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Top destinations for fine dining in York

Top destinations for fine dining in York

Fine dining in York has never been so accessible and you can guarantee that there will be a restaurant to suit everyone’s tastes and pockets. The iconic York Minster and Shambles provide a tourist’s paradise and whether you are a first-time visitor or a local wanting to explore more, York is the place for you.

With the perfect blend of informal independents and Michelin Star restaurants, York should be one of your first choices to commemorate that special event, or just treat yourself to a slice of luxury.

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When searching for fine dining in York, Skosh is likely to take pride of place in every guide. Comfortable and brightly decorated, this restaurant specializes in light bites, perfect for those who want to sample an array of tastes and flavours.

Skosh has received a number of awards, including Yorkshire Life’s ‘Restaurant of the Year’ swiftly followed by a Michelin Bib Gourmand for good quality, good value cooking. The refined yet uncomplicated dishes allow for a graze as you go approach. Dishes such as lobster and ginger dumplings and teriyaki courgette will transport you to the bustling cities of Japan while still being in the UK. Perfect!

98 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JX, 01904 658658

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The Rattle Owl

Set on one of York’s most famous streets, Micklegate, The Rattle Owl is the perfect place to go for a celebratory meal or special treat. Housed in a Grade II listed building, it is modern and intimate, while still featuring 17th century charm. Warm, friendly staff and a cosy atmosphere make it the place to be.  Chef Tom Heywood and his team create blind tasting menus featuring the option to sample six to eight dishes based on the best local and seasonal ingredients. We’d suggest you go all out with their stunning organic wine pairing option.

104 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JX – 01904 658658

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The Bow Room at Gray’s Court

Sandwiched between the iconic York Minster and the city walls, the Bow Room restaurant within the stunning Gray’s Court hotel combine to create the perfect oasis of escapism. Bursting with 11th-century charm and modern elegance, the restaurant offers a place for fine dining and relaxing in York city centre. Former Michelin Star and Black Swan at Oldstead Head Chef Adam Jackson showcase’s the very best local and seasonal ingredients with one of the city’s very best tasting menus.

Chapter House St, York, YO1 7JH – 01904 612613

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The Rise Restaurant, Terrace & Bar

Offering some of the best examples of British dishes in Yorkshire, this really is a restaurant to add to the dining out wish list. Inside, the restaurant embraces everything that is York, with a softly furnished impressive dining room and an open kitchen. Dining here is designed to cater for every palate. Desserts and wines at The Rise are the perfect ending to your meal. Spacious hotel rooms also mean that you can fully enjoy all the sights that York has to offer. Formerly the headquarters of the Northeastern Railway, this five-star hotel is steeped in history.

Station Rise, York, YO1 6GD – 01904 380038

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Fish and Forest

Situated in the heart of York, this restaurant epitomizes the importance of using sustainably caught produce while creating an authentic fine dining experience. A recent addition to the Michelin Guide,  Fish and Forest offer a constantly changing menu, in keeping with the produce that can be ethically sourced at the time.  Sample dishes include crab tart and succulent venison haunch with beetroot and blackberry jus. With friendly staff and exquisite cuisine,  this fine dining restaurant in York is a must for genuine foodies.

110 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JX – 01904 220587

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Le Cochon Avegule

Subtly decorated with nods to French style, this eatery gives diners the perfect opportunity to experience fine dining in York within a relaxed, open environment. As the name of the restaurant suggests, all diners are invited to dine from a blind-tasting menu, with all dishes made from locally sourced produce. Optional wine pairings are also available, with over 200 to choose from.

37 Walmgate, York, YO1 9TX, 01904 640222

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This restaurant, along with its’ renowned sister establishment, The Black Swan at Oldstead, are both proud owners of a prestigious Michelin Star. Roots offers fine dining in York where guests can just sit back and enjoy themselves. Executive Head Chef Tommy Banks and his team have created a menu centred around local produce. The menu changes with the season, allowing Tommy to use the produce from his Oldstead farm. Coupled with an exquisite wine list, it is no wonder why eatery has won the top prize in the hospitality industry.

68 Marygate, York, YO30 7BH

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Opened in 1990, Melton’s really is a longstanding destination for fine dining in York. While looking at stunning wall art and relaxing in the informal dining room, your palate is invited to enjoy a feast. Opened by Chef Proprietor Michael Hjort and is now run by Head Chef Calvin Miller. Melton’s prides itself on serving high-quality British cuisine. Refined desserts and quality wines also provide a satisfying ending to a sumptuous meal.

Scarfoot Road, York, YO23 1ND – 01904 634341

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The Black Swan at Oldstead

Outside of the York city centre but well worth the drive out. With stunning views of the North Yorkshire moors and luxurious accommodation, this is a location to lose yourself in. With a tasting menu offering sample dishes such as raw venison blackberry and bone marrow, lobster tail, and toffee apple tart, its little wonder that this restaurant has won a host of awards including a Michelin Star, four AA Rosettes and being named as TripAdvisor as the ‘Best Restaurant in the World’.

Oldstead, York, North Yorkshire, YO61 4BL – 01347 868387

Arras Restaurant - fine dining in york


Set in comfortable yet stylish surroundings, this converted Coach House provides one of the best venues for fine dining in York. Arras offers daily A La Carte, lunch, or a 5-course tasting menu with optional paired wines, all featuring seasonal dishes and quality local produce. Owners and chefs, Adam and Lovaine Humphrey have received huge praise from critics both locally and nationally for their superb style of cooking. P.S. Save room for their petit fours, they’re quite a showstopper!

The Old Coach House, Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PW – 01904 633 737


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