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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 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.

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 Looking Glass

Step into the bistro and stumble down the rabbit hole to view the Clubs & Diamonds function suite and the private members lounge, The Warren.

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 New Hong Kong

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

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