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A great contender for your date night and one of our favourites in the Romantic Restaurants Brighton Guide. Bohemia bar is tucked away in the Lanes, almost missable from the front but opening up inside to three floors and a roof terrace. The interior is stylishly decked out with a gothic opulence, so it’s a bit like going to a modern-day party in an old European castle. Cocktails are an event at Bohemia, featuring dry ice, pyrotechnics and of course plenty of premium quality booze. A decadent choice if you’re looking for romantic restaurants in Brighton, or pre meal cocktails also. This venue offers everything, great food, Brighton afternoon teas and its easier for time to fly away with you in here. 

If starting the date right is essential, beginning with Bar Valentino will be a win. This North Laine based speakeasy style cocktail bar is sexy and fun and offers just the right amount of exclusivity to feel super special while keeping a laidback quality. The Deco inspired interiors are the ideal setting to enjoy a romantic drink or two with a date and while the mood takes you, the balcony offers that extra sparkle for you to woo with a view. A strong choice if you are looking for a romantic cocktail bar, before you visit the romantic restaurant. 

With a cocktail menu that is constantly evolving, each experience at GungHo bar is different from the last. Influenced by seasonality the cocktails are often made with foraged and local ingredients championing all types of fruit and veg; from green strawberries and elderflower to chicory root and mushrooms. Expect vibrant, fresh and complex cocktails at GungHo. Natural wine is served too alongside craft beer from some of the best breweries in the UK.

With a cocktail menu that is constantly evolving, each experience at GungHo bar is different from the last. Influenced by seasonality the cocktails are often made with foraged and local ingredients championing all types of fruit and veg; from green strawberries and elderflower to chicory root and mushrooms. Expect vibrant, fresh and complex cocktails at GungHo. Natural wine is served too alongside craft beer from some of the best breweries in the UK.

Head to Rum Kitchen for a fun-filled start to your romantic evening. They have brought the exotic flavours of the Caribbean to Brighton and amplify the upbeat and iconic anthems of the culture. This spacious and modern Lanes based restaurant-bar serves quintessential Caribbean cuisine, the atmosphere is vibrant and elevating and the cocktails sensational. Opt for one of the rum-based varieties – you won’t be disappointed!

If a trip to the city of love is off the cards for your date night then the next best thing may well be Paris Wine Bar in Hove. There’s a lovely intimate feel to the darkly decorated and comfortable bar-restaurant. The menu is modern British tapas, perfect for sharing with around three plates per person being about right. The extensive wine list has options by the glass or the bottle with a focus on quality while keeping the price range suitable for all types of occasions.

If you’re not drinking alcohol, or you just want to start your evening with a clear head, Tørstigbar is the place to go for your low / no alcohol pre-dinner drinks. Gorgeous, scandi-styling, romantic lighting and comfortable banquets offer the perfect environment for an intimate tête-à-tête. Order from the extraordinarily good house cocktail menu, with mood altering or mind clarifying options, or perhaps choose a glass or two of sparkling to set the scene.

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A steak dinner is often a popular choice for a romantic date night, and you can find great steak at Carne in Hove. However It’s not all beef, there’s also a fantastic selection of meat, fish, and vegetarian options available – all prepared and presented beautifully and tasting sublime. Carne uses produce that has been locally sourced with high-welfare standards ensuring the best quality. There’s even specialist equipment such as the age-drying cabinet to really bring out the best flavours possible. The sleek and stylish restaurant is decorated with dark wood, cushioned seats and stunning statement features. You could start your evening in the cocktail lounge, where you can enjoy expertly crafted cocktails on the Chesterfield sofas before moving over to the restaurant. If you love wine but need guidance you can ask the sommelier for their recommendations on wine pairing.

Dilsk Brighton is an elegant and romantic restaurant that champions sustainable practices and seasonal produce. The contemporary and simplistic styling, modern lighting pieces, and minimal decor create an intimate atmosphere perfect for a romantic date. Chef Tom Stephens menu features an impressive five or ten-courses that showcases unwavering commitment to sustainability and quality. The restaurant also offers a tantalising cocktail menu, impeccable wine pairing, and an exceptional alcohol-free range, providing an excellent experience for all diners. Dilsk Brighton is a must-visit for those seeking a gastronomic adventure with impeccable attention to detail and masterful culinary flair.

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When it comes to romance sometimes the classic approach is the best. And steak night is perfect for date night. LatinoAmerica was the first Argentinian restaurant to open in East Sussex, serving prime steaks and robust wines from South America. There are two sharing platters ideal for lovers who love meat, featuring prime argentine steak, perfect with some of their ‘classic Argie trio’ sauces. The setting is well suited to intimate dinners with dark wood and exposed brick finish giving an air of quality and integrity. If it’s a really special occasion then you can push the boat out with the owner’s specialist wine selection. An excellent addition to the Romantic Restaurants Brighton Guide and a leading steak restaurant in Brighton

Fourth and Church in Hove is a local neighbourhood restaurant serving a mix of flexible dining and quality. It’s informal enough for you to settle into really enjoying your company, while the quality of the food makes for a strong talking point. Small dishes are naturally designed for sharing and the wine list is carefully selected from small yield producers that you’ll struggle to find anywhere else. They’re also an off-license, so you can always pick up a bottle on your way out to finish your evening at home.

FUMI is a great option for a date night with its stylish environment and casual setting. With its intimate ambiance, FUMI sets the perfect stage for a romantic dining experience. Immerse yourselves in the exquisite flavours of Japanese cuisine, indulging in meticulously crafted sushi and delectable small plates. The warm and inviting atmosphere, complemented by attentive service, creates an intimate setting where couples can savour each other’s company. Whether it’s a special date night or a celebration of love, FUMI’s romantic charm and delectable cuisine make it the ideal destination for an evening of foodie fun.

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Kindling restaurant in Brighton is an ideal choice for a romantic dining experience or a memorable date night. With its warm and inviting ambiance, Kindling sets the stage for an intimate evening. The flickering flames of their flame-grilled dishes create a romantic atmosphere. The thoughtfully crafted menu, featuring locally sourced ingredients, tantalises the taste buds and enhances the finer dining experience as these dishes are perfect for sharing. Whether sharing small plates or indulging in one of their tasting menus, Kindling offers an unforgettable culinary adventure that will make your romantic occasion truly special.

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Duncan Ray’s Little Fish Market is one of Brighton’s most esteemed restaurants and has is perhaps the highest placed finisher overall in the Brightons Best restaurant category. The tasting menu is refined and creative, the restaurant itself has only 20 covers and, unusually for a restaurant of this size, the table is reserved for the diners for the whole night. So you can really take your time and even linger a while after, over wine conversation.

The scale of the set-up in conjunction with the scale of the reputation means The Little Fish Market is one to be planned in advance, don’t call up on February 12th expecting to reserve a table for Valentine’s day.

Steven Edward’s Etch was voted Brighton’s Best Restaurant in the 2019 BRAVO awards, as well as receiving multiple national accolades and awards. The tasting menu is a celebration of local and seasonal produce with each dish showcasing only two ingredients. Unusually Steven doesn’t use any spice to flavour his dishes, not even pepper, instead flavour is controlled through concentration and reduction to create unique and authentically flavoursome dishes.

When you’re looking to impress, few things hit the sweet spot more than the surprise factor of a restaurant that’s a hidden gem. The busy, always bustling North Street hardly seems the spot for an intimate rendezvous, but step inside Lavash and head upstairs and you’ll be instantly transported to a beautiful secluded oasis. Here you’ll find authentic freshly prepared Middle Eastern cuisine. Sharing platters are a must for date nights and here you’ll find a selection of meat, vegetarian and vegan options. They have a small but quality selection of wine and beers to help lubricate the evening. But mostly it’s that sense of being cocooned away from Brighton’s hubbub that sets the heart to flutter.

Tutto Brighton offers an authentic slice of Italy here in our city centre. The impressive restaurant is set in a magnificently reclaimed 1930s bank building, boasts chic Deco interiors and creates an open-armed ambience that’ll make a magical backdrop for every romantic occasion. The menu is designed for sharing and is split into sections that include raw and crudo dishes, pasta, meat and fish from the wood-fired grill, and there’s a divine selection of desserts for you to share (or not share). There is also the choice of a set menu, vegan menu and gluten-free menu. You can enjoy a tipple or two from their thoughtfully curated Italian cocktail and wine list and weather permitting, dine al fresco on the large street terrace and watch our slice of the world go by.

Dubbed as the place for grown-up socials, Burnt Orange is the youngest sister in the triad of acclaimed Brighton restaurants, including The Coal Shed and The Salt Room. Table reservations for here are in high demand. So, if you do manage to bag a reservation you can be pretty certain that your guest will be impressed. Expect sublime seasonal small plates of modern cuisine, a wine list that is second to none and cocktails crafted with exemplary expertise that’ll have you back in line in no time! Winner of the Best restaurant category in 2022, so a necessary inclusion in the Romantic Restaurants Brighton Guide. 

Set in Hove, Third Avenue is an exceptionally romantic setting for a rendezvous with a loved one. The elegant interior stands out in Art Deco grandeur, and showcases a sophisticated blend of 1920s styling with splashes of modern art. Treat you and your loved one to cocktails from the extensive list of innovative and exciting blends, and then tuck in to the exquisite menu of Eastern European small plates. The dishes champion flavour fusion and offer a vast selection of choice for various dietary needs. A multi purpose venue where you can enjoy the whole evening and a polished addition to the Romantic Restaurants Brighton Guide.

Following the success of The Coal Shed, restaurateur, Raz Helalat expanded his empire in February 2015 promising a seafood restaurant that would rival the best in the city. Cue The Salt Room, a modern British seafood and and grill restaurant and possibly the most talked-about eaterie of 2015. If you fancy a spot of wining and dining with a view make sure to request a window seat when booking where you can look straight out onto the West Pier – especially beautiful at sunset. In the summer the terrace is open so you can enjoy a cocktail or two before tasting your way through the menu. Oysters anyone?

Rathfinny offers a unique experience to its guests who can enjoy an educational afternoon tour of the beautiful vineyards, or walk the scenic Cradle Valley footpath, completing their afternoon with lunch at the Tasting Room Restaurant where local and seasonal cuisine awaits. The exceptional produce of Sussex shines in the menu which is finessed with Asian and Iberian influences.

For some extra je ne sais quoi, head to Petit Pois. This intimate Lanes based restaurant is acclaimed and well regarded as one of the best in the city. Serving quintessentially French cuisine and an exquisite wine list of the same origin. France is renowned for its romance – the stunning French bistro does not let the team down!

Romance comes with a view at Rockwater. Idyllically positioned on Hove’s stunning stretch of coast, with three main dining areas and fronted by a number of cafe beach huts, there really is something for everyone. The Roof Terrace, Rockwater’s top-floor restaurant is the cherry on this impressive venue. A breath-taking setting for a date night, romantic brunch or lunch, it boasts stunning views of the sea from the large open-air terrace and the enticing menu includes a fine selection of small and sharing plates from sea and land. There’s also a very well-considered wine list to peruse as you lose yourself in the unbeatable views and beautiful company.

The highly acclaimed and multiple Micheline-plate awarded Crabtree is set in the idyllic and picturesque village of Lower Bedding (near Horsham) this ​​classically Sussex country pub offers an exquisite setting for a date or special occasion. What makes this pub extraordinary is the exemplary quality of the food and service. The seasonal and Sussex-led menu will provide you with a culinary feast that will most certainly set your loved ones heart to swoon. 

Part of The Salt Room, Burnt Orange triad of excellence, Coal Shed was the first of the three. Tucked away on Boyce Street in the Lanes, this restaurant is a certified hit with steak lovers. They are legendary for their charcoal-cooked prime cuts and unwavering quality of meats and fish dishes. They offer a thoughtfully curated wine list. The naturally intimate and sophisticated ambience of the restaurant sets the mood for a successful romantic rendezvous.

Treat your loved one to lunch or dinner at Brighton’s restaurant royalty, Terre a Terre and you’ll be guaranteed Brownie points for effort. This Lane based restaurant has been the pioneering go-to destination for elevated Brighton vegetarian cuisine in Brighton since 1993 and has received Michelin approval for their efforts. If the sound of ‘no fuss fine dining’ on modern British dishes and supping on organic wines tugs on your heart strings, then book now for ultimate vegetarian indulgence. Recently voted as one of the best restaurants for vegans by the Financial Times, one of the flagships in our Romantic Restaurants Brighton Guide.

If you’re looking for a restaurant to impress someone special then Wild Flor is a great option. With its French elegance, luxurious food and world-class wine list, Wild Flor offers its guests a space to enjoy a truly romantic dining experience. The team have known each other for many years, coming from a background of the acclaimed Gingerman Group, and it is this that shows in their polished and seamless approach to dining. So, rest assured that you’ll be in good hands.

Restaurant Interlude was open for less than a year before being awarded a Michelin Star. The tasting menu is inspired and largely sourced from the surrounding gardens, with incredible creativity, taste and flavour. A visit to Restaurant Interlude is guaranteed to be one you’ll remember for a lifetime. The Romantic Restaurants Brighton Guide standout restaurant with a Michelin star. 

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Located in the historic Brighton Lanes and tucked away down a stunning side street… Head to Post House Cafe for a superb evening dining on the delicious sharing plates that have been made from the best fresh and local ingredients. Or if you’re booking a party, opt for the set tasting menu – you’ll share multiple courses of creatively and skilfully finessed dishes that are as much of a joy to look at as they are to taste.

Brighton Regency Routemaster provides a romantic setting that’s out of the ordinary, beautifully nostalgic and downright delicious. Take a ride in their stunning restored 1960s Routemaster and experience Brighton’s most iconic and historic sites, while being serenaded by 60s classics. Savouring a traditional British or Brighton afternoon tea on an original Routemaster will certainly be a date to remember. The afternoon tea is made up of lashings of homemade sweet pastries, savoury patisseries, cakes and sandwiches. They’re available for all dietary requirements and to top off, you’ll have the option of adding the extra fizz of Prosecco or a Brighton Gin cocktail, to accompany your journey. A quirky addition to the Romantic Restaurants Brighton Guide. 

Curry Leaf Cafe has two restaurants, for something more off the beaten track, and to show off your knowledge of Brighton’s treasures, head east of the Pavilion for Curry Leaf Cafe Kemptown, it’s the smaller of the two venues and offers a tapas style dining experience with a more playful exploration of India’s cuisine. Curry Leaf Ship Street is just as much a gem in the city, albeit more centrally located one, with a host of awards this relaxed cafe holds nothing back on delivering great flavour. Both restaurants serve a host of swoon-worthy cocktails that bring a hint of Indian flavour to well-known classics.

Next to The Theatre Royal and a stone’s throw away from The Pavilion Gardens, Tinto Taperia is situated perfectly to catch the romance of the heart of Brighton’s bustling North Laine. This exquisite restaurant serves Spanish cuisine. You can expect an authentic selection of tapas, seasonal specials and freshly prepared paella, all perfect for sharing and ideal date food. From the drinks, you’ll find a fantastic selection of wines, fortified wines and Spanish spirits, such as paired gin and tonic. And should your date be going well, then you can head upstairs to Bar Valentino, Tinto Taperia’s sister bar serving bespoke and award-winning cocktails.

Brighton Japanese restaurant Moshimo is designed around the shoji aesthetic. With the appearance of paper screen walls and booths divided by red perspex there’s an air of mystery as fellow diners are blurred out. Sushi lovers and animal lovers can all enjoy Moshimo, whose menu excludes any endangered fish and is bountiful with vegan, plant only, options. There is also something quite purest and sharing about sushi too. This presents itself as a wonderful choice as a romantic restaurant in Brighton. 

If there’s one country that knows how to bring romance it’s Italy. So if you’re seeking a perfect spot to wine and dine a loved one then Pesca with their authentic Italian restaurant offering should be a top contender for you. The Hove based restaurant, family run, restaurant bar specialises in favourite Italian dishes that have been cooked with authentic expertise. Think pasta antipasti, indulgent regional mains and binge worthy desserts like tiramisu, (which no one will be sharing). You can dine at the bar side for that extra theatre. From the drinks, you can expect to be woo’d and wowed by the dedicated Italian still wine list, beautiful selection of Sussex sparking and Italian cocktails, such as Negroni and Aperol Spritz. A very romantic option and a great addition to the Romantic Restaurants Brighton Guide. 

Take a trip to Bangkok by heading to Lucky Khao on St James’ Street. The Brighton Thai restaurant skillfully blends a vibrant nightlife ambience with a spectacular and authentic menu of Northern Thai cuisine. Atmosphere wise think neon-lit interiors, soundtracked with epic beats and exotic Brighton cocktails that’ll elevate your tastes buds. The food comes as small plates, perfect for intimate dinners for two, especially if those two love exploring new and creative flavours. A fragrant addition to the Romantic Restaurants Brighton Guide. 

It’s tough to get more romantic than the Brighton igloos at Coppa Club. However, they’re notoriously hard to acquire. If you managed to bag one for Valentine’s day we commend you. If you didn’t then don’t fret, the other seating options here also offer an exemplary setting for romance. Dine fountain side or inside the modern and stylish restaurant. Expect modern European cuisine, fine wines and classic cocktails.

Take your date on a (culinary) trip to Med by whisking them away to Nosto, Hove. Regarded as a top Greek restaurant in Brighton and quite frankly living up to its reputation. The food here is sublime, deliciously authentic and brings big flavours and vibrancy off the plate! Definitely, a winner with local food lovers, why not see if the cuisine can work its magic on your intended? A great choice for a romantic restaurant in Brighton as the service and food will remind you of being somewhere abroad on holiday. 

Wabi Sabi in Hove is a romantic heaven for couples seeking an intimate dining experience in Brighton and Hove. This enchanting Japanese restaurant exudes an alluring ambiance, perfect for a romantic evening. Immerse yourself in the delicate flavours of Japan with their exquisite sushi, sashimi, and delectable small plates. The elegant and cosy setting, complemented by attentive service, creates an atmosphere of intimacy and warmth.

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Ideal for dates and romancing, Brighton Cocktail Company has an offering that will no doubt impress your companion. The welcoming restaurant/bar is set on Seven Dials, is underpinned with sustainable ethics and serves only the most carefully curated menus. You’ll find tantalising sharing plates, small plates and homemade desserts, which are ideal for dates and grazing on while enjoying the masterful cocktails, wines and of course, impeccable company.

Sussex offers some dreamy spots for igniting romance. Rolling hills, sprawling fields, and rustic restaurants with cosy corners for snuggling up with your date are some of the alluring features of Sussex. The Cider Tap is another one of those hidden gems in Sussex. Set on the grounds of Wobblegate farm and built on an ethos that champions sustainable, local and seasonal produce. They showcase their passion for these markers through an impeccable culinary offering. The food from The Syndicate Kitchen is sublime and the cider-drinking experience is unparalleled by anywhere else that we know of. There is a lot to love about the venue!

Romance means different things to different people, but in the case of Furna, it means elegance, refinement and intimacy. The friendly team will be happy to find you just the right corner so that together you can enjoy the low, golden lighting, gorgeous ambiance and culinary magic of Dave Mothersill’s nine-course tasting menu. And, if it just so happens you have something to toast, the wine list is out of this world. Here’s to love we say!

We’re in the mood for love and want somewhere low key but special and near the sea to host the romantic rendezvous. Where is there? DaddyLonglegs is where! Head to this sea facing restaurant bar in Kemptown and woo your love with international small plates and natural wines near the sea. 

Located on the popular throng of Hove High Street and offering a specialist menu of first class wine, cheese and charcuterie. Cases, Curds and Whey was set up by a dream team of chef Phil Bartley and sommelier Steve Pineau. You can rest assured that the dining experience here is one worthy of your intended. The deli style layout, vast variety of nibbles and tipples and the intimate setting may lure you into a long and leisurely experience, perfect for grazing on while you really get to know each other.

Experience a romantic night out or a memorable date night at The Fig Tree in the charming Sussex village of Hurstpierpoint. Immerse yourself in a delightful culinary journey, where impeccable service and attention to detail create a special occasion atmosphere. Indulge in the excitement of their exquisite 6-course tasting menu, crafted with the finest locally sourced ingredients. Make it extra special by including their wine flight option. The Fig Tree provides the perfect setting for an intimate and enchanting evening, allowing you to create lasting memories and try something new.

Head to Mange Tout for a top spot for some daytime dating. This delightful and acclaimed French bistro is located in Brighton’s North Laine. Light, inviting and with a naturally buzzy atmosphere. We definitely recommend here for brunches or light lunches with a glass of something special from their impeccably curated wine list.

The Urchin pub in Hove is a spot for lovers who are lovers of craft beer and seafood. This little independent is a gem in the city, loved locally and nationally. The basement micro-brewery produces Willy Wonka style concoctions for adult consumption that regularly change, as well as a host of guest independent ales and beers. While The Urchin is serious about good beer and good seafood, this is also a really joyous place to go, no pretences, just good living. 

Lovers head to Lost in the Lanes for some exquisite all-day dining. The attention to detail at this intimate Lanes based cafe is stunning and it’s a sparkling setting for a special occasion. Simplicity at its finest – Lost serves brunches, alongside tempting countertop treats and a menu of seasonally changing dishes. The ingredients used throughout the menus are well-sourced and of top standard. This is evident in the resulting quality and flavour of the food and drinks.

If your Heading out of town for a romantic day in the stunning Sussex countryside then Hurstpierpoint should be a stop point on your map. The quintessential English town is a chocolate box treasure. Boutiques line the streets and the foodie treats on offer at The New Inn will make the trip even more enjoyable. The Sussex-led seasonally changing menu is ripe with unique dishes of exceptional quality. The wine list is matched with equal quality and offers a fantastic selection of locally sourced wines for you and your loved one to enjoy. 

Swing down to Market in Hove with your amor for a truly romantic dining experience. Sit side by side at the bar and watch hospitality theatrics whilst sipping on a cocktail del dia, or opt for a more intimate restaurant table where you and your date can spend hours sat eye to eye, sharing tapas-style small plates and bottles of succulent vino. Wednesday evenings at Market are marked as Date Night – where you and your guest can enjoy a special set menu designed for two for only £25 each!

For your next date night, whether it’s a first date or an anniversary celebration, the Permit Room in the Lanes is an ideal choice. The warm and relaxed vibe, accompanied by the scent of incense and great music, sets the perfect atmosphere. The welcoming team ensures you feel at home. Beyond the great ambiance, the food – featuring shareable small plates – and their crafted cocktails make it the perfect spot for a memorable date night. You’ll be eager to book your next visit!

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Morleys Bistro in Hurstpierpoint offers a complete package for a romantic break with Bed and Breakfast also available. The menu is modern European with a strong emphasis on locally sourced, quality ingredients. Hurstpierpoint and the surrounding areas have plenty to explore, from arts and crafts and antique shops to local nature walks and vineyards, making for a complete weekend break.

Set on the ground floor of a fashionably restored, sea-facing, Victorian townhouse, Port Hotel, Eastbourne is positioned perfectly for romantic rendezvous’. However, the sensational setting is the only landing point for the romantic ambience of the restaurant. With sleek and contemporary interiors and a food offering that will make even the hardest heart swoon – the menu offers small and sharing plates of modern cuisine, made from the best in seasonal and local ingredients. A carefully curated cocktail menu, which also champions seasonal flavours is another stand out offering here and of course, being a hotel, should you wish to extend the experience, you can.  

Set on Brighton’s stunning Brighton seafront strip and exuding Victorian grandeur, The Grand hotel will never fail to impress. Head here for your date, get-away or romantic rendezvous and you have the choice of three fantastic restaurants to dine at; The Victoria Terrace Grill, which serves a classic grill menu, Cyan, an all-day bar and relaxed modern dining. Or head to the Victorian Terrace for a taste of traditional afternoon tea.