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Outdoor Dining in York - The Best Places to Dine Al Fresco in York

Looking for the best outdoor restaurants in York? There’s nothing quite like lunch in the sun and knowing a good place to dine al fresco in York is extremely useful. Take in some fresh air and enjoy some delicious food in one of York’s finest restaurants.
York is the ultimate destination for foodies and you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding somewhere nice to eat. Offering just about everything from fine local cuisine to international delicacies, take your taste buds on a culinary experience around the globe and dine in style with a trip to York.

Laura Shepherd
June 8, 2022

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The Star Inn the City

A Brasserie style restaurant overlooking the River Ouse in one of the finest locations for dining outdoors in York. The Star Inn the City is situated in an enviable riverside location on the edge of York Museum Gardens and close to the historic Lendal Bridge. Their outdoor terrace is a real sun trap and is the perfect place to enjoy some lunch outside.
Described as “a little taste of the countryside in the city” expect fresh seafood dishes, burgers and a variety of vegetarian dishes, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to eating well. Headed up by Michelin-starred chef Andrew Pern, enjoy a regularly changing menu of seasonal favourites. Enjoy the perfect al fresco dining experience, the Star Inn The City is definitely one of my favourite places to eat in York.

The Star Inn the City
Museum Street, York, YO1 7DR
01904 619208

Image credit: The Star Inn the City

The Fat Badger

Nestled within York’s bustling High Petergate, The Fat Badger is a popular place for outdoor dining. One of the best beer gardens in York, diners can enjoy comfortable seating in a relaxed environment set back from the city centre. With options for lunch and dinner the menu is varied with plenty to choose from. Wonderful views of York Minster definitely completes the al fresco dining experience.

The Fat Badger
High Petergate, York, YO1 7EH
01904 612078

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The Judges Lodging

A Grade I listed Georgian townhouse The Judges Lodging is situated in a prime position in the heart of York, offering authentic Yorkshire dishes which can be eaten outdoors on a hidden upstairs terrace or in the front courtyard overlooking the street. Enjoy AA Rosette award winning food in characterful surroundings watching the world go by. Open for brunch through to dinner, menu highlights include steaks, burgers and some delicious sharing plates.

The Judges Lodging
Lendal, York, YO1 8AQ
01904 638733

The Churchill

A favourite amongst locals and visitors as one of the best al fresco dining spots, The Churchill makes a great destination whatever the weather. Only a five-minute walk from the city walls, you’ll enjoy soaking up the atmosphere within a covered and heated outdoor terrace area. For Spring and Summer, guests will be able to enjoy the benefits of the pizza oven and I’d definitely recommend trying one of their pizzas! During the winter months, The Churchill has some lovely outdoor igloos which makes it possible to dine outside all year round.

The Churchill
Clifton, York, YO30 7DQ
01904 644456

Dyls

Found in an iconic Motor House on Skeldergate Bridge overlooking the River Ouse and Clifford’s Tower, Dyl’s is a wonderful calm space away from the busy cobbled streets. The terrace has comfortable seating with plenty of room and provides the perfect meeting space for any occasion. On the menu you can expect dishes made from locally sourced produce with the specials updated every day. Perfect for lunch and drinks, this central spot is a great choice to dine al fresco after a busy morning exploring all the main sights and attractions.

Dyls
Skeldergate Bridge, York, YO1 9WJ

Image credit: Dyls

The Grand, York

Escape the everyday at York’s most luxurious address, The Courtyard at The Grand is the perfect place to unwind and relax all year round. Hidden away with an entrance from The Rise restaurant, only those who are there know it exists. The courtyard has comfortable seating and provides the perfect backdrop to take in views of York’s city walls. With a menu of refreshing cocktails and light bites, The Grand is worth a visit anyway on its own merits – you don’t need to check in to check out The Grand.

The Grand, York
Station Rise, York, YO1 6GD
01904 380083

Image credit: The Grand, York

Gray's Court

Found just a stone’s throw from the city walls, the Garden Bar at Gray’s Court is an oasis of calm and beauty, only a short walk from all the main attractions. Escape into sumptuous surroundings and enjoy an English country garden experience perfect for drinks with friends or intimate dinners. A hub of tranquillity from what seems a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, the beautiful trees and flowers provide the perfect place for some R&R.

Gray’s Court Hotel,
Chapter House Street, York, YO1 7JH
01904 612613

Image credit: Gray’s Court

Sora Sky Bar

High above the streets of York, Sora Sky Bar sits on the seventh floor of the Malmaison hotel. Sushi fans will be happy with an irresistible selection of pan-Asian style tapas dishes, as well as plenty of likeable hits including Himalayan salt aged sirloin, sticky pork belly and glazed beef ribs. You will also have one of the best views of the York skyline, making it the perfect backdrop for any occasion.

Sora Sky Bar
Rougier Street, York, YO90 1UU
01904 946 060

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