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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Located in chic furniture and women’s boutique store Igigi in Hove, Chard sources from local producers to create elegant seasonal dishes, such as salt baked beet with goat cheese cake and hazelnut.
Baby Bao at The Pond
Baby Bao’s Taiwanese steamed buns, served at The Pond craft beer pub, have won a loyal following thanks to fillings, such as fried chicken karaage, panko squash and tempura fish.
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.
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.
Goemon Ramen Bar
Steaming bowls of super savoury tonkotsu ramen at bargain prices are the main attraction, but don’t miss the excellent gyoza and Japanese fried chicken.
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.
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.
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.
Sit at the pass and watch the chefs cook up a storm at this bustling and beautiful restaurant specialising in Anglo-Spanish tapas and small plates. Excellent cheese, charcuterie and sherries are a bonus.
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.