21

4.6
3036 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was great, staff were very helpful as we were celebrating a birthday.

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OT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Not great - meat was fatty and not much of it.
Surprised it is so popular - far better alternatives for Sunday lunch eg. Earl of Pitt St which was sadly all booked up.
Would not return to Cafe 21 which is a shame as I used to like it!

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

Service not as good as usual but was father’s day

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DP
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good overall female server very nice one Male one miserable, food very good only point I'd make is if you order the fillet steak it comes covered in the sauce which is meant to be peppercorn but didn't taste like it would of preferred it in a small gravy boat so I could add it when or if i wanted. There was a lot of managers/staff wondering about yet not one of them went to any of the tables to top up with wine glasses the price you pay this should be done without having to ask.

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s
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our table was reserved for 6.15pm. The restaurant wasn't too busy and our table was by the window. I had a starter of scallops which sat on a mild black bean reduction. The chef had the strength just right and the two complimented each other.
My main course was calf's liver with bacon and mashed potatoes. The liver was presented slightly pink which was my choice. The potatoes were very finely mashed and the the flavours on the plate had a good balance to them.
My meal was finished off with coffee. A nice touch was the cup being pre warmed before the coffee was poured.
Perhaps a complimentary chocolate with the coffee would have been a nice touch.
My wife and daughter both enjoyed their food and I would recommend this restaurant to others

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s
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an excellent lunch. The scallops to start we're divine.
I can't fault the restaurant or the staff who were very knowledgeable and discreet.
I will definitely eat there again.

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

food always fantastic, early evening menu tremendous value.

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MB
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and excellent food. We will return,

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really nice food and wine but we were sat in the area which led into the kitchen. That spoiled it slightly. The service was good

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AW
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic early evening meal at 21 on Saturday night with my Mum and my sister before we went to the theatre. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was amazing. We were well looked after on a very special occasion. Will definitely be back the next time we visit Newcastle. Would highly recommend.

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DC
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent lunch at 21. It’s been a while but a special occasion necessitated a special meal and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Staff very attentive and food delicious.

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DC
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food and evening overall. Mushroom ravioli and duck main was so tasty! My only complaint is that there is no lager on draught. Definitely a must in all restaurants!

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KW
London
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food, great friendly service from all the wonderful staff. A great place to enjoy really good food

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AJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Cafe 21 since Terry Laybourne created 21 Queen Street. During these decades we have continued to enjoy all his restaurants. Of course there has been an occasional fault in food or service! But overall we love the food creative cooking and buzzy atmosphere and service. Cannot believe you have never been! Enjoy!

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B
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

An attractive, spacious restaurant, with quality service and great food. We took the early evening option which was outstanding value for a first class meal.

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PR
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my mum had a fabulous evening here! The food was gorgeous and plentiful! Amazing service too. Thankyou so much x

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NG
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent atmosphere, service was excellent and the food was great

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CS
Newcastle
8 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have eaten in 21 a few times over the years and have always been delighted at the level of service and the quality of the food on offer. This occasion was special as was daughter's 21st birthday and this was flagged to the restaurant when the booking was made. There was no acknowledgement of my daughter's birthday and service was not as good as I have experienced in the past. It was good but not outstanding.

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l
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Lovely meal, the food is still top quality and the service is good too. However, the restaurant is so crowded, with the tables really close together. The waiting staff found it hard to move between the tables without guests moving their chairs. We could literally hear the conversations on the four tables surrounding us. They also only had one choice for a vegetarian option. It was lovely, but a couple of options to select from would have been better.

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KS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother Of All Souffles

Had lovely starter and main and chose the Salted Caramel and Chocolate Soufflé for dessert

It is the best dessert I can remember at anytime from anywhere

"Delicious" is an understatement!

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JP
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first visit , had been recommended. We went to celebrate my wife’s 70th. The staff were all very efficient , and friendly. Had a beautiful glass of Italian Rose Prosecco whilst deciding what to eat. All the food was delicious and washed down with a lovely bottle of Jane Hunter Sauvignon Blanc .
I would thoroughly recommend Cafe 21 .

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N
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my first visit to 21. Had a 3 course meal on Sunday evening and all 3 courses were absolutely outstanding. I often find in other restaurants that one of the courses is not as good, usually the dessert, but not at 21. Wonderful fresh flavours, every mouthful was a treat. Portion sizes were perfect for me - though my son thought they were a bit small. It means I can enjoy all 3 courses without getting too full!

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AG
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Always a lovely afternoon as 21 . My food was not as good as usual . Two very small slices of beef and the seafood cocktail was most definitely not worth the price . Others were happy with their meals but we have had better . That said we will always return as the whole experience was good as always

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LV
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was really nice however the service was not good at all. I feel paying £18.50 for a starter of scallops was a touch expensive, however having it dumped in front of me without a word was quite honestly not acceptable. We also order the Chatuerubriand which was excellent....in fact the best we have ever tasted. All in all this rather expensive restaurant was spoilt by lazy staff who offered poor service.

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CA
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning food, service and ambience. Fantastic location for my wife's birthday and our wedding anniversary celebration. Great way to spend a Saturday lunchtime.

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CP
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, service and ambience. Great place for a delicious meal with special guests.

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S
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Faultless and great value early bird menu , surprisingly very busy given it wAs midweek but staff attentive and efficient non the less.

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w
London
10 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service, 21 keeps it extreme highs levels alwayts

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EW
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything you could want in a restaurant can be found at Cafe 21

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DD
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

This was my 3rd time going to 21 and it was poor in comparison to the last 2 times I have been food was poor compared to the other times I have been .I have previously recommended this restaurant to friends but I would be unsure to next time

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KB
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked this place on menu - very appealing - and we were not disappointed. From the greeting and welcome with a perfect martini to our delicious food and wine choices, - terrific. Food delicious and great ambience. Well done 21. Fantastic night

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ND
London
9 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and excellent service. It was quite noisy but that was mainly due to groups who were talking with raised voices - they were enjoying themselves.

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VB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere, great food, great location... lovely menu with plenty of options..and friendly staff.
Would definitely visit again

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CG
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Been to 21 on many occasions and never had a bad experience however, they had run out of ribeye steak which was my preference. I had venison as a substitute which was delicious, but is not ribeye! The cheese and spinach soufflé was as usual sublime and compensated for my lack of mains choice.

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EH
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time for us and we will definitely be going back loved every minute great staff very helpful and we were not rushed

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CB
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was busy (possibly due to a two-course deal) but the hosts were friendly and attentive. The menu provided good choice. The food was delicious and served with suitable time gaps; we were not rushed between courses nor left waiting too long. All in all, it was a very pleasant dining experience.

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JD
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good restaurant with comfortable bar for pre- and post-meal drinks. Lovely food and attentive service. I recommend it highly.

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CJ
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff are so well trained, attentive without being intrusive. The food as always excellent. A lovely lunch,Thank you

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OT
Newcastle
8 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Little more pricey than some other set menu lunches, but you get what you pay for. Lovely food in a very nice restaurant. Recommended

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JB
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The welcome to 21 was very friendly, the food was excellent, beautifully served cooked to perfection, and very tasty! Service was second to none! A very enjoyable evening. Thank you to all.

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