Restaurant Brighton's guide to

Fish and seafood restaurants Brighton

Our top picks

Fish and rice presented on a wooden board
photo credit: Xavi Buendia

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. 

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. 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 Piella of course!

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

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.

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Amarillo at Drakes is a fine dining experienced from top Chef Ian Swainson, delivered in the stylish and sophisticated setting of Drakes Hotel. The simple menu is Spanish inspired, and skilfully delivered. The six-course taster menu is available as meat/ fish and vegetarian. Amarillo is the perfect mix of Brighton’s relaxed social vibe and hunger for culinary excellence.

The menu at West Beach Bar & Kitchen has been created using Brighton’s vibrant spirit as an inspiration. It’s a good spot to enjoy delicious seafood being right on Brighton beach and at the base of the British Airways i-360 tower. You’ll find traditional seaside favourites such as their interpretation of fish and chips with the Crumbed Catch of the Day and Chips, alongside delicious Seafood Buckets and Bubbly. There’s no better place to enjoy fresh fish than right on the beach. 

Nationally recognised and one of Brighton’s leading restaurants, the Coal Shed is renowned for their Josper oven and choice cut 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.

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Filling a gap that you probably didn’t realise exist in the Brighton seafood scene is Tide, brought to us by the team behind Lost in the Lanes. Inspired by the harvest of the south coast and the flavours of Southern America this is feel-good food that sings with spice and zing. The ‘under lock and key’ coating will have you hooked from the first bite

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The Urchin craft beer and shellfish pub is a wholly unique concept. Dedicated to shellfish, matched with a range of over 100 craft beers The Urchin also has its own basement brewery 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 amongst locals. 

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The Copper Clam is seafood restaurant located in the perfect seafront location along Kings Road Arches. The interior is a stylish mix of exposed brick and copper accents, with a large space and private bar upstairs, perfect for parties! They source their fish locally and base daily specials on whatever has been landed that morning.

One of Brighton’s oldest and favourite fish 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.

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.

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 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 market at Hove Lagoon where the fish are caught just off Brighton beach. Think sharing tables, candelabras and very decadent dining. 

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