Cheap Restaurants Brighton
Often one of the main stumbling blocks for people when it comes to dining out is cost. Purse strings have never been tighter and at times like these, it is those little luxuries, such as dining out, that get cut first. This does not have to be the case. There are many cheap restaurants in Brighton and Hove that serve quality food for a very fair price. This means that everyone can enjoy delicious dining no matter what their budget.
We have been scouring the city’s eateries to seek out the best cheap eats and sought the public’s help via the BRAVO awards Cheap Eats category. This has shown just how well you can dine for less, with the same diverse options as you will find at the other end of the pricing scale. Whether you are seeking a quick bite to eat on a night out or a full dining experience for a special occasion, Brighton and Hove can provide some fantastic cheap eats to suit your budget.
Donatello’s is one of Brighton’s longest standing Italian restaurants, opening over 30 years ago in the heart of the iconic Lanes. It has remained an independent restaurant and has become a Brighton institution for hearty, real Italian dishes on the South Coast. Donatello’s is also a fantastic option for dining on a budget, with prices beginning at just £10.95 for two courses (we’re looking at you, students!). No skimping on quality is in sight though, as deliciously fresh Italian ingredients make up the dishes on any menu options with the same love, care and attention invested into every plate of food served.
Proper Neapolitan pizza has been taking Brighton by storm this past few years, and no one does it better than Nu Posto. Situated at the seafront end of West Street, this authentic pizzeria has fast become a Brighton favourite for many. Not a pizza fan? No problem. Their handmade pasta dishes are not to be missed, with daily specials a particular highlight. Pizzas start at just £5.90 and pasta at £6.90 which is not to be sniffed at. Hot small plates and salads are also a great budget option. Nu Posto is a superb cheap eat option in central Brighton that delivers on flavour every time.
Boho bistro Kooks has been a mainstay of Brighton’s casual dining scene since opening in 2015. Their relaxed vibe and accessible menu were an instant hit, and anywhere that serves cocktails is great in our book. Serving brunch, lunch and dinner you can always rely on Kooks to deliver a quality meal at a reasonable price. Every dish is created from fresh ingredients on site, no processed or bought in rubbish here, but will not break the bank. Small plates start at just £4.95 with large mains going up to £13. Kooks is a great cheap restaurant in Brighton, and you wont be scrimping on style.
Small plates are often a good idea when it comes to eating on a budget, and Plateau offers plenty of choice in that department. Split into larder, bites, plates and sharing, prices begin at just £4 and the cheapest wines on the list come in at only £5 a glass. This makes a light bite with friends very affordable at Plateau. Throughout the week a set menu offers fantastic value for money and their weekly Wine Wednesday offering is a great option for a fun evening for just £10.
One of Brighton’s favourite cafés also doubles as a delicious dining spot that will not break the bank. They may not be open late, so are not an evening meal option, but their breakfast, brunch and lunch menu is packed with quality dishes that are priced honestly. The food is focussed on quality local sourcing with an ethical ethos. Moksha has evolved from a coffee shop to a food-led venue with restaurant standard cooking. One of the best dining secrets in the city, Moksha is a superb place to enjoy lunch with friends or family that is sure to be fresh and filling.
Pizza is a guaranteed good deal when you’re looking for something cheap and fast, but often that can mean a compromise on standards and ingredients; not so with Dodo Pizza who use state of the art technology to bring the classic pizzeria into the modern world. As well as top quality ingredients, Dodo minimises wastage by applying state of the art technology to their production processes, so savings really are savings, not cutbacks on quality. Keep an eye on the Dodo Brighton website for current deals offering further savings on already great prices.
Curry houses have long been the friend of those on a budget, but most of those do not deliver when it comes to quality. The Eastern Eye on London road is a restaurant that delivers on both. The extensive menu features many favourites but does not stop there. A visit to Eastern Eye is always a tasty time. Whether you are the sort of person who always orders the same dish, or a little more adventurous, what you will find at Eastern Eye is a quality curry at an honest price. In a city that takes its Indian cuisine very seriously, The Eastern Eye is a restaurant that can hold its own.
Al Duomo is one of Brighton’s longest serving restaurants specialising in Italian cuisine from across the country. Think fantastic pizzas and pasta, meat dishes, salads and desserts to die for. The huge venue can seat 300 people, and they have plenty of space for events as well. The extensive menu features every Italian dish you could hope for, and best of all you can eat here with almost any budget. Most main meals and pizzas float around the £10 mark which is great value given that they only use the finest ingredients available, and import the key ones from Italy. Al Duomo have been serving the people of Brighton for the past 30 years, and they keep coming back for more.
One of Brighton’s leading lights is only one of its best value restaurants. Moshimo is an architectural and culinary delight and provided you can resist the endless conveyor belt of dishes, it can also be very good value. The team have been championing sustainable fishing and they can also sustain you with some of the best Japanese cuisine in town. If you want to really enjoy a discounted meal, sign up for a Moshimo card and gain access to the best deals in town. Moshimo is a fantastic part of Brighton’s food scene and one that is accessible to all.
Grabbing a bite to eat on the beach can often be a disappointing affair, but this does not have to be the case. Brighton’s seafront is home to some of the best burgers in the country, and they are helping to save the world at the same time. Lucky Beach have changed the face of Seafront dining. Moving away from the cheap fish and chips and offering ethically sourced burgers that have been gaining national attention. Not content with dominating the burger world, Lucky Beach also serve delicious brunches and that most important of meals the Sunday roast.
When it comes to Chinese cuisine and delicious Dim Sum there is only one place in Brighton that you need to consider. Gars is a real gem of a restaurant and one that offers superb value for money. The menu is massive, meaning that you might spend more time choosing than eating, although the set menu options provide a great meal at a great price. The Dim Sum are a joy to behold, and if you go for the special lunch offer you can eat like an emperor with the budget of a monk. We are big fans of Gars here and are sure you will be after one visit.
Thai cuisine is another budget option which can either be fabulous or fall flat on its face. If you are more a fan of the former, and who isn’t, then you should pay Café Chilli in Hove a visit. The owners have taken traditional Thai dishes and perfected their execution, whilst also promoting modern Thai cuisine that they encounter on their travels. This marriage of traditional and contemporary Thai cuisine is what separate Café Chilli from the rest of the crowd. Lunch set menus and platters offer superb value, and the dinner menu is one of the most reasonably prices around. This family run restaurant is one of Hove’s hidden hot spots, serving great food made with knowledge and passion.
We finish this list with the public’s number one cheap eat as voted in the 2017 BRAVO awards. BeFries have changed the face of chips in the city, showing us that the Europeans really know their stuff. These are the best chips in town, twice cooked and fluffy, but it is the sauces that really finish the deal. BeFries have pretty much every sauce you can imagine, many of which are vegan as well. Nothing beats a cone of fries topped with truffle mayonnaise or their samurai sauce. BeFries are one of the best loved cheap restaurants in Brighton, and one that will always leave a smile on your face.