21

4.6
2836 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
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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EW
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely place
Very clean and nice selection of food
Food gorgeous beyond words
Very filling

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NB
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was exceptional from when we arrived to when we left! We had a drink at the bar first where we were given menus to pre order food before we got to our table...
All food was delicious, the only downfall being the steak was served with pepper sauce all over it but this is no fault of the restaurant as we did not request it on the side. Other than that I had the lamb which was delicious!
It is a pricey menu but at the same time it’s a nice treat and the atmosphere was lovely! Will definitely be back

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AT
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A throughly enjoyable evening. Delicious food and excellent service. The restaurant was recommended by a friend and her praise of the venue was spot on. Thank you.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We both thought everything about our meal was great. The early evening menu had a good choice and we both agreed that actually any of the starters and mains were equally appetising and the flavours of the food were very strong and fresh.
The restaurant itself was very comfortable and the staff made us both feel special.
Thank you to all at 21 .

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OT
Newcastle
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely venue and a warm welcome from all the staff. The service and pace was just right. Staff checked in on our experience in a friendly, polite and timely manner. The menu reflects seasonal foods and delicious on arrival. Many thanks to all the crew (including all those behind the scenes) for a fantastic afternoon.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb meal with special diet well catered for. Many thanks

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JM
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.
The best restaurant in Newcastle

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SC
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very well presented and tasted amazing. staff were professional and very pleasant. It could be considered expensive but you most certainly get what you pay for. Fantastic.

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FE
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good which is why it's our default for birthdays and for showing out of towners a good evening or lunch. No noisy music. Good, unobtrusive service. A decent vegetarian menu that feels respectful.

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JD
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had great food as always at 21, and I was delighted to see that there was a separate veggie and vegan menu. Really enjoyed the night and the atmosphere was great considering it was the first Monday in January!

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JF
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb quality. service was absolutely faultless. What a great night to celebrate a birthday. Well done 21. Perfect

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LB
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed our evening here staff were great the food was very good and a lovely atmosphere can definitely recommend it

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d
Newcastle
11 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe 21, what can you say apart from Great Food, Great Staff and a pleasure to dine there ;-) Thank you

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LH
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food, gorgeous wine. The waitress was a little sour but I understand that it was New Years Eve and you were slammed. Will definitely be back.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great scallops - perfectly cooked. Excellent chateaubriand. Fish cakes a little dry. Overall fabulous food & service. Catered brilliantly for my son’s nut allergy.
Terry Laybourbe doesn’t get much wrong. Superb.

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RR
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Same as always excellent service halibut sublime sadly no room left for a pudding

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SW
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Fabulous food sadly let down by service .. we were left in the bar area even after registering our booked table time as we arrived .... luckily we were in no hurry , after meal coffees were ordered and charged for but alas we didn’t get them ! Staff were very apologetic but it’s the basics that need attention and make the difference .. wouldn’t affect our dining in future just a shame it spoiled things a little

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MH
Newcastle
5 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday lunch just after Christmas staff lovely food excellent

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w
London
9 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch with friends,great cocktails,food,wine and fizz. Service spot on, and great ambiance

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MR
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A fantastic lunch which we were able to linger over for hours and didn't feel under pressure. Food perfect. They even allowed us to take away the centre piece of the table which we had admired! Superb place for special occasions.

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L
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to 21 as a family occasion to celebrate two birthdays.
The service was efficient and friendly.
The food was excellent - the braised beef was tender and the meat falling apart while the steak was cooked exactly as my son likes it. For dessert, the Florentine doughnuts were light and fluffy and my husband enjoyed the Madirofolo chocolate/orange/espresso caramel.
We would recommend 21 for a special occasion.

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NT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great negronis at the bar before table. Very friendly and professional staff. Lots of choice on the menu for V & V's. Tables are well spaced, wine list has great deals across all price points, fixed price menus are a very good deal for this quality of food. A great lunch.

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s
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

another great meal, especially as they were packed out.

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PJ
London
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely helpful staff, good food, we all enjoyed Sunday lunch

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N
Newcastle
6 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely meal. The Christmas menu was excellent as always. Thank you for a special night.

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J
Hamburg Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

High quality food, friendly and competent service - perfect !

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VB
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’d recommend 21.. really good food in a great atmosphere. It is expensive but worth it.

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CA
Newcastle
13 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 1

Was a shame.
We love 21, but tonight I wish we’d gone Peace & Zliag instead.

1) Wrong champagne brought, when right one arrived. The waiter poured it incorrectly meaning it kept spilling on the table.

2) No one checked on us, as I wanted a glass of red with my beef. Tried to catch someone’s attention, it wasn’t possible.

3) Waited a long time for table to be cleared.

4) Couldn’t catch anyone’s attention to get coffees & liqueurs etc after our desert, meaning we didn’t get any.

Over all pretty poor experience, that is a shame as the food was amazing. This is the first time I’ve ever requested for the 10% service charge to be removed.

Also, they put £1 on for street smart. I 100% agree with this, the issue is. There was nothing on the table informing me of this and the waitress never mentioned it.

Over all a VERY disappointing experience by 21 on Friday, service definitely seems to be lacking here now. I can only assume a front of house management change meaning the better skilled and trained people have left.

I am sorry to leave this review, as I truly love 21, however, something needs to be done about the poor service. I don’t expect to being spending over £140 on a table of two and getting such bad service.

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N
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Beautifully cooked food well presented- taste really good

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GS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food as usual

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MR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff, friendly helpful and had time for us.
Meal was very good and speedily delivered, despite been a very busy day.
It was my wife's birthday she was delighted with it all they even gave her a small cake with candle.
This was the icing on the cake, on our trip to the Andre Rieu concert

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BN
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

21 maintains a very high standard and is the venue of choice in Newcastle for special occasions

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RR
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch on Thursday was sublime but this is why we come here, so professional in every way

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ER
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent lunch for my Mum’s 80th
She really enjoyed it, as did we all. Food superb as always. Thank you

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AW
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very busy due to the time of the year, but service still excellent and the food superb...

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SJ
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, Great food and Great wines

We were a pary of 7 people, 6 of which had never been before to Cafe 21, however they all will be returning soon

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JM
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been looking to go to this restaurant for a while as it has been recommended by a number of colleagues. We were not dissapointed, the food was outstanding and the service excellent. We will definately be returning.

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KL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a terrific, pre-Christmas family get together at 21. From the warm welcome on arrival until our departure, we were very well looked after, especially by the charming young woman dealing with front of house. The choice of food was extensive, and it is well worth asking for the separate vegetarian/vegan menu. The food was excellent and none of us were disappointed with our choices. Newcastle is lucky to have such fine restaurant.

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GA
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always -great food and friendly, efficient service. Best value restaurant in area.

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EO
London
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

21's deserves its reputation as an outstanding hostelry only marred to a small degree by the absence of draught beer. On what was a quiet evening the 'bar service' was poor. On one occasion we had to remind our waiter that the drinks had not arrived. But everyone can have a bad day, so, don't worry we're coming back.

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