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Looking for the best dining experiences in Brighton? Contributor and local resident Gina Baksa shares a few of her favourite Brighton restaurants
Brighton restaurants are, like its local population, fairly eclectic in nature and renowned for their variety. As a seaside resort, you’ll find many seafood restaurants in Brighton and Hove serving traditional fish and chips – and even oysters
Indian, Thai, Greek, and Italian restaurants are well represented in the city, as well as burger bars and fast food outlets. Head to the Marina for the big brand Brighton restaurants, while a short drive into the South Downs will be rewarded with a huge selection of gastro pubs serving award-winning food.
Whether you’re looking for casual dining to celebrating a special occasion or a memorable dining experience in some of England’s best restaurants, you’ll find something that’s sure to please on this list of the best Brighton restaurants and dining experiences.
The Top Brighton Restaurants and Dining Experiences
Named after the cooking temperature of an egg, 64 Degrees is without doubt one of the best restaurants in Brighton. Tucked away in the trendy Laines, the multi-award winning 64 Degrees is helmed by innovative chef Michael Bremnerwho cooks up a storm in his open kitchen.
Using fresh local provenance wherever possible, the tasting menus are a foodie heaven: scallops, duck, monkfish, Iberico ham, and tempting desserts, alongside substantial veggie options. The Michelin Bib Gourmand has placed 64 Degrees every year since it opened in 2013. Bremner’s second restaurant is Murmur, located in the King’s Road arches near the i360.
For further details, visit https://64degrees.co.uk.
The Salt Room
The wonderfully monikered Salt Room is one of the most popular seafood restaurants in Brighton. From its central King’s Road location opposite the beach, the kitchens serve up a delectable feast for it’s à la carte, set and Sunday menus.
Maldon oysters are a Salt Room speciality, divinely served in shallot vinegar and lemon, while starters include octopus terrine and slow cooked hen’s egg. Main courses on the à la carte include sirloin steak, glazed miso aubergine, monkfish and lemon sole, while larger parties may opt for a surfboard seafood medley to share. Sunday meat roasts are to die for with proper beef fat potatoes and all the trimmings.
For further details, visit www.saltroom-restaurant.co.uk.
The Coal Shed Restaurant Brighton
Meat. Fish. Fire. This Brighton steak restaurant has all bases covered with its imaginative menu cooked primarily over coal. With a preference for local ingredients, The Coal Shed chefs weave their magic on a superb menu that also includes fish.
Fish tacos, grilled tiger prawns, or smoked pork belly are just a few of the tantalising light bites, while mains dishes include lamb, poussin, ribs and one veggie or fish dish. Leave room for mouth-watering desserts such as apricot and almond tart. Make The Coal Shed your Sunday lunch stop and enjoy the popular Sunday Sharing Roast.
For further details, visit www.coalshed-restaurant.co.uk.
The Gingerman Brighton
From its HQ in central Brighton’s Norfolk Square, The Gingerman Brighton has been serving the freshest and most innovative cuisine since it opened in 1998. Enjoy seasonal tasters, vegetarian tasting, and à la carte menus in this intimate dining space near the seafront.
Confit egg yolk and beef short rib, followed by haunch of venison and gilthead bream is just a sample of the fabulous cuisine. Sunday lunch here is a Brighton institution with a selection of succulent meat and fish dishes, alongside the best desserts in Brighton. Apple crumble soufflé anyone?
For further details, visit https://gingermanrestaurant.com.
Petit Pois Restaurant
One of Brighton’s best French restaurants, Petit Pois has been wowing its Francophile foodie fans for many years from its Ship Street location in The Laines. Enjoy Gallic classics with a modern twist in its homely, rustic dining room. Both fish and meat eaters are catered for with delights such as fish soup and friend scallops to pork belly and venison.
The extensive and thoughtful wine selection encompasses varieties from Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Languedoc. Desserts here are typically French as you’d expect: macarons, sorbets and crème bruleés reign supreme.
For further details, visit https://petitpoisbrighton.co.uk.
This Indian restaurant in The Laines – just seconds from the seafront – serves delicious takeaways, lunches, dinners, and is even available to hire. You can even buy an Indian spice kit or traditional tiffin containers from its online store.
The evening menu is a smorgasbord of Eastern favourites: bel puri and pakora via veggie, meat and prawn thalis to lamb mewari and vegan paneer butter masala – and much more. If you’d rather grab a takeaway and eat it on the beach then order via the website. Or for home deliveries use Deliveroo, Uber Eats, or Dinner 2 Go.
For further information about Indian Summer, visit www.indiansummerbrighton.co.uk
Purezza is a Brighton Italian restaurant with a difference: all its pizzas are vegan. The plant pioneers at this Kemptown favourite serve classic Italian dishes to eat-in or click and collect.
Start with marinated olives or marissa corn and segue into one of Purezza’s famous sourdough pizzas: The One With The Nduja is a favourite with its mozzarella, yellow tomatoes, nduja, crumbled sausages and green chilli, while truffle, pesto and parmigiana based varieties are on offer. If pizza’s not your thing then Purezza also has lasagne, veggie bowls and cheesesteak calzone. Gelato, salted caramel brownies and gelato are among the tasty desserts.
For further details, visit https://purezza.co.uk.
Wines, bites, cocktails and eats are on the menu at Plateau Brighton. Harry and Gabbie in the kitchen serve up wickedly tasty and sustainable cuisine against a soundtrack of their favourite jazz, hip-hop, world and electronica beats.
With the focus on using produce from local biodynamic farms and fresh produce, the eclectic menu changes daily. Choose from small plates for sharing with friends, or large plates for a full-meal experience. Meat and fish are well sourced and highly recommended, as are the cocktails and ambiance.
For further details, visit https://www.plateaubrighton.co.uk.
This Brighton Japanese restaurant is based on the concept of ‘Izakaya’– basically, a casual bar that serves food. Bincho’s chef-patron spent three years in Japan learning the craft of Kaiseki cuisine and returned to the UK and opened his dream restaurant, Bincho Yakitori.
The vibe here is all about sharing delicious fresh small plates grilled over a natural fire and served to order. Piping hot daily specials and menus drawn up every day. A unique Brighton restaurant deservedly popular with locals and tourists. Don’t leave without trying the saké.
For further details, visit https://www.binchoyakitori.com.
Contributor Gina Baksa is a freelance lifestyle and features journalist with a focus on luxury brands and experiences. You can follow Gina’s travel adventures on @Travelscriber (Twitter), @ginabaksa (Instagram), www.ginabaksa.com, and www.ginabaksa.journoportfolio.com.