21

4.7
3870 reviews
£26 to £40
British
21’s cooking is big on flavour and short on fuss. We’re talking about a style which embraces the seasons and where the ingredients are king. Expect to find stylish, imaginative dishes – which don’t pander to fads or fashion…………and still have room for pudding. Expect a warm welcome, generous hospitality and service that is both friendly and correct.

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.

To help keep everyone safe, our teams will continue to wear face masks and we'd love you to do the same when entering and moving around the restaurant.

Thank you for your support and understanding and we look forward to seeing you.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3870 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
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food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DarrenS
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

JB
JodieB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food. Great service and excellent value for money.

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Seanr
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely meal we had main course only Duck and the Ribeye Steak , very nicely cooked and quality food

IT
IanT
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night good food good service and surroundings. This a good restaurant and has been for several years. Far better than Peace and loaf that was visited a few weeks ago yes a different menu but far better value for me but still an expensive evening.

Great for a special occasion

LR
LindaR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love dining at cafe 21 always a pleasurable experience

j
vipjoel
Newcastle
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food and service excellent. We had deer and duck main courses, both a credit to the chefs. Servers were pleasant and quietly efficient

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Trevor50
London
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

superb as always but I do miss the triple cooked chips!

PS
PaulS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible, best steak in UK. Overall ambiance was great a great evening for all guests

MP
MartinP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite food, friendly & relaxed service, we have been going back for many years & will continue to celebrate our special days there.

H
Heather
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time - absolutely brilliant and fantastic food with excellent service. Will definitely be back

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kateh
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely evening at 21. Attentive staff and fabulous food.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Staff were friendly and courteous and excellent quality food. Only niggle was we were given a dessert menu and then after a long period of time waiting staff had to be reminded to serve us. Otherwise would definitely recommend this restaurant

LW
LouW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here for lunch using vouchers given as a Christmas gift. And we’ll definitely be back.
Quite a broad menu but we ended up taking the fixed price option. Flavours excellent and sufficient quantity - particularly as we checked out their desserts too and weren’t disappointed.

MD
MarkD
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food, service and ambiance. Always a pleasure to go.

EW
EdmundW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and attentive service. A special dinner, which fulfilled our expectations.

MB
MargaretB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did enjoy our evening, felt very safe, staff and patrons all most thoughtful and of course the usual delicious supper.

TB
TonyB
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excelllent 3 course fixed price menu with superb choices. Well trained staff who understand the high standards required in a leading restaurant. The North East is very fortunate to have such a culinary delight that is completely unpretentious, unlike some other establishments. Mr Laybourne is a master of his profession.

HT
HelenT
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent visit as indicated by the scores I have given. Food as usual was excellent, well presented and served by attentive and helpful staff

SC
SavyC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The place and service was good, however the food was very disappointing for the price we paid. Reviews were misleading, would not go again.

AB
AlisonB
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and great service. The Sunday dinner was perfect

EL
EmmaL
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. I had the best steak I have ever tasted

KO
KarenO
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening, service was excellent by all of the staff and the food beautiful. We were there over 2 hours and didn’t feel rushed & a lovely touch to celebrate my partner’s birthday. Thank you.

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Isobel
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food, especially the starter I had with Isle of Wight tomatoes, peaches and buffalo mozzarella, and the apricot and almond tart. Great service too. I hadn't realised that the fixed price menu is only available until 6.30 Mon-Sat, so worth being aware of that when you book. But the a la carte does have more choice. Would highly recommend.

RN
RajanN
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Was informed by email that we would have a sinke table for our party of 9 people to celebrate a family 21st birthday. Turned up and we were split over two tables instead, against our wishes and against what we were told by email. Food was nice except for a very oversalted salad but luckily there was plenty of water in the jug. Third visit here, previous two were much better.

JN
JoeN
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always. Best service, very attentive. Will be returning many more times.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

60th birthday

JC
JamesC
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

The response is mainly in respect of the meal I had as my wife’s was very good. The issue I had was with the main course which was the sirloin steak. There was far too much gristle all the way through the steak. I really should have sent the steak back but I persevered with it in the hope that it would improve. At the end there was left quite a lot of steak which was inedible. I did indicate that the steak was not correct to the waitress but there was no apology from the kitchen. Everything else was fine but the steak made the meal a disappointment

IB
IndiaB
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The cheese soufflé was the best I have ever tried!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
10 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and service and nice little touch with a cake at the end of our meal for my wife's birthday

GC
GaryC
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary dinner 2nd year running! Excellent food, service and the perfect amount of staff assistance and courtesy!
Always a great experience and value for a special occasion.
Compliments to the chef and staff!
Gary & Mary Cowey

OT
OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
6 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent as always but price of drinks and wine is eye watering compared to other restaurants.

AH
AnnH
London
8 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Gorgeous meal. The fish was excellent. Enjoyed the lunchtime experience.

SM
SteveM
Newcastle
5 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always, never disappoints! Look forward my next visit.

DM
DMPLT
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lovely staff and pleasant atmosphere. Starters very yummy but mains were underwhelming considering the price and expectations.

WL
WendyL
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great night and food was amazing - thankyou

KG
KarenG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service was average, waitress was clearly annoyed when we asked for a while longer before ordering our food.
Chicken in the pie was awful.

BL
BarryL
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Business meal with work colleagues, as always the food was absolutely fantastic!

CH
ColinH
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have eaten at 21 on many occasions although this was the first time since the onset of COVID. It remains one of our favourite restaurants and this latest visit did not disappoint. The food was excellent and service impeccable. The whole ambience was relaxed and there was no difficulty with the Covid rules as they currently stand.

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OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, apparently it was a new menu from tonight so wasn't what we checked online but the curried duck was fantastic. Rice had toasted almonds and sultanas... Almonds were so tasty
Beware of the sultanas if you don't like them, sorry not in the pic.

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Jemima
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our favourite restaurant whenever we visit Newcastle….

FAQs

21 is rated 4.7 stars by 3870 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.