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The Star Inn The City, York, North Yorkshire

The Star Inn The City

4.4
4.4
6392 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'.

We offer an all day menu which can be enjoyed for both lunch and dinner, as well as serving up breakfast Friday to Sunday, and on Sunday's we serve up our famous Sunday roasts between 12-4pm.

We pride ourselves on being a a food-led celebration destination, with guests being able to enjoy view of the River Ouse from our Garden Room or outside on our riverside terrace. For more intimate occasions we also offer two exclusive Private Dining rooms for celebrations such as graduations, weddings and birthdays.

For more information head to our website, or call one of our friendly members of staff today.

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2 people

21:30


Booked 40 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary British
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00–23:00 Fri, Sat 09:30–00:00 Sun 09:30–22:00
  • Phone number
    01904 619208
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Private party facilities
    We have two wonderful spaces that can accommodate large group bookings. The River Room can seat up from 14 up to 26 guests and our Private Dining Room can seat up to 34 guests. These rooms are perfect for all events. For full booking policy please visit our website and for any additional information email info@starinnthecity.co.uk
  • Private party contact
    Ellen: 01904 619208
  • Area
    York
  • Parking Details
    The nearest car park to our restaurant is Marygate.<br>Marygate carpark, Frederic Street, York, YO30 7DT
  • Public Transit
    York Station is only a 10 minute walk from The Star Inn The City.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 6,392 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Yorkshire

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Yorkshire

    Great for scenic views

  • North Yorkshire

    Great for outdoor dining

  • North Yorkshire

    Great for scenic views

  • North Yorkshire

    Most Booked

6,393 Reviews
  1. Sallyg

    Inverness

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Not good to all be pushed together with no privacy feeling uneasy for the duration. Especially when the other half of the restraunt was empty. Nor do i appreciate a card with a name written given to me with the expectancy of a good review when theyve only been nice to get said review. Over 10 tip for 2 is very pricey

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic Sunday lunch, attentive staff and great value to boot!

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  3. Copari

    Yorkshire

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Four visits here in as many years and always the same… great food let down by poor front of. House and kitchen service and standards. We booked table for 2 for 8.00pm, arrive at 7.50pm but get seated at 8.20pm. A doorman ( bouncer) on the door sets the scene on arrival! ) Order simple starters but then wait 45 minutes for two scallops on a bed of black pudding, hardly a culinary challenge. Food was in fact very tasty with my sirloin steak main course exceptional but at £36 plus £4 for a sauce it should be. Other main teas York beer battered fish at £24 very nice but £6 extra for 10 chips pushes the boundaries of value but fish was nice in a fish and chip way. The real Start at The Star in Tbe City is Lumi our server (who remembered us from last time as we did her) was as always amazing over compensating for a poor kitchen performance. Bill was value for money but in the end the whole experience is poor, timings poor and ambiance poor with standards of cleanliness across the restaurant really not anywhere near good enough ( the three bottles of table cleaner and cloths sitting on an open table beside us speaks for itself!) As Arnie says….. will “I’ll be back?” We’ll only if I really have to which is a shame as it could get back to its origins and high standards with a focus on service standards and a tiptop maitre d’ would sort in weeks 👍

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    First time at this restaurant totally delicious food , fizz was divine:

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  5. SheenaW

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    We felt poorly looked after on arrival by the bar staff and the bar area is not very cosy generally while having a pre dinner drink. Queen scallops were over cooked, I would have been embarrassed to serve them -shrivelled little morsels in a burnt cheese shell. Not wanting to bring our evening down we did the British thing and carried on politely without complaining to the main course. The mains were thankfully really good and we enjoyed them along with lovely wine. The bill came to a whopping £140, £16 of which was service. We thought this was excessive for two people having two courses, one of which was very poor. Such a shame for a beautifully located restaurant.

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  6. LizW

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An enjoyable ladies lunch, celebrating birthdays. Service was good, pleasant & efficient, atmosphere lovely, nice music & at just the right level for the amount of people in the restaurant. Food, was lovely, we had the Prix Fixe menu which was good value, food itself was good, only one criticism…. Food could’ve been hotter, it was warm but think it could’ve just been that bit hotter, probably should’ve mentioned it, it was later when I thought about it further Would come again, as it would be nice to experience outside dining in better weather

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  7. Jobesy

    Edinburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, lovely flavours. Would recommend for a special occasion.

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  8. Mike

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    This was our second visit. The first was excellent but this last visit was unmemorable. The food choice on the market menu was similar to bog standard pub grub. Eg the dessert crepes were thick and stodgy apparently made earlier or out of a packet.On our next visit to York we will try another restaurant.

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  9. AndrewS

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our meal and our waitress was exceptional and made the meal. Enjoyed the food.

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  10. ZOEh

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing time at the star for our 2 year anniversary. Would highly recommend to anyone, lovely food and great service

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  11. AlanF

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stop reading the review and book a table! This place is amazingly good. Great location in the centre of York; the restaurant itself is very beautiful; the service is attentive and friendly; and the food… let’s just say this was the best Sunday lunch I've ever had. Sorry mum. I’ve eaten at plenty of Michelin star restaurants and this one is right up there.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great location, though I bet it’s better in summer when it’s warm enough to sit by the river.

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  13. AlanW

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food with varied menu and generous portions. Ani our waitress was excellent. Fantastic restaurant.

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  14. RobC

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great venue and location - applied only by rather load group on adjacent table. Food excellent apart from scallops for staters - very small and gritty.

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  15. Karena

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice evening we didn’t like the table they gave us and they moved us with no fuss at all. Nice little surprise birthday plate for my sisters 70th birthday

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  16. SueM

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovey evening: great service and delicious food.

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  17. MandyL

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was superb, every element added something to the dish.

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  18. ChrisA

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Star in the City has never let me down over the many years I have been going. Great choice of food and drinks, the food was really tasty with good portion sizes. Overall, I highly recommend the Star in the City.

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  19. JoanneB

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful meal. Delicious food and great service.

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  20. RachelD

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food. Great service. Lovely ambiance. Would highly recommend

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  21. Molly

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have visited a few times and the standard is always set so high. The staff are so attentive and the food is amazing!

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  22. DavidT

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Been here a few times generally it’s pretty good. Last night the service let it down, got to around 8:30/9pm and there was only one member of staff in the restaurant. Seemed other guests felt the same, it’s a shame really because normally it’s professional and staff have an attentive attitude.

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  23. wordyuk

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the 2nd time we have had dinner here as a family of 4 and it was fantastic again. We’ve said we will always come back here when we are in York. The food is imaginative and delicious and the service is fantastic. There are cheaper options but I think, for what you get, this is excellent Lumi was an excellent waitress. Cannot fault anything across both our visits to date.

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  24. YorkiePhil

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location and atmosphere, lovely staff, good food

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely atmosphere, waiting staff not very attentive, food not piping hot, one of the meals came after the others. Was expecting birthday cupcakes for all 3 of us but just one came, and we had to ask for it

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  26. LawrenceH

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot in central York with lovely food and team

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  27. DaveR

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First visit to the Star and it will not be the last. Food and service were excellent. Thanks to all the staff.

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  28. LynneG

    Worcestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were on a 3 day break in York. We were told the Star Inn was a good place to eat and we were delighted with the food and service from Lumi. She was professional and knowledgable and quite funny! We will be back.

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  29. RobH

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good. Great service and good price point. Will be back.

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  30. KarlS

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good . If you’re going to book be aware they don’t update the Sunday roast menu. Ask at time of booking .. I didn’t . 😵‍💫 The waitress pointed out that what is shown on website is a sample menu for Sunday roast not what is available . Couldn’t fault the waitress. She was excellent.

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  31. GerlindeD

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Three in our group had the Sunday Roast, which was delicious, although for the two Roast Beef, there was only one slice of meat. One person in our group had the (only) vegetarian option, which was the size of a starter, the other had the (only) vegan/gluten free option, which again at £22 was very small, and even with ordering a side dish of chips (£6), was not enough. So, on the whole, service was great, roasts were good, but vegetarian/vegan/gluten free diners are not really catered for, and that was actually the reason we chose this restaurant.

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  32. MartinL

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food as usual and brilliant service . The lamb was an amazing dish !

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  33. StevenF

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful evening. The staff were great and the food was fantastic.

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  34. ChristineL

    Newcastle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely restaurant- recommended by our daughter. Food was delicious and presented so well. Each course was packed with flavour. Will go again. X

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  35. DonnaM

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food with excellent service. Feels a little overpriced for what you get.

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  36. ChrisW

    Italy

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a fantastic evening . Everything about the Star was first class . Excellent setting , superb service and top notch food . Couldn’t ask more . Will definitely visit again when in York

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  37. zoeh

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fantastic from the moment we arrived until we left. Attentive friendly staff and the food was outstanding

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  38. Sabrina

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is excellent. All the dishes were perfectly prepared.

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  39. LesleyH

    South Wales

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was hit and miss. Salmon starter was poor. Remoulade of celeriac was stale with very little crab added and salmon was rubbery. Chicken main course was fine. Dessert of pistachio knickerbocker glory was awful/ sickly sweet and inedible. Very disappointed as this restaurant had such a good write up on the internet.

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  40. JamesW

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food as always, good selection of beers and wines, slightly more expensive than other places but worth it - lovely service, good view and an overall excellent experience.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Star Inn The City is rated 4.4 stars by 6392 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

21:30


Booked 40 times today
Google Map for The Star Inn The City

Lendal Engine House, York, North Yorkshire YO1 7DR

Additional information

  • Area
    York
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00–23:00 Fri, Sat 09:30–00:00 Sun 09:30–22:00
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary British
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    The nearest car park to our restaurant is Marygate.<br>Marygate carpark, Frederic Street, York, YO30 7DT
  • Public Transit
    York Station is only a 10 minute walk from The Star Inn The City.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    01904 619208
  • Private party facilities
    We have two wonderful spaces that can accommodate large group bookings. The River Room can seat up from 14 up to 26 guests and our Private Dining Room can seat up to 34 guests. These rooms are perfect for all events. For full booking policy please visit our website and for any additional information email info@starinnthecity.co.uk
  • Private party contact
    Ellen: 01904 619208
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