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Cafe No. 8

#17 of 663 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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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
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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    Very good
  • 31
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  • 12
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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
Excellent breakfast(?)

We went 2 days in a row. The first day breakfast was excellent. Big and tasty. So we went back for more on day 2. However the portion was much smaller - so much so I thought they'd brought the wrong order. After a quiet word they did bring extra food to make it up. I would rate day one... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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English first
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I'd heard raving reviews about this place. It was OK. My lunch was a little soggy. Maybe I caught them on an off day.

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York, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Another quest for the perfect Sunday lunch bought us here, a place we'd eaten at many times before, but just for snacks and tea/coffee. They only sell expensive bottled beers and even more expensive soft drinks so a tipple with lunch is pretty restricted. Three of us that day and we ordered two lamb and one beef (no other meat... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We went 2 days in a row. The first day breakfast was excellent. Big and tasty. So we went back for more on day 2. However the portion was much smaller - so much so I thought they'd brought the wrong order. After a quiet word they did bring extra food to make it up. I would rate day one... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

I honestly didn't expect this kind of menu for a place that, by its own admission, is a "cafe", but the food was absolutely delicious, in really unusual combinations but that really worked. I can't sing its praises enough. Their vegetarian dishes are amazing and it was lovely to not feel like I was missing out by choosing a vegetarian... More 

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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

This was our second visit, the staff here are great they are friendly and helpful and the service is tip top. The food on our second visit was just as good as the first, I had an artichoke starter which was light and fresh and the boys both had strips of lamb belly bread crumbed with some sort of tomato... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This restaurant deserves a three rating for the quality of the food but there is something a little too ambitious about the place. It would really be better as a cafe, with its mismatched wooden chairs and plastic banquettes, seven tables in a very small space (two more tables at the back). Perhaps it's just me, but it does matter... More 

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DarkNote, Owner at Cafe No. 8, responded to this review

Hello, Thanks for your review. I'm a little confused as our tables and chairs all match and we have a lot more than 2 tables in the back room. I don't share your opinion that we are over-ambitious, we just serve quality price at reasonable prices and always have done. I don't think we will be turning into just a... More 

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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Nice intermit bistro lovely service with a relaxed atmosphere. Food cooked fresh and I love being able to see the Chef create his colliery delights with ease and purpose. Tasted just delightful. Happy all round and will be returning next time I'm in York.

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Berkeley, California
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Sunday three course was a very good deal (a bit higher Friday and Saturday nights for the same menu). Food was creative (without being silly), fresh and delicious, including some good veggie options. A nice selection of wines by the glass, too.

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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Me and my partner booked a table here for lunch, £19 2 courses £23 3 courses, upon arrival we were greeted my a very friendly waitress seated and given a menu and advised of the specials, we decided upon 2 courses I had the pate which was lovely and creamy truly delicious my partner had smoked salmon trifle both were... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Visited for my wife's birthday whilst in York for the day. Excellent prix fixe menu with very good choice and excellent value in pleasant surroundings overlooking the garden. Service was pleasant and well judged and everyone enjoyed their food. We will return.

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Additional Information about Cafe No. 8

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

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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: Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions

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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