Buon Apps River Lounge and Restaurant is now open.

We are delighted to announce that our new restaurant is now open. 

There's more space, more time to dine as we're open from 12 noon Tuesday to Sunday (we're closed on Mondays as before). And of course there is our popular range of authentically Italian dishes to enjoy at lunchtime, in the afternoon and in the evening.

In due course we'll also have a new website; details to follow! 

We look forward to welcoming you to the new Buon Apps very soon! Until then you can take a tour via our 3D showcase​.


Elena Sofia and Alessandro

Our New Address & Directions:

Buon Apps River Lounge & Italian Restaurant
Hartley House
50 Mill Way
LS21 1FE

Tel: 01943 468458


It seems our new postcode is causing online maps and car Sat Navs some problems! So, to get to Buon Apps:

Head towards the bridge which crosses the river in Otley.

The police station will be on your left hand side. 

Just before the bridge take the first right turn (there are some new retirement properties that have been built on the corner).

Head straight forward on this road keep going until you see our restaurant building which is situated on the left hand side with parking directly opposite.

The map on the 'Directions' page may also help.

Opening Hours


Tues, Wed & Thurs: 12 noon to 9:30 pm

Fri & Sat: 12 noon to 10:00 pm

Sun: 12 noon to 9:00 pm

Times stated are the latest time for serving food. We will be open beyond those times to allow guests to finish dining.

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By email,  phone or online.

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Regional Menu

Book a table each Wednesday and enjoy 3 fantastic courses for just £22 per person.

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Now we're open all day you can dine at Buon Apps in the afternoon. 

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  • Buon Apps is located in a beautifully converted building
  • Serving delicious authentic Italian food
  • Using the finest local Yorkshire ingredients
  • Located by the River Wharfe - with al fresco dining in Summer
  • Served with our passion and attention to detail

About Buon Apps

Buon Apps is short for Buon Appetito or ‘Enjoy your meal’. At Buon Apps, we are committed to ensuring that every single guest enjoys their meal – and more!

All our food is freshly cooked, prepared with attention to detail and presented with pride. Our wines are handpicked by Alessandro and Elena Sofia, chosen to be the perfect partners to our food, to complement every dish. Our welcome is genuine, warm and typically Italian; we enjoy meeting new guests, greeting old friends and ensuring your meal exceeds all expectations. 

We want you to experience the joy of our food, feel our passion for it and understand our desire to create the best Italian food you’ve ever tasted!

  • Coffee: Casa Espresso, Shipley
  • Fruit & Vegetables: Burbank, Bradford
  • Meat & Poultry: Russell Hume, Pateley Bridge
  • Shellfish & Fresh Fish: Inshore Fisheries, Whitby
  • Celebration Cakes: Patisserie Viennoise, Otley

Our local producer and supplier community includes:

Coffee: Casa Espresso, Shipley

Shellfish & Fresh Fish: Inshore Fisheries, Whitby

Meat & Poultry: Russell Hume, Pateley Bridge

Fruit & Vegetables: Burbank, Bradford

Celebration Cakes: Patisserie Viennoise, Otley

Desserts: Sweet Treats, Addingham


At Buon Apps we are truly passionate about creating the very best food by using the finest locally sourced ingredients. Not only does it tastes better it means we are doing our little bit for the environment. This ethical approach is something we really believe in and you can see it in action across everything we do at Buon Apps.

Responsible sourcing and recycling

Local sourcing of ingredients and thereby reducing air miles is just one aspect of our social and environmental action and policy. We have also implemented recycling methods for cooking oil (it is converted to bio-diesel), bottles, paper, packaging and food waste and we conscientiously source fair trade products and sustainable fish. 

We frequently strive to improve our operations and responsibilities including the use of renewable energy.

  • Specialist
  • Your hosts - Alessandro & Elena
  • Front of house - Lenka
  • Alessandro pouring a fine Italian wine
  • The Chefs - Franco, Alessandro (part time!), Manfred & Radka

Who We Are

Alessandro and Elena Sofia met soon after Alessandro landed in the UK and have worked hard since 2003 to bring their Italian heritage and passion for food to Otley. Together Alessandro, Elena Sofia and their dedicated staff make Buon Apps a great place to enjoy the real taste of Italy!

Alessandro was born in Rome, where his mother and father ran a bar restaurant for 45 years. Their passion for people and cooking rubbed off on to Alessandro who worked in their restaurant from an early age, learning how to cook the regional dishes that he creates so successfully today.

Elena Sofia grew up in a small village in Leicestershire where her Italian father cooked up the Italian dishes reminiscent from his childhood in Rome. Growing up in a large family and taking long holidays in Italy introduced her to the delights of the Italian cuisine and culture and have certainly left their mark.


Can't find the right time or need a table for 7 or more? Phone 01943 468458 or email: bookingbuonapps@icloud.com.

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