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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.