31 Castlegate Restaurant

4.2
368 Reviews
£26 to £40
Modern European

About

Situated in the shadow of the nearby imposing York Castle which dates back to 1068, our restaurant isn't quite so old. Built in 1825 and now a Grade II listed building and English Heritage Monument, it is the former home of Georgian Architect GT Andrews. Head Chef and proprietor Nick Julius has an impressive track record, with restaurants such as L'Escargot (London), Durham Ox (Crayke) and cruise liner Cunard Vista Fjord. 31 Castlegate serves up Modern European cuisine using only the finest locally sourced ingredients. Attentive yet unobtrusive full table service and contemporary surroundings ensure that your time with us will be relaxing, special, and memorable.
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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary with friends here. The staff were very pleasant and the food very good. However the toilets need a bit of work on them but overall a very nice experience.

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Guyj
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Appalling service. One hour wait between starter and desert, bought the bill out before I'd even been asked about whether me or my partner wanted a desert. Lied to me saying that there were dauphinoise potatoes on my plate when in fact it was a fondant. Food very average, could've cooked it myself. Don't get why this place has such good reviews, the place was dead on a Saturday night and I now know why. Won't be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food in a very pleasing ambience. Service was good with all the staff being friend,y and helpful. Decent value for money, would definitely visit again

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2017
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Excellent location, superb menu with not too much choice to confuse you. Excellent service and I thought a reasonable price at £55 for a 3 course and a 2 course with drinks. Would definitely go again.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Great for pre-theatre meal, small portions food not very hot but tasty. Just one veg was served. Good location.
Staff. We're lovely and the service was quick.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Extremely disappointed. Starter (Terrine) tasteless. Hardly Chef prepared. The chicken main meal was similarly tasteless. Ambience stale. Downstairs room cold. Expected fine dining. Far from it. The waitresses were friendly though. Won't be back.

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Dawnyprawny
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2016
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Beautiful intimate dining room although a little quiet on the evening we visited so it lacked a bit of atmosphere but this wasn't the restaurant's fault. Service was first class and you were made to feel special which was lovely. The food was well presented, tasty and good value for the 3 course set dinner. If I had to make a slight criticism, we found the food a little plain. The terrine was ok but could've done with a dressing or chutney, just a bit dry. The chicken with brie was big but not particularly juicy and tender and served with saute potatoes, plain green beans and red wine gravy. Nothing wrong with it at all just felt a little like something I could've made easily at home. The lamb was beautiful. No pineapple jelly left for the creme brulee so opted for chocolate brownie instead which was rich but delicious. Overall still a pleasant experience just felt something a little lacking.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and brilliant staff.
We loved it. Our first trip to York.

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davep
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a fabulous space, listed building with a bit of history, matched with very attentive service and food which was almost terrific, but for a few minor details like a lack something green to give colour and variation to an otherwise great venison three ways, for example. Definitely worth a visit, even in the competitive market that is York's food scene.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Booked a meal here as a pre theatre meal for my 54th birthday for my daughter. Not a stones throw from the Royal Opera House, we arrived to a warm welcome, service was excellent, very attentive, food gorgeous, quick between courses hardly any waiting time. I would have scored all five stars on my review, however our table was downstairs and lacked atmosphere and given it was my birthday I would have liked to have been in the main restaurant.

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vipTrendydiner
London
46 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a birthday Lunch celebration. The food was very adequately priced. The set menu for lunch was full of choice and variety. The starters were good very well presented. The main courses were substantial portions. The desserts were amazing. Would definitely recommend the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent - Came to York for my girlfriend's birthday - Ate here Saturday evening, beautiful restaurant, food was excellent - highly recommend the Hake with Crab. Good value, very good service. 5*

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely restaurant booked for my partners birthday. The food was excellent. Everything about the experience at 31 Castlegate was excellent. If we visit York again we will definately book again. Thankyou.

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Boxgrove1
London
23 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed another pre-theatre dinner here. Always good food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great find in York, excellent food and set dinner menu great value for money. Would certainly go back again when next in York.

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bambibear
Yorkshire
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Visited for a quiet birthday with my hubby. Have been a few times before for a girly evening. It's consistent in the quality and service. Good food, reasonable prices with menu (a la carte or set menu) options. It's cosy, always busy enough to be fairly full and you leave feeling satisfied that you've had a good meal for a good price.
Location's good, in the centre of York and close to one of the biggest car parks.
We will definitely visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2016
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Good Ambience and Good Food. Rather let down by a mix up in the Kitchen that left us waiting quite a while for food. In spite of that we would certainty go again and recommend to others

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Gvgv
Miami
37 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

delighted with recommendation from our hotel, would definitely return next visit to York

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice restaurant. Lovely and friendly staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I visited here with my parents and young children during a long weekend in York and thoroughly enjoyed my dinner. The welcome was warm, the service was friendly and efficient, the decor unfussy and neutral, the wine list varied and offering plenty of choice and good value. Most importantly, the food was exactly what I like - fresh, expertly prepared and full of flavour without a hint of pretension. Definitely one to revisit!

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, lovely polite waitresses. Had the veal myself, wife had lamb. Beautifully presented and tasted amazing. Definitely will visit again on our next trip to York.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked this restaurant through open table for a special treat for my 50th anniversary. We were on holiday in Yorkshire and spending the day York with friends. So easy to find and we made very welcome by the very friendly & helpful staff. The food was delicious & every one of our party was impressed. Will definitely visit again next time we are in York.😀😋

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StuartH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2016
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Food took a long time to arrive and was then overcooked. A large table next to us was exceptionally loud and we were positioned next to the toilet entry. All-in-all not an experience that I would recommend to others.

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Scoobysoo
Nottingham
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went tothis restaurant because of the great reviews and they weren't wrong! The service and the food was outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a nice graduation dinner here on Friday evening. Great atmosphere, tasty food and kind waiting staff. Would've liked a bigger gin selection though!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service, really good food and nice ambience. Would definitely recommend and will visit again when next in York.

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OpenTable Diner
Essex
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service very friendly. Nice starter, main was so so, desert fantastic. Poor wine menu.

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EdwinJ
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We visited this restaurant for an evening meal whist visiting York. The exterior may not look too brilliant but once inside the service is great but the food is totally exceptional. We would be regulars here if we lived closer. Don't miss the Venison

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OldVitruvius
Leicestershire
48 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We had an excellent meal at 31 Castlegate. It's often difficult to find somewhere good to eat on a Sunday evening, and we have often experienced the lack of choice and running out of roasts that you get at this time of the week. Not so here - we had the full menu choice with good value set menus as well as the daily specials and full a la carte and our one vegetarian was well catered for. My mixed crab starter was tasty, colourful and nicely chilled and a spectacular main of venison cooked 3 ways looked and tasted great. Too full for dessert we opted for coffee and petit fours - such generous portions that we had to take half of them home in a doggy bag. A very minor criticism was that we felt the waiting staff were a little overstretched and therefore overstressed! But we will certainly go again and recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All staff very and helpful, great food, would go back next time in york

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The waiting staff was delightful - friendly, attentive, helpful and informed. The food was absolutely delicious and very well presented. We booked for a pre-theatre dinner (17:45) so it was initially a bit quiet but soon became busy and atmospheric. Unbelievable value for money (Gourmet Society card). Would go again in a heartbeat! Especially for a special occasion.

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stantoncooper
London
18 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a lovely meal while staying in York for a few days. Excellent service and very helpful with my wifes allergies. Great Food and very good value.

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Foodie44
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Looked on open table for a restaurant to go to when on a short break with my husband. This was top of the list and hubby not sure as not so many pictures of the dinning room but reading about the chef nailed it. Glad we went. Best venison dish I have ever had, was amazing . Great value also. Great atmosphere and lovely staff 😀

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vipDPsoutings
London
104 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were guiding here by the reviews, needed somewhere to dine on our day outing to York. A gem and by London standards the bargain of the year. We opted for 2 x three course set lunch menu and a bottle of wine. We were the last diners in for lunch. Couldn't fault the place. Waitress very friendly, modern British food. All well presented, no complaints at all. We thought we might be rushed, but no, they lets us set the pace. The cost: under £60 for above plus coffee and a bottle of fizzy water. Well worth adding to the list of places to go whilst in York

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OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must place to go eat. We had a lovely experience and the lamb was to die for, best lamb i have ever had. :) will definitely visit again!

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katy1354
Yorkshire
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal again , been coming for a years and never disappoints

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Tomsk
France
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Menu provided a good selection for the tastes of all of us.
Service was prompts ans attentive.
Food was well prepared and presented.
Good all round without being particularly memorable.

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Matilda23
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2015
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The Restaurant was comfortable and had a cosy feel about it. The food was good and fairly priced compared to other similar restaurants. Staff were efficient but not engaging with all customers. On the whole our experience at 31 Castlegate was fair.

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sparklies57
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a dark and windy night so the cosy warmth of both the venue and the staff was very welcome. Our starters of Harrogate Blue bombes and game terrine were delicious and our mains of venison three ways and confit duck were beautifully cooked and very tasty. We were less impressed with the desserts - they weren't bad just not very exciting. One plus point - non-alcoholic beer is available for non-drinkers - a nice change from the ubiquitous sparkling water.
The restaurant feels homely and comfortable and the staff were very friendly and attentive without being overbearing.
All-in-all we had a smashing meal and a lovely evening,. We were also pleasantly surprised by the bill. Highly recommended and would be very happy to go back again!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Candlelit meal for two on a Friday evening in York. Lovely food & good portion size. Very friendly owner and attentive staff.

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31 Castlegate Restaurant is rated 4.2 stars by 368 OpenTable diners.