Kennedy's Bar & Restaurant
Has to be the best place to meet and eat in York, the staff are amazing and every time I come back the food excels itself, after 5 years of coming to Kennedy’s I will continue to rate it as the best for value, quality and exceptional service.
Lovely meal, great food and excellent service. Highly recommend. I had the Chicken Flatbread and Hubby had a burger. A lovely restaurant bar set just off Stonegate, then even had rooms. Definitely one to try again.
Everything about this place we loved. We dined on a Monday night and it was Monday Madness which meant half price off the bill. The staff that served us, Mitch and Jen were really friendly and couldn't do enough for us. Excellent value for money. Definitely be returning in the Summer when we visit York again.
Thank you so much for your lovely words! Looking forward to seeing you in the summer!
When we first walked in it was very busy as it must have been the pub part downstairs and we weren’t sure where to go as there was nobody at the door. After asking at the bar we were lead to a very nice area upstairs with candle-lit tables where it wasn’t busy and was peaceful. Would definitely come here again, service was brilliant with waitresses regularly asking if everything was okay and if we needed more drinks etc.
Thank you Dylan! So pleased you had a lovely evening!
Nice place and nice music as well. Lovely place to go
Thank you Chloe!
Food wasn't worth it - cold and small portions. Service was awful. Waiter would make you feel like you're a burden to them.
Gosh, that's not like us! So sorry you didn't feel the service or the food was up to scratch. We most definitely will be investigating your visit further.
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!
Sue! That is so so lovely to hear, very pleased you had, what sounds like a wonderful family day out! Hope to see you all again soon.
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!
Thank you so much Julie! Sounds like a little confusion to begin with. Thank you for addressing that! Hope to see you next time!
Brilliant food, great atmosphere and excellent service, would definitely return!!!
WOW! Thank you so much Lucy!
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.
Thank you so much Patricka! I hope we get all 5's though next time : )
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.
Thank you for Reviewing us Matt. However 2 stars seems a little harsh when you say we had friendly staff, nice cocktails which were on offer, a very good band and vibrant sunday evenings! Sunday dinner is certainly not one to avoid as it had sold out by the time you got to us : ) Hope to see you again soon!
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.
Excellent service and food as always. The breakfast is made with high quality ingredients, and a great pint too
Thank you so much Marc!
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.
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!
Fab food and good service. Would visit again, maybe at a less busy time and not in December!
Thank you so much, it can get very busy! Hope to see you for our January Offers!
fantastic atmosphere, amazing service! Great selection of drinks and food
So kind! Thank you so much, see you again soon.
Excellent service and a nice friendly atmosphere. The food was of very high quality
Thank you so much Gerard! Look forward to seeing you again!
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
Hi Courtney, thank you so much, sounds like you had a good time :) Sorry about the wait!
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.
Oh Dear! We possibly had a problem that day! Thank you for the nice comments!
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.
Good place to meet with friends. Good value meal. Central to other bar
Thank you Sally!
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
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.
Fabulous! Thank you so much for the lovely review!
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Thank you so much Anne! Look forward to seeing you again!
Great for bigger groups but still not noisy. Great tasting food.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
Staff friendly and accommodating. High chair wasn't great. Nice atmosphere, good value.
Thank you for your feedback.
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
Thank you so much! See you again soon.