Kennedy's Bar & Restaurant

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£25 and under
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Contemporary British

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Local is an important part of Kennedy's ethos and where possible the meats, vegetables and fish are sourced from local suppliers. Kennedy's chef's, bring a touch of class to the table with carefully prepared and beautifully cooked homemade dishes. Our menu is well balanced with something to suit every palate.
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3.9
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4.0
Service
4.0
Ambience
3.9
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our visit was very enjoyable to all of us - myself and my husband, my daughter and her husband and four grandchildren between the ages of 5 and 22 - quite a mixture!

The food was lovely and, as usual, was accompanied by excellent background music. Such a pleasant change to have live music at lunch time! Your staff were courteous and cheerful and very patient with my little grandson!

We have been before, although not in so many numbers and we will certainly be visiting again if you will have us!

JW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Booked the table after looking at places to eat in York. This was due to the set menu being reasonable with a good choice. When we arrived the waiter said the website was out of date and it didn’t exist. We also asked about the ‘bottomless Friday’ set menu which he said nobody really has or asks for. I’m the end after a bit of a wait he printed off the bottomless Friday set menu. The food took a while to come and it didn’t seem busy but it was worth the wait. The food was gorgeous. The staff a pleasant. The place is quite dark but no problem for us. We’d eat there again for sure!

LW
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant food, great atmosphere and excellent service, would definitely return!!!

PA
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Second time we had been to Kennedys for a meal. Visiting the York Christmas Market. As the first time, everything was excellent, food surroundings and friendly staff. Good value for money. Would go again, and recommend to friends.

M
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

I would only recommend Kennedy's as a bar. We arrived late afternoon on a Sunday and was informed that they had run out of Sunday dinners, so left and went elsewhere, and although the lady serving us was friendly, this was very disappointing . We returned in the evening and had a couple of cocktails each (happy hour was on) which were very nice and live music was on. Very good band but quite a lot of (Extremely) drunk middle aged chaps, which ruined it a little. I would say avoid for Sunday dinner if getting there later but if you like vibrant Sunday evenings, it's worth a visit.

PG
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

Terrible experience.
Husband and I pre-booked for lunch on Sunday 15th December.
Restaurant very busy, tables much too close together, although cheery atmosphere and the waiting staff were friendly. Drinks were served very quickly and our food order was also taken quickly. Waited patiently and had further drinks, after 45 minutes asked where our food was? We were told food was being plated...clearly not! After one hour 20 minutes gave up and said we wanted to pay for our drinks and leave, were spoken to by a very abrupt member of staff, who made an excuse about staff sickness and grudgingly gave me the money back that we had paid for our drinks, but only at my suggestion.

Clearly management not leading as they should and leaving inexperienced front of house staff to cope.

An aside to this was that a lady on the table next to us found a shard of glass in her coffee cup, again this potentially very serious situation was dealt with badly by waiting staff...not a senior manager.

Very disappointing experience.

MH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and food as always. The breakfast is made with high quality ingredients, and a great pint too

JG
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Booked for Sunday lunch to be told no Sunday lunch left. Asked for rib eye steak instead to be told no rib eye steaks! Sorry but walked out, out of control children on next table. Awful experience.

Kennedy's Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 7 December 2019

Hi Julie, So sorry you missed out on our roast, it is a first come first served basis and sometimes we do run out! Hope to see you a little earlier next time!

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MM
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Fab food and good service. Would visit again, maybe at a less busy time and not in December!

Kennedy's Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 7 December 2019

Thank you so much, it can get very busy! Hope to see you for our January Offers!

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PP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food3Service4Ambience5

fantastic atmosphere, amazing service! Great selection of drinks and food

Kennedy's Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 7 December 2019

So kind! Thank you so much, see you again soon.

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GF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service and a nice friendly atmosphere. The food was of very high quality

Kennedy's Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 7 December 2019

Thank you so much Gerard! Look forward to seeing you again!

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CO
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Very impressed with the food and the staff. It is somewhere I would go again. Waited almost two hours for food so I would have enjoyed it allot less if I wasn't prosecco drunk

Kennedy's Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 7 December 2019

Hi Courtney, thank you so much, sounds like you had a good time :) Sorry about the wait!

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KH
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

The food was lovely and the staff were very good.The only down side was that it was freezing cold in the restaurant and some of my friends had to eat with there coats on.we did ask for the heating to be turn up but this made no difference.

Kennedy's Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 7 December 2019

Oh Dear! We possibly had a problem that day! Thank you for the nice comments!

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P
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

The staff were great and very friendly. However, the cocktails we ordered took a long time to arrive (even allowing extra time for cocktails to be made given the process). There was a mix-up with one of the sides we ordered, so that eventually came late when the food we did have was already half-eaten. I ordered the buttermilk chicken, which I have had in other places and which is usually quite juicy and tender, but this was really crunchy and dry and not much better than KFC really!

As I said, the two members of staff were great, but a real shame about the food and drinks because going off other reviews we had really high hopes and left disappointed.

SM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Good place to meet with friends. Good value meal. Central to other bar

Kennedy's Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 7 December 2019

Thank you Sally!

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Y
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

This is the second time I’ve been to Kennedy’s and ordered the same meal. This time I brought two friends visiting me. They ordered a selection of meats and cheeses. It wasn’t great - only 2 cheeses and one was very strong blue. It looked like they had run out and put what was left of the meat.
I had a nice burger but the chips were pure salt. I couldn’t eat them.
Cocktails were nice and service was good. I like the venue and the music it was just the food that was a disappointment

VM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Lovely food and fabulous choice of drinks! We went on a Monday when it was 50% off all food and some cocktails were 2-4-1.

Kennedy's Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 7 December 2019

Fabulous! Thank you so much for the lovely review!

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CR
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Service and ambience good, but food quality variable. My son’s Sunday lunch roast beef was fine, but my veggie burger was like green, tasteless sludge and the chips were barely Luke warm.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s my first time in York and it was a restaurant that I liked the look of. The reviews seemed very positive and they were right! It was a fantastic place to have eaten. The staff were so helpful, not just to me but other customers around me. The customer service was spot on! Jen was a lovely person and I shall definitely be returning here for my next time I’m back in York.

J
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cosy, stylish cool place, with warm welcome at the door. The Sunday lunch is fantastic, hot, great portion, good quality ingredients and terrific value. It's presented beautifully

K
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Booked a sunday roast as it came recommended and why not, being from Scotland. The service was good but the roasts were disappointing, there was 3 of us in the booking and we all ordered a roast lunch. 2 of us, beef, which neither of us could eat, we found it hard to get our knife through and was very chewy, the roast potatoes, vegetables and gracy were great. The other in out company had a nut roast lunch loved it. Wish we had ordered that. We did stress out disappointment to the waiter.

GM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was beautiful but what made our meal memorable were the staff. Absolutely brilliant and so attentive. Please pass on our thanks , and will definitely visit again on our next trip to york

WD
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great bar restaurant with excellent food and service. Staff fab and very helpful. Table booking very easy and hassle-free. Would highly recommend and will visit again when in York

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

The service was awful. The food took far too long to arrive with no explanation or apologies. We had to go to the bar to pay as the wait for the card machine was, you guessed it, awful. We were then kept waiting at the bar whilst 3 staff members suddenly disappeared.

PD
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Went for Sunday lunch (beef). Good start, gravy came in a jug. V nice Yks pud. Not enough roast potatoes, only small bits. Meat was from small joint & not that tasty.! Bits of gristle in it. Veg OK. Averall a bit disappointing, especially at £13 each. Excellent bottle of red wine, the Govener. Made up for the meal.

AF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Good service and the food was good. The Malaysian curry was exceptional. It was noisy but it was a bank holiday weekend and there was a live group. Can highly recommend.

Kennedy's Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 9 September 2019

Thank you so much Anne! Look forward to seeing you again!

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RD
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great for bigger groups but still not noisy. Great tasting food.

LW
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

From the friendly doormen to the bar staff and guys in the restaurant and the amazing food it was a lovely welcome to York after a 7.5 hour drive!
I only booked because of the good reviews on google! It didnt disappoint.
Didn't wait long for the food , it was fresh and hot and delicious! The dessert was good too!
When we return to York i am sure we will be visiting here again.

OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

The food took a long time to arrive, our table was was under a leaking ceiling, moved us to another table and forgot about us

Kennedy's Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 6 July 2019

Sorry to hear you didn't receive our usual high standard of service. Hopefully we can reconcile this with another visit! Kind regards, Kennedy's.

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RR
London
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience4

Recommend for drinks not food. And definitely not for children. Food was dry. Service we were forgotten about and had a child with us. I understand busy time. Drinks would be a lovely place to go.

Kennedy's Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 6 July 2019

Thank you for your comments, we pride ourselves on our friendly service and quality homemade food so it really disappoints us to hear you didn't feel either were worth a high score. We also have a great kids menu and often have offers in regards to children's meals, so this is surprising to hear... Please come see us again!

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TE
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Staff friendly and accommodating. High chair wasn't great. Nice atmosphere, good value.

Kennedy's Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 6 July 2019

Thank you for your feedback.

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SC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Had a great meal here over the bank holiday. Place was very busy, but served very quickly. Great atmosphere downstairs where a great band were playing

Kennedy's Bar & Restaurant
Responded on 17 May 2019

Thank you so much! See you again soon.

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