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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Newcastle and Northumberland

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots 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 (696)
£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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
We visited St Vincent last night and once again, it was incredible. Special mention to Matt & Ginny, for the fabulous service and making our evening very enjoyable, always going that extra mile. The food delicious, (especially the oysters on the special menu) and the ambience is very energetic, perfect for a date night out!!
A photo of Saltwater Fish Company restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1295)
£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
Scott
Dined 7 days ago
Lovely lunch. Excellent food as usual and friendly service.
A photo of Hibou Blanc restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1189)
£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
MichelleH
Dined 1 day ago
The food was amazing as always, service was great and the live music was fab. This is the first time I’ve been for Sunday lunch and I’ll definitely be going back, I had a really lovely afternoon, would highly recommend Hibou Blanc anytime of the week, but the Sunday lunch is definitely top notch!
A photo of Porterhouse Butcher & Grill restaurant
4.6
4.6 (988)
£25 and under
Steakhouse
Newcastle upon Tyne
About the restaurant
At Porterhouse, it’s all about the meat. Choose from our menus, watch our chefs at work, buy some more to take home. To showcase what cooking with meat is all about, we’ve brought together a butcher’s counter, a steakhouse and a team of talented chefs.
Top review
KarliC
Dined 2 days ago
As always outstanding service , food and drinks The halibut was unreal as was the steak tartare x Already booked back in for July xx
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4.6
4.6 (543)
£26 to £40
Fish
Seahouses
About the restaurant
The Black Swan Inn is a newly refurbished gastro pub situated above the bustling fishing port of Seahouses and drawing from a wealth of locally sourced ingredients. The Black Swan promises a unique and memorable dining experience. When booking, we need to make you aware that dogs are not permitted in our Restaurant area. However, your dog is more than welcome in our Orangery from 11.30am to 3pm daily and in our bar and courtyard area at any time, tables of which are non-reservable and are offered on a first come, first serve basis.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
What a fabulous discovery! Outstanding service, with plenty of humour (we do love mushy peas really). Very friendly staff, delicious fish, cooked to perfection. AND great value! What’s not to love ❤️
A photo of The Engine Room restaurant
4.4
4.4 (648)
£25 and under
British
Sunderland
About the restaurant
Welcome to the Engine Room
Great quality food, produced from fresh and locally sourced produce, is teamed with a fantastic range of drinks – from soft drinks, and beers to cocktails. Sitting inside the lovingly restored Old Fire Station, within the heart of Sunderland’s cultural quarter the Engine Room is the perfect place to enjoy a meal before visiting the theatre, mark a special occasion or simply meet with friends for a fun night in the city.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Service was efficient and friendly. We were all impressed by the girl who served us - very competent and welcoming. Real attribute to the fire station. Food was spot on - we’ll definitely return.
A photo of Hard Rock Cafe - Newcastle restaurant
4.3
4.3 (3891)
£25 and under
American
Newcastle upon Tyne
About the restaurant
Welcome to Newcastle, where the old (castle) meets the new! Hard Rock Cafe is coming at you live from Newcastle, with a new layout paying tribute to the past by keeping in line with the former grandeur and arches. Phase one of our grand design includes a cafe with room for 170 of your closest friends, with 60 of those lucky pals getting to sit on a raised mezzanine floor overlooking the river. We’ve also included 16 external seats to enjoy Hard Rock in the sun. Our Cafe brings a touch of history and class to any meal. Featuring classic American fare with that signature Hard Rock twist, Hard Rock Cafe Newcastle delivers satisfaction in every bite. Grab a Legendary® Burger and some delicious sides and wash everything down with a local brew or a hand-crafted cocktail!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
We had the 2 course dining and prosecco deal. It was really delicious and the service was very good at the Hard Rock Cafe, Newcastle.
A photo of Gino D’Acampo Newcastle restaurant
4.3
4.3 (387)
£26 to £40
Italian
Newcastle upon Tyne
About the restaurant
I’m so excited to announce the second restaurant in partnership with hotel giant Melia, is Gino D’Acampo Quayside.

It’s a beautiful light, open plan restaurant with floor to ceiling windows that lets the natural light flood it – it’s a real mood booster. That’s not all, we also have a huge contemporary terrace overlooking the iconic River Tyne, I can’t wait for you to see it.

Serving real Italian food as it should be, the menu really does have something for everyone. Check out my new lounge bar as well, it serves one of the biggest selections of Prosecco, sparkling wine and Franciacorta in the UK, with over 30 varieties for you to choose from. Pop by for a drink after work or enjoy one or two while you dine, the choice is yours.

Buon Appetito.
Gino

Top review
Lisaj
Dined 3 days ago
Incredible service, amazing food which was fresh and high quality. Will definitely be back. Absolutely beautiful.
A photo of Gaucho Newcastle restaurant
4.3
4.3 (477)
£26 to £40
Steakhouse
Newcastle upon Tyne
About the restaurant
Every Wednesday, join us for ‘Steak Night Date Night’ and dig into an epic sharing steak for two with sides, sauces and a bottle of red or white wine chosen by our team of sommeliers from £70 per pair.

Impeccable Argentinian steaks, flavours of Latin America and a perfectly curated drinks and wine list are all enjoyed in uncompromised elegance. As well as a statement bar fit with a stage on top for late night entertainment, the restaurant also features two private dining rooms.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Our first time dining at Goucho’s & it will not be our last! The food was lovely & the staff went that little bit extra to make our dining experience first class!
A photo of The Mad House restaurant
4.3
4.3 (30)
£25 and under
Cocktail Bar
Newcastle upon Tyne
About the restaurant
Welcome to the Mad House!
A unique bar experience that's funky, quirky and full of surprises. Come visit us and see why we're the hottest spot in town!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The vibes were amazing, servers were funny and really helpful, food was great. Honestly could not fault it at all, will definitely be coming back!
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