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The Go Down Restaurant, York, ENG

The Go Down Restaurant

4.5
4.5
621 Reviews
£25 and under
British
Ever since 1995, The Go Down Restaurant has been serving up the finest quality British food to the people in York. Its location in the historic city centre makes it a popular choice among tourists, as well as being a local favourite and the elegant and refined decor provides the perfect backdrop for a special evening out. Begin your meal with some black pudding served with a rich red wine sauce and crispy bacon, or the lightly-battered cod cheeks with lemon puree. Then, move on to some minted lamb rump with redcurrant & mint reduction served on braised lentils, the pan-fried seabass on a mildly curried broth, or one of the many veggie-friendly options like the somerset brie tart with apple chutney. Located inside York House on Clifford Street, The Go Down Restaurant draws in diners from all over the area – book ahead to avoid disappointment!

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British, European
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    01904 640117
  • Dress code
    Business Casual

What 621 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseEnergetic

621 Reviews
  1. Gary

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent restaurant great food nice location staff were friendly and very professional, only one problem the night we went which was the 23rd of December was the last ,they closing down after 25 years due to health reasons, great loss to York as one of best restaurants,wish them all the best in the future

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  2. Alice

    London

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great to meet the owner of this fab restaurant. Portions were generous and staff were helpful and really friendly.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Gloucestershire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We enjoyed a lovely meal in nice surroundings, the staff were friendly and the service very good. We would definitely recommend this restaurant. Thanks.

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  4. ElaineR

    Isle of Wight

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant is lovely and the food is really good. It was quite noisy but then there was a Christmas party going on. The lady that owns it is very attentive.

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  5. Yorkie

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was really nice but could been hotter , some parts were hot some luke warm .the xmas pudding was exceptional , and chef came out and poured brandy over it

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  6. HannahC

    Lancashire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Wasn’t enough room between the tables only negative . I wouldn’t go back on a Saturday night as too busy for such a small restaurant. Needs to be bigger !

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  7. CateT

    Yorkshire

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and wine, discreet and attentive service with a personal touch which is appreciated! Thank you!

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  8. Renee

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dining in The Go Down Restaurant was an absolutely amazing experience—the service was thoughtful and our food was delicious plus the great ambience too. Overall i would definitely go back again.

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  9. JuneL

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Booked last minute before going yo GOH to see show. Not been for a number of years were very impressed with service & food will definitely be returning in the near future .

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  10. SusanF

    Yorkshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service as usual, would definitely recommend to family and friends once again.

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  11. SusanS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food & good sized portions. The set menu is very good value. I didn’t realise there was a 10% service charge included in the bill - I hadn’t noticed till after we left! We’d already left a tip on the table so with the 10% service charge we paid tips twice- my fault for not properly checking I suppose.

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  12. JulieG

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This has got to be one of the best restaurants we have ever been to both for food and service. Food fantastic for all 6 of us

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  13. dstahl

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very professionally run and organized restaurant. Table service was excellent. Value for the offering was good. Ambiance could have been improved by removing the harsh white LED overhead lights for a more softer color.

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  14. Evie

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely good and fabulous service. Would come again!

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  15. Tranny

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very good value for a Friday evening. Nice food. Wine well priced also

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  16. AmandaO

    Cumbria

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great menu choice, good value set menu. Food was cooked to perfection. Good service, unrushed. Only reason I didn’t give 5 stars for ambiance and overall was blower plugged in under my chair, there was a smell of paint or something and the ladies toilet wasn’t very clean and this was first sitting of the evening. Otherwise felt it was a good choice for an early dinner.

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  17. Graham

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food ambiance but spoiled by slow service. Had booked an early time as we were going to theatre. Only time for a main course no time for coffee. Will go elsewhere for pre theatre meal but otherwise would recommend.

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  18. JamesH

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was fantastic apart from bieng placed on a table with a gale of a draught from front door we moved once a differant table was available this alloed my wife to remove her coat

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great value and wonderful food, the seafood pancakes were absolutely delicious.

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  20. KarenF

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely little independent restaurant. The food was high quality and the service was excellent

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  21. ShirleyH

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place to eat, great for stopping off before the theater. Great value for money

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  22. ValerieR

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had the set menu which always fantastic value, was spoilt for choice with the delicious sounding dishes. The quality was excellent, maybe a very slight negative for me was it was a very generous portion size so we had no room for dessert! It was a lovely, unique setting, we were sat by the door so it was a bit busy but it didn’t detract from the excellent service. Would definitely visit again.

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  23. AntonyJ

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing quality of food for price. Great service. Only prob was we were too full for dessert and were sure it would have been great

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  24. PatB

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    As always, we were not disappointed as the food and service was first class. Malcolm is an excellent chef who always comes up with some wonderful dishes.

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  25. HelgaS

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a really nice evening. The food was exceptionally good. Would definitely go back.

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  26. JulieD

    Birmingham

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous as always. We visit once a year to celebrate my birthday and it never disappoints. Food amazing, service friendly and fantastic value for money . Already looking forward to our next visit in 2020

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  27. SusanC

    Yorkshire

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Brilliant service. Food home cooked but mushy veg and poor puds let it down.

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  28. SueH

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fabulous meal on Saturday evening The service was professional and courteous and the food out of this world. Chef came out to each table to ask how the meal was. We cannot recommended this restaurant highly enough. Make sure you book well in advance.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Very good food and a good price. Service was friendly and not pushy.

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  30. David

    Yorkshire

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely independent restaurant with a great location - ideal if you're visiting the Grand Opera House across the road. The set menu offers a two or three course deal and the food is of a high quality. This time we had the chicken liver pate followed by the seafood pancake and the chicken in mushroom sauce. The food was as lovely as ever. This place is worth trying if you've never been before.

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  31. BrettP

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best restaurants I have been to and would definitely return next time I’m in york

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  32. JohnU

    Yorkshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    3rd time in 12 months always excellent food with generous portion sizes

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  33. DavidB

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food average - v ill afterwards. Runny egg on black pudding hard boiled. Gravy with lamb super salty. Felt that the staff were more interested in other tables. This is the first bad review I have given so not a troll.

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  34. JoeM

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, beautifully presented at an incredible price!

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  35. CateT

    Yorkshire

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A hidden gem in the heart of York. Once we found it we keep coming back! It is always wonderful!

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  36. SheenaA

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent dining experience! Our party of 7 all agreed that the food was great and set menu very good value. The waitress was very obliging and friendly and I always appreciate having my coat taken away and hung up safely when I arrive at a restaurant. I would have no hesitation in recommending the Go Down and hope to return soon myself.

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  37. CarolJ

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and delicious food! Well worth a visit!

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  38. Janette

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really good food and drink. Choice of fixed price or al a cart. Good vegetarian choice on al a carte. Complimentary bread was a nice touch. . We went on a Friday evening, lovely atmosphere and service. Very friendly and helpful staff.

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  39. HeatherW

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not happy that 10% is added to the bill for service charge as this makes everything including the wine more than the advertised price - would probably leave 10% anyway but don't like it to be added on

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  40. StephenP

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    A little disappointing. We last went in January and the food was a lot better. We both had Yorkshire puddings for a starter which were smaller than last time and were burnt. For some reason they had changed the onions that used to come with it to beetroot! Don't think that works. I had the fish pancake which was really good, my partner having the burger which was OK but not sparkling. They brought out fries when she was expecting hand cut chips but did exchange them. On dessert I went for the lemon meringue pie which was really good and filling. My wife went for chocolate pot which she had had before but again was not great, not that chocolatey and they brought cream that was like milk (disgusting). Chocolate mousse needs proper cream. I think that I won't be visiting for a least a year to give them a chance to improve the standard back to what it was.

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The Go Down Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 621 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for The Go Down Restaurant

-1.081528 York House, Clifford Street, York, ENG YO1 9RG

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    York
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British, European
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Beer, Non-Smoking
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