21

4.6
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3312 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Ambiance is a little loud but given it was busy that’s why...they didn’t have the wine we wanted nor did they have one of cocktails but was good overall

OT
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was lovely, opportunity to try something new during restaurant week, will go again

r
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

very good lunch , as always nothing to complain about good food and wine

V
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I took advantage of their amazing Restaurant Week menu. Food was great. Service was iffy. Everyone was pleasant but i felt some staff appeared new and needed a little more training.

TR
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, superb service & great armosphere

AJ
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

As always food was amazing especially as we were taking advantage of Restaurant Week offer. Restaurant was buzzing and altogether perfect venue.

C
County Durham
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience of dining at 21 is wonderful. The minute you walk through the door you're met by pleasant staff members who remain very attentive but not intrusive. Food is always exceptional, table settings immaculate and service outstanding. Well done to all who help maintain this. Louis in particular!

G
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Although the restaurant itself is nice enough the food was quite small portions and pretty tasteless, the service wasn't great we asked the waitress what the meals consisted of she had to go and ask someone, we asked for water twice and it never arrived, we were not going to leave a tip but 10% service charge took care of that! We won't return.

L
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came with a friend for restaurant week, so of course the value was very good. The price did not affect the quality or quantity of food that we were provided with. It was excellent.

D
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food lovely as usual, cheese soufflé a great starter, beef very nice, my wife felt the seasoning on her fish was a bit heavy handed and also the garlic in the potato was too much, all the sweets got a thumbs up.
Our waitress gave me a couple of samples of wine, which was really appreciated and allowed me to make the right choice for our taste. I wish all restaurants would do this.
Would I return, yes.

MH
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

While our food was good it got overwhelmed by some quite shocking poor service.

D
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been a few times for Sunday lunch today was definitely the best time I’ve been couldn’t fault anything with the food it was perfect.

MB
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food as usual. All staff were very attentive, charming and professional as expected. Can’t fault 21

k
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was double 60rh birthday celebration and everything was perfect. Good choice of wines whilst the food was of the standard now expected at 21. Service was attentive but not intrusive and it was a successful evening all round.

SM
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here many times and it never disappoints. One of our favourite places to eat

M
London
9 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Regular customers at "21". Relaxed and comfortable experience. Calves liver excellent.

SD
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Not as good as usual but still a nice evening. Some staff very attentive, others not. Had to wait a while for the wine. My main course was delicious. Would recommend and would go back but based on previous visits rather than this one.

SB
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always a good meal and great service. The day we went (Monday lunch) was very quiet and a bit cool in the restaurant but it was the first week after New Year so not surprised it wasn’t busy.

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Sunday lunch for 4 adults - great selection and super service ... thank you!

L
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful dining experience. I loved the food, ambience and the décor. Excellent location for Sunday lunch.

MT
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service staff friendly and the food was great, we were booked for 19.15 and we were finished for 20.30 so service was quick and efficient.

S
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service & consistently fabulous menus.

JC
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice resturant, friendly staff and excellant food.

EA
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful meal, perfectly cooked, with fantastic service from start to finish. Couldn’t recommend this restaurant enough.

M
Newcastle
7 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always absolutely fabulous 🤩

CC
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fast, efficient service. Staff very attentive
A brilliant choice of food and drinks. Can't wait to book again for another special occasion.

JM
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding great food good value and excellent service

DW
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We haven’t visited 21 for some time but decided to go for New Year’s Eve lunch. We were greeted and seated immediately in a lovely corner table. We opted for the set menu which was great value for money with plenty of choice. The food, as always, was delightful and the service was spot on.

The only drawback was when several tables of elderly customers arrived, dressed like the cast of Dynasty - all at the same time and seemed to take over the place somewhat. it was difficult to get anyone’s attention to take our plates away and get our bill, but we got there in the end and staff were just busy. We will definitely be back but will not choose such a busy time.

GD
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great restaurant to go for quality food,service and comfort,going strong since 1988,

HS
London
12 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lunch menu was good but not special. The lamb was under trimmed with cartilage left in the meat. So disappointing. But the turkey lunch was good.

SH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS GREAT AT CAFE 21. JUST PERFECT. THIS RESTAURANT GETS EVERYTHING RIGHT.

T
Newcastle
8 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Have been to Cafe 21 many times have found the restaurant to be extremely good but on this visit the food was not up to the usual standard, this can only be put down to it being Christmas Eve and the restaurant was obviously extremely busy which in turn puts a strain on the kitchen. Despite the food not being up to the usual standard we will still return.

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just spot on

OT
Newcastle
6 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Christmas meal, and excellent quality food as usual

DV
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was lovely with a good choice for vegetarians. The service was excellent.

M
London
11 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and service as always.

LM
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous festive lunch...menu was great food was fabulous & atmosphere superb. Really loved our lunch!

I
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit, however, it won’t be the last. Fantastic service from the minute we arrived until the minute we left. Very comfortable setting, great service with minimum of interruption. We ate from the Christmas lunch menu, good choice, good price, well presented. Would highly recommend. The la carte menu looks very good.

DK
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at 21 is always a pleasant experience and good value for money. We plan to return.

AP
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Our group has been to 21 many times and usually not disappointed.
This time was not up to scratch. For a party of 8 we had to ask multiple times for someone to take our drinks order. Same for food orders. 2 meals came out cold and one where the beef was so overcooked it couldn't be eaten. Service was slow despite the restaurant being only half full.
Disappointed 21. We know you can do so much better.