An insider’s guide to the best places to eat across Brighton & Hove, with a focus on independent restaurants.
I’m always being asked to recommend good places to eat and drink, so I thought it was about time I put together a directory of all the places I’d highly recommend, what sort of food they serve and where they are in the city. A little black book of sorts. I’m also passionate about supporting independent restaurants in the city, so you’ll notice the likes of Pizza Express or Zizzi’s won’t make it on here. I also update this annually, so although the original published date is 2015 you’ll find new restaurants on here each year. So, in no particular order, here is my Brighton & Hove Food Guide:
Cin Cin, Vine Street, Brighton
Authentic Italian food tucked away in the North Laine. This brand new Italian bar and kitchen serves beautiful Italian antipasti and fresh pasta, which is made on site each day. Visit on a Tuesday and a glass of wine/beer and a bowl of pasta is just £10. Cin Cin opens for lunch and dinner Tuesday – Saturday.
Bincho Yakitori, Preston Street, Brighton
A hybrid of Korean/Japanese/Vietnamese street food that’s simple but big on flavour. The menu is printed every week and specials drawn up daily. There are no fancy frills, just delicious food cooked to order, perfect for sharing or grazing. Very reasonably priced too. Review here.
Isaac At – Gloucester Road, Brighton
On the corner of Gloucester Street in the North Laine this new pop-up restaurant opens from Tuesday through to Saturday. Choose the set menu (for £35) or the tasting menu (£47) and dine on exquisite, contemporary, fine British cuisine, with seasonal local ingredients which are often foraged. Review here.
64 Degrees – Meeting House Lane, Brighton
Tasty small plates using fresh, local produce. In 2014 it was awarded a Bib Gourmand by Michelin and won Best Restaurant at the Brighton & Hove Food Awards. Read my interview with the Head Chef here.
The Urchin – Belfast Street, Hove
Craft beer and shellfish is this pubs speciality as well as Sunday roasts. Dine in the restaurant, up at the bar or on the ample outside seating. Review here.
The Set – Regency Square, Brighton
Seasonal British Food. The Set offers three tasting menus created using local suppliers which change through the seasons. Dining is in an intimate and relaxed setting.
Plateau – Bartholomews, Brighton
French Wine Bar & Restaurant. A great spot for a romantic date, especially if you opt for one of the sharing platters (plateaux).
MARKET – Western Road, Brighton/Hove
Centred around sharing and offering a wide variety of ‘small plates’. If you’d prefer not to share, there are also classics, daily specials, Sunday roasts and the weekend Big MARKET Brunch. Review here.
Fatto A Mano – London Road or Church Road
For a slice of Italy, a must-visit is Fatto A Mano with restaurants in both Hove and Brighton. Dishing up classic Neapolitan pizzas with soft, pillowy bases via its wood-fired pizza oven. Brighton review here. Hove review here.
The Chilli Pickle – Jubilee Street, Brighton
Authentic Indian. In the heart of the city by the Jubilee Library, Take advantage of the £10 King Thalia Monday offer which is a steal. Also offers an epic takeaway via The Chilli Pickle Canteen. Review here.
VIP Pizza – Old Stein, Brighton
Authentic Italian Pizza. Pizza just a stone’s throw from The Palace Pier. Super cheap, super tasty. Review here.
Terre á Terre – East Street, Brighton
Vegetarian. One of the best vegetarian restaurants in the city, the food is not only delicious but a work of art. Review here.
Silo – Upper Gardner Street, Brighton
Zero-waste restaurant, bakery and coffee house, removing the unnecessary processing of food. Total hipster hangout. Review here.
Burger Brothers – North Road, Brighton
Damn good Burgers. No chips. The BEST burgers you’ll find in the city. Review here.
Giggling Squid – Church Road, Hove
Thai. Genuine, fresh and plated up exquisitely! Thai tapas are a great way to try this menu but book ahead as it’s a popular spot. Review here.
The Coal Shed – Boyces Street, Brighton
Steak and seafood. A variety of cuts and weights of meat and fish can be chosen, alongside various side orders to cater for individuals or to share. Specials are also seasonal, locally sourced and sustainable ingredients.
The Salt Room – Kings Road, Brighton
Modern British seafood and grill. Headed by the team behind The Coal Shed. The steaks here are something else. Cooked on a Josper grill and generously chunky you can’t go wrong with any of the cuts on the menu. Review here.
Gars – Prince Albert Street, Brighton
Chinese. The only one I would recommend in the city. The Chef’s/Monk’s choice is a must – you are guaranteed not to leave feeling hungry after it.
La Choza – Gloucester Road, Brighton
Mexican Street Food. Cheap & tasty dishes in fascinating surroundings. La Choza also caters for veggies, vegans and those on a gluten-free diet. Revie here.
English’s – East Street, Brighton
Seafood. Classic, quality seafood served by exceptionally knowledgeable staff. Oysters are a must for a real treat. Review here.
The Ginger Pig – Hove Street, Hove
Modern European. Serving traditional food sourced locally from the best Sussex suppliers in a contemporary setting.
Riddle and Fins – Meeting House Lane, Brighton
Seafood. A seriously luxurious culinary experience offering quality, local seafood, oysters and Champagne dining. They don’t take bookings over but pop by on the day, request a table and head to a pub/bar nearby whilst you wait for one to free up.
*Photos of The Chilli Pickle, Plateau, 64 Degrees, The Coal Shed, Gars, Riddle & Finns, Makara & The Ginger Pig provided by the restaurants.