Restaurants in Sunderland

Sunderland has an eclectic mix of restaurants that meet every demand. Tourists and locals can pick from Turkish and Middle Eastern cuisine, British and French cuisine, Italian and Spanish cuisine, and food from everywhere in the world you could possibly desire.

The top restaurants include:

EFES Turkish Cuisine

EFES Turkish is right on Derwent Street and brings a Middle Eastern flare to Sunderland. The restaurant brings truly authentic Turkish cuisine to town with a friendly staff and mixed starters to satiate guests while they wait for their meals.

The menu is filled with Turkish and Middle Eastern dishes, and there are drinks and cocktails served at the restaurant, too.

Food presentation is unmatched,

Located in the city centre, EFES offers lunch specials and the menu includes mouth watering foods, including:

Izgara Kofte



Chicken Shish


Guests can order beer by the pint, there are bottled drafts and the menu includes other soft drinks, daquiris and more.

D’Acqua Restaurant

Italian, British and other European cuisine is served at the D’Acqua Restaurant on John Street. Patrons can expect outstanding food and service during their visit. A friendly staff member greets guests at the door, and the food is delicious – what more can you ask for?

If you want to save money during your trip, the restaurant also offers early bird specials between 5:30 and 6:45 pm. Two courses are just £12.00 and a three course option is a mere £15.00 if you’re an early bird.

Guests boast that this is the “taste of London” in Sunderland.

D’Acqua strives to provide the best food through the sourcing of local foods. Fresh produce and top quality are what patrons can expect when they order a course at this restaurant. French cuisine is on the menu, too.

The menu includes many favorites, such as:

Fish and chips

Chicken Milanese

Sea Bass

Mushroom Pie

Risotto Saffron

The Sizzlers are a delight and there are ample desserts offered, including Sticky Toffee Pudding and Choux Buns.

Italian Kitchen

The Italian Kitchen is on Thompson Road and offers a fine dining experience for guests of all ages. The restaurant is all about appearance with a romantic atmosphere and black and white pictures lining the walls.

The interior invites guests in while the food keeps them coming back.

Guests often leave satiated and boasting that the Italian Kitchen offers one of the best meals ever. The restaurant focuses on Italian food, but guests also love the belly of pork dish, which is filled with delightful tasting meats.

Locals love this kitchen, and you can stop in to grab a cup of wine, too.

Scrumptious is the best word to describe the Italian Kitchen. Guests can book their table online if they wish, or they can come in and wait for a table. The restaurant is often filled with guests during the weekend evenings, so make sure to book ahead if you don’t want to wait for a table.

Food on the menu includes:

A variety of pizza options

Over a dozen starters





The Classic Lasagna and Penne al Forno are two delights that guests can enjoy. The Arrabbiata is also a local favorite. Pollo della Casa is a dish that every guest should try once.

If you’re in the mood for authentic Italian food, the Italian Kitchen is a must-visit.


Arabesque is an Egyptian, Halal restaurant that’s on High Street West. The restaurant is one of the best Middle Eastern restaurants in town, and it’s a good option if you want something a little different.

Amazing food and service is the selling point of the restaurant, and the decor matches the Egyptian style perfectly.

The authenticity and atmosphere are accompanied by delicious cocktails. Offering a menu filled with meats, the chicken is a good choice for first-timers trying to test their palate with Egyptian food. A wine and drinks menu is offered, too, so that you can sit back and relax while the food is cooking.

The true taste of Egypt is available with a menu that includes:


Abo El-Mashi

Shanklesh (a dish for cheese lovers)


Grilled Hallumi

There are also ample combination dishes, dips, hot and cold mezze and great main courses. The Egyptian Fatta is a great option along with the Kofta Dawood Basha. If you’re in the mood for meat, the Grill Menu has ample options for delicious, Middle Eastern meats.

Borneo Bistro

The Borneo Bistro is an international fusion restaurant that mixes British, Thai , Asia, Chinese, Jamaican and Malaysian food together to provide a delightful eating experience for guests. The bistro is on Hylton Road and is a different experience.

Patrons often leave the Bistro stating that their expectations were surpassed.

This is a true hidden gem in Sunderland.

Guests will find that the restaurant is busy even during breakfast hours. There are a variety of dish sizes and Borneo Bistro offers the best lemon chicken outside of London.

If you like beef, the beef randang is a must-eat.