Welcome to our Restaurant

مطعم ياهلا – Yahala Mataam is Arabic for Welcome Restaurant.

The idea for Yahala Restaurant came after sampling the food cooked by Syrians living in York. An Arabic feast full of flavour, recipes handed down many generations; cooked for the first time in the City.

Yahala Restaurant is a Pop-up restaurant, opening up for one night a month. It is a partnership project between the Refugee Council, York City Church and a group of gifted chefs from Syria.

We are ready to re-open again – please book using the form below!



Pop – Up Restaurant

Opening up for 1 night each month.
The Citadel, Gillygate, YO31 7EA

Join us for an authentic Arabic feast.


Re-Opening on February 3rd & March 3rd 2022!


Yahala Restaurant serves food it as it would be in Syria:


Fragrant and tasty.

Shared around a big table. 




Enquire about booking a Table

We are ready to re-open after COVID-19, we are excited to bring back Syrian cuisine to York. Fill in this form to be put enquire about a table on 3rd February or 3rd March.
Meals are served as a feast to share between 4, 5 or 6 people.

2 + 14 =

What to expect.

When you come to Yahala Restaurant there isn’t a menu to choose from; you’ll be served up a feast of Arabic drinks, savouries & sweets to share with those on your table.

We can cater for specific dietary requirements – please let us know when you book!

There is no set price for your feast. We suggest a donation of £15-20 per person, but you are welcome to pay what you like!

We’re able to accept gifts in cash, card payments, contactless, Google pay and Apple pay. 



The Citadel, Gillygate

York. YO31 7EA