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.
Pretty good all round. Generous portions well prepared, good service.
It all felt very cramped, if they removed 2 or 3 tables it would be much better.
We often eat here. The ambience and service are always good. The quality of food and menu is excellent though the portions are small and the wine expensive . We would prefer to add our own service charge rather than it being added onto the bill automatically.
I love having dinner (or lunch) at Cafe 21 and have been doing so for many, many years. Lovely food and atmosphere. Never disappoints.
A firm favourite of ours. Cafe 21 never disappoints
Excellent meal and service. Cafe 21 never fails to impress.
We had the early evening menu, which was good value. Service was good but wine always seems overpriced.
Everything about 21 was perfect. My go to special place, 21 never disappoints
the food was excellent, the ambiance pleasant and the service very good as ever. The acoustics could be better.
Does 21 stand for "skilful cooking, sassy service and a good-time feel"? Absolutely yes! We just had an amazing early dinner celebrating a special occasion, and both kitchen and floor staff did a great job. We were a party with different range of tastes, but the menu were perfectly created to satisfy everbody's taste buds. Food was cooked to perfection, service was professional, and the atmosphere absolutly matched the offerings: a stylish but relaxed environment. Thanks for the fantastic experience!
Good welcome, cracking bar selection, happy to agree to my beer temperature idiosyncrasy. Good food, good desserts, good cheese and good wines. Staff attentive but not overbearing. I would certainly recommend 21 for a special occasion dinner.
A Fabulous meal again at 21. Not only delicious but also generous portions too. The early evening menu is really good and excellent value.
Food excellent and service good.
Food was okay but unexceptional and seemed expensive for what we got. The vegetarian main (ravioli) was rather small. The meat mains were okay but nothing special. I'd expect similar in a pub for much less.
Great food, great wine, excellent deserts and more generously sized portions than you’d normally see at a restaurant of that style. Ambiance a bit lacking. Kind of soulless with brightish lighting—felt bit like a bland hotel restaurant to look at.
We came for the 3 course menu but only ended up staying for 2 due to the disappointment.
Considering the calibre of restaurant I’d have expected a lot more, the food was mediocre at best, very bland and each course felt rushed.
I’m comparing this to Branches in Jesmond’s 5 course menu for the same price, I’d go back there every day over 21.
It’s been about 4 years since I was last here and I can’t express how disappointing the food was compared to then.
Fantastic and attentive service.
Excellent food and wine, would definitely come back
A fantastic night out for my husbands birthday. We all had delicious food served by very attentive staff. A perfect evening - thank you!
Nicely cooked food, pleasant efficient staff a good experience all round.
3rd visit and this will be the last. Service was slow. Table was 20 minutes late, drinks didn’t arrive and when they did something were always missing. No apology. Eventually we’re offered a free round of drinks when they arrived one was missing, food took ages and wasn’t as good as pervious visit couldn’t eat the chips! I’ve been before on a busy Saturday night in the same group and wasn’t like this, disappointed and won’t be returning
Not only is food very good at 21, the service helps make it a top rate establishment
Yet again amazing food, friendly staff and a great atmosphere. Service isn’t quick but then that works when you’re out for a chilled evening which we were.
21 is my favourite restaurant in Newcastle.We have never been disappointed and it is always where we take visitors as we know we can rely on getting an interesting menu, wine list and good service.
Overall a good experience however we had to return one of the main courses as the chicken was very hard and not to standard usually expected from Cafe 21.They immediately replaced it with another chicken meal which was properly cooked and fresh with all the trimmings as promised.
This was the first time in our many visits that we have not been fully satisfied with the food and were disappointed that when leaving and paying the mistake was not fully acknowledged.
Great family dinner - consistently good!
Amazing food as always. Not sure if I would go on a Friday again as the dining room was “rammed” and very loud. Not the usual relaxing ambiance. But food, wine, and service all as excellent as ever. And the staff had noted without us mentioning that it was one of our birthdays and brought a complimentary cake and candle at the end. A lovely touch.
Been eating here for a while and usually have the chateu Briand. This used to come with 2 sides per person however this time it only came with 2 sides between 2 people. Nowhere near enough food for 2 people so although the food was good, left disappointed and unlikely to return as so many other places to eat
We ate from the fixed price early evening menu as we had theatre tickets. Even though our table was booked for 5.45 p.m. the restaurant was already starting to fill up, indicating that 21 is as popular as ever. The service was prompt, the food was good and the menu offered plenty of choice. I particularly like the range of reliable wines here at sensible prices. If you need to be confident that everything will go well then this is a good choice to make.
Without a shadow of a doubt the best restaurant in Newcastle. I have been coming here at least once a year for 9 years and not only has it never disappointed, it has never been anything short of outstanding. The service, menu, food, drinks and atmosphere can never be faulted. Highly and whole-heartedly recommended.
As always, very good food for the price, coupled with proper service and decent wine. Will be back
Very high standard of food with a brilliant range of dishes fir a set lunch menu. Great value for money !
Service very good !
Was great, staff were very helpful as we were celebrating a birthday.
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!
Modern, wonderful restaurant located in the Quayside area of Newcastle. Varied menu, beautifully cooked food and friendly and helpful staff.
Service not as good as usual but was father’s day
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.
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
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.
food always fantastic, early evening menu tremendous value.