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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...

The Wild Boar

This is a busy pub is very popular with the locals. A lively atmosphere kicks in once the evening begins. Good value food and special offers draw in the local crowd and regulars.

The Wolsey

The Wolsey is the traditional pub of choice for students, locals and tourists, boasting a bar full of beers including guest ales.

Thyme Restaurant

Situated inside Premier Inn Sunderland City Centre, Thyme restaurant has a new menu for locals and visitors to the city too!

Tim Hortons

Boasting almost 60 years of Canadian heritage, Tim Hortons made its UK introduction in 2017.

Toby Carvery Washington

Home of the roast - your local carvery restaurant in Tyne And Wear!

Topo Gigio Italian

Founded in 2022, Topo Gigio is Sunderland's newest Italian Kitchen.


This city centre family-run Italian restaurant was established in 1989. It has an authentic and rustic feel with matching décor and long serving and knowledgeable staff. Be welcomed in true Italian style at Tosca.

Venice Italian Restaurant

This cosy and welcoming restaurant in the heart of the city centre, Venice Italian Restaurant serves freshly prepared food with care and attention to detail.

Wearside Farm

This family-friendly pub situated approx. 6 miles from the city centre near Nissan Manufacturing UK, serves pub classics and a traditional carvery. The pub has an indoor play area for children located within the dining area. Wearside Farm also offers a unique Cakeaway, a cabinet full of tempting home-made cakes just waiting to be taken home to be enjoyed in your own time.

Wildfire Pizza

Born out of the Covid-19 pandemic, Wildfire Pizza is currently located within The Ship Isis pub just outside of the city centre.

William Jameson

This Wetherspoons based in the city centre serves good value pub food, light bites and snacks. In addition there are also real ales, lagers and reasonably priced spirits on sale too.

Yates's Wine Lodge

Situated opposite the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens and Mowbray Park, Yates's Wine Lodge is ideally located in the city centre. Good value meals are on offer, including 2 for 1 offers as well as sharers and pub favourites.