Where to Eat in Stockton-on-Tees: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 20, 2017 Deane Carmody

Stockton-on-Tees is a market town in the ceremonial county of County Durham, North East England. It is the major settlement in the borough of Stockton-on-Tees. The town has population of 105,682, and the wider borough a population of 238,000, according to 2017 estimates.
Things to do in Stockton-on-Tees

1. The Waiting Room

9 Station Road, Stockton-on-Tees TS16 0BU, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 1642 780465
Excellent
69%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 323 reviews

The Waiting Room

Reviewed By Shelagh S - Darlington, United Kingdom

Visited last year, returning with different folks, this time I’m the only vegetarian.
The others were bowled over by the gorgeous food and great atmosphere. Our booking was for 12.30 we left at 3pm having had such a great time.
Enchilada, biriyani and savoury crumble great and the desserts OMG !
Staff so friendly, decor quirky and relaxing, home to a snooze.

2. Kaminaki Greek Taverna

92 Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 1TW, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch, Late Night HK$416 - HK$416 +44 1642 607949
Excellent
79%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 290 reviews

Kaminaki Greek Taverna

Reviewed By Paulsmithcasty - Malaga, Spain

Authentic Greek restaurant in Stockton! Very friendly owners /staff. The beef stifado was excellent. Busy, lively restaurant.

3. Cafe Central Park Bar & Restaurant

337 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough TS5 6AA, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, American, Pizza, Mexican, Barbecue, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night HK$102 - HK$267 +44 1642 820586
Excellent
59%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
6%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Cafe Central Park Bar & Restaurant

Located on Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough, opposite the entrance to Albert Park, Central Park is arguably one of the North East’s favourite Restaurants. Central Park first opened it’s doors in December 1985 and has been providing excellent food and service ever since. We cater for every occasion; be it a quick bite to eat at lunch or a birthday celebration on an evening, we provide the highest standard in food and service. So whatever you're celebrating, Central Park is the ideal venue.

Reviewed By Ravelling - North East England

Called in for early evening meal with colleagues from work. Great selection of gins and tonics - presented very nicely. Watermelon and cucumber tonic water is probably one of the tastiest ive had. Bar staff were friendly and knowledgeable.
Unfortunately, the food let the place down. Battered garlic mushroom starter was sitting in a pool of oil from the deep fryer and the mushrooms were uncooked inside the batter.
Pasta was over cooked and mushy, although in a nice sauce.
Service was good, given that we were in quite a big group.

4. Cafe Lilli

83-85 High Street, Norton, Stockton-on-Tees TS20 1AE, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, European, British, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$165 - HK$220 +44 1642 554422
Excellent
63%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 448 reviews

Cafe Lilli

Reviewed By monkeyhan - Hartlepool, United Kingdom

Really classy restaurant on Norton High St. Lovely food and a great atmosphere, always busy. Expect high prices a little over the top I thought, a decent two course meal and few drinks will cost you not far off £90/100 but obviously people keep coming back for more.

5. Cafe Sapore

4 Harper Parade | Hartburn, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 5EQ, England Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, European, British, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +44 1642 585141
Excellent
76%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 327 reviews

Cafe Sapore

Reviewed By Ken H - Guisborough, United Kingdom

I heard that Tom chef/patron was going to do meals I the evenings, and having a trial run on 1st and 2nd December. We booked for the 1st, for a tasting menu night.
On arrival we were offered a glass of Proseco or an Italian beer, we chose 1 of each.
bread and olives were brought to the table, then the starters, Caprese salad, Bruschetta and Melon with Parma ham. All excellent.
On to pasta with tomato sauce, and with ham and asparagus. Again all excellent.
Then the pieced'resistance, sea bass with Italian potatoes, as my wife said " that was worth every penny".
Then dessert a selection of Italian pastries, no complaints.
We ordered a bottle of Montepulciano wine along side, excellent.
This was one of the best meals I have ever had. I look forward to when the evening menu is available, so I can indulge my inner passion.

6. Fellinis

325 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough TS5 6AA, England (Formerly fellinis) Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks +44 1642 814597
Excellent
68%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 414 reviews

Fellinis

A Truly Family Friendly Restaurant Where Children Eat Free. Serving Award Winning Sustainable Fish, Shellfish, British Charcuterie, Pizza And Pasta For 18 Years. OPEN MON-FRI 12-1.45 5-LATE SATURDAY 12-LATE

Reviewed By NicolaB1664 - Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

We were visiting on Business and a local recommended to come here. EXCELLENT service. One of the group was undecided as to which meal to have so was offered to have half and half. Complimentary tasty flatbread. 20% discount to NHS. My first parmo which was delicious. Super value for money and super tasty. Might come back in June!

7. Caruso

5 Varo Terrace, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 1JY, England Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Drinks, Late Night HK$63 - HK$275 +44 1642 633133
Excellent
85%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 871 reviews

Caruso

Caruso. Our great authentic Italian restaurant offers a unique and welcoming environment in which to share life's best moments with friends and family whilst enjoying our delicious food, dessert and wines. You'll be greeted by the enticing aromas of freshly home cooked meals which has been our focus since we opened our doors over 35 years ago. Italian food has long been synonymous with health, tradition, culture, history and authentic taste. "A tavola non si invecchia.- Italian proverb. Translation: "At the table with good friends and family you do not become old." We have a small but pleasant bar on entering, the menu is served in the restaurant, the feel is warm and welcoming. Rocco the owner, time permitting will greet you and show you to your table, he has been cooking all his life and brings Italian charm and good humour to the table.

Reviewed By Carol G - Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom

I’ve reviewed here quite a few times but absolutely love coming here and love the food and service we get. They never rush you and love the potato skins with garlic dip and garlic bread starters. For our mains I always have Pollo Diana- gorgeous, the other meals ranged from Parmesan chicken, omelette, cannelloni, pizza etc. Food was gorgeous and another great night. We’ll be back in Easter. Thanks again for a great night

8. Santoro

56 High Street, Yarm, Stockton-on-Tees TS15 9AH, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 1642 781305
Excellent
58%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 476 reviews

Santoro

Reviewed By Carol G - Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom

Booked a table and asked if we could come 15 minutes earlier, which we did. When we arrived the restaurant was very full but we were shown to our table table. Ordered a bottle of house wine and some olives and dipping bread and water. The wine came and reminded them about the olives and water. Waited for some time and still no olives. Asked a waitress who got me some water. Eventually someone came for our order. Also you normally each get a slice of garlic bread. That didn't appear. Main meals were nice and so ordered desserts. DON'T order the Eton Mess, it's over priced! Came in a glass that was mainly cream-2 pieces of fruit and a tiny amount of meringue.
Next time I think we'll book Caruso's. You get better service there and meals are just as good and possibly cheaper. Not impressed Santoro

9. Peking Garden

15 Bridge Road | Stockton-on-Tees, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 3AA, England Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 1642 612121
Excellent
78%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 451 reviews

Peking Garden

One set price ,order as much as you want,freshly cooked food . Choose anything,as many from 7 different types of soups,14 differents type of appetizer and 20++ different of main meal and side. For example,you can choose a soup,6 appetizers and 3 main meal and any sides for one set price.You can order again if u want more but no wastage please.. We have been here for 12 years,please try us if you havent.. Thank you..:)

Reviewed By 235charlie - Yarm, United Kingdom

Great food,great service,and very clean. our server was very polite and courteous ,nothing was any trouble for her. we have been here 3 times in total and never have been let down.. Good value for money,but would advice booking as it gets very busy...

10. Vane Arms

Darlington Road | Long Newton, Stockton-on-Tees TS21 1DB, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Validated Parking Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$55 - HK$275 +44 1642 580401
Excellent
89%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 105 reviews

Vane Arms

If you are passionate about great food, look no further! The Vane has been trading as a pub for 200 years, with a beautiful garden enjoying rolling views of the North Yorkshire Moors. Under new ownership as of 2015, we have kept our traditional bar and real ales, whilst renovating the restaurant and creating unique and exciting menus using fresh, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. We aim to provide customers with fabulous, contemporary food, to be enjoyed in our warm, welcoming country pub.

Reviewed By cantbebothered22 - Middlesbrough

This little pub never fails . Food is excellent quality and service great . I have some pickie pesctatarian friends but the menus are getting better for choice . I love fish so happy to try something new . Homemade buns are always delightful and...MoreHi there, Thanks very much for this wonderful review, it's really great to read such positive and detailed feedback, especially about the indulgent baileys coffee! We love hearing how much customers enjoy visiting and we look forward to welcoming you again soon. Emily

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