Where to Eat in Sunderland: The Best Restaurants and Bars

September 3, 2017 Hana Mouser

Sunderland (/ˈsʌndərlənd/ ( listen), locally /ˈsʊndlənd/) is a city at the centre of the City of Sunderland metropolitan borough, in Tyne and Wear, North East England, 10 miles southeast of Newcastle upon Tyne, 12 miles northeast of Durham, 101 miles southeast of Edinburgh, 104 miles north of Manchester and 240 miles north of London. It is a coastal city at the mouth of the River Wear with beaches at Roker, Seaburn (the far northern tip of Seaburn Beach is known as Whitburn Beach) and Hendon.
Things to do in Sunderland

1. San Marino's

141 Chester Road, Sunderland SR4 7HS, England Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$47 - HK$188 +44 191 565 3845
Excellent
80%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 339 reviews

San Marino's

Reviewed By Peter M

Had a lovely meal here on saturday night.great food from start to finish.staff attentive but not in your face.pleasant atmosphere and comfortable surroundings.caught the happy hour so well pleased.the free focassia bread is to die for.been here a few times and never had a bad meal.well done elisa and your excellent team

2. mamma italia

Stannington Grove, Sunderland, England Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night 0191-522-7516
Excellent
75%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 261 reviews

mamma italia

Reviewed By s7oney - Houghton-le-Spring, United Kingdom

Visited for a midweek midday Christmas lunch with colleagues and wasn't disappointed. Food, service, speed of service and menu all great. Very reasonably priced. I'll definitely be returning ?

3. Borneo Bistro Ltd

160-162 Hylton Road, Sunderland SR4 7XU, England Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Buffet Chinese, Filipino, Fast Food, Asian, Thai, British, Malaysian, Jamaican, International, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Brunch, Lunch +44 191 565 9505
Excellent
86%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 558 reviews

Borneo Bistro Ltd

Reviewed By Davidamyjosie

You simply cannot get better curry got, rendang and sweet and sour anywhere else, especially at this price! Keep up the great food!

4. Bistro Romano

63 Front Street | Cleadon Village, Sunderland SR6 7PG, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 191 519 1747
Excellent
79%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 240 reviews

Bistro Romano

Reviewed By avidtraveller57 - Sunderland, United Kingdom

Visited for weekend birthday celebration. Restaurant was packed to the gills so obviously very popular. Food was very good and the staff were nice and friendly. I do think though that the kitchen struggles to keep up with the number of guests. From the time of our booking to getting the main course was two hours which is way too long. I know some people prefer having their courses spread out but not for me. Would probably visit again during the week when the are not so busy.

5. D'Acqua Restaurant

Basement 26 John Street, Sunderland SR1 1JG, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$181 - HK$369 +44 191 565 1988
Excellent
79%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

D'Acqua Restaurant

Offering French, Italian cuisine in the former water company buildingSourcing local produce and serving quality food and serviceOpen for lunches & evenings

Reviewed By fitandoverfifty - Easington, United Kingdom

We visited 24th March with friends who had never been to D'acqua and we ourselves had not visited for approximately 4 years when our experience had been excellent. We were seated in the waiting area and were asked if we wanted any drinks so I asked for the wine list. We ordered a Valpolicella Ripasso that was very nice and were studying the menus but the staff seemed impatient to collect our order. I had the pate, which was very moderate, and my friend and I had the Beef Wellington described as "pink" on the menu but was in fact quite red in the middle. Our friends shared the Bread Plate which they enjoyed, followed by a Beef Wellington (red again), my wife had the Penne Napoli that was very nice (I tried it) my friend's wife had the hake which she said was quite nice. I would describe the food overall as being ok, not great, but it was the overall experience that was disappointing. The staff seemed to be going through the motions, showed no interaction with us and when they had to speak to us it felt as if it was on a "need too" basis. We were 2 couples in our 60's hoping to have a pleasant night out but overall it was not an experience I will repeat. It was a massive contrast to the previous 2 visits I have had to this restaurant and I definitely will not rush to return.

6. Roma Italian Restaurant

13 Mary Street | City Centre, Sunderland SR1 3NH, England Parking Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$55 - HK$243 +44 191 565 8569
Excellent
80%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 783 reviews

Roma Italian Restaurant

Located in Sunderland city centre and only 5 minutes away from Sunderland Theatre, Roma Italian Restaurant brings a unique taste of Italian Cuisine. Roma Sunderland offers a magnificent combination of modern and classic Italian dishes, simple and delightful and are created using the best freshest ingredients.

Reviewed By EmmieLouH - Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom

We had a pre-theatre meal here last night with our twin boys (10). The outside doesn’t look that inspiring and the inside is maybe a little dated too but the atmosphere was fantastic! Just the right level of lighting and music. Great waiting staff (really genuine) and really tasty food (I can recommend the rosemary chicken). Good value too! We will be back.

7. Signatures Italian Restaurant and Grill

Wynard Street | Silksworth, Sunderland, England Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible Pizza, British, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch, Late Night HK$31 - HK$220 +44 191 447 1013
Excellent
77%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 245 reviews

Signatures Italian Restaurant and Grill

Signatures Italian Restaurant and Grill is an ideal venue for large groups, families and couples alike with large booths and the cosy red room for romantic meals or special occasions. Our menu offers something for everyone whether you fancy something 'cheap and cheerful' or a succulent Fillet Steak (our Signature Fillet is a must). We pride ourselves on our great food and service by our friendly staff and were thrilled to be voted as one of the top 5 restaurants in Sunderland for 2012 by the Sunderland Echo. Adjoining is The Castle Bar, a modern yet relaxed bar which is ideal for enjoying pre or post dinner drinks.

Reviewed By Graham B - Houghton-le-Spring, United Kingdom

Family Sunday lunch/Birthday celebration so no where better to go to locally than Signatures. The service was excellent and staff are lovely. The food was excellent of course, very well presented, very tasty and plentiful. I ordered s small Sunday lamb dinner and couldn’t eat it all! There were various choices made from the menu by the group and not one complaint. Everyone commented on how much and how good it was. Thanks Carolyn and staff. See you soon

8. The Mad Hatter

113 Sea Road, Sunderland SR6 9EQ, England Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +44 191 548 6512
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 168 reviews

The Mad Hatter

Reviewed By Debra J - Sunderland, United Kingdom

Love this quirky, cosy little cafe! The food is delicious and at such a reasonable price!! Staff are all so friendly too. I got the ‘Straw Boater’ ...egg, bubble n squeak, mushrooms, tomatoes, beans AND tea or coffee with toast and jam. All of this for just £5.50!! Highly recommend this place! Looking forward to my next visit.

9. Tosca

25 Derwent Street, Sunderland SR1 3NU, England Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 191 564 0246
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 207 reviews

Tosca

Reviewed By happytimes23 - Sunderland, United Kingdom

We enjoyed a lovely meal here , Friendly service, and nicely prepared reasonably priced starters and mainsThank you so much. Hope to see you again soon. Kind regards Rino and Marie

10. Italian Kitchen

Thompson Road, Sunderland SR5 2SQ, England Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$78 - HK$212 +44 191 548 6004
Excellent
76%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Italian Kitchen

Reviewed By keithwelliott - Sunderland, United Kingdom

What a place, always made to feel welcome, best to book rather than being disappointed, excellent choice and prices, happy hour makes for happy people, prompt friendly service, cannot fault this place, ten out of ten.

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