Kafeneon | A Fantastic Greek Restaurant in Newcastle

This post is based on a visit in June 2021. Please check the Kafeneon website and Social Media for up to date menus, prices and booking information before making plans.  

You will find Kafeneon in the heart of Newcastle. Their taverna-like restaurant has been part of the Bigg Market since 1998, one of those rare places which is still there and has survived since my own clubbing days. 

The restaurant is super easy to find in the Bigg Market and just a few moments from High Bridge / Grainger Street. It is ideally placed for lunch during a shopping trip or day out in Newcastle. 

I just love the vibe of the Bigg Market now - there are multiple outdoor terraces now and it really has a continental vibe. I really hope it stays this way and when the sun is shining, you really do feel as if you are on holiday. 

This information may change but at time of publishing, you cannot book the outdoor terrace and it is walk-ins only during the day. The restaurant is taking indoor bookings for the evenings. 

If you would like a table, simply turn up and the staff will seat you as quickly as they can. If there are no free tables, the queue is fairly fast moving, especially over lunch time so you never have to wait long. 

On the day of our visit, we had an afternoon appointment so rather than waiting for a coveted outdoor table, we decided to be seated straight away indoors instead which was just as lovely. We had a window seat and it was brilliant for people watching. 

Kafeneon is one of those places which many locals hold close to their heart. They always receive rave reviews, so many people have urged me to visit over the years and it is clear that a lot of their customers return time and time again and are more like family now. 

Below is the Lunch Menu. As you can see it is mainly traditional Greek food. There is no children's menu as such (at least we weren't offered one / there isn't one on their website) but to me, that just adds to the continental feel of the place and I imagine little ones will share with the family. It isn't too much of an issue for us as my three tend to order from the main menu these days anyway. 

Vegan and Gluten Free Menus are also available (see here). 

If you are viewing this on a mobile, click on the menus to enlarge / zoom in. 

I think the prices are excellent - a toastie with a side of hand cut chips and salad for £7.50 is a steal! Toasties are a staple lunch for us when we're abroad and visiting little beach cafes so of course, that's what I had to order. 

Dee had their eye on a fresh banana milkshake which they were chuffed with - better than McDs! There were also plenty of veggie options to choose from. 

Steve ordered the lamb gyro which was superb value at £9.95 including hand cut chips and salad. It was packed with filling, drizzled with a generous portion of Tzatziki and a very decent lunch. 

Jack is generally an excellent eater but his vice is sauce - he is just not a fan of any kind of sauce! But this wasn't a problem for Kafeneon who happily served his Gyro 'plain'. Again, a decent portion and it filled Jack up which doesn't happen too often. 

My toastie (Mario Puzo) was delicious and I loved the addition of Feta Cheese in my salad. 

I noticed that bottles of wine are available from £16. If I had not have been working later, Steve and I would definitely have shared a bottle over lunch too. 

Harry went with the Greek Burger which was actually too big for him to get his chops around. He really enjoyed it though (even if he did make a bit of a mess) and it is the perfect option for a hungry teen. Again, I thought that £9.50 was a good price. 

Our lunch for 5 including drinks was £55 + tip which I thought offered fantastic value considering we were sitting in the heart of Newcastle and everything was homemade / cooked to order. 

What really sets Kafeneon apart for me was the staff. They never stop and are so friendly/attentive / accommodating. Nothing is too much trouble. 

I loved escaping in Newcastle's very own taverna and I really did relax and get those holiday vibes. 

Steve had his eye on the Ouzo shots and I liked the look of their cocktail menu so I am sure we will be returning for date night soon...... 

Find out more here:  https://www.kafeneon.co.uk/

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