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Restaurants

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 Courtyard Café and Bar at Arts Centre Washington

A modern café and restaurant serving lunches, light snacks and evening meals as well as award winning cask ales. Set in the courtyard of the Arts Centre Washington, a great place to eat before experiencing the music, theatre, comedy or art at the centre.

The Engine Room at The Fire Station

Positioned in Sunderland's Cultural quarter, The Engine Room at The Fire Station was recently converted from the city's former fire station. The bar and bistro serve a delicious selection of food and drinks in a quirky setting displaying much of the original paraphernalia from the original working station.

The Glass Yard

Located in the National Glass Centre on the banks of the River Wear, approx. 1.5 miles from the city centre, the Glass Yard is a fantastic place to relax, unwind and enjoy an array of home cooked signature dishes in stunning surroundings.

The Good Apple

The Good Apple is an independent coffee shop and vegetarian café. Vegan and vegetarian breakfasts, sandwiches, wraps and salads are on the menu, including a range of coffees and teas.

The Grange Hotel

Famous for its sizzling skillets and ultimate plates and good value for money menus. Diners can choose from good value main, buffet and children's dishes and weekly special offers.

The Harbour View

This is a friendly pub with the bar offering six real ales, bottled beers and a selection of wines. It shows sports regularly, including Sunderland matches. It is a relaxing place with lots of seats away from the bar with views of the sea. It has an outside seating area for those warm sunny days.

The Hideout Coffee House

Situated in a recently renovated historic seafront building just off Whitburn Road in Seaburn, the Hideout Coffee house can be found on the promenade just below the White Light House at Cliffe Park.

The Hollymere

At The Hollymere they're all about great quality food with delicious flavours at amazing prices.

The Looking Glass

Step through The Looking Glass and experience Sunderland's very own wonderland!

The Manor Bar

The Manor Bar brings an element of sophistication to Sunderland's Sunniside quarter. Serving a great selection of wines, cocktails and beers the former manor house provides elegant surroundings and a warm atmosphere.

The Mill Inn

The Mill sits on the outskirts of Houghton-le-Spring in a leafy suburb just off the A690, between Durham and Sunderland.

The Mill House

Whether it be a bar snack, light bite, leisurely lunch, or evening meal, the Mill House has you covered.

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