Skip to main content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Newcastle and Northumberland
  4. Sunderland
  5. Sunderland

City Bistro

4.5
4.5
40 Reviews
£25 and under
Contemporary British

City Bistro provides a showcase for the next generation of chefs, demonstrating their talent and skill through creative cuisine and delicious dishes.

Make a booking

2 people

October 2021
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
19:00


Booked 2 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary British, Contemporary European

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday:
    12pm - 3pm
    Dinner:
    Thursday - Friday:
    5.30pm - 8pm

  • Phone number

    0191 511 6270

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Kelvin Linstead

0 photos

No photos have been uploaded for this restaurant yet.

Menu

To Start

  • Mushroom Soup£5.00

    wild mushrooms crispy shallots

    • Scorched Mackerel£6.00

      apple, cucumber, potato salad, mustard dressing

      • Confit Chicken and Black Pudding Terrine£7.00

        parsnip puree, sour dough, parsley oil

        • Onion and Balsamic Tart£5.00

          goats curd, beetroot, nasturtiums

          • BBQ Brisket£6.00

            sweet potato, charred corn, slaw

            To Follow

            • Crispy Pork Belly£13.00

              black pudding, mash, onion puree, kale, cider jus

              • Lamb Rump£15.00

                fondant potato, peas, spring onions, little gem

                • Roast Carrot£11.00

                  hazelnut dukkha, carrot and cumin puree, falafel, soft herb salad

                  • Roast Cod Loin£13.00

                    sea vegetables, clams, herb oil, herb cream, new potatoes

                    • 8oz Ribeye Steak£14.00

                      fat cut chips, béarnaise sauce, watercress salad

                      To Finish

                      • Raspberry Tart£5.00

                        white chocolate sorbet, lemon curd, meringue

                        • Apple Parfait£5.00

                          toffee apples, custard, oat crumble

                          • Chocolate Delice£5.00

                            candied hazelnuts, Chantilly cream

                            • British Cheeses£6.00

                              chutney, celery, grapes, biscuits

                              Last updated: 23 April 2019

                              What 40 people are saying

                              Overall ratings and reviews

                              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                              4.5
                              4.5 based on all time ratings
                              • 4.5Food
                              • 4.4Service
                              • 4.1Ambience
                              • 4.5Value

                              NoiseQuiet

                              Sort by

                              Filters

                              1. KM

                                KarenM

                                County Durham

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 29 April 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great afternoon with excellent food and service such a lovely place to dine

                              2. FE

                                FionaE

                                Newcastle

                                2 reviews

                                1.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on 5 November 2018

                                overall1food1service1ambience1

                                Would have helped if when we booked the table we were told it wasn’t open .turned up and closed

                              3. MH

                                MonicaH

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 20 September 2018

                                overall4food4service4ambience5

                                We really enjoyed our visit to City Bistro Sunderland. Service was a bit slow but as the students are training that is to be expected. Lovely menu, good food, attentive staff, great atmosphere. Looking forward to visiting again.

                              4. JW

                                JeanW

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 6 July 2018

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                We thoroughly enjoyed our evening meal recently. There was a good choice on the menu and we were very satisfied with the choices we made. It was a pity that only two tables were occupied on a friday evening and I hope more people will visit the Bistro and find out how enjoyable it is.

                              5. N

                                Natty123

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 29 June 2018

                                overall5food5service4ambience3

                                We came to celebrate our anniversary and were not let down. Service and food both very high standard. Was a relaxed atmosphere and didn't feel rushed. Received a complementary glass of fizz for our anniversary very nice touch. Will definitely return and also recommend to friends and family.

                              6. LF

                                LouiseF

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 15 June 2018

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                We had booked the special beef and beer night to celebrate my birthday. The food was fantastic and the range of beers matched the food very well. The custard tart was amazing as a finale to a great meal. Superb value for money

                              7. TB

                                ThomasB

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 17 May 2018

                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                The service is good - not polished (they are learning) but willing, helpful and friendly. The food is better than the average restaurant - thoughtful menu with unfamiliar combinations served attractively and tasting good. More adventurous than usual (as you might expect from a catering college) and it brings it off. I thought it risky to offer battered fish (such an everyday dish) until I tasted it - the batter was extraordinary and the fish right. What did surprise me was that there were only 3 tables occupied at 7pm on a Thursday - I would have thought that it would be booked out - especially at the prices charged (low side of average). Oh Well, such is Sunderland, and I shall go back regularly.

                              8. h

                                hollyazz

                                New York Area

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 11 May 2018

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                We had the 10 course tasting menu with wine pairing and were not disappointed. The value for money is unbelievable being the cheapest tasting menu and wine pairing ive ever come across. We were seated in the kitchen which was a great touch!! Great to chat with the chef and see the students at work. Can't recommend enough and will definitely be back!!!!

                              9. IS

                                IanS

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 25 April 2018

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                A thoroughly enjoyable lunch. It was a huge surprise to expect that level of cuisine at that price. I had read peoples previous reviews and was a little skeptical but actually they were true to their word. I will definitely go back.

                              10. SC

                                SusanC

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 20 April 2018

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Excellent service and very tasty well presented food. Very good value for money

                              11. DC

                                DonnaC

                                London

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on 20 April 2018

                                overall5food5service5ambience3

                                Outstanding food. Hopefully the message will get out soon so it gets busier. We'll be back.

                              12. TC

                                TeresaC

                                Newcastle

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 17 April 2018

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Thoroughly enjoyed our meal but don't get why we were asked if it was a special occasion if it's not acknowledged in anyway by the restaurant. We had booked for our wedding anniversary. Would also have been nice to be offered a glass of water as water glasses were on tables.

                              13. CM

                                CookieMagoo

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 13 April 2018

                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                A beautiful room; extremely clean tableware, cutlery, glasses etc. (bathrooms too); comfortable furniture; good service and good quality food creatively and delightfully presented. (My only negative criticism would be that the grilled mackerel portion was rather on the small side. ) Overall, portions are not large but adequate.

                              14. R

                                Rosales

                                Newcastle

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on 29 March 2018

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Excellent food, easy to hold a conversation without struggling to hear, staff attentive. This is my second visit, looking forward to going back.

                              15. l

                                lc5473

                                London

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on 23 March 2018

                                overall5food5service5ambience3

                                Best in Sunderland. Five star service and food that has the 'wow factor'. If I had to be critical they could make the dining area a bit more interesting/unique but still a perfectly nice environment to eat in, great for any occasion.

                              16. H

                                Heath

                                Newcastle

                                2 reviews

                                4.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on 22 March 2018

                                overall4food4service4ambience3

                                THIS CAME AS A PLEASANT SURPRISE AS WE DIDNT KNOW IT EXISTED. THE FOOD WAS VERY TASTY AND WELL PRESENTED AND THERE WAS PLENTY OF IT. THE SELECTION OF FOOD OFFERED ISNT VAST BUT THERE IS ENOUGH TO PLEASE ALL TASTES . I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE CHEESE BOARD. THE FRONT OF HOUSE STAFF WERE VERY FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL AND HAD A VERY GOOD KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR ESTABLISHMENT AND ITS FOOD. WE WILL DEFINATELY BE RETURNING

                              17. DT

                                DawnT

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 22 March 2018

                                overall4food4service4ambience2

                                Attended with a group of friends during Sunderland Restaurant week for an early dinner. Great food and service. Will definitely be returning in the future.

                              18. LH

                                LucilleH

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 21 March 2018

                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                Food was very tasty. Foodie portions, fine dining. Overall good.

                              19. K

                                Kathmcd73

                                Newcastle

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 15 March 2018

                                overall5food4service4ambience5

                                Really nice. Felt like I was in a high end hotel. Chefs came out to speak to us and showed my son around the kitchen which was a lovely touch.

                              20. IG

                                IvyGoldHeart

                                London

                                1 review

                                3.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 16 February 2018

                                overall3food4service3ambience3

                                Food tasted very good on the pre-theatre/lunch menu although the non carb veg was absolute minimal in the main course which made the portion size smaller than expected. We were not offered water. We shouldn't have to ask for it. Asking for cocktails at the start caused a bit of chaos. The starters arrived first, before the cocktails or wine so we held off eating and reminded them of the cocktails and wine. The cocktails then arrived which we drank a tad quicker than usual in order to continue eating and drink the wine with the starter. There was also confusion over the wine. No New Zealand sauvignon blanc left in stock, then there was, but it was a three quarter of a bottle, then it was less than that because someone had reserved two glass for later on! For an easier life we ordered the Chilean sav blanc which it turned out to be a pleasant enough alternative. There was no toilet paper in one of the ladies toilets. I was expecting a feedback form with the bill but there wasn't one. If the college is going to compete with local restaurants they need to up their game on service and make it the 'go to' place to impress friends and family. At the moment it isn't or at least wasn't on that particular Friday evening.

                              21. YD

                                YvonneD

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 16 February 2018

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                First time here but won't be the last. Excellent food and lovely staff. Wine was delicious too. Bringing a much needed touch of class to the city.

                              22. DM

                                DonnaMW

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 16 February 2018

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Went here for the Valentines menu and it was fabulous. The front of house staff were very attentive and the food was amazing. Had canapes and prosecco to start which was wonderful then a Chicken and black pudding terrine for starters, Cod with a clam sauce that was fantastic. Then passion fruit tart with coconut ice cream, mango salsa and a lime macaroon! Divine!

                              23. R

                                Rosales

                                Newcastle

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on 13 February 2018

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Met up with friends for lunch, excellent food, good atmosphere, good service, plan to go back soon.

                              24. AL

                                AnneL

                                Newcastle

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 9 February 2018

                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                A lovely find! Good service, delicious food and reasonable price. The pastry on the blue cheese tart was the best I have had - buttery, short, rich and delicious.

                              25. g

                                gillyb

                                Newcastle

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on 5 February 2018

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                Visited on what proved to be a very quiet Monday lunch time. We were the only party there, but this did not spoil our enjoyment. The restaurant is modern & attractive & the food & service were excellent. Thi# is fine dining at a very reasonable price. We will certainly return.

                              26. JB

                                JenB

                                Newcastle

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 31 January 2018

                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                Good food in a light, clean and airy restaurant. Central for acces by local transport. Good service by helpful staff.

                              27. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Newcastle

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on 21 December 2017

                                overall5food5service3ambience3

                                Second visit to this restaurant! Food was fantastic again. It was busier this time than the first time but it didn't detract from our enjoyment.

                              28. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Newcastle

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 15 December 2017

                                overall4food3service5ambience4

                                The venue was very pleasant, clean and welcoming. The staff and service were excellent and the food very tasty. However, the portions were very small (smaller than last year) and I thought it was poor value for money. I probably wouldn't book up next year because of this.

                              29. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Newcastle

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 10 November 2017

                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                Restaurant quiet at the time of our visit, comfortable seating and good choice on the menu. Friendly and informative staff. Very enjoyable experience and will definitely have a return visit.

                              30. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Newcastle

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 2 November 2017

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                Lovely Contemporary interior, affordable dining with amazing tasting food creatively presented & excellent service. A real gem!

                              31. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Newcastle

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 27 October 2017

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                I've been to the bistro with family and friends 3 times in the last 6weeks and I'm hooked! Trying to get other friends to try it as I'm confident they will be back time and time again like me! It's a lovely treat without a big bill...only thing to add the lighting could be turned down to help with the ambience but that's about all I can suggest to improve the experience

                              32. RP

                                RosPreen

                                London

                                3 reviews

                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on 13 October 2017

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                An undiscovered gem in the heart of Sunderland. Beautifully presented and delicious food with top quality service. Don't be put off that it's located in the campus, it's a restaurant experience you'll want to repeat!

                              33. W

                                Windynool99

                                Newcastle

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on 12 October 2017

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                This is a great restaurant. The food was of a very high standard. Great service and very reasonably priced.

                              34. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Newcastle

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 20 September 2017

                                overall4food5service4ambience3

                                The food served at City Bistro is incredible - top quality and at an incredible price. Four people each enjoyed two courses and drinks and the bill was a little over £40. The service was good, although there was definite improvement when served by the senior member of front of house staff, whose knowledge and recognition of a pregnant woman in our party (there was a curd on one course he recommended be removed) was very good.

                              35. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Newcastle

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 15 September 2017

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                A little gem of a place. All the staff were very attentive and the food was amazing, such good value for money. The menu is seasonal so it would be lovely if they varied it weekly or fortnightly to keep the customers going back. Overall we all loved it and will return.

                              36. J

                                Juliet

                                Newcastle

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 15 September 2017

                                overall5food5service5ambience3

                                Once again, the most delicious dinner and fantastic service. I can highly recommend this restaurant. It was busier than the last time we visited so hopefully people are beginning to take notice. Faultless food and service.

                              37. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Newcastle

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 14 September 2017

                                overall4food4service5ambience3

                                Lovely attentive staff who served up delicious food in a friendly atmosphere. Considering it is a training restaurant the level of professionalism is very good

                              38. P

                                Patch

                                London

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on 1 September 2017

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                This place is wasted on Sunderland...it is superb, and cant be faulted. Food is ALWAYS fantastic, and value for money is second to none... TRY IT...you will not be disappointed... However, if you eat burgers all the time from chain pubs then keep away...your pallet is not ready for the likes of this - :-)

                              39. J

                                Jayjay

                                Newcastle

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 1 September 2017

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Went for the fish night. Food was brilliantly cooked and presented. Couldn't fault it and will certainly return.

                              40. YC

                                YvonneC

                                Newcastle

                                2 reviews

                                4.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on 29 August 2017

                                overall4food4service3ambience3

                                Enjoyed our meal which was organised as a birthday lunch. Nicely decorated and relaxed atmosphere.

                              FAQs

                              City Bistro is rated 4.5 stars by 40 OpenTable diners

                              Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

                              Make a booking

                              2 people

                              October 2021
                              Mon
                              Tue
                              Wed
                              Thu
                              Fri
                              Sat
                              Sun
                              27
                              28
                              29
                              30
                              1
                              2
                              3
                              4
                              5
                              6
                              7
                              8
                              9
                              10
                              11
                              12
                              13
                              14
                              15
                              16
                              17
                              18
                              19
                              20
                              21
                              22
                              23
                              24
                              25
                              26
                              27
                              28
                              29
                              30
                              31
                              1
                              2
                              3
                              4
                              5
                              6
                              7
                              19:00


                              Booked 2 times today
                              Google Map for City Bistro

                              City Campus Park Lane Sunderland, Tyne and Wear SR1 3NX

                              • Area

                                Sunderland

                              • Hours of Operation

                                Lunch:
                                Monday - Friday:
                                12pm - 3pm
                                Dinner:
                                Thursday - Friday:
                                5.30pm - 8pm

                              • Cuisines

                                Contemporary British, Contemporary European

                              • Dining style

                                Casual Elegant

                              • Dress Code

                                Smart Casual

                              • Payment Options

                                AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                              • Executive Chef

                                Kelvin Linstead

                              • Additional

                                Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Wine

                              Copyright © 2021 OpenTable International Ltd. Fourth Floor, 14-18 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1AH - All rights reserved.
                              OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
                              Booking LogoPriceline LogoKAYAK LogoAgoda LogoRentalcars LogoOpenTable Logo