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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Durham/County Durham

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
/THE SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT AS WAS THE FOOD. WILL DEFINATELT COME AGAIN.
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 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 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 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
Angusvip
Dined 5 days ago
Great breakfast in a unique venue, friendly, efficient and attentive service, great value - highly recommended A***
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.
A photo of The Raby Arms restaurant
4.4
4.4 (100)
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
Hartlepool
About the restaurant
Located in the small and charming Hart Village, just North of Hartlepool, The Raby Arms Pub & Kitchen is a traditional local landmark that has undertaken extensive refurbishment to create a cosy and welcoming atmosphere. At heart, we’re a true ‘local’, and we’re all about proper pub dining, served with craft and international beers and ales, a diverse wine list, tempting cocktails and top-tier spirits.

Our food menu offers tasty pub favourites given a very special touch, perfectly executed by our chefs and kitchen team.

Join us for a drink, a meal, Sunday roast, or a snack, we’re open all day, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Dogs are welcomed into the sports bar only , on a first come first serve basis - not bookable. They must be kept on leads at all times.

Top review
JohnR
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
A very good selection of food and drinks on the menu at very reasonable prices.
A photo of Runa Farm restaurant
4.4
4.4 (377)
£26 to £40
English
Barnard Castle
About the restaurant
WELCOME TO RUNA FARM
Runa Farm, is an intensely rustic inspired hotel, country pub and wedding venue quite unlike any other, combining natural rural beauty with cool Balearic vibes to deliver something wholly unique, as its guests will discover…

In brief, it was our plan to create an individual and special destination for “boho, honest and earthy” experiences with the farm and its produce at the very heart.

The result is a loveable, laid-back and luxurious County Durham country retreat complete with standout spaces and suites, cool glamping and field-to-fork dining, inviting people to gather, feast, stay, and enjoy every element of its feelgood spirit and endless appeal.
Top review
DemiJ
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Lovely food extensive menu, nice atmosphere, beautiful restaurant will be returning.
A photo of The Derwent Arms restaurant
4.3
4.3 (280)
£25 and under
British
Durham
About the restaurant
The Derwent Arms in Edmundbyers lies amongst stunning countryside, bordering both County Durham and Northumberland. A stone’s throw from Derwent Reservoir, Derwent Waterpark, and situated along the coast to coast cycle route, we are surrounded by endless breath-taking views and perfectly situated to explore everything that these two beautiful counties have to offer.

With a roaring log fire in the winter and ample outdoor space in the summer, The Derwent Arms provides the perfect place to kick off the walking boots and recharge after a day spent exploring or making the most of the first class grouse and pheasant shooting in the neighbouring areas. With traditional menus focusing on seasonal and local produce, and plenty of local ales available; come and visit us for an afternoon, Sunday lunch or stay all week. We are dog friendly and have six cosy bedrooms available all with their own en-suite and a separate apartment available for families or groups of up to six people.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
An excellent Sunday lunch. Very tasty and served with a smile. Already booked again for next Sunday. Highly recommend
A photo of Estabulo - Durham restaurant
4.3
4.3 (465)
£26 to £40
Brazilian Steakhouse
Durham
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 3 days ago
Great food , well thought out layout that works well for this concept of restaurant!
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