Top 20

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The Little Fish Market

This tiny but terrific fish restaurant is run by former Fat Duck chef Duncan Ray, who creates wonderfully refined and elegant dishes using the very best seafood from local waters.

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Bincho Yakitori

The back street izakaya bars of Tokyo are the inspiration for this atmospheric Japanese barbecue restaurant, where the open kitchen cranks out skewers of smoky chicken hearts and unctuous pork belly.

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64 Degrees

Michael Bremner’s tiny restaurant, serving an ever-changing short menu of wildly inventive small plates, helped kick-start Brighton’s recent restaurant revolution and took top spot in the awards in 2016 and 2017.

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Cin Cin

This cosy Italian restaurant, which recently opened a second site in Hove, sits diners at a U-shaped counter around an open kitchen. Don’t miss the handmade pasta and potent negronis.

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The Set

The Set specialises in multi-course tasting menus that sparkle with cutting edge, seasonal dishes that won’t break the bank. Expect experimental cooking and a lot of fun.

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The Chilli Pickle

A modern Indian brasserie that reinvents subcontinental dining for the 21st century with its bright, contemporary interior, spicy cocktails and authentic regional dishes such as Kerala red duck curry.

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The much anticipated restaurant from MasterChef: the Professionals winner Steven Edwards has lived up to expectation thanks to innovative tasting menus, superior wines and a chic interior design.

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Owner Amanda Menahem and chef Johnny Stanford have rightly won critical acclaim for their elegant modern European dishes, epic wine list and wonderful service.

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The Salt Room

This seafront seafood and steak restaurant is one of the city’s most glamorous dining destinations. Share a whole fish or ‘surf board’ of hot and cold shellfish, plus excellent cocktails.

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The Ginger Pig

Ben McKellar’s stylish Hove gastropub wins hearts and stomachs with its chatty staff and excellent modern British menu. Dishes change with the season and plenty of choice by the glass and carafe on the globe-trotting wine list.

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Former St John chef Douglas McMaster serves creative dishes made from sustainable produce in industrial chic surroundings at the UK’s only zero-waste restaurant.

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Isaac At

Chefs beaver away in the open kitchen and personally serve food to guests with explanations of where and how ingredients were grown. Beautifully presented plates on the weekly changing multi-course tasting menu.

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Organic, biodynamic and natural wines, beautifully made classic cocktails and an eclectic menu of modern European dishes. There is much to love about this buzzy wine bar and restaurant.

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Red Roaster/Pike & Pine

A Kemptown spot loved for its stunning marble interior and chef Matt Gillan’s clever cooking. Think pork shoulder eggs benedict for brunch and herb-crusted halibut for dinner.

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Fatto a Mano

The Guardian named Fatto a Mano, which has branches in Brighton and Hove, one of the UK’s top 10 indie UK pizzerias. We couldn’t agree more.

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Head upstairs at jewellery shop Pressleys to find an open kitchen and dining counter serving seasonal small plates that make the most of excellent organic produce, plus boutique wines.

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Fourth & Church

A wine shop, deli and tapas bar all rolled into one, Fourth & Church serves seasonal small plates full of punchy flavours and excellent value wines from around the world.

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64 Degrees’ sister restaurant is a modern seafront brasserie with wonderful views of the West Pier. Expect classic European food with a twist, plus great wines by the glass.

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Petit Pois

This friendly French restaurant in the Lanes does a fine line in classic bistro dishes and regional wines at bargain prices. Don’t miss the excellent cheese selection either.

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The Gingerman

The flagship of Ben McKellar’s Gingerman group, this intimate restaurant has been in the city’s premier dining league for 20 years. A proper, grown-up fine dining experience.