If eating out is your love language, then you’ll know how important it is to find a restaurant that matches your food-shaped desires! Luckily for you, I’ve handpicked the best date night restaurants in Newcastle, whatever your vibe.

The romantic date

St Vincent

This classy Quayside restaurant and wine bar is part of 21 Hospitality Group, owned by esteemed local chef, Terry Laybourne. The ambience is relaxed and intimate, and alongside a simple but top-notch menu of small and big plates, you’ll find one of the best selections of wine in the city, which includes varieties from independent producers. The staff at St Vincent are incredibly knowledgeable, ensuring you find the perfect pairing to complement your meal.


St Vincent Newcastle

The special occasion date

Khai Khai

Nestled on Queen Street in the heart of Newcastle’s historic Quayside, Khai Khai puts a fine dining spin on Indian cuisine. It’s no wonder this restaurant has received rave reviews from the likes of Gordon Ramsay, as the dishes – described as Indian retro comfort food – are beautifully cooked with fire and smoke and packed with authentic flavours. As for the sophisticated, moody setting, this is perfect for celebrating an occasion with that special someone.


The 'we're budgeting' date

Marco Polo

Marco Polo is a stylish restaurant on Dean Street that’s been serving classic Italian cuisine in the Toon for over 50 years. Its pre-theatre menu is such good value, especially considering the quality of its food, with two dishes priced at £15.95 and three for £19.95. A great destination if you’re watching the pennies and in need of a cheeky but chic dining out fix. (And, of course, you don’t need to be visiting the theatre to take advantage of the menu!)


Marco Polo Newcastle

The 'it's pay day!' date


When pay day comes around, step back in time with a meal at Blackfriars, a restaurant steeped in Medieval history. Its stone buildings and enchanting courtyard date back to the 13th century, and it makes the most charming of backdrops for lunch or dinner. Blackfriars has a stellar reputation (with numerous accolades to its name) and its hearty menus champion the best locally-sourced seasonal produce.


Blackfriars evening meal

The casual mid-week date

Hen & Hops

Like your food messy and moreish? Hen & Hops on High Bridge has got you covered. This is the place to go when you’re in the mood for gorging on tasty chicken wings! And with 20 lip-smacking flavours on offer, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Its Date Night Platter is also a steal at £36, crammed with wings, tenders, drumsticks, thighs, chips, beans, coleslaw, curry sauce, chicken gravy, and two cans of Moretti or cider. Delish.


Hen and Hops wings

The spontaneous 'let's eat out!' date


For a dose of happy holiday, Greek island vibes without the jet-setting price tag, look no further than Kafeneon in the Bigg Market. This popular townhouse restaurant is spread over three floors (with outdoor seating available in more sunnier climes!) and it serves the most delicious gyros, souvlaki, and pita dishes. Always a winner when you’re stuck on where to go, but try to pre-book as it gets very busy! Plus, NE1 Exclusive card holders can enjoy 10% off food.



The 'let's try somewhere different' date

Little Lobo

For a change of scene, head to Sandyford on the outskirts of Newcastle city centre. Here, you’ll find the uberly vibrant Little Lobo, a Californian-inspired Mexican restaurant that has two sister eateries in Tynemouth and Whitley Bay. Tacos, nachos, burritos, quesadillas, ensaladas, cocktails, and margaritas – there’s nothing little about its menu, which dishes up an insanely good date night dining experience.


Little Lobo

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*Please check with individual restaurants to confirm their latest menus, offers, and prices.