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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Wild Flor

A welcoming, intimate neighbourhood bistro run by three friends with a passion for food, wine and hospitality. Enjoy classic British dishes – Pheasant pithivier, Glazed beef cheek, Custard tart – plus a carefully-selected wine list and one of the warmest welcomes in town.

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Etch

Run by Masterchef: the Professionals winner Steven Edwards, this chic, cool Hove restaurant delivers innovative, seasonal tasting menus and a superior wine list, plus arguably the best Espresso Martinis in the city.

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The Set

Part of the Artist Residence hotel, The Set’s menu sparkles with cutting edge, seasonal dishes that won’t break the bank. Expect local ingredients, international twists and lots of fun.

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Cin Cin

This Italian restaurant started life serving prosecco and antipasti from a vintage Fiat van, and now – with two restaurants in the city – is the proud holder of a Bib Gourmand. Don’t miss the handmade pasta, fantastic Italian wine list and potent Negronis.

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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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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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Chard

Located above chic boutique Igigi in Hove, Chard sources from local producers to create elegant seasonal tasting menus, featuring such inventive, considered dishes as Mackerel crudo with buttermilk, pickled seaweed and blood orange.

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The Chilli Pickle

A modern Indian brasserie that reinvents sub-continental dining with its bright, contemporary interior, spicy cocktails and authentic regional dishes such as Keemar Methi made using best Sussex lamb.

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The Flint House

Delicious small plates, over 50 wines by the glass and fantastic cocktails on the upstairs terrace are on offer at this cool, polished spot in the heart of the Lanes.

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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.

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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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Fatto a Mano

The Guardian named Fatto a Mano, which has three branches across the city, one of the UK’s top 10 indie pizzerias. With pillowy Neapolitan wood-fired pizza and a great kids-eat-free deal, we couldn’t agree more.

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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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Riddle & Finns

The oysters and fruits de mer platters are a must at this seafood and Champagne specialist with two sites in the city. Other highlights include tempura prawns, bouillabaisse and roast turbot.

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The Paradiso Social

Laid-back New York vibes, killer cocktails and innovative sharing plates are the order of the day at this Preston Road spot – casual dining with a very cool edge.

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Baby Bao

Baby Bao’s Taiwanese steamed buns and sides, served at craft beer pub The Pond, have won a loyal following thanks to such dishes as panko squash and fried karaage chicken. Their innovative vegan options – which could be spiced jackfruit or banger banana blossom bao – are also outstanding.

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The Urchin

Simple, fresh seafood to get stuck into – think Malaysian prawns, whole crab and Moules mariniere – washed down with crisp craft beer that’s brewed on-site. What’s not to love about this cosy Hove boozer?

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Lucky Khao

Northern Thai barbecue food that bursts with flavour and heat, fresh beer and innovative cocktails mingle with great tunes and a clubby feel, giving this Kemptown spot a big thumbs-up for a fun night out.

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