Café Concerto

Address: 21 High Petergate, York, YO1 7EN, England
Telephone: +44 1904 610 478

- Mid-range

4.6

Blink and you might miss it; the exterior disguises another of York’s great bistros.

Simple seasonal produce put together with love and panache, I’m very partial to this informal bistro. Part of the York scene for nearly 20 years, the charming staff among the music themed interiors consistently deliver atmosphere and affordable tasty classic British and Mediterranean cooking.

Food and drink
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Service
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Food and drink
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Value for money
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Ambience
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Location
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Food and drink

Relax with the newspapers at the start of the day and tuck into cooked and continental breakfasts, through to deli sandwiches, salads and cakes (the recipes sometimes borrowed from the owner's mum) for lunch. From 6pm the menu shifts to heartier options such as French onion soup, savoury cheesecake, Moroccan swordfish and lamb shank with caramelised onion mash.

Recommended dishes

When I last visited I went for the warming tiger prawn, chorizo and chick pea hotpot which was outstanding. Signature dishes include chunky tomato and pesto soup and the frittatas with ever-changing fillings.

Ambience

Café Concerto is an example of shabby chic in the best sense - the old wooden floorboards lead through a long shadowy interior of mismatching furniture, scattered instruments and sepia sheet music lining the walls. By day it’s a rather calming café, by night the lights go down and the mood swings to bustling bistro.

Service

Staff are dedicated to the cause, friendly and extremely helpful, but be prepared to queue for a table at peak times.

Location

In the city centre, just around the corner from the Minster on Petergate.

Price advice

For dinner expect to pay £6-£9 for an appetiser and £10-£16 for a main course. Prices for a bottle of wine start at £20.

Tables to book

By day or night, a table by the window overlooking historic Petergate is the most rewarding.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Foodies
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Nightlife
  • People watching
  • Trendiness
  • Art
  • Design and architecture

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