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Cafe No. 8

8 Gillygate, York YO31 7EQ, England
01904 653074
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Ranked #13 of 672 restaurants in York
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Mon 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Tue 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wed - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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 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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English first
York, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We had a family meal on Saturday night at No.8 expecting it to be as good as everyone has talked about. Four steaks were ordered plus a fish dish for main courses. The steaks ordered were requested 1 medium,2 rare and 1 medium rare. These arrived very well done, not just a bit over cooked, completely the opposite to what... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We've eaten here twice before and always been delighted by the quality of the food. It's a small, cramped, not very exotic restaurant close to the centre of the York, and their food is fantastic. I started with hake in coconut batter, followed by pig's cheek and roasted belly pork. It was amazing. But for those of you who are... More

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Yorkshire, England
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

Called early on Saturday night without a previous booking and got in just before the evening rush. Having eaten here a number of times before we knew what to expect. Small menu with well thought out and interesting dishes. Something for everyone - meat, fish and vegetarian. Decent choice of well priced wines. Friendly, helpful and unobtrusive staff. Pleasant surroundings.... More

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York, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The food here is always of a great standard. Menu changes regularly so there is always something new to try

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York, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Tired after work on a Friday night. Great atmosphere. Fabulous food and attentive but non intrusive service

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York, United Kingdom
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215 reviews 215 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Have come here for years for wonderful thoughtfully prepared and different food Always well cooked and really fab veggie options A wonderful place to eat and be Go it is fab

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We visited Cafe No. 8 after hearing good things about it whilst living in York for 8 years. We were made to feel very welcome and the atmosphere was great. Cosy little restaurant, but the real thing to write home about is the food. It was delicious! After perusing through the well-put-together menu and deciding that we actually wanted EVERYTHING... More

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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Food was excellent and a little unusual, service efficient but friendly, I had pigs cheek and black pudding with choritzo which was amazing, hubby went for the lamb which was also great, our starters and pudding were also very good, A set price for 2 or 3 courses and wine was good value with a thoughtful selection.

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Leeds, West Yorkshire
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38 reviews 38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Having visited the restaurant before I made it my choice whilst in York last Sunday. Unfortunately I was left really disappointed. The roast beef was almost in edible and I was left underwhelmed by the rest of the meal. I even felt the restaurant not as pristine as it should be. Sadly I won't return.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I ate dinner at Cafe No. 8 three of the six nights I spent in York in June. Food is locally sourced and perfectly prepared. Atmosphere is cozy and friendly.

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