The Star Inn The City

4.4
1494 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary British
Top tags:
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
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'.
Open daily from 9am til late for breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary British
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Hours of Operation
Mon–Sat 08:30–11:30
Daily 12:00–22:00
Sun 09:30–11:30
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Phone number
01904 619208
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Matt Hunter
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Private Party Facilities
We have two wonderful spaces that can accommodate large group bookings. The River Room can seat up from 14 up to 18 guests and our Private Dining Room can seat from 14 up to 36 guests. These rooms are available from Sunday- Friday and are perfect for events such as birthdays, anniversaries, business meetings or wedding breakfasts. For full booking policy please visit our website and for any additional information email info@starinnthecity.co.uk

All tables up to 14 guests can be seated in the main restaurant. All bookings of 6 or must provide credit card details to secure the booking as a cancellation fee applies, please call us on 01904 619208 for more information.
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Private Party Contact
Kelly: 01904 619208
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Parking Details
The nearest car park to our restaurant is Marygate.
Marygate carpark, Frederic Street, York, YO30 7DT
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1494 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time at The Star in The City after making a few visits to The Star in The Harbour in Whitby. Friends of ours recommended this place and it was excellent. I had the Venison and my husband had the Fillet steak. Superb food, wine and great service.

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EP
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Lovely setting, lovely food, great service. The only negative would be there was not a lot of space between tables, and sat on the outside I was continuously nudged by other customers squeezing between my seat and that of my neighbour. Overall though, strongly recommend a visit

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KR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

Lovely location. Food very good but not exceptional. Service excellent. Noise level Saturday night almost unbearable. Not the place for a cosy dinner. Good for parties perhaps.

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LG
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my wife's birthday we originally went to the star inn at Harome quite a few years ago so when i was told they had one in York thought it would be perfect and it did not disappoint great food with a twist on the traditional great service frim the very fiendly and attentive staff a fabulous evening.

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AB
Berkshire
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was fun and lively. Lots of atmosphere and good service

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OM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really nice meal for our birthday weekend. We saw this restaurant pop up many times so felt we had to go. We were both very impressed with both our meals, food, drinks and service. Would definitely this restaurant to anyone.

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L
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Service poor. The menus were dirty - ugh. The prawn cocktail was piled high in a cocktail glass, and presented with no underplate and a fork, impossible to eat without all over the table mess, and tasteless, not enough spice. A diner with us ordered icecream, also presented in the same way, another mess, nowhere to put down the spoon. The fish (seabass) was a very small portion of fish sliced, dry and overcooked, no sauce. One guest said,’fish fingers’! Tables too close together, one guest constantly jogged by the waiter, and I was hit on the head by an elbow of one, who didnt even seem to notice!

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TN
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

OK for lunch.".......................".............................................................."

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JJ
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Would definitely recommend. Lovely ambience, great food and very good service. Daughter’s birthday and she received a complimentary tasteful dessert... no singing, thank goodness!

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MS
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Exceptional food and service, very pleaaaant interiors with views of the park

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T
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

We spent a long weekend in York and prebooked a table . On arrival at 17:45 we were taken to our table and placed next to another 2 occupied tables, even though the rest of the restaurant was empty. It was a glorious evening so we asked if we could sit outside. After checking the waiter returned saying chef had decided not to serve food outside that evening! We asked to move to another seat as table are very close to one another. The experience was not going to improve as we viewed the menu. There was no more than 2 non meat choices. OK perhaps we should have checked beforehand, however these days there is a basic expectation that restaurants cater for vegeterian/vegan diets. We decided to leave and wont be returning

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AT
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely meal in great surroundings, good menu choice and great presentation. Waiter gave good recommendations and service was excellent
Would recommend

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MC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly welcome and excellent, accommodating service throughout.

Food quality was outstanding, fresh local ingredients.

A lovely ambience, all in all a thoroughly enjoyable meal.

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OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third visit and still not been disappointed; excellent choice of beers and wines, good food and service. Some of the dishes are over-priced for what you get (crab starter in particular @ £15) so careful choices need to be made. We will be back as the menu does change with the seasons and availability.

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SR
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Disappointed with my meal. I had same dish on June and this one bore no resemblance to it. Didn’t enjoy special starter either. To be fair waiter picked up on my disappointment and didn’t charge us for my main and a glass of wine. I would have preferred to have a meal I had enjoyed. If menu is not going to change the standard needs to be consistent.

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KP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great venue, food was fantastic and very reasonably priced. Thank you!

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MM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I eat here whenever I visit York, and have never been disappointed - good food, friendly and helpful staff, pleasant location; to me it reflects the Best of Yorkshire

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GS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent menu, service , location and value. Ane exceptionally pleased dining experience

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PS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a really memorable meal with excellent service. Thank you to the waiter and kitchen staff for our experience

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FF
London
12 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Having already experienced, and very much enjoyed, the Star Inn at Harome and the Star Inn the Harbour in Whitby, and as I was in York, I felt I had to try the Star Inn the City. I was not disappointed. Great choice using local produce and very good value for money. The location is fabulous being located in Museum Gardens in an old engine house.

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t
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fourth visit, outstanding food as always. Quick, polite and professional service. Outstanding British food with an original twist. More than happy to cater to allergies. We were sat in the garden room, with views over the River Ouse.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb restaurant; excellent service and food. Gluten free options were brilliant and staff extremely accommodating. Would definitely recommend.

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AR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic setting with great ambiance. High class feel but not stiff and starchy. I visited with friends but it would be a great place for a romantic meal for 2. The quality of the food was fantastic. Not the most extensive of menus but there are at least some vegetarian and vegan choices as well as options for those who prefer meat or fish. It is a bit pricey so certainly for me, a place for special occasions rather than a regular place to eat out.

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JB
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are frequent diners at The Star Inn the City and also at The Star at Harome. We enjoy the atmosphere and the variety of the menu which features local produce and specialises in food which is in season. The dishes carefully bring out the best in the ingredients and they are cleverly matched to ensure a tasty meal results!

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ZA
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food & great service ! Had an amazing time.

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E
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A marvelous meal in a lovely setting with excellent service: it all makes for a splendid evening and for lovely memories.

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CL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely food very good service relaxed atmosphere, I would certainly recommend it.

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AH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our wedding anniversary was made special. Thank you.

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R
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had only head good things about this restaurant and i can only confirm that the hype is well deserved. Food was excellent and reasonably priced. Service impeccable and discreet.

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s
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very welcoming. Our server Ryan was excellent: informative, obliging and good-humoured. Good selection of food, well cooked and presented. Good wine list too.

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YD
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The Star in the City is a great venue for special occasion dining as the setting is impressive and the service excellent . The food was great quality with an inventive menu but perhaps tries a bit too hard with some of the flavours being rather overpowering for me. Sometimes good food simply cooked can give the best results. As I said the service was excellent, all the servers we experienced were polite and friendly, our main waitress was very knowledgable about the menu and her advice helped us make our choices. My recent visit was a celebration lunch, at £25 a head for 1 shared starter between the 4 of us, 4 mains & only 1 of us drinking alcohol (the others on soft drinks or water) it is a bit pricey for more frequent visits. I would happily eat there more often as I am a York resident but I’m put off by the high price & I’m not sure I consider it to really be value for money.

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Y
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Disappointing and over rated. Location is nice and service is good but for what you pay you ca get better food elsewhere.

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MS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lunch was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, both of us avoiding the undoubted temptation of having a 'posh' carvery lunch - I had grouse which was delicious and my dining companion had one your chicken dishes which again was most agreeable.

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SE
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed our meal at this restaurant. Food and wine were first class and service was attentive but not overpowering. Will certainly go again when next in York.

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CM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Not what we expected. We assumed that it would be adults only at that time of evening but what with crying children and hen nights it was more like an upmarket Beefeater. The food was good, although over priced for the amount served and they really need to work out how to cater for someone who is gluten intolerant. With a bit of effort things could have been a lot different. Won't be going back.

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RC
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The Star in The City is a trendy, atmospheric venue for both drinks by the river or wanting some delicious food. I took my partner for her birthday and the overall experience was great with some differing food options that you normally find.
One slight criticism for a venue that prides itself on style and service, is the fact that my medium/well steak came medium/rare and on informing them, they just simply said sorry, the man over there got yours and you got his, let me change it. By the time it had come back, my partner had finished her meal so it didn't get cold whilst waiting, so our birthday meal together didn't quite go to plan as we due this error we actually had to eat separately which was a shame and didn't exactly fit with the venues pride on service, as it is quite pricey.
As I said, overall, its a lovely place and location, food was great once arrived correctly and would recommend.

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KM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great quality in a gorgeous venue, but a little overpriced for the portion size.

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F
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit on the occasion of my partner's birthday. Each of the three courses we had was delicious, particularly the duck. Slightly disappointed with the raspberry and ginger trifle as it was not as gingery as I'd hoped and spoiled by the inclusion of jelly, which I don't like much.
Our table was at the end nearest the windows, so we had a lovely view of Museum Gardens. Sevice was impeccable. Although it is more expensive than other local restaurants, the quality of the food is definitely superior to most and the ambience is perfect for a special occasion.

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NB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolute perfect night with my wife. The food, service and class touch to everything at StarInTheCity makes coming back time and time again a very easy choice.
Keep up the great work TeamStar

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E
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

we were seated at 2 tables of slightly different heights - just enough to tip a glass of water over the table - staff were quick to mop up the mess and replace the tablecloth. main course had new potatoes one of which still had the deep cut, with brown edges, from being dug up. Unable to eat it, I pointed it out to the staff - who apologised and said that he would tell chef. NO apology from the kitchen was forthcoming. The dessert of sticky toffee pudding, whilst looking good was lacking in flavour very disappointing. This was a very average meal.

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