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Best For Pub Food - Charles XII
Situated in Heslington, just a short walk from campus, the Charles XII is perfect for those times when you're craving hearty food without any fuss. Its special offers (all deserts are 2 for 1 and you can get two mains for just £7.95) make it great value for money, especially when you take into account the generous size of the Charles' portions. A great place for catching up with friends. A.W.
Rustique is a restaurant with a well-deserved reputation in York. Located just a stone's throw away from Clifford's tower, Rustique create beautifully-cooked food, and if you go at an off-peak time, then the set menu is only £15.95 for three courses - not bad for a menu which includes dishes like steak and sea bass.
The staff make you feel at home and the food is so tasty and varied. It's pretty good value for what you get - so you can get some nice drinks as well. It's very popular though so make sure you book a table! H.L.
Best For Vegans/ People with Dietary Restrictions - El Piano
El Piano serves a diverse mix of Mexican, Spanish and Asian style food, including dahl, mole and tofu. None of the items on the menu contain any meat, gluten or dairy products, but carnivores and diners with non-restricted diets need not worry as they're still sure to find something to satisfy their tastebuds - the falafel is particularly flavoursome, while El Piano's dill onion mayo provides a welcome kick to their potato salad, a dish often in danger of being too bland. If you're not quite sure what you fancy, the taster trays are great for sharing and ensures everyone gets to try a bit of everything - just make sure you leave room for the deliciously light deserts!
El Piano also has a wide range of both hot and cold drinks, including Curiosity Cola and their granada chai, which comes in a lovely ornate silver teapot. And if you're hoping to impress your housemates with your culinary skills, the restaurant holds cookery classes too. A.W.
Best For Mexican Food - Fiesta Latina
When writing about restaurants in York, it would be wrong of us not to mention this place. Fiesta does a huge range of Mexican dishes - and all in huge portion sizes. When we first started going here, they used to do 50% off for students on Tuesdays and Sundays. Since it's been changed, this discount has been sorely missed but you can still get 25% off if you bring your student card with you. The restaurant is often filled with big groups of students wearing sombreros (which they'll provide you with) and it's a great place to go with a group of friends for a lively atmosphere.
The service here is really good too - we were there on a student night once and had to wait quite a while for our food, so they gave us a free round of cocktails. A piece of advice though - it's worth not eating for at least eight hours before you go here - otherwise you won't finish your meal! H.L.