The Copper Clam

4.3
651 Reviews
£26 to £40
Seafood
The Copper Clam is a seafood, shellfish & steak restaurant located on Brighton beach in the famous historic Arches. Enjoy your meal with stunning sea views from the upstairs dining room and sheltered patio if alfresco is your choice. We specialise in fine fresh seafood served in a relaxed environment, with an extensive selection of beers, wines & spirits.
We have a private dining area and cater for large groups and parties.
What 651 people are saying
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4.3
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4.3
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Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and the service is outstanding. Would so recommend this place so much.

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LesleyW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Used to like this place but it's really gone down hill. Completely ruined my lobster which was of a weird mushy consistency (didn't even know that was possible), had no flavour and was stone cold. Ordered it grilled with garlic butter but it wasn't even warm enough to melt the butter that was served separately in a small pot. The service was ok only in part to the clumsy waiter who brought some humour and wasn't much unlike being served by Manuel from faulty towers. The manager was very welcoming. People on neighbouring tables playing videos and music on their phones. Not the venues fault but it ruined any ambience.

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SteveC
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food and very friendly service! We had the oysters, scallops and mussels and couldn't fault any of it, so tasty and what a location right on the seafront

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We didn’t get a chance to eat at this restaurant because we were completely ignored… gave it over 20 minutes and then decided to leave!

KJ
KatyJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely anniversary dinner here
The food was outstanding and service was fab

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was possibly one of the worst meals and experiences I've ever had. They food was terrible, massively over valued, came late with poor service and they tried to ovrt charge us. Worst meal I've had in years.

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CHJW
Brighton
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Bad vibe. Terrible service. Was not seen once we sat down for at least 10 minutes (no menus). One of the waitresses was drunk. Left after 15 minutes as bad vibe. Not worth that experience for the money.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice and excellent food as always

AP
AnaP
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great place and service. We’ll come back!

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SamanthaL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was brilliant. The seafood was all fresh and great value for money. Kay was a lovely host and even gave us a drink on the house to celebrate our honeymoon which was very kind! Will be recommending this restaurant to anyone who plans on visiting Brighton.

JM
JennaM
Perthshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner at the Copper Clam. Recommend the platter for 1.

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Andrea the waiter is top class.

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Jezzer
Edinburgh
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Dined here four years previously (2017) and was blown away with the place. Stunning food, fabulous location - 2017’s visit was a real WOW moment and it’s the reason why, when knowing we were going back to Brighton, the Copperclam was my first restaurant booking - but this time, the wow factor wasn’t there. The food was nothing like we remembered from our 2017 visit. I’d like to think our experience was a temporary glitch but I’m not so sure. Such a shame

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EllenW
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal - the food was of excellent quality and both of our servers were tremendous - can’t wait to go back - don’t have long to wait as I am booked in again tomorrow!

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Kitty
London
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, great food, seafront view. Second time ordering the crab platter - we loved it!

JC
JoC94
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

A bit disappointing overall. Expected standard to be equal to riddle and Finn's given price equivalency. Stood outside with staff staring at us waiting to be greeted for our reservation, menus were sticky. When you pay £30 for a dish you expect it to have everything listed, no salad was on my seafood platter and half an avocado stuck on the side in the iced water meaning unappetising wet avo.., no finger bowls, no mask wearing of staff (despite being current law), glass of Rathfinny sparkling ordered, served in a marked Fitz glass makes you wonder if they're giving you what you ordered. Location is great for evening sunshine and people watching. £110 meal for two and both came home hungry, not ideal.

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Stecott
London
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, friendly and attentive service. Superb.9

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brightonbaby
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

My friend and I really wanted to try their food but when we first asked for a table they said it’s fully booked. We tried booking on the spot and got through. They let us in but let us sit on a table with no shade though we requested for one. They also given us only 1 hour to stay. Mind you, it was during one of the warmest day. People were already looking at us because there are vacant seats and they didn’t even offer us to go inside the restaurant. The food is okay. It’s just the service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Very angry italian waiter, reluctant to take orders and half the restaurant exposed to sun and no shade…. Very odd!

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TinaBG
Brighton
13 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Such a lovely spot right on the sea front - beautifully laid out and so good to be outside with a fabulous view of the sea.

The food was great although in a couple of cases the portions seemed a little small - the salad served with the steak was in fact just a few leaves. One fillet steak was noticeably smaller than the other. However the taste was great and thoroughly enjoyed the meal out.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, relaxing atmosphere And friendly service. Will definitely go again.

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wrightplc
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent seafood. Especially lobster thermidor, tiger prawns and crab fries. Pouilly-fuisse very good.

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Zarreb
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience2

Staff were pretty rude and arrogant which killed it for us. The food made it! Only time they were polite was when we were paying! The blonde girl was exceptionally nice. The gentlemen who served us the majority could do with smiling a bit and not making us feel so unwelcomed!

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RichardJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and location, but the 4 stars was only because service was slightly slow.

LB
LynneB
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always an excellent meal food to a high standard, service exceptional, ambiance just right for a romantic couple or a group of friends
When we come to Brighton it’s the first restaurant we book

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AmyM
Denmark
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly amazing food and great service, couldn’t recommend more!

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PhlipH
Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Courteous friendly reception choice of table 1630 hrs . Good menu and an acceptable wait for fresh cooked food.
Excellent and not over attentive service. A wonderful beach front, sea view experience

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janep
Surrey
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my daughter had a wonderful lunch overlooking the seafront at Copper Clam. The service was excellent, speedy, attentive and friendly. The seafood was amazing, the best scallops I have ever had, and I can't stop thinking about the crab fries - extremely tasty. It was a wonderful experience, thank you!

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GilesT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful food lovely service couldn’t fault it

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OliviaA
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, wonderful family-run seafood sea front restaurant. Highly recommend! Lovely service too.

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Chippz
London
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food & service
Kay ( the owner ) is a gem of info & caring

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vipiantha
London
13 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Extremely good food, wine, service and location on the sea front. The cost reflects this.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing in every way

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely meal for two, food was delicious and service was great. Crab fries were yummy!

GB
GillB
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to the Copper Clam for a number of years when we stay in Brighton. It has always been lovely but last night we went with my daughter and her partner and it was superb. The food was outstanding, the service perfect and all in all a really lovely evening. Thank you

AW
AdamW
London
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. The team are so professional and fantastic. So very welcoming. The food is just outstanding and everything you're looking for.

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JulieG
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The service was appalling and some of the staff were very rude and not attentive at all. We were not offered the dessert menu. We were also told that we would have to leave the table as they needed it back when the restaurant outside was empty. We had spent a lot of money and were very unhappy with the lack of service. I will not be returning to this restaurant

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LuisN
Brighton
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service as always! The plaice was delicious.

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CalG
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took myself and my son for lunch and once again it was amazing….oysters,scallops,steaks and octopus all cooked to perfection..:.wonderful service as always …..see you again in 2 weeks 😊

CA
CarlAndAdele
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious seafood and excellent service

FAQs

The Copper Clam offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01273 323847.

The Copper Clam is rated 4.3 stars by 651 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.