Ambiente Tapas - Goodramgate

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    ( 9 reviews )

14 Goodramgate, York, England, YO1 7LQ

Serves meat, vegan options available. Spanish tapas restaurant and sherry bar. Offers a marked vegan menu, and probably about 40% of the main is vegetarian. Has espresso drinks, organic and vegan wine. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-9:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Mediterranean, Beer/Wine, Spanish, Non-veg

9 Reviews

First Review by Alyson

Great vegan tapas - Edit

There's lots of great things to choose from on the menu, even for people like me who don't like aubergine. I had 3 dishes and bread and it was all delicious!

Pros: Helpful staff , Lots of choice , Good value for money

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Room for improvement - Edit

We have visited here twice and have enjoyed the food and ambience on both occasions. However, personally I think the vegan options could be better. Although there is a separate menu for vegetarians, for a vegan it is sadly "you can get this dish but without this element.." answer that you will get, as they have no dairy alternatives, which is a real shame. Nevertheless, we were able to order a satisfactory tapas including judias verdes, patatas bravas, paella, pan Catalán, champiñones and a vegan red wine for about £40. The paella was a little over cooked on this occasion but all the other dishes we got were tasty and quickly served. For each dish you are looking at paying £4-5. Worth visiting if you are in the area.

Pros: Ambience, Vegan options and wine, Staff

Cons: Vegan options could be improved, Serves meat

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4.5 stars - Edit

Mum says "I really enjoyed it". separate vegan menu with lots of vegan options

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OK - Edit

It's perhaps unfortunate that there are two veggie-friendly tapas bars in York because this will inevitably suffer in comparison with El Piano. The dishes they gave us were tasty and filling and the décor is interesting. I feel guilty about criticising it because it was fine, it just can't stand up against El Piano and Goji.

Pros: Smart décor, nice food

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Delicious Tapas - Edit

Visited here with a non veg friend as otherwise would have visited some of the vegetarian restaurants in York instead. Initially I was disappointed at having to go here but my view changed completely the moment I walked through Ambiente's doors!

Lovely atmosphere, friendly staff, quirky decoration. I was handed a vegan menu, which I expected to be limited. Not so, I was surprised at the choice and had trouble choosing as all of it sounded delicious. I had four different plates which were extremely tasty, freshly cooked and filling. Staff also knowledgable about vegan wines.

This is a place you can go with non veg family and friends and still feel you've had a lovely meal out with plenty of choice. I shall definitely return next time I'm staying in the York area.
Updated from previous review on Sunday January 11, 2015

Pros: Wonderful food, Nice relaxed and friendly atmosphere, Plenty of choice for veggies & vegans

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Good quality tapas - Edit

There was a specially marked vegan menu, and staff were knowledgeable about vegan alcohols, including a vegan sherry. Tapas was super tasty, and the atmosphere was friendly.

Pros: Separate vegan menu , Vegan-friendly staff, Vegan Wines

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Sophisticated and incredibly vegan conscious - Edit

For a non-vegan (non-vegetarian!) restaurant, Ambiente is incredibly conscious of vegans. Everything we ordered was fantastic, and we ordered a LOT of food! The restaurant is so vegan-friendly that they've created a separate vegan menu by marking their regular menu with little dots to indicate which items already are or can be made vegan. Even the wine list indicates which wines are vegan. The decor and ambience were really lovely, and the food we had was fabulous. We had the only vegan dessert, which was churros with hot chocolate for dipping. The service was fantastic, and our experience overall was really, really positive. I'd love to see more vegetarian and vegan restaurants have the kind of sophistication, professionalism and nice ambience that we've seen in many non-vegan restaurants like this one.

Pros: fabulous food, very vegan-conscious, fantastic service

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Really pleased - Edit

I had heard great things about this place for vegans, so one day a friend and I walked in. It was a strange time, around 4pm on a Saturday. We walked in, not having a clue what was going on, there is a small sort of waiting area downstairs, I assume all staff were too busy to find us so others more pushy, ended up being helped first. I do think this needs looked at.

However, having been given the menu, we decided on the vegetable paella for two and as that would take 35mins (as all paellas do take some time) we thought we'd order a couple of dishes first. I checked with the waitress if something had any dairy in it and I was handed the menu again, but this time with stickers next to everything dairy free. This also included the meat items, but the whole menu was covered in little stickers, there were plenty veggie options and apart from the obvious with cheese or cream, they all appeared to be vegan. There were also other notes on this menu so I assume this is for other items which may cause allergies.

I settled on a blackbean and cashew fritter and my omni friend had a chicken dish.

Mine was very tasty and we didn't have to wait long, although we were forced to stand while we waited and were then taken upstairs with our drinks when our starter was ready.

The paella came out and looked small, but was quite deceptive, so the waiter offered to pack it up the remainder for us. Warning if you do this, the package will leak oil! I found this out when my jeans ended up with delightful oily patches.

Still, it was very nice and a great choice for vegans and reasonably priced. I would recommend booking though as it was really getting busy when we left close to 6. I will certainly be visiting again.

Pros: very vegan friendly, tasty, reasonable prices

Cons: slightly awkward but friendly service

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Surprisingly good for vegans - Edit

I was in York for work, arriving Sunday evening. I had checked Happy Cow for veggie/vegan places but none were going to be open at that time. A colleague said that this place came up on her search for vegetarian so we gave it a go. On informing the waitress that I was vegan she went and got a specially marked up menu and many of the vegetarian tapas dishes were vegan, and didn't mean 'missing' the non-vegan thing out either. The three of us had a good selection of dishes - about 3 per person is about right - and it was nice to try lots of different things. All the ones I had were good. Wine list also specified vegetarian / vegan. So, a good place to go if the fully vegetarian / vegan places are closed. Nice decor and surroundings. Reasonably priced, and the food section of our bill for 3 people only came to just over £30.

Pros: Vegan menu, Reasonable price, Surroundings

Cons: Meat/fish served

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