Restaurant Brighton's guide to
Booking a Table in Brighton
Amarillo Brighton is the new resident at Drakes Hotel. Amarillo Brighton is brought to us by Michelin starred chef Ian Swainson. Ian’s star-studded career has seen him as Head Chef in Michelin starred restaurants, The Pass and the Samling. Amarillo will open with as a new tasting menu concept, with six-course meat and fish and vegetarian menus.
One of Brighton’s best known pubs, the Black Lion Brighton, is situated in the heart of The Lanes just near the seafront on Black Lion Street. The Black Lion menu is all about pub classics cooked using fresh and seasonal produce from in and around Sussex. Whether you are in the market for a light lunch or a slap up meal, the menu selection here is versatile, from lunch through to the evening. The Black Lion also serve a delicious Sunday lunch and a 90s themed bottomless brunch on Saturdays.
Situated in the heart of the Lanes, Bohemia Brighton is a relaxed day time venue serving a freshly prepared menu from breakfast 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 three floors. Private dining available and one of Brighton’s go-to cocktail bars. Look out for live music and entertainment.
Brighton Cookery School is an innovative and creative cookery school located in the very heart of Brighton. Their philosophy is for you to learn, cook and eat in a professional and relaxed environment, while you have fun with friends, loved ones or colleagues. Brighton Cookery School offers a range of cookery classes throughout the year from Pasta Perfection to Macaron Masterclasses. Each class lasts a minimum of two hours, is professionally taught with ingredients and equipment all included. Take a look at all their upcoming classes and book down below.
The Bronze is a true Brighton spirited venue on St James Street, Kemptown. The food is provided by Slow + Low Smokehouse. Serving a titanic mash-up of smokey barbecued small plates (which are all locally sourced and smoked in Sussex) with small-batch beers and a whiskey selection that features lines you won’t find anywhere else on the south coast. Throw into the mix a friendly knowledgeable team, live entertainment and good time vibes for days and nights to remember in the heart of Kemptown.
Born in Brighton brewed in Brighton and consumed in Brighton. Brighton Beer Brewery may be as authentically local as you can get, but their beers are also internationally celebrated and decorated. Now, you can enjoy their fine brews from their beer garden, which is conveniently set next to their Kemptown based microbrewery. The garden has a seated capacity of 66 and hosts a rotation of street food caterers. Covered seating is available on booking and walk-ins are welcome.
Burnt Orange describes itself as “a new grownup hangout for Brighton”. Located in the Old Coach House on Middle Street, The Lanes, it has a beautiful courtyard for alfresco dining and a luxuriously comfortable restaurant with an open bar and kitchen. Seasonal small plates are creatively prepared and exquisitely presented and the drinks menu of cocktails and quality wines invites you to linger and savour each moment.
The Cleveland Arms is a cosy, community pub located in the Fiveways area of Brighton. They serve delicious pub classics and is the perfect place to warm up and enjoy a tasty meal with friends and family. Chef Phil Bartley has curated a carefully thought through menu. Locality is central to the menu, both in sourcing ingredients and in crafting it to reflect the neighbourhood. The menu at The Cleveland Arms is seasonal ensuring dishes are full of the freshest of flavours and creating a menu that is reflective of how you want to eat for the time of year.
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.
The Coppa Club is a spacious, modern stylish venue in the newly developed Hannington’s area of the Lanes. Plenty of space in the dining area and bar with large windows make this a light-filled luxurious spot from brunch through to evening. The all-day menu covers light bites to full meals and the bar is well-stocked from beers to dazzling cocktails. The courtyard features four igloos for exclusive cosy alfresco drinking and dining, that’s just a little bit special.
The Cricketers is a great Brighton pub in the heart of the Lanes. Featuring a classic saloon, courtyard dining room and additional saloon and function rooms. The food is from the kitchen of local Chef Phil Bartley, which promises excellence in every dish, and sources ingredients locally and to the highest standards. This is a lively pub, popular with locals and visitors alike. Many come for the convenience of its location but most stay for its cheerful social atmosphere and excellent food and drink.
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 11 am until 10 pm. 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.
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.
Grand by name and grand by nature, this Brightonian masterpiece stands seven stories high overlooking the vast English Channel. Established in 1864, the exterior of the building was restored to its original beauty in 2019 and proudly carries the torch of nostalgic interiors and tradition; Afternoon Tea once favoured by the late Queen Victoria for picking one up from an afternoon slump can be enjoyed here immersed in complementing Victorian grandeur. Dine on brunches and fresh local grills, with spectacular sea views and finish with a cocktail or two at the bar. Now, doesn’t that sound like a day fit for a Queen?
This friendly Hanover pub is a cherished hotspot for the locals. With their spacious beer garden, which is unrivalled by any other local pub, it’s the perfect spot to bring the family, (including the furry four-legged members) along for a sunny lunch in the garden or to enjoy a jug or two of your favourite local brew and chow down on a hearty Sunday roast. There’s always something fun in the events diary at The Harington, so make sure you look and book because they will surely be some of the hottest tickets in town!
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.
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.
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.
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!
The Mesmerist in The Lanes is a long-standing favourite amongst us Brightonians. The Mes is a big venue spanning three floors making it the perfect destination for the whole family. Food at The Mesmerist is always prepared in-house and from scratch, using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The menu serves up pub classics alongside the unmistakable and irresistible spicy and smokehouse flavours of the south.
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.
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 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.
Head down to Brighton seafront where you will find the lovely OhSo Social. OhSo is a great all round venue serving delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner with a smile. What is truly unique about OhSo Brighton is that it transforms itself from a family-friendly cafe-bar by day into a buzzing hotspot to socialise by evening – serving delicious food, cakes, coffees and artisan beers and wines, as well as cocktails and a good range of spirits.
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.
Book a table at Plateau Brighton – a lively award winning restaurant/bar in the heart of Brighton’s Lanes. Guaranteed a laidback ambience with an exciting list of naturally produced wines and modern European sharing plates. Here you can also expect, 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 Best Wine List in 2020 at the Brighton Restaurant Awards. Available for private parties and private hire. Great for social and intimate dining, pre-show drinks and after-hours socials.
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.
New to the Brighton Marina boardwalk in 2021, Taste Sussex models itself on all-day lounge dining but uses locally sourced and quality ingredients. This is the perfect mid-point between casual dining and integrity. Here you’ll find a mix of large breakfasts, grilled steaks, burgers and big sandwiches, all freshly made and proudly celebrating Sussex produce. There’s also a good selection of vegetarian and vegan options, expertly mixed cocktails and quality wines.
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!
A hidden waterside gem can be found down at Brighton Marina. The Watershed has a huge west facing, harbourside deck and offers guests a fantastic lunch to the dinner menu of bistro classics. So, whether you wish to spend long leisurely lunches watching the yachts dock or toast sundowners at sunset with friends, they’ll have you covered. Book now for top quality grub, fantastic beverages and unbeatable views
The West Hill Tavern Brighton is just a two minute walk up from Brighton train station and has a fantastic view over the city. Being so close to the station, this is the perfect venue for the whole family including little ones and your four-legged friends! Phil Bartely’s Great British Charcuterie is responsible for the main food offering in The West Hill Brighton, with superb hand-stretched sourdough pizzas available daily. These pizzas are made with luxury ingredients that have British artisanal quality at their heart.
The West Beach Bar and Kitchen is situated on Brighton’s seafront directly in front of the West Pier and beneath the super-flashy i360. Glass fronted with ample beach level outdoor seating and plenty more on the raised terrace, this is a huge outdoor space with all day exposure. Handy since West Beach Bar and Kitchen cater from Breakfast to evening meals or just a drink and a nibble.
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. Expect great quality pub dining and a very warm welcome from Simon and his friendly team. Sunday roasts are a big draw and booking is highly recommended.
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.
Hove Place is a gastropub and bar serving the refined tastes of the Hove community. The pub boasts a beautiful garden open all year round. 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.
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 an intimate 20-cover restaurant. The Little Fish Market is Brighton’s most highly awarded restaurant with 3 AA rosettes and has been a regular feature in the National Restaurant Awards Top 100 UK restaurants since 2017. The set menu runs to a dozen-plus courses and changes with what’s been landed that day.
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.
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.
Keeping the spirit of the dockyard alive – The Urchin in Hove serve the very best fruits of the sea. These daily fresh catches are exquisitely prepared and can be enjoyed from their covered and heated beer garden or inside the restaurant. You can be certain that the stouts are as fresh as the oysters as they brew their house beer ‘Larrikin’ in the basement. The menu pays special attention to beer and shellfish pairings, but also offer a great range of wines and those with specific dietary requirements haven’t slipped through the net.
Wild Flor is located on Church Road in Hove. Oliver Darby who leads the kitchen has sourced their ingredients from some of Sussex’s finest suppliers. The meat, for instance, is supplied from Garlic Wood Butchery and Saddlescomb Farm, where they practise conscious farming and the welfare of livestock and the environment is of utmost importance. The team behind Wild Flor share such immense enthusiasm and commitment to delivering a first-class dining experience which is definitely reflected in every visit.
The Crabtree in Lower Beeding, just outside of Horsham, is a picturesque country pub with a large garden and simple modern interiors. The pub is renowned for their excellent locally sourced and seasonally-led modern menu and celebratory Sunday roasts. They have a cellar of quality wines and a well-kept bar of craft ales and real beers. The Crabtree currently holds a Michelin plate and is in The Good Food Guide.
The Crown Inn Dial Post is an award-winning family-run free house, located 40 minutes outside of Brighton near the market town of Horsham. The pub is owned and run by husband and wife team Penny and James who share a passion for local produce, buying locally and also foraging for seasonal ingredients that make up the freshly home-cooked menu. The menu is a mix of pub classics and seasonal specials covering everything from Ploughmans to pizzas. Local quality producers populate the menu such as sausages from Calcot Farm and locally landed fish.
Morley’s Bistro is a relaxed, comfortable and pooch friendly restaurant that is nestled in the heart of the historic village of Hurstpierpoint. Morley’s Bistro is all about sustainable, locally sourced ingredients, this is reflected in the seasonal offerings within their daily specials. Their menu is sophisticated and offers an exciting array of dishes to all diners including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diets. Upstairs from the restaurant, they have cosy, chic rooms to bed down in.
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 Lampitt. In addition, the drinks list features wines and beers from Sussex breweries.
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.
Restaurant Interlude is a contemporary restaurant located in Horsham, set within the historic woodland gardens of Leonardslee Estate. Chef Jean Delport and his team are committed to providing each and every guest with a place to interact with nature and eat from the land in an unexpected food journey. 2020 saw Interlude gain its very first Michelin star, after just over a year of trading, becoming the third Sussex restaurant to hold a star. Jean Delport describes the achievement as a ‘dream come true’ and hopes to push forward to receive further stars in the future.