visitors guide

Eating Out

Enjoy the array of cuisine the city has to offer.

There is a host of restaurants, cafes and places to eat in Sunderland. Take your pick of the array of cuisine the city has to offer.

National Glass Centre
Visit the iconic heritage of Sunderland at the renowned National Glass Centre. Enjoy a delicious lunch or afternoon tea in the stunning Brasserie. Enjoy a wonderful mix of traditional, regional fayre accented with flair and a modern twist. Offering 10% off food for all concert guests on presentation of lanyard/concert ticket per person. Follow the Brasserie on Twitter @ngc_Brasserie.

Scalini’s Italian Restaurant
Enjoy meal deal offer of two courses for £7.50 or three courses for £8.50 at Scalini’s Italian Restaurant in Jesmond (0191 240 7777) and Gosforth (0191 226 8855)

Marina Vista Restaurant
Italian restaurant, situated on the third floor of the Marine activity centre near the Stadium of Light, offering a special three-course menu for £12.95. Open all day from 12pm.


Luciano Restaurant
Luciano’s is one of Sunderland’s most famous Italian eateries - a family favourite for over 20 years. Open from 11am on concert days with happy hour available until 6.45pm.


Angelos Restaurant
Angelo’s is only a 15 minute-walk from the Stadium of Light and will be open from 11am on concert days with happy hour available until 6.45pm.

Café Eighteen
Café Eighteen serves English and Mediterranean contemporary food.. Cakes are from Sweet Tooth Delivery, with a takeaway option also available. Located at 18 Olive Street, Sunderland SR1 3PE.


Serendipity is a charming vintage-style tea room - a family-run business offering a warm welcome alongside delicious homemade food and cakes. Why not pop in for afternoon tea! Located at 10 Frederick Street, Sunderland SR1 1NA. Call 0191 510 0054 or email

Opening times:
Monday - 9.30am - 5pm
Tuesday - Friday - 8.30am - 5pm
Saturday - 9.30am - 4pm
Sunday - Closed


Shanghai Manor
One of the few sit-in Asian restaurants in Sunderland city centre serving authentic Chinese cuisine. With a great atmosphere, the Sunderland Echo thinks it's the best Chinese restaurant in Sunderland. Located at 4 Fawcett Street, Sunderland SR1 1SJ

Oriental Palace Chinese Restaurant
Chinese restaurant that not only offers Chinese cuisine but also boasts steamboat or hot pot, pluskaraoke. Show your ticket for  a special offer of two courses (starter + main course) for only £8.90! Located at 21 St. Thomas Street, Sunderland SR1 1QD - call 0191 5678888.

Olive Affaire Café Bistro
A family-run business serving good quality Greek food at great prices. Located at 57 John Street, Sunderland SR1 1QH - call 0191 908 8097 or email


Good Apple Cafe
Good Apple Cafe is a vegetarian cafe and coffee shop. Relaxed and alternative atmosphere, serving tasty homemade veggie grub, awesome teas, and gourmet coffees. Vegan cakes available! Call 0191 564 1763


Ali Baba Middle-Eastern Cuisine
Ali Baba offers all varieties of Asian/Middle Eastern cuisine Open 7 days a week with 10% student discount offered. Call 07845 296 696 or 07427 606 062.


Café Bangla      
Café Bangla is one of the famous Indian restaurants in north east, with chef Ali Hussain having won the UK’s Curry Chef of the Year award. Call 0191 536 9996.


Kafen Coffee Shop   
In a warm and friendly atmosphere, Kafen offers a variety of hot food, pastry, sandwiches, paninis, wines and beers, wide selection of coffees, jacket potatoes, homemade soups, scones and delicious homemade cakes. Call 0191 514 4891.

Monsoon Kitchen   
Monsoon Kitchen is the first Handi house in the north east and located within walking distance of the Stadium of Light, serving several indian dishes include handi, chaat, grills and biryani. Call 0191 51 44 222.


Panda Oriental Buffet Restaurant     
Panda Original Buffet Restaurant Sunderland is the original and best Chinese buffet restaurant set in comfortable modern surroundings. Call 0191 565 3462.

Little Italy
Little Italy’ is a restaurant which offers Italian-style cuisine. It is located in Seaburn. Call 0191 529 5555

Lickety Split
Lickety Split Creamery is a retro 1950s American ice-cream parlour that has won many awards. Set in the small town of Seaham, five miles from the Stadium of Light. Call 0191 581 0719.

Santini’s is located on the seafront at Seaburn, Sunderland, serving a wide variety of popular Italian and Mediterranean dishes. Kids’ menu available.
Opening times:
5pm- 10:30pm, 4pm -10:30pm Saturday.
Happy Hour times: Sunday to Friday 5pm – 7:30pm, Saturday 4pm-6pm
Offer: 20% off food bill when taken from the a la carte menu upon showing concert tickets. 

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