21

4.6
2886 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
A city centre restaurant with a city centre buzz. In the heart of Newcastle's Quayside, 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.

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. 21 is famous for welcoming guests with excellent value and warm hospitality.
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HI
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were going to a gig and so we took advantage of the early dinner menu. We both really enjoyed all three courses, accompanied by a lovely bottle of wine and reluctantly left for the gig as we were having such a good time. We were treated the same way as customers who were eating from the a la carte menu and we weren't rushed at all, despite it being a Monday and more or less full! The food was delightful and although not a pudding person generally, I indulged on this occasion and the only difficulty was choosing which one to have! Loved it so much that we are returning in three weeks, to treat my mum and enjoy a longer evening. The choice on the a la carte menu will create even more of a dilemma - all delicious.

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JR
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Ribeye that my partner ordered was far too salted for taste...she asked for sauce to try and tune it down and they did offer to exchange it. It was a little disappointing but did not dampen our evening too much. We have used 21 many times and this is the first time it has not reached our standard. Staff however are great

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JW
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Having visited a number of times before we chose 21 as it has always been a firm favourite with us for special occasions. However on this occasion I was somewhat disappointed with the area in which we were sat. I feel like the area to the left of the entrance is not up to standard compared to the main dining area, both the decor and ambience were quite underwhelming and it was really noisy. It was no where near as enjoyable as out previous visits which is a shame as this was my husbands birthday.

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PH
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our food was excellent, the service was also very good. The restaurant was quite quiet when we arrived around 7.30 but as it filled up it did become fairly noisy, as many have mentioned in their reviews.

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JM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service from walking through the door until we left. Relaxed atmosphere - not loud but had a buzz about it. Bravo to all the staff

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IB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, presentation was amazing. Great venue. Would definitely attend again

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RR
Newcastle
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lunch menu not as varied as usual. Unlike my husband I'm not a 'fish person' but didn't want either of the meat choices. The salmon, however, was perfectly cooked and the oriental sauce was delicious. I understand the hake was perfect. I should have gone a'la carte. My fault.

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MW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Have visited before and been very pleased. Service although good was somewhat rushed. Scallop starter was ‘over seared’ and tasted burnt, however if you ignored the burnt taste they were perfectly cooked. Seafood cocktail very good. Halibut very small portion for money although again very well cooked, pea purée very poor, more like mushy peas (do NOT like), tartare sauce had been made with cheap mayo and was not good. Steak tartare main had to be sent back as it contained a lot of sinew (revolting). Complaint handled well about tartare and we were not charged for that dish. Would we return? - Regrettably not

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W
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the lunch menu. There was something for everyone! I’m gluten intolerant and I had a good choice. I was even offered a substitution from the main menu. Excellent service and great house wine!

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S
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Words aren’t necessary, just look at the star rating.

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OT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and atmosphere was absolutely fantastic.. unbeatable

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GK
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Found the staff rather soulless, and not particularly inviting. My main course was sent back as it was cold, by the time it returned my wife was halfway through hers, waiting would have meant hers befalling the same fate as my original serving!

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OT
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic as always.

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SM
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brillant lunch, preceded by a couple of some very nice cocktails at bar. To be sure, the best place to eat in Newcastle

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JM
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food, friendly staff, great service highly recommended

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J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good as usual. Very good as usual.Very good as usual.Very good as usual.

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SB
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going to 21 periodically for years since they were on Queen Street and the food and service etc is still fantastic! My favourite restaurant!

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F
London
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value early evening menu. Fantastic quality at a great price in comfortable surroundings.

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OT
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super food and service we’ll be back thank you

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SW
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We dine regularly at Cafe 21 and always enjoy the experience. On our last visit for Sunday Lunch we enjoyed the starters and mains however this time we were disappointed with the Coffee Gourmaund which three of the party ordered. Two diners chose the lemon meringue pie which tasted of nothing but sugar - no zingy lemony flavour which we expected. Also the meringue was unbaked. I chose Sachertorte and I was completely underwhelmed. The chocolate coating tasted of nothing but sugar and the chocolate sponge was very pale with very little chocolate flavour. Usually this is a small but rich dark chocolate sponge. The coffee we all had was Americano. This was very weak and not very hot. We mentioned this to the staff at the time and they said they would pass on our comments to the kitchen.
It is a shame that a lovely meal was let down at the end with the coffees and sweets.

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OT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class as usual in this wonderful restaurant

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JG
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed my son’s 21st birthday celebrations at 21. Both the food and service were exceptional and the early evening menu was great value for money. The restaurant was busy with a great atmosphere but it was still possible to chat without too much background noise. Would definitely recommend

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PF
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food , great value
Service quick and efficient

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LL
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We arrived a little early but were shown to our table without any problem. We chose to have the Tom Collins with Hepple gin while we chose our food. It was delicious and the Rosemary sherbet added a lovely touch. I chose the cheese soufflé which was very rich and creamy but followed by the roast cod it was very enjoyable. The service was very good with just the right amount of attention during a busy lunch time. The value for the Newcastle restaurant week menu was excellent. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend 21 for an superb meal.

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M
Liverpool
4 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Have been several times before always been outstanding but we ate from the restaurant week menu this time and the food was terrible
The staff and management couldn’t have been any more helpful trying to put things right we only paid for the one main course we ate between us and the drinks which was a nice gesture
We will return but not during restaurant week

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P
Newcastle
13 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always good and often exceptional food. Excellent staff and service.

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KB
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really great value for restaurant week. The food and the service was excellent

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JP
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed dining here during Restaurant Week, which represents excellent value (this is usually a ‘Special Occasion’ venue for us). Just gave 4 stars for Ambience as we were seated in the private dining area (despite having requested to be seated in the main restaurant when I booked) which doesn’t have the same buzz as the main restaurant. Otherwise 5 stars we’ll merited.

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AC
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant week menu and wine choices. Made us want to go back to eat off the main menu.

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e
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have visited many times. Food and service always good.

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H
Edinburgh
6 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently good food and a menu that changes very regularly so there is always something to look forward to.

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RR
Newcastle
6 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent never lets us down wish it was just around the corner

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JC
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently good which is important. Excellent friendly and professional service.
Portion size just right to be able to savour three courses comfortably.
Busy and a buzz about the place as it was Restaurant week which can be problematic for us when hearing impaired but it didn't spoil our lunch.

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D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I always enjoy dining here. The service on this busy evening was outstanding. The cheese soufflé was outstanding as always and the other courses were equally delicious.

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HA
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great atmosphere. Will definitely come again

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HH
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been going to Cafe 21 for years now and it is a restaurant that is consistently of high quality; every time we go the food and service is great.
And with the NE Restaurant week offer it is definitely excellent value for money

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DC
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit and took advantage of Restaurant week for £20 for 3 course which was top quality...service was excellent...we certainly plan to visit again very soon.

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HF
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a family, we go to 21 every Restaurant Week in addition to other occasions such as birthdays etc through the year. It's a chance to have a catch up and very suitable for our small family, ages 23 - 84! We love the food, the convivial atmosphere and the excellent service. We are a mix of vegetarians and meat eaters and always enjoy the wide range of dishes available.

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LG
London
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though 21 was extremely busy due to it being restaurant week, our food was of just as high standard as always.
Perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. We’ve never ever been disappointed when dining here and it’s definitely our favourite restaurant in Newcastle.

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b
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant week : food choice excellent , delicious cheese soufflé to start and then smoked haddock on bubble and squeak with a poached egg . All cooked to perfection and beautifully presented . The bread was also very tasty and more was brought to the table . We had an excellent waitress and the service was professional but friendly . We will be back .

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