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Masons Bar & Bistro

#72 of 653 Restaurants in York
Certificate of Excellence
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Hamburgers, British, Wine Bar
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13 Fossgate, York YO1 9TA, England
+44 (0)1904 611919
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Today
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fri 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 227
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  • 93
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 5
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  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Saturday evening

Been a local for five years and never really ventured down Fossgate too much and stumbled over Masons by chance - and wasn't pleasantly surprised. Menu is a slightly limited, portions are large, food was very nice, service was great and so on. Didn't manage a desert but they looked equally as... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Pablopp77
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Entertaining clients
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353 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Been a local for five years and never really ventured down Fossgate too much and stumbled over Masons by chance - and wasn't pleasantly surprised. Menu is a slightly limited, portions are large, food was very nice, service was great and so on. Didn't manage a desert but they looked equally as tempting. Wouldn't call this a hidden gem as... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

After reading the reviews was really looking forward to a family get together on Saturday.... To be positive staff were really very nice & service was good..... Food really disappointing, this place has a reputation locally for been pricey and I'm struggling to justify what part of my meal equated to its price tag...! Food presentation very lac lustre, salad... More 

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York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

Following fab reviews on trip advisor I was looking forward to Saturday 16th family get together... On a positive note staff are really welcoming, good service & it's a nice place to take young children as opposed to exposing them to 'pub culture' the menu as we realised is limited but caters for most tastes...,locally the bistro has a reputation... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Great bistro with really good atmosphere - styling, furniture & lighting all create a really good feel. Menu has a lot of great choices & happy to accommodate kids from main menu or kids menu - original burger was delicious and the fish cakes were really good. Good value for really great quality food.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

been living in York a good number of years and had many a pint and food on Fossgate.....no idea what I was missing. called in for a quick lunch and a pint perroni on draft and burgers to die for.....best on I have had in England.....even up there with the Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago..... recommend to anyone..... oh, our... More 

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Luddenden Foot, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We read very enthusiastic reviews on Trip Advisor, but we found this place to be pretty mediocre. For a start it was empty on a busy April Thursday. The food was fine - I had a fairly decent burger, but the fishcakes two of us had were heavy and a bit tasteless. Overall it was pretty average and with all... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We have eaten both lunch and dinner here a number of times and its always consistently good. Staff are lovely food is always delicious, and they serve a nice cup of coffee too! Lets hope they are busier than ever as the new place opened recently across the road is so poor and so overpriced. Keep at it Masons we... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Hungry on a saturday afternoon...where to go?everything is packed in York during the week-end. Except for Mason's, where i've never been before since i've always found it empty, ie not appealing at all. Hunger drove me into this place, i could give it a try,thinking " maybe it is not that bad afrer all, let's give it a chance". we... More 

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HULL
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7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

Hadnt been in for while due to health issues. If anything even better my sister in law fell in love with the home made fish & chips and my neice loved the kids menu. All though the menu has changed slightly there was no disguising the food was still at its best. The customer service from mine hosts and staff... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We were struggling to find somewhere to eat that wasnt a chain and were reccomended here by a guy we were chatting to in the pub opposite. They do the tastiest rib eye EVER and the onions rings are to die for.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 13 Fossgate, York YO1 9TA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  North Yorkshire  >  York
  • Phone Number: +44 (0)1904 611919

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 24
  • Cuisine: Hamburgers, British, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?