Zills - Tapas-Mezze-Lava Rock Grills

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Greek
Zills a quirky, rustic, yet modern place on the bohemian quarter of Gillygate – 60 second walk from York Minster.

Sip our Taverna style drinks, travelled from Spain, Greece and Turkey. The likes of Mythos, Efes & Estrella

Enjoy with a bottle of something different, such as Greek Aphrodite or Turkish Yakut
Plenty of cocktails, bubbles, a funky salsa beat, in this intimate, lively surround.
What 123 People Are Saying
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Manchester
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The menu has changed since our last visit. The food wasn't quite as nice.

OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my girlfriend were on a little break to York and decided to book a table here.

We both thought everything from the ambience right through to the food was outstanding.
The service was fantastic.
We ordered 4 of the veggie options, the prawns, hummus and a meat dish which I asked the server to surprise me.
The potato manchego and veg moussaka were particularly delicious.

The price was very reasonable too.

I couldn’t recommend this restaurant highly enough and we will definitely be returning on our next visit to York.

C
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly tasty food, with fantastic service. Almost don't want to tell people how good it is so we can always get in! Joking aside, without doubt one of the best tapas / Mediterranean restaurants we've ever eaten in. Perfect.

BS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, beautiful little place and excellent service. Top notch bargain!

M
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening out at Zills. The staff were great, and the food was excellent, all in a charming informal atmosphere that was just what we were looking for.

l
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A lovely restaurant, lovely food, friendly welcome and just a good place to spend some unrushed time

Y
London
13 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good authentic food, with a good range of choice. Platters had a nice mix. Very pleasant service, good value for money.

JB
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Zills is a good place to go if you want a quick meal and don't mind over loud "background" music.

We went out for a leisurely evening meal but were in and out of Zills in 45 minutes flat! Food was OK but no better. Value wasn't great in my opinion at £30 per head for OK Mezze.

ZG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

food was lovely, service great.. only quarm was the seating, squashed in like sardines and some tables where in silly places (me being a restaurant designer picked up on this) would recommend though :)

JW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place to eat. Amazing tapas, good choice of dishes at good prices. Had issue with wrong charging on bill but this was rectified immediately and without fuss. Music a little loud for my liking though we were sat under the speaker. Really looking forward to another visit soon.

J
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Waitress came over 3 times to check order (chaotic). Was over charged £20 for 3 items we did not order no apology.

GG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday weekend with the wifey, thoroughly enjoyed the meal here
Would definitely recommend

G
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit to this restaurant and same as the first excellent service. Food and alcohol 🥂 thoroughly enjoyable

HC
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating and friendly, food was delicious. A hidden gem for sure!

OT
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice little place, service was very attentive, we had the special menu which was the mixed grill then we could choose four extra dishes from the tapas menu and ice cream. Fab! Will go again soon!!

RG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great find in York.

The food we had was simply stunning - would recommend the calamari dish, but it was all lovely food.

Great value for money.

JH
Lancashire
29 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Just visiting York and looking for something a bit different for our evening meal
Front of House staff brilliant, but from the noise coming out of the kitchen, the chef didn’t look to be a happy chap☹️

RA
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Compact and friendly little restaraunt. Lovely background music and decent Greek wine. Food hot and tasty we had a veg platter and meat platter to share as a couple. Finished off with baklava sweet. It was midweek so fairly quiet and got fast and efficient service from young chap.

RB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely small restaurant with a pretty outdoor seating area. Very attentive and friendly service. The menu offers something for everyone, we choose four different meze as a starter, they were all delicious. We had the mixed grilled meats for our main course. The meats are cooked on lava rocks and tasted amazing. The lamb was our favourite and literally melted in the mouth. I would highly recommend Zills for it's lovely atmosphere, superb service and exceptional food. Excellent value for money.

JJ
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and good service, just felt it was expensive for a family of four and not the best value for money

VS
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic, service excellent. Many thanks

OT
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is the 3rd time we have been for our wedding anniversary,
Would very much recommend. Excellent food and the staff are very attentive also not overly priced.

SH
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really awesome food, friendly staff and just a great restaurant vibe. Would definitely go back!

RK
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, highly recommend. Great quirky atmosphere, 100% better than chain restaurants

DF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, lovely atmosphere and friendly staff. Would definitely recommend.

DC
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well, what a lovely welcome we received on our slightly late arrival (got our Google map upside down 🙄). Called to say and the lovely young man gave us the last part of the directions,
Lovely, small tapas restaurant. Cosy, inviting and could be classed as romantic - we were 4 x 50 yr old school friends!
Food was explained really well, but I’d already been online to choose mine and boy it didn’t disappoint! Am the only veggie in my group and the others had food envy looking at mine. Would thoroughly recommend for a mixed group of meat/fish/veggie guests as there really is something for everyone.
P.S. my virtually alcohol free friend raves about the sangria. So much so she had a 2nd glass!

K
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service but music a bit loud although member of staff did turn down when asked.

AS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would recommend Zills without hesitation - great food, great setting, great service. Perfect relaxed dining experience.

RS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A great ambience, felt like you were somewhere Mediterranean rather than York. Excellent service, very relaxed. Food quality good, enjoyed several tapas, followed by kofte for my partner and lamb kebab, particularly good for myself. All washed down with resting. Would recommend to friends and hope to visit again in the near future.

AD
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cracking little find brilliant atmosphere great music and food

LG
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was okay but not to die form Got 6 tapas between two of us. The lamb skewers were chewy and the cheese wraps very greasy. The prawns , moussaka, potatoes were nice. We asked for a selection of breads and oils we got one plain pitta bread and tasteless oil to dip it in. The music was so loud that you couldn't hold a conversation. 6 small tapas and a bottle of Rosie wine £60. Not worth it.

OT
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice food and great speedy service. I would definitely go back and recommend to others if they are in the area.

HB
London
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s only a small restaurant and on the night that we went, the three occupied tables left and we became the only ones in the restaurant. That said the background music (a mixture of blues, Spanish, Mediterranean) was excellent and added to the overall ambiance. The staff were friendly and service excellent. We had tapas and mezzo which were varied, well cooked and delicious, certainly as good as the best we have tasted in Spain and Greece. The wine list was not extensive but covered all the well known varieties. We chose a white Rioja and were not disappointed. Overall we were impressed with the restaurant and will certainly reserve a table on our next trip to York

C
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Waiter nice but got our bill completely wrong and his excuse was ‘ I’m hopeless at Maths’!!!. Food ok but tiny tapas portions .. lamb and veggie mousakkas were no way like authentic .. just a bit of mince and potatoes or tomatoes and cheese. And both nearly£7 and 2 mouthfuls ! Mezex starter was half a pitta bread and some tsastki which was nice but £4.95 for not even a whole pitta bread! Best thing about this place was the wine which was nice

RH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great reception and service the grills on the lava rocks were perfect for flavour and tenderness- perfect meal for my husband's 50th birthday weekend in York

OT
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food once again absolutely excellent, wonderful service from Adam and his mum and not forgetting the chef, highly recommend this restaurant we will definitely be back

SM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Staff were lovely and patient over menu choices.
Food was flavoursome and well cooked and presented. Great atmosphere and music, would definitely recommend to others.

E
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Although we had an enjoyable meal the poor waiter was really overworked and forgot what we had ordered three times!! We also had to ask for the music to be turned down as it was so loud we couldn't hear each other talk!! We also had to ask for table water four times before we eventually got it. Xx

Z
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a tasty triplet of tapas dishes at Zill's. Great spacious and quiet eatery (love the fireplace). I'd have liked larger plates for my food and a clearer menu (sizes of dishes) but the service was great.

RW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant. Lived in York all my life and never visited before. Will definitely be going again. Nice romantic setting. Would advise only small groups or just a couple looking for a nice romantic meal together.

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