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Café 21
Café 21

Café 21 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafetwentyone.co.uk
  • Phone: 0191 222 0755
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday 12:00PM - 2:30PM, Sunday 12:30PM - 3:30PM
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:30PM - 10:30PM, Sunday 5:30PM - 10:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: British, French
  • Executive Chef: Chris Dobson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Manors
  • Parking: Public Car Park
  • Parking Details: Secure off street car park 50 meters away.
A word from Café 21
A city centre restaurant with a city centre buzz. In the heart of Newcastle's Quayside, Cafe 21 has an excitement and warmth all of its own. Smart but not stuffy, sleek but not pretentious, fun but not gimmicky - It's about eating good food in comfortably stylish surroundings.

Cafe 21's food is big on flavour, short on fussiness. Fresh, seasonal ingredients are treated with flair and passion. classic bistro dishes, a little comfort food and still room for pudding. Cafe 21 is famous for welcoming guests with excellent value and warm hospitality. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "We always get excited to visit cafe 21 but this time we were disappointed - we were given a table in the private dining area - this lacked atmosphere and was really cold. The service here was poor - you had to pour your own wine and water and drinks that we ordered never arrived. The food was delicious but it didn't taste as good as the atmosphere and service lacked .... Come on cafe 21 - if your going to allow more diners ypu need to sort out atmosphere and service ... We won't go back for a while ...."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "Good selection of food and drink, busy Saturday night but food hot and on time. Delicious big Scallops to start followed by an amazing fillet steak - couldn't fault the food. Welcome service ok but felt rushed to table, decided to sit in bar area for a quick drink but then seemed forgotten about and had to stop someone to order a drink and give in food orders - this was the only criticism."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "I chose cafe 21 for my graduation without having been there before and I didn't regret it at all! Great food and great service! I highly recommend it and will definitely go again."
    dined on 15/07/2014
  • "It was my first visit and I was delighted with every aspect. The young man who welcomed us and showed us to our table, the entire service which was polite, unobtrusive, friendly and the personal attention of the manager. The food was exceptional, well cooked, beautifully presented and just right in quantity. I will be back and I have already recommended it to others and I will continue to do so. Thank you for it all"
    dined on 14/07/2014
  • "We arrived at Cafe 21 and were greeted and seated at table in a few minutes. Selection off the Sunday menu was very good. The service and attention of the staff was excellent even though there was a lot of people in the restaurant. The food was served quickly and very nicely presented."
    dined on 13/07/2014
  • "Absolutely wonderful as always. Atmosphere, food second to none"
    dined on 12/07/2014
  • "Took our son here for a meal to celebrate his graduation on the recommendation of a friend who uses Cafe 21 for business lunches - so glad we did! We had a lovely meal in a great atmosphere. There were lots of other graduates and families there so there was a bit of a party going on. The food was great and the service excellent."
    dined on 11/07/2014
  • "we had been told about Cafe 21 when staying at the Black Swan in Oldstead. in Newcastle for our nephew's graduation, so we booked an evening meal for 2 on a Friday evening. relatively busy. ordered wine and water. had to ask again for the water. my pork terrine starter came "& the toasted brioche is on its way". had to ask again for that and when it did vcome it added nothing to the dish. partners scallops served 'in the shell' which simply makes them more difficult to eat, she said. ordered a nice Carmenere which was pleasant but probably not worth what we were charged for it. with an extra glass of wine, plus desserts, the bill came to £141. in York, at Meltons, we'd expect to pay around £100 for similar meal. Marco Polo was better!"
    dined on 11/07/2014
  • "We ha a noon reservation for my sons 3 30 graduation as we couldn't do dinner. Despite early start the staff were great really friendly and put us at ease despite being first on restaurant. Food was great. Wine was great but the friendliness of the staff made the day"
    dined on 11/07/2014
  • "Great food and wine selection good price a little high but out waved my the food."
    dined on 10/07/2014
  • "Party of 7 all had starter, main and pudding and were not disappointed. I have not been anywhere in Newcastle that can rival the quality of the beef steaks and will be returning. I would recommend this restaurant to all however drinks are a little pricey."
    dined on 08/07/2014
  • "Café 21 was originally our second choice, however it is now our first choice and look forward to dining at Café 21 again."
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "An excellent meal in very pleasant surroundings ( the music was turned down for us.......who does want music at a lovely dinner with good conversation?); with 1st rate service."
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "We went to Cafe 21 to celebrate a special occasion and were not disappointed. The set lunch menu was good value and had a very good choice. The service was slick and attentive but not intrusive. We all enjoyed our visit and would recommend it as a place to eat in Newcastle."
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "Went to Café 21 for a birthday meal and it was great! Food was amazing and got great service from the staff - Allowed to relax in the bar while looking over the menu then through to the restaurant where there was a lovely relaxed atmosphere. I would definitely go back here and recommend to friends."
    dined on 03/07/2014
  • "I'm not sure I've ever dined so well outside one of Europe's capital cities. Every course was perfection; beautifully presented and a masterpiece of taste and texture. Difficult to recommend any dish in particular because, amongst the four in our party, we agreed that everything we ordered was spectacular - including the anchovy stuffed olives and the bread which were brought to the table whilst we were reading the menu. In fact, we liked the olives so much that we ended up buying a vast quantity to take home. The staff were friendly and efficient, and seemed genuinely keen for us to have a nice time. We did! If only we had not had such difficulty finding the restaurant, the whole evening would have been beyond perfect."
    dined on 02/07/2014
  • "Food not as good as at other local restaurants! Service poor - no need for staff to lean across people to deliver/ collect dishes. Disappointed to discover a caterpillar in the salad and with the Manager's response. Amazed restaurant tried to charge full price plus10% service charge for the experience! Sadly, a disappointing birthday celebration."
    dined on 02/07/2014
  • "Excellent value and first class food. I am a regular customer and have never had to complain."
    dined on 29/06/2014
  • "Try this place for a few drinks then a bite to eat, lovely food, lovely staff. Great X"
    dined on 21/06/2014
  • "Outstanding starter of Curried Chicken salad, delicious main course of Plaice and my dessert of gooseberry and lychee soup with raspberries and pavlova was a work of art with a heavenly taste."
    dined on 20/06/2014
  • "I went with some friends for an 'early bird' meal. As always, it was lovely - good menu choice - all well executed. I think Cafe 21 can't be beaten in Newcastle!"
    dined on 18/06/2014
  • "I choose this restaurant to have lunch for my 40th birthday, I wasn't disappointed. gorgeous alcohol/non alcohol cocktails. The menu had a good range of options for the restricted I'm on. Service was impeccable. It was bust but not noisy.Food delicious. Cant wait to go again."
    dined on 18/06/2014
  • "Don't go if you are too hungry - portion sizes are not very big!"
    dined on 15/06/2014
  • "Have been several times before and Cafe 21 never disappoints; another excellent meal, with relaxed and efficient service."
    dined on 13/06/2014
  • "Restaurant catered really well for my coeliac husband. Starters of crab & asparagus and scallops were well presented and delicious, venison and beetroot main was well balanced and the calves liver (cooked pink) with the amazing creamy mash and crispy onions was food of the gods. Knickerbocker glory made gluten free was fresh and decadent and the little doughnuts with jam and cream very in vogue"
    dined on 07/06/2014
  • "Always enjoy a visit to Café 21, I struggle to think of another restaurant in Newcastle which can be relied upon for its consistency regarding food and service. The food as ever was super. Service was pretty good as well considering how busy they were and they remembered I'd mentioned my birthday with the booking so there was a candle in the most sublime raspberry sorbet - a little put off by the waiter taking the drinks order - "Estrella" says my dining companion (Est - ray - ah, it being Spanish and all) - "you mean 'Est - rella'" says the waiter. Oh dear. A tiny detail in an otherwise very pleasant evening. We shall return."
    dined on 07/06/2014
  • "Once again an amazing meal at my favourite restaurant. Staff attentive without intruding, food and cocktails fantastic!"
    dined on 06/06/2014
  • "I have been lucky enough to eat at Café 21 on several occasions and it never fails to be excellent"
    dined on 06/06/2014
  • "The service was impressive, attentive whilst not being over the top. The ambiance was good, I don't recall any music, but there was a gentle hubbub enough to cover conversation, but not so as to stifle. The servers knew what they were talking about and were helpful with our wine choice to go with the perfectly cooked Chateaubriand. The food was fabulous as always, the locally source chorizo sausages that are served with the oysters are a noteworthy mention. All in all a very good meal :)"
    dined on 31/05/2014
  • "I booked a table here for my Mother's Birthday as a treat and what a treat it was. Gorgeous clean area's with a lovely décor.We were welcomed warmly by the very friendly staff and offered drinks and the menu with no waiting. The food was lovely,we had the Duck and the Liver and both were cooked how we liked it.It was our first time at Café 21 but it won't be the last. Go and try it and I'm sure you will love it just as we did."
    dined on 27/05/2014
  • "Very very good! The food, service and location. Recommend to all that like good food!"
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "Very good night , classy place with good food wine and service , but you do pay for it. Dinner for four with wine and tip came to about £ 250 . Its a good place for a special occasion. "
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "Lovely atmosphere and polite staff to greet you on arrival. We liked the table we had in the back corner of the restaurant which felt more private than some other tables which were very close together. Had booked to celebrate my husband's 40th birthday which the staff marked by putting a candle in his dessert! However, they missed the main reason for my telling them- he is dairy intolerant and I did not want any surprises to ruin his food. The food and service were wonderful with the exception of the parmesan cheese which was sprinkled over my husband's main course but not mentioned in the menu. We would certainly return if we lived closer but this was a special trip for a special occasion so I can't be sure we will manage back. "
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "Amazing set menu - superb cod brandade, followed by sensational duck confit - Cafe 21 seems to just keep raising the bar. Stellar service as ever."
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "Our lunch reservation ticked all boxes - from the moment we arrived for drinks, the service we received, the variety of the set lunch menu and the amazing quality of the food."
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "It was a chilly and wet evening, but we received a warm welcome at Cafe 21, where we had reserved a table for dinner. My wife started with a salad of morels, asparagus and potatoes followed by liver and bacon. I had a crab salad, also with seasonal asparagus, and the sirloin steak with bearnaise sauce. All I can say is that it was all excellent. The service was friendly and attentive without being overly intrusive. Being a Friday the restaurant was busy and there was an excellent atmosphere. "
    dined on 23/05/2014
  • "The food was excellent, and the chance to choose the vegetable side dishes was much appreciated. The service was very good, well organised and very well timed. We have never been disappointed at Cafe 21."
    dined on 20/05/2014
  • "Service and friendliness of staff impeccable. Couldn't resist the cheese soufflé starter- great introduction to a wonderful meal. I then had skewered tiger prawns with a coconut curry risotto which was both comforting and bursting with flavour. Hubby said his venison was perfectly cooked and just melted in the mouth. He had his favourite florentine doughnuts for dessert while I chose a soft meringue with rhubarb and mandarin and a yummy pistachio cream. With a carafe of wine , two glasses of dessert wine and coffees, the bill was £125 . Not cheap but worth every penny! "
    dined on 17/05/2014
  • "My wife and I visited Cafe 21, on a night out in town and both would agree that the food was some of the best we have ever had. All dishes were perfect and not one crum left on the plate. Will definately be going back."
    dined on 15/05/2014
  • "The early special is a good menu for those like us that like to eat early. The service and ambience at Café 21 adds to a good place to dine."
    dined on 10/05/2014