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Featured in the Michelin guide. An elegant and relaxed dining restaurant with a focus on sustainable practices and seasonal produce. Serving a modern British tasting menu, exceptional wines and crafted cocktails.

Dilsk, Brighton Restaurant

Dilsk Brighton, with a modern British tasting menu, has set the bar high for its high-end fine dining experience. Expect impeccable attention to detail, masterful culinary flair with progressive cooking techniques used to refine and enhance the flavour-led culinary journey. Quality is everything at Dilsk, from the best of Sussex produce, elegantly presented dishes and the extraordinary selection of handpicked international wine suppliers – everything here is considered and brilliantly executed.  

dilsk dish served on white plate with the glass of white wine and glass of water

Inside restaurant

Set on the Kemptown side of Brighton Seafront, Dilsk in its enviable location was new to Brighton’s thriving restaurant scene in spring 2023. Situated in Drakes Hotel within its intimate basement setting – with a 28-cover capacity – conjures sentiments of exclusivity and secrecy, but on the contrary, Dilsk is pitched as an accessible experience, with a five-course menu available at £55 (excluding Saturday evenings) and a full 10-course menu for £95, both are available for lunch and dinner service.

waiter serving six people at the table at dilsk

The attention to detail at Dilsk is astonishing. Contemporary and simplistic in styling, the restaurant is highlighted with modern lighting pieces and minimal decor. Choice textures appear throughout this Brighton restaurant with the menu paper matching the uniforms, and the serving plates are matched to perfection with the dishes they hold.

Behind Dilsk Brighton

Chef Tom Stephens and Madeleine Riches – formerly of restaurant 64 Degrees – have implanted their core values in the heart of Dilsk. An unwavering commitment to sustainable practices and quality has seen them turn to the producers that can provide that consistent standard. You’ll find the key ingredients are always seasonal and largely sourced from within Sussex.

Chef Tom Stephens and Madeleine Riches

The Menu

At Dilsk, the remarkable tasting menu can be enjoyed in its entirety as a three-hour, 10-course experience, or as a five-course meal over two hours. The tasting menu is also available for diners with dietary requirements, including vegetarian, pescetarian, and gluten-free options.

For the best experience at Dilsk, arrive with a healthy appetite, fully commit to the culinary journey, and allow your server to guide you through each course. Every element of the food should be savoured, as the innovation behind each dish is truly outstanding. Each one possesses distinctive characteristics that are both exciting and memorable.

gravy dripping of spoon on the small dish served on the white plate, on the dark brown table

Expect to indulge in dishes such as Isle of Gigha halibut, served with violet artichoke, monk’s beard, and smoked mussel, and delight in heavenly desserts that conclude the meal. 

Hannah’s Voyage of Discovery: Hidden Treasure at Dilsk

side shot of the Dilsk dish served on the white plate

Additionally, seasonal ingredients such as spider crab, often a by-catch while crabbing and therefore underutilised, are expertly featured in the spring ’23 menu. Dilsk also operates a zero-waste policy in the kitchen, with nose-to-tail cooking and innovative inclusions of ingredients. You’ll experience this with dishes like the Trenchore Wagyu with miatake, yeast and truffle where both the heart and tongue of the cow have been incorporated into the dish. 

chef adding decoration to dishes at the dilsk

Dilsk is proud to partner with leading sustainable brands such as Shrub, our BRAVO 2023 sponsors for the Most Sustainable category, and Trenchmore Farm, our neighbours who provide the restaurant with both beef and cider.

Drinking at Dilsk Brighton

You’ll find the quality of the offering at Dilsk continues through the beverage options. With a tantalising cocktail menu presented on arrival, highlighting a masterfully curated array of drinks – all exquisitely presented, with many using by-products and ingredients that are also found in the food menu… not spider crab!

two different cocktails in small cups served at the brown table

Wine pairing is available as a ‘wine flight,’ which offers handpicked producers from Sussex, Kent, and other international vineyards. By choosing the wine pairing, you’ll get the entire Dilsk service experience, including an introduction to the producers, the qualities of the wine, and a rundown of how and why they complement the dish.

bottle of red wine, two glasses with red wine and menu on the brown on table

If you prefer to enjoy a high-quality beverage by the bottle, Dilsk offers a selection of stunning house bottles for £30, as well as a detailed catalogue of bottles from both vintage and contemporary winemakers. Additionally, Dilsk caters to those who prefer non-alcoholic options and can provide a non-alcoholic pairing with the tasting menu. More information on this will be available soon.

bartender opening wine in front of the guests at Dilsk


  1. Molly roweth

    Would go back here in a heartbeat. Incredible service and some of the best food I’ve had in brighton. Brighton has been waiting for an exquisite fine dining experience and here it is. I won’t forget any of these dishes, the generous portions and incredible pairings were exactly what I was hoping for and more. I’m already planning my next visit and would recommend it to anyone looking for an unforgettable meal in a beautiful location. Starting the meal with a innovative yet delicious cocktail is absolutely the way to go! 10/10 and more

  2. Charlie

    Amazing food in a beautiful setting near Brighton’s seafront.
    Every course is packed with flavour, imagination and stunningly presented.
    Each of the wine pairings are a hit and the cocktail list tempted us in with amped up versions of our favourites – well worth a try.
    Can’t wait to go back!

  3. Jess Coulson

    A taste sensation! What a special place – there was surprise and delight from beginning to end, each course mind blowingly delicious and beautifully presented. The wine pairing was thoughtful and interesting and the service was excellent.

  4. RobH

    Fantastic meal. Food was incredible and the wine pairings were on point.

  5. Susan Simpson

    Dilsk is the newest star in Brighton’s fine dining firmament!
    Locally sourced ingredients delivered with flair and imagination. Fantastic vegetarian and pescatarian options .
    We loved the food , the ambiance and the cocktails!
    Highly recommend these fabulous tasting menus

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