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Big Mussel - Quayside

15 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3JE, England
+44 191 232 1057
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible4%
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“mussels” (261 reviews)
“seafood” (134 reviews)
“bouillabaisse” (15 reviews)
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Seafood, European, British, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
££ - £££
15 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3JE, England
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1 - 10 of 672 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Just been with friends and had a lovely night. Food was good and reasonably priced. We weren't rushed away from table when finished. The staff are helpful and friendly the only downside is the ladies loos, they are ready for an update. Don't let that...More

Thank kpaingil
Reviewed 1 week ago

Extensive menu, great atmosphere, lovely staff - our second visit here, and we will definitely be back on our next visit to Newcastle.

Thank ThingsOnTour
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stumble on this place by mistake, I think it was the ex-Fisherman's Lodge but I can't remember, however I can highly recommend it, really good value simple dishes fresh from the sea. Great selection of blackboard specials with good choice on the menu. I...More

1  Thank AlexwBussey
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visit the Big Mussel last Saturday early evening and got there for about 5.30 pm and were easily shown a table in this wonderfully rustic open style detailed Jazz themed sea food restaurant. The first thing that hits you is the sea food smell....More

1  Thank SteveJacksonnufc
BigMussel, Manager at Big Mussel - Quayside, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. They are very much appreciated as all my staff try there very best to retain standards. Not easy at times so these comments mean a lot. Thank you again

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had delicious food and great service at this centrally-located Newcastle restaurant. There are plenty of daily specials to choose from and portions are generous. It would be nice to have more dessert choices, but you will probably be too full for dessert anyway. We...More

Thank Helen W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First time at restaurant. We were given a lovely table upstairs. Calamari and smoked salmon to start. Wine was reasonably priced and very cold. Muscles were beautiful and fish pie was piping hot. Alex made our night as a really attentive and humorous waiter. We...More

Thank owlandbear
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

Nothing i ordered was remotely as the menu described it! Scallops for starters......one scallop cut into three miniture pieces, when i complained the waiter simply agreed with me but did nothing about it! Main course, "plank" special....just a selection of deep fried blandness, not at...More

Thank H8316QPmartinp
BigMussel, Owner at Big Mussel - Quayside, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2017

Thank you for your constructive remarks which I can only say are ranting and inaccurate. Scallops are served as a starter as three individual scallops and not as you suggest cut from one individual. The plank has one component of a cod deep fried goujon...More

Reviewed 14 July 2017

Starters, kilo mussels between us. Whole lobster for mains between us with small portion of potatos and small salad between us. One beer and one large wine. Total £90.80. Sorry nice but not worth the money.More

Thank Geordie112
BigMussel, Owner at Big Mussel - Quayside, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2017

I think it is important to note that you were offered and accepted our special jumbo lobster which is a 1600gm speciman at £65. Our regular lobster is £29 and is a 450-500gm size which you could have had. For a lobster of this size...More

Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

Visited here with family,As we were in Newcastle for two days for my Son Graduation. It is a Small seafood restaurant with a great atmosphere. The menu is fantastic and offers a wide choice of dishes .The food was well cooked,served,presented beautifully,and the portion sizes...More

Thank Ghaith391
Reviewed 11 July 2017

From the outside, the restaurant looks a bit drab, and the signboard outside offering low priced fish and chips does not give you the impression that this is a very good seafood restaurant. We had the Irish oysters for starters, fantastic, and we went back...More

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Response from Brian J | Reviewed this property |
From memory Most tables Are on the ground floor . I do not recall any steps in and table spacing was good but one wc Was upstairs but I cannot remember if Was M or F.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$72 - US$72
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 10:00
12:00 - 10:00
12:00 - 10:00
12:00 - 10:00
12:00 - 10:00
12:00 - 10:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3JE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Tyne and Wear  >  Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Phone Number: +44 191 232 1057
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