Best Alfresco Dining in Brighton and Sussex
The Restaurants Brighton guide to alfresco Brighton or alfresco dining in Brighton. From stunning seafront views to secret walled garden retreats, we have all of our favourite Brighton and Sussex cafés, bars, and restaurants with the best outdoor spaces covered.
Alfresco dining in Brighton
The Salt Room boasts a large outside terrace with 60 covers and outstanding views overlooking the West Pier and a stone’s throw from the iconic Brighton British Airways i360. Offering award-winning seafood and a beautiful cocktail list.
Indian Summer is located on the bustling East Street, full of high-quality restaurants and quirky shops. On the weekends the street closes off to traffic and diners spill onto the road to soak up the sunshine. During the weekends the street is pedestrianised and the restaurants extend into the road, where you will be able to enjoy the sun on your skin and like weekend jazz while enjoying some of the best Indian food in the city.
With two sites in town Trading Post Coffee offers two distinct alfresco Brighton options to go with their excellent coffee and wholesome daytime menu; sit outside and watch the world go by on the busy Ship Street or rise above it all with the rooftop terrace on Kensington gardens.
Welcoming folk of the Preston Park area and beyond, The Cleveland Arms is the definition of a community pub. The venue itself has been recently refurbished into a modern and light but cosy and welcoming space, overlooking the beautiful green space of Blakers Park. Few and far between are venues in Brighton with a faultless outside seating area. The Cleveland Arms, however, boasts a beautiful outside suntrap terrace overlooking Blakers Park on a residential and quiet street, great for kids to let off some steam while you enjoy a pint in the sunshine.
Japanese restaurant Moshimo is the city’s original conveyor-belt sushi bar serving handmade and sustainable sushi, the perfect kind of food for some alfresco dining. And what better place to eat it than on Moshimo’s Hiroba deck which emulates the experience of sitting on tatami mats in Japan.
From cool autumn lunches to dewy winter morning espressos, warm spring evenings to their famous summer Al Fresco menu, there’s always a reason to get out and enjoy the outside. With a beautiful outside space you can let your wine breathe in picturesque surroundings whatever the season.
Hard to miss, the outside seating at The Dorset is no secret for Brighton sun seekers, which also spills out onto the road during weekends and bank holidays when North Road closes to through traffic. Enjoy a pint of something cold while eating some traditional pub grub and watch the bustling North Laine go about its daily life.
Doing Brighton in the sun with burgers, beer and beats is Honest Burgers. The successful chain started off in our fair city and after conquering the coolest of cool parts of London returned home. Keeping with their roots they have a partnership with local brewer Holler Brewery, and a playlist from local musos Resident Records, with seating on the pedestrianised Duke Street between the main shopping attractions and the beach.
Drink and dine in secret style at The Mesmerist, just off Brighton seafront and located right in the middle of The Lanes. Arguably one of the best secret roof terraces here in Brighton, you can enjoy a cold G&T or a signature cocktail above the busy bustling Lanes in the summertime and feel transported to Mediterranean blissfulness! Try the ‘Summer in Veneto’ with Gin, Aperol and Prosecco which is our favourites here at Restaurants Brighton.
Nestled close to the Royal Pavilion & Gardens, Al Duomo is one of the oldest family run Italian Restaurants. It is an ideal spot for a lunch, afternoon bite or dinner on the huge terrace, as well as an aperitif after work or a glass of wine at lunchtime. Enjoy two for one cocktails every day apart from Saturdays from 12-6pm and the pre-theatre menu Sunday-Thursday starting at two courses for just £11.45.
Sidekick Kitchen is based in Brighton’s lively pub, The Mash Tun. Homemade ‘dirty burgers’ can be enjoyed in the sun on a summers day whilst watching the hustle and bustle of central Brighton. All burgers come served medium rare along with pickles, garlic mayo and skin-on fries for the side – perfect for mopping up the juices!
Morris and Jacques offers a relaxed café style environment and is located centrally on St James Street in Kemptown. Morris and Jacques is a great venue for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a sun trap garden to soak up some seaside rays.
Moksha Café is the quintessential family café. The home-made cakes and meals, along with lovingly made coffee and friendly staff is what makes Moksha a fond favourite in the local area. Located on York Place in the London Rd area, the cafe has an east facing aspect ideal for breakfasts and brunches in the sun.
Redroaster has fantastic South facing, floor to ceiling windows which can be opened out completely to create an indoor/outdoor atmosphere. It’s the perfect sunspot in the afternoon too, a great place to meet a friend for lunch or breakfast. From herb waffles to crab brioche, expect high quality, innovative dishes with Head Chef Matt Gillan running the kitchen.
Dining at Terre à Terre is a culinary experience like no other. With intense flavours, sublime textures, and a combination of ingredients that few have the imagination or daring to put together, it will change the way you view vegetarian cuisine forever. Iconic and acclaimed Brighton institution with small rear terrace.
The House restaurant offers a 60 seater heated outdoor terrace nestled in a cosy wind proof cobbled square in the atmospheric historic Lanes of central Brighton.
The Old Bank Steak & Ribs is set in the heart of bohemian Kemptown and is a great venue for informal dining, for special occasions or for a spot of alfresco dining in the lovely, spacious patio area.
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Lucky Beach is one of those cafes that locals want to keep a secret, with its beachfront location and fresh n funky menu you’ll have to get in early to nab a seat. But it’s definitely worth a short wait in order to fill your boots with delicious brunch offerings and top-notch burgers. Seats 100 across its patio and beachfront tables.
The place to be on a summer’s evening and a great spot to enjoy a West Pier sunset. When the sun’s out OhSo gives you a beachside atmosphere like nowhere else and if you’re after a perfect sundowner cocktail then look no further. Ideal for breakfasts, lunches and dinners – always open when the weather is good.
Everybody’s favourite bakery, The Flour Pot, launched its seaside kitchen and restaurant in the Summer of 2018 with an all-day menu of Mediterranean inspired skillets and sourdough pizzas. If you’ve ever wondered if there could be anything better than Doughnut Friday at the Flour Pot then now you have your answer, Doughnut Friday at the Flour Pot with a sea view and a glass of wine.
The window seat at Riddle and Finns is a sought after spot so, if you can, book well in advance. Specialising in seafood, and with views overlooking Brighton’s West Pier, this seafront venue provides fine dining on the beach, and is a regular contender in the Restaurants Brighton top ten.
Situated on Brighton’s Marina and serving the best of British produce, the GB Charcuterie is the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine and a charcuterie platter. Not only can you eat alfresco style, but you can also purchase whatever you’ve eaten to take away, share with friends or give as a foodie gift.
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Delightful little café with a very loyal following. Well known for home baked goodies, their own baked beans recipe and service with a huge smile. Located on Holland Road in Hove V & H café they have west facing street seating which is lovely for tea and cake in the afternoon. V&H are also passionate about locally sourced, sustainable ingredients, so you can enjoy your food knowing it’s from just down the road!
The Hove Place Bistro and Gardens is a popular casual bistro style pub in the heart of Hove located close to the seafront in the Palmeira Square area. With arguably the best outdoor space in the whole of Hove, here you have plenty of outdoor seating in their beer garden, a great mix of people and it is a super place to enjoy an evening drink or a bite to eat from the bistro menu.
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Boasting one of the best beer gardens in Sussex, The Sussex Ox’s garden has 360 views of the South Downs and is stunning from lunchtime through till sunset. Their ethos promotes farm to table dining, with much of their menu featuring meat, fruit and vegetables from their own farm just two miles away from the pub. Sup on a pint of something local while soaking up the Sussex sunshine.
Want to try something completely different? The Glass House restaurant is about relaxed casual dining at the super impressive Wickwoods Sussex members club and grounds. Why not make a day of it and combine your trip with use of their spa facilities too? Escapism perfection.
The Shepherd and Dog in Fulking has been serving West Sussex and the surrounding areas for some years now. So, whether you’re combing your visit with a picturesque walk from The Devils Dyke, or you’re attending one of their regular events, The Shepherd & Dog has a lot to offer considering it’s nestled in a quiet sleepy village at the bottom of the foothills of the South Downs National Park.
The Oak Barn is an original 250 year old barn, lovingly restored to a family run bar and restaurant. Situated in scenic mid Sussex you will find the Oak Barn just 15 mins outside Brighton – just off the A23 at Hickstead. One of the big draws to the venue is their beautiful outdoor area where you can relax and eat and drink in the sunshine. Bliss!
Want to get out of Brighton for that perfect Sussex village getaway? The Talbot sits in the heart of Cuckfield Village and serves a wonderful range of lunch, bar and dinner menus as well as the traditional Sunday lunch. The Talbot has an extensive wine list, regional ales, and a relaxed country pub atmosphere with a large alfresco area. One of our Sussex village favourites.
Located just north of Henfield, this traditional style pub welcomes the whole family (including the dog!). The Bull is popular for it’s freshly made to order pizzas that are stone baked in a traditional oven. The spacious beer garden is an ideal space to dine al fresco during the summer months or just to relax & enjoy a drink. There is a children’s play area which the kids can enjoy whilst the parents sit back & rest.