El Piano

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15-17 Grape Lane, The Quarter, York, England, YO1 7HU

Founded in 1997, El Piano specializes in vegan and gluten-free meals and tapas. The daily offering of savories and sweets vary and incorporates influences from world regions. Location is in the city centre, and upstairs from the restaurant is a bed & breakfast. Open Mon-Sat 12:00pm-10:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, International, Mediterranean, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Catering, Spanish, Gluten-free

81 Reviews

First Review by smartheidi

Such Lovely Food! - Edit

I love El Piano! The menu is completely vegan and free from palm oil. I always struggle to choose what to order as all their options sound lovely and everything I've tried has been delicious. Worth mentioning the staff are friendly and attentive too :)

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Great little place - Edit

Only discovered this little gem of a place after we’d eaten lunch and were looking for somewhere for an afternoon drink.
Staff were extremely welcoming and fine about us just having a drink, showing us to a lovely table in the window.
The food others’ around us were ordering and eating looked and smelled amazing, with lots of variety and choice.
I wouldn’t hesitate to make sure I book a table next time I’m in York.

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Cosy warm atmosphere - Edit

The place is easy to find and really cosy. We were seated in a small room to ourselves, which suited our family of 3 kids. The concept is interesting with many options to choose from. But most things were fried and could have done with some lighter options. The staff were really friendly and helpful. Will definitely come again.

Pros: Nice place, friendly staff

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beautiful food, lovely staff! worth a visit - Edit

This was my first time here! I went for the Bob's best burger, it was awesome! Massive aswell! If you're in York this is a must! Even my other half (non vegan) said the food was delicious! It's a Winner! They also have their own cookbook for sale 😊

Pros: full vegan menu

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Superb for vegan - Edit

A friend and I stopped in here for lunch and what a brilliant find it was. Delicious veg and pea soup, nice and spicy and just the thing for a cold winter day sightseeing. Delicious warm bread with it and peppermint tea that was so fiercely minty it made our eyes water! Clearly a popular place as it was packed within 15 minutes of the doors opening at 12. Great staff, lovely atmosphere, and they even sell specialist flours, grains, coffee etc, and even their own bilingual cookbook (English and Spanish). I'll definitely be back next time I'm in the beautiful city of York.

Pros: Wonderful food, Friendly staff, Reasonable prices

Cons: Fills up quickly , Outside toilets not great on a freezing day!

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Very Nice Fully Vegan Place - Edit

I recommend Bob Best Burger only if you are very hungry. It's big and the bowl of maths chips big too. The salads are very tasty. If you like simple flavours you might be overwhelmed by the variety of strong and contrasting flavours. I couldn't finish my drink i was so full. £28 for two huge meals, one drink, (shared lager).

Nice feel to this cafe and friendly staff too. We were late on Sunday so only three couples in, looking out on to snow flurries swirling in the street outside, with no folk around. Nice.

Wanted to come back for breakfast but we weren't staying guests (required) otherwise, we would have come back for brekky. Overall was very satisfied. Small criticism is that lots of clashing flavours on one plate, maybe bit harsh though that ? Staff are helpful / friendly.


Updated from previous review on 2018-02-28

Pros: Lovely Feel to Cafe, Good Value, Lovely Staff

Cons: Breakfast only for staying guests

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Amazing Food in York - Edit

Arguably the best vegan food i had in York.
It had a warm cozy vibe and the menu has a range and mix of indian, mediterranean and mexican food.

it has a small section that is dedicated to selling vegan/gluten-free products too!

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wonderful food - Edit

Food was amazing! Plenty of choice. Would definitely visit again when in York next time. Fresh and well-balanced flavours.

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Amazing 100% vegan restaurant near York Cathedral - Edit

I was delighted to find this place in York and even more delighted by the food. What a treat! Can't wait to visit again.

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Relaxed venue, plenty vegan & gluten free food - Edit

We've visited El Piano over Easter, at first I thought it might be closed but no. While we had planned to do some shopping after a leisurely lunch here, we relaxed in one of the upstairs room and spend over two hours here for mains followed by coffee and cake. We chose a couple of the mains (South American and (Maroccan) and a small burger. The green salsa on the Mexican base dish was amazing and we liked both the carrot and spinach fritters also. I didn't try the burger but was told it was a little on the dry side.
There's a drink and cake deal where you get both under £7 (just cake was around £5.50). We ordered carrot, chocolate mousse and sticky toffee pudding. The sticky toffee pudding was the clear favourite. You can even get the recipe from the sample recipe book on the table!
I'm sure we'll come here again when we are in the area again some time.

Updated from previous review on 2015-04-06

Pros: Whole, unprocessed foods, Relaxed atmosphere, good location, Friendly staff

Cons: Service was a bit slow at times

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YES! - Edit

YES YES YES! More places like El Piano. My boyfriend booked a table to celebrate my birthday. We had the most beautiful romantic table with window view. Our waitress explained rather confusing and large menu. She was very sweet. Now to the food. We tried their tapas served everything. One thing which I didn't like was the rainbow salad - a bit plain and just nothing special but the rest? OMG! We keep dreaming about dinner that day it was that good. 1OOO% recommend!

Pros: delicious, friendly, healthy

Cons: long menu, confusing menu, rainbow salad

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amazing - Edit

Homemade food, a changing menu and great drinks! This place was incredible! The staff were all really friendly and the food was amazing! Freshly made soup and bread! Would go back here time after time!

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Amazing! - Edit

If you're in York, you HAVE to try here! Amazing choice, attentive staff and unreal flavours! We sat outside in the courtyard and felt so relaxed and content with the whole experience. Would recommend 💚

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Amazing Vegan Food In York. - Edit

What an amazing find.Stumbled across the restaurant while looking for somewhere to eat.Before coming to York (for a few days break) we had looked on line for vegan options in York and El Piano was mentioned but we thought no more of it,thinking to ourselves we would find something (vegan) to eat somewhere. Well it was our good luck to come across El Piano. We ordered the Taster Tray: a taste of everything on the menu.Amazing food and lots of it.Have never tasted any food as good as this.5 star quality.Great service.lovely friendly staff, beautiful ambience.Oh, and the tastiest ice cream I have ever tasted💕

Pros: The staff and the amazing food.

Cons: None.

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Fantastic, a must - Edit

I love this place. The food is amazing. Everything is vegan so I had the whole menu to choose from. I had the Thai curry, so yummy! The atmosphere and staff were lovely.

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Taste Sensation - Edit

Everyone in or visiting York should try this Restaurant.
Amazing food, really recommend the Thai Duo, Mathematical Chips (ha punny), and the carrot fritters. The coffee is also exception, had mine strong and dark!

Pros: Well spiced food, Interesting menu, Quirky

Cons: Not enough choice on the menu (multiple visits), Short cold drinks menu, Restaurant size

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Lovely vegan restaurant - Edit

I'm a coeliac vegan, so this was the first time for me when I could choose anything from the menu. We took a tasting tray to share: everything was good, potato "omelette" and pakoras were absolutely delicious. I wanted to taste a dessert but I was too stuffed after this great meal. A must-visit for a vegan.

Pros: everything vegan, severe allergies well taken notice of

Cons: not the cheapest place

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Fantastic taste and generous portions - Edit

York residents should feel fortunate to have El Piano in their midst. If you are visiting, I would highly recommend it. It might even be a good excuse to stop off at York for lunch here, if you are travelling North or South.

Pros: Health conscious menu, Also entirely gluten free if you need

Cons: Children menu could be wider

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Humble and delightful - Edit

What an excellent experience! I'd been in the UK 3 weeks and this is the best vegan meal we had. Wholesome, delicious, reasonable prices, excellent service and above all it was unique!
I didn't think I could love York any more than I did. Also the wait staff are very cute! Highly recommend.

Pros: price , service , taste

Cons: small location

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Delicious! - Edit

Really good food, the best chocolate mousse i've ever had.

Pros: Friendly Staff, Delicious Food

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Whow! - Edit

First time there yesterday evening: what a welcome, and what service: excellent! The food was amazing and I will certainly go again. I went with my vegan daughter and with food like that I will certainly consider seriously following her example. What a find!

Pros: Excellent food and amazing variety, Friendly staff, Good value

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disappointing - Edit

I was really looking forward to a meal here as lots of people had said how good it was. I thought that having the name El Piano that it would have been spanish food. Unfortunately not. Not much choice on the menu. Everything mostly too spicy for me. I ordered victoris sponge for dessert but that was made using gluten free flour. It was very heavy and the icing was over sweet. Not planning on going back. On the positive side, my dining companions all liked there meal, so maybe it was just not to my taste

Pros: friendly staff, has an oudoor area at the back, sells lots of unusual spanish items to b

Cons: not enough variety of food, should have more spanish dishes, the chai tea was ridiculously sweet

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What a find! - Edit

Well we'd actually done some research but still, when it actually turns out to be as good as you'd hoped then I think it can be a find.

The whole menu looks delicious and we couldn't decide so went for the taster plate with a bit of everything and very glad we did as it was a beautifully mixed meal with plenty of flavours, fantastically cooked and absolutely delicious. Plenty of food too and we sent the plates back as clean as possible. Great staff, perfect visit.

Pros: It's all vegan and in our experience, all perf

Cons: Not the cheapest but you get what you pay for and

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Could barely move by the time we were finished! - Edit

We went for three courses, plus "cowboy coffee" to finish and were absolutely stuffed by the end of the evening! The service was excellent - really friendly and engaging, and the food was really good. A great way to spend a Saturday night.



Updated from previous review on 2017-02-15

Pros: Great food, Lovely service

Cons: None

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loads of choice - Edit

I was spoiled for choice by the menu at El Piano, and almost tempted to order the (huge) tasting platter just for myself! In the end I had tempura to start, then the veggie "meat loaf" which was utterly delicious, with mushroom fritters which were also lovely. And then sticky toffee pudding to round it off. The deal for two people with a bottle of wine is good value. Hard to believe the whole place is vegan and gluten free.

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Wonderful array of food and friendly service - Edit

Really enjoyed a dinner here whilst a tourist in York.

Pros: Food so varied, Central location, Friend staff

Cons: Bit a draft going on as two doors either side

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All the right notes - Edit

I love El Piano and whenever we go to York we always visit here without fail. This place has a great menu and all at affordable prices. Most importantly the food is delicious. On offer you can choose from a selection of starters such as soups, hummus, tempura and pâté and mains include a burger, chips and dips or the 'build your own plate' (one hot dish, fritters and salad), which is normally what we order when we go. The dhal here is legendary and delicious and definitely one of my personal favourites alongside the taster tray, which is perfect if you want to share between 2-3 people and ideal if you just don't know what to order from the menu. This way you get a bit of everything. A good selection of desserts are also available including sticky toffee pudding and cheese board. El Piano also offer a discount if you have a NUS card too. Lastly, if you have the opportunity try and get the window seat and just watch the world go by whilst enjoying your vegan delights.

Pros: Delicious vegan food, Nice vibe, Super friendly staff

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