Cheap places to eat in York – there are some great places to eat in York that won’t break the bank.  This is the place where I put all the deals I find when out and about, like buy one get one free, set meals and specials – as well as genuinely good but cheap restaurants in York.  I do try and keep up to date, but please do check all the details with each venue before you book.  Also, let me know if you have spotted a great deal that I don’t mention!


The Whippet Inn

15 North St, York YO1 6JD

Continuing Eat Out to Help Out every Mon-Wed in October 2020.

The Whippet Inn is a steak and alehouse with a fine line in seafood too.  It’s a bit of a hidden gem, tucked away as it is on North Street, but once you have been you will return.  Lovely, friendly staff look after you in a comfortable and relaxed environment with a stylish and quirky decor.  The food is fresh,  imaginative and great quality.

The menu offers such delights as ‘Picanha- 32 Day Dry Aged, Triple Cooked Chunky Chips, Garlic & Thyme Confit Vine Tomato, Green Peppercorn & Brandy Sauce’, or ‘Poached Sea Trout Fillet with Olive Oil Potato, Puffed Fish Skin, Aromatic Herb Powder, Brown Shrimp Butter & Pea Purée’.

“The ideal spot for any occasion, The Whippet Inn serves both lunch & dinner, seven days a week, alongside our Main Menu & specials boards we also offer for our legendary(ish) Set Price lunch menu Monday to Friday, plus ‘Lets Get Roasted’ every Sunday, an institution unto itself and one of York’s best kept secrets (so sshhh)”

See our full review of The Whippet Inn here.

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Galician Double Mature Strip, Smoked Paprika Fries, Balsamic Roast Red Onion & Mojo Rojo Sauce


18 Bridge St, York YO1 6DA

Continuing Eat Out to Help Out every Mon-Wed in October 2020.

Piccolino is an upscale Italian restaurant situated on Ouse Bridge.  They have an extensive selection of shellfish and seafood dishes as well as a good range of steaks from both the UK and Canada.  Excellent service and attractive decor make this a great Italian restaurant for a special occasion.

Read our full review of Piccolino here.

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Spaghetti al Frutti di Mare – Wild red prawn, mussels, palourde clams, calamari, tomato & chilli at Piccolino

Lucia Wine Bar and Restaurant

13 Swinegate Court East, York, YO1 8AJ

Lunchtime Set Menu – Two drinks and two main courses for £20.  Monday to Friday 12-4 (excludes bank hols). 

Lucia has recently undergone a £500,000 refurbishment in January 2020.  It’s a large Italian restaurant and wine bar in the centre of York close to The Minster.  They have lots of floor space including an outdoor heated courtyard, perfect for the warmer months.  I recently visited for lunch and had this marvellous antipasti platter.

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Meat Sharing Board at Lucia, York

The Cut and Craft

8 St Sampson’s Square, York YO1 8RN

The Cut and Craft do a 10oz Flat Iron Steak for £10.

As well as baby back ribs and burgers, The Cut and Craft serve premium steak cuts from 30 day aged British beef.  You can choose from Rib-eye, Sirloin and Fillet. “Located in St. Sampsons Square, a historic part of York’s city centre, The Cut & Craft is an informal steak & beer restaurant specialising in delicious flat iron steak and craft beers. Comfortable, casual and stylish, our venue has been newly renovated to the highest of standards. From our in-house master butcher to our no quibble walk-in policy, you’ll find something to love at The Cut & Craft.”

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87 Low Petergate, York YO1 7HY

We’re EXTENDING the Eat Out to Help Out scheme across all of our Wildwood restaurants throughout the year (IMPORTANT – you need to sign up for their newsletter to be in the ‘club’)

At Wildwood “our aim is simple: for our friendly staff to serve great food, in a place where people feel at home.  Our bright and airy restaurants are great venues for every occasion. Our chefs have assembled the perfect combination of classics and modern signatures, providing the most tempting array of choices. We offer a great selection of pizza and pasta, grills and seasonal specials. All produced by using simple ingredients and serving up deliciously fresh food, every time. Grab a light bite and cocktails with colleagues, have lunch with your little ones, or celebrate a special event. With our attention to detail, warm hospitality and high quality, good value food we will guarantee you will always have a great time.”


Slug and Lettuce

22–26 Back Swinegate, The Courtyard York, YO1 8AD

Slug and Lettuce does a 50% off food offer on a Monday.

We have two Slug and Lettuce in York, but it’s just the one on Back Swinegate that does the 50%  discount offer.  Slug isn’t hugely expensive anyway so this makes a great value lunch.  Below is a picture I quickly snapped a while ago – we ordered two sharing platters between four.  A great place for cheap eats in York on a Monday.

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Two Sharing Platters between four


The Mulan

3, Tower Court, Oakdale Rd, York YO30 4YL

Monday-Saturday, a two course lunch will set you back just £7.20 while a three course Sunday lunch £9.90 per head.

The Mulan Chinese Restaurant is not in the city centre – in fact it’s on more of an industrial estate.  This does mean very easy parking and a good sized premises,  It’s very near the Vue Cinema and Ten Pin Bowling.  It’s my favourite Chinese restaurant in York.  Courteous service, nice surroundings and excellent food.  If you are looking for a lunchtime meal then the lunch special menu absolutely can not be beaten.  Monday-Saturday, a two course lunch will set you back just £7.20 while a three course Sunday lunch £9.90 per head.

See our review of the lunchtime set menu at The Mulan Chinese Restaurant here.

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The Spare Ribs Starter from the Lunchtime set menu

The Old Bank

6-12 Lendal, York YO1 8AA

The last time I was in I spotted a burger and a drink deal for less than a tenner.

The Old Bank is on Lendal, opposite Judges Lodgings.  Recently reopened after a big refurbishment, the decor is modern and comfortable.  There are several booths with individual TV’s, plug sockets and USB chargers, making it a perfect spot for a recharge on a lunchtime and great for kids.  Great affordable option.

See our full review of The Old Bank here.

Turtle Bay

11 Little Stonegate, York YO1 8AX

£10 Lunch deal – Any Roti or Burger or Beach Salad + Spiced Fries + Soft Drink
Monday to Friday until 3pm

Turtle Bay serve Caribbean style food in a cool and stylish bar and restaurant.  They also do a breakfast club every day between 10 and 11 where you can get 2 for 1 on their breakfast dishes.

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