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The Piano Restaurant

The Churchill Hotel | 65 Bootham, York YO30 7DQ, England
01904 644 456
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Ranked #183 of 685 Restaurants in York
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $47
Dining options: Reservations
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.
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Dining options: Reservations
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.
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English first
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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8 restaurant reviews
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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Larbert
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We dined here 2 nights and the food was top class it was a lovely touch having a live pianist playing the music on one of the nights

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Food was truly delicious, very "fine dining" in style but good value for 3 courses. The quail with cherries was especially memorable. Our waiter was helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. We found this by using trip advisor reviews whilst staying down the road at the Minster Hotel and were very glad we did. Definitely one of the best meals we have... More

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I came here with my girlfriend for a romantic meal and it did not disappoint. The food was excellent quality, being very well presented. The portions are a good size and the food is cooked to the highest standard. The desserts stood out as being particularly good; my girlfriend had lemon posset which was amazing. The only criticisms are that... More

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Very relaxed atmosphere, staff very knowledgeable and attentive. Mushroom soup was the best I've ever tasted! Used tastecard so food extremely great value and excellent quality.

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York, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

I ate for the third time here last night and had another very impressive meal, with excellent service and nice ambience. The food is modern cuisine, done very well indeed and there's a good choice on the a la carte menu for £29.95 for three courses. I preferred my starter and dessert to my cod main course, but then that's... More

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York
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146 reviews 146 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We came to this restaurant for the second time in a month, this time with friends. The restaurant is part of the Churchill Hotel a rather chic hotel just outside the city walls in York. The setting is rather plush with a circular ceiling with hidden lighting - very atmospheric, and splendid views onto the gardens. There was a wonderful... More

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Middlesbrough
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

My husband and I have been eyeing up the menu here for sometime, and we finally managed to get round to visiting last night. We had high expectations, and hoping it would be worth the 150 mile round trip, especially to visit. We definitely were not disappointed. The wine list is extensive, and is very reasonably priced, although our first... More

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Ben A, Head Chef at The Piano Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, especially one as positive and in depth as this one. I am delighted that you were so happy with your meal and will be passing on your comments to the rest of the team. Apologies for the small issues that you did have and I am glad to hear that... More

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