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“Rustic, friendly, atmospheric, cosy cafe”
Review of Cafe Concerto

Cafe Concerto
Ranked #37 of 888 Restaurants in York
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$67 - US$67
Cuisines: European, French
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout
Winchester, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
178 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Rustic, friendly, atmospheric, cosy cafe”
Reviewed 16 May 2014

I chanced upon this lovely place when caught in the rain with half an hour to spare, looking for a scone and cuppa. No scones, so I was persuaded to try a piece of baked vanilla cheesecake, which was outstanding. The piece was so huge I polished it off in Ripon the following evening - the cafe was prepared for goodie bags and had a handy little box. Highly recommended, and worth a visit for the lavatory alone!

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank celloconcert
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Columbia, SC
Level 6 Contributor
141 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
“Quirky atmosphere and delicious food!”
Reviewed 16 May 2014

Just a few steps from York Minster's West Front, this quirky little restaurant offers delicious food. Tables and chairs don't match, the table bases are typically old sewing machine bases, and the walls are papered with old sheet music. Service was prompt and pleasant and our food was excellent. We were not especially hungry, so we opted to share a Mediterranean platter with prosciutto, salami, olives, fresh mozzarella, pita bread, hummus, and grilled ciabatta. Everything was first-rate. We both ordered the soup of the day--mushroom, chestnut, and rosemary with granary baguette. Again, very good. They make a big deal out of the fact that they are independent, not part of a national chain. The decor would tell you that, and the food will make you want to come back and support a local establishment.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank mybagsrpackd
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Never fails!”
Reviewed 14 May 2014 via mobile

I love this place and I have been come for years. As a student this use to be my treat and the pieces of cake are certainly big enough not to need anything else!

A visit back to York would not be the same without a visit to Cafe Concerto. Great location opposite the Minster.

So good I went back the next morning for breakfast! This place never fails on all counts!

Visited May 2014
Thank Alison M
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Lyme Regis, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Excellent food in pleasant surroundings.”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

Picking somewhere to eat on a Sunday evening is always a bit of a lottery, even in York where one is spoiled for choice. We chose Cafe Concerto because it has apparently been there for 20 years (and, we reasoned, has got its act together). We were not disappointed.

It is very close to the Minster, and although quiet when we visited, will probably be very busy at other times. The inside is plain and bistro-like, with sheet music for wallpaper, pleasantly subdued lighting and no obtrusive "musak".

But the food and drink is what this place is all about. Pleasant, well-chosen house wine. Excellent main courses with nice, fresh vegetables. For me, the highlight was their bread-and-butter pudding (made with croissants) which was exquisite.

Talking to Rozz, the owner, Cafe Concerto really has been around for two decades. On this performance, it deserves an extended encore.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Robert O
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Lancashire, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
175 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“A Feast For The Eyes-Not Just The Tummy!”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

This tiny cafe-restaurant bustles with activity and frequently has a queue of people waiting for tables on a Saturday afternoon...though never have to wait very long!

The walls are plastered with old music scores and items of musical history...a feast for the eyes, not just the tummy!

Food and drink is as creative as the surrounds, offering bistro-style eating. Good quality, good price, great staff...a joy to be there!

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank John L
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