Harissa

4.7
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235 reviews
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£25 and under
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Mediterranean

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Good Vegetarian Options
Casual
Recently listed in The Good Food Guide 2020, we’re a vibrant restaurant and social enterprise located in Sandyford, Newcastle.

Our dishes are inspired by the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa. Think tahini rich hummus, moreish mezze, fresh pitta bread and fiery Harissa. Serious flavours made with love (and help from our brilliant local producers).

Food, service and ambiance are top of our list – but there’s an added bonus. All profits are pumped back into its sister company, Food Nation, who inspire and educate people about good food across Newcastle and Gateshead.

Ranked 23 out of 966 on Trip Advisor, we’ve also been awarded 3 stars by the Sustainable Restaurant Association in recognition of our approach to tackling important social and environmental issues.
What 235 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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kedgereeviewer
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening - warm, friendly and efficient staff, comfortable and and relaxing space, short list of well-priced wines, food outstanding - so much work had gone into many of the dishes, complex, rich flavours all very well balanced - inventive and surprising dishes, good portions (perhaps a little generous in places) but everything so light and fresh that even with 3 courses, extra pitta (divine) and a cheeky extra starter we didn't feel horribly stuffed. Rare for me to have a pudding but the list got me!

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cathveggie
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

really tasty food, with some interesting twists - salt cod with saffron was delicious. Very friendly atmosphere and super helpful staff. Perfect venue for our family treat.

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AdamD
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bloody love this place! Great food and service on Friday night!

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JoeC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service, nicely done inside
Small and a little bit cramped but the food was amazing, definitely would go again
Food was decently priced, not particularly cheap but by no means expensive

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JoannaW
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service, lovely food. Restaurant was really cold so food didnt stay hot for very long and had to eat with coats on...other than that great

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect thank you

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BeverleyW
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening at Harissa. It was very busy so we were offered free olives as the wait staff thought we had waited a while, butcher wait was worth it! Food was amazing! Very fresh and lots of it! Dessert was terrific with the service being exceptional. Would return and recommend for sure.

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AbbieB
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Great vegetarian options. Superb service. Couldn't ask for more.

Would recommend/ have recommended Harissa. Can't wait to return.

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gibbos
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambience with great food. Very relaxed atmosphere with attentive, friendly staff.

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CharlotteW
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a really lovely first trip here. Lovely atmosphere, lovely staff, lovely food. The pickles made the meal! Will definitely be back!

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Woolleysheep
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It’s so great to have a restaurant like Harissa on our doorstep. The food scene in heaton, sandyford and Ouseburn has exploded, With Harissa being a pioneer.

The food is excellent and beautifully presented. The wine and beer list is small, but with some mighty choices. The toast beer was fantastic.

We will be back time and time again without a doubt.

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MimH
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. It's a little pricey, but great for a special occasion. The food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely cosy evening between friends. Food was excellent and completely fairly priced. Great fresh ingredients and very tasty dishes.

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LisaW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat away from the crowds of the city centre. Food was so flavoursome and service spot on. Would definitely recommend.

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NatW
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Really friendly service lovely atmosphere and love the social concept to the business.
The food was fabulously tasty and fresh. Definitely coming back

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Gillian
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really great food - we had one of the best meals we’ve had out in ages. The chicken souvlaki was sublime. Was lovely knowing that it was a social enterprise as well. Highly recommend - you won’t be disappointed.

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HeatherA
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were from out of town and found this an excellent friendly restaurant with very tasty food and good recommendations by the staff.

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PaulA
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely super food. Very tasty and really well presented.

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WendyE
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked before a concert so we were in a bit of a hurry. Food was fab, nicely presented and very tasty. Staff were friendly and very informative about the food. I would like to come again when we have more time.

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LauraH
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and amazing service! Always something new and delicious to try.

KH
KateH
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Interesting and delicious food, choose from small or large plates and share. Always pleased with our meal here.

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StevenH
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great prices will definitely recommend and can't wait to get back

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NigelD
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is close to where we live but well worth travelling to. A small restaurant run by very dedicated people. The service is attentive and friendly. The food is the best of Mediterranean with plenty of meat and vegetarian options. Highly recommended.

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LizzieT
Bath
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a great find in the heart of Sandyford! Absolutely amazing food, and all with a conscience too. Will be back to try Christmas menu when it begins....

JB
JohnB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food well presented knowledgeable staff

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AndrewM
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely mezze, excellent selection. We will definitely come again

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ZoeA
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, lovely staff! I asked for one of our shared dishes without coriander and the lady serving us remembered and then ordered my own dish without as I’d not realised it had coriander in! Little things like that go along way! fab atmosphere too!

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Daniel
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at Harrisa a few times and it was as good as always, one of the best restaurants in the north east

JK
JKfoodie
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely food, fresh and tasty. Great service, but it was a little cold, I needed to keep my coat on.

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DavidW
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Place was really quiet but I don't know how. Food was lovely and great value. Don't have to wait long for the meal and every one of the 5 fishes we choose was delicious. Staff also very friendly. All in all a really good experience. Would definitely visit again next time we are in Newcastle.

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amalfi2001
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and wine with a great ambience. Always enjoy my experience here.

KJ
KayJ
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Harissa is a stylish and welcoming restaurant with a relaxed and comfortable vibe. Friendly staff, tempting menu and really tasty food at excellent value.

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HelenC
Newcastle
8 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Interesting and very tasty food. We were only 2 but would be good to go with a few others to try a bigger selection of mezze. Not far to walk from Jesmond metro.

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JamieY
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with warm and welcoming staff. Food was supremely delicious and getting five mezze plates meant we tasted so many different amazing flavours!

Would highly recommend!

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AnneL
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely evening food delicious and staff very attentive

OT
OpenTable Diner
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food at a great price 👍

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MartinC
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my 3rd time at Harissa and it seems to get better each time. While a core of the menu remains constant with dips and starters not varying much main dishes change with the seasons and local availability. Advice was to have 3 small dishes each and this proved to be excellent advice. Only problem was we had no room for dessert. Local drinks ,a beer and a cordial, were excellent. We were given some extra focaccia which the chef had been experimenting with that afternoon and it was fabulous.

Service was attentive without being intrusive

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author
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, cheerful service , bright setting

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crispiano
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An interesting and enjoyable experience with a number of dishes I had not come across before

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NEILM
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, excellent service, will be coming back. Special thanks to Nick

FAQs

Harissa offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0191 261 5501.

Harissa is rated 4.7 stars by 235 OpenTable diners.

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