21

4.6
2723 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
Top tags:
  • 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
British, French
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday 12:00PM - 2:30PM,
Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:30PM - 10:30PM
Sunday 12:00PM - 8:00PM
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Phone number
0191 222 0755
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Chris Dobson
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Parking Details
Secure off street car park 50 meters away.
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Manors
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
London
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Good food and service for a group of 15 ..starters were VERY expensive ..but rest of meal prices fine ..recommend Knickerboker glory for dessert

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JA
Österreich
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit here.
We found from the minute we walked in, how friendly& helpful the staff were.
but the food was really Amazing something for everyone even Grandsons 12 & 11.
A wounderful everning all round.
Thank you very much.

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M
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

All good, good enough for us to return but main course portion size (fish) a little on the small side. Three of us had the fish course (Sea Bass) but each of us only had two pieces of fish about the size of Tortilla Chip.

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HB
Derbyshire
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was quiet because it was early evening but food was excellent and service was attentive without being overbearing.

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CN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was my first visit to Cafe 21 And I found the staff really friendly and efficient. The food absolutely lovely particularly the Risotto and the lemon posset. It was my birthday and all my friends seemed to enjoy their meals. Only slight down side, a little difficult to chat as it was a bit echoey and noisy.

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RP
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food once again, will certainly go again, one of the best in Newcastle.

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HS
London
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

21 is the benchmark for other restaurants. As always it was excellent.

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RP
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a great dining experience with really attentive, but discreet staff and delicious food. We ate from the early bird menu yet this did not feel any less well prepared and delivered than something from the main menu. Definitely the best food we’ve eaten all year from a restaurant. We left feeling like we thoroughly enjoyed the experience

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M
Newcastle
27 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went for husband's birthday. It was a very busy night - this didn't affect the service which was v good but the noise level was so extreme I just wanted to cover my ears! Also was allocated a table on what formed a 'corridor' between the tables and the kitchen - so waiters rushing past every minute. We were so close to the next table we may as well have had a table for 4! It's a great restaurant and I will go back but not on a Saturday night - too manic!

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a
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very enjoyable

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SC
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good, although my cheese selection was poor with wilted celery, brown grapes and a slice of cheddar which was a dried out end, otherwise great night out!

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GS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

One of the best restaurants in Newcastle. Very good food and service. A little pricey and noisy.

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MD
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and two friends dined at Restaurant 21 early evening on Saturday. We all elected to choose from the early diners menu and we all were very impressed by the quality, quantity and value of our meals. The lamb main course was exceptional. We drank the house red wine which also was excellent. A special mention to our waitress Emily who was a credit to her restaurant. Helpful, attentive and a happy person! All in all an excellent experience - we will be back!

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OT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely food, great atmosphere and good service. Watch out for the glass table outside the toilets-caught my leg on the corner.

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SL
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to have a catch up with friends, lovely lunch.

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AJ
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, waiting staff were really nice.
The restaurant & decor lovely also accessible disabled toilet.
Cannot fault it

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JE
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A most enjoyable occasion,enhanced by the great starter(souffle) and pleasant,unobtrusive service. One minor grumble- the German wine was a bit overpriced!

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GT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delivers when you have a special occasion you want to celebrate with excellent food, great service and a really nice atmosphere.

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NB
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We had a wonderful Early Evening Menu which was delicious, filling and great value @ £21 each.

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SM
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food at 21 is always fabulous. Loads of choice and fantastic quality. Early evening menu gives value for money too. All in all excellent

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SB
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a very nice relaxed lunch with exquisite food at extremely good value lunch menu prices. Will be back!

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LM
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and the food looked and tasted fabulous

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LB
Newcastle
5 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Disappointing compared to previous visits. Very noisy and not especially relaxing as a consequence. Had this experience before but figured would give it a go again as my husband likes it but I would rather not go and spend a la carte prices to find it's somewhat of a racket. Pity really as several years it wasn't like that. Wouldn't rush to go back for a special Saturday night as think there are others in the city better in the same price range. Strangely it's 20 years since we first went when it was 21 Queen St.

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RY
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our evening at 21. The staff were attentive and the food was amazing. The wine and champagne offerings were fantastic with a wide and varied assortment on offer. A big thank you to the staff who presented us with a lovey special cake to celebrate our wedding anniversary.

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IE
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food in a handy location for central Newcastle

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R
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Up to expectations regarding food and service. However, the espresso machine was not working, so there was no espresso coffee after dinner. I recommend always having a back-up for such occasions. Nevertheless, my first choice in Newcastle and Northumberland for wonderful food and good service!

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GG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked the early evening menu which gave us a good choice of dishes.The service was excellent ,the staff polite attentive but not intrusive and the food when served was of very good quality.
We enjoyed a very relaxed and happy evening.

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DS
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I have dined at 21 many times, but this was our best meal. The Venison was amazing. Rose from Chile was pretty good too. The restaurant gradually got busier, and there was a nice atmosphere. Usually get a bit more attention from staff when we arrive, our welcome was lacking a little. Overall a good experience.

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l
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal tonight. Brilliant attentive service from all the staff and gorgeous food as always. By far the best restaurant in Newcastle. Totally recommended. Five stars.

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j
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All round great place. Food, service and atmosphere. One of the best places to eat in Newcastle.

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BT
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday Lunch menu was outstanding value, roast beef main course was fantastic!

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A
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Very disappointed that we had to wait 40mins for our table without any apology and we only got our table then when I went and spoke to the manager and said we were disappointed to wait so long past our booked time. No drinks served , we went to the bar and got a drink. tables in the waiting area were dirty with spillage. It really took the edge off my birthday celebration, you know just a little care or apology would have made it all the better. Once seated , the service and food were excellent, the soufflé was outstanding as always. This is my very favourite restaurant, one I use for special nights, thats why I wrote the review in the hope someone reads it and notes the disappointment because the experience early on should to have occurred . Delays happen its how you handle them and the manager did not handle the delays which we and other bookings were having. Andy

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SB
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

I was quite disappointed with my experience at 21 if i'm honest. My boyfriend and I had booked a table for half past 8, we arrived about 5/10 mins early and had a drink at the bar, but our table was not ready for half 8, in fact we didn't get seated until about 10 to 9. Once we were seated and given menus I was shocked at how expensive the starters were!! It wasn't as if the starters even warranted the price, I think my boyfriend payed something like £15 for a some Foie Gras and 2 fried eggs. Then once our starters were cleared it took about 40 minutes for our mains to come which was ridiculous considering we hadn't ordered steaks well done or anything. We then had to ask the waitress where our food was, and it came out about 10 minutes later, at which point we realised they had forgotten about our side order of veg. I then had to call someone over again to ask for this, and when it finally came out there was no apology given or anything. In addition to this, our bottle of white wine that we had ordered was not chilled at all. To be fair to the restaurant, our main courses were beautifully cooked, I had the duck and my boyfriend had the lamb. However, unfortunately our experience was ruined by poor service, and I don't believe it is the best value for money. The food, starters in particular, were not good enough to warrant paying that price. Unfortunately, because of this, we will not be back.

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CH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Really great night out, lovely meal. Chips deserve a special mention.....they were amazing, spent half the night debating how they were cooked!!!!

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P
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

I went for s nice dinner with my boyfriend to Newcastle looked nice but sat beside the door it was cold and had a hair in my meal

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JR
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fabulous early evening menu. We ordered dessert from the main menu although these were rather over-priced. Well worth a visit.

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j
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant in Newcastle highly recommend

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RJ
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always the food was of an excellent quality. The staff are always helpful and pleasant.

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PR
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our third choice from Michelin guide as the first two had been shut because of drug raids!!!! We were pleasantly surprised and thought the food exceeded our expectations and would be happy to go back again.

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A
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely brilliant birthday meal, food and service were outstanding, great atmosphere but at the same time possible to have a quiet conversation. Just wish it wasn't two hours away!

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