Food & Drink

Food & Drink in Sunderland

Sunderland has a great selection of restaurants, bars and nightlife suitable for all tastes and budgets. Many of our restaurants and bars are located in the city centre, but there are some excellent venues located on the outskirts of the city centre and at the coast, as well as high quality establishments a bit further afield in Washington and Houghton-le-Spring. The listings below will state where they are located, but you can also search for a restaurant or bar on the interactive map in the plan your visit section.

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Gabriele's has been a staple food and drink venue on the coast at Seaburn for many years. Approx. 3 miles from the city centre, it is reknowned for its large portions and friendly atmosphere.  The restaurant welcomes walk-ins, but it is very popular and booking in advance is advised.
Located in the Grosvenor Casino at Sunniside in the city centre and opposite the cinema, this restaurant offers tasty food most of the night through. Membership to the casino is required, but is free and takes but moments to join, but once inside you can enjoy the restaurant and bar, including...
There is plenty of gusto in this city centre Italian restaurant. The extensive menu has an array of traditional Italian dishes, including pizza, pasta, seafood and steaks, including home-made desserts.  Look out for the specials menu, which is available Monday to Thursday.  
Holmeside Coffee is run by local band Lilliput. Not only does it offer speciality coffees, hot chocolates and teas, it is also home to Holmeside Writers, Lamplight Film Club, Holmeside Book Club, Solo Arts Project, as well as many independent music events. Customers also have the added benefit of...
The 'Old Smithy' in Washington Village, which is Grade II Listed and over 400 years old has had a colourful past, from blacksmith to pottery, to stables to a National Trust shop and now it is a café bistro. Enjoy an afternoon tea, cocktails, Sunday lunch and beautifully decorated and delicious...
Enjoy fine Chinese food in a relaxed atmosphere, with friendly staff.  Menus include Chinese favourites such as Chop Suey, Cantonese and vegetarian and non- vegetarian dishes.  The restaurant is open for lunches, special banquet dinners, make your own dishes and takeaways.
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.
The Lambton Worm is situated close to the Empire Theatre making it ideal for a pre-theatre or post-theatre drink or meal. The menu offers a selection of pub favourites, lunches and snacks.

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