Café 21
Café 21

Café 21

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafetwentyone.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01912220755x
  • 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.
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Café 21 reviews from OpenTable diners
397 reviews since 2 June 2014
Average Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambience4.3
    Value4
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (293)fit for foodies (246)romance (162)business meals (161)pre/post theatre (83)group bookings (82)sunday lunch (78)outstanding value (55)good vegetarian options (54)disabled access (30)brunch (22)child friendly (18)afternoon tea (10)outdoor eating (3)Show More
  • Uptoongirl
    Dined on 28/9/2014
    Great food-as ever. Vegetarian menu is one of the best in the City
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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  • Excellent food and good service
    Yorkie
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    We had a lovely family birthday meal - the food was excellent and the service was good too. We were able to just relax and enjoy our meal. We can highly recommend the scallops and Northumbrian venison! Will recommend to friends and the rest of the family, who could not make the night.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable dining experience
    RayJay
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our golden wedding anniversary and were not disappointed with Cafe 21. Food was excellent as was the reception and service. We did have a couple of minor quibbles; it was rather cool at the bar window seat for our pre-dinner drink and we did expect staff to observe when our wine required to be topped up.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    silvercrow
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    The venue itself is very spacious, and when we arrived there was only one other couple in, however it soon filled up and the atmosphere become more relaxed. Staff were very attentive and polite, service was quick and the food very nice indeed. Other places may do set lunches a bit cheaper, but this is a very good restaurant and worth the money.
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    brunch, fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions
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  • luvmyfood
    Dined on 21/9/2014
    Spent 4 days in Newcastle this weekend - and ate at Cafe 21 TWICE. Meal excellent and staff were lovely. Highly recommend and will eat here again next time we are in Newcastle.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Great Service
    Aarovic
    Dined on 21/9/2014
    I found this restaurant on Trip Adviser and wanted to treat my wife to a good meal on a Sunday evening. We are not from the area so needed a recommendation. We were not disappointed. The service was first class and the food was excellent. Although not cheap, I will be coming back here in the future.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions
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  • Great food, lively atmosphere
    SimonB
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    We had been recommended this restaurant by friends living in Newcastle and we wanted to give it a try. We booked over a week ahead but only managed to get a 9.30pm table on a Saturday which shows how popular the restaurant is. We were not disappointed. We had the scallops and bacon for starter which were very tasty. We then had the chateaubriand which is pricey at £65 for two but well worth the money - the accompanying bernaise sauce (our choice rather than the truffle sauce) was delicious. After that we could not manage a pudding but finished with fresh mint tea. Extensive wine list. Even at 11.30pm the restaurant was still lively, and full of atmosphere. Highly recommended, but book ahead!
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  • Another great night at Café 21
    Squiggy
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    Started with a pint of Writer's Block at the Broad Chare. We had a table for the 1st sitting on a busy Saturday night at C21. There was a great atmosphere and the service was attentive yet relaxed which suited our birthday party. Our friend tried oysters for the first time and they were a hit and the menu had something special for all of us. Transferred our coffees to the bar area to relinquish the table and didn't feel rushed. A lovely evening out. Thanks again.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Pride of the Tyne
    Gosfordian
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    Whenever I visit 'home' I always look forward to dining at Cafe 21. It represents all that is good and understated about the North East - friendly, relaxed, interested in your well-being and provider of excellence in service and cooking. The fish soup and handling of fresh fish (like halibut) places it in the very top level of fine dining. Proud to tell all my friends and clients about the restaurant where I have never been disappointed and can bracket Cafe 21 in the same class as the much hyped restaurants in other parts of the country (e.g. Locatelli's) and above others (e.g. Rick Stein's). Outstanding value for money. I look forward to my next visit.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • Standard never alters
    gastrojunkie
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    Still our favourite restaurant in newcastle. Great atmosphere with great food
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy1
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    A very enjoyable evening - buzzy and relaxed but delicious food and friendly staff
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luvmyfood
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    Really enjoyed our meals - so much so that during a 4 day stay in Newcastle we ate here twice!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Over priced
    Jordon247
    Dined on 19/9/2014
    Me and my girlfriend recently visited cafe 21 and were sat right on a walkway where every waiter nudged the back of my chair, the staff moved us when we asked to a much better table. My starter was basically 5 or 6 slices of ham on a plate and a piece of burnt toast with what looked like tomato purè spread on top, this was priced at over £14 which can't be justified. My girlfriends stater and our mains of fish cakes and fillet steak were nice but at £16 and £30, way over priced. The staff were friendly and quick to help but the food was very expensive for what it was. Doubt I'd go back when the silk rooms is next door and far better value for money!
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  • Quality lunch
    adinerinnewcastle
    Dined on 15/9/2014
    Have been a regular visitor to Cafe 21 - usually for family celebrations. This time a birthday lunch to find that the restaurant continues to provide a quality food experience - and great value too, if you choose the set lunch menu!
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • McCallion
    lunch2review
    Dined on 14/9/2014
    We stayed in Newcastle at a quayside hotel and had Sunday dinner at 21 . The service , quality of the food was truly excellent and we would recommend it for anyone looking for a quality restart in Newcastle
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    brunch, fit for foodies
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  • Perfect special occasion
    fshone
    Dined on 14/9/2014
    I booked this restaurant for my parents, to celebrate their golden wedding; they couldn't have had a better evening. The food left them raving for weeks, and the service really made the occasion - the staff were great. Thanks very much.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sundy Lunch
    take5dave
    Dined on 14/9/2014
    I'm never disappointed at Café 21, food is always outstanding.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • A little disappointing
    Regdiner
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    We booked an evening meal for 4 to celebrate a birthday and anniversary. We have dined at Cafe 21 many times before (business and pleasure) because of its excellent reputation. On this occasion, we were disappointed. Although the meal was nice, we felt that the overall quality and portion size of the dishes did not deserve their heavy price tag. Recently, we have paid less for top quality meals at restaurants locally and abroad. We would probably think twice about returning in view of the improving standard of the competition.
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    brunch, business meals, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    Shakey28
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We went for the early evening special and it was very special indeed. The service throughout was very friendly and efficient without being over bearing and stifling and each course was presented well and with ample time between servings.My wife started with Brocoli and Almond Soup which she described as perfectly seasoned and a pleasure as was my Venison Mushroom.For the main we both chose The Confit of Duck which was very tasty and again seasoned to perfection for our tastes.Both courses were quite sufficient.We chose a sweet to share and followed by Coffee.The cost with a beer and Bottle of House red came to just under £80 including service charge.A lovely evening was had and would re commend to all.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Likecafe21
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Excellent dining experience, quality food & great service!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Value?
    Pricky
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was good although the selection wasn't great. I started with scallops which where cooked perfectly, but they was served in a shell which made them frustrating to eat. In addition the balance of butter/cauliflower/bacon wasn't quite there, too much butter not enough cauliflower or bacon, so the dish felt over greasy. I then had the corn fed chicken with sweetcorn fritters, again the protein was cooked perfectly, lovely an moist. The only thing I could pick up on is that the jus was quite weak and would have liked a real punch. Dessert was a different matter altogether I had donuts and they was great very plain and simple but tasted great. I paid £70 (with 4 ales) so i would question the value as I can eat better/cheaper at Artisan.
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  • consistently good
    duncany
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Café 21 deserves its reputation as the best restaurant in Newcastle . It continues to provide first class service ,fresh local produce and excellent cooking with a diverse menu and superb friendly service. As one of Newcastle's oldest quality restaurants it has never deviated or taken for granted its aim to provide outstanding and consistent quality with great wines. A Monday business lunch or a Saturday party with friends is always something to look forward to well done team !
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    FrankLVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Excellent as always. The venison was tender and succulent and the sirloin steak delicious. Service and ambience wonderful.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Brilliant as ever
    drumshop
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Love this place….. Really friendly staff, great food and always accommodating. If in Newcastle book a table.
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    business meals, romance, special occasions
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  • Clare
    Welshclare
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    To start.. The first lot of drinks were not correct. Our food had already arrived at the table before we were asked if we wanted wine with food. Water not topped up, always having to ask. Service let's you down 😁 In a big way
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lived up to all expectation
    Marc
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Café 21 lived up to all expectation. Was quite expensive however the service was first class and the menu fantastic with excellent food. I would recommend to anyone
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    business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance
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  • Smashing Tucker
    Kinky199
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Great food backed up by friendly attentive staff = fantastic night out before running the Great North Run the following day. The best King Prawn Risotto in the world is served right there in Newcastle.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Excellent All Round
    Alyshaluke
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    First time visiting Newcastle had no idea where to eat looked up on a number of website and Cafe 21 kept coming up. Was not disappointed we were a party of 3 and we all enjoyed our food and the whole experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mikep
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We had the early menu which is available until 1900, smaller choice but outstanding value but not inferior in quality to the a la carte menu. Service top notch as always.
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    outstanding value, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SUNDAY BRUNCH
    simonmdt
    Dined on 31/8/2014
    We might not have been the most relaxed table as we had a train to catch, so our problems with the service might be more down to us than then, so I'm prepared to overlook that. Overall this is a fantastic place. And if you go for the set Sunday lunch option, wonderful value. The thing that comes across here is that they care. From the bread to the wine to the food. It might not be amazing cooking but it is extremely good. I'm not sure I would recommend if for a very special date, but then I'm not sure I would find myself in Gateshead on one. But I doubt anyone would find dining here a disappointment
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    brunch, child friendly, group bookings, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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  • Disappointing
    Emma
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    Main course was burnt so sent back, was offered alternatives but my family were almost finished their mains. Offered a free dessert.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive and left hungry!
    Gemmar
    Dined on 28/8/2014
    We are regulars here and fund the restaurant goes through up and downs... We went Thursday oysters were amazing but my lamb was v fatty and once removed there was v little meat left. I was assured no side dishes required. A tiny portion of roast veg and an even smaller amount of wedges.. V expensive came home and had toast! I'm a size 8 so god knows how a larger male would have coped... Paid £140 for the pleasure... Looking for another regular restaurant following this meal..
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  • Good but not great
    Lizzie
    Dined on 27/8/2014
    We chose this for a special occasion due to it's reputatio. Maybe if our expectations had been lower we would have been more impressed. The food was all good but neither of us thought it was outstanding. Each course came rather more rapidly than we had expected which didn't make it the most leisurely dining experience. While we were having dessert the waitress was busy putting new tablecloths on the next table which made us not feel comfortable to sit and relax. The building itself is modern and lacking character, and the size of the restaurant also makes it feel not very intimate. I had 3 courses, my partner 2 and coffee, and we shared a bottle of house wine - it came to £100 and we think you could get better value elsewhere.
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  • Sunday lunch
    jackie
    Dined on 25/8/2014
    Excellent food, good service and great value Sunday lunch. Best in Newcastle.
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    business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Now that was a “Surprise" ….!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    Our party of three arrived on time for Sunday Lunch to a quiet restaurant which duly filled up over the next hour or so…A drinks order was taken immediately and after some 10 minutes the food too. Some 25 minutes later after other tables had been served we enquired where our entree was and the waiting staff hurried away and returned with our food that had obviously been prepared in a bit of a rush judging by its poor wilted presentation ? …My guests ordered pollock whilst I went for something a little more conventional, the roast beef which I was advised would be served “Pink”….it wasn’t , and the veg arrived floating in hot water ! .We have ate literally hundreds of times at Cafe 21 , know the staff, however our first Sun LUnch ….Nick ?
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  • Nice but not amazing!
    StephJPS
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    Having heard many great reports about cafe 21, i booked for saturday evening 9.15pm, but had to wait 30 minutes for the table to be ready, it was extremely busy. The menu choice was not very exciting. It was nice but I was not blown away, it was all cooked very well, just NOT amazing. I Don't think it was value for money.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful meal
    Rachandsteve
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    Can't fault the attentive, friendly yet not overbearing service, beautiful food and relaxed ambience. I can't think of better in Newcastle.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    FrankLVIP
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    As very regular diners at Cafe Vivo and Broad Chare we tend to use Cafe 21 for something special and this was just such an occasion. Our table was ready upon our arrival and the complimentary freshly baked bread was delicious. The chosen wine provided excellent value. As we had enjoyed lunch earlier we opted to go straight for a main course. My wife chose the venison which was superb and I chose the end of lamb which was delicious - but I wish I had chosen the venison! Service was friendly and efficient. A first class meal.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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  • Excellent food, wine overpriced
    RB100
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    Food was excellent quality. Wine list overpriced. Wooden. Seats a little hard and slightly uncomfortable for extended period.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We were really looking forward to eating at Cafe 21 having seen good reviews and receiving positive feedback from two family members who ate here a few years ago. The service was pretty good but the food was disappointing being quite bland and basic. We had anticipated the food would be of a much higher level of quality.
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