“ Address: 4 Station Parade / Harrogate / HG1 1UE / North Yorkshire / England „
Ok so I've lived in Harrogate all my life, i'm 22 years old and must of been going to the dam yankee for the past 10 years... Standards have gone up and down and the place has had a few make overs but all in all it has always been a great place for family and friend's to grab a bite to eat.
We go every year on christmas eve to have a get together with extended family and close friends we wont see on christmas day itself and we have no intention to go elsewhere. Dont get me wrong its not the perfect place to take somebody on a first date or a special anniversary but for a family get together, birthday or just if you dont fancy cooking that night.... it's great, the staff are friendly, there's a nice atmosphere, the food is usually plentiful and to a good standard... there has been the odd occasion when its been below par but it isnt a 5* restaurant and 9/10 its great. Plus its very reasonably priced and you do get a good sized portion for your money.
Obviously i'm not there every day, i maybe eat there twice a year... and i have heard a few people saying that they havent enjoyed their evenings and that the food and service has been poor... I have noticed the whole place is staffed by very young people, even the 'chefs', so it may be a lack of leadership that has lead to the place getting worse reviews lately... who knows.
They have a lunchtime menu which has similar items to the evening menu but with jacket potatoes added in... You basically have a choice from steaks and burgers... there are a few other options, a few mexican dishes and a salad or two but if you're not a big far of the fore-mentioned steaks and burgers this probably isnt the place for you.
I however do like a good steak (am also partial to the scooby snack burger... DOUBLE EVERYTHING plus CHILLI!) and am also partial to reasonable prices :) therefore this restaurant gets the thumbs up from me! its not perfect but neither am i.
Food - Good
Price - Good
Service - Average
Atmosphere - Good
I will say that there are a few steps to get in and i dont recall any other means of entry so wheelchair uses may struggle but they may have alternative access elsewhere on site...
We went on Sunday 26th having not visited Damn Yankee for a while. The place was nearly empty, this puzzled us but I can now understand why. They always used to serve good, well-cooked food and there was plenty of it, it was a good place to go for family outing. Considering the kitchen wasn't exactly under pressure I can only describe the food as dreadful, we all chose burgers and they were uniformly overcooked and dry, the salad dressings were limp and going brown at the edges, even the burger buns were singed black! Even the french fries were those unappetising, cheap pre-cooked ones that you get from bulk food suppliers and they were awfully undercooked. Service was desultory and far from the polite service you used to get here ....
In summary, DY are going to have to change and improve food/service standards or numbers visiting them are going to keep going down. We certainly will not be back, it was disappointing and poor value for money.
I went for the first time a couple of weeks ago with my boyfriend, for a late lunch on Saturday (so not surprised it was quiet).
Decor - Not seen it before it was refurbished, but it looked nice enough. Service - Friendly staff, but considering there were only 2-3 tables most they were a bit slow, particularly between clearing our table and getting a bill.
Food - Such a let down.
Starters: The regular nachos were a messy pile, mostly of soggy lettuce leaves and no jalapenos to spice it up. I suspect they also melted the cheese with a microwave, as all the nachos below the top layer were incredibly soggy. Also had potatoe skins which were cut into wedges instead of halved, oddly.
Mains: Even worse; the chips were undercooked, the onion rings stodgy and the BBQ sauce on my ribs flavourless. My boyfriend had the beef fajitas and seemed happy enough with those, though I didn't try any so can't comment on them personally.
Was so embarassed but I left most of my food untouched, though to be fair there was a LOT of food so generous portions at least.
I did enjoy my coke float, but that's hardly a culinary feat.
Their speciality is their burgers (which are Yorkshire sourced) - sadly, I didn't fancy one at the time, but perhaps that would have been a better choice and test of their cooking. After all, you don't go to a seafood restuarant and order chips, do you?
I don't know if this was their usual standard of food, I may have just been unlucky, but I won't be going back in a hurry!
The Damn Yankee is a reasonably priced restaurant which sells really tasty American diner food. It's in the town centre pretty much, so easy to get to - street parking is available outside. They're open lunch and evenings so it's a good place to go for a casual meal whenever.
The food here is really nice, but heavy schewed towards burgers and steaks so you're sorted if that's your kind of thing. There is a lot of choice though and it all tastes lovely. As for portion sizes, you'd better be hungry as they love big eaters!! Always left here really full. Had a rack of ribs once and it could hardly fit on the plate in two halves! So you definately get your moneys worth of food.
It's decorated very American diner style to suit the menu, but it is a bit cramped as it's only a small restaurant, so catering for big parties is probably not their thing unless you booked in advance? But the layout works well as they're usually pretty busy which says a lot for their reputation! A good quality and well priced restaurant
The Damn Yankee is a restaurant on station parade in Harrogate. It is one room and is open plan so can get very loud if it is full, it is mainly frequented by families and is a good venue to have a child's birthday dinner. It is reasonably priced and the food is of good home made quality. As you can probably guess from the name the Damn Yankee is an American themed restaurant. It is very dissimilar to the only other American themes restaurant that I know TGI Fridays. The food here is not all deep fried for a start!
My particular favorite is the Scooby snack which is a huge burger, fries, onion rings and coleslaw. It could easily feed two people the portion sizes are massive - it all tastes very fresh.
The staff have always been very friendly and helpful - they don't stand by waiting to fill up your wine glass as is the case in some restaurants - it is not that kind of place.
In my opinion this is somewhere to go for more of an everyday event - it doesn't feel particularly special and is often a little cramped.
It is a friendly environment that is often full of families - not the place to go on a first date but a very lovely meal will be had!!
Traditional American food.