location. Highly recommended.

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  19. KeithP

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was excellent, ambiance really nice, not rushed and would recommend

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  20. CatherineP

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our new favourite place to eat. Beautiful food, great service and an outstanding location. A great menu too.

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  21. Salc

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely lunch - great food and wine, and lovely surroundings and atmosphere - relaxed, enough buzz, but not noisy. One of our party was taken ill during the meal - nothing to do with the lunch here! - and the staff couldn't have been more helpful, which we much appreciated. Would definitely return and would highly recommend.

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  22. StefanoC

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    excellent, great location, outstanding food. accurate service and prices ok

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  23. 65pastureroad

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We regularly eat here and always HOPE that it will get better but there is always something that is not good with the food. Each time we come we hope it will be better. Yesterday we had roast beef and it was disappointing and chewy. One of us left it completely. The Yorkshire pudding was gross in size and dry. It was good that we had a little jug of gravy. The roast potatoes were hardly roasted but the other vegetables were good. We are Friends of York Minster so show our membership card which gives a small discount off the bill but this hardly covers the large Service Charge.

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  24. JadwigaB

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and food it was a lovely treat. Would definitely recommend.

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  25. TonyG

    Yorkshire

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Amazing find in the centre of York. Great historic Venue with amazing view of the Minster. Service initially slightly slow but then picked up and was very good. Excellent food overall. It really wasn't that busy which is a shame as it deserved to be so the atmosphere was perhaps a little lacking. Hopefully things will pick up. Would definitely recommend this place and intend to return.

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  26. VictoriaG

    Derbyshire

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The actual building is amazing, clean and I couldn’t fault the service from the staff, my only criticism is that their menu is very way off point, we dine out a lot but this is the first time I’ve looked at a menu and the only thing I could select was steak, they’d be better serving traditional good quality food rather then trying to be too modern, we planned to visit with my daughter but have been put off by the weird food choices

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A perfect dining experience thank you so much to all the staff at The Refectory! Being a Gluten Free Vegan I struggle to eat out in York. However the Refectory made it totally painless! When I emailed ahead I was replied to straight away with a full choice of different vegan meals that could be made Gluten Free - including pudding which is such a treat! The waiting staff made us so welcome and nothing was too much trouble and asking for an ‘adapted’ meal was made to feel like I was asking for something most straightforward and normal (which is not my usual experience at all!) and to top it all it was ALL deliciously prepared and tasted amazing! I would highly recommend The Refectory and would definitely come back!

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  28. SophieB

    Yorkshire

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food, drink and service. Not had a single complaint and have visited many times. Our favourite place in York

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  29. Shelly

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We booked to try out for our upcoming wedding meal. Food and service were excellent. We would definitely recommend.

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  30. JackieE

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food, very good value. Service a little disorganised, possibly under staffed?

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  31. ChrisB

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service but the drinks and desserts were a bit pricey.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent, as was the service. It was all wrapped up in a beautiful historic building leaving you wanting more. I can’t wait for my next visit!

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  33. Edward

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Our experience at the refectory was mixed. The staff were very pleasant and welcoming, but we weren't entirely impressed with the food. My starter was very nice, but my main was quite disappointing and the pudding was average. On the plus side my wife enjoyed all her dishes.

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  34. LaurenM

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service! I will definitely be returning

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  35. PeterG

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, amazing flavours and excellent wine. The service was exemplary - nothing is too much trouble and we were allowed to take our time. Overall a great experience.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Couldn’t fault the staff and the starters were delicious. Disappointed with the mains, the meat was overcooked and the potato side dish was barely lukewarm.

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  37. MichaelE

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Never been here before: well worth a visit. Beautiful surroundings with lovely view of the Minster - even if it is still covered with scaffolding! Wife and I had the butchers charcuterie - delicious. Wines a bit pricey .

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  38. George

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Disappointing, and nothing special. One of the main meals was distinctly average. The other meal was pheasant and while one of the pieces tasted as it should, the other piece was clearly older and should have been binned as it gave off such a putrid stench when smelt that it couldn’t be eaten. We were told “yes, game gives off an unusual smell”. We were served by two waiters, one was lovely and the other one…less so… Needless to say we shall not be returning.

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  39. PhillipM

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent. Price of wines, is an issue . But the wines are good, so you get what you pay for. Wine service is excellent.

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  40. PollyPascoeYorkers

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Table looked lovely, building looked beautiful. Very welcoming. No starters but main was delicious, poached cod with ajo Blanco, tartiflette and seared cabbage. Sweet was delicious.

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York Minster Refectory is rated 4.4 stars by 382 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 22 times today
Google Map for York Minster Refectory

2 Deangate, York, North Yorkshire YO1 7JA

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    York
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Fri–Sun 09:00–11:15 Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00–15:00 Sun 12:00–17:00 Dinner Mon–Sat 17:00–21:00
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Wine
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