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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

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“Aiming for a more 'up market' feel, the Salt House Kitchen serves an interesting and frequently-changing menu, with sea-food playing a big role. Think Sea Reared Trout with Curried Mussels, or Steak with Beetroot-infused Octopus. A three course meal is likely to be around £35-£40 per head, excluding drinks.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
“Click and collect seafood platters from the deli or enjoy a casual lunch in the cafe”
  • 2 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Flying the flag for Asian cuisine, the Fat Buddha is a popular bar and restaurant in the area. It overlooks the beach to the east, so is best enjoyed in Summer months, or in the afternoon. Another good venue for a celebration; it's open late and has a fairly up-beat atmosphere. The cocktails are definitely worth a try - the lychee martini is especially tasty! Service can be inconsistent, and be prepared to get your elbows out if you're out for a few drinks on a Bank Holiday!”
  • 2 locals recommend
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“Bistro Romano is our go-to restaurant for a special occasion. Or sometimes when we just want a really good steak! It's very well regarded in the area, and has been known to serve some local famous faces. We've pretty much tried all the dishes, and they're all delicious, but our favourite picks (when available) include: Fillet steak with haggis, chicken and chorizo risotto, and porcini mushroom and asparagus tagliatelle. Dessert has to be one of their ice-cream or sorbet selections. Although they don't have a bar to speak of, their selection of gins, vodkas, whisky is amazing, but dwarfed by their grappa collection. A meal for two with wine is likely to come in around £100 - £150 ”
  • 1 local recommends
Steakhouse
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“The Harvester is another good quality pub style restaurant serving similar food to the Fountain. Differences include the unlimited salad bar and the bar area is mostly used for having drink whilst waiting to be seated or after people have finished there meal. This gives it more of a restaurant atmosphere than the Fountain.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“There is a great daytime menu here, two courses of food for £7! The food is fab!”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
Asian Restaurant
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“Our FAVOURITE Indian restaurant! The Shagorika isn't huge, so it might be best to book for a table at the weekend. The staff are really friendly, and they'll help you pick out something new to try. If you can't get in here, Goa restaurant upstairs is also good and is a little larger.”
  • 1 local recommends
Italian Restaurant
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“The only proper restaurant in Whitburn Village, Mamma Mia is a pleasant Italian restaurant, serving a range of traditional dishes with daily/weekly specials. If they're trying out something new you're likely to get a little taster while you wait for your starters, and if it's your birthday expect a sparkler and a serenade! ”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“One of several 'cheap and cheerful' Italian restaurants in the area. All of them serve delicious traditional pizzas, pastas and 'al forno' selections. Usual happy-hour offers can be had for under £10 during the week. If you can't get into Gabriele's, Santini's next door is also great!”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“The Toby Carvery is great if you want something a little healthier and don't want to wait around. Standard carveries cost around £7 during the week and are around £10 on a Sunday. You will definitely need to book if you go on a Sunday as it gets incredibly busy. There are usually deals on such as certain desserts for £1 when bought with a carvery. They also serve other meals for those who fancy something different or for those wishing for a vegetarian option.”
  • 1 local recommends
Bar
“A very nice Italian restaurant offering early evening specials, and a fixed priced menu. good quality food with excellent service”
  • 1 local recommends
Meal Takeaway
“Ask nearly anybody in South Shields and they will tell you this is by far the best Chinese take away in town. Brian, the owner, is very friendly and the quality of the food is fantastic. The only downsides are that there is no delivery services and it get VERY busy. Be sure to order food at least 30-60 minutes in advance on a weekend. It may also take a while for Brian to answer the phone if you ring but he does his best and it is worth the wait.”
  • 1 local recommends