The Go Down Restaurant

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English
Situated within the centre of the historic city of York, The Go Down is a family run restaurant that serves the finest A la Carte & English food. Using only the best local ingredients and giving generous portion sizes, here at the Go Down we strive to give you one of the best dining experiences in York.
You can enjoy our fine cuisine via a fixed price special menu and the full A la carte menu which is available at any time.
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KF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely little independent restaurant. The food was high quality and the service was excellent

SH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely place to eat, great for stopping off before the theater. Great value for money

VR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

AJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

HS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really nice evening. The food was exceptionally good. Would definitely go back.

JD
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Brilliant service. Food home cooked but mushy veg and poor puds let it down.

SH
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very good food and a good price. Service was friendly and not pushy.

D
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

BP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of the best restaurants I have been to and would definitely return next time I’m in york

JU
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3rd time in 12 months always excellent food with generous portion sizes

DB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

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.

JM
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, beautifully presented at an incredible price!

CT
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden gem in the heart of York. Once we found it we keep coming back! It is always wonderful!

SA
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

CJ
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food! Well worth a visit!

J
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

HW
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

M
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We found the food to be excellent and there was a good selection on the set menu, which was very reasonable in price.The service was very good, of a high standard and made our group feel relaxed as we enjoyed our meal. We found it to be very good value
We would recommend this restaurant to friends and family

P
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is sensational, in all areas. The choice and quality of food are exceptional. I had King Prawn starter which I have never seen anywhere else, followed by rack of Lamb with a Shepherds Pie, all top quality. Despite being full I had Apple and Gooseberry Crumble Pie with Custard - brilliant
The drinks selection is great and the wine reasonably priced. The service is excellent.
I would encourage anyone to try this restaurant.

NK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just as good as last year, which was our first visit . We will definitely be back.

GS
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a special birthday and was presented with free glass of bubbly which was amazing. Staff were efficient and friendly. Food was excellent. Dissappointed with the 10% service charge, but thought it value for money.

A
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Charming restaurant and excellent value. Enormous portions /

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BD
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Despite scaffolding obstructing the restaurant, we were pleased to find The Go Down.
Once in the service was excellent. Food choice was impressive, including choice of three or two courses at a reasonable cost, and a la carte, if you wanted to splash out. staff were very good and attentive.
We will definitely recommend and go again. Thank you

CT
Yorkshire
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice restaurant with very good food and service. Just the right size, level of noise; very pleasant service; nice 'family run' restaurant. Would recommend. Quieter during the week than on Fridays and Saturdays.

Y
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Unfortunately we chose a very quiet Wednesday evening to dine at Go Down. Having said this the staff were lovely and very welcoming. The set menu is excellent value for money. I did wonder whether the portions would be smaller but this certainly wasn't the case.
The three of us each chose different starters and all of them were very good and well presented. However we were each disappointed with our main courses. I think the chef must have dropped the salt pot into the mashed potato on my Shepherds pie although the meat was lovely. My partner chose linguine which was more like a salty noodle soup with sliced chicken on top, and my friend had pork escalope which was served in a mass of very rich red wine sauce. Desserts were a good portion size, well presented and tasty. Such a shame the mains were poor as we would have definitely recommended based on everything else.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Really lovely evening, the hostess made us feel so welcome. Food was delicious. Really recommend.

OT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great really enjoyed

JU
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovley little restaurant, good food, good value, excellent service, complimentary bread and balsamic oil was a nice touch and the sign of a good restaurant

MS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant is a bit small and congested, but the food and service were fantastic.

w
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

The go down is a little hidden gem staff were lovely and very helpful service was excellent and the food was amazing,black pudding starter was first class and the fish pancake main was 5star will definitely be going back

HH
London
12 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and fantastic people

EH
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal here to celebrate my daughters graduation. Food was very nice (lots of it) and the service was excellent. Overall price was very good too. Would highly recommend.

FG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time here, really good food, hight recommend. Just need to book, gets busy

JW
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our evening at the Go Down restaurant. The food was excellent with the fillet steak one of the best my husband has had anywhere. The service was attentive - this is clearly a family business. Best of all, although fairly busy, we could actually hear each other talk! An excellent combination.

JF
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant and very tasty food. I would definitely recommend it.

b
London
36 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We often go here when in York. Food is reliably excellent. On this occasion a large party of 20 contributed to a busy night for the staff but they handled it all very professionally. Thank you.