Newcastle Restaurants

Newcastle in the North of England is a city known for its thriving entertainment and nightlife. Newcastle restaurants like much of the city are in upbeat mood and the city is enjoying a renaissance having had redevelopment projects and plenty more redevelopment still planned. There are new dining establishments opening in Newcastle and the city is famed for its thriving bars and clubs.

Visitors to the city will find a range of bars to choose from as well as restaurants, the choice in restaurants has increased in recent years this being good news for diners. There are restaurants in Newcastle that serve both traditional and modern British cuisine and there are plenty of restaurants catering for other cuisines from all over the world.

Below is our list of Restaurants in Newcastle you may wish to consider when looking for dining options in the city, included are restaurants to suit different budgets and include places to find varying cuisines:

British Cuisine

Blackfriars Restaurant is one of Newcastle's most famous restaurants, it has won accolades for its fine food and drink making it a place worth considering. Blackfriars is the oldest purpose-built restaurant in the UK and his sense of history is further enhanced by the Medieval Guest Hall. The cuisine here is classical British making it a fine place to enjoy the best local and seasonal produce. Some sample dishes include poached pears and watercress and rare balsamic roast tomatoes and rustic chips. For the adventurous you can try the grilled scallops, roast pumpkin, French beans and beetroot coulis. There are several fine local cheeses to try too. Diners can see some great views of the sea whilst dining and can enjoy some quality wines with their meals, there are wines from France, South African and Argentina to name but a few. The restaurant is perfect for a romantic setting whilst also catering for larger groups. There is a bar where diners can enjoy some cocktails prior to eating and there is a sheltered terrace for those partial to al fresco dining in the summer.


Tiger Tiger is a chain of bar/restaurants that have become very popular across the country. A favourite destination for those wanting a complete night out, you can have some drinks, a meal and then indulge in some dancing later on. For diners the menu includes some favourites such as the popular red Thai chicken curry and sausage & mash for those wanting something a bit more traditional. The menu also includes salads, burgers, steaks and some fusion dishes that give a fair amount of choice. Diners can enjoy the laid back atmosphere in which to enjoy their meals. For fans of cocktails there is plenty to try from the cocktails menu. This is a popular choice for those looking for a bar/restaurant with a laid back atmosphere.

Chinese Cuisine

Mandarin Restaurant is among the most popular of Newcastle's Chinese restaurants. The restaurant is located in Stowell Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne and operates on the banquet basis, with prices varying from under £10 for the happy hour banquet up to over £30 each for the imperial banquet. Diners are greeted in the restaurant by courteous and well attired staff, the decor is reminiscent of recreating a Chinatown with colours red and gold noticeable. One bargain to be had is the fixed price lunch consisting of five courses including soup, two starters, main course and dessert for a very reasonable amount around £6, meaning excellent value for money. For those wanting the top banquet the Imperial banquet, offers seafood soup and prawn crackers, lobster, fillet steak Cantonese and mandarin fried rice among the many options. The Mandarin offers a wide range of dishes for those on differing budgets and represents and interesting place to enjoy Chinese food in Newcastle. Address: 14-16 Stowell Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 4XQ. Tel: 0191 261 7960.

Indian Cuisine

The Vujon Indian restaurant is located in the historic quayside of Newcastle upon Tyne. The word vujon means gourmet dinner and diners can enjoy one here at this spacious and stylish restaurant. There is a menu offering dishes from all across India, add the good service and stylish interior and you have a quality dining experience to be enjoyed. The menu has some interesting dishes to try including chicken chat-masala and kathi kebab, the mains include lamb razala and bhadshahee jhinga (king prawns in spices) and desserts include kulfi, a traditional Indian dessert, and torta vienesse among others. This is a sophisticated restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of interesting dishes to try for fans of Indian food, the prices are also reasonable.

Italian Cuisine

The Marco Polo Italian restaurant is located in Dean Street in the heart of Newcastle city centre. The restaurant is well liked by those wanting good quality Italian food. The restaurant has an air of sophistication to it, where diners can enjoy their meals. The restaurant makes good use of fresh ingredients to create dishes that are both imaginative and full of taste. The well known antipasti includes the soup of the day and antipasto misto (Italian meats, cheese and fruit), whilst the mains includes a wide range of both pasta dishes and pizzas, along with chicken, veal and seafood dishes. There is a children’s menu available and some good value offers at lunch time. With the interesting menu and dishes available there is plenty to try here. The restaurant is a good place in which to enjoy a meal in the centre of Newcastle in relaxing surroundings with good service.


The Fisherman’s Lodge is a top quality seafood restaurant for the discerning diner. The restaurant is located in Jesmond Dene, a small woodland valley close to the city centre of Newcastle. The restaurant is regarded as among the best seafood restaurants in Newcastle, there are a range of dishes both traditional and modern on the menu. The fish is delivered fresh from the Quay in North Shields on a daily basis ensuring diners really do get fresh local produce to try. There are a range of exotic dishes here too such as hand-dived scallops and Red Snapper and Monkfish whilst favourites include sea bass and mussels among others. The restaurant is very much a seafood lover’s paradise but seafood is not only on the menu, there are dishes for those that like beef, venison and lamb too. Favourites like mussels and Sea Bass are always popular, there are many temping desserts to try such as Rich Chocolate and Orange Ganache Torte and Raspberry mousse, white chocolate jaconde, peach sorbet, berry and lemon shooter. Cheese connoisseurs have a range of fine cheese to choose from including Epoisses and Coeur de Camembert au Calvados. With fresh quality ingredients and a great dining experience, top quality fine dining is available to experience here.

Vegetarian Cuisine

The Sky Apple Cafe is located in Heaton in Newcastle upon Tyne and gives vegetarians a great place to try some interesting vegetarian snacks and meals. There are a range of dishes to choose from whether you are looking for a quick bite with the sandwiches and salads to something more substantial such as the Aubergine katsu curry where the aubergine is baked in a barbeque sauce and served katsu style with basmati rice, Japanese potato, courgette and a carrot curry sauce. There is a kids menu too and vegan options are available. The menu for the evening changes every six weeks ensuring a dynamic menu to choose from whenever diners visit. During the day the cafe serves breakfast, lunch and light snacks and in the evening it turns itself in to a fine vegetarian restaurant with a good range of vegetarian dishes. The cafe is popular and reservations are recommended for the evenings. The Sky Apple Cafe presents a good option for vegetarians and those seeking vegetarian food.

Our tour of restaurants in Newcastle has highlighted some interesting places to dine that you may wish to consider when looking for a place to eat. We have looked at restaurants catering for different budgets and included restaurants for a number of popular cuisines in the UK. There are many other restaurants in Newcastle and the Newcastle/Gateshead area that diners may wish to try, with new ones opening up to joining and competing with the established ones there are a lot to choose from. The thriving bars/restaurants and club scene in Newcastle makes it an interesting place to visit in England's North East.

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