La Vecchia Scuola

4.4
1184 Reviews
£25 and under
Italian
La Vecchia Scuola is a unique dining experience offering excellent service to match the exquisite standards of our food. Our menus have been specially designed to offer a creative side of Italian cuisine as well as producing some Italian classics.

Our chefs believe in serving only the very best, using trusted local suppliers for our fresh produce and authentic Italian ingredients such as cheeses and cured meats directly from Italy.

We can cater for any special dietary requirements you might have. We cook to order so can change any recipes that you like.

Come along to experience an unrivalled and relaxed dining experience – right in the heart of York - at La Vecchia Scuola.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1184 people are saying
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Annep
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Sadly not as good as we remembered. Waitresses were quite indifferent and little ambience. The food was quite nice but could be a much better experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service

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RaqualH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Didn’t get the table in conservatory,as requested, but the staff were extremely friendly.
Special shout out to David, Anna and Drew!!!
Thanks for making my husband feel special on him s Birthday x

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KaterinaS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We arrived 7:15 and we started eating 8:30. The service was soo slow. The whole restaurant was smelling food ( no ventilation what so ever). The venue looks very luxurious but the moment you sit down you understand that the quality of everything else is much much lower…

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Pauline
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very busy, but service was good and food was excellent.

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extraordinarius
London
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Hugely overpriced for the quality of food, the ambience and service. The exterior of the building is nice but once you get in it feels cheap and the rest of the experience confirmed it. The tomato soup was as thick as pasta sauce, the ribeye had little puddles of darkened blood on it and pasta was below average low end Italian chain restaurant.

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AnnieC
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, fantastic value, beautiful surroundings

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PeterG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was very good. Service was ok although the waiters appeared to be going through the motions a little.
Ambiance pleasant although lighting rather too bright white and Sonos sound system not playing.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Sunday lunch with family. Very relaxing and comfortable with good food and friendly service. The only fault was that the service was a little slow. Maybe a bit short staffed? We were chatting and not in any rush but even so we felt we were waiting a long time between starters and mains

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RubyJ
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good value set lunch menu. Plenty of choice, tasty food, and attentive and professional service. Our favourite place for a treat on Saturdays.

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SS17
Brighton
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Welcome was a little frosty but waiting staff excellent and food and wine was of a high standard.

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JustineR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience2

After booking my table online and asking for a lovely table I was visiting my son in his 3rd year at York University and bringing my 81 year old mum, we were treated like 2nd class citizens being put in an empty room as you walked in the building, when I asked why we couldn't go where everyone else was sat, I was told because I'd booked online and it didn't give the option and people who phoned up and were asked about the conservatory seating, got preference. I find this very discriminatory towards booking online if you are a visitor and not a regular customer in York. On top of that, the food was not special, it was very bland for the price. I wouldn't go again.

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Kate
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As per usual, attentive, friendly staff, excellent food, excellent value. Love this place!

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Rabbit
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food was not as good as last time I ate here (pre lockdown) so was a little disappointed.
We had a lovely table by the window, thank you. Our main course seemed to go astray which was ok because we had a lot of catching up to do…
The toilets got very messy - toilet roll all over the floor, which is entirely the customer’s fault, but maybe they should be checked by staff.

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AndyI
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my wife's 40th Birthday and i had mentioned this in correspondence with the restaurant to arriving. On the day they couldn't be more helpful, staff were chatty but not intrusive, food was excellent, we were allowed as much time as we wanted at the table and they even gave us a complimentary glass of bubbly to celebrate! We have been several times and i would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting York and looking for a lovely place to eat, a high quality meal in beautiful surroundings.

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BenJ
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Squashed 5 on a table for 4. Very noisy. Poor quality food - one incorrect order, steak dry and Seabass dish not fresh- as if accompaniments had been kept warm for some time.

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CharlotteB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place and lunch menu and cocktail deals were amazing value, can’t wait to go back!

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BrianR
London
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very pleasant venue for a working lunch. Good food, very nice atmosphere in the conservatory and excellent service.
I think there could be more pasta choices on the menu, particularly for lunchtime, and as a regular diner at La Vecchia Scuola, I think there needs to be more changes to the menu from time to time.

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ClaireC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Friendly staff. A lovely anniversary meal, in a beautiful setting.

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LaurenP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice Italian food with plenty of choice - more upmarket than the high street chains but not super extravagant. Lovely decor and setting, would recommend.

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NicolaR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

We had the seafood linguine which was very bland and lacked seasoning. Very disappointing.

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DennisA
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice set menu. Good value. Great service. Will come again

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JulieE
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lovely food, nice atmosphere and good value set lunch

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IanP
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food lovely atmosphere,
our 4th visit would definitely recommend to friends

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DavidK
London
21 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very competitively fixed priced menu with a good choice of starters, mains and puddings. Authentic Italian dishes of ample portions and well presented. Good reasonably priced wine list.
Great setting in the conservatory which made for an excellent dining experience.

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MargaretW
Aberdeen
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Did not enjoy the folded pizza. Fairly tasteless. The tomato sauce just fell off it. Chicken dish good although the chicken could have been more tender. The plates and food could have been hotter. The desserts were excellent. The panacotta was one of the best I have ever eaten. The raspberry coulis and sorbet were delicious. The tiramisu was also pretty good.

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TonyB
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were put in the conservatory which overlooked a nice garden. The service was very quick and friendly. The food came really quickly too would recommend eating there

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Leapyear92
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time after a long period away from York; thanks to the staff for their hard work and the lovely food! Sitting in the conservatory is definitely the way to go, great view and fab food, will be back

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HazelW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

The food and service were excellent, we really couldn’t fault it and such a beautiful building but such a shame the pianist was so loud you couldn’t speak to one another.
He was popular with the party that was dining but ruined the atmosphere for other diners who wanted a quality meal out.
If the restaurant wants to continue down this route could we suggest they book parties and the pianist in designated rooms upstairs, or have the pianist as background, less intrusive sophisticated noise.

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Julesb
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our third visit. Food was delicious and the service good. Lovely relaxed atmosphere. Will definitely return.

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SamanthaJ
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service and food, staff went above and beyond and we’re so friendly. Will definitely return on our next visit to York.

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SharonM
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent, very tasty and great value for money. My mother in law said it was the best she’s eaten for a long long time so it must have been excellent. Staff were great, friendly and efficient. We sat in a smaller room which was perfect but it can be very busy and noisy in the large restaurant. We will be back

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PaulA
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with great service in a very pleasant atmosphere, lovely building 👍👍

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Phil
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Set 3 course menu good value for money , we will be back

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BaukjeG
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a great meal and staff were very attentive. Great value for money

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JohnU
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Regular visit when in York
Mixture of set menu and A la carte
All good

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MichaelC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Have had far better Italian meals the garlic mushroom starter could quite easily of been labelled mushroom soup, the king prawn one was over powered with tomatoes and the main courses of fillet steak and sea bass were over seasoned far too salty

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Sazlou
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food here was fantastic, not had a steak as nice as that for a while. The biscoff cheesecake was also excellent. The staff were really friendly and attentive but a little bit forgetful about various parts of the order.

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RogerC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A regular visit for my wife and I whenever we visit York. Already booked a family get together there in January for our Golden Wedding anniversary!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The starters were fantastic but unfortunately the pizzas were a disappointment - bland and dry. My pizza had several types of spicy sausage but the only thing that tasted of anything was the chicken! The dough and sauce were equally tasteless.

I can only hope that the other dishes on the menu are the same quality as the starters as we were genuinely surprised by the differing quality between the two.

Service was excellent and the place has a great atmosphere. Overall I'd recommend but just avoid the pizzas.

FAQs

La Vecchia Scuola is rated 4.4 stars by 1184 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.