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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...

Spent Grain

At Spent Grain, the aim is to provide an enjoyable dining experience with a relaxed atmosphere and great food in the heart of Sunderland city centre, from brunch and lunch through to early evening deals and beyond.

Spice Empire

Spice Empire is located next to Sunderland Minster and opposite the Sunderland Empire. It's close to the city centre hotels and to many popular bars and clubs.

Sorrento

Located in the heart of the city centre, Sorrento is a little bit of Italy in Sunderland. With a Happy Hour menu available at all times, traditional Italian dishes are on offer at reasonable prices.

STACK Seaburn

STACK Seaburn is a welcoming social hub, providing a safe environment to ensure all visitors can have an enjoyable experience.

Starbucks Coffee

Whether you're meeting a friend or taking a well deserved rest from shopping, pop in to Starbucks for a great coffee, to sit in or take away. There's also a wide selection of fresh food including sandwiches, salads and yummy cakes which you can enjoy on large oversized leather couches in the window (ideal for people watching).

Sue's Café

A popular family run beachside café and takeaway serving hot and cold food and beverages. Located on the lower promenade at Roker directly opposite a play park, Sue's Café is popular with families, walkers and cyclists enjoying the seafront vista. It is also a C2C (Coast to Coast) stamp station for cyclists who traditionally finish the route by dipping their cycles in the North Sea at Roker.

The Avenue

The Avenue has everything you might need for a great day, or night, out.

The Board Inn

The Board Inn is a community pub accommodating all age groups, with a traditional bar and lounge, real ales, Monday night karaoke, Sky Sports and BT Sports, pool, darts and domino handicaps.

The Burn Inn

The Burn Inn is a proper local pub with a great family atmosphere at the heart of its community.

The Chesters

The Chesters offers a great menu of pub food including hearty breakfasts, sandwiches, pub favourites and desserts. There is also a children's menu available at good value. There are many special offers at this pub, including 2 for 1 curry nights, and themed nights so it is worth checking their website prior to your visit.

The Cooper Rose

Reasonably priced food and drink and a large dancefloor in the middle of the ground floor ensures that The Cooper Rose is one of the busiest late bars/clubs in Sunderland. A quieter bar area is located upstairs for those who want to catch up with friends or for those who want to watch those dancing on the dancefloor below. The DJ plays a mixture of dance and pop music creating a lively atmosphere.

The Copt Hill

The Copt Hill is a refurbished nineteenth century pub with a modern restaurant serving locally sourced food and ingredients. You can choose from pub grub to fine dining dishes, cask ales, wines, ciders and spirits. Enjoy a cosy ambience created by a large coal fire and bread - home-baked daily on the premises.

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