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Ambience

40 Gillygate, York YO31 7EQ, England
01904 652 500
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Ranked #77 of 716 Restaurants in York
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Wed 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: International, Café, Bistro
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Restaurant details
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Ambience has the most beautiful city walled garden with minster views! Inside is small and intimate with a very warm and friendly atmosphere. Out side we have a covered area with has heaters for the colder days and evenings also we have a graveled area and a garden area to relax in!You must come and have a look you will be very impressed
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

I had an outstanding meal in here when we first moved to York last December The food was excellent and locally sourced The rapport from the chef/owner was wonderful All in all it was a great dining experience

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Surprised by the quality of the food. As good as you would get in an high end/high priced restaurant. Although choice was limited it offered a good range of options and was appropriate for a relatively small and intimate dining area. Would highly recommend.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
247 helpful votes 247 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Ambience is a good title for this place. Smallish but an excellent atmosphere and really tasty tapas. The wine and dessert were good too!

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York, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Lovely little tucked away spot, nice coffee and yummy food! We went for lunch and sat out in the beautiful gardens, Would recommend :)

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Ambience / Bistro Guy is my favourite place in York for breakfast. I find it hard to choose between the full English and the pancakes, they are both delicious. Coffee is great too. I thoroughly recommend.

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Visited in October 2014, superb food at an excellent price. It is a small place in the centre of York but don't let that fool you, it was as good as any large restaurant I've eaten in, if not better! Really friendly attentive service yet relaxed atmosphere, perfect for any occasion, I will mist defiantly be visiting again.

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Whitby, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Visited here for dinner on 25th September and enjoyed every minute! The bistro is small but with a great atmosphere!! Guy the chef came out to make sure everything was ok at the end of the night which just topped off the great attentive service we had all night!! The food was delicious and our only disappointment was that we... More 

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Manchester
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We came across this little restaurant quite by hazard and were very glad that we found it. It seems that the owner is branching out from just opening at lunchtime, and is running the place in the evening as a bistro called " Bistro Guy" We sat in a delightful terrace with a view down the garden to a section... More 

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Visited this little cafe with a friend for her birthday. We both had babies under 1 with us, and the access was fantastic to the rear courtyard. Once there there was plenty of seats with blankets in case it was cold. The menu was slightly limited, especially for a vegetarian which my friend is. When the food came it was... More 

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Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A friend and I visited here for dinner; I understand the chef has recently started opening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. The name of the restaurant has also recently been changed from "Ambience" to "Bistro Guy". This is a lovely little bistro with a garden that opens out onto the City walls. A real find. The menu in the... More 

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Additional Information about Ambience

Address: 40 Gillygate, York YO31 7EQ, England
Phone Number: 01904 652 500
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  North Yorkshire  >  York
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: International, Café, Bistro

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