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Cafe No. 8

#24 of 730 Restaurants in York
Certificate of Excellence
As featured in Best Food 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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  • 508
    Excellent
  • 143
    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
Tea & breakfast

Stopped in on our way into York on a cold morning, looking for some tea & breakfast. Lovely small cafe bistro reminiscent of a classy diner. Tea for two was served in a large pot with with matching cups, saucers & milk jug. Had a lemon scone with cream and two kinds of homemade preserves: rhubarb... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Montreal
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Stopped in on our way into York on a cold morning, looking for some tea & breakfast. Lovely small cafe bistro reminiscent of a classy diner. Tea for two was served in a large pot with with matching cups, saucers & milk jug. Had a lemon scone with cream and two kinds of homemade preserves: rhubarb & black currant which... More 

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San Francisco, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

so we were having a hard time deciding where to go for dinner...after a stellar brunch at brew and brownie i called back to see if they had a good recommendation for a dinner place that had a similar cuisine and decor as their restaurant...they didn't really have any strong suggestions. we should have just trusted the reviews and gone... More 

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

This restaurant was just a two block walk from where we were staying in York. We got reservations on a Thursday night, and I am glad we did. The place was packed, with seating both up front and in the back. They had a varied menu, which included daily specials. Our service was friendly and helpful. The food was excellent.... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We stumbled upon this small independent bistro in Gillygate, not too far from the cathedral, and were really pleased that we did. The food and service were both wonderful, with the menu offering a nice varied selection and the waitress able to advise on gluten free options. I had a really nice beef terrine with a wasabi sauce to start... More 

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Loved the fresh food, the flavours, the portion sizes. Italian flat bread sandwiches were amazing! The bread was a cross between naan and pitta, and quite doughy, and filled to the brim with rare sliced rump beef, home made horseradish sauce and salad. Nothing to dislike!

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Edinburgh
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112 reviews 112 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

we pre-booked our dinner on the strength of Tripadvisor reviews and we weren't disappointed. It's a small bistro, very close to York Minster, which was really easy to find. We ordered starters from the daily specials board - black pudding with crispy bacon and a hot smoked salmon with beetroot and Melba toast. We both had the same main course... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

My partner treated me to a meal here. The pate was very tasty and the quality of the steak was superb. Polished off a very quaffable bottle of red and would have loved to try the cheese board but didn't have the space left after the first two courses.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Four of us for a meal Sunday evening. Excellent service that gave us plenty of time but staff were there when needed. The menu offered a range of dishes all very tempting. The food did not disappoint; all of a high standard. The price was good for the quality of food offered. We did think that the mains and starters... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

What a great restaurant. The food is absolutely fantastic, I actually think the spiced haggis I had as part of the lamb dish is one of the nicest things I've ever eaten! The restaurant itself is small, basically decorated but clean and cosy. Drinks are reasonably priced with a good selection, and the staff were all really nice. Can't wait... More 

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North Yorkshire
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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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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?