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Cafe No. 8

#15 of 688 Restaurants in York
Certificate of Excellence
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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
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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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
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Wow, I really want to slam this place so I will able to get a table next time I'm in York but it deserves a big 10/10 review. We were unbelievably fortunate to walk in and get a table for Sunday lunch, albeit by the door, but to be truthful we'd have sat on the pavement to eat that well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Rose M
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Middlesbrough
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Middlesbrough
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Wow, I really want to slam this place so I will able to get a table next time I'm in York but it deserves a big 10/10 review. We were unbelievably fortunate to walk in and get a table for Sunday lunch, albeit by the door, but to be truthful we'd have sat on the pavement to eat that well... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A late lunch, snack required we had pate with delicious warm toasted olive bread, crispy salad, fab chutney. Lovely to have plenty of bread with pate for a Chang rather hen one tiny piece as often given! Really delicious.

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York, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Those who know York will know that there are some great little indy cafes, restaurants and shops along Gillygate (pronounced 'Jillygate' for those who haven't been before), so Cafe No 8 is both at home in the company and, in my opinion, more than meeting the standard. We'd not been before so sought it out on a cold January Saturday,... More 

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1 Thank Steve H
York, UK
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88 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small, relaxed and informal York bistro with a relatively small dinner menu. Good quality ingredients cooked with imagination. Knowledgeable and friendly service. Have been for lunch a few times, but this was the first time I have been in the evening. Could happily have chosen anything from the menu and puddings all looked great. Good value and unpretentious, booking recommended... More 

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1 Thank DoctorToxic
York, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took my young daughter here for lunch. She chose the fish cakes and I chose the indian style vegetarian option. Both were beautifully presented and were delicious. Service was attentive and professional. My favourite place in York.

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1 Thank geesville
Fife, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went for a relaxed Sunday lunch. Fabulous mushroom soup and crusty bread. Salad and pesto toast a bit pricey. Good service and would recommend.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Been here a number of times. The food is impeccable we loved our meal this time round and think the cafe has great consistency in terms of food/ choice/ attentiveness of staff and atmosphere. The staff do a great job here and we would fully recommend a visit to any one. Keep up the good work!

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1 Thank Daniel T
Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

having seen this bistro on trip advisor we happened upon it by chance, v pleased that we did. good late lunch. local produce, varied interesting menu. nice small venue atmosphere

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just can not recommend this place for Sunday lunch enough -great food, wonderful service and lovely relaxed atmosphere

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Picked this one as had already seen all the good reviews on here and it certainly lives up to the hype. The service was excellent and all the staff are very friendly. We had two full English breakfasts and because my girlfriend doesn't like black pudding they happily put extra mushrooms on for her. The food was beautifully cooked and... 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, British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic

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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