Best restaurants in Newcastle

It's a common misconception that as soon as you head to the north of England it’s all pork pies and gravy. And while a slightly chillier climate and an extra rainy day here and there is sure to warrant plenty of rib-sticking grub, that’s not to say there’s a shortage of elegant, innovative and game-changing food in the city. Newcastle’s best restaurants include everything from fine dining to comfort food, with plenty of menus featuring seasonal, local and sustainably-sourced produce. It’s even home to a restaurant with a highly-coveted Michelin star. Take a look at just how diverse Newcastle’s dining scene really is with our ultimate list.

Updated on 07 February 2023

For those of you who thought Newcastle was synonymous with little more than reality TV show Georgie Shore, we’ve got news for you. This historic city is home to beautiful architecture, excellent art galleries, the iconic Tyne bridge and of course, its Premier League football team. For history buffs, there are plenty of historical sites to visit, including the 12th century castle which gives the city its name and a shopping arcade that dates back to the Edwardian era. A visit to Newcastle wouldn’t be complete without stopping off to admire the Angel of the North either, while fans of architecture and engineering will delight in a visit to the Quayside, where you can spy all seven of the bridges dotted along the River Tyne.

More importantly, though, it’s one of our top foodie cities in the UK. In fact, many of Newcastle’s restaurants can be found in our list of the top 100 restaurants in the UK, proof in itself that we rank its dining scene amongst the very best in the country. Why? Because, whether it’s a trendy neighbourhood spot, a fancy fine dining place or a casual bistro serving top-notch food, there are too many places to eat in Newcastle worthy of high praise to count.

One of the things we like most about Newcastle’s best restaurants is its plethora of casual fine dining spots. What do we mean by that? The culinary talent in the kitchens of the city understand that, sometimes, people just want great food without all the frills and fancy extra bits - just incredible plates, in a calm and cosy setting. We promise you can find plenty of places to fit the bill right here.

So, whether it’s a stylish Parisian wine-bar you’re after, modern French fare or Michelin-starred grub served inside a 16th-cenutry townhouse (yes, really), Newcastle is bound to offer something for you.

The French Quarter

The French Quarter

Arch 6 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 1SA

Modelled after a stylish Parisian wine bar, The French Quarter is located under an old railway arch and serves up tapas-style French food designed to reject the idea that French cuisine is too fussy or formal. 

£30 - £49
French
Blackfriars Restaurant

Blackfriars Restaurant

Friars Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 4XN

Apparently the oldest dining room in the UK, Blackfriars serves up British classics including gin-cured salmon, lemon sole and a proper sticky toffee pudding, while interiors feature plush red seating and dark wood features.

£30 - £49
Modern European
British
Afternoon tea
Portofino

Portofino

12A Mosley Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 1DE

Featuring high arches lined with tiles and art deco fixtures, the restaurant harks back to the age of old-school Italian glamour. Expect stomach-warming, comforting dishes that are simple, yet full of pleasure.

Under £30
Italian
Pine

Pine

Vallum Farm, East Wallhouses, Northumberland, NE18 0LL

Set in an old cow barn, Michelin-starred Pine makes use of local ingredients foraged from the Northumberland surroundings, or grown in the kitchen garden. Perfect for those looking to switch off and experience exceptional food.

Over £80
Modern European
British
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Solstice Newcastle

Solstice Newcastle

5-7 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 3JE

Solstice sits within reach of the iconic Newcastle Tyne Bridge, serving only a tasting menu in an intimate setting. More of an experience than a meal, guests can expect 15-18 dishes based around simplicity, seasonality and sustainability.

Over £80
Modern European
One Michelin star
SquareMeal UK Top 100
The Broad Chare

The Broad Chare

25 Broad Chare, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 3DQ

Serving up good old fashioned British pub grub (the dishes here are hailed as ‘proper food’), The Broad Chare is a great spot for a pint and a hearty, carb-heavy meal. 

£30 - £49
British
Pani’s Café

Pani’s Café

61-65 High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 6BX

A hidden gem in the city since 1995, Pani’s family run Italian café specialises in Sardinian food in a cosy and intimate setting with décor reminiscent of the kind of restaurants you would find on the island itself. 

£30 - £49
Italian
Peace & Loaf

Peace & Loaf

217 Jesmond Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE2 1LA

Owned by Masterchef: The Professionals star David Coulson, Peace & Loaf’s homey atmosphere and enticing menu have made this restaurant a must visit for diners looking for classic British dishes with a twist.

£50 - £79
Modern European
British
Valley Junction 397

Valley Junction 397

The Old Station, Archbold Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE2 1DB

Arguably the most unique Indian restaurant in the city, Valley Junction is housed inside a former railway carriage that dates back to 1912, and was originally intended to be hired out by the wealthy for their long journeys.

£30 - £49
Indian
Cook House 

Cook House 

Foundry Lane Studios, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE6 1LH

Don't be fooled by the laid-back nonchalant-ness of this all-day hangout. Local chef and restaurateur Anna Hedworth has made her dream of owning a restaurant a reality, and its seasonal sharing plates are a joy to behold.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Route Bistro

Route Bistro

35 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 3JE

Industrial features mixed with luxurious touches give Route an edgy but still comfortable vibe. Serving up modern British cuisine without fuss or frills makes this the perfect restaurant for casual dates and catch ups with friends.

£30 - £49
Modern European
British
The Patricia

The Patricia

139 Jesmond Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE2 1JY

In the mood for special occasion dining but without all the pomp and circumstance? Look no further than The Patricia, which serves an accomplished six-course menu that’s big on flavour but free of pretentiousness.

£50 - £79
Modern European
21 Newcastle

21 Newcastle

Trinity Gardens Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 2HH

This modern bistro does what it says on the tin - serving 21 dishes made using seasonal ingredients. The offering changes with the seasons, but at any time of the year you can expect to see various global influences.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Trakol

Trakol

Hillgate Quays, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE8 2FD

As part of a community of shipping containers, Träkol’s urban surrounds and riverside location make it one of the coolest spots in town. Träkol translates from Swedish as ‘charcoal’, with most dishes here cooked over an open fire.

£30 - £49
British
The Bridge Tavern

The Bridge Tavern

7 Akenside Hill, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 3UF

This grown-up gastropub prides itself on using local produce to create comfort food that’s worth writing home about. We reckon The Bridge Tavern has nailed it with a menu of classic and contemporary pub grub.

£30 - £49
British
House of Tides

House of Tides

28-30 The Close, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 3RF

This Michelin-starred spot serves up beautifully presented dishes in a traditional 16th century townhouse, priding itself on its casual, informal take on fine-dining. It's best reserved for romantic date nights or special occasions.

Over £80
British
One Michelin star
Dobson & Parnell

Dobson & Parnell

21 Queen Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 3UG

Specialising in casual fine dining, Dobson & Parnell's modern and homey restaurant is great for special occasions or date nights. Choose between a five- or seven-course tasting menu of exquisitely prepared dishes.

£50 - £79
Modern European

Looking to narrow down your search a little further? We’ll admit that Newcastle’s best restaurants tend to lean towards special occasion dining, which is why we've created multiple restaurant guides to cater to Newcastle’s multi-faceted dining scene.

Pining after something sweet? Check out the best afternoon teas in Newcastle for treating a loved one at the weekend. We’ve included traditional and boozy options to suit every occasion.

When it comes to finding a place to eat that everyone will love, you can’t go wrong with Italian food. That’s why we’ve rounded up Italian restaurants in Newcastle, perfect for anytime-dining, be it with family or friends.

Finally, the city might be famed for its nightlife, but we recommend getting the party started early at these best places to enjoy bottomless brunch in Newcastle. You can guarantee a good time at any of the places in the list. 

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