BRAVO award winners for

Best Restaurants Brighton


The Best Restaurant in Brighton category is always the most hotly contested in the Brighton Restaurant Awards. In 2023, you voted in your thousands and returned your verdict. Every restaurant on this list is as unique as it is wonderful with each boasting a great menu, a fabulous team and a memorable ambiance. We truly hope you have the chance to visit as many of these Brighton and Hove restaurants as possible over the year ahead.

And the winner of the BRAVO for Best Restaurant goes to – Burnt Orange – for the second year in a row. Huge congratulations to the team. 

First place

Still a relative newcomer to the Brighton Lanes, Burnt Orange’s flame is burning bright. Taking top spot for a second year in a row, this brilliant Brighton restaurant strikes the perfect balance between comfort and glamour, finding its home in the beating heart of Brighton. The menu is designed for sharing and takes inspiration from the fresh flavours of the Mediterranean basin. The very best seasonal ingredients are cooked over wood-fire giving the excellent food its distinct flavour. Match this with an outstanding wine-list, hand-crafted cocktails and a passionate team and you’ve got a truly winning formula to be voted top spot for the best restaurants Brighton has to offer. 

Second place

The remarkable young team at Bonsai Plant Kitchen are showing Brighton the limitless delights of vegan food. They’ve gone from humble beginnings as a lockdown takeaway, via pub pop-up, straight to the dizzying heights of #2 Best Restaurant Brighton in just two years, showing us all what passion and determination can do. With a fresh take on South-East Asian flavours, their plant-based ingredients are lovingly prepared and cooked on Japanese coals. With cool music and banging cocktails, Bonsai Plant Kitchen is fun fun fun but with seriously good food. Y’all can’t get enough…and neither can we. One to watch for the future and taking the number 2 spot as Brighton’s best restaurant. 

Third place

A jewel in Brighton’s foodie crown, Terre à Terre is a pioneer of vegetarian fine dining and one of the most influential restaurants in the city. Always at the vanguard of sustainable and ethical cuisine, Terre à Terre has a playful and innovative approach and diners can look forward to finding much-loved favourites like their vegetarian tapas, alongside exciting additions to the menu from new head chef, Danny Yates. The wine list features the best British, organic and biodynamic wine available. Terre à Terre celebrates its 30th Birthday in 2023; we hope the amazing team will accept this big BRAVO as a gift from Brighton. 

fourth place

Everything about award-winning chef Duncan Ray’s elegant, pared-back fish restaurant speaks of elegant simplicity. But there is nothing simple about the offer at The Little Fish Market in Hove. The finest ingredients are painstakingly sourced. The 12-course tasting menu is expertly designed to let ingredients sing. The mouthwatering dishes are prepared with near-obsessive precision. And if you are lucky enough to join them for dinner, you will be given the very best welcome by their charming team. Wine pairings are expertly curated by Keeling & Andrew and Noble Rot. We’re so happy this BRAVO will join the accolades enjoyed by this outstanding restaurant.

FIFTH place

The epitome of modern British fine dining, Etch has been gifted to Brighton and Hove by the largess of MasterChef: The Professionals winner Steven Edwards. Etch offers weekly changing tasting menus which showcase the very best British produce in a beautiful and elegant space. Designed to surprise and delight, Stephen’s artful menu, luxurious restaurant and exceptional team provide the kind of culinary experience – and excellence – that really should not be missed. Michel Roux Jnr himself described Steven’s food as being ‘fault free’ – it’s a big shout. We suggest you visit Etch as soon as you can to find out exactly why. Steven and etch. have also occupied the no.1 spot for the best restaurant in Brighton. He was winner of the best restaurant Brighton accolade in 2019.

sixth place

The Salt Room stands tall as one of the best restaurants in Brighton, captivating diners with its unparalleled dining experience where all their shellfish and meat dishes are cooked over coal. Located on Brighton’s seafront, this seafood restaurant offers stunning views of the sea and The West Pier ruins, alongside a menu that showcases the finest locally sourced ingredients. From their expertly grilled seafood to their innovative flavour combinations, each dish is a masterpiece that delights the senses. With its elegant ambiance, impeccable service, and commitment to culinary excellence, The Salt Room promises an unforgettable dining journey that perfectly captures the essence of Brighton’s vibrant food scene in a modern British way. The Salt Room are also winners of Best Team at the 2023 BRAVO Awards. Private dining is available at The Salt Room for up to 16 people. 

seventh place

Wild Flor has rightfully earned its place among the top 20 restaurants in Brighton, captivating diners with its exceptional culinary offerings and winning the hearts and stomachs of our 2023 BRAVO voters. A restaurant in Hove and founded in 2019, this renowned establishment boasts an innovative and seasonally driven menu that showcases the finest local ingredients. With their thoughtfully crafted dishes and carefully curated wine selection, Wild Flor delivers a dining experience that is nothing short of extraordinary. The inviting ambiance and impeccable service further enhance the overall experience, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking an unforgettable culinary journey in Brighton. Explore the Wild Flor website to discover the delights that await. Featured in the Michelin and Good Food Guide. Private dining available for up to 28 people. 

eighth place

The Flint House, situated in the heart of Brighton’s Hannington Lanes, stands out as one of the city’s finest dining destinations. As part of the acclaimed Gingerman Group, this Brighton restaurant offers a remarkable culinary experience that tantalises the taste buds. With a focus on using the finest seasonal ingredients, The Flint House presents a menu of exquisite dishes complemented by carefully selected wines and cocktails to match. Impeccable service and a stylish atmosphere further enhance the dining journey, making it a must-visit for those seeking exceptional gastronomy in Brighton and another standout offering from acclaimed chef Ben McKellar. Jay Rayner describes The Flint House in his 2019 review. ‘This new place in Brighton is spot on…it’s about solid dishes that don’t sacrifice substance for looks’

Ninth place

Bincho Yakitori, located on Preston Street in Brighton, is undoubtedly one of the city’s finest dining establishments, securing a well-deserved place among the top 20 restaurants. With its authentic Japanese cuisine and unparalleled flavours, it has become the go-to spot for Brighton’s esteemed chefs. Bincho Yakitori’s mastery of expertly grilled skewers and delectable dishes sets it apart. Its reputation as a favourite haunt of local culinary talent speaks volumes as Bincho has been in the BRAVO top 5 best restaurants in Brighton for 5 years. 

Tenth place

Petit Pois, located in Brighton’s Lanes, effortlessly secures its place among the city’s finest dining establishments. This rustic and charming French restaurant, owned by the talented duo Ivana and David Roy, offers an unforgettable culinary experience. With their passion for French cuisine and attention to detail, they have created a menu that exudes authenticity and captures the essence of French gastronomy. The warm and inviting ambiance perfectly complements the exquisite dishes, ensuring a memorable dining journey. Their French wine list is curated using wine producers from the regions of Burgundy, Alsace, Languedoc and Bordeaux. Indulge in the culinary delights of Petit Pois and discover why it is celebrated as one of Brighton’s top restaurants.

Take a look at your other BRAVO winners
Best restaurant
Sussex finest
Best brunch
Plant Champions
Best cocktail
Best local
Best for family
Best team
Best cafe
Best afternoon tea
Best roast
Best wine list
Best int. cuisine
Most sustainable
Eat well for less
Good to go


There are an increasing number of vegan restaurants in the Brighton top 20 best restaurants year on year. This year Bonsai Plant Kitchen (vegan) and Terre á Terre (vegetarian) finished in the top 3 and many of Brighton’s best restaurants offer plenty of strong vegan options.

According to the Brighton Restaurant Awards 2023, the public voted most popular restaurant in Brighton right now is Burnt Orange. They have been voted the public favourite for the second year running. The top 20 best restaurants can be seen here.

Brighton has a number of chefs who have appeared on Masterchef the Professionals and they include Steven Edwards from etch. Kenny Tutt from Shelter Hall (Patty Guy) and Duncan Ray from The Little Fish Market is always highly regarded in the National Restaurant Awards. A round up of the best quality restaurants voted by the public can be discovered here.