There are lots of Italian restaurants in York as you can imagine.  From independent family run businesses to the big chains, York has them all. 

Here are a few suggestions of Italian Restaurants to get you started.


The Olive Tree

10 Tower St, York YO1 9SA Tel: 01904 624433

The Olive Tree has a great location with a fantastic view of Clifford’s Tower.  The menu is centred on seasonal ingredients drawing inspiration from the South of France, Italy, and the Mediterranean.  Locally sourced game, lamb, and beef from Yorkshire. 

The restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and is popular with celebrities visiting the Barbican Centre (and is a good choice to pair with a show there or at The Grand Opera House).

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View of The Olive Tree from the top of Clifford’s Tower


Lucia Wine Bar and Restaurant

13 Swinegate Court East, York, YO1 8AJ

Lucia has recently undergone a £500,000 refurbishment.  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.

Lucia Wine Bar in York


La Vecchia Scuola, York

62 Low Petergate, YO1 7HZ York

La Vecchia Scuola is set in a beautiful building.  From their website:

‘Our exciting, inventive and varied menus have been especially created by our experienced staff, and are La Vecchia Scuola’s distinguishing – and distinguished – culinary feature. We believe in serving only the very best in contemporary Italian cooking.’

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Delrio’s Restaurant

10-12 Blossom Street York YO24 1AE

A long standing independent restaurant in York, Delrio’s Restaurant is located adjacent to Micklegate Bar, the Royal entrance to the City of York and just five minutes walk from York train station. 

It’s very cosy as it’s located in a cellar with some seating located in underground alcoves.  There is an outside seating area too.

Delrio's Italian Restaurant York


Ask Italian in York

The Grand Assembly Rooms, Blake Street, York, YO1 8QG 

Ask is a big chain that has reliably good food.  What makes it special in York though is the building it is in – The Grand Assembly Rooms.  Think the ballroom from Beauty and the Beast and you get the general idea. 

From the website: ‘Book a table in The Grand Assembly Rooms, built almost 300 years ago in the Palladian style of architecture, and you’ll be eating in a stunning setting beneath chandeliers and surrounded by Corinthian columns.

Where else will you sample authentic Italian cuisine in a room with such impressive architectural heritage?’  Oh and it’s close to the York Theatre Royal too.

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Have a look at our big post on the Best Restaurants in York.

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