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 started as a partnership project between the Refugee Council, York City Church and a group of gifted chefs from Syria. 


Pop – Up Restaurant

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

Join us for an authentic Arabic feast.



Book for 31st March & 5th May Now

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


Fragrant and tasty.

Shared around a big table. 




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