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“Superb fish cakes and friendly staff” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Masons Bar & Bistro

Masons Bar & Bistro
Ranked #167 of 850 Restaurants in York
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $24
Cuisines: Bar, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
THRAPSTON
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Superb fish cakes and friendly staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

Took some friends here for lunch. Excellent meal with good, attentive service. The fish cakes were perfect - just enough 'bite' without running the flavour. Next time I am in York, I would definitely visit again.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank CHRIS P
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English first
York, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Great food, great quality ambience, lovely staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013

I really like this place. Upmarket (in the right sense of the word) without in any way being pretentious and very sensible prices. Nice laid back sophisticated ambience and atmosphere. A great place to have a quality meal in civilized surroundings. Staff very friendly. Tables well spread out so you are not on top of everyone else. Been a few times including a recent lunch visit. Fishcakes absolutely superb. Would unreservedly recommend to all that like eating / drinking / chilling in cultured surroundings.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Flopster
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South Shields
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186 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Jackpot on the rebound.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

We had headed for a well known Indian, without a reservation, only to be disappointed.
We saw Masons just around the corner and decided to give it a go.
It was quiet although most tables were occupied - seems that sort of place ... quiet, chilled and cultured.
We had some aperitifs, shared the veggie nachos and pitta/dips between three - lovely.
One of us had lamb, one vegetarian skewers, and I had the Masons Burger - all great. The house red was lovely too.
Recommend - would return.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Harbmeister
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wow! Fantastic meal.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

Visited on Sunday 15th Sept and had a fantastic meal. My wife had a Lamb Burger and I had a double cheese Burger. Both where served in Ciabatta bread with rustic chunky chips, cooked perfectly, a side salad and onion rings. The quality of the meal was very high. For Burger and chips it was the best I've ever had.

The menu had a reasonable variety from steaks, kebab on skewers, burgers and salads.

I cannot judge on the atmosphere as after 10 mins we where the only ones in the bistro. The decor and layout was very good and not cramped.

The service was friendly and pleasant and not intrusive. Very good all round.

My overall experience of the meal and bistro was excellent and will definitely go again when back in York.

I visited the French restaurant 'Rustic' the evening before and also had a good meal but in all honesty I enjoyed this meal more in terms of feeling satisfied and full!

I'd give this meal and experience 10/10.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank barb116
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Try this”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

The Thai fishcakes are something else. Good service, excellent coffee. An old grocers shop with a real city atmosphere.

Visited September 2013
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Thank Granville H
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