“ 12-15 Osborne Road / Jesmond / Newcastle upon Tyne / NE2 2AE / Tel.: 0191 2812990 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org „
My wife, my sister and I dined here last night and I am not one to leave reviews but we enjoyed our visit so much I felt I wanted to tell people. One could say the food was basic but it was well prepared, served hot (how about that) and tasted great the portions should satisfy even the largest hunger. The staff were friendly and although the place was busy they were there to help without being overbearing. It was busy because of its quality and resonable prices. Go back - of course we will and as we left each member of staff spoke and wished us a safe journey a great reflection on the owner.
Yes parking is a bit of a problem but it always is in this part of the 'Toon' but we found parking not too bad and we needed those extra yards to work a little bit of the food off after leaving this good eatery. My recommendation visit as soon as you can.
Just had my25th anniversry meal at the spago perfect meal fillet steak to die for wine perfect nice choice sweets wife only ate 1 took away 1 yes that good, staff could not have done enough for us will be back, all in the price was very reasonable 10 out of 10 for me many thanks.
I have only given spago one star as I cannot give no stars! This was my third time eating in this restaurant for birthday gatherings and I will never go back! We arrived and got our own drinks which I have no problem with, the atmosphere was good but then we waited half an hour for menus another half an hour to give our orders and then over an hour for our food to arrive. The food was not as described on the menu, I am a huge italian lover and I was not impressed, too creamy too spicy, members of our party were sick afterwards. When the bill arrived we had been charged almost 200 pounds for 11 bottles of wine which we did not have! Luckily we checked it! With so many other restaurants in jesmond I have no idea why people go back here! Very expensive not tasty service crap. Avoid this restaurant if you want to enjoy your night out!
Never have I paid so much for such poor food. A big group of us ate there one Saturday night. I ordered the calamari to start which was so rubbery it would rather have eaten elastic bands. My main course of breaded chicken was flavourless and the cheese on top was rather plastic. My partner had mozzarella which was fine but the seafood paella again was over cooked. Lovely sized prawns ruined by overcooking. Needless to say some members sent their food back. Service however was very good. I would never go back and recommend you don't either.
This is a nice little restaurant in the lively and 'student' area of Jesmond, Newcastle. It serves Italian food and most of the staff appear to be Italian, not like some supposed speciality restaurants. The staff are usually very friendly and service is good. The food is also tasty with a few quirks. For instance, I often order chicken or steak with peppercorn or Diane Sauce. Oddly, this is served with salad and not vegetables. As I know what to expect, I now ask for vegetables - sometimes this is a bit of an issue but they always produce the goods in the end. I mean who in their right mind would eat salad with hot peppercorn sauce!! Not me that's for sure.
I like the fact that this restaurant is reasonably priced compared to some of the others in Jesmond and overall the food and service is good. The only thing is that it is about a 7 min walk from the main bars in Jesmond - which might not sound like a big deal - but when you have had a drink and your high heels are hurting (boys and girls depending on who is out!) this can be an issue when there are closer restaurants.
The other thing to note is that I heard a while back that the roof had caved in!!! Thankfully - this appears to be fixed now!
Worth a visit.
On Osbourne Road, slightly further down than the majority of bars. On the main road, visible as you drive up Osbourne Road.
The restaurant itself isn't massive, however still feels light and airy as the tables aren't cramped together. I have been about 5 times now and what is nice is that the
The staff are very efficient, without rushing you through the meal. The food is served quite quickly if you go on a lunch time as many people go during their lunch hour so it is possible to have 3 courses in just over an hour. If you go on an evening the service is still quick but not so quick!
The food is very nice and the foot is good quality. The portions are a good size without being too large. The pasta dishes always have come out hot and the staff soon follow with black pepper and Parmesan.
The restaurant is in direct competition with Scalinis which is slightly further up Osbourne Road. Out of the two I prefer Spago's the food is much nicer and of a better quality and although the prices are similar I think you get better quality for the money, however the portions are slightly smaller than in Scalinis
It can be difficult to park in this area if you are driving, especially if you come during the day as many people who work in town leave their cars in this area. Also some of the side streets have permit parking so just check before you leave your car otherwise you could end up with a parking ticket.
For two people, 3 courses and a bottle of wine will come in at about £45, at peak times. During Happy Hour it will be around £35.
We sometimes visit this restaurant for Sunday lunch as it's nice and handy if we want to jump on the Metro and go somewhere afterwards and little lady enjoys it.
WHERE IS IT?
The restaurant is on Osborne Road, a busy road in Jesmond, so to get to the restaurant, you have to find somewhere on one of the side streets to park (find a place which isn't residents only).
I always think the outide of the restaurant is a bit "tired" looking- outside it looks as though it needs some tlc. No matter, though, it's usually busy so who am I to say anything?
There is a small garden with a little path and then in you go, to be greeted, prettily enough, by little orange trees at the door, which is a nice touch, although little miss is always confused because she didn't think oranges could grow in England.
The restaurant is in two parts, divided by a pull back curtain and a couple of steps. The lower part houses the bar which has a good selection of spirits and cocktails and the upper part houses the television. Yes, I do wonder about the logic of this; why would people chose to go out for a meal and watch the live sport on tv?
There are large colourful pictures adorning the walls- all of people and if I knew what type of art they were I would of course say so but as far as art is concerned, i am a bit of a Philistine. Suffice to say that they are bold and colourful paintings of larger than life people and they are in perfect keeping with the rest of the decor.
There are tables dotted about with plenty of space between them apart from the one in the corner by the window which, judging by the expressions on the faces of the people last time we were there, is a bit difficult to get in and out of.
One good thing which I must point out-there are no candles dripping wax down a bottle. Probably not relevant but an observation- actually it may be relevant because there are few things which irritate me more than when hubby sits picking wax off bottles.
Strangely enough, to get to the toilets, you have to walk past the kitchen, and the door is usually wide open (thankfully, the kitchen is clean).
The toilets are very basic, and like the outside could do with a bit of a make over...bring in the Restaurant Doctor. There are bits falling off the side panels of the sink, and in my opinion, having outdated toilets, however clean, is not a good look.
We have usually been served by Italians- or they are doing a very good impression of being Italian, and the service is always speedy and efficient without being intrusive. A big plus is that they are always very pleasant to young children , so you actually don't feel that you are being looked down on for having taken a child (God forbid!!) into a restaurant.
The main menu is varied, serving hot and cold starters, a range of pizzas, risottos and pastas, as well as lamb, beef, fish and chicken dishes.
Something for everyone unless you are vegetarian in which case, it looks like it's pizza, risotto or pasta.
The pizzas are mostly £5.95, with a few at 6.95, and the pasta dishes are similarly priced.
Prices for the main dishes vary; I will give a few examples for an idea of the price range: Beef Pizzaiola costs £14.95, Lamb alla brace, £12.95, salmon, £11.95.
Side dishes are also available, although the main courses do come with fries or salad.
This costs £5.95 for one course, £7.95 for 2 courses and £8.95 for 3 courses; obviously you are free to have any combination of courses- make mine a starter and dessert.
For starters, there is the choice of soup, sauteed mushrooms, pate with melba toast or melon and prawns.
There is a good selection, but for the main course we are usually real traditionalists and all go for the roast beef, Yorkshire puddings and gravy, all served with very nice, not over cooked vegetables. Main course offers 4 choices with a vegetarian offering, this being sauteed mixed mushrooms, peppers and paprika in sour cream sauce with rice.
Finally, dessert changes but is usually the usual of ice cream in a range of flavours, and last time, little miss and himself had a very delicious looking chocolate gateau cake with cherries and cream through the middle. i say delicios looking as I can't bear cream, but judging by the way they cleaned their plates, the dessert was a hit.
Monday- Saturday 12 noon-2.30pm
And not forgetting happy hour, when the pizzas and pastas are cheaper:
Thursday and Friday
Yes, very long Happy Hour, but a great marketing device to draw in the customers.
There is a 10% charge added to your final bill for service (I can't decide whether I agree with this- I think not as I believe it should be discretionary)
Minimun charge for credit card payment is £10.00
ADDRESS AND CONTACT
15 Osborne Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel: 0191 2812990
Fax: 0191 2819161
WHAT I THINK
I read somewhere that the average price for a meal is £21, but we have found it to be alot cheaper than this. Perhaps it's because we don't drink too much on a Sunday lunchtime.
The restaurant does offer but not advertise, half portions, and for young children, the full meal would be too much.
I would comment, though, that they could be a bit more generous for the adult portion...the vegetables are a bit sparse on the ground, especially on Sunday when we want to eat and eat.
Wine is quite reasonable, running as it does at £10.95 a bottle and the rather more expensive £2.60 a glass...rude not to get a bottle.
The staff are friendly and helpful and the atmosphere is busy and family orientated without being over run with children or anxious parents as alot of the themed pubs are.
If you want a relatively inexpensive meal somewhere relaxed and close to the city centre, it's worth trying. Go for Happy Hour and then try the bars along Osborne road; with summer on its way that's a fairly good night out.
Thanks for reading.
Just as an added extra...spago is not a particularly pleasant name if said with a hard "a"; the Italian word "spaghetti" is the diminutive of "spago" or "string"
Yes...irrelevant, I know.