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Find the best restaurants and cafes in Sunderland, where you can indulge your taste buds, soak up the culture and unwind after a long day.  

Sunderland is home to some of the best places to eat in the region, and the variety of cuisines on offer means that there's a little something for everyone. 

Plan a perfect dining experience at Sunderland's top restaurants, where you can grab a bite to eat before a night at the theatre, or tuck into a family meal that the kids will love. Or, take a working lunch in Sunderland city centre, while Sunderland's most popular brunch spots serve the best breakfasts, snacks and sandwiches to keep you nourished all day. 

If you're searching for a more relaxed meal, or food-to-go, Sunderland's cafes - which range from quaint to quirky - provide perfect spots to take a coffee break, whether its pastries or a slice of cake you prefer. Meanwhile,  STACK Seaburn serves up delicious street food alongside entertainment and a bustling social scene. 

With so many good places to eat in Sunderland, it's hard to choose just one. You can even follow up with a cocktail or two at Sunderland's bars and pubs, or bring along your canine companions to the top pet-friendly cafes in the region.

Discover the best places to eat in Sunderland below...


Italian, family owned & run coffee shop serving a great selection of panini, focaccia, blackboard specials, childrens meals, cakes & Italian icecreams aswell as a wide range of hot & cold drinks, draught lager & cocktails.

Bluebell Fulwell

The Blue Bell is a traditional local pub in the heart of Fulwell, famous for its great value food, drink and sports offering.

Brew and Bake

The new Brew & Bake café is open to visitors opening hours are Monday to Friday from 7am to 6pm (open on Saturdays from January). The focus of the Brew & Bake menu is on a tasty and nutritious, high-quality, sustainable food and drinks, with all items either freshly made on site or sourced from quality local suppliers. If you're around and close to City Hall, pop in and try it out for yourself.


Fabulous choice of burgers and a selection of cocktails and beers all in a laid back setting

Bungalow Café

A well-known landmark at the coast, located on the upper promenade at Roker, approx. 2 miles from the city centre, the Bungalow Café is a great place to visit if you are feeling a bit peckish from all the fresh sea air.

Cafe 1851

Cafe and bar, full of history from 1851

Chilli Mangoes

Chilli Mangoes offers a huge menu packed with South Indian street food, a gin bar, cocktails, shisha and all your favourite dishes, sides and snacks.

City Bistro

A commercial restaurant, our kitchen is full of up-and-coming chef talent, led by seasoned professionals, all dedicated to providing you with a high quality dining experience.

Clean Seventeen

Catering with a unique modern twist

Cole Kitchen

Cole Kitchen serve delicious deli sandwiches and fantastic home baked cakes from their enviable location overlooking the Roker sea front.

Deli & Dips

Serving all your culinary favourites, Deli and Dips offers high quality fresh food throughout the day.

Divan Khanah, Washington

Located on Elswick Road in Washington, approx. 8 miles from the city centre, it is popular with the locals and visitors. This well established Indian restaurant is known for its good value prices and large portions. A takeaway service is also available.

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