Ambiente

Price guide: Budget

14 Goodramgate, York, Yorkshire, YO1 7LQ

Price guide: Budget

Ambiente tapas bar

By David Cawley, your York expert

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#14 of 20
expert-rated restaurants in York
Expert overall rating:4.1 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.2
4.2
Ambience:
4.4
4.4
Service:
4
4.0
Location:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4.7
4.7
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Design and architecture, History, Shopping, Sightseeing, Trendiness

Best for Trendiness - Expert review of Ambiente

A well earned reputation delivering traditional tapas with some exceptional twists.

Part bar mostly bistro, Ambiente is cool and confident (but not intimidatingly so) about what it does. Still somewhat off the radar this place is well worth stopping-by even if just for a glass of Rioja and some olives, bread and dipping oil.

Food and drink: 

Comprehensive, eclectic selections of tapas and platters offerings are the backbone of the menu. Crowd pleasing favourites - tortilla, calamari, fried potatoes with tomato, and prawns with chilli and garlic come supported by some interesting and tasty alternatives to the genre such as meatballs with lemongrass, marinated shark and banana curry.

Recommended dishes: 

Often use to accompanying a drink with nothing more than a bag or two of crisps, I heartily enjoy the chance to soak up the wine and beer with something a little more varied and flavoursome which makes the mixed picking from the ‘Wheel of Tapas’ especially appealing. I’m also extremely partial to the spicy Russian roulette of the pimentos de pardon. During the day, the breakfast, brunch and lunch features many of the evening offerings plus salads, sandwiches and wraps.

Ambience: 

Rich red and green deco, heavy wooden furniture and squishy sofas - stylish Gothic-light meets contemporary minimalism in this trendy bistro - which when busy has a vivacious atmosphere.

Service: 

Whenever I’ve popped in, staff have been good looking, efficient and cheerfully friendly.

Location: 

In the heart of the city close to the minster and Monk Bar.

Price advice: 

Very reasonably priced to my mind, individual tapas dishes currently cost between £2.45-£4.75 while sharing platters start from £6.95. Expect to pay around £20.00 for two people sharing a paella. For lunch without drinks you shouldn’t need to pay more than £10.00 a head.

Tables to book: 

Try for a table upstairs by the window to oversee the comings and goings along Goodramgate.

More information on Ambiente:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Bar, Bistro, Café
Food:
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, North African, Tapas
Address:
14 Goodramgate, York, Yorkshire, YO1 7LQ
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Daily 11am-9.30pm
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
Traditional tapas, Tapas, Spanish

Have you been to Ambiente? Would you recommended it?