Brighton Restaurants

Here is a selection of places to eat that we enjoy going to in Brighton and Hove. With hundreds of restaurants nearby, this list will give you a broad choice of styles which are within a 5 or 10 minutes walk or 5 mins in a cab from Nineteen. These are genuine commendations from the experiences of a very picky “foodie” – we do not get any form of kick back from the restaurants! We’ve only written a few words on each place, so feel free to ask us questions about anywhere you like the sound of.

Brightonians eat out a lot, and when you add in conference delegates and leisure visitors, it means good places are always busy at weekends and it really is a good idea to book restaurants in advance of your stay.

Brighton does not have any Michelin starred restaurants, but a small number have Michelin “bib gourmand” status, meaning they offer good food at reasonable prices. Notwithstanding this, there are lots of choices on this list which offer tasty well prepared food.

Like Michelin, my ratings of Excellent (E), Very Good (VG) and Good (G), is based on the quality of the produce used, the quality of the food served, and the skill of the kitchen team.

A couple of places listed here are purely vegetarian and vegan, but all Brighton restaurants offer a decent choice to non meat eaters, because so many live down here.

Local Independent Restaurants

64 Degrees @ 53 Meeting House Lane, The Lanes E

T: 01273 770115 – W: www.64degrees.co.uk

This is the most exciting, a la mode, creative food in Brighton. Dishes are small(ish) tapas style, but easily enough for 2 to share, as you work your way through the short frequently changing menu. You can sit at the counter watching the chefs (who have good CVs) create the dishes a metre away from you while cool tunes play out, or they will bring the dishes to your table personally.

Straight at No. 36 in 2014 National Restaurant Awards Top 100 in the UK, and a Michelin Bib Gourmand!

This is a small venue; booking is essential, even midweek in a wet January!

Chilli Pickle @ Jubilee Street, North Laine E

T: 01273 900383 – W: www.thechillipickle.com/restaurant

Winner of the UK’s most inventive Indian Restaurant award, 2 AA Rosettes, a Michelin Bib Gourmand, and in Restaurant Magazine’s top100 UK restaurants 3 years running, this is an exciting contemporary “Indian” restaurant, nothing like what we Brits call “an Indian”; these are authentic Indian flavours and dishes, superbly balanced with top quality local ingredients and a modern flair. A lighter lunchtime menu offers Indian “street” food. Really fantastic flavours and cooking!

Chilli Pickle Canteen @ Jubilee Street, North Laine E

T: 01273 900384 – W: www.thechillipickle.com/canteen

They now offer a delivery service from a separate menu and website. A filling selection of curries, side dishes and accompaniments comes in a tray which sits on your lap – a really convenient way to have a take-away!

Won 'Best Takeaway' at the British Curry Awards at the end of 2014.

GB1 @ The Grand Hotel, Kings Road. E

T: 01273 224300 – W: www.grandbrighton.co.uk/dining-en.html

A truly 5 star dining experience, great fresh fish, oyster bar and service. We had a fantastic 3 hour dinner for a special treat, starting with cocktails (served with moreish scallop flavoured popcorn), then native oysters, starters, mains and dessert, wines and coffee. A lovely evening, and prices are surprisingly competitive with Brighton’s other good fish restaurants.

Riddle & Finns (on the beach) @ 139 King’s Road arches, seafront. E

T: 01273 821218 – W: www.riddleandfinns.co.uk

They’ve now opened up on the beach, near the old pier. This venue does take bookings and is a restaurant, rather than the oyster bar feel of it’s sister in the Lanes. Superbly fresh seafood. Outdoor terrace seating in good weather makes for terrifically relaxed lunchtimes.

* Free apéritif offer for guests of Nineteen! Please ask us for Voucher.

Silo @ 39 Upper Gardner Street, North Laine E

T: 01273 674259 – W: www.silobrighton.com

A new ultra-ethical restaurant/café with terrific food at very good prices. I regard Doug McMaster to be the best chef working in Brighton. Zero waste, recycled or upcycled everything, latest cheffy techniques, very local and foraged ingredients, so much is home made (bread, butter, beer, cider). It's all amazing!

Evolving opening hours - check their website.

Terre à Terre @ 71 East Street, The Lanes E

T: 01273 729051 – W: www.terreaterre.co.uk

Unbelievably good vegetarian fine dining restaurant, holder of a Michelin Bib Gourmand and widely accepted as the UK’s best vegetarian restaurant. The highly inventive food will surpass your expectations of veggie cuisine. Try sharing the tapas plate for a starter, or a late afternoon snack. This is a very special place, which will stay in your mind for a long time.

* Guests of Nineteen will get complimentary Manager's Drink! Please ask us for Voucher.

The Coal Shed @ 8 Boyce’s Street, The Lanes E

T: 01273 322998 – W: www.coalshed-restaurant.co.uk

Specialists in grilled meat and fish using the same Spanish charcoal (Josper) oven favoured by Heston Blumenthal and Gordon Ramsay which seals, cooks and flavours the food while leaving it moist inside. In my opinion they serve the best steaks in Brighton, their beef dripping chips are to die for, and, if you’re adventurous, the roasted bone marrow starter is heavenly. They do a good Sunday lunch offer and their house wines are very good.

Their normal Lunch menu is hearty and superb value at £15/£17.50 for 2/3 courses!

* Guests of Nineteen will get either a free apéritif or '3 courses for the price of 2' offer! Please ask us for Voucher.

The Gingerman @ 21a Norfolk Square, Hove E

T: 01273 326688 – W: www.gingermanrestaurants.com

The flagship restaurant of the Ginger Group; Refurbished in 2015 to give it a more contemporary feel, the Gingerman provides excellent relaxed fine dining. I regard it as amongst the best food in Brighton.

(See the 'Bars, Cafés & Pubs with Food' listing for other Ginger Group venues)

The Restaurant at Drakes @ Drakes Hotel, Marine Parade. E

T: 01273 696934 – W: www.drakesofbrighton.com/restaurant

This is the best rated restaurant in Brighton, and the closest to Michelin star levels, located in Brighton’s top boutique hotel. Just 2 mins walk from Nineteen, it’s perfect for a special romantic meal and cocktails in their bar.

* Free aperitif offer for guests of Nineteen! Please ask us for Voucher.

24 St. Georges @ 24 St. George’s Road, Kemp Town VG

T: 01273 626060 – W: www.24stgeorges.co.uk

Fine dining restaurant offering well cooked classic British cuisine. Conservative and safe rather than novel and creative. Charming location in Kemp Town village.

English’s @ 29-31, East Street, The Lanes VG

T: 01273 327980 – W: www.englishs.co.uk

Brighton’s oldest and best known fish restaurant. Charmingly old fashioned, with good classic dishes. Superb value lunch menu.

Food For Friends @ 17-18 Prince Albert Street, The Lanes VG

T: 01273 202310 – W: www.foodforfriends.com

Brighton’s most established Vegetarian restaurant (since 1981) serves excellent food, with a mediterranean rim twist. Warm friendly service and massive windows to give great views onto The Lanes.

Indian Summer @ 69 East Street, The Lanes VG

T: 01273 711001 – W: www.indian-summer.org.uk

Award winning, excellent quality indian restaurant presenting authentic dishes in a modern style; a real gem and nothing like your local curry house. Good for lunch too – try the Indian street food!

Murasaki @ 115 Dyke Road VG

T: 01273 326231 – W: www.murasakirestaurant.co.uk

A short cab ride away is a small authentic Japanese restaurant. Basic in appearance, but offering a range of very well prepared fresh produce including Sashimi, Sushi, & Tempura and other dishes at good prices. But not just the standard types you get in Anglo-Japanese places – try sea urchin sashimi for a powerful taste of the ocean. The crab dishes and black cod are very good indeed.

Plateau @ 1 Bartholomews, The Lanes G

T: 01273 733085 – W: www.plateaubrighton.com

A very different and interesting restaurant and bar. Wines and other drinks are all organic or biodynamic, and are noticeably different to what we usually drink (and nice!). The food is all about showcasing fresh seasonal produce, without messing around with it unnecessarily. A lot is designed to share, from smaller ‘bites’ dishes to larger platters of meats, fish or vegetables. There are also daily special main courses on a board, meaning their actual choice you’ll be offered is significantly greater than what appears on their website, because so much is fresh and dependent on what the market supplies. Dishes push the boundaries of what is regarded as standard menu fayre.

Riddle & Finn’s @ 12b Meeting House Lane, The Lanes VG

T: 01273 323008 – W: www.riddleandfinns.co.uk

If you are looking for seafood down here, then this is the place for you: easily the freshest and the best, in a buzzing venue in the Lanes. The shared marble high tables add to the atmosphere which reminds me of a Parisian oyster bar. There’s no booking but swift turnrounds mean you won’t have to wait long.

* Free aperitif offer for guests of Nineteen! Please ask us for Voucher.

The Salt Room @ 106 King's Road (Hilton Metropol Hotel) VG

T: 01273 929488 – W: www.saltroom-restaurant.co.uk

The Coal Shed has teamed up with the Hilton Metropol Hotel to open a quality seafood restaurant on the seafront opposite the derelict pier and the i360. A really good menu with interesting far eastern twists here and there. Good wine list. They also have a Josper oven and provide great steaks/meats.

* Guests of Nineteen will get either a free apéritif or '3 courses for the price of 2' offer! Please ask us for Voucher.

The Set Restaurant @ The Artists Residence, 33 Regency Square VG

T: 01273 324302 (Artist Residence) – W: www.thesetrestaurant.com

So called because they offer a selection of Set menus. Creative, flavoursome contemporary cooking with a chilled vibe. You can even view their herb garden on the roof at the back.

Very Italian Pizza @ 19 Old Steine VG

T: 01273 677377 – W: www.pizzavip.co.uk

Family run, with some produce from the family's farm in Italy. A selection of popular Italian dishes. Good atmosphere. Kitchen open until 22:30.

Gars @ 19 Prince Albert Street, The Lanes G

T: 01273 321321 – W: www.gars.co.uk

Brighton’s best Chinese restauarant serves great fresh produce with wonderful flavours. Very good value and wide ranging menu. Sit upstairs for a real Chinatown feel.

Kooks @ 56 Gardner Street, North Laine G

T: 01273 673045 – W: www.kooksrestaurant.com

A nice place to pop into when exploring the North Laine. Contemporary decor, chilled vibe and decent menu choices. They describe themselves as a 'boho bistro' and offer all day dining.

Moshimo @ Bartholomew Square, The Lanes G

T: 01273 719195 – W: www.moshibrighton.co.uk

Similar to, but independent from, the Moshi Moshi in London (since the group’s financial problems in 2011). Conveyor belt and table service, ethically and sustainably sourced Sushi, sashimi as well as hot food. Really cool Japanese style building right outside Brighton Town Hall. Good atmosphere at night, but great for lunch on a sunny day where you can sit outside in the square without the traffic buzzing past.

Sabai @ 165-169 Princes house, Princes Place, North Street G

T: 01273 773030 – W: www.sabaibrighton.co.uk

A Thai “gastrobar” offering very tasty food in a beautifully styled dining room complete with water feature, dark wood tables and chairs. The menu offers classics you will know as well as some very good regional Thai food. Pleasant location, next to the Royal Pavilion gardens.

The Old Bank Steak and Ribs @ 120 St. George’s Road, Kemp Town G

T: 01273 682200 – W: www.oldbankkemptownbrighton.com

10 minutes walk into Kemp Town village is this very enjoyable restaurant with a good menu selection supporting the star performers of steak and ribs. You can have their 68oz rump for free if you eat it in an hour!

Bars, Cafés & Pubs with Food

Bill’s Produce Store @ The Depot, North Road, North Laine VG

T: 01273 692894 – W: www.bills-website.co.uk

Terrific, tasty and (mostly) healthy food in this diner-come-grocery store which has become a Brighton institution and won numerous national awards since it opened in 2005. Very busy at weekends, (they take bookings in the evenings but not during the day), but don’t worry you could end up sharing a bench table with a celeb (just everyone likes to be seen there!). Some of the best customer service in town – they even have hot water bottles to snuggle if you’re cold! The daytime menu is better than the evening one.

The Ginger Dog @ 12 College Place, Kemp Town, BN2 1HN VG

T: 01273 620990 – W: www.thegingerdog.com

The Ginger Pig @ 3 Hove Street, Hove, BN3 2TR VG

T: 01273 736123 – W: www.thegingerpigpub.com

Two pubs from the (locally based) Gingerman Group offering great modern British food. The Dog is closer to Nineteen that the Pig, it’s smaller too and it’s food is a tiny notch and price point lower. But both are really good!

Bom-Bane's @ 24 George St (1 minute walk from Nineteen) G

T: 01273 606400 – W: www.bom-banes.co.uk

A quirky café owned by musicians, selling delicious well-sourced food from a small menu with a Belgian influence. You eat at mechanical tables, which do strange things!! Live music and entertainment some evenings. It's bizarre, very different, very cool, very relaxed: This is Brighton!

Pub du Vin @ Ship Street, The Lane G

T: 01273 718588 – W: www.hotelduvin.com/locations/brighton/pub-du-vin

Operated by, and next door to, Hotel Du Vin on Ship Street. high quality pub food, a selection of local ales, as well as standard pub drinks. Booking not essential, and kitchen opened until 2145hrs.

The Dorset @ 28 North Road, in the North Laine conservation area G

T: 01273 605423 – W: www.thedorset.co.uk

A pub-cum-bistro serving classic French bistro food and daily fresh fish at fair prices and in a very informal atmosphere. Famous for its moules!

The Sussex Yeoman @ 7 Guildford Road (very near the train station) G

T: 01273 327985 – W: www.thesussexyeoman.com

This intimate and friendly pub close to the station has a real “local” feel and offers some great wholesome food. Order from the specials board and you’ll get superb locally sourced food prepared by keen chefs at keen prices.

Chain Restaurants

Carluccio’s @ Corner of Jubilee Street/Church Street, North Laine VG

T: 01273 690493 – W: www.carluccios.com/restaurants/brighton

Half the tables are bookable, Half for “walk-ins”.

This is top notch Italian at reasonable prices. The quality of the food is well above your expectations of a “chain” restaurant. Good selection of Gluten Free dishes. There’s a deli too, with the best parma ham in town.

CÔTE Brasserie @ 115 Church Street (Opposite Brighton Dome) VG

T: 01273 687541 – W: www.cote-restaurants.co.uk/Cote_Restaurant_Brighton.html

This small chain’s Brighton outpost is probably the most impressive restaurant in the city! A visually stunning venue with good service and great classic French brasserie food. We return again and again to eat our way through the Menu!

Franco Manca @ 1-2 Regent Street, North Laines VG

T: 01273 977128 – W: www.francomanca.co.uk/restaurants/brighton

Very good, authentic pizzas with tasty sourdough base cooked in proper pizza kiln. Short very well priced food and drinks menu. Stylish venue, good prompt service.

Jamie’s Italian @ 11 Black Lion Street, The Lanes VG

T: 01273 915480 – W: www.jamieoliver.com/italian/restaurants/brighton

This place competes very well with Carluccio’s on price, quality of ingredients and taste, with a good range of Italian dishes given the Jamie Oliver treatment. Very tasty food prepared in open kitchens by friendly and knowledgable staff. They’ve got a good lively bar, or you can wait in a pub down the street and they’ll page you when your table’s ready.

Wagamama @ Corner of Kensington Street/North Road, North Laine VG

T: 01273 688 892 – W: www.wagamama.com/restaurants/brighton

Part of the popular anglo japanese chain, with a real buzz about it. No booking, but the weekend queue moves quickly. fast service, good value and very tasty noodle dishes.

Wahaca @ Corner of North Street/New Road VG

T: 01273 934 763 – W: http://www.wahaca.co.uk/locations/brighton/

Brighton's branch of the growing chain set up by former Masterchef winner Thomasina Myers. I thought I didn't rate Mexican cuisine, but I loved what we had at Wahaca: it was all so fresh and tasty. Good service in a buzzing environment.

Meat Liquor @ 22 York Place G

T: 01273 917710 – W: www.meatliquor.com/brighton

High quality burger joint which is ridiculously hip and cool, full of trendy young types in the evenings. Good cocktail list at £7.50. Mains are great, but I found the side dishes over-priced (but still very tasty!)

Pizza Express – Jubilee Street @ Jubilee Square, Jubilee Street, North Laine G

T: 01273 697691 – W: www.pizzaexpress.com/visit-a-restaurant/brighton-jubilee-street

No bookings required. If you like Pizza Express you’ll love this fabulous restaurant in an annexe to the architecturally award winning Jubilee Library. A fantastic venue in a superb location, right in the heart of the North Laine area.

The Giggling Squid @ 11 Market Street, The Lanes G

T: 01273 737373 – W: www.gigglingsquid.com/branches/brighton.html

Good, authentic Thai. Basic but calming “driftwood” décor, and excellent, really delicious food. The Jungle Herb Salad is superb and hot. Not everything is spicy though (try the fantastic stuffed squid). They do a great Thai tapas menu at lunchtime.

Local Tea and Coffee Houses

Red Roaster @ 1D St James’ Street VG

T: 01273 686668 – W: www.redroaster.co.uk

Brighton’s best coffee shop is 1 minute away from us. They roast their own beans on site (Nineteen uses some of them!), and offer a terrific selection of coffees in a convivial atmosphere, along with light bites too. This place is the real deal – top quality products from a local business that pays its taxes - there’s no need for you to venture into Starbucks, which is on the same road.