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The Ivy St. Helen’s Square, York, ENG

The Ivy St. Helen’s Square

4.5
4.5
12115 reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
The Ivy St. Helen's Square is located on the eponymous square in the heart of York and will serve all-encompassing, contemporary British menus.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 119 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary British, British, Breakfast
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 8:30 am–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 8:30 am–11:00 pm Sun 8:30 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    01904 403888
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Sean Burbidge
  • Private party facilities
    Within easy reach of the city’s most iconic sites, including York Minster and the National Railway Museum, our restaurant offers a luxurious haven for tourists and locals alike. We also have an elegant private dining room for special celebrations and big-occasion dining.
  • Private party contact
    The Events Team: 020 3727 6548
  • Area
    York
  • Parking Details
    NCP Car Park,Tanner Row, George Hudson Street, York, YO1 6JL (7 min walk from the car park)Piccadilly Yard Car Park, York, YO1 9NX (8 min walk from the car park)
  • Public Transit
    York train station, Station Rd, York YO24 1AB (9 min walk from the station)
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • A Toast To Spring

    £27.50 per person

    18 Apr - 21 Apr 2024
    The days are getting longer and lighter and to toast the warmer weather arriving this week we are offering a complimentary glass of red, white or rose wine when you dine from our seasonal ‘Toast to Spring’ menu.
    A Toast To Spring photo
  • Breakfast Set Menu

    £15.95 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Elevate your mornings with our £15.95 breakfast set menu. Begin your day with a choice of refreshing smoothies and a tempting selection of pastries to start, accompanied by The Ivy Breakfast featuring all the classics.
    Breakfast Set Menu photo
  • The Ivy St. Helen's Square Afternoon Tea

    £32.95 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Beautifully presented in a three-tied stand and served with your choice of tea or coffee, The Ivy Afternoon Tea includes an assortment of freshly baked scones with rich clotted cream and strawberry preserve, a selection of delicate finger sandwiches, and dainty cakes and tarts, crafted with the finest ingredients. *Prices are subject to change.
    The Ivy St. Helen's Square Afternoon Tea photo

What 12,115 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseEnergetic

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Yorkshire

    Most Booked

  • North Yorkshire

    Great for brunch

  • North Yorkshire

    Great for creative cocktails

  • North Yorkshire

    Good for special occasions

  • North Yorkshire

    Most Booked

12,116 Reviews
  1. PatriciaW

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I celebrated my birthday dinner last night, enjoyed the food very nice. Friendly staff , good atmosphere.

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  2. StaceyN

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We was celebrating a 70 birthday and on arrival my mom was wished a happy birthday including a desert with a candle. This was a lovely touch. Very good service.

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  3. susanm

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely meal - staff were very attentive - great food and selection - lively atmosphere for lunch - great venue

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  4. Gill

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From walking through the door, we felt looked after by all the staff. The food was beautiful (the Malaysian curry was outstanding). Service was excellent, no rushing at all. Really enjoyed our visit.

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  5. DavidR

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I would call our meal overall good but not outstanding for 2 reasons: - both the starter and mains were excellent in content but the food was less than hot - the Malbec wine was distinctly off - either a previousl day's bottle or overheated at some point. To be fair the fault was accepted without question and the wine replaced but it got us off to a poor start. On the plus side service was excellent and friendly, and our Anniversary choux pastry was much appreciated.

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  6. AndrewB

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great evening out as always. Excellent food and service. The 1917 menu is a great idea.

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  7. JamesC

    Lincolnshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb experience. Visited with my wife for a treat on our first day off work together in some time and we were very impressed with everything. The staff were extremely pleasant and the food and drinks were delicious. We’ll definitely be back

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  8. JohnW

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely lovely restaurant, staff were extremely friendly on arrival and continued to be throughout our meal. It was my wife's 60th birthday and we received a complimentary dessert with a candle in that was a lovely gesture. Our waiter was a gentleman called Ben who was very pleasant and a credit to your establishment. Food and drinks were delicious. A must try when visiting York.

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  9. AdrianS

    Yorkshire

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our third visit. This time was for a joint celebration. We were well looked after, especially by the young Greek man (we can’t remember his name!). Many thanks.

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  10. Katx

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, excellent service. We really enjoyed it

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  11. KeithH

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely food, great atmosphere and staff very attentive. Music and chatter was a little overwhelming ( had to shout a bit to speak) but overall an enjoyable date night evening with my wife.

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  12. GillV

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food not hot but otherwise very good Staff very accommodating and friendly

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  13. Lyns

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous food in a fabulous restaurant. Worth a visit

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  14. SheenaW

    Yorkshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good service despite being very busy. Spring menu was really good value. Hope there is a summer one!

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  15. JoyceS

    Newcastle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a surprise present for a big birthday and it was amazing. Purchased a champagne lunch for 2 and it was excellent.

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  16. JoeP

    Newcastle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding Bloody Mary’s forgotten about, eventually served and taken off the bill. Great service from Alex too.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A nice restaurant, but don’t expect anything similar to The Ivy London or Manchester, as this is a very informal Ivy.

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  18. MelanieS

    London

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and food at the Ivy, would recommend

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  19. NikkiR

    Surrey

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was average at best for price, it was cold with air con blowing

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  20. JaneF

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Really nice food, but menu does not include basic items like chips, vegetables etc that have to be ordered at a supplement. Beware of service charge on bill

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  21. JoanneA

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service by friendly staff Food was fabulous as always It was my birthday and I had a lovely complementary dessert Will return and would recommend

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  22. WayneR

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food at very reasonable price service was outstanding. Thank you.

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  23. TinaN

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Really not impressed with the fact that we were served frozen chips. If we wanted to eat in an establishment that served chips like this we’d of gone to Wetherspoons. Also, £6 for a glass full of crushed ice with a very small amount of lemonade in , is a bit cheeky.

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  24. JaneC

    Newcastle

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was exceptional, bar service and staff very friendly and professional. Disappointing service from our waiting staff.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ordered breakfast which was cooked perfectly and the choices changed to reflect our personal preferences. The service was outstanding as always!

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  26. GlenO

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Poor food served up, appears to be a warmed up pre cook food done to a very poor standard. Would not eat in the Ivy for dinner again for sure.

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  27. carolecambuslang

    Glasgow

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious and staff very friendly.. highly recommend.

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  28. DavidD

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First visit, really enjoyed the experience. Delightful food. Thoroughly recommend.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Vittario was wonderful and all staff are wonderfully helpful and kind

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  30. SamanthaD

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Shocking . Went for afternoon tea. Did not realise they do a seasonal “chocolate” afternoon tea ! What even is that!!?? Absolutely unbelievably disappointed. Not to be recommended.

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  31. MaggieM

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The building itself is beautifully decorated and a delight to be sitting in. One myst visit the loos. The food was mediocre at best and completely overpriced for what one gets. The staff were very mixed in terms of their attitudes towards customers...ranging from being very helpful and attentive to being superior and unhelpful. I have no idea why giving good service to customers in what is supposed to be a mid range establishment is misinterpreted as being snooty, verging on being completely unhelpful. It's as if some of them don't realise that it's the custom that pays their wages....if people don't feel well attended and happy then they wont come back..... I won't be back....

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  32. LoraineM

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Our initial welcome was warm and friendly but the good service ended there. We had to ask for butter for our croissants, which the waiter said should have been served at the time we were served the croissants, yet it took him another 10 minutes to bring the butter over. We ordered latte's following our breakfast, but no sugar was served. Again we asked for sugar and were passed some from the next table which was being cleared. After finishing our latte's we sat and waited another 50 mins, expecting to be asked if we wanted anything further, we were wanting to order cocktails or a bottle of fizz, but the waiter never came over in the whole of that time. At that point we decided we would take our business elsewhere and asked for the bill.

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  33. michaelg

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at The Ivy York. The table was perfect and service excellent the staff very friendly and attentive.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant as ever the staff & food was exceptional thank you

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  35. ZoeL

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing experience the attention to detail and service we receive was outstanding! The food was delicious and cooked to perfection.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous meal, great buzz in the restaurant, great service.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Newcastle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place . After telling them about food allergies the vegetable came with almonds on top which had to be returned. Sea bass over done and quite hard . Shame as sauce very nice and considering it was 23.95 at lunchtime would expected better . The burger and shepherds pie I was told from family were good

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  38. AlanF

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A great place in York to go for the ambience, opulence and the "silver service" treatment BUT it comes at a price. Service and staff attentiveness was excellent. Food was freshly cooked hot and well presented BUT is over priced for what you get. The full English breakfast was OK but have had better for £16. Scrambed eggs on dry hard to cut toast for £8 is too expensive. Drinks were ok but again top prices at £4.15 for a small latte and £3.95 for a pot of tea. The thing that really spoit the experience was the 10% service charge added to the bill - making a £50 bill into £55. A place to go for special occasions, but there are nicer and cheaper places in York to go for the same quality and quantity of food.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Cheshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Had to remind the waitress to bring out the sauces for the steak as she had forgotten and the bernaise sauce came out stone cold, was like custard. Atmosphere sphere is good, and the steaks were really good. Just a shame about the sauces

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  40. KevinSooty

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and drink were superb as expected and value for money was very good also. The staff were all pleasant and very friendly as well. My wife and I were very happy overall however, the starters came out less than 10 minutes of ordering which was great as we were really quite hungry by this time 19.45. The problem was that we didn’t then receive the main course until approx 21.00. We were waiting over an hour for the main course to arrive and were about 3 minutes from leaving the restaurant. Luckily, the food arrived at the last moment we’d given ourselves before we’d decided we were off. Apart from the unacceptable time gap between starter and main courses, our experience was a positive one and we’d certainly like to return again sometime in the not too distant future.

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The Ivy St. Helen’s Square is rated 4.5 stars by 12115 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 119 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Ivy St. Helen’s Square

2 St. Helen's Square, York, ENG YO1 8QP

Additional information

  • Area
    York
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 8:30 am–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 8:30 am–11:00 pm Sun 8:30 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary British, British, Breakfast
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    NCP Car Park,Tanner Row, George Hudson Street, York, YO1 6JL (7 min walk from the car park)Piccadilly Yard Car Park, York, YO1 9NX (8 min walk from the car park)
  • Public Transit
    York train station, Station Rd, York YO24 1AB (9 min walk from the station)
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Sean Burbidge
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    01904 403888
  • Private party facilities
    Within easy reach of the city’s most iconic sites, including York Minster and the National Railway Museum, our restaurant offers a luxurious haven for tourists and locals alike. We also have an elegant private dining room for special celebrations and big-occasion dining.
  • Private party contact
    The Events Team: 020 3727 6548
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