Restaurant Brighton's guide to

Romantic Restaurants

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Drinks to start

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. 

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!

Woo the heart of your loved one at 2 Church Street. This stunning, intimate and independent cafe is a luxurious setting for a romantic outing. Idyllically located next to the pavilion gardens and in the heart of the North Laine, it is hard not to fall in love with (or, at) this spot. Specialising in rare spirits, namely rum and mescal, creatively and expertly crafted cocktails and fine wine. And while you work your magic, graze on the sharing plates that showcase prime, seasonal and local produce?

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.

Restaurants to impress

Amarillo by Ian Swainson is located in the stylish boutique hotel Drakes. Opening in 2019 first as a pop-up in the Lanes, Amarillo quickly became one to watch. The food is Spanish inspired, elevated to fine dining of Michelin proportions (Swainson has previously been head chef at more than one Michelin starred venue, we expect a star here to follow!). Drakes brings intimacy and classic style into the mix, as well as sea facing rooms with bay window bathtubs – it’s romance from basement to chimney tops

The no fuss fine dining restaurant is cosy and decorated with neutral colours and a myriad of natural materials and low lighting adds to the naturally romantic ambience. Providing an offering of entirely plant-based dining Kokedama is an ultra special option for someone extra lovely. The small plates are exquisite. The cocktails are innovative and delicious and the wine list will give you lovers something else to swoon over! 

Rows of white bowls containing one of the courses at The Little Fish market
photo credit: Xavi Buendia

Duncan Ray’s Little Fish Market is one of Brighton’s most esteemed restaurants. 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.

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?

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.

At Ten in the North Laine is a perfect date destination before a trip to the nearby Corn Exchange of Theatre Royal. The welcoming interiors are classically styled, with forest green walls, deep comfy chairs and quality tableware. The menu is seasonal and ever-changing. Small sharing plates each focus on a single main ingredient which is creatively finessed. With around four to five plates adequately giving two people a delicious exploration of the menu. The wine list is equally impressive, with fine wines to suit all tastes levels of ‘good impression’.

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.

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.

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.

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 vegetarian cuisine in Brighton since 1993 and has received Micheline 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.

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!

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.

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!

The highly acclaimed and multiple Micheline-plate awarded Crabtree is set in the idyllic and picturesque village of Lower Bedding (near Horsham) this ​​classically English 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. 

Casual and quality

Head to Post House for a superb evening dining on the delicious sharing plates that have been made from the best fresh and local ingredients. Or for a culinary journey that you can discover together opt for the set tasting menu. You’ll share multiple courses of creatively and skillfully 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 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.

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.

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. 

Take a trip to Bangkok by heading to Lucky Khao on St James’ Street. The 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 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.

It’s tough to get more romantic than the 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.

Idyllically set next to Brighton’s Royal Pavilion, Tapas Revolution does what it says on the tin. There’s oodles of choice here and in true tapas style, you won’t be judged for ordering a bit of everything from the menu. And in true Spanish style, you can take your time over consuming it! Why not take advantage of the prime location of the restaurant by taking your date for a romantic post-dinner stroll around the Pavilion gardens?

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?

Socialite by name and socialite by nature. This modern and stylish restaurant bar is located on East Street in Brighton’s historic Lanes. It’s trendy and the place to be seen. The area is vibrant, the venue is vibrant and exudes cool. Cocktails flow, and lavish small and sharing plates highlight the food menu. While not extravagant the offering is decadent and with exceptionally stylish decor and air of exclusivity, it certainly lends itself to a special occasion celebration.

Hidden gems

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. If your intended likes seafood then head here on Fishy Fridays for an à la carte offering of whole fish and seasonal sides. 

There’s Chinese… and then there’s Gars. Nestled amongst the busy eateries on Prince Albert St (opposite Brighton Town Hall) this little delight has been around for years (1983!) and has a loyal following amongst Brightonian foodies. The sultry, lantern-lit interior casts a warm feeling over diners upon entry and the staff exude an air of friendly professionalism and knowledge. Described as ‘Asian fine dining’one of the most popular dishes on the menu is Dim Sum, small individual plates of food that have been steamed, baked or fried – order a selection and get sharing!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Restaurants with accomodation

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 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.

The Crown Inn Dial is a countryside pub with spectacular staycations. This charming 16th-century inn offers you a perfect package romantic getaway; picture-perfect surrounds, a restaurant serving a menu of homemade, locally and seasonally sourced classic pub food and a fireplace for you and your guest to cosy up near before heading to your luxuriously decked out room.