El Piano York

Price guide: Mid-range

15-17 Grape Lane, York, Yorkshire, YO1 7HU

Price guide: Mid-range

The colourful El Piano on Grape Lane

By David Cawley, your York expert

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#7 of 20
expert-rated restaurants in York
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.4
4.4
Ambience:
4.2
4.2
Service:
4.2
4.2
Location:
4.6
4.6
Value for money:
4.7
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Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Singles, Art, Design and architecture, History, Shopping, Trendiness

Expert review of El Piano York

A wonderful vegetarian restaurant that even a carnivore like me finds hard to resist.

I highly rate this little place and am certainly no happier then when engulfed by small dishes offering a fiesta of global tastes, textures and colours. Amid the boho atmosphere, this is good place for a first date with sharing platters and tightly packed tables providing plenty of chances to break the ice and get to know each other.

Food and drink: 

Approved by the vegetarian and vegan society as being well as nut and gluten free, the food here is an affordable meat and fish free journey around the menus of Latin America, India and the Middle East all created on the premises and served tapas style. A choice of herbal teas along with shakes, smoothies bottled beers and wine by the carafe all help to jolly things along.

Recommended dishes: 

When I last visited I went for the excellent baba ganoush with blinis followed by corn fritters, dhal and falafels from a choice of 12 options which came to the table in a collection of dinky wooden trays.

Ambience: 

Light jazz, soul and salsa music set the tone over two floors and onto the terrace during the summer months. Quite cramped and never too far from the open kitchen, downstairs is a colourful affair dripping with artisan crafts for sale.

Service: 

Relaxed and informal, the small collection of affable staff seems to keep everything under control, even during busy periods.

Location: 

Situated on Grape Lane slap bang in the epicentre of York and all its attractions.

Price advice: 

Priced at £12.95 a main course of three dishes accompanied by rice is good value as are the appetisers priced £4.00-£6.00. A set menu for two or three people is even more affordable at £30.00. Bottles of wine start from a very reasonable £13.00.

Tables to book: 

In winter secure one of the tables by the window overlooking Grape Lane and in summer make for the rear terrace.

More information on El Piano York:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bistro, Restaurant, Tapas bar
Food:
International, Tapas, Vegetarian
Address:
15-17 Grape Lane, York, Yorkshire, YO1 7HU
Telephone:
+44 1904 610676
Website:
http://www.el-piano.com/
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun noon-5pm
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
Top vegetarian, Gluten-free, vegan

Have you been to El Piano York? Would you recommended it?

Community comments (1)

This is a lovely restaurant. I had the Indian platter last time I visited and it was very tasty and great for sharing. They also sell cookbooks of their dishes so you can recreate them at home!
This is a very useful restaurant for anyone with dietary requirements.