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5.2 /6 Excellent 34 Reviews

The Italian Retro

South Shields Italian £££ +100
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About The Italian Retro

Newcastle may have no shortage of Italian restaurants, but The Italian Retro is a name that stands out from the rest, offering gourmet Italian cuisine in a stylish setting. Located on Stanhope Road over in South Shields, The Italian Retro attracts diners from all over the area with is menu full of Italian favourites with a fine dining twist. Before tucking into your main, try some slow-roasted pork belly or the pesce misto (sauteed garlic king prawns, scallops and mussels on a bed of mixed leaves). Then feast on some pizza, pasta or a rustic meat or seafood dish like the pollo diavola (strips of chicken breast simmered in a spiced napoli sauce with peppers, mushrooms and chorizo), rounded off with one of The Italian Retro’s decadent and beautifully presented desserts.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 17:00 - 20:00
  • Tuesday 17:00 - 20:00
  • Wednesday 17:00 - 20:00
  • Thursday 17:00 - 20:00
  • Friday 17:00 - 20:00
  • Saturday 17:00 - 20:00
  • Sunday Closed
The Italian Retro, 349 Stanhope Road, NE334SS Newcastle


34 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 34 Reviews
Food: delicious
Atmosphere: entertaining
Service: friendly
Quality/Price: great value
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: short
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1 review so far 6
30.01.2017 09:25

Excellent service, good quality food, exceptional value for money. Despite the restaurant being very busy the service and food quality were not compromised. Highly recommend.

1 review so far 6
22.01.2017 08:37

Fantastic food and service, place was very busy but that never showed the service and food were second to none! The price was unreal 2 adults and 1 child with drinks all had 3 courses £24.

2 reviews so far 6
17.01.2017 23:55

Family friendly restaurant. Relaxing atmosphere and nicely decorated. Good value for money. Good selection of menu choices. Lovely food. Staff friendly. Give it a try.

1 review so far 6
15.01.2017 08:21

My husband and I had an excellent experience at The Retro Italian. The restaurant had a lovely atmosphere, the staff were kind, helpful, very efficient and smiling! The Food was very good and plentiful. Compliments to the chef who managed to create lovely dishes at such good value. We will definitely be returning! 😄

1 review so far 3
01.02.2017 09:15

First of all, the restaurant was a little cold. The staff were very friendly, if not forgetful (some). Two of our meals were fine, however I encountered a new experience. I had ordered a fillet steak well done. The waitress came back after speaking to the chef and asked whether I would like to have the fillet cut into medallions, because it would take too long to cook. I told her that I would just like it done as normal. She came back after speaking to the chef and said that the chef had said that I was going to have to wait 45 minutes for the fillet to be cooked. I reluctantly agreed to have the steak cut. The result was an unappetising, dried out steak. I have had far better from standard supermarket steaks. The waitress offered to take it back, but I said that I would just eat it (I couldn't wait 45 minutes for it to cook, while others were eating). I didn't mention the overcooked chips. This is the second time in succession that I have problems with the steak. I don't think we will return.

1 review so far 6
23.07.2016 23:35

We were a party of 8 including 2 vegetarians. We opted for the 3 course happy hour menu and the children HD the the 3 course children's menu. There was loads of choices for each course and the kids really enjoyed making their "DIY" pizzas. The food was gorgeous and the staff were friendly and helpful. I will definitely go again and would recommend to friends.

1 review so far 6
10.03.2016 23:15

Lovely meal and great service. Went for happy hour so fantastic value for money. I had the king prawn bruschetta and seafood medley with chips (gorgeous). My daughter had potato skins and goats cheese pizza, followed by chocolate and hazlenut cheesecake. We chose a Sauvignon Blanc from the wine list which was lovely. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 5
17.03.2016 15:54

Visited here with my friend for tea at 5.15. It had just opened and in no time the place was heaving with diners. We thoroughly enjoyed our Happy Hour starter and Main meal, but decided not to have a dessert as my friend (who has a really sweet-tooth) found them boring and limited in choice. I have booked here again shortly with my family.

1 review so far 5
07.08.2016 08:13

The meal was a taste fest of Italian food and well worth a visit. The staff were friendly and efficient the choice on the menu was not over extensive but there is still enough to choose from so those who have trouble with a large selection its ideal.

1 review so far 2
10.06.2016 12:33

Very disappointed. Have visited this restaurant before it had a "Happy Hour" and everything was good. Our last visit started off okay but we waited 40 minutes for the starter and 35 minutes for the main course.My chicken dish was mediocre and my partner's dish was ok. We couldn't risk having a sweet as we didn't know how long it would take and we had to catch a bus. I don't like to post a negative review but I gave this restaurant a chance to reply to my complaint and that has been ignored.It was very busy and they might think one negative review can be ignored but I think an explanation and an apology costs nothing.

1 review so far 4
19.07.2016 11:33

Happy Hour meal was great but we sat in the front seating area after our meal to have a couple of drinks and were told that the tills were being checked so couldn't order another. However the staff were still tidying up for another 30 minutes so we could have been served - not very good practice really.

1 review so far 6
19.03.2016 20:18

Service was good, food was delightful, menu was varied and the atmosphere was spot on. Only issue was with the booking as it can't be done online within a set period but thats nothing major. Great night.

1 review so far 4
26.04.2016 02:29

Value for money was really good happy hour menu was plentiful and good variety but although the girls were polite it lacked that customer service - didn't come over check everything was ok but certainly wasn't negative. Ensuring we had drinks etc, 3 girls and the chef were the only staff I saw all night

1 review so far 6
05.03.2016 13:41

had a fantastic night, service was good very polite and welcoming....just one little downside it could be more intimate for me it was too formal, but other than that I will definitely be going again ..

1 review so far 5
17.12.2016 00:26

Pleasant night. Food generally of good quality if not totally without minor faults. Bearing in mind four of us ate for £40 including drinks there is nothing of substance to quibble about. Staff were attentive and friendly.

1 review so far 5
01.03.2017 22:39

Good service, nice and friendly staff. Good menu choice with nicely cooked and presented meals. No pressure to leave once meal finished. Some of the other diners were a bit shabby, but you can't have everything!

1 review so far 6
25.06.2016 08:32

Great value, 3 courses under a tenner, lovely staff, the 2 young girls were great and looked after us, food was fab and served in good time

1 review so far 6
09.10.2016 08:42

Amazing as always! The happy hour menu is fantastic and service was excellent. Kids menu is excellent value too! I would Totally recommend to visit this gem

1 review so far 6
27.07.2016 11:05

The food was delicious, all staff were friendly and polite and asked if we wanted drinks as soon as we sat down the restaurant was also lovely

1 review so far 6
20.08.2016 08:54

The staff are friendly, the interior is lovely throughout and the food is excellent value for money. Good decent sized portions. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.

2 reviews so far 6
13.10.2016 04:55

Very good service quick and friendly staff and good food. Atmosphere lovely, when food came was enough to satisfy and good presentation, Well done Italian Retro.

1 review so far 6
16.10.2016 11:38

Very Friendly staff, great venue and even better food. The £19.95 menu is great value for money, highly recommend ! Definitely be back for another visit.

2 reviews so far 5
28.03.2017 07:29

Great service. Lovely layout. I did order the wrong main on the menu and was very disappointed but the starter and desert made up for that. Portions are a good size

2 reviews so far 6
07.10.2016 06:09

It was very enjoyable, lovely food, lovely atmosphere, and polite staff, Well done, will come again. Will recommend Italian Retro to friends and family definately.

1 review so far 6
30.12.2016 09:22

Very good restaurant. However they knew I thing about our reservation through this site. Called up to check and had to rebook. Just as well

1 review so far 6
27.12.2016 19:45

Ouwe visit about every month grundy staff Great value for money and lost Ely surroundings well worth a visit r favourite restaurant in south Shields

1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 01:16

Lovely and Excellent night ! The Service was really great, food was fantastic and also atmosphere was great too. Thank you for a lovely night.

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 18:03

Fantastic food great staff lovely venue. Manager really great and beautifully decorated venue with a fantastic twist. Really recommend going anytime. Menu great value 😃

1 review so far 3
06.08.2016 10:34

Food was okay, service was good. The menu description of the food was different to what I received. Which was very disappointing. U was expecting strawberry and white chocolate brownie and got a chocolate brownie with some cream on it and a quarter of a strawberry.

1 review so far 5
08.07.2016 14:24

This restaurant offers excellent value for money. The food was delicious, the staff were friendly, professional and efficient, I love the charming but quirky decor as well.

1 review so far 5
12.10.2016 18:43

Service was good. Food was excellent. Had 3 course meal. All 3 courses were well presented. The Steak for the main course was lovely. Would definitely return

1 review so far 5
12.04.2017 10:08

Thank you for Good food, great service and excellent value for money, This all makes to a great start to a brilliant night out. :-)

1 review so far 2
03.06.2016 09:27

Poor food, friendly staff but service rook far to long and wrong orders being sent out . Wrong starter fetched at first, when the right one returned, the orginal starters also returned so cold, overall a very disappointing experience.

1 review so far 3
08.06.2016 14:31

ordered off special menu my, ordered lasagne which was not good to say the least, it was like soup it had no mince in it,