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Cafe No. 8

#16 of 652 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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, 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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  • 528
    Excellent
  • 147
    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
Delightfull lunch.

We had heard a tip from a friend to visit this place a few months ago and managed to get round to it a few weeks ago. Me and the wife dropped by one lunchtime and decided to give it a go. It was mid week and where offered a set menu for about 22 pounds. Food was captivating, delicous... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
Jimmy54southcave
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Beverley, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
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English first
Beverley, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We had heard a tip from a friend to visit this place a few months ago and managed to get round to it a few weeks ago. Me and the wife dropped by one lunchtime and decided to give it a go. It was mid week and where offered a set menu for about 22 pounds. Food was captivating, delicous... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

I visited following good reviews from friends and other TripAdvisor members. The scrambled eggs were mentioned a few times and as I was having breakfast I thought I'd give them a go. And guess what they were great! Really creamy and the side veg completed them very well. The atmosphere was very relaxing with a cosy feel to it and... More 

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Preston, Lancashire.
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53 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Very small restaurant but fairly atmospheric. Both starters ordered were excellent as was my fish mains. Husband ordered beef but was not too impressed as he said it was very chewy and not to his taste. Perhaps he just made the wrong choice and we would like to come again, this time asking more questions about the way a dish... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We called up on the same day to make a reservation for around 7pm, and they were lovely in accommodating all four of us on such short notice, despite being a very small restaurant (there are a few tables at the back, and a few cosy, close-knit ones at the front.) We went on a Friday night, which I should... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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94 reviews 94 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Went with a friend for lunch. I am difficult to feed at the moment as I am on a zero carb diet. This was no problem for the young lady serving us. I had the beef sandwich without the bread! Very delicious and generous it was too. The horseradish cream was to die for. A glass of wine each and... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Five of us gathered here for lunch, having travelled from far and wide. We had a great time, spending nearly four hours at our table. The staff didn't make any attempt to chase us away, but it was mid-week, so it may be different at a weekend. We were very grateful however. The food and the service were very good.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Today we found the most amazing cafe in York...the food was delicious and the presentation photo worthy..the staff were all very friendly..we were lucky enough to get their lunchtime deal which was 3 courses for 22 pound each...the food was definately worth every penny!!!

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

First time for us, but a favourite for our younger family, we booked for a Friday evening on a weekend break with friends. Small but very comfortable and with excellent food, beautifully presented, and good service we enjoyed this place tremendously and we shall return when we next go back to York. Managed to get the window table and the... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015 via mobile

Having dined here many times I thought it only fair to give a review as we are all too eager to complaint but never to praise. Every visit has left me full, satisfied and looking forward to my next visit. Excellent food, value for money and great service. A must visit

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Recently visited cafe no 8 for dinner with friends. Very warm welcome, buzzing atmosphere. The hot smoked salmon, beetroot and horseradish cream trifle is wonderful and unusual. Main courses and desserts were equally delicious including the black pudding lollipop. Would definitely go again.

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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: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?