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The Star Inn The City

4.5
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2803 reviews
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£26 to £40
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 2803 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday meal... service was exceptional 😁

LJ
LeonJ
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Went on a Thursday afternoon and due to Covid restrictions the place was very quite and so lacked a little atmosphere.
Food was nicely presented although for the price the portions were rather small.
Service was very good by the waiter who looked after us.

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BrianB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food very good. Service was also very good. Sadly the atmosphere suffered because of the covid situation too quiet.

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VickyH
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal and great service. Small choice on the menu but everyone in the party enjoyed their choice. Thank you for a lovely (and safe) evening.

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Heresbetty
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed. Always good food.
Would like a 2/3 course set menu option on a sunday ...
Great service. Clean. Tables well spaced.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service

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Smithy
Yorkshire
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Sunday lunch. Very good Covid safety measures in place.

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CraigB
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely place, great staff and great food, toilets are terrible though,

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cb76
London
11 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had been recommended by some friends, and we were not disappointed. The measures they had put in place for covid were excellent and it felt very safe, yet relaxed in a good way. The food was outstanding and I would recommend the pear and cheese 'custard' to anyone - really unusual and delicious. What made our evening even better was our waitress who was utterly delightful. She could not have been more friendly and helpful and I wish I'd asked her name so the owners know what a delightful employee they have. A lovely evening all round.

KW
KerryW
N. Ireland
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 3rd visit - good and service is always excellent

PS
PaulS
Singapore
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great setting for the restaurant and the food was lovely although the menu was a little limited. Good choice of wine.

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LadyA
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous ambience and service made this a great lunchtime treat.

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RobertD
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service! Staff friendly and polite, lovely ambience and location overlooking the river. Would fully recommend!

JB
JoanneB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Outstanding service from our waiter, I wish I could remember his name. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and the staff prepared a lovely pudding board with Happy Anniversary written in chocolate which made our visit extra special.

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Brad
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was fine. nothing bad but nothing you’re going to remember to be honest.

Had to ask for the lights to be turned down, as the spotlight above us was blaring. The waiter duly obliged.

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GinaA
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Lovely meal, delicious food! Very attentive and friendly server at the start of the meal but she disappeared before we left. More information about Sunday Roasts on the website would be great too as we missed out

RM
RebeccaM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly waitress, lovely surroundings, beautiful food

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Jane
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The food was fine, but not particularly memorable. The plum sponge pudding was particularly disappointing being dry and bland. It’s the second time I’ve been there but it didn’t live up to my first experience which was excellent.

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SarahW
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

With the current Covid restrictions and guidelines in place The Star Inn The City felt very safe. We had a wonderful evening with amazing food and great service

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AlexS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as ever. Plus good standard of covid measures. Treat yourself it will be worth it.

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PaulaD
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really lovely meal as always. Struggled for a starter but not their fault! Fish was perfectly cooked and the chocolate parfait was dreamy. Service really lovely - attentive but not pushy and we were delighted to be allowed a bit of extra time at the table.

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Karenk
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent, lovely location on the river, would definatly return

JO
JimO
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A relaxed up-market dining experience. The service was genuinely warm, professional and balanced. The food was comforting and delicious. The atmosphere pleasant and friendly, making for a special experience. The trees surrounding the restaurant, in full Autumnal splendour was the icing on the cake.

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PatriciaM
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience5

25 minutes to be served with a drink. Waitress had a couldn’t care less attitude. Main course lovely. Plum pudding had to be returned as was cold. One party of the 3 didn’t receive her dessert till prompted. Very poor.

LJ
LeighJ
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Quality of food was good and clearly the location is excellent but service in the Star consistently lets it down. This is not a COVID thing it’s has alway been a bit hit and miss. Very slow to serve and our meals didn’t all come together. Table very slowed to be cleared and empty cups left on the table long after our champagne was served. Just all felt a bit slap dash.

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AlastairS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed my experience here, the service was great. lots of choice on menu for breakfast. Good price point too.

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Rockchick
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treat it was to have breakfast at the Star Inn The city. Definitely worth the hours drive to get there.

Such a pleasure to be able to support The Star

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David
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely evening, made even better by the staff and the food. A great time was had by the two of us and in these difficult times the Star Inn was a fantastic way to spend a few hours.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic lunch , cannon of lamb , also felt very safe too
Well done team

DG
DavidG
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

In a word, overpriced. It’s a lovely location. The service is good. The ambience is good. But my son and I each had the lamb, which was ok but not special and a bit measly. There were no green vegetable sides to have with it (odd to serve lamb with no appropriate veg to go with it). We had to order mash as an extra. I got one other side and we had a glass of wine each and it came to £81. It just didn’t feel worth it.

RH
RuthH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely welcome from the staff, COVID safe with tables well spaced. Food was tasty as usual with a great selection on the menu.

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Jojo
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lively atmosphere despite the current conditions. Great service.

IM
IanM
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place. Obviously a lot quieter at the moment but perfect for a business lunch. Food was great. Service friendly. All good!

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Gdubya
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The Ox Cheek was stunning, service is great and it has a warm, cosy authentic vibe in a great location in the city centre .

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Linda63
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu was varied and they also had daily specials which were very good. The food was well cooked and well presented and was full of flavour. My ox cheek was delicious and my husband had a coley curry which he said was excellent. They had wines by the glass and were well chosen with a few grapes and producers we had not heard of. The gin list was very extensive. All in all a wonderful eating out experience. The tables were well spaced apart but the restaurant didn’t feel empty and therefore had a good ambience. If the weather was good they have a lovely terrace overlooking the river.

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ClareA
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food, lovely atmosphere and super staff.

HM
HarryM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food excellent service and an amazing setting

JI
JackI
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff very knowledgeable about the menu and drinks. Huge help with coming to a decision.

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TonyH
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Service was excellent , food was average but over priced, better places to eat in York.

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AlexanderS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice food, good choice. Would certainly eat here again.

FAQs

The Star Inn The City is rated 4.5 stars by 2803 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.