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15 Newcastle restaurants to take your family this graduation season

Graduation season is upon us, which means you better get booking tables ready for the fam arriving – here are 15 of the best restaurants in Newcastle.

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 15.07.2023


Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA

Graduate’s perk: unbeatable city views

When it comes to dining destinations, is there anywhere swankier than Six?! The most iconic of Newcastle restaurants, perched atop the Baltic, boasts a refined menu of modern bistro dishes that the fam can enjoy while gazing out across panoramic views of the city and its bridges. Talk about elevating your celebrations.



4 Main Street, Ponteland, Newcastle upon Tyne NE20 9SS

Graduate’s perk: fine dining near Newcastle Airport

If decadent Middle Eastern cuisine is your idea of heaven, then Ateesh is the best of Newcastle restaurants for you. Their world of flavours and spices has been created using family recipes handed down through generations, so you can taste their authenticity. Plus, its location makes Ateesh super handy for any loved ones heading to the airport once the celebrations are over.



106 Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DX

Graduate’s perk: perfect for the ‘gram

Graduation is a time for capturing precious memories with the ones you love, and there are few more picturesque backdrops than the wall-to-ceiling floral arrangements in one of the newest of Newcastle restaurants, Victors. The food’s not bad, either – the modern, American-Asian cuisine here is a great addition to the Quayside’s culinary offering.



4 Hume Street, Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 1LN

Graduate’s perk: the epitome of all things Ouseburn

Kiln may seem like an artsy, neighbourhood hangout worthy of its spot in the heart of the city’s cultural quarter – and that’s certainly part of its charm – but its Mediterranean and Middle Eastern evening menu is worthy of any of the Newcastle restaurants in the city centre. Its originality is sure to impress your folks.



Friar’s Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4XN

Graduate’s perk: a historical dining experience unique to Newcastle  

Students often get a bad rep for being more focussed on partying and less concerned with the culture of the city they study in. Not so if you take your family to Blackfriars. Demonstrate your awareness of Newcastle’s medieval history over sophisticated British dishes in a 13th century Friary and just watch the jaws drop.



9 Osbourne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2AE

Graduate’s perk: Osbourne Road at your fingertips

Stylish and elegant, serving up seasonal menus using local produce… It seems Branches was created with the sole purpose of impressing Jesmond students’ visiting family members. Enjoy a sophisticated meal at one of the most popular restaurants in Newcastle, then spill out onto Osbourne Road for drinks after.



69 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6EF

Graduate’s perk: sophisticated Grey Street dining

It’s the city’s most famous street – continually voted the finest in Britain and a popular filming location for TV series and Hollywood blockbusters alike. So, visiting loved ones are probably going to want to check out Grey Street. Take them to stylish pan-Asian restaurant The Muddler for assurance that the quality of your dinner will match its location.



150 Heaton Park Road, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 5NR

Graduate’s perk: a fresh fine dining spot in Heaton  

Bring fine dining into the mix within designated ‘student suburb’ of Heaton and you’ve got a recipe for graduation night success. After all, your parents are picking up the tab, right?! Tuck into the seasonal, seven-course tasting menu (with optional wine pairing) at this Newcastle restaurant and savour the very best of North East flavours.



1 Trinity Gardens, Pandon, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2HH

Graduate’s perk: stylish city centre dining away from the rush

If impressing your family with a stylish meal at one of the most respected restaurants in Newcastle is your goal this graduation season, then book a table at 21 Newcastle. With chic, sleek décor and a flavour-first food philosophy, you can enjoy mature dining inspired by French classics in comfortable, contemporary surroundings – which, let’s face it, is all any parent really wants. 



10E Parade, Whitley Bay, Newcastle upon Tyne NE26 1AP

Graduate’s perk: sophisticated Geordie ‘scran’ down the coast

Our North East coastline is legendary, so it would be downright negligent of you not to show your folks the shoreline while they’re in town. Make a night of it by booking a table at one of the more elegant restaurants in Newcastle, Hinnies, and enjoy rustic, Geordie-influenced classics as you look out to sea.



Arch 6, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SA

Graduate’s perk: great food, relaxed vibes 

This cosy, Parisian-style wine bar is a dream when it comes to special meals out without any fuss. Challenging the notion that French dining is overly formal, this most relaxed of great Newcastle restaurants prides itself on doing the simple things well: with a small plates menu meant for sampling, satisfying and sharing.



63 Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DE

Graduate’s perk: great food at the heart of the Quayside   

Let’s be honest: every visiting family wants to check out Newcastle’s famous bridges while they’re here celebrating your achievements. So, kill two birds with one stone by dining at the heart of the Quayside after graduation at Chart House – a modern bar and bistro with cracking views over the Tyne.



194A Heaton Road, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 5HP  

Graduate’s perk: sharing platters in the up-and-coming Heaton

Tapas and cocktails: name a better duo. We’ll wait. Ideal for big ol’ family gatherings over (albeit posh) picky teas, the first of Newcastle restaurants dedicated to Spanish cuisine remains one of its best – with patatas bravas and summer-worthy Sangrias aplenty and an enviable location at the heart of the city’s most exciting district right now.



29 Broad Chare, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DQ

Graduate’s perk: a continental, city-centre hangout

Part wine bar, part restaurant, this city-centre venue enjoys a city-centre buzz. Inspired by the neighbourhood bars the team here discovered on their travels through France and Italy, St Vincent is big on flavour and low on fuss: serving interesting wines, charcuterie and crowd-pleasing dishes full of punchy flavours.



6 Market Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6JF

Graduate’s perk: a sophisticated steak house   

You can really impress your folks by booking a table inside this Grade II-listed Newcastle restaurant along Pilgrim Street. And as well as stylish surrounds, Gaucho is a guaranteed crowd pleaser – serving up Argentinian steaks, wines and cocktails with panache.

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