Harissa

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215 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.
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KH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

SH
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

ND
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.

LT
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
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food well presented knowledgeable staff

AM
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely mezze, excellent selection. We will definitely come again

ZA
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!

D
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
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.

DW
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.

a
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KJ
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.

HC
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.

JY
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!

AL
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely evening food delicious and staff very attentive

OT
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food at a great price 👍

MC
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

a
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, cheerful service , bright setting

c
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

NE
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DD
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A welcome surprise, Harissa delivered Mediterranean flavours in abundance. A simple yet cultured menu and considered drinks selection was complemented by attentive service. Would definitely visit again!

WC
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I ordered a chicken schwarma and it was deliciously cooked and well spiced!

I would have preferred a little more in terms of possibly a side included for the price. Not chips, but something smaller like a coleslaw I think would make it feel like better value in terms of size for price. Chips would have been too much and were unnecessary.

The worst thing about the booking was ambience. The flat walls caused noise to reverberate continuously and it was hard to hold conversations with my party of 4 without raising our voices. I think either more curtains or softer furniture would break up the acoustics a bit and provide a better ambience.

The best thing about the meal was tied either between the service or the quality of the food, both were excellent.

The waiter, unfortunately I didn’t get his name, was patient, flexible and genuine.

Thanks and I would come again but perhaps at a less busy time when we can more easily talk.

RB
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fresh food in a lovely relax setting! Favorite meal out for a long time!

CB
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third visit in 4 months. As it was nice and sunny we ate outside, the staff were attentive and the food was amazing as always. As a vegetarian it’s nice to go somewhere that has as many veggie options as they do meat.

SS
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, great service. Simple menu done extremely well. Interesting speciality beers & good wines

m
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Harissa for the early Family Mezze with a 1 year old,3 year old,6 year old,2 parents and a granny.
All the children loved the food! The service was extremely friendly and helpful. The 6 year old ate so much "my tummy is exploding". All the food was delicious and portions were so generous we had to take some home. We will definitely be back again.

KB
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Fresh and healthy food with great flavours. A simple menu with a really good choice.

MH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely food, and very friendly staff. Would recommend ! Only downside is the shortage of space and rustic furniture, which you would hope will be upgraded in time as the restaurant grows. But overall a great experience!

KH
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful little spot, very nice decor and ambience. Staff were attentive and helpful without being overbearing. Fabulous cocktails and beer selection. Menu is simple and delicious. Food was beautifully presented and generously portioned. I had chicken shawarma and my husband had the veggie mezze with polenta fries - all great! We didn’t really have room but the dessert menu was tempting so we indulged. Glad we did, but needed to have a waddle around the block to walk it off before going home. We will definitely be back!

ML
London
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience! Original and beautifully cooked plates - appropriately seasonal, fresh, great presentation. Welcoming and enthusiastic staff - couldn’t fault the place really.

SC
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We went to Harissa for lunch. The menu is fairly limited as it is their Brunch menu so of you don't like Shakshouka or Shawarma then this isn't the place for you (during the day at least). We both ordered the chicken Shawarma which was delicious. The service however was a little slow.

AC
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Extremely good evening, must try the specials board next time.

TF
London
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Yes, in general. The menu has changed quite a lot and the price is now quite high. But interesting concept and especially good for the people who live locally

OT
Newcastle
4 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and the food was very quick and tasty.

SB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit here but certainly won’t be the last. Warmly welcomed and the menu was explained to us. We chose a mezze and 3 small plates to share. Beautifully presented and very tasty exciting food

LF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service - what more is there to say!

CM
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

My only criticism at all is the portions are very small, I’m not being daft, I know it’s small, sharing plates but the portions were very very small. The food was delicious and beautifully presented but some of the small plates seemed slightly stingy, particularly the vegetable dishes. I still had a great time though and we will definitely be back.

KR
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and great service! My only complaint would be there wasn't more of it! Don't we afraid to ask for recommendations on how many dishes to get as I'm sure you would get a honest and helpful answer. Love the local feel and the atmosphere. Will definately be recommending and coming again 😊

MM
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely fresh tasting food and lovely atmosphere. Really enjoyed my chargrilled chicken Shawarma, the crispy veg and the squid.

OT
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Lovely healthy delicious food!!