The Whippet Inn

4.6
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881 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Steakhouse
The Whippet Inn Steak and Alehouse is a sympathetically restored Victorian pub with quirky modern twist, giving it an understated decadence. This welcome addition to the York restaurant scene provides an adult only environment, hidden away on York’s North Street and celebrates the best in British food and drink. The Whippet Inn’s main aim is to get the best food produce they can find in Yorkshire and then pair it with real ales, lagers, spirits and wines from around Great Britain. A fine example of this is their air dried on the bone 40 day aged Yorkshire beef from Ripon. We are an adult dining restaurant only, as much as we love children and are raising a bunch of our own, we have decided to make this a little haven of tranquillity- a getaway for all.
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E
London
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great meal, good service but not the cheapest of places

C
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

This place has a really nice atmosphere, great if you want to go out and enjoy a conversation or are on a date. We have been here a few times before and enjoyed the food and the staff are great.

G
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening, fabulous food, great staff & lovely ambience. Will definitely be returning & highly recommend to others.

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Really disappointing- been dining here for years but due to a family illness hadn’t been for a while, service was good but the food was not up to its usual standard, only cleared the plate because I was so hungry! We did mention it to the waiter but he did not appear overly concerned by our comments. We have highly recommended this restaurant for a long time, but feel we can no longer do so at the moment. 😪

LM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality steak but lots of other options as well, delicious vegetarian options.

CL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an amazing restaurant. Excellent food, new things to try. Great Wine and Gin collection. Fabulous service. Can’t recommend it highly enough.

G
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Chateaubriand was served sliced into pieces which is not how i expect. Sauces were very bland.. Other dishes were as expected but for the price it didn’t feel like a special evening. The staff were very pushy for extras, and didn’t make us feel very welcome e.g. no offer to take our coats. This used to be our go to special place in York but not now.

JW
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Quirky little hidden gem! Had the roast dinner which I could not fault!

s
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Sunday dinner in a calm and warm friendly atmosphere.. Great service.. Followed by a few gins..

DE
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous sunday roast lunch, excellent and friendly service. Bloody mary cocktails was to die for and made very professionally. Wine list was very good too.

PE
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

A shame that for a restaurant focussing on steak, the chef was clearly not competent working with steaks. 3 steaks ordered to our table, all requested as medium, yet all arrived blue to rare. The meat was not rested and was served within 5 minutes of ordering resulting a tough plate to contend with. One member of our party did have a burger which was very good, but the steak was very poor.

SD
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Sunday lunch, the service was perfect, the food beautiful. We will definitely be returning next time visiting York.

OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect little restaurant amazing staff and food was out of this world. It was my birthday and they brought the most beautiful little cocktail and chocolate board

B
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Epic food and service as always. Sadly marred somewhat by the table of 8 extremely loud men who had no concept of "inside voices"

LC
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 stars

Amazing food and superb service. We have been twice now and will definitely return when next in York

MP
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience1

After a first outstanding visit some months ago, we decided to return for a Sunday lunch. On arrival, we were informed that there was a problem with the lighting in the main restaurant and we would have to eat in the bar. Deciding to stay, we settled down for a few pre-dinner drinks. During conversation with the staff, we were informed that there were very few bookings for that evening. Having been told this and then observing off duty staff drinking in the adequately lit restaurant, we concluded that due to the limited bookings, they did not want to open up the restaurant and had decided to serve in the bar area only. We did not book for this experience and felt that we had been somewhat misled over the restaurant lighting issue. The food was good and the serving staff were attendant enough, but by the end of the meal, we felt that they really wanted to close for the evening and we were something of a hindrance to them. This sort of experience makes the food grossly overpriced for what amounted to a bar meal.
A real shame as The Whippet is quite a find for real foodies. We'll probably be back but not before we double check the restaurant arrangements before arriving.

MA
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

It was the wife's birthday, the meal was great, but I had stated that it was her birthday when booking, but no extra special touches were added?

Although the food was great.

M
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday lunch is excellent. Thoroughly recommend
It. Good quality, well cooked food and excellent service.

MW
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, friendly and professional service. Steak is the main attraction, with a good selection of quality wines and beer.

CS
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

After new year lunch so we were the only people in there but the waitress was lovely. Funny, friendly she made us feel very special and valued. Food was very good, plenty of choice and excellent wine. Definitely will visit again and will recommend it to friends.

OT
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overall good experience, steak was nice and good wine selection. Could have made more of an event of the shared steak was already cut up when brought to the table would have expected it to be cut up at table. Will be going back

JW
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Have been several times before whilst visiting York on business. This time took my wife for the first time as we stayed in York for New Year. We both thoroughly enjoyed the ambience, the fabulous steaks and the friendly welcome. We will visit again.

L
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely afternoon spent here on our holiday in York, everything about it was just right...If we visit York again we will most definitely be eating here again...Keep up the good work

LM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious Sunday Lunch
Meat cooked to perfection and srummu cooked veg

Would’ve been perfect with a dairy free option for desert that wasn’t just sorbet

CB
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and service... This is the place to go for a great Sunday lunch!!!!

N
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We had a really lovely post Christmas lunch with friends. As we had our little dog with us we had to sit in the bar, but it was no hassle. The food was absolutely delicious and we all enjoyed it.

EP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely relaxed atmosphere, good food and wine. All in all an excellent evening.

MB
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely Suberb food. Service was amazing. Good selection of wine and beer. A quirky intimate setting that felt very welcoming. Worth every penny.

OT
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre-Christmas meal with wife. Wonderful food, wine and service. Great atmosphere. Will definitely be back soon

JR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal for as long as we can remember, great service, lovely ambience, a real treat

SJ
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely food and service ribeye was lovely wanted the roast but was unfortunately sold out by the time we got there! Would defiantly return

JM
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was really nice but could have been a bit hotter. Beef was really tender and Yorkshire pudding lovely. Not sure if the reason for the food not being hot enough was the fact that someone else had ordered the food and then changed their minds so we got theirs! (We were told that by the waiter.) Also I found a hair in mine but didn’t want to make a fuss as the the service from the staff was excellent. The price of the wine was a little on the steep side.

NC
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our favourite place to eat in York! Have been both for steak and Sunday Lunch and both times have been so enjoyable!

BH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to the whippet inn around six times now, and everytime I have enjoyed the food, atmosphere and service! Will be going back for a 7th time!!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Nice restaurant, recommended.

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A
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went with 3 friends and it was superb. The service was excellent. We all had the fillet steak. It was beautiful, perfectly cooked and melt in the mouth. Highly recommended

KW
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for an evening meal based on previous reviews, and it didn’t disappoint. The Whippet Inn is tucked away on the west side of the city across the river near to to The Park Inn by Raddison, and a 10 minutes walk from the railway station and Grand Hotel. The food and service was excellent. If we ever return to York we will definitely revisit. Note, this is open only to adults

JB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had been recommended The Whippet by a couple of people and were pleased we took their advice. We had a lovely evening, food good and atmosphere lovely. We’ll definitely be back.

LE
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with attentive staff, really friendly and knowledgable. Will hopefully be back soon

M
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow!!!! So happy to have finally eaten here. Everything about the experience was just fab. Great service and the food was absolutely delicious.