Restaurant Brighton's guide to
Brighton Seafront Restaurants
Our top picks
Head into the Brighton Marina and follow the boardwalk past all the big restaurants chains and dip down onto the marina to find yourself in The Watershed. This bar and all day eatery is a gem to find with a west aspect and marina level decking. Food is from the Space + Thyme Kitchen, with a focus on sharing platters and local produce, especially from the sea.
Amarillo at Drakes serves a fine dining tasting menu in one of Brighton’s most luxurious boutique hotels. Although relatively new to the city, Amarillo’s chef Ian Swainson, has a Michelin star studded history in Sussex, making this one to try for a special occasion with a real foodie lover. Amarillo has the added benefit of combining exquisite quality with a more relaxed atmosphere than you might normally expect.
You really can’t get closer to the beach without getting your feet wet than with OhSo Social. Situated next to the Palace Pier and open from early until late for breakfast through to evening meals with a menu of classic favourites and great children’s options. Be prepared to get social as crowds fill the sun drenched benches and sunset disco vibes take over. OhSo is also available for private hire.
Lucky Beach places sustainability at the heart of its business and is one of the highest ranking cafes for their sustainability credentials. They also serve excellent food with a strong focus on local produce and clever cooking to reduce wastage. Coffee from one of Brighton’s best roasters, Red Roaster and cocktails using local spirits make this a superb cafe that’s looking out for our future without cutting back on the fun.
Annexed onto The Grand Hotel is The Salt Room with a stylish terrace affording sea views. The menu is primarily fish-led with dishes being charred to perfection on the Josper grill which is at the heart of their operation. Locally sourced, seasonally led and finished with a panache that has gained The Salt Room national acclaim – The Salt Room is elevated seafront dining worth noting.
The Grand’s all-day eatery is the perfect space to meet for a friendly brunch, a business meeting, a post work cocktail or an evening meal. Cyan has an all-day menu, a seasonal set menu and a Sunday lunch menu. Drawing its name from its position between the blue sea and verdant South Downs the menu is likewise inspired by locally grown and land produce.
The Victoria Terrace at The Grand is an opulent space with beautiful sea views between the two piers. The Victoria Terrace hosts Brighton’s favourite Afternoon Tea, winning the BRAVO best afternoon tea for 2019 and 2020. Tea offerings include traditional, vegan The Brighton G and Tea and Moet and Tea – depending on how far you want to push the boat out.
Cool cats flock to The New Club which styles itself somewhere between edgy New York eateries and retro L.A. diners and places itself with possibly the best West Pier view in an iconic 1870s building. The good-mood food is plentiful, the cocktails kicking and the beer, craft. Sunday lunch is served late because cool cats lie in.
Situated beneath the i360, The West Beach Bar and Kitchen has a large terrace and floor to ceiling glass fronting so you can make the most of the seafront position. The all day menu covers everything from breakfast, brunch afternoon tea through to early afternoon meals and Sunday lunches. Upstairs the West Beach Cafe is open for lighter bites, or wine and nibbles.
Lifestyle cafe with an emphasis on healthy outdoor living. Ample outdoor space allows for yoga classes and smoothies on the decking by day and cocktails with live singers on the roof terrace by night. The indoor space is a serene and stylish set up for coffee sipping and gazing out to sea while working on that novel (or scrolling Facebook).
The Flour Pot Kitchen on Brighton seafront takes the much-loved local bakery’s winning formula and turns it into a homely cafe-restaurant with a strong Mediterranean influence. Think sourdough pizzas, brunches and seasonal all-day fare in a glossy lifestyle magazine setting.