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The Best Restaurants in Newcastle upon Tyne

8 Restaurants
With a proud past as the powerhouse of the Northeast, Newcastle upon Tyne developed and accumulated its wealth thanks to the river from which it takes its name. Championed as one of the friendliest cities in the UK, it’s now a thoroughly cosmopolitan place with a strong focus on the arts, culture and dining. Here are a few of our favourite restaurants, both in the city centre and the surrounding suburbs.
Updated on 27 March 2024
Broad Chare
25 Broad Chare, NE1 3DQ Newcastle Upon Tyne
££ · Traditional British

Set back from the quayside, in a former warehouse, you’ll find this real gem of a pub, which is pleasingly free of fuss and pretence. The ground floor bar is full of character and is the perfect spot for the serious ale drinker, while the first-floor dining room is where the kitchen works its magic. Wholesome, hearty plates are packed with flavour and a touch of nostalgia, with the fresh fish coming from North Shields market just up the river. There's superb value to be had at this Bib Gourmand awarded restaurant too.

Foundry Lane Studios, Foundry Lane, NE6 1LH Newcastle Upon Tyne
££ · Modern British

To the northeast of the city sits the Ouseburn Valley, once known as the cradle of the industrial revolution. With the river running through it's centre, today it's an oasis of calm, transformed into a creative, cultural hotspot that plays host to several artisan producers and the pop-up-turned-permanent known as COOK HOUSE. Conceived by local food blogger Anna Hedworth, this is cooking that puts a smile on your face. Lunch tends to be a lighter offering, with more substantial dishes at dinner, although there's always plenty of choice, from British classics to those with more international influences.

Dobson & Parnell
19-21 Queen Street, NE1 3UG Newcastle Upon Tyne
££ · Modern Cuisine

It's a fitting tribute that this restaurant is named after the two Victorian architects who designed the building – along with several other magnificent properties that still stand in the city today. The décor blends original features with a comforting, cosy, somewhat clubby feel, and the kitchen adopts a no-nonsense approach to the cooking. The range of menus suits all pockets, with the traditional Sunday roasts and the cocktails being firm favourites.

House of Tides
28-30 The Close, NE1 3RF Newcastle Upon Tyne
££££ · Modern Cuisine

Occupying a prominent spot close to the River Tyne, this former merchant’s house goes some way towards illustrating the wealth of Newcastle's port in times gone by. In contrast to the surroundings, the cooking takes on a thoroughly modern and – at times – creative approach, and the desserts are always a highlight. Owner Kenny Atkinson, a proud Geordie, is greatly respected in the locality.

115 St George's Terrace, Jesmond, NE2 2DN Newcastle Upon Tyne
££ · Modern Cuisine

Proof that neighbourhood dining continues to get stronger certainly applies at Lovage, which opened in super smart Jesmond towards the end of 2022. Albanian Chef Kleo Tabaku worked his way around Italy before making Newcastle his home, and the influences of the Mediterranean – along with the occasional Middle Eastern slant – show through in the vibrant, fragrant dishes which are designed for sharing. A carefully curated wine list offers a good selection by the glass and some sensible pricing too.

6-10 Bowsden Terrace, South Gosforth, NE3 1RX Newcastle Upon Tyne
££ · French

Ophelia occupies a building that, for more than 120 years, was a well-known bicycle shop, M Steel Cycles. A recent and welcome addition to the suburb of South Gosforth, it's certainly hard to miss with its brightly painted exterior. A roll-call of French brasserie classics feature on the menu, from Fillet Au Poivre to Moules Marinière. Be sure to have a drink in the bar before taking your seat at a table where the kitchen team are in full view.

5-7 Side, NE1 3JE Newcastle Upon Tyne
££££ · Modern British

Not content with just one restaurant in the city, Kenny Atkinson opened this cosy, intimate dining room comprising just 6 tables, alongside the famous Tyne Bridge. Sitting comfortably in his role as Chef-Owner, every part of the service and cooking is overseen by Kenny himself. The lengthy tasting menu showcases a keen eye for presentation, along with sound technical skill and some fine contrasts of harmony and flavour.

Trinity Gardens, NE1 2HH Newcastle Upon Tyne
£££ · Modern British

Terry Laybourne has been the driving force behind several of the most successful restaurants in Newcastle over the years, but it's 21 that's regarded as the flagship of the group. Tucked behind the Law Courts, close to the river, it’s often seen as a place for celebrating, thanks to its smart brasserie de-luxe look and an adjoining bar with its notable selection of gins. Assured dishes show respect for the ingredients of the season, with the perfect amount of modernity to keep things interesting.