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The 7 Best Restaurants in Brighton

By Neharika Padala

A few streets back from the pebbles, Brighton has no shortage of fine food. Offering a mix of modern British and international dishes, the city offers a diverse mix of culinary cuisine.

Our guide to the best restaurants in Brighton includes vegetarian favorite Terre à Terre. Since 1993, Amanda Powley and Philip Taylor have been creating meat-free dishes in their popular local restaurant. Through making ethical choices they have created a loyal following and have been attracting international visitors for over 20 years.

Other highlights include The Little Fish Market. Having recently been converted to a fish restaurant from a fishmongers, this restaurant remains relatively new to the Brighton dining scene. However, The Little Fish Market is already creating a buzz, attracting visitors from all over the UK.


The award-winning restaurant at Drakes provides sumptuous cuisine and fine dining in the heart of Brighton.

Since opening its doors in 2004, it has been combining the highest quality seasonal ingredients to create modern European food.

Highly acclaimed Head Chef Andrew Mackenzie showcases his skills and talents throughout the menu and is renowned for creating exquisite cuisine using locally sourced ingredients.

The regularly updated menu allow you to savor dishes such as cauliflower veloute with almond oil and poached egg and the mascarpone crème brûlée.

Drakes also boast a private dining room which can comfortably accommodate 12 people, providing an ideal setting for a special occasion.

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Amanda Powley and Philip Taylor purchased Terre à Terre in 1993 out of a shared passion to create a platform to share their meat-free cooking.

For over 20 years, Terre à Terre has been all about quality ingredients and creativity.

As well as offering a vegetarian menu, the restaurant also offers a full range of products including chef-made sweets, nibbles, jams, pickles and chutneys available for purchase online and in-house.


Located within Brighton’s own Hotel du Vin, this bistro boasts an appetizing French menu in an elegant and informal setting.

Using only fresh and seasonal produce, Bistro du Vin serves classics such as Escargots a la Bourguigonne and Comte Cheese Souffle for starters and Roast Cod and Lentils du Puy for mains.

With attentive and knowledgeable waiting staff always on hand, Bistro du Vin is happy to advise and recommend its clientele.

Hotel du Vin Brighton also offers a range of unique private dining rooms. Varying in sizes and styling, no two rooms are the same, and provide the perfect space for a special occasion or simply for lunch with family and friends.


Recommended by the Michelin Guide and Good Food Guide, Graze is a well-known food venue with a considerable reputation.

The decadent and sophisticated décor is inspired by the Royal Pavilion, located no less than a mile away.

The spirit of indulgence has always been the backbone of Graze’s inspired tasting menus. Graze take pride in producing outstanding dishes which feature on their Modern British a la carte menu. Below the main restaurant, Graze boasts an impressive Regency room and a private dining room which can hold up to 24 people, ideal for business functions or celebrations.


Committed to using local and seasonal produce, the ever-changing menu at 24 St Georges reflects this. Located within tiny Kemp Town Village, Dean Heselden and Jamie Everton-Jones have been quietly carving a name for themselves on the Brighton restaurant scene.

The relaxed interior creates a calm and fuss-free space, and the cuisine is just as straightforward and well executed, with an emphasis on local produce. Highlights include free-range chicken breast and ballotine with chorizo stuffing for mains and chocolate and orange sponge with honeycomb for dessert.


Having been converted from a fishmonger into an exquisite fish restaurant in January 2013, The Little Fish Market is still a relatively new restaurant within the Brighton dining scene.

However, it is already causing much excitement with a handful of rave reviews.

Manager and Head Chef Duncan Ray boasts an impressive resume and has previously been Head Chef at the Latymer Restaurant at the prestigious Pennyhill Park in Bagshot, Surrey. Ray has also worked alongside Heston Blumenthal at the Fat Duck in Bray.

Sourcing fresh fish from around the British Isles, The Little Fish Market uses local ingredients and suppliers for all dishes and produce.The light and airy interior lined with the artwork of Colin Eusden also creates a relaxed and tranquil atmosphere.


This quality bistro in the heart of Kemp Town is a stone’s throw away from Brighton Pier. The understated neutral color scheme reflects the relaxed, uncomplicated cuisine, which changes week to week.

The daily changing British menu and evolving seasonal menu showcase fresh, locally sourced ingredients to perfection, with a wine list that has been carefully selected to complement the menu.

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