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La Vecchia Scuola

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La Vecchia Scuola is a unique dining experience that can be found in Low Petergate, York very close to the Minster. An amazing restaurant set in a 300 year old Georgian building that was once York college for girls. This restaurant is now operated by new owners from February 2013. It has an innovative new menu with all food sourced locally and prepared for customer onsite.
$11 - $32
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Italian, Mediterranean, European
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Terrible experience and bad customer service, booked a table on OpenTable for this weekend (17th and 18th April 21), weeks in advance knowing York was going to be extremely busy what with everything reopening. I was then emailed 3 days before the table booking to...say it was cancelled and that they’re not reopening until 17th May. Extremely disappointing as not only was it my birthday but there’s now nowhere available to book anymore. Massive letdown and I understand it was a mistake but it’s a bad one. I also get everyone’s on furlough and loving life but someone in the business should have seen all these bookings coming in and got on it earlier, terrible.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed December 12, 2020

Positive: building was beautiful from the outside, good service. Negatives: 1. Starter- ordered food and the starters came out within two minutes- super off putting- we ordered calamari which was cold and extremely basic, as well as fungi aglio- a few chopped up mushrooms (about...4) with a very watery sauce. 2. Mains- We ordered a veg calzone and a meat calzone- dough was undercooked and the filling was tasteless- so bland. Luckily we ordered from the Christmas set menu so the starter and main together only cost around £14 each. Which for the quality of the food we received was still too much. Otherwise, from the normal menu these individual dishes costed way way above what I would have been comfortable paying! Jesusssss! To conclude, menu sounds v fancy with OK prices, but the reality is that the food is very very basic and bland (one of the worst Italian restaurants I’ve been too). Food was bad.The staff were polite. Building nice.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed December 5, 2020

Great place to go for an evening meal Clean pleasant and the staff are very welcoming Good choice in menu and can recommend the Sole and steak for dinner would recommend this restaurant

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed October 31, 2020

We chose to eat off the set menu ( 2 or 3 courses for £16 or £20) as there was plenty we could have eaten. All 3 starters were delicious, as were the main courses. I really enjoyed the seabass. I made room for a...sumptuous banoffee dessert which was rich and satisfying. This was definitely a good choice for our evening meal.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 31, 2020 via mobile

Excellent friendly service, the food was amazing and very sensible priced. Social distancing handled very well.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 28, 2020 via mobile

This is my 2nd visit. The lunchtime menu is a good size and it was hard to choose. Very reasonably priced considering your surroundings. We sat in the sun room with a gorgeous view of the garden. The staff were super friendly. I had the...soup of the day which came with a slice of sourdough bread. It was lovely. For my main I had lasagne and garlic bread. I was expecting cheap and cheerful and it turned out to be the tastiest lasagne I have ever had. The portion sizes are large. My partner had the garlic mushrooms and pepperoni pizza and loved them. My son had the same from the children's menu. We left with full tums! Lovely place to visit when in York. Plenty seating available. Try it 🥰More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 25, 2020 via mobile

Easy to book, lovely service and delicious food. Good location, in an old school house with lots of info and memorabilia from those days. Delicious sea bass and fresh tuna. Good safety precautions and friendly efficient service. It was recommended to us and we shall...do the same.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 25, 2020 via mobile

visiting York for the day we planned ahead and booked this restaurant as had had a beautiful meal on a previous visit . We were greeted by smiling friendly waiting staff and were Seated in the conservatory which was warm and cosy . Service was...attentive and in a timely manner . The food was absolutely beautiful , I had mussels for starters and lamb for main definitely 5 star for taste and presentation . We will definitely visit again on our next visitMore

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 20, 2020 via mobile

My husband and I use this restaurant regularly we have always found the food excellent and reasonably priced, cleanliness and service are extremely good as is the extensive menu, lunchtime special is always good and well presented..would recommend to anyone to give this Italian restaurant...a try..More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed October 16, 2020 via mobile

The food was good and the restaurant itself is really lovely. We ate in one of the front rooms and it’s surprisingly big and open at the back of the building which looked a much nicer and brighter area than the one we were in....The set menu is at a really good price and was made even better by them being part of York restaurant week. What let it down was the service. The staff were all clearly busy but there didn’t seem to be a great deal of organisation. We didn’t receive any water despite asking. One table next to us received main courses whilst the starter crockery was still on the table. Another received their mains in three stages ( 2 together, then another one and the final one almost 10 minutes after the first ones). The portions were good and better service would have improved the meal experience. What really saved the night was the puddings! The tiramisu was good, really good but I had the banoffee pie and that was out of this world. A really different take on a common pudding and this alone means I would call in for a tea/coffee break if I could get that.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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February 19, 2020|
Response from Tee2108 | Reviewed this property |
They do have high chairs available and I have seen babies in here with other guests. Some even still in Prams at the table
January 22, 2020|
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Response from LA VECCHIA S | Property representative |
Our lunch menu is available Sunday to Friday 12-5pm and Saturday from 12 until 3pm ,
November 21, 2018|
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Response from fiftyshadesofgraham | Reviewed this property |
Whilst they don't have a dedicated gluten free menu, there are some menu items that are gluten free.
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  • Yes, La Vecchia Scuola is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

  • La Vecchia Scuola is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 4.5