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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Newcastle and Northumberland

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Newcastle and Northumberland? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of St Vincent restaurant
4.8
4.8 (710)
£26 to £40
Wine Bar
Newcastle upon Tyne
About the restaurant
Part wine bar, part restaurant, a city centre venue with a city centre buzz. St. Vincent is an after-work drinks spot, supper-with-friends place and general 'snack-with-a-glass-or-two' hang out with a big-hearted 'everybody welcome' attitude. 

Inspired by the neighbourhood bars we've found on our travels through France and Italy, we offer interesting wines, charcuterie and crowd pleasing plates full of punchy flavours. We're a place where an hour spins into several without anyone noticing. 

Open evenings Tuesday to Friday, all day Saturday and close late. 

Enough said. Come and find out. 
Top review
ColinLvip
Dined 3 days ago
Fantastic food, great atmosphere and efficient friendly service
A photo of Branches Restaurant restaurant
5.0
5 (24)
£41 and over
British
Newcastle upon Tyne
About the restaurant
Branches is a multi award winning restaurant
which aims to provide its customers a contemporary dining experience set in a beautifully modern décor surrounding.

Located on the hugely popular Osborne road we pride ourselves on the professional service our staff provides each customer. The intimate stylish dining room caters for individuals and parties to provide the ideal setting for any occasion from romantic to business.

Our chef source the freshest, local, best of British produce direct from nearby suppliers, farms and markets.
All our dishes are created from the highest quality products available. We also offer a wide selection of Wines, Beers, Gins and expertly made Cocktails.

Branches Restaurant has won Tripadvisors Travellers choice award for multiple consecutive years along with appearing consistently in their top 10 restaurants in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Recommended this perfect setting by a friend and because of the reputation of the head Chef. They were not wrong! Flawless from entering the door to being handed our coats back at the end. We have never experienced food like it and we were treated like royalty. This place really does live up to its reputation. You will not find better in the North East. A tribute to the Head Chef and all Staff. Our new favourite place
A photo of Ardallan Kitchen restaurant
4.9
4.9 (82)
£25 and under
Bistro
Gateshead
About the restaurant
Welcome to Ardallan Kitchen, a casual dining bistro set in a converted Victorian Stable in the heart of Felling, Gateshead. We provide a warm and inviting atmosphere with modern décor and a private courtyard with an ornamental cherry tree to enjoy the finer weather.

At Ardallan Kitchen, we take pride in providing delicious and locally sourced food. Our menu is inventive and generous, with something for everyone – from Homity Pie and Whipped Feta on Toast to our scrumptious Blueberry Pancake Stacks and Cinnamon French Toast. Our coffees and desserts are always sensational, and our friendly and attentive team will ensure that your visit is truly memorable.

If you’re looking for a truly delightful breakfast, brunch or lunch near you, you’re definitely in the right place. Enjoy Saturday brunch and our special Afternoon Tea events, lovingly prepared with locally sourced ingredients – book a table now and have the perfect spot for your next meal!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
I have never been disappointed at Ardallan! Interesting and delicious food beautifully served. Friendly, kind staff and lovely surroundings with a pretty courtyard when the sun shines. I love it.
A photo of Bouchon Bistrot - Hexham restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2646)
£26 to £40
French
Newcastle upon Tyne
About the restaurant
Winner of the Best European Restaurant honour at the North East Restaurant Awards and conveniently situated in the centre of Hexham on Gilesgate, Bouchon Bistrot serves straightforward country style French cuisine, including daily specials in the evening. Born in the Loire Valley and having plenty of experience from working in Michelin starred restaurants throughout France, the owner of Bouchon Bistrot is an expert when it comes to traditional country cooking in France.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
First class meal as usual. Our favourite and in our view the best restaurant in Hexham
A photo of No. 59 Restaurant @ Townhouse Morpeth restaurant
4.9
4.9 (650)
£26 to £40
British
Morpeth
About the restaurant
No. 59 Restaurant @ Townhouse Morpeth is ready and waiting to offer a warm greeting as you enter Morpeth’s bustling high street. The original, charismatic three-storey building, which dates back to the mid-1800s, stands proudly just over Telford Bridge on the River Wansbeck – a grand feature of the historic market town.

Open for food and drink from Wednesday to Sunday, No. 59 Restaurant is the perfect place for a coffee, a light lunch, a drink with friends or a fine dining experience.
Top review
Moomoo72
Dined 2 days ago
We visited on Father’s Day and the food was amazing as always despite being very busy. This is such a lovely place, food is delicious and staff are so friendly and efficient. It’s our go to restaurant in Morpeth!
A photo of The French Quarter restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2219)
£26 to £40
French
Newcastle upon Tyne
About the restaurant
The French Quarter is a relaxed neighbourhood restaurant & wine Bar in a community of unique and quirky businesses in Newcastle city Centre. We are a friendly and approachable team of people, with a passion for the good things in life. Born from nostalgia for a traditional style of commerce and a desire to challenge perceptions that French dining is formal or fussy, we work with independent suppliers to offer a regularly changing wine list & tapas style menu. We have created a casual and sociable environment where customers are invited to experience our food, try our wines, shop from our deli and share our love of all things French!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Our first visit and it didn’t disappoint and it won’t be our last! Fabulous authentic French food with excellent attentive service. Do not overlook a visit to this restaurant!
A photo of 21 restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5028)
£26 to £40
British
Newcastle upon Tyne
About the restaurant
21’s cooking is big on flavour and short on fuss. We’re talking about a style which embraces the seasons and where the ingredients are king. Expect to find stylish, imaginative dishes – which don’t pander to fads or fashion…………and still have room for pudding. Expect a warm welcome, generous hospitality and service that is both friendly and correct.

A city centre restaurant with a city centre buzz. In the heart of Newcastle's Quayside, 21 has an excitement and warmth all of its own. Smart but not stuffy, sleek but not pretentious, fun but not gimmicky - It's about eating good food in comfortably stylish surroundings.

Menus include Lunch and Early Evening Fixed Price, Five Course Seasonal and à la Carte.
Top review
MickBoydvip
Dined 3 days ago
We have been dining at 21 since the second night of service at 21 Queen Street, and in all our visits over the years, we have never left feeling disappointed. The food is always excellent, but perhaps the best part is the always excellent service. We look forward to our next visit.
A photo of Saltwater Fish Company restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1305)
£25 and under
Seafood
Newcastle upon Tyne
About the restaurant
Designed for seafood lovers – Saltwater Fish Company, situated in Fenwick Foodhall, operates as both a Fish Bar and Fishmonger with a ‘we cook what we sell, we sell what we cook’ philosophy. There’s no fuss – just a passion for seafood, simple yet creative cooking and friendly service.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
The main thing about eating here is the food which is generally very good. The staff are always polite and service is good. The wine is in my opinion a bit on the pricey side. Due to the restricted space it always feels a little claustrophobic and busy. I would definitely return for the excellent seafood
A photo of Hibou Blanc restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1199)
£26 to £40
British
Newcastle upon Tyne
About the restaurant
This magical Edwardian building has been transformed to a beautiful bar, restaurant and private room where we hope to deliver to our customers an experience you won’t find anywhere else in Newcastle.
Join us to dine in our elegant brasserie which aims to serve classic dishes, including a generous Sunday lunch, using the very best ingredients with plenty of flavor but no fuss or in the bar for some light bites and fantastic drinks curated by a team of some of Newcastle best mixologists.
Above all we want you to relax, enjoy the music and feel at home here at Hibou Blanc.
Please note our bar operates on a walk-in only basis, and you can book our main restaurant to enjoy both our lunch and our a la carte menu. When joining for Afternoon Tea please state this in your booking notes.
Top review
cazjones81
Dined 6 days ago
Very welcoming staff from start to finish, had my dog with me who was well looked after, able to sit up on seat next to me which kept him calm. Good happy hour drinks deals, pints £4.50, select cocktails £6. The steak deal was very good, with a good choice of £5 sides. I had the rib eye steak and boyfriend fillet, both asked for well done. Only thing I'd say is that the outsides of steak were well done, was quite pink in centre so left some of my steak. I would revisit but I'd ask for extra well done as I'm not a fan of bloody steak. Other than that the sides were lovely, garlic mushrooms were my favourite. Would return.
A photo of Sohe restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1088)
£25 and under
Pan-Asian
Newcastle upon Tyne
About the restaurant
Sohe is sure to offer an experience like no other, traditionally trained chefs create dishes demonstrating their culinary flair, unique methods and individual expertise, showcasing foods from all over the world that are sure to tantalise and tease the senses. Set within Jesmond’s quintessentially English and stunning Victorian period properties the mix of Northumbrian history, Asian inspiration and cosmopolitan vibe allow you to unwind in a whole new type of culture. SoHe’s sure to invigorate and excite with its blend of fine foods from throughout the world in fusion with the Asian inspiration behind this exciting new dining experience. Sohe has a cocktail menu to mesmerise and enchant any patron whilst all set within a building of character and elegance situated right in the heart of the city. This is North east Fine dining with a refreshingly informal vibe, an atmosphere to ease you into complete comfort and dishes to keep you green with food envy.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We had a party of seven for an 18th birthday party, and got a room all to ourselves. The room was lovely and the service was excellent. The menu wasn't huge, which was good, but has an excellent range of south-east Asian dishes. Everyone liked the dishes they ordered, and, in fact, we were too full to have desserts, even though the desserts did look enticing.
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