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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...

Purple Lily Bistro

The Purple Lily Bistro offers a range of British fusion food to cater to every appetite, from large to small, including cakes, Sunday lunches and everything inbetween! The bistro is located in Grangetown.

Prego Bar & Eatery

Prego offers a friendly hello, a song on your birthday and your favourite drink remembered, a happy place with great food, drink and service.

Proven People

Home to some of the best pizzas Sunderland has to offer, Proven People has a comprehensive New York style pizza menu. If you're not hungry enough for a full pizza, buy by the slice!


The Ranches team is passionate about providing delicious, high-quality food that satisfies all of their customer needs.

Restaurante Asiana Fontana

A stylish eatery with a charming atmosphere and just a short stroll away from the Stadium of Light, Restaurante Asiana Fontana serve a wide range of Asian and Italian-inspired dishes including king or tiger prawns, tandoori or grilled chicken and barbecue pork.


A cosy, warm and inviting Italian restaurant based in the city centre. A varied menu of authentic and modern Italian dishes ensures the restaurant can suit all diners tastes.

Rumour has it

A restaurant in the heart of Sunderland serving modern British cuisine, a fine grill menu, afternoon teas and fabulous Sunday roasts.

Ryhope Harvester

Since 1983, Harvester have been bringing you their famous grills, rotisserie chicken and unbeatable, unlimited salad bar.


Sambuca is a North East chain of Italian restaurants with venues across the region. Sambuca at Sunderland comes complete with sweeping views across the River Wear.


Located on the seafront at Seaburn, approx. 3.5 miles from the city centre, this well established restaurant serves many traditional Indian dishes complete with sea views. A great way to end a day at the beach.

Shipwrights Hotel & Riverside Pub

The Shipwrights Hotel & Riverside Pub in Sunderland is a great dining spot that offers hearty pub grub and a cozy ambiance. The menu features a large selection of dishes at great prices, including crispy belly pork, smothered chicken, and Sunday roast with generous portions.

Signatures Italian & Grill

In February 2023, after another refurbishment, the restaurant relaunched with a new look and new menu.