21

4.6
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3300 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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MB
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SM
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

M
London
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous.

GM
Newcastle
5 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best xmas lunch we have ever had!
All staff were excellent
Well done to everyone

EM
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

21 never fails! Food, service, surroundings outstanding.

JH
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been dining at 21 for many years (since 21 Queens St). My wife and I dine out often and have tried most of the restaurants in and around Newcastle but always return to Cafe21. We have brought family and friends over the years who are always very impressed.

Thank You Cafe 21. Looking forward to our next visit

Lynne & Jim

NB
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Greeted at the door and coats taken by a very polite member of staff. Food was superb and prepared a lot quicker than I expected. Wine list was plentiful. The only criticisms to be had of the entire evening were that out table was in a crowded area of the restaurant when there were plenty tables free upon arrival & that our waitress wasn’t very friendly and seemed a little pushy. Neither of these things would put us off going again, but take take the shine off what was otherwise a brilliant night

DT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great choice of Christmas menu, excellent value . Food was delicious!

NT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Was an annual reunion for 3 of us. From beginning to end, an excellent experience, the only niggle I had was that my negroni could be a little stronger, touch more gin and Campari.

Firstly, the place was packed for our entire visit (we were seated at 2pm, we left at 8pm) and the bar/waiting area was heaving with waiting diners throughout that time.

We ordered in the main from the set Christmas menu (Sourdough + Butter (excellent), 2 x pate en croute, 1 x langoustine ravioli (all cleared in no time), 3 x asst'd pork plate, more crackling please (brill) and 2 x Crimbo pud and a choc/cherry trifle (I'm not a X-pud fan but the choc/cherry was sublime) excellent value, followed by a cheese plate which altho an excellent selection, could be more local, Doddington, etc.. but top notch.

Very good wine list with prices from £20+, we somewhat over indulged, the US pinot noir and the Rhone gigondas to finish the meal were excellent, the savannieres with the starters was excellent, the slight sweetness complimenting that course. Good port and cognac/malt choice and not stupidly expensive.

Staff were attentive throughout, no faulting them, the waiting team altho dealing with a constantly full restaurant were polite and responsive.

A great lunch+, thanks to all the team.

RR
Newcastle
9 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Just the same as ever, love it will be back as soon as possible

J
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined with work colleagues as part of our Christmas celebrations. Food was fantastic, wine was wonderful and service was splendid!

OT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Always a little disappointed when in overflow room as feel ambience not quite as good

TS
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Great food, service, and atmosphere.

Excellent value for money.

Staff were welcoming, attentive, and very helpful

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Can’t beat 21 in NEWCASTLE .

l
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We love this place, been numerous times, food always great. On this occasion the service was terrible. Really disappointed. Different waiters, nobody paying attention, still waiting for second round of drinks to be served. After 25 minute wait decided not to chase and on asking for the bill nobody even batted an eye about the drinks that were supposedly coming. What a shame.