21

4.6
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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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EH
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely meal with my husband and six year old daughter .Great service and delicious food. Thank you 🤗

MF
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants I have ever eaten in. The food and service were outstanding.

l
London
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely round table, nice surprise with birthday cake/candle, gorgeous food beautifully presented and cooked, service very good, nice ambience...nice buzz about the place. Def recommend.

SM
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food and value for money with the set lunch.
Lighting is perhaps a tad too bright.
My only real gripe is their automatic adding of a top on the bill.

OT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Today my Sister in Law had a meet and greet with her 3 week old Nephew.

We have as a family always loved 21 !

It was a wonderful day with fabulous food and service.

It could have been only improved by one small thing... baby changing facilities.

Perhaps you think that families with babies wouldn’t visit your restaurant, but we will keep coming irrespective of the small inconvenience.

PA
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My first visit to Cafe 21 and found it very enjoyable, the staff were very pleasant and most helpful. We had one hiccup the day before our booking telling us our reservation was cancelled. Luckily I did check with the restaurant for confirmation, and they confirmed that our reservation was ok. This caused a bit of stress after receiving this message, as we had booked for a birthday celebration. Not sure why this happened. Trust to say apart from this we will look forward to visiting Newcastle in the future and look forward to booking Cafe 21 again.

OT
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and great service as always

FW
Newcastle
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an outstanding meal even for 21. Fish soup was superb, my venison was excellent

w
London
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service, 21 keeps it's high standard

TS
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super atmosphere and a really good venue for a celebration.
A very comprehensive wine list featuring some stunning wines from around the globe.
Bread was excellent flavour and proved ideal for mopping up the sauces of both starter and main course
Starter of lobster ravioli was succulent and sweet and the accompanying sauce was rich and well balanced as it complimented the sweetness of the ravioli.
The venison was cooked to perfection beautiful flavour and so so tender. An art in itself to cook it just so. The accompanying assortment of fruit and veg again balanced the venison.
A fabulous meal worth every penny.

MB
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, wonderful service. Would thoroughly recommend.

SR
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely , lovely food . The early bird menu is very good value, the main menu a bit pricey but worth it for such lovely food. I have marked service down only because 4 people who served us were excellent, but one waitress was just not nice.

CD
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The front of house was excellent. Full and prompt attention from the second we walked through the door. At one point there were 5 staff waiting on us. The food was delicious especially the large cut chips...desserts to suit all tastes. Can’t wait to go again,, I was there 2 Saturdays in a row !

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars at 21 and the reason is simple - great food and service, an excellent wine list and, if you choose the early evening menu, outstanding value. We have never been disappointed in over twenty visits.

s
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife’s birthday lunch shared with my son and daughter-in-law. We (mostly) choose different dishes but we’re all equally pleased with the very high standard of cooking (delicious), presentation and service - a great time was had by us all!!

s
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Having used this restaurant before I felt sure it would be suitable for a special occasion. It seems standards have changed since my last visit.

My first course was a soufflé that was rather bland. The main course was moroccan lamb with couscous and aubergine.

The quality of the meat used was poor. A rather old lamb I think, and tough. The couscous was not cooked correctly and the herbs used had been overdone. I have had similar dishes in the past and this was very below an acceptable standard. I tried to eat some but my plate was taken away with 90% of the food remaining.

I was disappointed that the serving staff never enquired as to why my food was virtually untouched.

We declined the final course. My wife had the fish cakes as a main. Totally unforgettable she said.

The wait between courses was in just too long. I noticed other tables suffering long waits.

Sorry to say I would not recommend this restaurant unless the food and service improve.

A
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

It has been a couple of years since our last visit to 21, and the experience wasn't as good. The room is comfortable and well decorated. The meal started well in the usual tight well run restaurant. My wife ordered a lamb dish which when it arrived was very rare. She asked for it to be cooked more to her liking. At the time this was being done I was left with my meal dining alone. Had either of us ordered a steak we would have been asked how we would like the meat cooked, but the we weren't given an option as to how the lamb was going to be cooked. As our main courses were getting finished so were our drinks. We we never asked if we would like anymore drinks. When we did finish our mains the plates were removed in the usual timely manner. After some time we were asked if we would like to see the menu for deserts. We did. Time dwindled on and then eventually we were asked again if we were waiting for deserts. Sadly we informed the staff that we hadn't been given any menus. By this time, the moment had passed we disappointingly only asked for the bill. We left feeling underwhelmed.

FW
Newcastle
8 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit 21 around once per month,
This evening was busy but was one of the best we have had as a family of four
We chose the early bird menu. It never fails.

M
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Heard about this restaurant from a friend, and we were really pleased we followed his advice, what a great restaurant, from the moment we arrived we greeted by friendly and professional staff, the food was amazing the wine was excellent, overall we had a fantastic time and I would definitely recommend this restaurant..

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

I took my wife as part of her 50th birthday celebrations as we hadn't been to 21 before and it was the only higher end resturant in Newcastle that we hadn't tried. The booking site asked 'is it a special occasion' and i answered 'birthday' which was one of the options and added a comment saying it was a 50th and asked for a good table if possible. There was absolutely nothing done in response to this so why bother asking the question? The food was very good as you would expect from the price. The service however, was very basic and detracted from the offering. I think that the automatic adding of the tip (it says discretionary but most will feel compelled to pay so as not to make a fuss - like i did) means that the staff don't have to work for the tips. There are rival restaurants who do great food but back it up with great service. I will be going back to those in future.

MM
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As soon as you walk into cafe 21 you feel special! Food was wow wow and even more Wow!
Starters Cheese soufflé was to die for
Main course I opted for the monkfish with cashew nuts.....fantastic
Hubby opted for shoulder of beef with dumpling he gave it 10/10!
Will definitely go back sooner the better.

MA
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The venue is bright and interesting, the staff are courteous and helpful. There is a good selection of wine. The food was absolutely out of this world! I can thoroughly recommend this restaurant and will definitely visit again.

NG
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Great food and customer service
Excellent value for money for food
Wine expensive

JW
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect food and service. I have a obscure food intolerance and it was dealt with quietly and efficiently with beautifully presented food. I can most definitely recommend 21.

JR
London
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal and service absolutely outstanding!A delicious evening to celebrate my husband's birthday with our family. The only downside was at the start of the evening there was a large group who were also celebrating a birthday who were extremely loud and offputting Fortunately the retired to the Bar area before we began our main course.And have already recommended Cafe 21 to several friends and family.

OT
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and service, as always.

PH
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience1

Dreadful Sunday roast. Until now this was our favourite restaurant.

B
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ideal place for every occasion. Always good quality food and attentive staff

BT
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, enhanced by the ambience and complimented by superb service.

CH
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very varied menu something there for everyone.
Reasonable priced for most dishes and could choose things accordingly.
The food was delicious and the service excellent.
I have been coming here for many years but not on a regular basis I have never been disappointed and pleased that the standards are still high.
My two guests requested to go there as they had been once before and they weren’t disappointed.
Great evening out look forward to returning.

OT
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
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

d
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Overall the service was very poor but the food was very good

CB
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes, definitely. Still Newcastle's finest and they even do an early bird offer on a Saturday night.

E
London
22 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always good food and service.
Staff could be a little friendlier bearing in mind I visit a lot!

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing best food in Newcastle

GC
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great visit to 21. We've been a few times now and the food is always lovely. The staff are attentive without being over bearing and I can't recommend highly enough.

KK
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here on restaurant week and it was absolutely fantastic. Beautiful food, superbly cooked in great surroundings. We dined on restaurant week 3 course for £20 exceptional value. Will definitely return.

OT
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

P
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wedding Anniversary. Food and service excellent

r
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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