Best Restaurants in Brighton – Top 20

With over a thousand restaurants and eateries in Brighton, choosing one to visit can be hard work! We make it our job to keep on top of the best places to eat in Brighton, and our team have compiled the ultimate lowdown of what we feel are some of the best restaurants and food pubs in Brighton and Hove. (listed in no particular order).

The Salt Room

The Salt Room Restaurant, Brighton

Formerly Bar 106 at The Hilton Metropole, The Salt Room has managed to make a big splash in the Brighton restaurant scene, even eclipsing the success of it’s popular sister restaurant, The Coal Shed. Striking and bold, the modern black and glass design stands out amongst the somewhat tired facades of other buildings along the promenade. Inside things get even better, Executive Chef, Dave Mothersill has created signature dishes such as ‘The Surfboard’ and possibly the most Instagrammed dessert ever – ‘A Taste of the Pier’ comprised of seaside sweet treats, delicate arrange on an authentic piece of the old West Pier. Genius! Voted in the Top 100 Uk restaurants in 2015 and a consistent featured restaurants in the Restaurants Brighton Top Ten. 

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64 Degrees

64 degrees, chef interview, the lanes, brighton, johanna

In 2016 64 Degrees came number 16 in the National Restaurant Awards (the UK Top 100), and a received a Bib Gourmand from Michelin in 2015. Not bad for a venue that only opened their doors in late 2013. The product of Scottish Chef, Michael Bremner 64 Degrees is centred around ‘Social Dining’ with under 30 covers and shared tables. Intimate, trendy but lacking in pretension, the food is molecular and experiential and there is sure to be a few surprises in store on the menu. A must-visit for adventurous foodies and arguably Brighton’s best restaurant at the moment scooping award after award.

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Isaac At

The team at Isaac At Brighton

There’s something about Isaac Bartlett Copeland, Founder and Head Chef of Isaac At. Many comments have been made about his extensive knowledge and skill belying his young age, but he also exudes a drive and passion for cooking that has surely catapulted the restaurant into the limelight over the last few years. Currently open on Friday and Saturday evenings and Saturday lunch, it’s tricky to get a table which has created a sense of urgency about Brighton diners – clever stuff. Ingredients are local, perhaps even foraged and the atmosphere is informal with the open kitchen adding a touch of theatre. A new kid on the block, a real contender for great things in future and that is why they are featured in our best restaurants.

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Indian Summer

Sizzling Meat Platter

Run by some of the friendliest bods in the business, the award winning Indian Summer proudly claims to have been the first authentic Indian Restaurant in Brighton, serving modern takes on traditional dishes from north to south India. Restaurant Manager, Tim has been running the floor for over ten years, a number near unheard of in the industry and the founders, Minesh and Byron work tirelessly both in and out of the kitchen, with Minesh also running private cookery lessons for the good folk of Brighton. Indian Summer has been setting the standard for Brighton Indian cuisine for some time and is consistently featured among Brighton’s best restaurants and the Restaurants Brighton Top Ten.

Best Brighton Restaurant facts:

  • Indian Summer run Brighton’s first ‘Green Takeaway’ service using an electric car.
  • Recently won ‘Best Place to Eat and Drink’ at the Brighton & Hove Independent Business Awards 2016
  • Read our latest evening review of Indian Summer
  • View the Indian Summer feature page

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Rootcandi

Courgette starter at Rootcandi

For anyone that believes vegetarian is all lentils, brussel sprouts and broccoli – they need to come back down to mother nature’s earth and visit a quaint tapas place called; Rootcandi. A recent addition to the Brighton’s buzzing vegetarian scene, Rootcandi is a plant-based, vegan restaurant with out of this world flavours and textures.

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Restaurant at Drakes

Salad at Drakes Restaurant Brighton

Sleek, sexy and a little bit hidden, The Restaurant at Drakes is one of Brighton’s top fine-dining venues with the upstairs cocktail bar providing excellent aperitif options. Head Chef, Andy Vitez has been at Drakes for over 5 years but has recently taken over the role, bringing his extensive experience in Modern European cuisine to the table. Expect immaculate service, creative presentation and great set menus. The Restaurant at Drakes and the Drakes of Brighton are something very special in Brighton; they multi award winning and fully deserve the spot in Brighton’s best restaurants.

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Silo

Dish at Silo Brighton

Silo was opened in October 2014 by former BBC Young Chef of the Year, Douglas McMaster who has worked in some of the world’s finest restaurants including Noma, St. John & The Fat DuckSilo are open 7 days a week for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Their wine list celebrates natural wines and in the basement is a Medieval brewery that creates fermented drinks using foraged and intercepted plants & herbs. Silo have recently launched a new dinner tasting menu inspired by the major food groups: Plant, Meat & Fish and offer the experience to sit right up at the pass to see the chefs in action. Voted in the NRA UK Top 100 for the last two years running and a stalwart in the Restaurants Brighton Top Ten.

Best Brighton Restaurant facts:

  • The team at Silo run regular tasting evenings with themes such as ‘fermentation’.
  • Silo has been described by Food Critic, Giles Coren as ‘Brilliant, sexy, local, conscious place serving mostly excellent food’.
  • Read our latest review of Silo
  • View the Silo feature page

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Señor Buddha

Best Restaurants in Brighton, Senor Buddha, Spanish fusion Restaurant

Señor Buddha is located on Preston Road in the Preston Circus area of Brighton. The menu is tapas style and ever-changing and all the dishes are prepared in the restaurant’s open kitchen. The food at Señor Buddha is a fusion of Spanish and East Asian cuisine and it is delicious.

The restaurant itself is chic and stylish and is another welcome addition to the regenerated London road area. The atmosphere is buzzy and it is a great little place to share some tapas and to enjoy some good wine.

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Terre a Terre

Terre A Terre

Multi award-winning vegetarian restaurant, Terre a Terre is no stranger to publicity. Described by Food Critic A A Gill as being “singularly and eccentrically marvellous… “, The Good For Guide 2015 has also recommended it for it’s “trailblazing’ vegetarian menu. So not your average mushroom risotto and goats cheese tart then. The menu is quirky and vast and we’d defy even the staunchest of carnivores to not enjoy a meal here. Oh – they also do a mean breakfast selection – go forth and try!

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The Little Fish Market

The Little Fish Market is a prime example of a simple concept executed extremely well. Manager and Head Chef, Duncan Ray took over in 2013 and brought with him an impressive history and working knowledge of fine-dining establishments such as The Fat Duck and Pennyhill Park Hotel in Bagshot, Surrey where he gained 3 AA rosettes. The fish is sourced from the British Isles and the menu changes depending on what is fresh and brought in each day. With only 20 covers it’s not wise to chance it so we recommend booking in advance.

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Gingerman (part of the Ginger group)

Gingerman Restaurant Brighton

The Ginger group is made up from four different venues, The Gingerman (Brighton), Ginger Pig (Hove), Ginger Fox (Kemptown) and Ginger Dog (South Downs). Each hold the same philosophy – the provide ‘uncomplicated, full-flavoured food, made from the freshest, highest quality seasonal produce’. Brighton-trained chef Ben McKellar opened the flagship restaurant The Gingerman with his wife and business partner Pamela in 1998 and to this day it is widely recognised as one of the top fine dining establishments in the city.

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The Coal Shed

Steak at the Coal Shed, Brighton

As smouldering in it’s new design as their famous Josper oven, The Coal Shed is owned by restaurateur Raz Helalat who also runs the popular Salt Room on the seafront. Specialising in meat, the quality of produce you experience at the Coal Shed is very distinct and is sourced from the tip of The North Highlands in Scotland where breeders farm the best cattle livestock for pure Aberdeen Black Angus steak. Here meat is of the finest quality, it is ethically reared and all their steaks are dry-aged for a minimum for 35 days. HOT OFF THE PRESS! If you’ve been before then it will be worth going along again to check out their new 2016 restaurant refurb!

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Riddle and Finns

Oysters on ice at Riddle and Finns

Riddle and Finns is one of Brighton’s most iconic restaurants, nestled in the busy Meeting House Lane. Walk past at any time of the day or evening and you’re sure to see the chefs working hard in the open kitchen – this is a venue where the candelabra is always burning. Traditionally romantic in decor, their menu is full of classic dishes such as the seafood platter, fish pie, whole crabs, oysters, caviar – and of course – the catch of the day.

Best Brighton Restaurant facts:

  • Riddle and Finn’s have another restaurant on Brighton beach – perfect for a sunset meal.
  • Food Critic, Jay Rayner raved about Riddles after visiting, saying “it understands the virtues of simplicity. Ingredients come first. Appetite rules. Neanderthal man would love it”.
  • Read our latest review of Riddles and Finns
  • View the Riddle and Finns feature page

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Market

Market Restaurant and Bar, Hove, formerly Graze, Brighton

MARKET Restaurant and Bar, established 2015 by the experienced restaurateur and designer/chef duo Kate Alleston and Neil Mannifield (Manni) (that previously brought you the popular 2AA rosette Graze) was named and inspired by them stumbling upon the old Camden Market sign at an antiques fair, and this adorns the front of the building.

MARKET brings a Soho style ambience as bar stool dining and cooking is the main activity. Diners at the 50 cover restaurant can choose to eat at the bar and watch the chefs work their magic, take an intimate table or book Downmarket, for upmarket private dining.

Bistro du Vin

Dining Room - Hotel du Vin Brighton.

Bistro du Vin is a classic French Brasserie located in the splendid Hotel du Vin, an elegant, gothic building located on Brighton seafront. Linger for a pre-cocktail before your meal, sinking into the plush leather sofas but don’t get to comfortable as through the doors lies a fantastic menu to be explored. Favourites include the variety of steaks on offer – each one cooked to perfection and served with a choice of sauces.

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The Curry Leaf Cafe

Curry Leaf Cafe, Brighton, Kanthi, video masterclass, Temple Bar, restaurant

Recently named one of the top ten places to drink in the city by The Guardian, and a finalist in the ‘Best Newcomer’ category of the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Awards, Curry Leaf Cafe serves up South Indian street food and craft beer from a relaxed, colourful dining space in the heart of Brighton’s bustling Lanes. Curry Leaf Cafe is exactly that – a cafe, not a restaurant – and has the price list to match; a three-course meal typically costs around £20 per head, and a filling, healthy lunch can be had for as little as £7. All ingredients are locally sourced where possible and around half of the menu is vegetarian. Multi-award winning with numerous local and national reviews.

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24 St Georges

24 St Georges, Kemptown, Brighton

Situated in the rather charming Kemptown Village, 24 St Georges is an easy walk from the centre of town and a short distance from the seafront. Well known for their relaxed version of fine dining they offer a very well priced 3-course Menu Du Jour that is offered Tuesday – Thursday evenings and Saturday lunch for just £20 for two courses and £24 for three. Expect modern European cuisine presented beautifully with exceptional service and a keen eye for detail.

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Chilli Pickle

Banquet at The Chilli Pickle

You’ve surely been waiting for this one, and how could we not include the Chilli Pickle in our Top 20? Among their recent accolades are 2 AA Rosettes 2009-15, and The National Restaurant Awards 2011-16 top 100 UK Restaurants (6 consecutive years!). Serving modern Indian cuisine with plenty of quirk – The Chilli Pickle is located at the heart of Brighton and has a fantastic reputation amongst the local crowd.

Best Brighton Restaurant facts:

  • Each Monday lunch time (12-3pm) the Chilli Pickle serve their fantastic King Thali lunch offer for just £10.
  • The Chilli Pickle has been named the 23rd most sustainable restaurant in UK by the National Restaurant Awards
  • Read our latest review of The Chilli Pickle
  • View the Chilli Pickle feature page

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The Chimney House

Main course dish at Chimney House Pub Brighton

Formerly the Marquess of Exeter, The Chimney House serves outstanding food, a great selection of quality drinks and it ticks many boxes as an unpretentious, rustic, retro and good all round gastro pub! The menu centres around locally sourced and sometimes even foraged ingredients, the fish is from Shoreham, they use Newhaven fruit and vegetables from local farms and meat from Garlic Wood Farm. A fantastic option for a low-key but high-quality dining experience in Brighton.

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Semolina

mackerel at Semolina Brighton

Fairly new to Brighton, Semolina has made quite an impression already. Run by husband and wife team, Orson & Linda Whitfield, they are passionate about making everything from scratch including ice cream, desserts, pasta and bread. Both have years of experience in the industry and decided to open Semolina with the intention of Orson heading up the kitchen and Linda running front of house. The menu changes weekly and showcases the best seasonal produce available. One to watch!

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