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“Great food & service, but more vegetables please” 4 of 5 stars
Review of L' antica Locanda

L' antica Locanda
33 The Shambles, York YO1 7LX, England
+4401904 670247
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Ranked #60 of 715 Restaurants in York
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: L'Antica Locanda is a unique, culinary Italian experience not to be missed. Situated as it is on The Shambles in the heart of the City of York, this restaurant has been established for over ten years. Its menu offers an unusual variety of Italian dishes, some of them specialities of Puglia and Sardinia. The atmosphere is about as Italian as you can get and the cosy upstairs restaurant area provides a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of the busy Shambles, with Italian music and a superb decor transporting the diner straight into 'a piece of Southern Italy'.
Faversham, United Kingdom
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28 restaurant reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Great food & service, but more vegetables please”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

This was recommended to us by our guest house owners. We were a little wary as it was in The Shambles, which might mean it was over-priced and under par quality-wise; but my fears proved to be completely un-founded. The food was very good and so was the wine; the service was genuinely friendly, and the ambience was also very good (although we did have to ask for the music to be turned down when we first sat down because we were shouting at each other to be heard!) My only grumble was the paucity of vegetables with our main courses. My saltimbocca, for example, while delicious, was barely "garnished" with a couple of morsels of courgette in a dab of tomato sauce.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Cheshire
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54 reviews 54 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“Cosy, crazy and great fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013 via mobile

There are lots of Italian restaurants in York bit the menu here looked just a little different. Truly Italian in every way - the food, the service, the atmosphere
were all so reminiscent of Italy. The pasta special was delicious with some of the best pasta I have tasted in a long time. The place is tiny so great for an intimate dinner. It looks nothing from the outside but is definately worth trying and for a city centre place reasonably priced.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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York, United Kingdom
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Poor to average Italian”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Little atmosphere, watery sauces with minimal flavour. Avoid unless you have no other choice, far better Italian places in York. Supermarket from the microwave preferable.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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“REAL deal at L'Antica Locanda YORK on the Shambles”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Good thing we booked a table for four on an otherwise slow week night. It was busy at L'Antica Locanda last night and our group ALL enjoyed a REAL Italian experience. Complimentary amuse bouche and little sweet wine with cheese course, great hospitality from owner on site. NOT a 'franchise' experience, this is the REAL deal. Every course was superb, served with humor and priced realistically based on quality. Wine list is good not overly optimistic & again decent value for $. Fish and pasta dishes were universally praised at our table. We will all return and recommend highly

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dunblane, United Kingdom
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Cosy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Good Italian restaurant in the shambles. Very Italian with good choice of food and reasonable value for money. Excellent service

Visited June 2013
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