OutstandingHad lunch here on a weekday, we went for the 5 courses for £50 menu and the food was simply outstanding.
Attentive service and good explanation of the menu. The courses were well paced and we never felt hurried.
We will be returning, I have no doubt.
Would recommend wholeheartedly to those who enjoy great food.16/05/2013 00:00:00A wonderful dining experienceA delightful, relaxed venue and location. The food was excellent in particular the salted cod starter and the Lamb main course. The price was good value and there was an 'early bird' menu which provided similar dishes but for half the price ! The service was welcoming and helpful. Would definitely go back !07/05/2013 00:00:00Birthday dinnerWe went for a meal with some friends for my husband's birthday. I had found that the restaurant won the Good Food Guide restaurant of the year 2012 so we made a special trip and were not disappointed. The meal was excellent and one of our party commented that his main course (the John Dory) was the best he had ever eaten.04/05/2013 00:00:00RecommendedVery good meal and service. Beautifully presented and delicious. it was very good value and would definitely recommend it.27/04/2013 00:00:00Van ZellerOur first visit for dinner & if back in Harrogate we will return The restaurant was a delight from start to finish. Food was outstanding with great attention to detail, the service was professional, knowledgeable but friendly as well. Value for money on a par for this standard of restaurant
One element of the decor that made us smile was the bar at the end of the restaurant, it seemed a little incongruous raised up & bathed in pink light - just like our local Indian eatery26/04/2013 00:00:00Cracking lunch5 courses for £25 is astonishing. Food was imaginative, beautifully presented and tasted amazing. Highly recommended.20/04/2013 00:00:00Another fabulous mealThis was the second time in a month I have been to Van Zeller and that says it all. It was worth returning because the food is excellent - in fact everything is excellent there..09/04/2013 00:00:00Something specialIf you want a meal experience, then Van Zeller's is definitely the place. The service is excellent - friendly - helpful and everything is presented beautifully. But you go to a restaurant for the food and Van Zeller's does this amazingly. If I am paying for a meal out I want to have something I can't do at home and I certainly couldn't cook or present food in the way it is done here. Yes I know this isn't the cheapest place to eat but then this is a London style 'posh' restaurant but probably at about half the price you would pay in London. It is not the place I would go every week but for a treat it is lovely.09/04/2013 00:00:00The Best Meal I ever hadOn arrival at this boutique restaurant the first thing that caught me was the beautiful setting and ambience of the restaurant itself.
We had the five course set menu which was eagerly explained by the waitressing staff when requested and each mouthful took you a step closer to heaven.
I will be returning and I highly recommend if you want the best food of your life that you save up and go at least once.06/04/2013 00:00:00Cosy LunchHad a weekend lunch from the 5 courses for £25 menu
Very nice, no complaints at all, will eat there again
Restaurant was very quiet, so didn't have the best atmosphere but then we got attentive service - you can't ask for everything30/03/2013 00:00:00Top 5 in the world!My wife and I live abroad and are privileged enough to be surrounded by 5 star hotels and amazing restaurants. We eat out at least once every week in these establishments. Our dinner at Van Zellor was something of a surprise. Not only was the food outstanding in quality and taste but delivered by professionals in a really relaxing environment. For the money, this was one of our top 5 restaurants we have ever visited. It is a great pity that we were in Harrogate on business and unlikely to be regular visitors to the town.19/03/2013 00:00:00Excellent valueWe had a beautifully and lovingly prepared meal of food combinations of intense flavour and vibrant colour. We thought the set price A La Carte menu very good value.16/03/2013 00:00:00Fantastic dinnerWent there for a family celebration ( new job). Everything was perfect and indeed it was one of the best meals we've had for a long time. Not only was the food good but the service was also excellent - nice and friendly without being intrusive. Wish it wasn't so far away from Cambridge!14/03/2013 00:00:00Fine Dining in HarrogateIf you enjoy fine dining don't miss this exceptional restaurant in Harrogate. The attention to detail in this small establishment is second to none, from the welcome at the door until you leave. Service, attentive yet discreet. Food and wine outstanding. If you are used to fine wines and food - eat here!08/03/2013 00:00:00Evening in HarrogateMy husband and I returned to Van Zillers for a second time boy did they not disappoint. The menu was hard to choose from as there were so many mouthwatering meals. The quality of the meals was superb, up with. 1 star Michelin standard. Very friendly and informed staff. We will certainly return a 3rd time!02/03/2013 00:00:00Fine dining without pomposityHad the ten course tasting menu - 9 out of the 10 courses were exquisite, with just one of the dessert courses a minor let down. Small restaurant with about 35 covers and a lovely ambience. The service was excellent, and free of any arrogance or pomposity that you see in some of the establishments in this price bracket. The highlight was one of the waiters suggesting that we take a 5 minute break after about course number 6 or 7 - exactly what we needed. There was a marriage proposal at the table next to us (accepted) which added to the entertainment. Total bill for two of us was £270 - 70 on wine, 170 on food plus 12.5% service - pricey but worth it for a fantastic experience.23/02/2013 00:00:00small but relaxed friendlysmall but relaxed friendly atmosphere, but table separation sufficient for privacy.The service was smooth efficient and not too obtrusive.the menu choice was excellent and the four of us enjoyed every course, the crab starter and the Scottish deer received particularly high praise. There is a good choice of wines but they are expensive.It was fun to have an amuse bouche both before the meal and before the dessert. It is expensive but the food is exceptional and we will definitely be going again21/02/2013 00:00:00Van Zeller's deserves allVan Zeller's deserves all the plaudits - A truly first-class dining experience, and a tip-top seasonal menu.
Just a pity that I don't live in Harrogate.09/02/2013 00:00:00Very enjoyable meal the serviceVery enjoyable meal the service of the staff was excellent everything on your plate was explained to you. Somewhere to o for a special treat although we would probably try the early bird menu during the week.02/02/2013 00:00:00This is the 4th or 5th timeThis is the 4th or 5th time we have visited and the first time in the evening as we don't live nearby. We usually come as a couple, but invited some friends to dine with us.
The 5 course set meal was superb. Cooked and presented well. Portion sizes were good as was the range of dishes on the menu.
I enjoyed the fois gras, succulent and sweet, the sea bass was delicious, crispy skin, plump and cooked just right and the red deer chosen by my husband was superb.
The staff were knowledgable about the food and wine and were friendly and sincere.
I wasn't quite sure whether or not our friends would enjoy the food as much as us, but happily they were in agreement that food, wine, ambience and evening was delightful.31/01/2013 16:00:005 course dinnerWe were greeted with exemplary politeness and helped with the menu. The reductions in each course were superb with incredible depth of flavour. The hoggart was very tender and tasty and the sea bass divine. The cheeses were in perfect condition and there was a good selection. All in all, a very enjoyable dining experience.28/01/2013 16:00:00Food sensationThis is fine dining - but not the 'Emperor's New Clothes'! I have eaten in Michelin Starred restaurants full of pomp and ceremony, where the diners are waxing lyrical over an insult to food! Van Zeller's is anything but! Superbly gentle friendly staff who see to your every requirement almost invisibly and a menu that has you humming! From the wonderful variety of amuse bouche to the splendid desserts, Van Zeller's has everything for those who love a dining experience!24/01/2013 16:00:00Even better than we rememberedWe have been to Van Zellers twice. The first occasion was about three years ago when we were considering moving to Harrogate and the second occasion was to celebrate our move to Harrogate and my wife's birthday. We thought it was excellent the first time but, if anything, it has got even better.
We had the 7-course tasting menu with matching wines. The menu was very well balanced and each course was perfectly prepared and looked great on the plate. The matching wines were well selected.
The evening cost £240 which in anyone's reckoning is a lot of money, even for a double celebration, but we still rate it as very good value for money. Why? Because in any city you would pay at least 25% more and in London it would be 50%!
We'll be back.23/01/2013 16:00:00Food excellent with staffFood excellent with staff very good at explaining what was in it without making you feel stupid. Everything served at a good pace - took about 1 3/4 hrs for the 5 course a la carte. Only criticism was the wine list - not much choice for the whites and very much overpriced for what it was.28/12/2012 16:00:00Amazing food, lovely evening!This was my first time eating out in Harrogate and my friend suggested we try Van Zeller. The staff were very friendly and the service delivery was outstanding. The staff could recommend dishes based upon the customers preferences and were more than happy to suggest accompanying wines etc. the speed of service was excellent, with plenty of time between courses, with no rush. The food itself was cooked to perfection an was one of the best meals I have had to date. I would recommend Van Zeller to anyone and will definitely be visiting again soon.26/12/2012 16:00:005 for £25 lunch menuAbsolutely superb. Taste sensations beautifully delivered.26/12/2012 16:00:00special occasionthe evening was a treat for a special occasion. The food was full of different tastes and textures, beautifully presented and well served. Prices were commensurate with excellence23/12/2012 16:00:00Christmas celebrationLunch as always was very very good. This is our favourite place for special occasions, staff friendly, knowledgeable with a suburb menu selection18/12/2012 16:00:00Always ReturnEvery time my wife and I visit Harrogate this is the only restaurant we eat at.Really exceptional food coupled with perfect service you don't need to go anywhere else.20/11/2012 16:00:00