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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Durham/County Durham

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in Durham/County Durham? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of The Bay Horse restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2189)
£26 to £40
Gastro Pub
Darlington
About the restaurant
A charming 15th century coaching inn, The Bay Horse in Hurworth has been beautifully refurbished bringing with it some wonderful modern décor whilst managing to retain it’s characteristic charm. Greeted upon entry with a roaring open fire and a friendly team behind the bar, you’ll feel welcomed immediately. An eclectic drinks choice offers everything from local ales in traditional dimpled pint pots through to classic cocktails, with a varied wine list to match any palate. Menus change seasonally and are comprised mostly of classic dishes given a modern twist. With the kitchen continuously experimenting with new flavours & cooking methods, it is easy to see why it has been one of the regions most celebrated venues in the last decade. Dining is split over two floors with the same delicious menus and attentive service throughout. The Bay Horse has achieved many awards and has been included in the Michelin guide since 2008.
Top review
Harry12
Dined on Feb 19, 2024
Great food, lovely atmosphere and good service. We will be back.
A photo of ELIF TURKISH CUISINE restaurant
4.8
4.8 (151)
£26 to £40
Turkish
Stockton-on-Tees
About the restaurant
Calling all foodies in Norton. Brace yourselves for a culinary adventure as Turkish Cuisine has arrived in our village. Set in an underground atmospheric restaurant on the picturesque historic green. Prepare your taste buds for a delightful journey of flavours and aromas and combine with our specially selected Turkish wines. It’s an experience guaranteed to delight all your senses.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Have been to Elif a few times now and it never disappoints, this occasion was a birthday celebration and they went above and beyond the girls were so attentive and the food delicious as always
A photo of Turkish Kitchen Durham restaurant
4.8
4.8 (653)
£25 and under
Turkish
Durham
About the restaurant
Welcome to Turkish Kitchen, you will enter the world of tastes and aromas of Turkish cuisine with a modern twist and focus on sensational seasonal ingredients from diverse Turkish regions.
We also have a good selection of vegetarian & vegan options along with a great list of wines and cocktails.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Excellent meal, thanks. The restaurant was quiet when we arrived at 5.30pm but was packed when we left.
A photo of Wallis & Co restaurant
4.8
4.8 (320)
£25 and under
Modern European
Hartlepool
About the restaurant
Wallis & Co is a modern Bar & Kitchen nestled on the picturesque setting that is Hartlepool Marina. Our aim is to provide a warm and cosy atmosphere for our customers to enjoy, and with a huge focus on quality in every aspect, we're sure your visit to Wallis & Co will be a happy one.

We serve lunch from 12pm till 5pm Tuesday to Saturday and evening service from 5pm till 9pm. Our Sunday lunch is served from 12pm till 4pm and from 5pm on a Sunday evening we offer Sunday evening menu.

Disclaimer- We are no longer taking reservations for OUTDOOR tables, they are first come first serve.

If booking Bottomless brunch please specify in your booking notes (Service times Tuesday to Sunday between 12 and 4pm)
Any tables above 6ppl must be booked directly through the restaurant via telephone or FB messenger.
Top review
LindaC
Dined on May 31, 2024
High quality and lovely presentation 1st class food
A photo of The Duke of Cleveland restaurant
4.8
4.8 (85)
£25 and under
British
Hartlepool
About the restaurant
The Duke of Cleveland is situated on the Headland in Hartlepool, just a short distance from the coast and next to St Hilda's Church. It is a listed building and the oldest one still in use in the town. Our establishment is a restaurant and pub with an excellent reputation for serving traditional homemade British dishes. We take pride in sourcing produce from local businesses as much as possible and use these ingredients to create the best dishes for our patrons. Our signature dishes include Haddock in our special beer batter with hand-cut chips and the local speciality, the chicken parmesan. We believe in keeping things simple and making them well. On Sundays, we offer a traditional roast dinner with a choice of Roast Rib of Beef, Loin of Pork, Breast of Chicken or Lamb Shank.

The Duke of Cleveland is the ideal venue for weddings and other special occasions or events. It has a choice of function rooms suited to your requirements. In the summer months, we open our cosy bear garden.
Top review
PeterE
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
Excellent service very friendly helpful staff and I would highly recommend it to family and friends plus the food was exquisite
A photo of Soamis Trio restaurant
4.8
4.8 (195)
£25 and under
Indian
Durham
About the restaurant
Soami's aim is that “The taste of India” brings to you a new and authentic Indian cuisine. Using only the finest ingredients and most delicate spices.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 29, 2024
First time visiting and excellent meal and service. Will be returning and trying some of the other dishes.
A photo of Restaurant 17 restaurant
4.6
4.6 (544)
£25 and under
International
Durham
About the restaurant
At Restaurant 17 we offer an efficient friendly service.

Delivering a taste experience from around the world using fresh ingredients.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Very good food, well presented, great staff. On the pricey side but its definitely worth the extra cost. Very small so it can sometimes be hard to get a place.
A photo of The Warehouse Kitchen & Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (224)
£26 to £40
Barbecue
Stockton-on-Tees
About the restaurant
A unique venue serving exciting range of food and drinks in Stockton on Tees
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Food was excellent and great value, service fab and lovely Venue would highly recommend
A photo of Estabulo - Darlington restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1803)
£26 to £40
Brazilian Steakhouse
Darlington
About the restaurant
Estabulo Rodizio Bar & Grill honour the Brazilian Gaúcho’s traditional method of cooking. This involves taking the most delicious and flavoursome cuts of meat, which are then skewered and cooked slowly on open flames.
This method of cooking also means that all the meat served to you fresh at your table, straight from the grill. You can eat as much or as little as you like, and we have a large selection of meats on offer, so you can stick to what you know or try something a little bit different!
We also have a selection of Vegetarian, Halal and Fish dishes on offer and the salad bar which is the perfect start to your meal, and accompanies our entire menu perfectly as little palate cleansers between each skewer that reaches your table.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Food is always good. Can’t fault that. We were a table of 6 and the waiters would come round with 3 portions of something and then disappear and we wouldn’t see anyone for a while so difficult when half the table is getting food and half isn’t. Didn’t get asked if we wanted anymore drinks and didn’t get asked if we wanted to see a pudding menu or if we wanted anything else- we felt rushed out and it was a 7:30 booking on a Saturday night so prime time really. Towards the end the waiters asked if there was any meat we would like (had to ask for a couple we hadn’t actually had yet which were on the menu) and they did get it out to us which was great. We like to give our own cash tip separate to the bill, so when we asked to have the service charge knocked off, the man didn’t seam too happy about that and it made us feel awkward. We do enjoy coming and it’s always good food but the price isn’t cheap and when you don’t get the service it does put you off going back sadly. Hope it improves
A photo of 19TWENTY restaurant
4.5
4.5 (287)
£25 and under
Grill
Durham
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of Durham city centre, we offer the finest steaks, best gourmet burgers and premium cocktails. While you’re here try our succulent and tender hanging kebabs. Come and experience fine dining at affordable prices, with incredible river views and immaculate service.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Stunning food, fillet steak was delicious. lovely atmosphere and great service, will be back.
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