Can't decide what to eat? How about some classic fish and chips or maybe a bowl of mussels and fresh lobster?

In County Durham, there’s seafood galore and plenty of restaurants are dotted around offering some tasty meals fresh out of the water.

For when you’re next in the mood for a bit of crab or crispy haddock, here is a roundup of some of the best seafood restaurants in the area to visit, according to Tripadvisor reviews.

Each location has a minimum rating of 4/5.

Some of the best seafood restaurants in County Durham

Saltfish Seafood Restaurant & Bar

Location: 11 Houndgate, Darlington, DL1 5RF

Rating: 4.5/5 from 118 reviews

One couple commented: “Arrived at 6pm on a Saturday to a lovely atmosphere - busy, upbeat - welcomed and taken to our table. I had pre-ordered the seafood platter, which was fabulous. My husband gad one of the specials, pan fried hake - again lovely. Service and ambience great. Thoroughly recommend it.”

Downeys - Seaham

Location: 5 North Terrace, Seaham, SR7 7EU

Rating: 4/5 from 535 reviews

This customer posted: “Absolutely fantastic food and service. Fish chips and mushy peas( oh and curry sauce). Beautiful crisp batter, not greasy. All hot and plenty of the best chips I’ve had in a while.”


Location: Church Street, Murton, Seaham, SR7 9HU

Rating: 4.5/5 from 38 reviews

One visitor shared: “Popped in with my husband and my sister today looking to have lunch.

“Soon as we walked in, felt the lovely atmosphere, staff were very friendly. My husband and Sister went for the fish platter and I opted for Jacket Potato with tuna. Absolutely delicious, will definitely go back and would definitely recommend... this is a small family run business so get behind them and spread the word.”

Bells Fish and Chips

Location: Market Square, Durham, DH1 3NE

Rating: 4.5/5 from 1,287 reviews

Someone said: “Superb restaurant. Multiple fish options, multiple cooking options. Totally delicious. I had battered haddock and my wife had poached plaice! Yum!!”

“Absolutely beautiful food ,best fish and chips around if you like a traditional style fish and chips,service is great and always comes with a smile,” added another.

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The Lamp Room

Location: 20 North Terrace, Seaham ,SR7 7EU

Rating: 4.5/5 from 1,047 reviews

This person put: “Service was very good all staff were very attentive and the food was gorgeous. Would defo go back!!!. Decor in the restaurant is lovely. We had the mussels for a starter and then surf and turf steak and lobster for the main loved it all...”