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 does warrant plenty of rib-sticking grub, that’s not to say there’s a shortage of elegant, innovative and truly game-changing fare. Newcastle’s best restaurants include everything from fine dining to comfort food, with plenty of menus featuring seasonal, locally 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 11 May 2022

Just like the county of Essex will forever be associated with the gleaming veneers of the TOWIE cast, the city of Newcastle’s reputation has eternally been tainted by the success of controversial reality show Geordie Shore. Trust us when we tell you though, that there is far more to this exciting city than just bad fake tans and buckets of cheap hair gel.

Firstly, for history buffs there are plenty of historical sites to visit in Newcastle, 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.

Of course, another thing that Newcastle is famous for is its hospitality and friendly residents. When the sun goes down, the city comes alive with its famous nightlife scene that sees the streets often abuzz with partygoers strolling in and out of trendy nightclubs and fun cocktail bars. Remember the importance of lining your stomach though, so after you have done all of your daytime exploring and before you head out on the toon, it would probably be wise to fit a meal into your Newcastle schedule.

Luckily for you, there are a whole host of vibrant, delicious and great value Newcastle restaurants for you to choose from. The city’s diverse collection of casual restaurants, cafes and fine-dining haunts means finding somewhere to enjoy a good meal is easy as pie (with extra lashings of gravy, please). There are some awesome Italian restaurants and lots of excellent afternoon teas, and then there's this lot: our pick of the very best Newcastle restaurants right now. Take a look, and don’t forget to book ahead where you can to avoid any disappointment.

Route Bistro

Route Bistro

35 Side, Newcastle, 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
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Portofino

Portofino

Newcastle, 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.

£30 - £49
Italian
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
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
The French Quarter

The French Quarter

Arch 6Westgate 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. 

£50 - £79
French
Eleven

Eleven

11 Main Street, Ponteland, Northumberland, NE20 9NH

Head to the pretty riverside village of Ponteland in Northumberland and you will find modern British restaurant Eleven. Championing the best of British produce, Eleven takes your local neighbourhood restaurant to the next level with seasonal menus and stylish decor.

£30 - £49
British
The Bridge Tavern

The Bridge Tavern

7 Akenside Hill, Newcastle, 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
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Valley Junction 397

Valley Junction 397

The Old Station, Archbold Terrace, Jesmond, 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.

Under £30
Indian
Pani’s Café

Pani’s Café

61-65 High Bridge, Newcastle, 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
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
The Patricia

The Patricia

139 Jesmond Road, Newcastle, 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
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Blackfriars Restaurant

Blackfriars Restaurant

Friars Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, 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
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
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Trakol

Trakol

Hillgate Quays , Newcastle, 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

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