The Star Inn The City

4.5
2947 reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
Located in the Old Engine House on the edge of York"s Museum Gardens in a riverside setting close to the historic Lendal Bridge, The Star Inn The City has an enviable position, which we aim to match with the best produce God's Own Country has to offer and genuine Yorkshire hospitality for the 'whole package'.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2947 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RebeccaL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Could have just done with an extra 30 mins for the table. The staff were lovely and gave us a table in a room off the bar to finish our wine however the room was freezing so we did last long before we finished our wine and left. Food was delicious and we tried all the wines suggested for each course. It was my partners birthday and they surprised him with a birthday pudding which was lovely. Staff all very friendly!

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DavidR
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We booked a table for two around two months ago as a birthday meal. We were first seated in a side room which was cold and unpleasant. We asked to be seated in the main restaurant which a table became available after 15 mins. Our food was good but not very hot. Table service was very good. Heating needs to be turned up a bit

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SarahB
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Staff were really good and accommodating. Would be good to have some music in the outside area, but food and drinks good and will definitely be back!

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Lindag
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

A bit disappointed with the outside areas really. No blankets very little heat from parasol heater, wet chairs and no cushions just wicker chairs would have expected more from the star. Love it here usually but feel like they need to up their standard outside to compete with others in York

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Ivanyra
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding restaurant! Memorable night. Wine list fabulous

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LouC
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Waitress who served us couldn't be helpful enough. Felt safe and rules were strictly followed even when we wanted baileys in our coffee we weren't allowed without ordering puddings. (Which is only a good thing) food was nice. Not amazing so I would say very pricey for food and drinks but it was just lovely to be out! Heat lamps could have thrown out a bit more heat though. Felt more like an orange LED

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GinaH
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal and thoroughly enjoyed our evening. I think our waitress was called Hattie, she was lovely and couldn’t have been more accommodating.

Thank you for a brilliant meal in such strange times.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely post Christmas meal as a family

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ChrisL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was really quick our waitress was super polite and the food was delicious me and my girlfriend enjoyed it very much

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DarrenP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good normal food, not pretentious and a decent price. Would recommend the yorkshire puddings for starters.

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Lauren
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Due to covid restrictions we sat outside. This is one of the few places you can book outside with outdoor heating! Excellent service and staff were incredibly polite and helpful. Great atmosphere even when outside helped by a flurry of snow!! Will definitely return with friends and family.

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JulesH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The food was very well presented. I had the Turkey and trimmings and it tasted beautiful.. Disappointed with the choice of desserts.. Service was disappointing.

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Clare
London
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Went for a Xmas Eve Eve family meal. The food was delicious and all of us enjoyed our choices. We had a round table at the end of the main room so easy to talk and hear each other. The waiters were great; really patient and attentive. It’s such a beautiful setting by the river and my favourite special meal out restaurant in York.

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StephH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and staff. Would definitely recommend to anyone. We sat outside in December, it was warm and didn't feel like winter.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, outstanding service and outstanding setting all done with excellent COVID compliance xx

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ScottO
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really lovely place to eat with very attentive staff. A nice atmosphere with other diners in. Food was excellent and really reasonable price for the quality that we were served. On the whole I would give it a 10/10.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was tasty but elements of the courses were not very warm. The staff were polite and efficient. I felt comfortable with the COVID procedures in place. The atmosphere was relaxed and I was able to take my time over the meal. I looked out over Museum Gardens

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JamesN
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I rarely give reviews but this experience was so far away to what i expected that feel i need to say something. Visited this restaurant as a treat for an anniversary because it was in the Good Food Guide and because we have been to its sister restaurant in Harome. The food was good by pub standards but disappointing compared to other restaurants i have visited from the GFG and it doesn't even bear comparison for quality of food, service and ambience with its sister in Harome which is in a completely different league. At over £120 for two (that is sharing a starter and dessert) it seems very pricey for its offering. Service was very average which makes me wonder if their fixed 12.5% service charge policy doesn't motivate great service. Drinks took too much time to come. No questions about food that we left and no offer to replace or adjust the bill. Oysters in stout just didn't work for either of us, we love oysters with the usual vinegar and shallots but we found these inedible and left most of them. My wife had to pick out the crunchy crushed seeds from the salmon starter. The main course pork was luke warm and the accompanying warm mayonnaise cabbage dish didn't go well against the richness of the belly pork. The dessert was uninspiring and the decaf coffee i had was incredibly bitter. On the plus side the partner wine recommendations were very good. I'm afraid to say I wouldn't go there again any time soon - plenty of better offerings out there

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JackieB
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been here a few times and always have a lovely time. Food and staff great and in this strange time always feel safe.

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HeidiSlater
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful food, great experience and can’t wait to visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food during difficult times.

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MartinG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Lovely setting. Attentive service. Good food. Wonderful pre-Christmas treat.

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markr
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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JennyP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely friendly service, would come back again on the near future.

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CarolT
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Food was okay, nothing special. Starter and main lacked seasoning. It was a pleasant enough experience but definitely not memorable. Some of the things we had were very over priced.

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JonathanW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, lovely setting and very friendly and attentive staff

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LynseyS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for my birthday .. the waitress was fab and she made me and my party feel very relaxed. Great social distancing in place

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JamesE
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal, couldn’t recommend any higher. Loved it.

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SueD
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fabulous treat magical and festive amazing food 3 generations at our table and we all loved it. The staff are amazing

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MarkS
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

My starter of mushroom risotto was Luke warm.
My steak was over cooked as I asked for medium to well.

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susanb
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely relaxing meal. Beautiful food friendly staff, willie going back.

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BJGD
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience5

Just generally disappointing. I have been a number of times before, and felt let down on this occasion.

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Willj
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is absolutely amazing, the service is second to none and the location is perfect. Do not be put off by the price of some of the dishes. It is worth every penny

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PaulaF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding!! Service staff lovely ☺️ can’t wait to return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food in a lovely setting A+++

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RuthP
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thank you a lovely lunch, good service. The fish and chips were delicious

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LeeE
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Considering the current situation we find ourselves in, my wife and I were pleasantly surprised at how well the staff made it feel like normal!

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johns
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I love The Star. Great food. Was very good even outside although it got a little cold a bit later in the afternoon. Service was great as well.

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ClaireN
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I met a few friends outside for breakfast in the heated terrace. It was perfect. The staff were helpful and attentive. The food was excellent and the venue was ideal. We really enjoyed it and will be returning.

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AbiB
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Visited for breakfast, food was really nice, service was really good and an all round lovely atmosphere.

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The Star Inn The City is rated 4.5 stars by 2947 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.