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Café 21
Café 21

Café 21 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafetwentyone.co.uk
  • Email: enquiries@cafetwentyone.co.uk
  • Phone: 0191 222 0755
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday 12:00PM - 2:30PM, Sunday 12:30PM - 3:30PM
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:30PM - 10:30PM, Sunday 5:30PM - 10:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: British, French
  • Executive Chef: Chris Dobson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Manors
  • Parking: Public Car Park
  • Parking Details: Secure off street car park 50 meters away.
A word from Café 21
A city centre restaurant with a city centre buzz. In the heart of Newcastle's Quayside, Cafe 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.

Cafe 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. Cafe 21 is famous for welcoming guests with excellent value and warm hospitality. Continued
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Awards voted by toptable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Loved it - vibrant, fun atmosphere, food was excellent and staff friendly and professional. Was checking the place out as have it booked for son's 18th and very happy with the choice."
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "It was early, 5.30 pm, on a Saturday evening and already the place was buzzing which was great because my 3 friends had never been before and were very impressed, we had come straight from the theatre so were on a high. The service was excellent. The menu was extensive, so they all want to go back. All our food was first class. One of my friend's liver was cooked not to her liking, that was taken care of immediately, nothing was too much trouble. Would have loved to have stayed all night and sample the puddings but we had a train to catch. The little things were winners for my friends - the bread and olives on the table, the ladies bathroom, very important and often overlooked (massive mirror that made you look thin!). Perfect."
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "First visit to this restaurant following a recommendation. We were not disappointed. Attentive service, delicious food and price reasonable too."
    dined on 04/04/2014
  • "Friendly helpful staff. Great atmosphere and mix of customers. Food was amazing. They'd ran out of our first choice of wine but seamlessly offered a great alternative. Very good value for money."
    dined on 07/04/2014
  • "Booked a Friday night dinner for two. Service outstanding, couldn't be faulted, food excellent too. would definitely recommend and go again."
    dined on 04/04/2014
  • "We booked in for a Sunday night as we had gift vouchers. The service was fantastic, drinks over priced and food not as I had imagined. We ended up goin for the cheaper option of a three course special which I'm pleased about as my beef dinner was average. The meat was lovely, served pink as I like it however a bit fatty but over cooked Yorkshire pudding was disappointing as were the accompanying vegetables. My desert was okay a bit bland perhaps with overpowering ginger. Starter of cheese soufflé was average. Overall a disappointing birthday meal preferring the sister company the broad chare."
    dined on 30/03/2014
  • "I love this restaurant and as I was recommending it to others I was pleased that they loved it as much as I. Service attentive and well timed. Food delicious as ever and portion sizes just right - pigeon crostini and calves liver divine. Drinks can be a little expensive. Always a delight to eat here."
    dined on 28/03/2014
  • "Spur of the moment decision to venture out for a meal. Had eaten her before, still the same outstanding food and wine selection. As always I am impressed by the whole dining experience. Many thanks to the team at Cafe 21"
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "Only the second time I have used this restaurant but can't recommend this place enough ... Fantastic food , amazing service .. Can't wait to go again"
    dined on 27/03/2014
  • "good food and a nice atmosphere........would go again."
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "Really excellent food and wine in a great setting."
    dined on 27/03/2014
  • "Disappointed! We have been to other restaurants in the group literally hundreds of times, and have never been this disappointed. Had to order my drink twice, as they lost the first order. It was very noisy. But the main issues were that one of my party ordered smoked haddock. When it came it was cold and in the centre it did not seem to be fully cooked. It was sent back and when it came bad only the plate seemed hotter. By this time the rest of the group had almost finished so we gave up with the fish. There did not appear to be enough staff on the floor; attracting attention was difficult. They were fair in not charging for the fish and giving us desserts FOC, but we are unlikely to go back."
    dined on 26/03/2014
  • "A delightful meal, have been twice now and it's my favourite place in town."
    dined on 27/03/2014
  • "Having dined at Cafe 21 once before, I chose to entertain some business partners there this week - and they were very impressed. The food, the service and the atmosphere were outstanding. I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough."
    dined on 26/03/2014
  • "Had a lovely business's dinner there. Really enjoyed the food. A great range of starters, and several fish and steak options. Service was good. The ambiance was conducive to discussing business, but would be good for groups too. Not sure whether it is intimate enough for a romantic evening, but possibly. I'd come again."
    dined on 26/03/2014
  • "Went for a short evening meal before a concert at the Sage. Good timing on service and great food. It is also a hoy to experience professional style waiting"
    dined on 23/03/2014
  • "The Sunday menu was good value. Both of us had the roast rib of beef which was tender and flavoursome and attended by a good selection of vegetables. Throughout, the service was indifferent at best. Moreover we were never asked whether or not we were content with what was delivered nor whether or not we wanted anything - we had to seek out staff for everything. When it came to the desserts we did not have the opportunity to order because we were just left with the menus. We lost the will to order. I had to get up to ask for the bill and then to add insult a service charge of 10% was added."
    dined on 23/03/2014
  • "As always, we really enjoyed our meal here. The food is always interesting, different and very well executed and the service is friendly and attentive. Can't wait to go back again."
    dined on 22/03/2014
  • "Amazing food. We had Parmesan Polenta with Braised Venison and Red Wine Jus for starter and Salmon for mains. The starter was definitely the star of the show. Mains was unfortunately not impressive."
    dined on 21/03/2014
  • "Despite having dining here numerous times before I could not fault the experience once again. The staff were impeccably friendly and catered to my every need. I had the most beautiful dish I have ever tasted of steamed cod, and the chefs kindly edited the dish to suit my needs (I'm lactose intolerant). Once again cafe 21 pulled out all of the stops, I'm so grateful to have just an amazing, high quality restaurant on my doorstep."
    dined on 21/03/2014
  • "Cafe 21 is one of the best restaurants in Newcastle, it always has a lovely ambience. The staff are well turned out and are very efficient. Will definitely be back."
    dined on 19/03/2014
  • "The quality of the staff is exceptional The food is imaginative an dog excellent quality using only the very best ingredients A place you can rely on particularly for a special occasion where you know your guests will not be disappointed"
    dined on 17/03/2014
  • "This is a favourite restaurant in Newcastle Upon Tyne for myself and my colleagues. We spend a lot of time in the city and although there are a lot of good food options, Café 21 is definitely the best for value and quality of the food. I don't think I've ever seen it quiet so I'm obviously not alone in having that opinion. A great restaurant. Can't wait to go back."
    dined on 11/03/2014
  • "Food was very good, lots of choice on the menu, with many appealing options. Good for business meetings, book a round table if in a larger group as much better interaction"
    dined on 05/03/2014
  • "Delightful restaurant, attentive staff, delicious food in lovely contemporary surroundings."
    dined on 02/03/2014
  • "Greeted us very politely. I had such a wonderful evening here both me and my partner. Our table was ready to be seated 30 minutes before our booking which was great. They really do go above and beyond to make sure youre having a great evening and the staff were polite and certainly never waited long at all for our meal which i just want to say was amazing. Ive never tasted anythig so perfect in a long time and my partner has still 3 days later still talked about the steak he had. So i will be really lookig forward to visiting here again and introducing my family to a very friendly and beautiful atmosphere. thank you"
    dined on 28/02/2014
  • "An occasional visitor to Newcastle I always eat at Cafe 21 be it at the quayside or in Fenwicks. I have had meals at the BroadChare,but have never tried the adjacent Italian restaurant under the same flag. At Durham we used the Bistro 21 for a celebratory meal for our granddaughter,s degree. Excellent food, good service and splendid ambience in them all."
    dined on 28/02/2014
  • "Good food, great service. Haven't been here for a little while because I've been on a diet. Didn't realize how much I'd missed the food; always interesting and not just the same old stuff. Can't wait to go back. Great staff too."
    dined on 26/02/2014
  • "Nice restaurant with an older clientele. The prices are too high but the set menu is better value."
    dined on 22/02/2014
  • "Only real fault I had was they had run out of the whisky I ordered. I don't expect a good restuarant to run out of drinks. However the food was lovely. The dessert choice could have been better (we chose from the specials menu)."
    dined on 17/02/2014
  • "Cafe 21 is nicely decked out with polite, reasonably attentive staff. Ala carte quite pricey but they do fixed price 2 or 3 course menu. My wife loved all 3 courses of her meal, I had one or two problems with mine but they were soon rectified without any fuss. All in all a decent restaurant."
    dined on 16/02/2014
  • "First time we had been to Cafe21 and were not left disappointed. Service, from entering to leaving, was excellent. Food was again excellent and did not feel rushed at all . We will be back again in next couple of weeks to try out the evening menu"
    dined on 16/02/2014
  • "Cafe 21 continues to fly the flag for the great Northumbrian larder. The menu at C21 is well thought out and well executed. A la carte prices are reasonable when compared to Jesmond Dene House, it's culinary cousin up the road. There's also plenty choice for veggies too. Indeed I had menu envy at the Cheddar and Spinach soufflé. Because it's located in a modern building the dining room often lacks atmosphere and is a bit sterile but it's more than made up for by the high quality dishes that are not over complicated but flavoursome."
    dined on 15/02/2014
  • "This is a great place, the food is very good. It's a bit more than normal but worth it. The best scallops in the uk."
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "Lovely meal and service which really was great. The only one bone to pick was the portion size/optional extras. It was a little small unless you tagged on a ton of extras. This didnt detract from a wonderful night though!"
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "We booked for Valentine's Night and had what should have been a lovely night spoiled by poor service which began by being left sitting at the bar for over 20 minutes whilst our table was being prepared. We eventually had to ask if our table was ready and were then shown to a table that had been ready for at least 15 minutes. Being Valentine's Night, the restaurant was very busy but we had to ask if we could order as no one came to take our order and later in the evening the waitress forgot to order coffee, which resulted in us sitting for some 15 minutes before having to again ask for coffee. The food was as good as ever but a restaurant of this calibre should be offering better service than this, no matter how busy!"
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed another fantastic meal at my favourite restaurant! I always order the Iberico ham and it's simplicity never fails to satisfy my taste buds. The sharing steak was sublime and there was even enough left over to get a doggy bag and put a smile on the face of my Giant Schnauzer! Can't wait to come back.."
    dined on 07/02/2014
  • "The service was first class from going in to coming out, the food was splendid and served as required with a reasonable break between courses"
    dined on 05/02/2014
  • "Early evening special at £21. 3 Courses of top notch food. Huge bargain. Seriously high standards throughout the restaurant from the moment you enter to the moment you leave. Will be back to tackle the a la carte soon enough."
    dined on 05/02/2014
  • "I have dined at Cafe 21 for a large number of years now and have always had a pleasant experience, never once have I been and come away feeling disappointed or that the service wasn't as good as previous, which is often the case when you dine out. The service is outstanding, attentive and nothing is too much trouble, the waiting staff are almost a step ahead of you before you even ask for something. The food is wonderful, great selection and excellent quality. I tend to use for business lunches and it suits perfectly. Don't change."
    dined on 04/02/2014