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5.3 /6 Excellent 194 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!


194 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 194 Reviews
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: great value
Service: extraordinary
Atmosphere: entertaining
Noise: mute
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1 review so far 6
19.07.2017 09:57

A really enjoyable meal. Good food and excellent service by very polite and friendly staff. We will definitely be going back to eat there again.

3 reviews so far 6
24.06.2017 22:25

Lovely atmosphere with very friendly staff and exceptional food. My hake was cooked to perfection as was my partner's pork tenderloin. Definitely to be experienced.

1 review so far 6
05.06.2017 07:48

This is a lovely restaurant with friendly, helpful staff. The food is excellent and beautifully presented. The menu included Venison scotch egg as a starter, which we loved. It was great to find different dishes.

1 review so far 6
15.05.2017 09:44

This was my 3rd visit to York and also my 3rd visit here to have dinner. Food was as lovely as always with great service. If you are looking for somewhere to have dinner...give this restaurant a try...you won't be disappointed.

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.

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.

1 review so far 6
15.11.2016 22:59

The food was truly excellent, and good value for money, not cheap but far better for the price than many other places! Staff were friendly, there was a nice atmosphere, and the menu had enough choice without being overly long. This was my second visit - yet again I had a really lovely evening, enjoyed my meal and I will be definitely be returning and recommending.

2 reviews so far 6
09.01.2016 10:30

Another reviewer was absolutely correct - it looks nothing from the outside but inside everything is perfect. Tables not too near to each other, food and drink excellent and staff very helpful - I would recommend this restaurant to anyone, we were celebrating an anniversary and it was a lovely night and, for the centre of York, not overly expensive - we had the set menu!!

1 review so far 4
17.07.2016 20:03

Well 4.5. Very friendly but completely sold out of all fish (bream and bass) except salmon which was a bore because we were having a celebration meal for someone (graduation day) who doesn't eat meat (and the veggie options weren't that exciting). And I'd phoned for that reason to check there was always a good fish selection and was assured there was. Still the salmon tasted delicious (just salmon AGAIN). And the pigeon and crispy pork for the meat eaters were fab. Would go certainly again but maybe call on the day to stress and special requirement.

1 review so far 6
11.02.2016 18:43

overall a very good experience,although not many people in the restaurant we did not feel isolated,the restaurant has a very good atmosphere.The serivce was efficient and welcoming, We had the set menu which was of very good value having the sea bass which could not be faulted.The wine was also very good value and a good selection. Will return if back visiting York.

1 review so far 3
04.03.2016 22:36

The place is a little dated and in need of an overhaul we found the food a little mixed my wife's main sea bream was very rich, I ordered the lemon cheese cake for afters which turned out to be the chefs take on it and not as expected which was around 50% to big, not the worst place I have been in York, this being meltons 2 which is definitely one to miss, the web site and testimonials present it better than it is, unfortunately we do have very high standards, the lack of atmosphere was also something which needs to be addressed, the service couldn't be questioned, hence why I gave a good tip, hope this helps, I always try to be honest

1 review so far 6
16.08.2016 22:31

Really good. Everything, pretty much was excellent. Food great, setting good and staff really efficient. At times it was a little slow but that suited us as often it is too quick. I think that perhaps there was a shortage of staff waiting tables but that is hardly the fault of those that were. Give it a try; you won't be disappointed.

1 review so far 6
14.12.2016 07:26

31 Castlegate is our favourite restaurant in York -consistently high quality meals enhanced by wonderful service. I hope w shall be visiting it again as soon as we visit York again

1 review so far 6
03.05.2016 11:51

Friendly, attentive staff who made us feel welcome immediately on arrival. Food was excellent. Lovely atmosphere in one of York's many historic buildings. Happy to recommend 31 Castlegate to other diners.

1 review so far 6
23.12.2016 09:14

Our party of 14 people had a fantastic time. Each course arrived in a timely manner together and although there were 14 to serve all starters and mains were hot. The quality of the food was amazing and the attentive waitress was very efficient. We would definitely recommend to anyone seeking an excellent meal in the heart of York.

1 review so far 6
20.04.2016 08:03

Attentive, professional staff serving tasty, attractive looking food. Our party of 13 were not disappointed by any aspect of the evening at 31 Castlegate. I Highly recommend this restaurant.

1 review so far 6
10.03.2016 10:03

The restaurant was amazing; we went for a Mother's Day meal with my fussy mum but there was plenty of choice on the menu, which was well priced and amazing quality. The service was also brilliant and the atmosphere was friendly and relaxed. I would 100% recommend visiting here and am already planning my next visit myself

1 review so far 5
22.12.2015 18:16

Great choice of food, lovely atmosphere and really friendly staff. I went to 31 Castlegate on a recommendation from a friend and I will definitely go there again and recommend to my friends too.

1 review so far 4
02.10.2016 18:37

Great food and waitress. She was amusing and appropriately helpful, which made the night. Meal was also good value for the quality. My reluctance to score higher was based on the fact the tables are cramped and made it difficult for all of us to get to our seats and the lighting was poor with small, pale writing in the menu, particularly the wine menu. These made the first 10 minutes of our visit frustrating. Only the intelligent whit of our waitress saved the day.

1 review so far 6
28.01.2017 08:19

Great delicious food and excellent service in a relaxing environment. I would definitely recommend 31 Castlegate to anyone who values quality food, good service and also good value.

1 review so far 5
27.10.2016 12:59

We have had dinner at 31Castle gate a couple of times. The menu is varied and there is always a choice to suit. The customer service on our last visit was, as always, good and even though the kitchen was short of one chef due to illness, we enjoyed the meal and the atmosphere a lot. I will definately go back for another evening out.

1 review so far 6
18.04.2016 09:03

The restaurant is quirky and in a nice setting, the staff were attentive and friendly. The food was absolutely delicious, excellent all round, well done 31 Castlegate.

2 reviews so far 4
02.12.2015 22:53

Good food but lack of ambience. The crispy pork I had was very tasty and so was the chicken & creamy leeks. My husband had fillet steak which was good. I appreciate it's a historic Georgian house but did feel like we were sat in someone's front room with the decor & not much atmosphere. There's no 'front of house' or Maître d altho the 2 girls who were serving were very pleasant. A reasonable priced menu with tasty food

1 review so far 6
02.11.2015 07:44

Had a lovely warm greeting on arrival. Service was attentive without being intrusive. Any issues we had during the meal were dealt with promptly. The fillet steak was to die for, very tender and cooked to perfection! All in all an excellent restaurant with superb staff, would definitely return here again and again.

1 review so far 6
12.09.2016 07:58

Lovely relaxed atmosphere. Just the right level if service attentive and knowledgable but not at all hovering. Delicious food well prepared and presented in good size portions; the charcouterie starter could even have been shared if you wanted to do the full 3 courses. Nice wine selection too. Overall an extremely enjoyable evening.

2 reviews so far 6
11.12.2016 19:19

Great restaurant with fantastic food, portion sizes were just right, good value, lovely atmosphere, fabulous decor, very attentive staff and I would highly recommend 31 Castlegate.

1 review so far 6
01.04.2017 07:51

The restaurant staff were polite and attentive. The food was served promptly and was of excellent quality, a real little gem... I'd recommend the sticky toffee pudding - one of the best I've tried. This was a great find, I'll be sure to visit again next time I'm in York.

1 review so far 6
20.09.2015 00:36

Small intimate restaurant with great food, friendly and attentive staff and great value for money. The set menu is fantastic! The pork in sesame aeed starter was fab, as was the mushroom tart. The mains of duck and pork shank were fab, as were the deserts. A great time!

1 review so far 5
18.08.2016 09:14

Two courses for £15.95 on the set menu, a bargain. We had duck and sea bream, cooked beautifully and well seasoned. Portions sizes were just right. The service was very good, the waiting on staff were friendly and helpful and although the place isn't impressive from the outside,the interior of the restaurant is a pleasant surprise. Recommended

2 reviews so far 6
27.03.2016 07:50

Extremely friendly yet professional staff, we had the set dinner menu which is very competitively priced, the quality of food is excellent and portions are not skimped on. Conveniently situated near a public car park this restaurant ticked all the boxes for us. We'll definitely be returning.

1 review so far 5
20.10.2016 18:21

Really good evening excellent service with a good choice of food and wine. I was very surprised with the bill as I would have expected to pay more for the standard of food. Staff were very attentive and courteous. On the day the restaurant could not accept card payments but we paid with the Zapper app.

1 review so far 5
20.04.2016 13:02

We had been meaning to give this restaurant a try for some time and are now pleased that we eventually got around to it. The ambience is a little odd perhaps due to the height of the room, but the service and food were both very good, and I thought, good value for money.

1 review so far 5
27.12.2016 14:20

My first trip to York in many years and was looking for a resraurant that served Engish food...this is a lovely restaurant, the food was cooked to perfection and was well presented. The staff were very attentive. I would recommend stopping at this restaurant for a break from the hustle and bustle!

1 review so far 4
03.05.2016 09:30

Starter of 'crispy' pork which was just hard and completely swamped in a very sweet sauce was a disappointment. Lamb main had a sauce that was lacking any real depth of flavour and was totally washed away by the courgettes - need to work on the sauce and think about a different vegetable accompaniment. It was an OK meal without being one to remember.

1 review so far 5
21.02.2016 10:56

It was busy, but even so, the service was a little slow - about 15-20 minutes just to get a menu, and 45 minutes for a starter. We had to ask for the complimentary bread as it wasn't given to us. That said, the food was lovely, really, really nice.

1 review so far 6
23.04.2016 09:21

A lovely and friendly restaurant. Really nice food and a good selection of wines. Great value if you select off the set menu but even the a la carte menu represents value for money. Will go again when back in York.

1 review so far 6
13.12.2015 19:25

Terrific food served in a very friendly and courteous way. Wonderful restaurant with a very relaxing ambience. On the basis of this visit I would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to anybody looking for a fine dining experience in York.