Valentine’s day is just around the corner and if you haven’t booked dinner with that special someone just yet, errrr what are you waiting for? There is an abundance of great restaurants in Newcastle to impress your date, either for V day or date night year round. And there really is something to suit everyone, weather your significant other loves classic elegance, dark and moody, fun and girlie or small and intimate ambience. Of-course date night is what-ever you make it; however, a beautiful restaurant can certainly earn a lot of Brownie points!
Best date night restaurants in Newcastle
A stalwart of the Newcastle dining scene, Terry Laybourne’s Quayside restaurant nails timeless elegance. Serving French bistro classics with a British twist, this is a restaurant that won’t fail to impress your date. 21 is famous for the most indulgently rich cheese soufflé, pick that dish to start and you’ll win massive brownie points!
Transition from pre-dinner cocktails to dinner and then dancing all under one roof, Leila’s Lily has it all. The Cocktails are to die for, I particularly loved the Lady Lychee a blend of Yuzu sake and Lychee syrup. The food on offer is mainly classic grill house fair including sharing steaks like a chateaubriand, perfect for splitting with your beau.
Route is a small and cozy modern European bistro, serving up a range of sharing plates. This is the perfect place to take the committed foodie in your life as they combine the best local produce in new and innovative ways. Well deserving of their Michelin Bib Gourmand award, and easily one of the best restaurants in Newcastle.
What’s more romantic than dinner with a beautiful view? Six at Baltic has unrivaled views of the Tyne from the top of The Baltic modern art gallery. With an open kitchen and floor to ceiling wrap around glass the restaurant is light, modern and sophisticated. The food and service at six is top notch, and in my humble opinion, the best value fine dining restaurant in town, especially their lunch and early evening set menus. Yes, I know it’s technically in Gateshead, don’t @ me!
If you REALLY want to impress your date, it’s got to be a Michelin Starred restaurant hasn’t it? Chef Kenny Atkinson opened his fine dining restaurant on the Quayside in 2014, winning it’s Michelin Star a year later. The interior is simply designed to highlight the beautiful old wood and stone of the 16th century building, which I think compliments beautifully the complex dishes served in the restaurant. House of Tides offer a 6 or 7 course tasting menu of the best seasonal, and local produce you can find. This is a popular restaurant, so you will need to book well in advance for that special occasion.
Not just one of the best date night restaurants in Newcastle, but also one of the oldest as it’s housed in a beautiful 13thcentury medieval friary. Their menu consists of deliciously comforting British classics, such as beef wellington with truffle mash or lamb cutlets with peas although their seasonal menu changes regularly. Black Friars also run couples cooking classes and lots of special events, the perfect gift for the foodie in your life.
Whisk your other half away to a sophisticated Bangkok style rooftop bar and restaurant. Newcastle may not be Thailand, but Chaophraya restaurant does a brilliant job of replicating the high-end restaurants in the Thai capital. They serve up Thai classics such as green curry and coconut rice or pad thai as well as whole cooked sea bass and slow cooked belly pork. Wash it all down with some beautiful Asian inspired cocktails.
Hibou Blanc opened just six months ago, but is already making waves in the Newcastle restaurant scene. Surprise your S.O. by taking them to this beautifully elegant Edwardian brasserie and bar. Opt for light bites and cocktails at the stunning marble and brass adorned bar or the full menu in the formal restaurant. If you love steak, beautifully cooked fish or lobster this is the perfect restaurant for date night.
In my humble opinion these are the BEST date night restaurants in Newcastle, a mix of sophistication, intimacy, theatre and of course incredibly delicious grub. And the best thing is, they all (except House of Tides) participate in Newcastle Restaurant week in January and August, so you can treat your date to a gorgeous meal out for a fraction of the price. Winning!
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