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The 25 best restaurants in Brighton

Brighton's thriving food scene deals in everything from the very best in local Sussex ingredients to classic fish and chips, via incredible tasting menus and top notch Japanese dishes. These are the best restaurants in Brighton right now.

Joe Minihane
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Rosemary Waugh
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Joe Minihane
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Brighton’s restaurant scene is booming, with new openings continuing to push old-school favourites to even greater heights. The result is a city that has food at its heart, with something to cater for everyone, from committed carnivores to vegans.

If you want fine dining with wine to match or a food market replete with local options right on the beach, then you're in luck. And with so much to do in between meals, you’re guaranteed to work up an appetite. Hungry? Read on for our pick of the best restaurants in Brighton right now.

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Best restaurants in Brighton

Why go? Seven of Sussex's best restaurants under one roof, right on Brighton beach

Brighton's iconic Shelter Hall reopened in 2020 after being demolished and wholly rebuilt. Situated at the bottom of West Street, right on the beach, it's now home to a superb food hall run by food startup incubator Sessions. There are new concessions for 2022 - our picks are the excellent Sear for steaks, Patty Guy for burgers by Masterchef champion Kenny Tutt and Tiger and Rabbit for first rate Korean dishes.

Why go?

Creative vegan small-plates from the team behind the award-winning Roundhill pub

Brighton has long led the way in plant-based dining. And the city's latest top-end restaurant is a celebration of all things vegan. Kokedama is the brainchild of the team behind The Roundhill pub, which has won plaudits for its brilliant vegan dishes. This new, swanky spot on East Street has an ever changing menu of small dishes and an impressive natural wine list. Booking is a must

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Why go?

Local ingredients and creative dishes in a relaxed atmosphere.

Its open kitchen and small dining room are what help make Kindling so special. An intimate space, its owners make a big play of dishes showcasing the best produce available in Sussex. The menu is seasonal, changes daily and has options for vegans and those with specific dietary requirements, so everyone is truly welcome. Look out for venison from Ashdown and vegetables from farms across the South Downs.

Wild Flor
Wild Flor

4. Wild Flor

Why go? Locally sourced ingredients and modern British dishes in a swanky Hove setting.

Run by a team who used to work for the Brighton-renowned Gingerman group, Wild Flor has become one of Brighton and Hove’s best foodie destinations over the past few years. Ingredients are sourced from farms across Sussex, while the cooking is first class. Think confit lamb belly or roast cod cheeks. High-end

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Why go? Spectacular pasta made in an open kitchen, with a superb wine list to match.

Cin Cin has two locations in Brighton and Hove, each with a U-shaped bar where hungry patrons can sit and watch chefs work their magic. The menu changes regularly, with the likes of truffled ricotta tortelloni sating the appetite of pasta fiends. They’re only open Wednesday to Saturday, so it pays to book ahead. Mid-range

Isaac At

Why go? Hip, contemporary fine dining at one of Brighton’s coolest restaurants.

If you think yourself a bit of a foodie fashionista (or know someone who is), then Isaac At (excuse the strange name) is the Brighton restaurant for you. It was the first restaurant in the world to offer a wine list entirely made up of British vino. And the food’s rather special too. Splash out on their seasonal and locally-sourced tasting menu or get a speedy pre-theatre dinner. High-end

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Bincho Yakitori

Why go? Take your tastebuds all the way to Tokyo and back, without leaving the South East.

Brighton isn’t exactly short of a fine dining spot, but those who really know their food also known Bincho Yakitori. This joint has legions of fans who come for its authentically Japanese casual drinking-and-dining experience. It’s the meat skewers that everyone goes really wild for, so take your seat at the bar and say hai to everything on offer. Mid-range

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Why go? Taste your way through up to nine courses at this Hove home-from-home for fine diners.

It’s run by a former Master Chef: The Professionals winner, so it’s no real surprise Etch is a fancy little spot. But the plates are arguably fancier than the nicely laid-back restaurant itself, which aims to move away from the stuffier feeling of traditional posh restaurants. Tasting menus change each month and reflect whatever is best at that time of year. High-end/blowout

Why go? Superb French dishes with an affordable set lunch menu.

This French spot has become one of Brighton’s most renowned foodie destinations in recent years, doing a fine line in small plates that wow both hungry tourists and picky locals alike. Best of all, it offers a ‘menu rapide’ for just £10 between 12 and 3 on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, which changes regularly. High-end/blowout

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Why go?

The best fish and chips around, a stone's throw from the beach

Brighton has plenty of places offering 'the best fish and chips in town'. But for our money, Bankers takes the crown. Cooked fresh to order, their classic dishes are the real deal. There are three locations, but the most convenient for the beach is on Western Road, a three minute walk from the beach.

Why go? Amazing sushi in an eye-catching Japanese restaurant.

Brighton has a surprisingly strong array of Japanese restaurants. But for sushi, none can match Moshimo. Found within the Lanes, this cool spot has traditional paper screens to divide tables, meaning post-Covid dining feels less clinical than in other locations. Sustainable fish is at the heart of everything they do here, with first rate ingredients bringing a taste of Kyoto to the city by the sea. Mid-range

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Why go?

Top notch brunch in the heart of Kemp Town village

Egg and Spoon might not be in the middle of town. But that makes it all the more enticing. Set within the quiet streets of Kemp Town village, its breakfast and brunch menu is superb, with vegan options to go alongside classics such as Eggs Benedict. The smoothies and juices will blitz any hangover, too.

Why go? Get to know the difference between natural, organic and biodynamic wine at this cool restaurant.

Impress a dinner date with a trip to Plateau, a modern Brighton restaurant that’s all about the wines. Only they’re wines you don’t have to feel so bad about sucking down, because they’re all natural, organic or biodynamic. Pair a glass or three with beautifully-presented small plates designed to be shared. High-end

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Food for Friends

Why go? Well-loved vegetarian restaurant in the South Lanes that’s even a hit with non-veggies.

Vegetarian and vegan food often gets a bit of a bad press (although more and more people are turning to it these days), but Brighton restaurant Food for Friends has long been proving that no meat doesn’t equal no taste. This award-winning venue specialises in dishes designed to be shared with a table of your best mates (even the ones who claim to dislike veggie food). High-end

64 Degrees

Why go? Stylish, on-trend cuisine in a sleek venue.

Yet more proof that Brighton is rather fond of its super-cool restaurants, 64 Degrees does the ‘small plates’ thing with a big load of flair. Headed by Michael Bremner, the restaurant prides itself on using local and seasonal produce – so don’t be surprised to see a good few Sussex items on the menu. This is a good place to book if you’re trying to impress a serious foodie. High-end

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Why go? A classic Brighton restaurant with plenty of charm.

Brighton diners love The Gingerman, and it’s easy to see why. This cooly decorated venue offers fixed-price menus (one, two or three courses) or a splash-out tasting one. The food is Britsh-influenced, with some gourmet flourishes. Ideal for pre-theatre dining. High-end

Terre à Terre

Why go? The Brighton restaurant where no-meat doesn’t equal no-fun.

If Brighton’s many steak restaurants aren’t your thing, try local treasure Terre à Terre. You’ll get anything and everything from around the globe here – there are no constraints on the country of origin, as long as the recipe is tasty and plant-based. Make sure you leave room to try their luscious puds. Mid-range

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The Salt Room

Why go? Super-fresh seafood for when a trip to the seaside requires an appropriate meal.

There’s little point being on the British coast if you’re not going to take advantage of the culinary fantasia right in front of you. The Salt Room won the 2017 Seafish UK Restaurant of the Year award, and specialises in cooking over coal. Diners also get a meal with a view, thanks to The Salt Room’s seafront location opposite the West Pier. High-end (with some mid-range options)

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20. The Flint House

Why go? A buzzy new spot that has every kind of diner in mind.

Set within a recently regenerated part of Brighton’s Lanes, The Flint House’s large dining room and outdoor spaces make it great for large gatherings. The menu is broad, with vegans and gluten-free diners catered for with dedicated menus. The chef’s menu – which includes includes a small selection of dishes with wines to match – is always a good bet. Mid-range

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The Coal Shed

Why go? Celebrated steak restaurant with a commitment to the best of local ingredients.

The sister restaurant of The Salt Room, The Coal Shed is a firm favourite with Brightonians and visitors. If your ideal meal is a simple and classic steak, done extremely well, then this is the place for you. Old school meaty brilliance means even the bread can be served with whipped beef fat, and the robust puddings will keep you full all night. High-end (with some mid-range options inc. pre-theatre menu)

The Chilli Pickle

Why go? Inventive Indian restaurant loved by Brighton foodies.

Many consider The Chilli Pickle Brighton’s best Indian restaurant. Suitable for lunch or dinner, the creatively put together menu is crammed with recipes you’re unlikely to have tried before. Their dishes are colourful, well-spiced and aromatic – the absolute perfect pick-me-up if you’re feeling a tiny bit under the weather or simply suffering from the winter blues. Mid-range

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The Restaurant at Drakes

Why go? Consistently one of Brighton’s most popular seafront restaurants.

The words ‘hotel restaurant’ can conjure up all manner of culinary horrors. But the Restaurant at Drakes is one of the good guys. Here, you’re getting a fine-dining experience suitable for when serious celebrating is called for. Vegetarians are well catered for here, with a dedicated 5-course tasting menu. High-end

Why go? Because at this charming, independant bistro, they really know how to jump-start your pallette. 

Semolina does high-quality dining but keeps the experience nice and calm. You won’t feel stressed out by an overly formal setting here, but you will get to enjoy the results of a carefully planned menu. Their trick is to keep the options limited, so that each dish gets the attention it deserves. Mid-range/high-end

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Curry Leaf Café

Why go? Multi-branch Indian street food vendor beloved by vegetarians.

Let's be honest: no trip to the seaside is complete without some fish and chips – it's a British staple. So why not take it up a flavoursome notch with Masala-battered fish ‘n’ chips? The Curry Leaf Café has two locations in Brighton (the Lanes and Kemptown). All of them serve South Indian street food made, where possible, with produce from farms in the Brighton area. Mid-range

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