Kemptown Restaurants

With so many dining options available in Brighton it is so easy just to stick to the beaten track when it comes to eating out. We advise otherwise. A short walk away from the centre is a community so full of life, colour and character it would be foolish not to check out some of our top choices of Kemptown restaurants.

Curry Leaf Cafe

Situated on the corner of St James’ Street & Kemptown Village, Curry Leaf Cafe’s Kemptown Kitchen offers an open kitchen & dining experience. Their menu focuses on modern and playful dishes inspired by all quarters of India’s culinary heritage. Expect tapas-style ‘small plates’, an exciting range of spiced cocktails and, of course, and a menu of craft beers that puts most bars to shame!

Curry Leaf Cafe Best Restaurant Brighton Restaurant Awards BRAVO

New Steine Bistro

The New Steine Bistro in Kemptown will not disappoint for home made exquisite food or private dining mixed with chilled music and a relaxing ambience. With great levels of customer service and the quality of food to match, this venue has been awarded an AA Award for its quality and delivery and is firmly established as a destination restaurant for this part of the city with a modest 20 covers.

Croquettes at at New Steine Bistro Brighton

Old Bank

Highly acclaimed, this locally-owned steakhouse restaurant serves delicious food, offers great service and is brought to you in a warm and comfortable family setting. Where steak and ribs are the stars of the show, The Old Bank offers nothing but the best and brings you steak that has been hung for at least 28 days, with different types of cuts and with the option to share.

Steak at The Old Bank Brighton

Starfish and Coffee

New cafe, Starfish and Coffee Brighton is located right next to the beautiful Queens Park in Brighton and specialise in brunch, pastries, homemade cakes and excellent tea & coffee. From pancakes with bacon & maple syrup, to a luxurious eggs Benedict or a big slice of fresh homemade cake baked by Brighton baker, Berkson Bakes. There are vegetarian & vegan options plus gluten free bread and pastries available.

Breakfast with smoked salmon and poached eggs at Starfish and Coffee

Redroaster / Pike and Pine

Providing ethically sourced, hand-roasted coffee, serving a brunch and small plates menu prepared by Matt Gillan. By day this sleek venue is the famous Redroaster and on selected nights it becomes Pike & Pine. Offering a small plate and a la carte menu Pike and Pine focuses on locally sourced ingredients, with dishes changing to reflect the seasons.

Pike and Pine, evening review, restaurant Brighton, fine dining

Irmas Kitchen

Tucked away in the heart of Kemptown, Irma’s Kitchen Brighton is a small cafe with a big heart. Owned and run by Nathalie and Simon, this cute cafe offers excellent food and service with a smile. The owner’s love of good food is displayed in their menu, from hearty fry-ups to delicate soups and plenty of vegetarian and vegan options to choose from. Open 8am – 2.30pm daily.

outside at irmas kitchen

Woodbox Pizza

The authentic Neapolitan pizzas here combine Italian tradition with Sussex produce, creating a menu bursting with fantastic flavour combinations. Handmade to order, guests can watch their dinner being created in front of their eyes before being woodfired to perfection. Within sight of the Kemptown seafront the location could not be better.

Wood Box Pizza restaurant

Busby And Wilds

Well known for its great locally sourced food and impressive selection of drinks, Busby and Wilds is a homely neighbourhood gastro pub. Here you have a modern menu geared to what their customers like eating, with a selection of bar snacks to match. Dishes range from traditional British, modern French and classic pub with plenty of sides and sharers to choose from – all served in a spacious light environment.

Fish and Chips


Purezza Brighton set out with the aim of providing a range of exciting Italian plant based, vegan options to the UK. They have definitely succeeded and have created a destination where everyone can enjoy high quality Italian food, cooked by top Italian chefs, in the comfort of a completely animal free zone (and mostly gluten free too).

Purezza Review, Restaurant, Brighton, Italian, Vegan

Ginger Dog

Ginger Dog Brighton is the Gingerman Group’s fourth outpost, tucked away in College Place, off the main drag in Kemptown village. Much like the other Ginger Group venues you can expect high end modern European fare with some twists. Being a pub the Ginger Dog does offer a good hearty menu of traditional pub food using only the very finest seasonal ingredients to offer a really satisfying dining experience.

The Ginger Dog in Brighton

VIP Pizza 

This pizza restaurant remains a family-run business five generations after the family first established a shop in Naples back in 1845..With over 150 years’ experience under their belts, you can be sure that VIP know what they are doing!  However as passionate as VIP Pizza Brighton are about their history they also know that they must move with the times. This is reflected in their menu which has plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options available.

VIP Pizza Brighton

Cafe Marmalade

Cafe Marmalade is a secret people who live in Kemptown like to keep to themselves. This independent cafe is cosy and welcoming and is open daily sorting you your coffee fix from 8am – 6pm. Serving delightful pastries and great coffee this venue is prefect for a low key weekend breakfast. If you pop in for lunch be sure to  try one of their freshly prepared salads or homemade sandwiches, they are delicious!

Marmalade Best Tea and Cake Brighton restaurant awards BRAVO