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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 New Hong Kong

This Chinese restaurant has a vast menu offering customers traditional Chinese and Asian dishes. Also offers a takeaway service.

The Palm

Break free of the city to this tropical oasis of good times with cafes, late night bars, restaurants, dessert parlours, tropical gardens and street food shacks, perfect for wild nights, family fun, parties, private functions, weddings, corporate events and of course, Christmas. From the people that brought you Florita's, As You Like It and Le Petit Chateau....... we invite you to step into The Palm. Claim your place in the sun.

The Peacock

A stunning family run Edwardian public house and events space in the heart of the City.

The Prior

The newly refurbished Colonel Prior prides itself on being family and dog friendly with great deals on food and their fantastic drinks range including cask ales, fine wines and spirits.

The Prospect Italian Bistro

The Prospect Italian Bistro offers a homely environment, with a modern look and excellent homemade food.

The Rosedene

Originally a grand Georgian mansion built as part of a smaller estate in 1830 and was known as Cresswell House. It was pulled down and re-erected in its current location as an exact duplicate. It became a Vaux public house in 1964 and is now a popular family-friendly bar with a restaurant. Serving traditional pub food in the bar and in its restaurant, it is very popular with the locals.

The Salt House Kitchen

Nestled along the Seaburn coast The Salt House Kitchen is a bustling eatery serving breakfast, lunch and high tea.

The Saltgrass

The warm and welcoming Saltgrass pub in the heart of the historic Deptford and Ayre's Quay area of Wearside is open once again. The Saltgrass offers a fine selection of alcoholic beverages and refreshments as well as Live music, Buskers and Live Sports.

The Stables

Tucked away in a residential area, The Stables has a warm and inviting country pub feel to it. A mid week menu is available and the Sunday lunch is very popular and booking well in advance is advisable. The surroundings are cosy with low ceilings and a collection of riding memorabilia adorning the walls.

The Sweet Petite

Established in 2014, The Sweet Petite team have been baking and creating tasty treats for over 7 years.

The Terrace

A laid back cocktail bar with a huge heated outdoor terrace. Serving all the drinks you would expect to the standard you want!

The Washington Arms

In the heart of the picturesque old village, Washington Arms overlooks the village green. A great place to relax during the day and at night a new special menu offer is introduced. A great beer garden is the perfect place to unwind after a long week or day at work or after visiting the area. A great family pub with food and drink at reasonable prices.