With warmer days ahead as winter fades, more of us will be heading into town to take advantage of great local eats while summer looms.

For those in Sunderland, they can experience some of the best meals as the city scoops up the award of Best UK City for Independent restaurants.

So, if you’re ever in town, make sure you eat out and experience all the city has to offer.

Here are TripAdvisor’s top places to grab a bite to eat while you’re out in Sunderland.

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7. San Marino’s 4.5/5

Located in a prime spot near the Stadium of Light, San Marino’s at Hanover Place has glowing reviews for its Italian menu.

Customers have mentioned the “lovely” service from staff and its wide selection of food covering many dietary requirements.

6. Enfes Restaurant 4.5.5

For servings of soulful Mediterranean classics, visit Enfes restaurant on Derwent Street in Sunderland.

Reviews compliment the baklava and moussaka served at the popular restaurant, scoring an impressive 4.5 out of five from customers.

5. Borneo Bistro 4.5/5

Hylton Road in Sunderlan’s City Centre is home to Borneo Bistro, dishing up Asian fast food all day long.

The menu includes Chinese, Philippine and Thai food, and scores an impressive 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor.

4. Spice Empire 4.5/5

Spice Empire, located on Church Lane in the City Centre, scores 4.5 out of five for its Indian flavours described as “fantastic”.

Reviews have also complimented its takeaway feature, so you can enjoy their signature dishes from the comfort of your own home.

3. The Scullery Silksworth 4.5/5

Coming in at number three is The Scullery, that serves traditional British cuisine in Silksworth.

Reviews have noted the crispy Yorkshire puddings and generous portion sizes, promising new customers a fulfilling and unforgettable dining experience.

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2. Yuvraaj 5/5

At number two is Yuvraaj located on Douro Terrace just outside the City Centre, that scores an impressive five stars.

Those visiting have described its traditional Indian cuisine as “beautiful” and complimented its selection of draft beer.

1. Aperitif 5/5

Sunderland’s most popular restaurant according to TripAdvisor is Aperitif, located on High Street West in the City Centre.

Reviewers have given the restaurant five stars on the site.

Serving up classic Italian cuisine including delicious tiramisu, customers have reviewed the restaurant as ‘top notch’ from everything to service to food.