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The Piano Restaurant

#191 of 651 Restaurants in York
#225 of 734 Places to Eat in York
Certificate of Excellence
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The Churchill Hotel | 65 Bootham, York YO30 7DQ, England
01904 644 456
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This restaurant is at The Churchill Hotel
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: With two AA Rosettes to its name, The Piano Bar and Restaurant available...
With two AA Rosettes to its name, The Piano Bar and Restaurant available for dinner every night and open Sunday lunch, set within the beautiful Churchill Hotel just moments from the city walls, is undoubtedly one of York's finest. Overlooking the manicured lawns of the hotel, The Piano Restaurant is elegantly modern, its interior design utterly contemporary but without ignoring the splendid proportions and original features of the room's high arched windows, a curving floor and delicate coving just some of the Victorian features. Begin your visit with a relaxed tipple in the bar, a warmly cosy space with a slightly masculine feel worthy of the hotel's namesake, before taking a seat in the brighter, more spacey dining room. Here you'll enjoy that AA acclaimed food with its fresh,locally and ethically sourced ingredients and constantly changing seasonal flavour. Imaginative and but with a nod to traditionalism, The Piano Restaurant's cuisine is created through the use of cutting edge techniques employed by the kitchen's talented and well trained chefs. Enjoyed to the delicate strains of the baby grand that gives the restaurant its name, the food is as sublime as the setting.
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  • 52
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Last minute booking!

Our party of four were unable to book a restaurant in the centre of York on a Saturday night, so we took a gamble and agreed to try The Piano as It was only a short walk from the City centre. On arrival we had a pre-dinner drink in the small but cosy bar whilst we looked at the extensive... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 7, 2014
pompeybrian
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Fareham, United Kingdom
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English first
Derby, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Food here is delicious, just what we like about fine dining. Our waiter Lewis delivered excellent service with just the right amount of attentiveness throughout our evening. If we visit York again we will be eating here for definite.

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Redcar, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

4 Of us enjoyed a nice dining experience at the piano restaurant starting with home made bread with 3 spreads including kipper flavoured butter which is great if you enjoy kippers. We had a mix of starters the favourite being lamb sweetbreads. Mains consisted of rump steak,cod and chorizo,the steak was cooked to perfection and succulent whilst the cod was... More 

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

If you want an up market meal for a special occasion this is highly recommended. The food and service was wonderful.

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Handforth, United Kingdom
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73 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Visited on a Saturday evening for dinner with my wife and our young daughter. We were in York that weekend and I wanted to go somewhere nice for an evening meal, so picked this place based on the 2 AA Rosettes, the easy online booking and also because they had a children's menu, usually an indication that children are not... More 

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Colne, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Well presented with good attention to details, a joy to eat without over eating. The music was a bit too loud, but we enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. The chairs could do with higher backs for eating.

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Our party of four were unable to book a restaurant in the centre of York on a Saturday night, so we took a gamble and agreed to try The Piano as It was only a short walk from the City centre. On arrival we had a pre-dinner drink in the small but cosy bar whilst we looked at the extensive... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Visited on sunday lunch time....Inedible pig cheek starter, tasted disgusting , THE worst food combination plate of food I have ever tasted.sirloin main came out well done.greasy yorkshire puddings and boring veg (no effort).my partner commented that her food was very bland and underseasoned.passed on desserts as was so dissatisfied by this point.our first visit two years ago was so... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

My husband has recently moved up North and I wanted us to go somewhere special midweek for an anniversary dinner and I was eager to show him what beautiful York - one of my favourite cities - has to offer. Given that it's called "The Piano Restaurant" we envisaged some love music - mother reason why we booked it -... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Went with friends for Sunday lunch and unfortunately for majority of the time we were the only people in the restaurant so sadly lacked any atmosphere - slightly strange therefore that we were advised the table was only ours for 2 hours when booking. We had high hopes of a 2 AA rosette establishment but although the food was in... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Long wait for service and a few minor issues with the dishes: vegetables undercooked, caviar served warm with scallops, cardamom sponge in the dessert tasted wrong, the texture was off and didn't go with the rest of the dish. Pleasant atmosphere and a nice venue, shame about the errors, could have been exceptional.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: The Churchill Hotel | 65 Bootham, York YO30 7DQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  North Yorkshire  >  York
  • Phone Number: 01904 644 456

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 45

Description

With two AA Rosettes to its name, The Piano Bar and Restaurant available for dinner every night and open Sunday lunch, set within the beautiful Churchill Hotel just moments from the city walls, is undoubtedly one of York's finest. Overlooking the manicured lawns of the hotel, The Piano Restaurant is elegantly modern, its interior design utterly contemporary but without ignoring the splendid proportions and original features of the room's high arched windows, a curving floor and delicate coving just some of the Victorian features. Begin your visit with a relaxed tipple in the bar, a warmly cosy space with a slightly masculine feel worthy of the hotel's namesake, before taking a seat in the brighter, more spacey dining room. Here you'll enjoy that AA acclaimed food with its fresh,locally and ethically sourced ingredients and constantly changing seasonal flavour. Imaginative and but with a nod to traditionalism, The Piano Restaurant's cuisine is created through the use of cutting edge techniques employed by the kitchen's talented and well trained chefs. Enjoyed to the delicate strains of the baby grand that gives the restaurant its name, the food is as sublime as the setting.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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