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Cafe No. 8

#23 of 725 Restaurants in York
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8 Gillygate, York YO31 7EQ, England
01904 653074
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: This charming eatery is one of York's best kept secrets. Located just...
This charming eatery is one of York's best kept secrets. Located just behind the old city walls, Caf�� No 8 has an intimate bistro-style ambience and a delightful hidden, paved garden out the back. The super-cheerful staff and delicious menu have won this restaurant awards and local loyalty, and the caf�� is always buzzing with a laid-back crowd. In the evenings the menu features favourites such as salad with fresh figs, blue cheese and pine nuts served with a blackcurrant and rosemary dressing, and home oak-smoked salmon fillet served with a bubble and squeak cake with a poached egg on top. We also love the vanilla panna cotta with spiced orange and mango salad, and stem ginger ice cream.
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Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 501
    Excellent
  • 141
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 21
    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
Most recent review
Relaxed and delightful

Thoroughly enjoyable, really good food with enough choice to satisfy most people. Attentive service always with a smile. You will not be disappointed. I will coming back for more.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
stevelanaway
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North Yorkshire
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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703 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
North Yorkshire
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyable, really good food with enough choice to satisfy most people. Attentive service always with a smile. You will not be disappointed. I will coming back for more.

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Came across this restaurant whilst looking for somewhere casual to have lunch with family visiting York. I hadn't reserved a table but was able to be seated in the lovely conservatory straight away despite other cafes that we passed being very busy. I had no expectations so was thoroughly pleased with the the service, atmosphere and food. We had 'sandwiches'... More 

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Tring, Herts
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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Inventive food at reasonable price with attentive but not over the top service. Very enjoyable. The room at the back of the retaurant was pleasantly quiet so we could hear ourselves speak !

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We reserved a table for two for a Friday evening and when we got there at 7.45 it was full. We were seated in the conservatory at the back and thought it was a lovely atmosphere, fairy lights just outside in the courtyard and later on, a lovely moon view over the spires of the Minster. The menu was great... More 

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York, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 via mobile

I've been here before for breakfast and will keep going back. £5.50 for a lovely clean healthy looking full English, non of your greasy caf fry up here! Bacon, sausage, egg, mushroom, great bread, grilled tomato. Just right! Got a pot of fruit tea aswell. £7.60 for a breakfast in a light and friendly place is good for me. The... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This was my first visit to Cafe no. 8 - and I loved everything about it. The food was superb, they are clearly using the best local ingredients around, cooking everything to perfection and presenting the food beautifully too. I really wish I had taken some photos of the food (which (I have never done before!) as it was presented... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Café No.8 didn't disappoint when we decided to eat there at random one evening. The food and wine from the set menu were delicious and the service friendly and attentive. Food was beautifully presented, with a delicious range of flavours and the venue was intimate and comfortable. Will be returning soon!

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York, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This was my first trip to Café No 8 due to the fact that it is situated slightly off the centre of the main city and my mistaken impression that it was only a Cafe despite living in York all my life. Wow, what a find. Went with a group of friends to celebrate a birthday and was annoyed that... More 

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Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Yes, it's small and cramped (or cosy and intimate) so reserve your table in the conservatory to secure that view. I'm told it's always busy, and now I can see why. How on earth the kitchen brigade turn out such accomplished dishes working in what resembles nana's scullery is beyond me. But they do and our dining experience was well... More 

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lincoln
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

2 courses for £10. Superb quality food. Light & full of taste. Just what you want at a lunch time. Excellent service. Well worth a visit. Better range of juices, maybe?

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8 Gillygate, York YO31 7EQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  North Yorkshire  >  York
  • Phone Number: 01904 653074

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

This charming eatery is one of York's best kept secrets. Located just behind the old city walls, Caf�� No 8 has an intimate bistro-style ambience and a delightful hidden, paved garden out the back. The super-cheerful staff and delicious menu have won this restaurant awards and local loyalty, and the caf�� is always buzzing with a laid-back crowd. In the evenings the menu features favourites such as salad with fresh figs, blue cheese and pine nuts served with a blackcurrant and rosemary dressing, and home oak-smoked salmon fillet served with a bubble and squeak cake with a poached egg on top. We also love the vanilla panna cotta with spiced orange and mango salad, and stem ginger ice cream.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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