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Fish and seafood restaurants Brighton

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Locating the finest produce of the season, The Salt Room offers diners a true modern British eating experience. Expect menus including exquisite lobster, squid and delicious catches of the day cooked on their state of the art Josper grill which ensures ingredients pack a punch when it comes to flavour. Fish locally sourced from Brighton Newhaven Fish Sales

A regular featured in the Brightons Best Restaurants and winner of best team at the 2023 BRAVO Awards. 

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Arguably the highest rated fish restaurant Brighton and Hove have to offer. 

The Little Fish Market is a real gem of a venue. Ranked in the National Restaurant Awards top 100, it is one of the elite few Brighton Restaurants to hold 3 AA Rosettes and was crowned Brighton’s Best Restaurant in the BRAVO 2020 Awards. Head chef Duncan Ray runs a tight ship with just 20 covers dining each night. The single tasting menu changes with what’s been freshly landed and runs to some 12 plus courses. 

A beloved institution, English’s of Brighton has been serving the finest fresh fish and seafood for generations. Their culinary focus is on preparing classic dishes like Lobster Thermidor, Dover Sole à la meuniere”, Dressed Crab with Lemon Mayonnaise to the highest standards. For comfort, there’s fish pie or Sussex ale battered fish and chips. Sit at the bar for oysters and champagne or share a generous platter of seafood with a friend. For the ultimate treat, order the catch of the day which is filleted table side for your enjoyment.

Moshimo is one of Brighton’s most popular eating destinations – their menu excludes endangered fish and places a massive emphasis on sustainability through their Moshimo FishLove campaign. The eating experience at Moshimo offers an authentic taste of Japanese cuisine and the Opticon building, resembling a traditional Japanese house, is an architectural icon in the Brighton Lanes.

With a section of the menu dedicated to the “fishmonger” and daily deliveries of fresh oysters and scallops, seafood lovers can rest assured that the fruits of the ocean are well represented in the Market restaurant in Hove. Keep a keen eye on their menu del dia, because after all, this is a Spanish restaurant and what famous dish derives from Spain? Why Paella of course!

CrabShack is a renowned fish and seafood destination in Sussex that has big flavour at an appetising price. This coastal eatery presents an exquisite selection of locally caught fish and seafood, the fresh catch dictating the small but perfectly formed menu each day. Expect classic crowd pleasers such as Crispy Squid, Crab Cakes or Lobster Bisques. Co-owner Andy is a wine buff so expect some delicious pairings for your meal, or a cocktail if you’re feeling cheeky. The atmosphere of this Worthing gem has charm in abundance, so get booking your trip to the seaside! 

The Urchin craft beer and shellfish pub is a wholly unique concept. Dedicated to shellfish, matched with craft beers. The Urchin also has its own basement brewery, Larrikin and resident brewers. Their dishes combine European and Asian influences and utilise the freshest seafood on offer, garnering them national and Sussex wide praise. At their heart though The Urchin remain a dedicated team of fun-loving enthusiasts of good beer, food and company, and it is this that makes them a firm favourite among locals. We cannot praise this Brighton fish restaurant enough for what they are doing, a totally unique style and concept which is part and parcel of this Hove pub. 

Nationally recognised and one of Brighton’s leading restaurants, the Coal Shed is renowned for their Josper oven and choice cut Brighton steaks. But they are also known for their grilled seafood dishes which includes grilled brill, sea bass, lobster, blackboard fish of the day as well as having a a selection of exquisite fish dishes on their starters menu.

There are many things that the Italians do well and their commitment to the art of dining is one of them. At Tutto Brighton, you’ll get to enjoy the fruits of the country’s cooking served as small plates, paired with great company and wine in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The seafood food offered here is exciting. While balanced, the menu is notably generous to seafood dishes. You’ll find crudo fish, as well as shellfish and delicate grilled fish dishes to choose from. As with all the food at Tutto, the seafood is fresh, beautifully prepared and inspired by the cuisine of Italy.

Carne in Hove source their produce locally with high-welfare standards. The owners have strong relationships with British farmers, fish and seafood suppliers. The fish and seafood at Carne is expertly prepared and presented immaculately. There are Jersey oysters, scallops, whole monkfish, and sole. Carne is open for lunch and dinner, it’s the restaurant to go to for a sophisticated lunch, romantic dinner or cocktails with friends. The smart interiors with dark wood, statement feature centrepieces and cushioned seating all adds to the luxurious experience. You can expect a warm welcome by friendly staff and then you’ll be whisked away on a culinary adventure. Carne also benefits from some superb street-side dining, so during the warmer months you can watch the best of Hove go by while you enjoy your food.

Al Duomo in the North Laine is an authentic Italian restaurant that has been serving Brighton for over 30 years. They make everything fresh and in-house and, as Italian food should be, things are kept simple so that the quality of the ingredients can shine. All their seafood is locally landed, ensuring freshness and quality. The menu is positively teeming with delicious seafood dishes. There are antipasti dishes to get your mouth watering, like fresh seafood salad with pickled vegetables, dressed in lemon, parsley and extra virgin olive oil. And mains including melt in the mouth, homemade, paccheri with mixed seafood in a white wine and tomato sauce.

Since 1973 Browns has been serving classic dishes here in Brighton. Look out for their plat du jours which include daily changing specials and a posh surf and turf on a Friday. Other sample fish dishes include king prawn cocktail, pan seared scallops, lobster tagliatelle and crab and king prawn crab linguine. Enquire about their Brighton lobster night!

Riddle and Finns serve only the finest quality fresh seafood, in a relaxed stylish surrounding with friendly and knowledgeable service. They buy almost all their fish and seafood from the BNFS market at Hove Lagoon where the fish are caught just off Brighton beach. Think sharing tables, candelabras and very decadent dining. A Brighton seafront restaurant. A Champagne and Oyster Bar located in the Brighton Lanes and above Shelter Hall on Brighton seafront. 

One of Brighton’s oldest and favourite fish or seafood restaurants, the Regency has been making locals and tourists happy since the 1930s. Known for its friendly owners and brilliant atmosphere, The Regency is a ‘please all’ restaurant. The locally caught fish dishes are simple but expertly cooked and served. Located opposite the i360 Tower, this is located on Regency Square (near parking) against a backdrop of a number of Brighton seafront restaurants. 

One of the oldest and longest serving restaurants in Brighton. Cosy and intimate, it is perfect for a quiet exchange of gossip or business and serves the finest local seafood from the Brighton shores. English’s has spacious terrace and oyster bar and is based in a trio of of former fisherman’s cottages.

One of the things that stands out with this Brighton fish restaurant is the tradition and style of service. Nothing has changed with this venue for many years and that’s why it works very well. 

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Based on 60,000 public votes at the BRAVO Awards, the public voted for The Little Fish Market and The Salt Room as as the highest rated fish and seafood restaurants in Brighton and Hove.

Brighton has a number of popular seafood and fish restaurants 

  • The Little Fish Market – critically acclaimed, ingredient led, fish focussed cuisine in Hove.
  • The Salt Room – modern, award winning British cuisine (fish and meat) cooked over coal.
  • Moshimo – popular Japanese restaurant which excludes endangered fish and places a massive emphasis on sustainability through their FishLove campaign

English’s is a stalwart seafood restaurant and Riddle & Finns is a popular seafood and oyster restaurant.

Brighton is a hotspot for fish and chips and where better to indulge than on Brightons seafront. Popular venues for outstanding fish and chip include Lucky Beach on the beach, the Watershed at Brighton Marina, and OhSo Social close to the Pier. Bankers in Hove and Bardsleys on Baker Street are good fish and chip shops.