IF you're looking for a new restaurant to try out but want to avoid the crowds, then look no further as we've put a list together of the best restaurants that offer takeaways.  

From burger joints to Indian food, there is a wide range of options in County Durham.  

If you're stuck on what to eat for a Christmas treat then this is the perfect guide for you.  

See if your local favourite made the list of best takeaways according to Tripadvisor reviews. 

SALT- Street Food Kitchen & Bar 

Tripadvisor rating: 5/5 

Not only is SALT rated best delivery restaurant but it is also the number restaurant in Darlington.  

The Northern Echo: SALT, photo via Tripadvisor.SALT, photo via Tripadvisor.

With brilliant scores for food, service and value and at a affordable price with meals starting at £3.  

It serves a wide range of food - from burgers, bao buns and tacos to loaded fries and much more.

One user said that “This is honestly the best food and service I have had in my 21 years on this planet! I decided on the chilli dog with a side of Mac n cheese (via waitress recommendation) and honestly have never smiled at a plate of food after the first bite as much as I did here.” 

The Northern Echo: Viraji Restaurant, photo via Tripadvisor.Viraji Restaurant, photo via Tripadvisor.

Viraji Restaurant  

Tripadvisor rating: 5/5  

This Indian restaurant serves some of the best food around, with brilliant curries and fantastic homemade naan breads.  

With top marks across the board for food, service and value, Viraji is definitely not one to miss and even has vegan options too. 

One TripAdvisor user said: “I highly recommend visiting Viraj or ordering a takeaway. The food is absolutely delicious!!!My favourite dish is Chicken Jalfrezi, and I have tried numerous Indian restaurants in Darlington, and this is by far the best I have ever tried.” 

Akbar the Great 

Tripadvisor rating: 5/5  

This Indian restaurant is the second best in Darlington, with great marks for food and service, and also offers Halal options.  

The Northern Echo: Akbar the Great, photo via Tripadvisor.Akbar the Great, photo via Tripadvisor.

Serving Indian, Asian, Balti and Bangladeshi food it is home to an award winning Chef and Management team.  

One user said: “We had a wonderful meal! There was a good range of vegan and vegetarian options and the staff were very knowledgeable about the menu. The restaurant had a lovely atmosphere and the food was delicious. We will definitely be returning.” 


Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5 

Tia’s is a brilliant rated Mexican restaurant that serves enchiladas, chimichangas, fajitas and much more.  

With prices starting at £6 the restaurant is affordable and if you fancy a strong drink, there’s plenty of cocktails to chose from 

One user said: “The enchiladas were wonderful and you would never know its vegan cheese! The vegetable skewers were deliciously grilled to perfection and the starters were so tasty too. The service was 100% and if we go back to Durham will definitely go back like a shot!! And also, the price was so reasonable, and cocktails too!” 

The Northern Echo: Tia's restaurant, photo via Tripadvisor.Tia's restaurant, photo via Tripadvisor.

Nadon Thai Durham 

Tripadvisor rating: 4.5/5  

This Thai restaurant has brilliant marks across the board for food, service and value, with options for vegetarian, vegan and gluten free too.

The staff at Nadon are great too with reviewers saying they’re friendly and will answer all questions too.  

One TripAdvisor user said: “I have visited Nadon Thai numerous times now and it has never disappointed. From entry to exit the staff couldn’t do enough for you. The food is great with fresh ingredients and plenty for vegetarians.”