We all have our favourites, but every now and then it’s nice to try somewhere new to eat.
Sunderland has plenty of choice for eating out, whether you need to fill up quick before a match or a show, are after a hunger-busting lunch or are out to impress that special person.
Tripadvisor’s list of the 10 best restaurants in Sunderland show there is plenty of variety on Wearside, too. There are Italians, curry houses, a Turkish restaurant and even a sandwich shop specialising in saveloy dips.
If you’re looking for a new place to try, then you could do worse than listen to Tripadvisor’s advice.
10 of the best places to eat in Sunderland, according to Tripadvisor reviewers.
Aperitif, High Street West
In at number one, Aperitf Bar and Kitchen’s menu mixes Italian classics like pizza and pasta with tapas style small plates. The cocktails hit the spot with customers, too.
Many name Aperitif as the best place to go before a show at Sunderland Empire Theatre, while they also offer free pizzas to customers who buy a pint before or after Sunderland AFC matches, providing the customer shows a match ticket.
A recent five star review says: “We visit this lovely restaurant each time we go to the Empire Theatre to see a show, couldn’t be more perfect, right next door so we are straight into out show after our meal which we can accompany with the best cocktails and drinks from their great selection. Food, service and atmosphere is top notch.”
The Scullery, Silksworth
If you’re looking for a Sunday roast in Sunderland, the Scullery looks to be the place to go, with customers raving about their lunches, while staff are heralded for ‘going the extra mile’.
It’s not just the roasts which the Scullery scores high with, customers praise its breakfast, bistro-style lunch, afternoon tea and the Italian evening menu.
Here is what a five-star review says: “First visit, called in without a booking on our way home, it won’t be our last visit. A warm welcome from June and we felt at ease straightaway, followed up by Aimee checking that we were ok. Very extensive menu , so there’ll be plenty to try next time. Speedy friendly service, tasty food , excellent value. What more can you say?”
Yuvraaj- Douro Terrace
Inside a converted Victorian townhouse you’ll find traditional Indian food and modern fusion dishes cooked up by chefs with more than 80 years of experience between them.
Yuvraaj means ‘Indian prince’, so one of the business’s aims is to treat customers like royalty. They’re pulling it off, as Yuvraaj is currently ranked as Sunderland’s number one Indian restaurant.
A Tripadvisor reviewer – who describes Yuvraaj as a ‘hidden gem’ – wrote: “From start to finish the experience was excellent, the staff were friendly and although was very busy (this is a plus not a minus, who wants to eat in a empty restaurant?) the staff were attentive and the food was amazing. I had the classic onion bhaji, main was the show stopper, chilli tikka masala. The heat was spot on, was so tasty with a lovely kick.
“Because if how busy it was it took a little while to get the bill but the conversation was flowing and we both got a complimentary drink which was a lovely touch. Very, very good, best Indian I have had in a long time.”
Spice Empire – Church Lane
Another favourite with theatre diners and match goers, Spice Empire offers Indian food ‘with a creative twist’. Its staff are praised widely for how friendly and attentive they are without being over-bearing. the food certainly scores high too, with plenty of reviewers saying it’s their go-to Indian restaurant in Sunderland.
“Top scran. Have been here on 3 different occasions now and it never fails. The food is absolutely superb. I eat curries all over the UK and this has to be one of the best for me. The momo is tops. Try the Sri Lankan curry. Staff very attentive and ambiance brilliant”, says one of many five-star reviews.
Deli & Dips – Silksworth
A sandwich shop that is so good it is ranked in Sunderland’s top five restaurants on Tripadvisor and is the number one spot for fast food in the city.
Deli & Dips menu is jam packed with hearty favourites that have been enjoyed for decades in the North East, including – as the name suggests – the saveloy dip, a true Sunderland classic.
The price is right too, with most sandwiches priced under £3 and meal deals for £4.50 – £5 . There are jacket potatoes, salad boxes and vegan options as well.
Customers travel from far and wide to fill up at Deli & Dips. One man wrote on Tripadvisor about how he was sent from South Shields to Silksworth on the bait run for his mates. The trek was worth it. He wrote “Lovely staff and huge portions for a brilliant price.”
A five-star review from a regular customer reads: “I have been using Deli & Dips for years now. I always get a large saveloy dip. Best place that I know of for this kind of dip. Very tasty and worth it. Nice and pleasant staff and a good sevice.”
The Mad Hatter – Sea Road
Ranked by Tripadvisor as Sunderland’s best cafe, The Mad Hatter is where to go in Seaburn for a traditional breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, coffee and a slice of cake.
If you are searching through the looking glass for a pleasant place to eat home-cooked English food, then the Mad Hatter should be right up your street.
As one reviewer puts it, The Mad Hatter serves up ‘traditional food cooked and served as it should’
A five star, titled ‘Top Notch Home Cooked Food’, says: “Ate here a couple of times now. Great all day breakfast. Great home cooked lunch. Lovely cakes and desserts. Great big teapots. A friendly welcome and good service. Very reasonably priced. Highly recommended. Will definitely be back.”
D’acqua – John Street
English, French and Italian cuisine are served up in style at D’acqua, making it the perfect destination for a birthday treat or date night in Sunderland.
D’acqua’s menu makes the most of local produce. It says: “Our mission is to serve the best quality food we can, we believe good food should be enjoyed with the right atmosphere, ambience and service.”
For many reviewers, D’acqua is the best restaurant in Sunderland.
A five star review says: “Visited for the first time for our anniversary meal. Everything about this place is first class. The staff are so friendly and attentive and the food was just delicious. I can honestly say that I had the best lamb I’ve eaten here. Cooked to perfection. My husband had the chicken dish which he said was equally delicious. I was also shocked at the reasonable prices too. An overall excellent experience.”
San Marino’s – Chester Road
A classic Italian fit for any occasions, San Marino mixes class with affordability, with pizza and pasta dishes priced at just £7.95.
Again, it’s another good choice if you are heading to the theatre, with an early-bird menu available between 5pm and 7pm on weekdays, and between noon and 7pm on Saturdays.
A recent five-star review says: “Food was excellent , hot tasty and very reasonably priced as was the wine. Service was exemplary, staff were so friendly – we couldn’t have got better service from our two waitresses.”
Borneo Bistro – Hylton Road
A true gem in Sunderland, Borneo Bistro attracts queues for a reason, thanks to a menu which features food from around the world, honest prices and friendly staff.
Customers can get breakfast, in English and Filipino varieties, as well as a huge choice of main meals from across the globe. Specials are added on different days too.
Borneo had to shut in 2018 after a fire, but reopened in November 2019.
“Great to see Borneo back! Drove past a dozen times since it reopened and said to myself that I’d wait until the queue died down. After three days I realised that the queue isn’t going to die down so I went and stood in it! Delicious food. Lovely staff. Best wishes to Kev and his family. If you haven’t been then you really should,” says one review.
Efes – Derwent Street
Turkish restaurant Efes is always popular, thanks to its hearty Mediterranean food, value and warm welcome.
Tripadvisor is full of comments from first-time diners cursing themselves for ever having tried Efes out before. The sharing platters and mixed grills come highly recommended.
“From the moment we arrived we received a warm welcome. The staff and owner were lovely. The food was superbly cooked by what ws clearly a skilled chef. The chicken shish was full of flavour and very juicy. My wife’s moussaka was equally good and the starters of paprika creamy mushrooms and home made hummus with delicious Turkish bread were equally delicious,” one review reads.
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