Best restaurants in Brighton

DATE: 10 Jan 2014 | BY
Square One of the delightful Italian-inspired dishes on the menu at Square

Brighton rocks - especially its restaurants. Whether you’re looking for something classic or something a little bit special, we’ve got it covered in our best-of list.

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside. We especially like being beside the seaside in Brighton. There’s the pier, the Sea Life Centre, the pebble beach, the rabbit warren of shops on the South Lane - and some excellent places to dine out. So whatever your taste, look no further for inspiration than our run-down of the best restaurants Brighton has to offer.

Terre à Terre

Being a vegetarian doesn't have to be all about tofu. Or at least it doesn't at Terre à Terre, who aim to change the way diners think about the veggie option. As they see it, they serve great food. The lack of meat on the menu is "merely secondary". Go if you're looking for exceptional dishes and an exceptional atmosphere.

Terre à Terre 71 East Street, Brighton BN1 1HQ

Square 

It’s hip to be Square, or at least it is in this delightful Italian restaurant. Square offers up a unique dining experience with its menu changing to reflect what is in season. If you’re looking for something that never goes out of fashion, our top pick is the fillet steak. Bellissima!

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Square 79-80 Western Road, Hove BN3 2JQ

Rick’s Bistro

Rick's BistroChilled champagne at Rick's Bistro bar

Rock’n’roll is the buzzword at this new American-style diner. Offering some of the best burgers in Brighton at eminently reasonable prices they also have a generous selection of drinks. If you’re looking to try something new, we loved the Burrito Burger, which comes served in a flat tortilla bread with mature cheddar cheese. Scrumptious

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Rick’s Bistro 5-6 Western Road, Hove BN3 1AE

The Coal Shed

Wondering where to get the best steak in Brighton? Wonder no more. The Coal Shed offers simple, good, honest food cooked to taste. The steak is sourced from a nearby organic farm and cooked in a real charcoal oven. If you're avoiding red meat, the Coalshed also specialise in fish - we particularly recommend their fillet of grey mullet.

The Coal Shed  8 Boyces Street, Brighton BN11 AN

A Taste of Sahara 

The weather in the south-east of Britain might not quite be the same as in the Middle East - but the atmosphere at a Taste of Sahara is just as hot. Whether you’re looking for a tagine, a kebab, or something a little more adventurous, this is the place for you. Enjoy while drinking your favourite tipple (it’s bring-your-own-booze) or while smoking shisha. As for the food? We recommend the Shish Tawouk, grilled skewers of chicken cubes marinated in crushed garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, yoghurt, tomato and pepper paste.

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A Taste of Sahara 103 Western Road, Brighton, BN1 2AA

Gingerman

Offering top class British cuisine without the top class price tag, the Gingerman is a Brighton institution. The first of four eateries (all with 'Ginger' in their name) opened by its husband-and-wife proprietors Ben and Pamella McKellar, intimate is the keyword for this cosy restaurant. If you're not convinced by us, Gingerman also won a TripAdvisor certificate of excellence last year.

Gingerman  21A Norfolk Square, Brighton BN1 2PD

The Thai Kitchen from Iron Duke 

Thai KitchenA delicious curry from the Thai Kitchen

Attached to the legendary Brighton pub The Iron Duke, The Thai Kitchen serves up great food in relaxed surroundings. The prices are pretty reasonable too, with mains starting at £7.95. Go if you’re looking for great food and plenty of veggie options - or if you’re after a fantastic restaurant a (pebble) stone’s throw from the beach.

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The Thai Kitchen from Iron Duke 3 Waterloo Street Brighton BN3 1AQ

24 St George’s

Award-winning chef duo Dean Heselden and Jamie Everton-Jones set up 24 St George’s two years ago. Within 20 months the first time proprietors had made it into the Michelin Guide and gained their fair share of fans. If you’re wondering what the secret of their sudden success is, you only need to visit. With its emphasis on locally sourced food and quality ingredients this is a proper restaurant – with properly good food. The menu does vary according to what’s in season but for now we recommend the Jerusalem artichoke risotto. Scrumptious.

24 St George’s  24 St George’s Road Kemp Town, Brighton

Gars

GarsA view from the basement of Gars

With its red-leather panelling, bamboo flooring and lighting silk shades Gars brings a touch of the Orient to Brighton. They've been serving modern Chinese cuisine with a twist for more than 30 years – and it shows. As well as luscious decor, top service and mouth-watering Chinese food, they also offer other popular Asian dishes such as Thai green curry and salmon teriyaki.

Gars 19 Prince Albert St, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1HF

Indian Summer

Indian Summer has been serving up the hottest Asian cuisine for more than a decade – but that’s only half the reason why this restaurant is one of Brighton’s favourites. For those looking for more than faultless food, they also offer faultless service. Some of the little touches diners can look forward to include sorbets to cleanse the palette after starters are served and a staff more than willing to accommodate adventurous tastes. One not to be missed.

Indian Summer 69 East Street, Brighton BN1 1HQ

Tags: Indian, Thai, Steakhouse, Curry, Vegetarian

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