Best Restaurants Brighton

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Best restaurants Brighton Moshimo

Moshimo is a giant amongst the best restaurants in Brighton, with a building in the style of a Japanese lantern that is as iconic as the Royal Pavillion itself. Moshimo has a history for making international waves in the seafood industry. The menu excludes endangered fish and places a massive emphasis on sustainability through the Moshimo “Fish Love” campaign. Moshimo also drives awareness on veganism (or flexitarianism) with their quarterly Moshimo Vegan Challenge. How can a sushi restaurant achieve all of this? By being exceptional at what they do is how; Moshimo remains the place to go for sushi in Brighton.

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Best restaurants Brighton Drakes

Drakes has been consistently awarded the highest scores in the Good Food Guide making it one of Brighton’s leading fine dining venues. The intimate restaurant in the plush boutique hotel has an air of timeless class and prestige. Chef Andy Vitez leads a menu of modern British cuisine, using local and seasonal ingredients and making everything in-house. An excellent wine list and service that is second to none makes every visit to the Restaurant at Drakes a memorable one.


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Masterchef winner Steven Edwards set up his restaurant in Brighton in 2017. Since opening, his ambition and drive to perfect his craft has shown no signs of slowing and neither do the recognitions. To date etch. has earned 5 in The Good Food Guide, 66th Place in the National Restaurant Awards (2019), three AA Rosettes, a Michelin Plate and first place in the people’s vote for the Best Restaurants Brighton category in the 2019 BRAVOs. The dining experience at etch. is a complete one and one from which we anticipate even greater things to come.

Indian Summer

Best restaurants Brighton Indian Summer

Indian Summer is the vanguard of Indian cuisine in Brighton and Hove as well as the oldest, authentic Indian restaurant in the city. Beyond that, Indian Summer is also one of the best restaurants in Brighton for its level of service and commitment to the dining experience, landing them BRAVO Best Welcome award for 2019. The combination of fine dining experience with the highest quality authentic Indian cuisine keeps Indian Summer firmly among the best restaurants in Brighton.

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The Salt Room

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It is unusual for a restaurant annexed onto a hotel to achieve national recognition for excellence, but this is what The Salt Room has done. The conservatory-like restaurant looks out over the West Pier and seafront through a bold black and glass facade. Inside sea botanical infused aperitifs await, and an innovative menu of seasonal, sustainable and locally landed seafood cooked over coals.


Beginning life as a pop up near Preston Park, Chard took up permanent residence at i-gigi general store in 2018; from the onset, we knew this was one to watch. Attention to detail is what makes Chard shine. The rustic aesthetic, the charming and friendly service and the paired back, the seasonal menu delivers an experience that is harmonious in every aspect. Run by a family team of three, everything at Chard is carried out with a genuine love for what they wish to achieve. So much so that you cannot help feeling a little enamoured yourself.

Terre à Terre

Best restaurants Brighton Terre a Terre

Before the plant revolution, if someone ever said vegetarian food was boring, all you had to do is point them at the award-winning Terre à Terre. Twenty-six years on and Terre à Terre continues to push the boundaries of what vegetarian and vegan food can do with fresh, inventive menus that are at once playful and seriously delicious. Not just for those on a plant-based diet, Terre à Terre is one of the best restaurants in Brighton for creative modern dining. Terre à Terre won the BRAVO Plant Champion category in the 2019 BRAVOs.

Lucky Khao

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The first Northern Thai restaurant in Brighton, Lucky Khao, shares venue with one of Brighton’s favourite coffee shops, Redroaster. From the award-winning Scandinavian inspired interior design, and deep marinated flavours perfected using the very on-trend Green Egg barbecue, there’s a lot of wow factors here. The chefs at Lucky Khao have trained in Bangkok’s celebrated 100 Mahaseth restaurant, bringing an authentic experience of Northern Thia cuisine into the already very cool mix.

The Tasting Room at Rathfinny

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Sidestep out of Brighton to the Rathfinny Winery and Tasting Room, where you will dine with spectacular views over the estate on a menu that changes weekly. The menu is crafted by esteemed chef Chris Bailey and delivered with breathtaking artistry and in-depth understanding of ingredients. The evening dinner menu is available paired with a Rathfinny wine flight for a truly exceptional experience of modern British food and wine. Michelin awarded The Tasting Room a Plate in 2020. WINTER UPDATE: The Tasting Room’s will be open for lunches only throughout the winter months from Friday 1st November. 

The Little Fish Market

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Duncan Ray’s Little Fish Market is a tightly run ship. Duncan cooks alone, and the front of the house is an entirely one-person show too. The menu is a set five-course tasting menu that changes with the season and what’s been landed that day. As understated as the operation may be, The Little Fish Market has made significant impressions nationally. Currently, The Little Fish Market is listed in the National Restaurant Awards top 100 (2018 and 2019), has received three AA Rosettes, 5 Good House Keeping and a Michelin Plate.


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Kujira was new to the Brighton food scene in late 2018 but took the city by such storm that by early 2019 they were awarded best restaurant in Brighton for International Cuisine in the BRAVOs. Kujira is a Robatayaki grill restaurant which uses hot coals to skillfully cook meats and vegetables marinated with distinct Japanese flavours. Small plates are cooked to perfection and bursting with flavour, perfectly married to one of their signature cocktails and stylish, incredibly cool looks

The Curry Leaf Cafe

Curry Leaf Cafe Brighton

The Curry Leaf Cafe in the bustling Lanes serves South Indian street food of the sort you would find in busy markets and streets. The Curry Leaf Cafe is exactly that, a cafe, but finds its way into our best restaurants Brighton list nonetheless. Casual dining doesn’t have to mean corners are cut. At the Curry Leaf Cafe, you can enjoy excellent authentic cuisine, well paired with a large selection of craft beers at affordable prices. The Curry Leaf has won numerous awards, especially for the attention to providing menus that cater to allergies and restricted diets.

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Amarillo is the resident pop-up in Lost in the Lanes Cafe from Michelin starred Chef, Ian Swainson, formerly of The Pass. Serving Fridays and Saturdays only the food is small sharing plates with a strong Spanish influence and a focus on casual-social dining. The food here is inventive and adventurous and that show’s Ian isn’t afraid to deliver bold flavours and combinations. Beginning in the Summer of 2019, Amarillo is already making serious waves in the Brighton foodie scene and is one to keep a close eye on.

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Petit Pois

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Tucked away on Ship Street is the very unassuming French bistro, Petit Pois. The restaurant brings together a menu of classic French dishes prepared with sensitive innovation, a lovingly crafted wine list that celebrates the finest winemaking regions of the country and a casual, chic and undeniably French ambience. Petit Pois is a local gem, whose balance of quality, service and fair prices really flies the tricolour for bistro dining.

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Anglo-Spanish tapas and small plates, a robust wine list and sherry specialist, are bedrocks in the Market Restaurant experience. But it is in social dining that Market makes their way onto our best restaurants Brighton list. The buzz of Market beats in perfect time with the tempo of Spanish flavours. Deep earthy charcuterie, creamy cheeses and flashes of spice leap from plate to plate as the chefs work up a creative spectacle in the open kitchen. Hostess Kate ensures drinks, food and conversation flow in equal measure.


Plateau Brighton

This modern French bistro and natural wine bar (Brighton’s only one!), Plateau, has a relaxed effortlessly stylish feel running through everything from the playlist to the decor and the attitude toward sourcing produce. “Relaxed” and “effortless” here doesn’t mean shoddy, (otherwise, they’d have no place among our pick of best restaurants in Brighton). Plateau specialises in low intervention wines, unfussy cocktails and a daily changing menu that picks out the inherently delicious flavours of fresh, organic, ingredients and finesses them. Plateau won Best Cocktail in the 2019 BRAVOs.

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Manjus Brighton panipuri

The story of Manju’s is an inspirational tale of a hard-working mother holding in her heart the dream of opening her own restaurant for 70 years and having it realised by her children buying her her own place while in her 80s. As heartwarming as the story is, it’s a cold world we live in and the story alone wouldn’t guarantee success if the food wasn’t up to parr. But Manju’s life of cooking and caring translates seamlessly into a professional service with a wonderfully personal touch. The pure vegetarian Gujarati food, which is all prepared by Manju, is served tapas-style, as it comes, and has taken Brighton by storm.

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Fourth and Church

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Co-owners Paul and Sam were experienced as chefs, working in numerous hotels and restaurants before opening FOURTH AND CHURCH in Hove. The wine merchant and all-day eatery has a relaxed and fuss-free ethos at the heart of its offering: let the quality do the talking. Here you can enjoy many fine wines by the glass or at a fraction of a restaurant cost from the off-license, paying a small corkage instead. The menu is bursting with flavour and colour with as much as possible being prepared in house daily.

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Restaurant Interlude

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Michelin awarded Restaurant Interlude a star in the 2020 awards, less than a year into the restaurant opening. The ever-changing menu at Restaurant Interlude is inspired by and draws many ingredients from the listed gardens of the Leonardslee Estate, Horsham, in which it is set. Dining begins at 7 pm and takes around three to four hours for the 14 to 19-course menu to be served. The menu at Interlude is an event, an exploration of season and terrain that is all together transportive.

The Coal Shed

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Like it’s sister restaurant, The Salt Rooms, The Coal Shed has a firm policy of using sustainably sourced produce. Black Aberdeen Angus steak from the very tip of Northern Scotland provides the standard of fare. The food is cooked using a Josper Grill, considered the industries best grill for sealing in flavour, succulence, and a smokey chargrill note. The Salt Rooms raises the bar for steak restaurants everywhere and arguably sits among the best restaurants in Brighton for its Sunday roast sharing platter too.