Top 20

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64 Degrees

This tiny restaurant serving an ever-changing short menu of wildly inventive small plates helped kick-start Brighton’s recent restaurant revolution.
Book ahead to grab a stool at the counter overlooking the open kitchen to catch all the culinary action.

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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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The Chilli Pickle

This modern Indian brasserie 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 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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The Set

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

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Cin Cin

This cosy Italian restaurant sits just 18 diners around a U-shaped counter and serves a changing line up of small plates from the open kitchen.
The handmade pasta is not to be missed, nor are the superb cheeses and salami.

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Plateau

A carefully sourced list of fantastic organic, biodynamic and natural wines, beautifully made classic cocktails and a deliciously eclectic menu of modern European dishes;
lots to love about this congenial, buzzy wine bar and restaurant.

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The Salt Room

Overlooking Brighton’s famous West Pier and the new i360 observation tower, 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 and indulge in the excellent cocktails.

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Silo

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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Semolina

A warm and welcoming bistro run by husband-and-wife team Orson and Linda Whitfield, Semolina keeps a watchful eye on local and seasonal produce.

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The Gingerman

The flagship of Brighton stalwart Ben McKellar’s Gingerman group. This smart, intimate restaurant has been in the city’s premier dining league for nearly twenty years.
Dishes such as crown and confit leg of quail with Muscat grape coulis make for a proper, grown up fine dining experience.

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Terre a Terre

For more than two decades, Terre à Terre has led the vegetarian restaurant pack.
But carnivores will be just as delighted by sophisticated, globally influenced dishes like Korean fried cauliflower (KFC)

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Curry Leaf Cafe

South Indian street food, excellent craft ales and a buzzy vibe.
There’s plenty to like at this friendly restaurant just off the seafront,
especially the good value prices and lovely service.

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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 five-course tasting menu.

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The Ginger Pig

This 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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Fatto a Mano

A gorgeous second site in Hove has helped propel this pizza perfection up 3 spots on last year.
In February the Guardian named them one of the UK’s top ten indie UK pizzerias and they have just launched new menu including gluten-free and vegan pizza

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The Urchin

This Hove gastropub serves more than 100 craft ales and a menu swimming in seafood.
Think scallops and samphire or salt and pepper squid with a pint of heavily hopped IPA.

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The Coal Shed

A beautiful re-fit and strong OctoberBest performance have kept what is arguably Brighton’s best steak restaurant front of mind and in the top 20.
This steakhouse keeping prices realistic on the a la carte, while offering good value set menus too.

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Riddle & Finns

Since 2006 chef David Roy’s food has been a high point in the Brighton dining scene.
Tom Parker Bowles described it as the seafood restaurant every coastal town deserves, and the Evening Standard put it as the city’s best three restaurants

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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 tipples from Brighton wine hero Henry Butler.