21

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3256 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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LO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service1ambience1

Visited 21 Sunday really looking forward meal as been many times but service was not as usual . Staff were quite off hand apart from a tall dark Curley haired young lady .
Meal was disappointing as meat very poor had to ask for gravy ( which came after asking twice then banged down on table in small jug half-full ) not enough for 5 people . My friends hadn’t been before so didn’t want to make a fuss and we had had a fabulous day until then .
Nice touch at end of meal as friend was celebrating her birthday and she was served a complementary cake.
Will return hopefully 21 will be having a better day !

KH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited for Sunday lunch to celebrate a family birthday and can thoroughly recommend this restaurant . The decor and ambience are perfect , the service is excellent , staff were friendly and attentive and the food is amazing. Four of us had the roast turkey and two of us had the roast pork and all were delicious . Will definitely be visiting again .

PS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and hospitality. We were welcomed and after gmhaving a quick drink at the bar shown to our table. The food was fabulous as was the service.
Would highly recommend on a visit to Newcastle

C
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very disappointed having been a customer since your early days, we were expecting a dining experience and not the fast food experience we endured. Everything was rushed and my main course was returned to the kitchen as it was only Luke warm. However, when a replacement arrived it too was luke warm so we decided that was the norm. From sitting at the table to getting the bill, it was a total of 45 minutes, that includes being asked 3 times if we were ready for the sweet menu. We distinctly got the impression that they wanted our table for someone else. So, we paid our bill, which was £160 for an average meal, and walked back to our hotel bar for a nice quiet relaxing drink as the night was still very young. Will not be returning, sorry Cafe 21

PL
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fantastic as always. Crazy busy with xmas parties but the staff did well. Food from the xmas menu was delicious. Not great at this time of year for a romantic dinner...very noisy and energetic.

C
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit and was not disappointed, will be certainly be back in the near future.

SB
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant always provides delicious food and excellent service. It cannot be beaten in Newcastle.

OT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic, Food was outstanding as was the service. Many Thanks

C
London
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb vibe, attentive service and delicious food! A favourite of mine... especially as I was dining with 7 girlfriends and we were seated at a lovely round table..so sociable. Perfect venue for a Christmas get together... everyone loved it!

LS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent with friendly efficient staff

DS
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always reliable for a lovely choice of food. Xmas menu was good but I definitely received a smaller portion than I normally get (pork dish). The smoked fish tartare was fabulous.

SA
London
9 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as ever. Lemon Sole cooked to perfection. My colleague ordered Halibut and was similarly satisfied. In and out in 55 minutes as requested, which for a business lunch is perfect! Back again very shortly to sample the Christmas menu which is always the best in the City!

JS
Cumbria
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great venue for friends relatives catch up elegant but unpretentious fine food but not fussy great staff very friendly lovely Sunday afternoon atmosphere really enjoyed

t
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Food outstanding as ever.

However the restaurant was really quite cold and so we were actually a bit uncomfortable for lots of the evening which was a shame.

I also think the decor is a little tired in places.

But the food is amazing!

PG
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Unfortunately the sole was very poor(frozen I think).Not good because we always come for sole which is usually excellent.
That did not charge which was good.
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MS
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visited 21 with my family this weekend before a concert in Newcastle. It’s the first time we’ve been back since I was at University in Newcastle. I would summarise 21 as a restaurant that does the dishes we all know and love to a really high standard; it’s been excellent every time we’ve been and I hope we’ll be back again soon.

EM
Newcastle
9 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place and will make up any excuse to go. The food is amazing and the staff are friendly and helpful.

B
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a very good meal and service the red was excellent and good value my wife had celeriac soup to start and I had venison terrine both were very good followed by Partridge for me and roast hake for my wife they were both excellent it was a very enjoyable experience the restaurant has a nice buzz and ambience this is the the sixth time we have been when we visit Newcastle and in our view it is the best in the toon

HG
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous food and great service , look forward to going back !

C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice evening at cafe21- attentive service, good food and wine but expensive overall. Very friendly staff on the night.

FW
Newcastle
5 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always , food ,wine and service all to a very high standard. We have never been disappointed in the last ten years or so.

H
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Lovely relaxed family meal with fabulous service even tho it was outside standard serving times

w
London
13 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service 21 keeps the highest of standards

OT
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as ever

DV
Newcastle
11 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente comida y servicio. Un 10!

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ED
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food and great experience.
Only question would be the cost of the roast.

JK
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another superb Sunday lunch at 21. It is the perfect venue for a relaxing meal with a terrific variety of choice to suit all pockets.

CC
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As always the food was wonderful. Value wise you know it's going to be an expensive night, I perceive the food as good value, it's the drinks that tend to feel overpriced.

They were busy when we arrived and our table wasn't ready. We had an 8pm booking but didn't get starters until after 9pm so we were all starving.

Having said that the evening was lovely and I would highly recommend 21's.

LP
London
7 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We enjoyed a lovely meal at 21. The service was very good and we felt looked after; the food was well presented and delicious. I would have liked more vegetables with my main course but other than that I have no complaints and would I definitely return here again if I lived closer or if I visited Newcastle again.

LC
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked as a surprise for our sons 21st birthday. He is a student in Newcastle and we travelled up from Sheffield so we wanted somewhere special for him. This place did not disappoint. We were made to feel so welcome by everyone. The staff we very attentive but not over bearing. The food was amazing. Every course we had was excellent. There were five of us in the party and we all commented on how lovely each dish was. We had dropped off a cake earlier and we were asked when we wanted it to be brought out which was done exactas we asked.
Thankyou 21 for helping to make this occasion a very memorable one.

JM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We always enjoy the 21 experience. Our only criticism is that waiters should not refill your wine glass without being asked to do so.

W
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were welcomed from the start to finish with a very tasty meal in between x

JC
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really great food, reasonable price, relaxed atmosphere, a top standard place, can`t wait to return.

AJ
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dining room full of happy diners who are in the main regular clients is proof of the good food and service which makes this restaurant the icon it has become.

JS
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Everything was great, except I was surprised and disappointed to have to wait for about 25 minutes from sitting down to receive our pre-dinner drinks, which made me grumpy with our poor charming waiter.

OT
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely birthday with family, staff helpful and friendly

m
Newcastle
7 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The first table in what is normally the private room is subject to a drought when both outside doors are open. Its the only thing to spoil the evening.

AC
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went after the football match as we wanted to find a venue that served excellent food but also was value for money
We had the early evening menu which fitted the bill completely

We all enjoyed the meal and would definitely return 😃😃

LG
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcomed and given the choice to go to the table or sit and look at the menu in the bar. Chose the early evening menu and had a fantastic three course vegetarian meal. Exemplary service, discreet and quiet dining at that time of the evening.

J
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service in quality surroundings. Could probably do with updating the vegetarian menu choice.