Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Newcastle Upon Tyne
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Newcastle Upon Tyne restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 111 restaurants in Newcastle Upon Tyne and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Newcastle Upon Tyne restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Dabbawal Indian restaurant in Newcastle upon Tyne 69-75 High Bridge - NE1
“Quality Indian street food” and a “fantastic selection of really unusual small plates” attract the most feedback of any curry house on Tyneside for this 13-year-old near the Theatre Royal (and its Jesmond offshoot). “Our go-to for a very rapid meal in Newcastle”, its “innovative menu and fresh cooking” “never disappoint”.
2. Valley Junction 397 Indian restaurant in Newcastle upon Tyne Old Jesmond Stn, Archbold Ter - NE2
2019 Review: “In an old signal box joined with an old carriage” – this quirkily located Indian comes heartily recommended by a small but enthusiastic fan club.
3. Dabbawal Indian restaurant in Newcastle upon Tyne 1 Brentwood Mews - NE2
“Love this place” – “the Indian street food flavours are wonderful” and “very different” at this Jesmond outfit with bright interiors, an open kitchen and verandah, which compares favourably with the city-centre original.
4. Café Royal British, Modern restaurant in Newcastle upon Tyne 8 Nelson St - NE1
A “stunning” early 2019 revamp has scrubbed up this elegant continental-style café/bistro that’s a classic local rendezvous. Aided by its in-house bakery, it comes into its own for breakfasts or cake-fuelled afternoon teas. More substantial fare sometimes takes flak for being “pricey and average”.
5. House of Tides British, Modern restaurant in Newcastle upon Tyne 28-30 The Close - NE1
Behind “an unassuming but smart exterior”, Kenny & Abbie Atkinson’s much-accoladed venue was Newcastle’s highest-rated last year. Set on the Quayside in a Grade I listed sixteenth-century town house, you enter through the “lovely bar”, and climb to the upstairs restaurant, which is warm and vibrant, with “extremely helpful staff”. In the evening, the offering is a ten-course tasting menu (for £95) which is almost universally rated as exceptional in its quality.
6. 21 British, Modern restaurant in Newcastle upon Tyne Trinity Gdns - NE1
“Still setting the standard for Newcastle restaurants” – Terry Laybourne’s “first class” brasserie remains the city’s most-mentioned venue, as it has been for most years in various locations since 1988. “Caring and friendly staff” provide “creative” food and it’s recommended for just about any occasion.
7. Pani’s Italian restaurant in Newcastle upon Tyne 61-65 High Bridge - NE1
“Still going strong after all these years”; for “real Italian food” (the “usual suspects” plus “some interesting Sardinian specialities”) you “can’t beat” brothers Roberto & Walter Pani’s recently refurbed “old favourite”, launched in the mid nineties.
8. Cook House British, Modern restaurant in Newcastle upon Tyne Foundry Lane - NE6
“A real star amongst Newcastle’s growing stable of good eateries” – ex-architect Anna Hedworth’s casual, all-day haunt has moved from its original home in a Byker shipping container to a bricks-and-mortar building thanks to a Kickstarter campaign. Serving up accomplished all-day fare and now also dinner: “excellent cocktails to start are followed by great food based on local and seasonal ingredients”.
9. Francesca’s Italian restaurant in Newcastle upon Tyne 134 Manor House Rd - NE2
A “brilliant traditional Italian”, in Jesmond, whose “fabulous” ambience, “cheap but great quality food” and “consistently good service” ensure that, even decades on, it’s usually packed to the gills.
10. A Taste of Persia Persian restaurant in Newcastle upon Tyne 34 Osborne Road - NE2
The “excellent Persian food” at this “friendly” Jesmond spot wins high ratings for “one of the cheapest restaurants in Newcastle for cooking of high quality”. A more central branch near the station has closed down.
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