I first visited Cosa Nostra in Whitby back in 2018. This is actually our third time eating at this restaurant, but the first time eating there post-covid.
About Cosa Nostra
Cosa Nostra is an Italian restaurant located at 161 Church Street – just before the cobbled road that leads to the famous Whitby Abbey steps. The menu has changed a lot. It appears they have streamlined it since my last visit. This was a bit of a shame as they did the most amazing fish stew pot – a mixture of mussels, salmon, prawns, smocked haddock and cod served in a black pot like mussels are in a delicious creamy sauce and fresh bread. I was looking forward to that but it’s no longer on the menu.
Our Cosa Nostra Whitby Review
For starters, we shared the garlic prawns. King prawns served in garlic butter and they were delicious. I believe there were about 6 large prawns altogether. They were big, meaty and cooked really well.
My husband had the Linguine Gamberoni which was king prawns, olives, capers, red onion and sundried tomatoes cooked with white wine and topped with a balsamic glaze. He loved it!
I had the Bistecca – 10oz serloin steak with rosemary potatoes. I decided to have it with the mediterranean vegetables and peppercorn sauce. The vegetables were so nice and the steak was cooked very well. It’s not the best steak I’ve ever had, but it was really good.
My two-year old is a picky eater but he loves garlic bread, so we ordered the cheesy garlic bread and side of chips for him (also brought some fruit with us which he ate while the food cooled down). He actually ate some chips – he doesn’t usually eat them at all! He ate a good amount of the garlic bread but we had to help him.
The decor is really nice in Cosa Nostra and the service was excellent. We went at 5pm on a Friday night and it was getting busy. We booked in advice because in the past, we have struggled to get in. You can book by Google reservations so it’s really easy to get booked in.
There are lots of pubs and fish and chips places in Whitby, so Cosa Nostra is a nice change if you want something a bit more restaurant-like.
Is Cosa Nostra Dog Friendly?
Whitby is quite dog friendly and you can take dogs to many places. Unfortunately, you can’t take dogs into Cosa Nostra.
There are a few other places we would like to try the next time we go, as we tend to stick to the same places but we WILL come back here. It’s our third time and we’ve enjoyed ourselves each time.
It’s just a shame about the old fish pot dish I was looking forward to!
I love the decor! That green on the wall is a bit of me. Whatever your husband had, I’d be having that! That looks and sounds absolutely amazing. I always tend to go for fish dishes in restaurants. I do love my steak but I’m very picky about where I eat it!
Wow this place looks like my cup of tea – date night and a girls night out! Those prawns look incredible.. I’m starving just reading this! I also LOVE the decor
Great pictures — you really captured the atmosphere! I love the honesty in this review. It can be so hard to find restaurants post-COVID because a lot has changed in the last few years, so I really love that you’ve got both the before and after perspective here to compare.
This place looks and sounds amazing. I would definitely have the steak dish. The prawns are incredible, would love to try them but cant. i know someone who will enjoy them. Thank you for sharing this review.
You had me at “Italian”. The food looks amazing and so does the atmosphere. I’d love to eat there!