Reviews of The Living Room York Cocktail Bar and Restaurant on Micklegate

Four star rating image Kevin Ireson's review: A visit to and meal in the living Rooms is quite a refreshing change for York. The staff are well trained and serve politely and with knowledge of each dish on the menu. The wine list is varied with good house wines available at a good price. The food is well cooked, well present and good value for money. The decor is quite pleasant as is the relaxing atmosphere.

Drinks - Cocktails and Wine

The last time I was in the menu had a special offer for two people. We got a splendid glass of Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine) as we entered. The wine menu offered a variety of nice sounding produce from around the world. There were also options of some reasonably priced house wines. However, the Prosecco so nice, well chilled, refreshing and pleasantly dry, we went for a bottle of it. The cocktail menu was very comprehensive. They have versions of many of the popular ones we could think of. People at the bar seemed to be enjoying the cocktails very much and they all looked very nice.

Food - A Nice Bistro Menu

The menu we were offered had a number of pleasant sounding starters. We decided to have the seafood option. When it came, it was served on a platter and we shared it out between the two of us. The lobster Bisque was a delight. The raw chilled oysters went down a treat. The muscles mariner were also nice. The Langoustines were very tasty although we were not offered anything to crack open the claws with. Still we both enjoyed everything we had.

Main Courses

For main course I had chicken wrapped in Parma Ham. It had a lovely supple sauce with it. The chicken and ham mixed well, but the dish was made by three fresh sage leaves. These had been tucked under the ham before it was grilled. It came with some roasted potatoes and some roasted root vegetables including roasted beetroot. This also was a nice surprise to me.

My dining partner is a red meat fan. There were two options available and a steak was chosen. It was requested medium rare. When it came we both inspected it. It had been well cooked. It was red in the middle with no blood. The meat was tasty and nearly melted in the mouth.


We went for a fruit option and baked Brie. I am not a pudding fan myself. I found the added sweetness of the crystallized sugar a bit to much. But the melon was well presented. The baked Brie had been cooked to a delightful level. Not too runny and not too firm. The melba toasts were crisp and tasty.

One star rating image Hollie Reffold tells us: In a nutshell, this has to be the worst restaurant I have ever been to in my life.

To begin with the service was terrible. The waitress was very rude, but did apologise later on.... apparently she'd had a bad day, and that was my fault how??!!!

The menu was non existent. I had to send my food back twice. Without going into detail, it was still raw. (my so called chips were swimming in blood) Other guests in my party also had to send their food back as it was very undercooked. We were all eating at different times because it all had to be sent back numerous times. In the end I just couldn't bring myself to eat it, it was that revolting. On complaining to the manager he was very unhelpful and had a very matter of fact attitude about the whole thing. His customer service skills were very poor. He did discount the bill but it certainly didn't make up for the terrible menu, service, food, stupid prices for the disgusting food and his extremely poor attitude and customer service. He could do with a refresher course on common courtesy to say the least.

We walked out hungry, astonished and bewildered to think that this place had actually dared to rate themselves a top class restaurant!! Personally I would have rather spent the evening at [ ... a horrid well known burger chain ... ]. I will most definitely never be going back and would advise anybody thinking about going to not waste their time or money.

Three star rating image The Living Room is part of a large chain of cocktail bar restaurants. The one in York is located just before you get to the bridge, on the right, as you reach the bottom of the hill that is Micklegate. Serving food and cocktails it is a nice place to spend an evening dining or just drinking with friends. The prices here are not cheap, but you do get quality service, drinks and food. Basically you get what you pay for.

Four star rating image Lisa sent in this review: Very sumptuous and contemporary interior with an excellent vibe. Made to feel very welcome, whether staying for just the one or the whole night. Bar staff very friendly and willing to explain the extensive cocktail menu. Drinks can be expensive but the interior and service make up for this. Good place to show of your new frock or to kick your shoes off after a busy day shopping.

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The Living Room,
Micklegate York,
North Yorkshire YO1 7PR
Telephone: 01904 461000 0870 2203001

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