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5.4 /6 Excellent 54 Reviews


City Centre Arabic £££ +100
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About Arabesque

Bringing the flavours of North Africa to the Northeast of England, Arabesque is an authentic Egyptian restaurant located in the heart of Sunderland. With stunning decor that has been specially imported from Egypt, Arabesque’s opulent surroundings provide the perfect backdrop to a special evening out. Located on High Street West in the city centre, the menu at Arabesque is by far the star of the show serving up the best of this Arabic-style cuisine, and you’ll find flavoursome lentil dishes, succulent meat options and spicy chicken, mezze, tagines and shawarma combined with fresh salads and zesty dressings. But don’t just take our word for it, book a table and pay them a visit. You’re in for a real treat.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 17:00 - 22:00
  • Tuesday 17:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 17:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 22:00
  • Friday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 17:00 - 22:00
Arabesque, High Street West, SR1 1UN Sunderland

Further Information

Arabesque has got Sunderland locals buzzing about it’s vibrant and eclectic interior, warm and welcoming service and of course the delicious Arabic and Egyptian dishes on it’s enticing menu. Located in the city centre, Arabesque is the ideal spot for a romantic evening for two, for a long overdue catch-up with friends, or for a special lunch or dinner with the whole family. Try some molokhia, a traditional Egyptian soup, or share some mezze plates like the falafel, grilled halloumi or batata harra (potato cubes saturated with hot peppers, chilli, garlic, coriander & lemon) before moving on to your mains.

We recommend going for the koshari, one of Egypt’s most popular dishes made from rice, pasta, brown lentils, chickpeas and onions, served with a garlic & chilli sauce and topped with crispy fried onions, some succulent meat like the laham meshwi, or the hearty lamb & okra tagine served with a side of Arabic bread. Is your mouth watering yet? Book a table and head on over to Arabesque on High Street West in Sunderland’s city centre!


54 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 54 Reviews
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Atmosphere: excellent
Service: extraordinary
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: great value
Noise: quiet
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2 reviews so far 6
18.07.2017 10:21

We had a really good night the food was lovely portions are huge ! service was excellent it was a little bit warm upstairs in the restaurant it it had been a hot day !

1 review so far 6
15.07.2017 07:27

Excellent service at Arabesque. They were very responsive and reassuring regarding my food allergies. Food is delicious, very unique flavours and dishes. Would definitely recommend.

2 reviews so far 6
02.07.2017 10:44

The food was delicious, lots of things I hadn't tried before. The staff were lovely and the decor was great. Will definitely be coming back again.

1 review so far 6
16.06.2017 09:19

Visited this restaurant with family (including kids), food was great; had options for children, staff were attentive and friendly, it has a nice relaxed atmosphere. Will will definitely return and i will definitely recommend.

1 review so far 5
25.08.2016 19:23

Very friendly staff & lovely venue . loved the food , however I ordered Mixed Olives for my starter but was a bit disappointed it didn't come with bread, as I hadn't been before I wasn't aware of this and would've added it to the order , from a customer service Point of view this maybe could've been pointed out & customer given the option to include some when ordering . (Missed opportunity for an add on sale ) Main meal was delicious and plenty of it , orderd lamb chops and was pleasantly surprised when there were 5 on my plate & very tasty too . Will definitely eat here again .

3 reviews so far 5
08.04.2017 11:38

Had a really good time at Arabesque Service was a little slow at times but overall a really good experience Food quality was top draw and portions are more than adequate Would certainly recommend and will return when we are in the area again

1 review so far 6
13.04.2017 11:21

First time here. Very nice restaurant, clean which is always something I look for. Staff attentive but not overly, food I have to say was delicious. Didn't feel rushed although it was a Wednesday night. This was a meal with colleagues but would not hesitate to go back with family.

1 review so far 5
19.08.2016 08:47

Lovely food and a great welcome. The menu is really interesting with lots to try. The restaurant is really interesting too with lots of unusual items and decor. The staff are great and make you feel very welcome. I'll definitely be back

1 review so far 6
24.12.2016 08:48

Excellent customer service, beautiful surroundings but more importantly superb food. Great value for money and generous portion sizes. Would definitely recommend this restaurant for either a romantic night for two or family outing.

1 review so far 5
17.08.2017 08:54

The Food was excellent as always, service was ok but we felt rushed when eating the mezze and got asked 3 times if we were finished so they could bring out the mains. Other than that no complaints

1 review so far 6
03.06.2017 12:52

Wanted a reminder of a holiday spend in Egypt. Not disappointed. Good food, good atmosphere, good service. Good price. Altogether a good and enjoyable time. Will be looking to go back.

1 review so far 6
20.12.2016 09:18

Great food! We didn't really know what we should have ordered off the menu but the staff were quick to advise on something that would suit us, they weren't wrong...

1 review so far 6
27.04.2017 09:01

Excellent food, very convenient location and endlessly helpful staff. Really made us feel welcome, especially when we had more guests than was originally booked for. Thanks for the lovely night.

1 review so far 6
28.12.2016 12:06

This is our 2nd visit to this restaurant. Lovely meal had by all, and excellent variety on the menu. Staff are lovely and friendly. We will be returning again

2 reviews so far 4
07.09.2016 10:33

Food and service great. Portions are big and value for money good. I have only scored it down because I believe the food wasn't as good as when I went last year. I will still be going back and will still recommend it.

1 review so far 5
30.08.2016 07:58

Food & serve were excellent. Portions were a good size & the selection of authentic dishes were good. We were a party of 7 & everything throughly enjoyed their meal. We'll definitely be back.

1 review so far 6
24.01.2017 12:25

the service is amazing as it the food the whole place is just brilliant and its very reasonable for the price i would go again and will be

1 review so far 6
22.10.2016 07:11

Great food huge portions definitely recommend this restaurant. We went for a birthday meal and were over the moon with the quality of service and the prices aswell

1 review so far 6
12.09.2016 20:36

The food was delicious and the service was great too! I would really recommend it. We will definitely be coming back here time and time again. Thank you

1 review so far 6
26.11.2016 07:49

A great night Lovely friendly staff So nice helping us order what we wanted Attentive friendly and polite and food was amazing Will definitely be back x

1 review so far 6
17.12.2016 08:40

excellent food and the staff are great will be going back there again will deffenitely tell people about it and recommend them to visit the resteraunt thanks

1 review so far 6
01.08.2016 07:40

Lovely friendly welcoming staff that couldn't do enough for you the food was lovely Would definately recommend to people who haven't been and will be going back!

1 review so far 6
15.06.2017 17:06

Excellent restaurant with friendly and helpful staff. Food was exceptional and setting very nice. Cocktails at the end of the night were lush. Will definitely go again.

2 reviews so far 6
28.01.2017 11:06

Fantastic food, why haven't I been here before. Will be returning very soon. Huge portions and excellent value for money. Great atmosphere and great night with friends

1 review so far 6
27.09.2016 07:24

Nice atmosphere, nice people working there and really nice freshly cooked food. Everything cooked perfectly try the Egyptian tea if you aren't drinking ,it's very refreshing.

1 review so far 6
12.04.2017 09:35

Varied menu that caters for all and very reasonably priced. The service we had was second to none. Friendly and great food. Well worth a try.

1 review so far 6
21.01.2017 12:52

Lovely authentic Egyptian décor and atmosphere is good. Excellent service from all the staff and the food was varied and tasty Will certainly be back soon!

1 review so far 6
11.11.2016 05:56

Food was beautiful good value for money easy location & nearby parking staff very helpfull & friendly restaurant very clean and well presented will definitely return

1 review so far 6
12.10.2016 23:27

Excellent meal as always. We can never manage dessert though so it is worth knowing you can get take away rice pudding that is absolutely gorgeous!

2 reviews so far 6
03.10.2016 09:25

Fabulous food lots of choice , great service and the staff were happy to help and advise ! Lovely atmosphere ! Would deffo go there again

1 review so far 6
23.08.2016 12:13

brilliant as it always is. Excellent food and service, first time there for other family members and they thought it was excellent. Always enjoy a visit

1 review so far 5
24.09.2016 09:02

Fantastic food and good atmosphere. Only downside was no Stella on tap. Would definitely recommend this restaurant and will go back. Waitress was a bit pushy when taking on the order.

1 review so far 6
22.11.2016 00:03

Excellent food. Good menu choice and clear description of the food available. Friendly staff and a great service. Will definitely be back with friends soon.

1 review so far 5
15.10.2016 19:27

Very friendly lovely restaurant very stylish. Myself and my friend really enjoyed our meal. It was smashing I would recommend it as anew excellent place to eat in Sunderland 😊

1 review so far 6
12.08.2016 09:05

Fab place, fresh cooked good food and staff are lovely too. One of sunderlands hidden treasures, and would recommend anyone to give it a try

1 review so far 6
26.08.2016 07:29

Great night food lovely then the belly dancer came on excellent night would recommend to anyone kid friendly place also dose a take out service

1 review so far 5
13.02.2017 08:44

Great food, well cooked and very well presented. Service was also really good, staff explained all dishes . Will be going again definitely. Nice one! keep up the great service.

1 review so far 6
13.02.2017 09:12

Service was fantastic with food to match and staff very welcoming , great atmosphere will definitely go again and will recommend to all my friends

1 review so far 5
09.05.2017 08:51

Nice food, cooked well. Portion was quite large and dips were very nice. Service was ok, messed order up although was pointed out to server twice but was rectified.

1 review so far 5
24.08.2016 10:21

Staff very attentive, looked after us well. Had cocktails and meal( chicken kebab) both lovely only let down was the chips, I like real fresh made chips not frozen.

1 review so far 4
21.04.2017 09:54

Extensive and varied menu so plenty to choose from, something for everyone. The staff were very helpful and friendly and their was a nice feel about the place. Give it a try you won't be disappointed.

1 review so far 5
20.11.2016 09:04

Rather good, would revisit! Interesting menu, warm, friendly welcome, cosmopolitan surroundings, quite easy to find. Visited based on previous recommendations from friends and work colleagues. Intend to return!

1 review so far 5
04.10.2016 15:47

The food was excellent although the service was a little slow compared to other visits This may have been because we were downstairs instead of upstairs as previously

4 reviews so far 5
01.05.2017 08:09

Nice food, all freshly done. Lovely menu choices. Could do with a bit more work on lighting to promote atmosphere. Would recommend , I will go back

1 review so far 5
24.02.2017 23:28

Attentive staff, good service. Food was served and presented extremely well. All food was excellent and tasted amazing, good selection of different to suit different tastes.

1 review so far 5
12.03.2017 08:38

Lovely food as always, good portions and tasty. Bit slow today with clearing between courses (lunchtime was empty) other than that cant fault. Staff friendly too

1 review so far 5
08.06.2017 12:55

Very tasty food!! Neither myself or my partner were disappointed! I would recommend paying them a visit. The lamb was such a treat and fantastic hummus

1 review so far 5
13.10.2016 10:35

Lovely food and reasonably priced. Our last visit was on a Tuesday evening and it was nice to see it was busy. Definitely worth a visit!

1 review so far 3
16.02.2017 12:20

Food wasn't as nice. Counter staff I Found to be a little hurried, the waiting staff was lovely though. Think it will be a while before my next visit. Also they played the same music over and over and over. Became very annoying.

1 review so far 5
24.09.2016 12:23

The food, environment and prices were great. Only criticism was the wait between courses. Thought we'd been forgotten at times. Would definitely go again regardless.