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5.3 /6 Excellent 207 Reviews

31 Castlegate Restaurant

City Centre European, British £££ +100
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About 31 Castlegate Restaurant

Since its opening in 2005, 31 Castlegate has been delighting York locals and visitors from all across the UK, owing to its gourmet European cuisine and its elegant interior. Situated in a historic house, smackdab in the centre of York, this fine restaurant is perfect for an evening of romance or a dinner party for a gathering of friends. Find the restaurant, obviously enough, along Castlegate in the city centre, just steps from River Foss and Clifford’s Tower. 31 Castlegate invites you to visit every day of the week except for Monday.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 15:00, 17:30 - 21:30
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 15:00, 17:30 - 21:30
  • Thursday 11:00 - 15:00, 17:30 - 21:30
  • Friday 11:00 - 15:00, 17:30 - 21:30
  • Saturday 11:00 - 21:30
  • Sunday 11:00 - 16:00, 17:30 - 21:00
31 Castlegate Restaurant, 31 Castlegate, YO1 9RN York

Further Information

Chef patron Nick Julius and his talented crew are excited to have you experience the gourmet European cuisine that he and his kitchen are whipping up daily. Using sustainable ingredients and locally made products, the kitchen at 31 Castlegate in the city centre takes great pride in supporting York’s independent businesses and culinary scene. Once the house of a Georgian architect, dating back to around 1825, 31 Castlegate provides a unique, charming environment for enjoying an unforgettable candlelit dinner. Also ideal for functions and parties, the restaurant has its very own private dining room that can be hired for one-of-a-kind celebrations.

Lunch at York’s 31 Castlegate is unbelievable value. Despite serving up some of the city’s finest European and international specialties, consisting of local and sustainable ingredients, the restaurant’s affordable prices won’t break your bank. Enjoy lunch items like a wrap stuffed with Mexican beef, onions, red peppers, avocado and a spiced tomato fondue, or go for the tasty vegetarian spicy bean burger topped with grilled halloumi. For dinner, order hearty specialties like the pan fried duck breast alongside butternut squash compote, duck potato rosti, braised red cabbage and sherry jus, then dive into desserts such as the sticky toffee pudding or a strawberry bakewell tart. Reservations are a must at this city centre restaurant!


207 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 207 Reviews
Noise: mute
Quality/Price: great value
Atmosphere: entertaining
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Food: heavenly
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1 review so far 6
20.09.2017 09:09

Not our first visit here and once again we were not disappointed. As ever both the food and service were excellent. Represents really good value for money

5 reviews so far 6
11.09.2017 09:22

Great service as ever are here last year and enjoyed so back again, had rib eye which spot on. Given the choice if what veg or potato to have with meal

3 reviews so far 6
07.09.2017 19:41

Excellent choice on early set menu. Lovely Asian style meat balls for starter. Confied Duck for main tasty & nice potatoes & spinach accomnment. No room for desert. Excellent bottle of Argentinean Malbec to wash it all down. V good value

1 review so far 6
23.08.2017 09:16

This was my first visit to 31 Castlegate Restaurant. I cannot commend it high enough. The menu, service and quality of the food was absolutely first class. I will most certainly return.

1 review so far 6
15.05.2016 14:37

My husband and I had wonderful evening at 31 Castlegate celebrating our wedding anniversary. We received a warm welcome and all the staff were consistently friendly and professional. The food was divine. We both had 3 courses each, and all were beautiful both in taste and presentation. The restaurant serves locally sourced produce that is in season at that time, so you know it's going to be fresh. Most importantly, we were not rushed and could enjoy our anniversary meal in comfort with adequate pauses between courses. We will definitely return the next time we find ourselves in York. Great job guys, well done.

1 review so far 6
03.10.2015 22:14

My husband saw people going in and out of a small free standing building visible from our hotel. He realised it was a restaurant so we googled it. After reading the reviews and the menu we made a reservation for 31 Castlegate. We found a Georgian townhouse converted into a restaurant with a lovely atmosphere, delicious food and attentive staff. I highly recommend 31 Castlegate.

1 review so far 6
16.07.2016 21:05

Four of us went for lunch; very helpful, friendly staff who provided excellent service. We ordered a three-course meal from the lunch menu and all of us were very happy with the food, portion size (just right!) and service. 31 Castlegate features an elegant, spacious interior and was the perfect choice for a graduation celebration. The best: the amazing food comes at a very good price; a 3-course meal under £20/head. We will be going back very soon, definitely highly recommended!

1 review so far 6
03.08.2016 13:49

This was our first visit, it having been recommended by the staff at Nineteen which unfortunately has had to close due to the end of lease. It definitely came up to expectations and without a doubt we will be back. The staff are friendly and welcoming and we had a great meal well presented at a reasonable price. It is good to see that there are still independent restaurants in York that can stand up to the tidal wave of national chains which is at present engulfing the city centre. Regarding the detailed gradings below. This was a lunchtime visit when the restaurant was not busy and provided a quiet haven to relax and eat. We were not looking for an "entertaining" atmosphere and where food is cooked to order I would be worried if waiting times were short. Over all the grading descriptions are obviously geared to lively night time venues and are less than applicable to somewhere for lunch

1 review so far 4
16.02.2016 11:11

This was my third or fourth time dining at 31 Castlegate. It is always a lovely dining experience and the set menu is filled with excellent choices. My husband had the confit duck as a main and I had the sea bass fillet. Both were quite good although the duck was seasoned better than my fish which, on this evening, was a bit bland. The same was true of my starter: the mushroom tart needed salt! Service was excellent and we will return.

1 review so far 6
04.06.2016 23:30

After looking on trip advisor for somewhere to eat whilst staying in York. I found 31 Castlegate, reviews looked really good so I thought I would make a reservation. Restaurant is cosy and perfect for a relaxing night and the food was of a very high standard! Staff were also lovely! Fully recommend.

2 reviews so far 6
01.10.2015 09:27

As a party of 10 old friends meeting up for a reunion in York we had a lovely evening. Excellent food and perfect front of house. This is my 3rd visit to 31 Castlegate and it would certainly be my first choice when visiting this beautiful city. Thank you very much.

1 review so far 6
19.03.2016 08:44

Our first visit to 31 Castlegate and we weren't disappointed. We opted for the 3 courses for £17.95 which was excellent value. Ham Hock to start, followed by chicken with goats cheese and sun dried tomatoes and creme brûlée to finish. Service was great too. Would definitely recommend a visit.

2 reviews so far 6
27.08.2016 19:03

Good ambiance and no problem with holding conversations . Our special request for allowing one guest to have non alcoholic wine was granted without any argument . Menu choice interesting . Starter mushroom tart was tasty but pastry too tough . Main course of confit duck was excellent . One guest has risotto which was also praised . An interesting choice of deserts all went down well . A fine NZ Sauvignon was also popular > Service was efficient and good humoured . Total bill for 4 was less than £100 i.e very good value . WE shall use again

1 review so far 6
09.12.2016 08:36

Excellent food, really good quality, large portions and excellent service. Nothing was too much to ask for. We would definitely recommend 31 Castlegate. We weren't rush or made to feel that they needed our table. Extremely friendly and well mannered staff, a credit to the restaurant.

1 review so far 5
01.04.2017 14:19

It's a really good restaurant and we will definitely go there again in the future. Food and service overall were excellent. Some more detailed feedback... The menu had a nice selection of dishes. Starters and mains were really excellent. Desserts not quite as good, for example in the Dark chocolate and cherry mille feuille, the mille feuille itself was a bit hard and "cardboardy", and it could have done with a bit more cherry flavour, but still excellently presented and generally tasty. One other small point is that the toilets were OK and clean, but decor and fittings not up to the standard of the rest of the restaurant.

1 review so far 6
01.10.2016 17:49

Good food and friendly service. One of us (not me!) poured most of the contents of the salt shaker on their main course which they were happy to replace. I particularly glad to see they don't add the customary service charge as others do where you have to ask to have it removed. In fact no mention is made of a discretionary tip. So I happily gave 14%. We thought it was good value so are certainly happy to eat there again.

1 review so far 6
10.09.2016 07:40

My hubby had scallops to start with followed by rib eye steak then the cheese board he said ithey were perfection, I had fillet steak which was also cooked to perfection, homemade chips and onion rings and a lovely mushroom sauce accompanied the steak and did not disappoint, all the staff were attentive and really friendly, especially the girl with the short hair she was lovely, we will definitely be going again when we next visit York.

2 reviews so far 6
14.08.2017 19:54

A fine restaurant in central York. Visited early in the evening in a group of 4 and had the Fixed Price Menu. The staff were welcoming and friendly. The meal was good with the sweets being considered very good. Everything we ordered was good and tasty. Our only very slight negative was the fairly restricted drinks menu - fruit ciders and craft beers were both absent. Pricing was commensurate with the food and the ambience. Recommended.

1 review so far 5
18.10.2015 23:41

A beautiful meal which we all enjoyed. Our starters of carrot and Parsnip soup and smoked haddock chowder were delicious. We all chose steaks for mains, they were cooked to perfection and the sticky toffee pudding for dessert was the best we have ever tasted . A little hiccup with the service, forgot our water glasses and initially served us the wrong meals but the resteraunt was full and the girls were extremely busy. I would definately recommend and visit again.

1 review so far 5
19.03.2017 16:51

The food here is wonderful and cooked as you wait, which can take a little while, but it is worth it. The only reason I marked it down slightly was a lack of atmosphere, but maybe that was just due to the restaurant being emptyish. On the other hand it was great to be able to have a conversation without the noise of most restaurants. I would urge anyone to go there and enjoy the great food and pleasant service.