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 currently closed due to the pandemic – we hope to re-open the restaurant soon. 


Yahala at Home

What would you say if we could bring the smells and the taste of our cuisine in to your home? During refugee week we launched a new initiative – Yahala at Home – where you have the opportunity to participate in an online cookery lesson via zoom.


Pop – Up Restaurant

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

Join us for an authentic Arabic feast.


Re-Launching Autumn 2021!


Enquire about booking a Table

We are currently closed due to COVID-19 but we are working on some exciting new ideas to bring back Syrian cuisine to York. Fill in this form to be put on the waiting list. 
Meals are served as a feast to share between 4, 5 or 6 people.

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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 £12-20 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