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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Brighton

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in Brighton? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of The Bristol Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (218)
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
Brighton
About the restaurant
Panoramic sea views on Kemptown seafront. This owner run bistro pub offers home cooked food and wonderful Sunday lunches. Friendly, informal service in a beautiful historic building located midway between the pier and the marina. The Bristol is a sophisticated venue that welcomes well behaved dogs and children aged 12 and over for lunch. The evenings are reserved for the grown ups. Formerly The Bristol Hotel, our art deco bar still retains it's classic ambience to make the most of the sea views and offers guests something that little bit special.
Top review
IanD
Dined 2 days ago
We booked a table with a nice view out to sea. On arrival, we received a very friendly welcome. We ordered drinks and were shown to our table and the drinks brought over. Having enjoyed most of our pre-dinner drinks, we ordered food. My wife had the chicken and I had lamb shank, although I nearly went for the beef dijon on the specials menu, but eventually chose the lamb. The food arrived and we were pleased with it. The chicken was not over-cooked (as it often can be), and the fries were good. The lamb shank came with green beans and mash. Nicely cooked. Beans not over-done, lamb just right. I had a large malbec with my main, which was good. We shared a lemon & lime pousett for dessert. Very nice. I had some doubts when I booked it, but we were very pleased. Would use this restaurant again.
A photo of Kindling Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (29)
£26 to £40
Steakhouse
Brighton
About the restaurant
Rekindling from the flames, Kindling will serve great steak, cooked simply over charcoal. Our short and sweet menu of high-quality ingredients, locally sourced where possible, is cooked by our kitchen team over live fire in the open kitchen in the middle of the restaurant. We want our menu of supreme quality beef, flawlessly prepared and served by our knowledgeable and kind team to be great value, affordable and delicious for all. With a fun and relaxed atmosphere and the enticing smell of barbecued meats, our new menu offers a choice of three cuts, all from grass-fed British beef. Our choice of steaks and burgers are simply seasoned, grilled over charcoal, and served with your favourite sauce and delicious sides."
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Food was amazing. Lovely interior. Friendly staff :)
A photo of Purezza Brighton restaurant
4.7
4.7 (603)
£25 and under
Vegan
Brighton
About the restaurant
The food at Purezza is based exclusively on plants, providing maximum nutritional value and minimal environmental impact.
Purezza has created a restaurant where everyone can enjoy high quality Italian food, cooked by top Italian chefs, in the comfort of a completely animal free zone (and mostly gluten free too). This means the food is not only healthier by also lower in calories.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 26, 2024
Absolutely LOVE Purezza, service and food was amazing, so thank you! The only tiny thing that was irritating was the repetitive song / songs that continued throughout our hour or so there. It wasn't too loud, the music was just so repetitive and irritating. I know this is a super picky detail and subjective, I'm sorry. Thanks so much for making amazing pizza :)
A photo of Botanique restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1010)
£26 to £40
Vegetarian / Vegan
Hove
About the restaurant
The excitement and anticipation that comes with growing vegetables, and creating innovative plates is translated to our guests through our menu.

The plant to plate narrative is at the centre of what we do; our chefs show our local organic farmers a nod of respect towards the passion and patience required to grow a plant, in each dish they create. The seasons dictate our menu, with passion, flavour and creativity at the heart of the operation.

This passion flows through our love of organic, and low intervention wines from small producers, carefully selected and paired with our food.

Our very own indoor vertical farm is our most recent dedication to sustainable practices, allowing us to grow our own bespoke exotic herbs and aromatics for our hyper-seasonal food and cocktail menus, with zero food miles and incomparable flavour.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Amazing food - really varied menu. Hand cooked chips great - focaccia delicious. Lovely ambience at 6pm on a rainy Hove evening. Will come again.
A photo of MEATliquor Brighton restaurant
4.5
4.5 (112)
£25 and under
American
Brighton
About the restaurant
MEATliquor Brighton sits just above Brighton's North Laine Shopping Area and close to Brighton Station. It's the perfect spot for Burger lovers, Fried Chicken aficionados and Vegans & Veggies alike.
We're not just a restaurant, though. You can always pop in for a Cocktail or Craft Beer at the bar if you're not in the mood for food.
Brighton Palace Pier and the Beach are just a short walk away.
Pop in on match day before or after you've been to a BHAFC game at the AMEX Stadium - flash us your ticket and you'll get 20% off the whole bill.
We've got a fantastic weekday lunch deal running Monday-Friday so you can get more bang for your buck and break up the work day. Why not wash it down with a Cocktail?! We won't tell your boss...
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 15, 2024
Everything was awesome , also jazmine had the best service
A photo of Pho Brighton restaurant
4.5
4.5 (318)
£25 and under
Vietnamese
Brighton
About the restaurant
Pho is a healthy Vietnamese restaurant that specialise in pho noodle soup, the national dish of Vietnam. Aside from pho, you can also expect to find amazing sharing starters, healthy salads, hearty rice bowls and decadent curries. They have a range of freshly made juices and also Vietnamese beers and a large wine and cocktail list. Pho’s menu is 40% vegan and nearly entirely gluten-free too. They also have an accessible kids’ menu where children can get a meal and a drink for £5.50.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
Great food as always! We had the spicy green tofu bowl and the ca-ri bowl and both were amazingly good.
A photo of Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Lewes restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1325)
£25 and under
Contemporary British
Lewes
About the restaurant
Bill (the man, the myth, the Lewes legend) was born and bred here. It’s the original and dare we say it, still the best Bill’s of all – and not only because it’s our first born. Located right by the river, Bill's Lewes is the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
We had a lovely time. Service was very attentive.
A photo of Kusaki restaurant
4.7
4.7 (850)
£25 and under
Vegan
Brighton
About the restaurant
Dine in our blossom dining room or at our sushi cocktail bar

Our mission is to provide pure, plant-powered meals that are good for your body. Our approach is knowledgeable, playful, and engaging. We offer a unique opportunity to experience a different way of eating vegetables and discover new flavours and textures. Talented chefs behind Food For Friends restaurant (established in 1981 as Brighton’s first vegetarian restaurant), Botanique (Hove’s exclusive plant based restaurant) and Wolfox Coffee have put together their experience and knowledge to bring you this new Asian inspired plant based concept.

The result is a creative and colourful menu which shows organic plant-based food can lead to surprising, healthy and mindful new eating experiences. We believe in an upgraded casual dining experience in beautiful light-filled spaces dedicated to natural plant-based food and organic wines.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Excellent service, amazing food, lovely atmosphere, restaurant tucked away close to Preston Circus
A photo of Curry Leaf Cafe restaurant
4.6
4.6 (196)
£25 and under
Indian
Brighton
About the restaurant
Think lavish three-course Indian feasts, killer craft beers from local Sussex breweries and spiced cocktails – all set in a cosy, colourful, independently run venue near Brighton beach, which has been listed as a 'local gem' in every edition of the Good Food Guide since 2014. Featuring a 70-seat, split-level dining space, the restaurant is decked out with exposed brick walls, wooden tables and vintage Indian design touches.

Curry Leaf Cafe's culinary heart lies in South India, focusing on fragrant curries, crisp-fried street food and chargrilled tandoor dishes, all served 'sharing style' for the table to enjoy. Around half the menu is vegan, and there's a wide range of gluten-free dishes on offer. While the flavours are authentic, you'll find a few contemporary twists – including a range of loaded naans at lunchtime, sold alongside the always popular thali platters (now available until 6:30pm daily).

This is Indian cafe culture, Brighton style.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Absolutely delicious food for a very reasonable price - couldn’t have asked for more! Would really recommend their Thali. The staff were incredibly lovely too - it was my partner’s birthday and they made our evening feel very special. 10/10 can’t wait to come back :)
A photo of The Copper Clam restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1236)
£26 to £40
Seafood
Brighton
About the restaurant
The Copper Clam is a seafood, shellfish & steak restaurant located on Brighton beach in the famous historic Arches. Enjoy your meal with stunning sea views from the upstairs dining room and sheltered patio if alfresco is your choice. We specialise in fine fresh seafood served in a relaxed environment, with an extensive selection of beers, wines & spirits.
We have a private dining area and cater for large groups and parties.
Top review
TinaH
Dined 6 days ago
Absolutely wonderful food, service was excellent couldn’t fault it
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