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Cafe No. 8

#21 of 719 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: 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
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Delivery
Late Night
Dessert

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  • 497
    Excellent
  • 140
    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
Simply superb food, beautifully presented, everything to like!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
Veronica O
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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698 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
London, United Kingdom
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

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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Senior Reviewer
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
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8 reviews 8 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We stopped in for a breakfast, based on some suggestions of others on the TA forums. We were not disappointed. The breakfast selection was varied enough, including the old favourite (Full English). Cafe No. 8 also does a "Mini English" - which I found to be about right personally. I'm not normally a cooked breakfast person, so this was ideal.... More 

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Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The menu changes regularly; the food is fresh and very well cooked in a modern British style. There was a good menu choice with specials that tempted and a short, simple, very affordable but not too predictable wine list. (we were offered the option of BYO if the wine list was not extensive enough). It is a small venue split... More 

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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60 reviews 60 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Our first meal of a two week vacation in England was at this restaurant. The 3-course meal was the best meal I had of the entire trip to York, the Cotswold area and London.. The sauces in our meals were to die for. The food, service and presentation were impeccable. We also enjoyed the small, cozy and intimate feeling of... More 

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Glenfarg, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 via mobile

As part of our trip to York my wife and I visited Cafe No 8 and we were delighted to fine the food was. We arrived at about 6.30 without booking (as long as our meal was finished by 7.45). I ordered Lasagne (made with pumpkin, mushroom etc)' and a lovely array of beautifully cooked veg. My wife had pan-fried... More 

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York, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
228 reviews 228 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We had sea bream with a caper and lemon butter sauce; sadly, the lemon didn't really come through. There was also too much salt in this dish. The vegetables were cooked well, i.e. crunchy. Unfortunately, the potatoes came drenched in butter. We already had a butter sauce so didn't need yet more fat. The rhubarb and custard meringue was a... 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?