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Diners' Choice: Best Food restaurants in East Sussex

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall cuisine in East Sussex? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

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4.8
4.8 (509)
£26 to £40
French
Herstmonceux
About the restaurant
The Sundial is a privately owned, relaxed and chic French restaurant with spectacular views of the South Downs in East Sussex. The Sundial’s à-la-carte and seasonal menus as well as its cuisine and ambience are typically French. Our restaurant in East Sussex is perfect for a meal with family and friends or an intimate dinner for two, the Sundial’s lounge bar, French restaurant and private dining room provide a flexible combination for parties, business meetings, seminars, wedding venues and group events for up to 60 people. Our restaurant can cater for upto 150 people as a wedding venue. If you´re looking for a Fine Dining French restaurant in East Sussex, or anywhere in Sussex, you won´t find a finer French restaurant!. Our French restaurant has a Civil wedding License offering you the perfect wedding venue in East Sussex. Restaurant also has a large car park with 16 parking spaces.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 31, 2024
Went to celebrate a special occasion and would most definitely return again. Outstanding food and service. Genuinely lovely people. Could not recommend The Sundial enough.
A photo of Two Sawyers restaurant
4.6
4.6 (704)
£25 and under
Pub
Hastings
About the restaurant
The Two Sawyers is a 16th Century Inn recently refurbished and under family ownership. We pride ourselves on serving excellent beer and food.

We have a large beer garden to the rear of the pub with over 30 tables for our guests to use for both drinking and dining.

A character bar with log fires serving guest ales, beers, and wines. The restaurant serves traditional pub food twice both lunch and evening and all day on both Saturday and Sunday.
Top review
MickM
Dined 1 day ago
Cannot fault. The staff are so friendly and the food so tasty. Would recommend
A photo of Colombo 16 restaurant
4.8
4.8 (147)
£26 to £40
Sri Lankan
St Leonards-On-Sea
About the restaurant
Inspired by the diversity of Colombo and England, Colombo 16 brings the essence of modern Sri Lanka to Marine Court, the historic Grade II-listed Art Deco building on the shores of St Leonards-On-Sea. ​By day we offer fusion lunch with some traditional Sri Lankan options, by night contemporary curries, short eats and desserts intended for sharing. Our dishes are based on family recipes, modernised with an ingredient-led approach sourcing locally and importing weekly from Sri Lanka.
Top review
Missd
Dined 3 days ago
Really excellent meal here last week with friends. Finally some flavour. We will be back.
A photo of The Gallipot Inn restaurant
4.7
4.7 (140)
£25 and under
British
Hartfield
About the restaurant
Set within the historical parish of Hartfield famous for A.A.Milne Winnie-the-Pooh books. The Gallipot Inn lies a stones throw from Ashdown Forest and has a excellent reputation for food & drink throughout the area.

After being the the chef for over seven years Leo has taken over the business with his wife Kerry and warmly welcome you to our establishment.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 28, 2024
Fabulous food. Friendly service. Such a charming pub that also welcomed our dogs sng and made them feel at ease
A photo of Thai Marina restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1537)
£26 to £40
Thai
Eastbourne
About the restaurant
Thai Marina is situated at The Waterfront at Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne and serves modern Thai cuisine in a traditional setting. The menu has all the classics you'd except such as Green Curry or Pad Thai as well as newer dishes such as Lamb Cutlets or Tamarind Sea Bass. In the summer months, enjoy alfresco dining all day and through the evening and on the weekends enjoy the Thai summer barbecue by the waterside.
Top review
DavidD
Dined on May 29, 2024
Excellent food in pleasant environment with good service. Hard to beat.
A photo of The Dorset Arms Pub restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1024)
£26 to £40
Gastro Pub
Hartfield
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Dorset Arms, one of Sussex's best kept secrets..

The Dorset Arms Public House in Withyham is an 18th century alehouse situated in the outstandingly beautiful Sussex Weald. Part of the historic Buckhurst Estate, the pub is named after the Earls and Dukes of Dorset, one time heads of the Sackville family, and shares a heritage of family ownership now headed by their descendant, the present Earl De La Warr.

Showcasing the best of what Sussex has to offer, our Head Chef has fine-tuned the classics and combined them with modern British dishes to provide a diverse and exciting menu.
Top review
JohnT
Dined on May 13, 2024
Excellent business lunch. Lovely food and fast, efficient service
A photo of The Blue Anchor restaurant
4.6
4.6 (616)
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
Crowborough
About the restaurant
The Blue Anchor is a super spot to ‘moor up’ for a few hours - with locally sourced ingredients and freshly cooked food, delicious drinks and friendly service on offer.

With the pub close to Ashdown Forest and set within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it’s the perfect place for walkers to find respite and refreshment - and it’s a dining destination in its own right too, thanks to our homemade food.
Top review
michelen
Dined 5 days ago
Great choice of food and some unusual dishes - food was delicious and service very friendly.
A photo of The Union restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1080)
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
Rye
About the restaurant
The Union is a modern British restaurant, cocktail and wine bar set in a beautiful 15th century building in the heart of Rye. Our menu is made up of small and large plates which we recommend sharing across the table. Our team will be on hand to guide you through your visit.

Our food is guided by the seasons and our menu is ingredient led so changes based on what we have available to us. We primarily use British produce and work with local suppliers to ensure we always source the very best ingredients we can get our hands on.
Top review
DisappointedSteakLover
Dined 3 days ago
Great food and great service. Best steak I've had for some time. Best restaurant in Rye.
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4.7
4.7 (271)
£25 and under
Seafood
Hastings
About the restaurant
Established in 2003, we are a unique restaurant opposite the Hastings Aquarium. Come and visit us for great fresh food!

Please note that in order to maintain social distancing between tables and to try to keep all our diners happy we cannot guarantee that requests for tables in particular areas of the restaurant will be accommodated.

Please note that buggies, pushchairs, strollers, prams etc. will not be permitted inside the restaurant unless they are folded and can be stored so as to not obstruct the free movement of staff and diners.

Bookings for 5 or more people should be made directly to the restaurant.
Top review
IanD
Dined 3 days ago
We had a late lunch about 3:30pm on a Sunday. The restaurant was quite quiet, which was good, as we had the table by the open window. Nice to watch the world go by. We started with pre-lunch drinks, prosseco for my wife, and a small and interesting beer for me. We both had mussels in a cream and white wine sauce. They were extremely good. I had a large glass of sauvignon blanc with them, which was good. We shared a sticky toffee pudding, which was very good. A very enjoyable meal. Would definitely use again, when in the area.
A photo of The Crown Hastings restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1048)
£25 and under
British
Hastings
About the restaurant
The Crown is an independently run award-winning freehouse in the heart of Hastings Old Town at the foot of the country park, and a stone's throw away from the beach.
We serve modern British food in a friendly informal environment using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Our team create delicious dishes from scratch, including homemade bread, fish from the surrounding seas, local free range meat and seasonal vegetables.

We are proud of our curated drinks selection which includes local real ales, craft beers, fine European and English wine and a specialist gin and whisky selection.

Please book your table at www.thecrownhastings.co.uk

High Top Tables means our high bar stool tables.
You're welcome to book a table for drinks only.
Dogs are welcome, 'paws on the floors' please.
Children welcome and we have a kids menu.
For allergies and intolerances please let your server know before ordering.
We do not serve a roast dinner on a Sunday.
Top review
NickL
Dined 6 days ago
They took some simple ingredients and, with excellent cooking skills, turned them into delicious food. Its such a pleasant informal place. Friendly. Great range of drinks including my favourite Turners Kent ciders. Reasonable prices and loads of local produce used. An outstanding place for everyday or treats
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