Fab Restaurants for Tapas York – Tapas or Small Plates are ideal for eating as a group where you can order several different items and share.  It’s sociable and you get to try so many more things! 

Tapas are not just the domain of Spanish Restaurants, in York we have Thai Tapas, Greek and Arabic Tapas too!

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Crab Bon Bon’s At Forage


2-4 Little Stonegate, York YO1 8AX

Forage serve “contemporary European cuisine cooked over fire”, using  “locally sourced and foraged ingredients to add exciting, fresh, and eco-friendly flavours” to their menus. 

We chose from the lunch time menu, but they have an a la carte menu, children’s menu and they serve Sunday lunch.  The dishes are served as small plates, which are ideal for sharing.  

You can see our review of lunch at Forage here.

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Ambiente Tapas York

14 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LQ

Ambiente Tapas has lots of tapas, like ‘Salmon & smoked haddock croquettes served with a wild mushroom aïoli’, ‘Blue cheese & caramelised walnut stuffed portobello mushrooms’, ‘Triple cooked sagitta potatoes served with aïoli & spicy tomato sauce’, and ‘Ambiente baked focaccia bread served with olive oil & balsamic vinegar’. 

They also do a chicken and chorizo and mixed seafood paella.

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Pairings Wine Bar – Small Plates Menu

28 Castlegate, York, YO1 9RP

Pairings Wine Bar is tucked away on Castlegate behind the Coppergate Shopping area.  It’s a lovely elegant place to eat and drink.  They have several different wine flights as well as different wine and food pairing experiences.  I have tried a wine and food pairing experience and it was fabulous. 

They have a ‘Small Plates’ tapas section on their menu which includes things like Sundried tomato and basil hummus, duck rillette and hand carved Spanish Montanegra Iberico Bellota Ham.

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Sotano Tapas Bar York

1 Little Stonegate, York YO1 8AX

Sotano is an independent tapas bar and Spanish restaurant in York serving Mediterranean tapas plates and classically-inspired cocktails.  Authentic with a modern twist, our food and drink is crafted by our well-travelled and technically astute team. New discoveries and seasons inspire our menus whether it is marinated grilled fish and meats, delicious tortillas or para picar (small nibbles) paired with trans-Atlantic craft beers and one-of-a-kind gins. 

Sotano serve a meat selection of tapas, as well as vegetarian, vegan and gluten free.  They recommend their Pluma Ibérico – Ibérico pork with peppers and Pan Tumaca (Pa amb Tomàquet) – Bread rubbed with garlic, topped with fresh tomato, olive oil, topped with Ibérico Bellota Jamon.


Phranakhon Thai Tapas in York

19 Grape Ln, York YO1 7HU

This might not be exactly what you were thinking of but Phranakhon do Thai Tapas rather than Spanish!  The fresh and vibrant tastes of authentic Thai cuisine, enhanced by the truly inspiring locations in the heart of York. Phranakhon Thai Tapas is a revolutionised Thai dining restaurant with a combination of European indulgence and authentic Thai tastes. 

Recommended dishes are the Phranakhon Legendary – Crispy pork belly, garlic, chilli & oyster sauce, Hoy Ob – Steamed mussels, Choice of spicy yellow curry sauce, Tom Yum sauce or Green curry sauce and Vegan Makuea Rad Prik – Battered aubergine with Thai sweet & sour chilli sauce.


Zills – Tapas & Mezze

19 Gillygate York, North Yorkshire YO31 7EA

Sip our Taverna style drinks, travelled from Spain, Greece and Turkey at Zills. The likes of Mythos, Efes & Estrella.  Your favourites such as Tzatziki, Humous, feta pastry rolls, not forgetting organic lamb all in one place! 

The Tapas Small Plates menu includes a large vegetarian selection with items such as Potato Manchengo – Creamy Maris Pipers, with tomato based caramelised onions and red bell pepper sauce, oven cooked with Spanish Manchengo Cheese and Baked Honey Goat Cheese – Fresh honey Goats cheese topped with Spanish Honey, oven cooked, served with simit (Turkish Bagel).  or you could try Arabic Tava – Minced lamb in a rich tomato onion sauce, flavoured with Middle Eastern herbs, served on crusty bread, or Fresh Unshelled Mussels – Fresh Atlantic unshelled mussels, tossed in a pan with parsley, garlic butter & pomodore tomato sauce served on crusty bread (it’s also gluten free).


For more suggestions, have a look at our Restaurants in York post.






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