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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...

Enfes Turkish Restaurant

Enfes Turkish Restaurant brings the authentic taste of Turkey to the heart of Sunderland. It provides a kicked-back dining experience with proper Turkish food.

Esquires Coffee Shop

A speciality coffee house and café, selling Fairtrade beverages and gourmet snacks in a relaxed environment. A great place to watch all the shoppers go by in The Bridges, in the city centre.

Evolve Bistro

Serving high quality home made food everyday including daily specials, sandwiches, hot meals and drinks.

Fabio's Express

Experience the true taste of Italy without leaving Houghton Le Spring!


This long established real ale pub in the heart of the city centre, offers a range of traditional pub food and sandwiches, as well as a tasty roast lunch on Sundays.

Forhan's Original Indian Food

Forhan's Original Indian Food isn't just another restaurant serving Indian cuisine. Taking pride in serving the finest quality of Indian food in the Sunderland area, the menu is carefully crafted to take you on a culinary journey through the diverse and vibrant Indian flavours.


Gabriele's has been a staple food and drink venue on the coast at Seaburn for many years. Approx. 3 miles from the city centre, it is renowned for its large portions and friendly atmosphere. The restaurant welcomes walk-ins, but it is very popular and booking in advance is advised.


Gatsby serves a wide range of food from traditional dishes, steaks and curries through to children's meals and sandwiches.

Grannie Annie's Pub & Pantry

Situated on Roker seafront, Grannie Annie's pub & pantry serves a great selection of drinks and some delicous food.... just like Grannie makes it! They are dog friendly every day, but ask that dogs vacate the premises at 8pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Grill N Chill Ashbrooke

Grill n Chill has a wide variety of dishes, from curries and kebabs through to burgers and pittas.

Grosvenor Casino Restaurant

Located in the Grosvenor Casino at Sunniside in the city centre and opposite the cinema, this restaurant offers tasty food most of the night through. Membership to the casino is required, but is free and takes but moments to join, but once inside you can enjoy the restaurant and bar, including delicious cocktails, at your leisure.

Halo Bar & Kitchen

Halo Bar & Kitchen is the latest addition to the vibrant Sunderland nightlife scene.

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