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Cafe No. 8

8 Gillygate, York YO31 7EQ, England
01904 653074
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Ranked #13 of 671 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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90% Recommend
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
York, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
215 reviews 215 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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st. john usvi
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Manly, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Encouraged by the many excellent reviews on this site and unable to get a table as a walk-in on a Monday, we were really looking forward to our booked dinner the following night. Didn't mind the ambience and the inexperienced waitress tried very hard but it must have been the good chef's night off. Our meals were obviously re-heated from... More

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Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The street view would not prepare you for the back room and garden view which backs onto the city walks. We were lucky enough to have a table looking through the open doors. Gorgeous. The terrine came without bread which would have enhanced it. The vegetarian stuffed pepper was excellent. Vegetables were three variations on potato.!!! Reasonable prices for this... More

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Hampshire, England
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

A small shop converted into a tiny restaurant, so light on atmosphere and maybe not the place for a special date unless you’re both foodies. Excellent food prepared by an imaginative chef with an assured touch. Confident seasoning, portions just right, fair pricing; one of the best meals I have had this year. Smiling, attentive service from waitresses who were... More

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York, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Visited Cafe No.8 today for a light bite but the menu quickly changed our minds and had full meals and a banoffee pie between us! The food was wonderful, I had the garlic mushroom stroganoff with chips, which I would highly recommend. The fruit cordials were also lovely. The staff were all really cheery and polite. When everyone around us... More

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York, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I took my daughter and mother in law for a birthday luncheon, having not been before. we were very impressed, the food was excellent, and each course that came was just as good as the last. The price is very reasonable also for the quality. I will definately go again. The only quarm was the toilet bin not working or... More

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