Kennedy's Bar & Restaurant

4.2
152 reviews
£25 and under
Contemporary British

Top tags:

Casual
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 152 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
4.3
Service
4.0
Ambience
4.1
Value
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MattS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch here recently. We both had the Steak which came with Seaweed Fries (fries with seaweed sprinkled on) and it was excellent. We also had a portion of Halloumi fries which were the best we've ever had anywhere! Plenty of drink choices and my other half really enjoyed the cocktails (she's not easily pleased) We will definitely be returning to Kennedy's the next time we are in York.

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StephanieA
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience1

Too cold need more heaters. Did best they could I guess. Cocktails too expensive.

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JessH
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Kennedys was great. With the guidelines still being outdoor-only, they have set several tables up out the front.
All the staff were really helpful, and one waiter noticed an order had taken a little while and chased it up without us even saying anything - really professional service. The table was ready for us on time when we arrived so we were seated straight away.
Definitely make sure you book as they were constantly having to turn people away while we were there.
Would highly recommend the halloumi fries - the accompanying dip is lovely!

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AlishaS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect definitely come again, staff was so lovely n funny to
Talk to, was very comfortable being there x

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Great service. The menu is limited at the moment which is understandable but it would be useful if there were some description of the menu options as the title didn’t always provide that.

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Lilyd
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Incredibly helpful staff and welcoming and the food was excellent.

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EmilyS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waiter was so friendly, made it an enjoyable experience

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LeahT
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Staff were above and beyond polite and friendly, the atmosphere of this bar is always so relaxing with the dimmed lights and candles and cosy seats, a mixture of the atmosphere of a wine bar and cosy bar. The food was so lovely and the drinks just as good. Not rushed by staff and they even explained what was classed as a substantial meal.

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Tillyl
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

So lively and a great atmosphere! Steak was amazing considering the low price and drinks were lovely too, great night thankyou x

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RachaelB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Nice little place very relaxed food was amazing! Yummy cocktails, will definitely come back!

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Spencer
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

The supposed “manager” on shift at the time decided to get aggressive with our table. He used a verity of bad language and really made the whole atmosphere uneasy causing a verity of individuals to leave. I will never return to this venue due to this individual.

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AbiB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service with great safety measures around covid. Food was fast and very tasty!

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georgiap
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

all the tables were too close together i felt like i was getting breathed on. we unfortunately left as soon as we had finished eating as we felt it was a corona breeding ground !

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Brian
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall1Food5Service3Ambience1

Clearly not covid friendly . Tables not clean Massive groups of people not from same house hold. Masked not worn by people on the way to toilets and staff not challenging.. I did not feel comfortable and would not recomend..

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chris84
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

lovely little spot with booths that have high backs so you feel secluded and away from risk but not isolated in a great bar/restaurant. The staff are very attentive and polite. This place has a grest ambience all around with fantastic food and drink. certainly one of the better places in York to go for drinks or food or both. I would recommend the Sunday lunch, or the burgers 100%

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KeriK
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the moment we arrived we were given amazing service. The food and the drinks were outstanding we didn’t have any issues at all. Looking forward to go again.

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SamL
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Overall my experience here was pleasant however the food took 40 minutes to arrive and then dessert took an additional 30 minutes. We asked for the card machine and waited 15 minutes before going up to the bar to pay as our taxi was waiting. The staff were lovely and the food was great

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AnnaJ
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great time. Would highly recommend. We will definitely be visiting again in the future x

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Jojo
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my second visit to Kennedys and it is a lovely relaxing place to eat and drink . Will definitely come back again

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AnnabelA
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Friendly and welcoming staff. Well priced drinks.

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ChrisP
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good to be the best place in York for wine and dining
Great food and friendly atmosphere

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GeorginaG
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Kennedy’s has been my favourite restaurant for a while now but I was disappointed with my visit this time round. While I completely understand working in these times with all the new Covid friendly service rules and regulations and it is very stressful for staff (I myself am a bar manager, it’s rough at the moment), I felt that the stress was taken out on us despite it not being very busy. We were asked the usual question of if we are from the same household on our way into the restaurant (I was having a Christmas meal with my mum, stepdad and younger siblings as I’m going away for Christmas, we’re from the same household) the hostess responded to our answer of yes as if she didn’t believe us by pulling an expression and rudely told us that police were coming by to check on customers every hour. Then we were seated and all but one of the staff were quite unfriendly and it wasn’t a nice atmosphere to be in. We ordered food and drinks at the same time in line with tier 2 rules however the drinks took far too long to arrive at the table and we had a 45 minute wait for food. The restaurant wasn’t too busy there were quite a few empty seats around us so it was a shame to see that the service was so slow and unfriendly. Food was average I’ve had better on previous visits to the restaurant. Overall I’m disappointed that I had that experience at my favourite restaurant, sad to see Covid rules putting so much pressure on hospitality venues and creating this stressful atmosphere that staff and customers don’t want to be in. I would still recommend Kennedy’s, as I’m sure it’s just the pressure us hospitality folk are all under at the moment.

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LizanneP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely Sunday roast. Portion size excellent and COVID safe.

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NeedaHoliday
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food and relaxed atmosphere. Excellent chips and decent sized soft drinks.

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Ryan
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best cooked beef I’ve ever had on a Sunday roast - outstanding

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AdeleW
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience1

Food was very dry. Though they did eventually get me some mustard it was clear on how long they took to get it, it wasn’t readily available. (I’d almost finished my dinner)
Steak with a few thin chip
Dry salmon with dry noodles
Ceaser salad wIth lots of lettuce, chicken not much more.
The staff were very friendly, if you weren’t being told to leave by security which was quiet worrying.

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Gaynor
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

Didn’t like the gestapo style attitude to the QR system, totally took the fun out of going out.
I asked for the Vegan special which I was told was on offer and was brought something entirely differently. When replaced it was something different again and not seitan as advertised... I must have been deemed stupid as to not have known what I was eating... by this point I was over the whole experience and just wanted to leave as the vibe was flat, controlled, restricted and oppressive. The only positive was the waitress was smiley and friendly unlike the lady on the door! Taking the Covid rules to the point of destruction of enjoyment is only gonna go one way our opinion... wouldn’t return and wouldn’t recommend... there are plenty of other places in York with rules in place but less gestapo about it, that appreciate a Vegan knows what they are eating even if it is a token gesture menu, and with much more ambience conducive to being out and alive on a Saturday night!

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WendyL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love popping into Kennedy’s - like the atmosphere, the service & the food what more can you ask for

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MarkC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food and service
Well looked after and excellent COVID secure facilities in these different times

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AmeliaR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We had a really good meal, the steak was amazing value for money and the cocktails were excellent. We would definitely return

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JessicaP
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

Booked here for a birthday Sunday roast for my partner, arrived at 18:30 to be told the Sunday roast had sold out around 2 hours earlier. We ordered other food off the very basic menu on offer, my other half had chicken and chips which was deemed ok and i ordered the spaghetti meatballs which to my surprise looked like a childrens meal. There was around a centimetre of oil in the bottom of the bowl when I had finished which was absolutely disgusting and I was shocked to think they thought this was acceptable to serve. The garlic flat bread, had no garlic flavour, was cold and on the whole tasteless. Wouldn't recommend this place to anyone, extremely poor.

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MaxineM
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience2

Not great value for money. More style than substance

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HICKC
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience, the best nachos ever!!!!!!!!!!

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Holly
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came on Saturday night and our waiters Ndu and Jen were fantastic! Their service was 10 out of 10 and really made our evening.

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CajaM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very friendly staff and the food was really nice and great value!

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Provincial
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Excellent Steak & Frits.

Disappointing that there was no draft bitter.

Very nice Lithuanian waitress ‘Roots’

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Andyb
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food great service ... very safe environment

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Michael
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience1

We booked for food but were sat next to 2 very loud and drunk ‘drinking’ tables. We had to request food menus and then when the food came, it was well below average. The buttermilk chicken burger came dry (no Mayo for example) and even though the menu said ‘chicken gravy’ it didn’t come with that either. I will say however, the service was very very good (the reason we left a tip). Also, staff from out back kept popping out and shouting at friends on tables/at the bar. 3 ladies asked to be moved as it got too much!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love it in there, always good atmosphere

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JasonS
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Despite the covid restrictions we had a great time. Great food, very good friendly service ( waiting staff and door staff). My firtst time at Kennedys and would definitely return and recommend highly.

FAQs

Kennedy's Bar & Restaurant offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01904 620222.

Kennedy's Bar & Restaurant is rated 4.2 stars by 152 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.