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A true Brighton institution and the oldest genuine Italian family run Italian restaurant in Brighton having served its customers since 1991. Renowned as a venue for many occasions, Al Duomo is centrally positioned right next to the historic Royal Pavilion. It caters for small and intimate, while also having the capacity for the grand and the elaborate. Fuelled by a wood fired pizza oven. 3 separate seating areas for different sized parties. Look out for their cabarets, Elvis Nights and Abba entertainment nights.

Amarillo Brighton is the new resident at Drakes Hotel. Amarillo Brighton is brought to us by Michelin starred chef Ian Swainson. Ian has spent the last twenty years working in grand establishments and honing his craft with some of the most talented chefs around. Working with quality produce, his passion lies with both fantastic flavours as well as experiential or interactive dining. Currently open at weekends only, 19:00 – 21:30 so make sure you book in advance. 

Owned by Adriana and Jorge from Córdoba in Argentina, Baqueano Brighton is the new Argentinian steak restaurant which opened in summer 2019. The word “Baqueano” means an expert guide or gaucho, “ who perfectly knows the roads, plains, forests and mountains.”  Expect casual dining from an excellent front of house team, which means you will be assured of that incredible Argentinian service and smile with some of the best steaks you have ever tasted high on the agenda. 

The Better Half Pub is tucked away in Hove’s neighbourhood, located close to the seafront just past the end of Hove Lawns. Named after the ‘better half of Hove,’ one of Hove’s oldest public houses has been revamped to now boast classic pub furnishings with a modern twist. Expect great quality pub dining and a very warm welcome from Simon and his friendly team. In the summer why not take advantage of their rear courtyard garden – perfect for alfresco dining, a quick pint and you can pop the heaters on if needed. Super dog friendly.

A venue for many occasions and a Brighton stalwart in many senses. Situated in the heart of the Lanes, Bohemia Brighton is a relaxed day time venue serving a freshly prepared menu from breakfast through until evening meals; then in the evening Bohemia transforms into a late night lounge and cocktail bar. A great choice for daytime and early evening dining in a luxurious building set over 3 floors. Private dining available and one of Brighton’s go to cocktail bars. Look out for live music and entertainment. 

The Coal Shed on Boyce Street (The Lanes) is a specialist meat and fish restaurant in the heart of Brighton where all grilled dishes come from their Josper oven. Critically acclaimed by The Telegraph and The Guardian this super slick venue is arguably Brighton’s best steak restaurant and has been for some time. Offering a modern, wooden-floored restaurant with industrial details The Coal Shed brings you attention to detail throughout and every cut of beef you can imagine. Sister venue to The Salt Room. Modern private dining area also available on the first floor. 

New to Brighton in late 2019, Coppa Club are bringing their classy yet cool vibes to Brighton with an aim to put a new spark into Brighton Square in the Brighton Lanes. Coppa Club is the perfect place to relax whilst enjoying some delicious food and drink, in a stylish bar. During the winter months, Coppa Club offer cosy winter igloos where guests can enjoy a luxury dining experience in the heart of Brighton Lanes. Coppa Club Brighton brings you a members only style venue without the fees or waiting list. Expect uncomplicated small and large plates, healthy seasonal salads and a great looking breakfast and weekend brunch menu. 

Curry Leaf Cafe in Brighton Lanes is the place to book for traditional South Indian street food, tandoor-grilled specialities, expertly spiced curries and spiced desserts. Book a table here to enjoy some killer cocktails and the city’s best craft beer list. Curry Leaf Cafe is a cafe and has the price list to match. A three-course meal costs around £20 per head, and a filling, healthy lunch can be had for as little as £7. Expect a colourful and vibrant venue with a great range of vegan and vegetarian options available too. One of ‘Britain’s 12 Best Indian Restaurants’ -according to BBC Good Food Magazine.

New to Brighton in late 2019 and a new all day dining destination restaurant and bar on Brighton seafront. Serving small plates, sharing menus, interactive cooking and delicious cocktails from 11am until 10pm. All at Cyan is crafted with sustainability and seasonality in mind. During the daytime Cyan is the perfect spot for a casual lunch or a coffee. Complimentary speedy wi-fi and USB chargers around their gorgeous circular bar. Nibbles and small plates include oysters, charcuterie, corn ribs, squid, calves liver. Large plates include sirloin steak, cod, grilled vegetables and sharing Sussex charcuterie. Located at the iconic Grand Hotel.

Donatello is somewhat of a Brighton institution. Family run, the team are dedicated to bringing guests an authentic Italian experience, without the ‘trendy’ price tag. Their menu is varied and accessible, meaning this venue is ideal for families and fussy eaters to date nights and catch up’s with friends. Given the fair and modest pricing there is absolutely no scrimping on quality and the chefs at Donatello work tirelessly to bring guests full flavor with every mouthful.

The Dorset Bar and Kitchen has been serving ale and fine comfort foods since 1819 and a place where the Brighton locals hangout in the bohemian North Laine. Serving brunch and dinner across their spacious dining areas, the Dorset is very popular as a bar most evenings so you are guaranteed a cheerful atmosphere. Outdoor seating available. DJs and themed nights.  The menu at the Dorset is inspired and sourced from their fabulous Sussex location, taking inspiration from both the sea, and the rolling downland that sandwiches Brighton and Hove. Signature dishes include moules, crab linguini, risotto, chefs burger, fish and chips and short rib. 

Neighbourhood bistro. etch. is one of Brighton’s highest rated restaurants with 1 Michelin Plate, 3AA rosettes and is nationally recognised in the top 100 UK restaurants. Winner of Brighton’s best restaurant at the 2019 BRAVO awards. Scores 5 in the Good Food Guide. etch. is a 12-table British seasonally inspired tasting menu only restaurant by MasterChef: The Professionals winner Steven Edwards. Open Wednesday to Saturday for dinner, Thursday to Saturday lunch. etch. offers a choice of five, seven or nine courses tasting menus with matching wine optional. Highly technical and accomplished cooking. Private dining available. 

Tom and Philip, the chaps who started this small chain met here, in Brighton, in 2010 while working at Riddle & Finns. Locally sourced ingredients, cool vibes and quick attentive service with a smile. A regular hang out for the Restaurants Brighton team too when we venture into the centre. As well as chicken and beef burgers, Honest Burgers  has a homemade vegetarian southern fried fritter and a vegan plant based burger. Chicken is free range. Honest butchers beef. Plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Kids menu available. 

Hotel Du Vin is one of the original boutique hotels in Brighton and Bistro Du Vin has been strong on the Brighton dining scene since the early noughties. A perfect choice for elegant and informal dining for hotel guests, visitors or locals. Perfect for meetings, celebrations or relaxed dining and a venue which provides the whole evening experience. We highly recommend pre dinner drinks in their gorgeous lounge and bar area which would be the perfect start to any evening. Alfresco dining also available and plenty of different sized private dining spaces. Wine tasting area, wine events, cigar gallery.. this is Hotel Du Vin after all. 

Hove Place is a gastro pub and bar serving the refined tastes of the Hove community. The pub boasts a beautiful garden open all year round. The The kitchen serves an elevated menu of locally sourced produce. Few restaurants go as far as to publish the total miles travelled to make your meal, but Hove Place does, making this a local in more ways than one.

Brighton’s most established and original Indian restaurant with almost 20 years of trading to boast and serving plenty of dishes from across the Indian sub-continent. Book a table at Indian Summer for beautiful décor, polished service and super friendly knowledgeable team. Try their masala dosa with plenty of focus on healthy food, vegan, gluten free and vegetarian dishes. Whether you order a thali or enjoy something from the Tandoor (we recommend the Tandoori Black Bream) at Indian Summer it will be adapted to the season. Perfect for larger tables if required, great for intimate dining too. This is the real deal Indian cuisine. 

A freehouse and completely independent pub in Hanover, Brighton. Betwixt Queens Park, with its gorgeous villas, beautiful parkland and Hanover Hill – which is well worth a visit alone for its bohemian village in a city feel. The Independent is one of Brighton’s most popular free houses, visiting from all over town for their brilliant beer, food and all round good vibes. A regular contender for one of Brighton’s best roasts, the seasonally changing classic pub fare is created by chef Sam Ireland. Quaint digs throughout, with patio seats and rotating craft beers on tap. What more could you ask for in the coolest neighbourhood in the city? 

Kindling Restaurant in the Lanes serves food that is kind to the body and the environment. Newly opened in December 2019 on East Street in the Lanes Kindling restaurant Brighton is the newest fine dining experience to join the famous selection of restaurants on East Street. Nature writes their menu as the seasons inspire the food they cook. Their food promises to entice, surprise and stimulate with ‘being kind’ at the core of every creation. Menus are made up of seasonal plant-based ideas, with ethical meat, sustainable fish dishes all enriched by cooking over fire.

Situated in the heart of the North Laine, Kooks serves breakfast, brunch and lunch until 5 pm with outdoor seating in the bustling street at the weekends during the summer. Owner, Rebecca, harkens from Sydney and delivers the famed Australian hospitality and brunch culture from the city with aplomb. Expect cool tunes and service with a smile. Signature dish to try is their ham hock, eggs Benedict with with maple syrup. Signature drink, their Espresso Martini served with Frangelico. Plenty of vegan dishes available. Great venue for exclusive hire where you can book your own DJ for the night. 

Creative fish and seafood dining. The Little Fish Market began back in early 2013, with chef-patron Duncan Ray (Previously Pennyhill Park and The Fat Duck) setting up stove in a charming, intimate 20-cover restaurant. Now Duncan Ray is one of Brighton’s most highly regarded restaurants with 3 AA rosettes and is a regular feature in the National Restaurant Awards Top 100 UK restaurants. Minimalist setting where modern meets traditional fishmongers, with local artwork adorning the walls. Hidden down a nondescript side street in Hove. Arguably Brighton’s best restaurant at the moment!

Chilled-out beach bar at heart, Lucky Beach Cafe is the UK’s Sustainable Restaurant of the Year and is one of those cafes that locals want to keep a secret… with it’s 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. Veggie and vegan friendly. A sustainable wonder located in the old fisherman quarters. Best known for their innovative brunch and burger menus, though very popular for fish, crab, vegan and vegetarian food. The best spot for people watching at the seaside.

Northern Thai Barbecue, curries and sharing plates and a complete experience for a night out. Lucky Khao Brighton (Khao meaning rice in Thai) ​shares its roof with one of Brighton’s most popular coffee shops, Redroaster. Expect cool neon signs at Lucky Khao, upbeat vibes and a style of cuisine which is new to the UK shores. Northern Thai food is more spicy, it is often cooked over open fires and the team here at LK spent plenty of time training with reputable chefs in Bangkok. We can personally recommend Mikes party wings, mushroom larb, corn ribs, pork jowl to name a few. Vegan and veg dishes well catered for. We highly recommend.

Popular French-run eatery in the North Laine, serving Gallic classics and daily specials from breakfast to dinner – everything locally sourced where possible. Located on Trafalgar Street and consistently offering a vibrant cheery atmosphere. Offering a sun trap on a sunny day, with alfresco seating available. French classics include substantial plates of steak-frites, beef bourguignon or lighter dishes like tartines, salads, sandwiches & platters. Also great for a coffee and french pastries. Voted consistently in top 3 best brunches in Brighton at the BRAVO awards. And obviously they do an outstanding moules frites!

Gather your squad, grab a mic, and order a drink at Lucky Voice Brighton – you’re all set to enjoy your very own private karaoke room! Are you ready to enjoy your very own private karaoke room? If the answer is yes then Lucky Voice Brighton is waiting for you. Situated in the heart of Brighton’s buzzing Lanes, which is a stone’s away from the beach. Has late licence and live DJ on weekends that is popular amongst students, tourists and locals. Sing to your hearts content with all the classics from across the decades and make your night out one to remember. Brunch and cocktail masterclasses also available. Venue hire for private parties and kids parties available on request. 

Huge flavours, small sharing plates and big grills – with produce from the local butcher, the baker and the greengrocer. This is bar dining with some of the cities best hosts. Market is award winning and an upbeat Spanish Tapas restaurant in Brighton. Established in 2015 by the experienced restaurateur and designer/chef duo Kate Alleston and Neil Mannifield. Suitably named and inspired by them stumbling upon the old Camden Market sign at an antiques fair, and this adorns the front of the building. This year you’ll find them in both the BRAVO Top 10 Best Restaurants for Brighton. Great for wines, sherries, tapas, cocktails and Sunday roasts. Excellent private dining or private hire space available. 

Book a table at Moshimo in a few simple steps! With an almost fanatical following, Moshimo is a Japanese restaurant seen by many in the city as a Brighton institution. It’s the city’s original conveyor-belt sushi bar serving handmade and sustainable sushi and a delicious hot food menu. The restaurant is housed in an award-winning modernist building in Bartholomew Square, which has been designed to resemble a floating lantern. The walls slide open completely as if they were Japanese shoji paper walls. There’s a neat deck outside, allowing diners to sit on the deck itself, reminiscent of sitting on tatami mats. Substantial vegan options available. 

Authentic, wholesome Greek food, as it should be. Nostos (epic hero returning home by sea) is brand new to Hove in late 2019 and offers the Greek hospitality we expect, in a spacious and modern setting. With origins from the Greek city of Thessaloniki, Nostos  takes inspiration from traditional family recipes and their own personal culinary journeys. Favourite main courses include Kleftiko which is a slow cooked lamb shank, seabream baked in a salt crust, mousakas, pasta with king prawns and stuffed peppers, known as Yemista. Serving breakfast and brunch. Children’s menu available. 

Book a table at this Brighton seafront American diner restaurant where. The New Club offers everything from breakfast through to late night dinner and all the beverages (and cocktails) you could want in between. The food is freshly made and inspired by their experience of simple honest New York and Californian diners. Here you can expect a strong brunch offering, juicy fun-loving burgers for lunch and a dinner serving of small and large plates that all celebrate bold flavours. A great spot for alfresco dining overlooking the famous i360 and Brighton Beach. The perfect sun trap on sunny days!

Serving you a slice of Naples on Brighton’s West Street, NuPosto Brighton brings you the real deal Italian pizza. Dough is fermented for over 24 hours to give a thin soft base that is the perfect platform for a rich tomato sauce and fresh melt-in-the-mouth mozzarella that is delivered from Napoli twice a week. Great for family dining and was voted most family friendly venue at the BRAVO food awards. Ideally located if you are en route to the cinema, or to the beach. Offers a click and collect service too so you can pick for takeaway, or available for home delivery.

The Sussex Ox is possibly the quintessence of Country Pub. Situated within acres of its own rolling farmland, which provides the meat and much of the vegetables on the menu providing genuine farm to fork dining. The menu focusses on freshness and seasonality, changing monthly to reflect the produce. The pub prides itself on serving customers some of the best craft beer Sussex has to offer and their wine list is carefully put together featuring natural wines. The pub itself is warm, family and community orientated with three main bars and one of the best beer gardens around.

Book a table at Plateau Brighton – a lively bar and French style award winning restaurant in the heart of Brighton’s Lanes. Guaranteed a relaxing ambience with an exciting list of naturally produced wines and modern European sharing plates. Here you can also expect modern versions of french bistro classics, great vibes all day long, plenty of wine tasting events and the perfect spot to watch the world go by. Also voted the best venue for cocktails in 2019 at the Brighton restaurant Awards. Available for private parties and private hire. Great for social and intimate dining. 

Pure vegetarian Indian food based in Brighton and one of Brighton’s most highly regarded authentic Indian restaurants. Planet India is a family-run Indian vegetarian restaurant with colourful decor, a homely atmosphere, and a compact menu of regional Gujarati dishes packed with flavour. Includes a good range of vegan dishes. Takeaway also available.  

Intimate family-run neighbourhood French bistro in Brighton’s historic Lanes. Petit Pois is about upscale French cuisine and fine wines without the high price point. Petit Pois Brighton is located in the famous Ship Street only steps away from the bustling seafront where you can watch the chefs at work through the pass and you can be assured of the most charming French hospitality. A perfect venue for a romantic rendezvous or an intimate little place to meet family and friends. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

The Tasting Rooms at Rathfinny earned themselves a Michelin Plate in 2020 thanks to Head Chef Chris Bailey’s commitment to quality and locally sourced produce delivered with expertise. Currently the Tasting Rooms offers two dining experiences, the three course Estate Vineyard Picnic hamper which can be collected Wednesday to Sunday and the “Seafood and Wine Kitchen” available on the decking or alfresco in the vineyard, also available Wednesday to Sunday. Both options are best enjoyed with their award-winning sparkling wines. 

Redroaster is one of Brighton’s best loved coffee shop. Situated at the bottom of St James’ street in the bohemian Kemptown, the stunning Scandinavian style interiors are worth the visit alone. Add to that hand roasted, organic coffee, cocktails and beautiful brunches and lunch and you have yourself the perfect setting for a daytime get together large or small. 

The Roundhill pub is an exciting addition to the Brighton food scene and one which has firmly put a stamp on the vegan market as Brighton’s first vegan-veggie food led pub. Situated on Ditchling Rd and close to The Level, London Rd and Lewes Rd, this venue (which used to be the Jolly Poacher) is a comfortable distance from the hubbub of the town centre. In terms of local accolades, Head chef Jake Swayne won the Brighton Vegan Challenge in 2019. Affordable pub food, with live music, quiz nights, theatre, art, baby groups. Alfresco seating. 

Seafood and grilled meat. The multi-award winning Salt Room is a modern British restaurant which celebrates cooking over coal. Situated on Brighton seafront, the Salt Room presents a chic industrial feel, with uninterrupted sea views and large terrace area. Winner of the national Seafood Restaurant of the Year 2017. On offer: seasonal a la carte menu, afternoon tea menu, excellent value lunch and pre theatre menu. An innovative drinks list can also be enjoyed in their cocktail bar and with your meal. Sibling to Brighton’s Coal Shed restaurant. 

Pioneering, world-inspired, critically acclaimed vegetarian food since 1993. Michelin Bib. 2 AA Rosettes. Relaxing and super friendly restaurant served in three brightly coloured rooms. Terre à Terre is generous, tasty; serving original vegetarian dishes with influences from China and South America. Expect 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. ‘Eccentrically marvellous’ – AA Gill.

The New Inn, found in the picturesque village of Hurstpierpoint, is a country pub with unique charm. Perfect for all occasions, all year round, open log fires in the winter create a cosy, warming atmosphere while during the summer, a large garden with plenty of sunlight is the perfect spot for a post walk pint. A seasonal menu offers local and seasonal produce which are all prepared fresh to order by head chef Mark Lampit. In addition, the drinks list features wines and beers from lSussex breweries.

 

 

Creatively plated local seafood and seasonal fare, with craft cocktails & a seaside terrace. West Beach Bar & Kitchen is located at the base of the British Airways i360. The restaurant offers a fun dining experience and celebrates the amazing character of the city which is beyond compare. The menu at West Beach Bar & Kitchen has something for everyone and is the perfect place to sit back, enjoy delicious food whilst looking out on the beautiful sea views and Brighton’s iconic West Pier. Great for events and can accomodate up to 150 guests.

‘Does its thing with gusto’, according to Guardians Jay Rayner. The Urchin is a side-street micro brew-pub and free house specialising in simple fresh shellfish, craft beer (120+) and wine. An excellent choice for a spot of informal dining, or a popular venue for a regular drink. Voted number one for best pub food in Brighton 2018. Micro-brewery downstairs, a beer called Larrikin on tap. Outside seating in the garden and on the street. Australian and pan-asian influences. 5-7 minutes walk from Hove station. Positioned between Blatchington Road and New Church Road. Serves Paella every Sunday. 

 

The Walrus pub is labyrinth of nooks and crannies, with a plethora of entertainment options to suit your mood. Firstly it is a great old school boozer which has been elegantly restored with various snugs and booths. Secondly it is has a restaurant which is cosy and intimate with a selection of seasonal, contemporary and classic dishes. If that’s not enough head to their music venue and revel to the joy that is live music. Located in the centre of Brighton’s historic Lanes neat to the seafront, this 200 year old pub has plenty to shout about. Hosts regular vegan supper club, jazz roast Sundays. Dog friendly, has roof garden!

Excellent Napoli style pizzeria and spacious restaurant sitting on the edge of Brighton’s Kemptown village. Located a step back from the seafront at 1 Paston Place. Dough is made from fine Italian 00 flour, proved for 24 hours and cooked in front of you in their beautiful roaring oven. Simple and affordable and ideal for groups and families; equally ideal for an intimate night out with great service. Life for Woodbox pizza started from a vintage 1969 Citroen H-Van as pop up, with a built in wood fired oven. Available for private hire and celebrations. Small alfresco area for warm days. Closed Mondays. 

 

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