The Dorset Street Bar

4.3
77 Reviews
£25 and under
British
The Dorset stands proudly on the corner of Gardner Street and North Road, amongst all the colour and excitement of the North Laine and has been, literally, at the heart of all things Brighton for nearly 200 years.

The Dorset stands out as a true Brighton Classic pub; relaxed, welcoming and full of character. It is popular with a unique and friendly cross section of shoppers, local residents, theatre goers and day trippers. It's the perfect spot to watch the bustling Brighton life go by whilst eating small plates or more traditional meals, fine beers and wines, whether it's in winter whilst sitting by the fire with a warming mulled wine or seated outside in the summer, enjoying a refreshing drink in the sun! We are open 7 days a week from 11am.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 77 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.2
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4.1
ambience
4.0
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Nico
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Unfortunately the burger my husband was looking forward too was disappointing. The outside of the beef was charred but the middle was pink. The sauce was a tangy zest that over powered what was labeled and supposed to be an simple cheese burger. His fries were undercooked.

My broccoli satay was overly drench in the thick satay sauce. And The charred cabbage l was more like boiled cabbage. Sadly it was a very disappointing dinner.

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SoniaB
London
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, excellent food, excellent atmosphere

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Ross
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the vegan burger it was very great, my old man had the steak and Guinness pie which he really seemed to enjoy too. Great service I would definitely recommend.

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ThomasB
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely pub with great food. Nice enough for a good date night and would deffo return.

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BryanR
Brighton
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyable if basic menu , good service and Emma’s decent value

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James
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fantastic wine. Great to see a venue doing everything they can to provide a good experience even with all the Covid 19 restrictions in place.

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BearCat
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Dorset and even during these tough times it doesn’t disappoint. The quality of the food and the standard of service are still excellent. There was even a nice buzzy atmosphere! (although everyone was very mindful of the rules). Really nice evening.

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TasteTester
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good pub food

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RobF
Brighton
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place for a meal.
All the food was excellent and the staff were great from start to finish.
Thoroughly recommended.

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clairew
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Definitely worth a visit. Tadt roast dinners and a cosy, friendly atmosphere. Felt covid safe too.

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Sascha
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great quality of food, however roast portions were very small.

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LucieC
London
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of my favourite pubs in Brighton, friendly staff and even with all the COVID restrictions in place the atmosphere is still good.

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NatashaT
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience2

We really enjoyed the food and wine, the service however was appalling. It took ages to serve us we sat with our empty plates for half an hour.
We went to order more drinks and was basically told to leave and we would not be served anymore drinks because we were too noisy. There were 5 of us in the party, and possibly we were very noisy for other members of the public, but we were never asked to be quieter, we were just basically told to pay up and leave......

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AnnieS
Brighton
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Our food took an hour to come and our drinks took a long time to come as well.

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MichaelS
Brighton
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect. Food and service were amazing and I’d recommend the Dorset wholeheartedly.

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YvonneG
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a well distanced table in the corner which felt very comfortable. Highly recommend risotto.

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JasmineC
London
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great gin selection! Also nice selection of vegan options too!

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emilyg
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best vegan roast dinner i’ve ever had!! the staff were amazing too. we were allowed to sit in the bar area with our dogs, and there was enough room for us all to eat comfortably ☺️

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Customer120
Brighton
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, great staff, delicious food. Reasonably priced

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Ally
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Possibly the best butter fried chicken I've had. Considering the situation with Covid they did a great job of making the dinning experience enjoyable and safe.

Could do with a few more options of wine by the glass and to include LAINE beer in the beer options.

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paulp
Brighton
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We (6 Chaps) went for a birthday Sunday roast.
Well organised for covid biz, great menu selection, well cooked and served. Good ale.

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SusanW
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My party of 6 all had the most delicious roast beef Sunday lunch with a side of cauliflower cheese. Everything was cooked to perfection, melt in your mouth beef, perfectly cooked vegetables with roast potatoes that were out of this world! The cauliflower cheese was delicious. All the food was displayed well & extremely tasty. Worth the cost of the meals. Service was great as always. We sat inside where there was plenty ventilation & markings in the floor of the one way route. Plastic screens were placed around the room to separate tables - these were a little imposing on space so perhaps the removal of a table or two would give more space but this would of course provide less capacity. I have already highly recommended Sunday lunch to friends & colleagues - this was just what my party needed thank you.

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frankincensetoyou
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

really lovely staff, clean and friendly venue. Made us all feel very welcome

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely food and great sized portions for the price.
Highly recommend the mussels and fish cake!
It’s such a lovely set up with tables and chairs outside and friendly staff.

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JohnB
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great set up, lovely food, good choice on menu, great choice of drinks. Friendly and attentive staff. We had a great night

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vipMike
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Decent student/young adult pub... restaurant leaves much to be desired. One main frozen solid- response from wait staff was an eye roll - other main fine. The beer was cold which was about the only plus. Opentable characterised this as a “seafood” restaurant which was definitely not the case.

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RobC
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pub fish and chips I have ever had. Also fantastic beers. Good value considering the quality and service

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Sylvia
Brighton
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff couldnt have been more helpful. The food was superb and plentiful. Will definitely go back on my next visit

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EveA
Brighton
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely service with brilliant food and felt very safe for the pandemic! Screens up between tables made it feel secure.

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CaryR
Brighton
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly staffs & nice foods but short choice I saw Sunday menu look nicer than the week menu!

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Helena
Brighton
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant pub with a good atmosphere, coping very well with social distancing measures.
All the staff were happy and table service was quick and efficient.

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RobC
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fantastic beers in a perfect location.

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Modmod
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Table was sticky which was bit off putting. Waitress was pleasant and got starter quite quick. Thought Prosecco pretty over priced for pub!! Used to paying at least £5 less a bottle in restaurants and it wasn’t a nice Prosecco. Main course had steak, boyfriends was ok but mine was nearly all gristle!! Chips were very over done and hard but boyfriend ate mine anyway! Did point out to the waitress about the steak and asked her to show the chef as could see what a bad cut it was, however never got any response from chef at all!! Drinks expensive- same round £5.20 cheaper in the pub a few hundred yards up road toward Brighton!

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OpenTable Diner
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was sublime! The staff could be a little more cheerful. If you charge a 10% fee put it on your menu! Tables were never cleaned after people left, screens were places but not between all tables. We were very close to our neighbouring table

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Helena401
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The Dorset Bar was fantastic, we had catch of the day (seabream) and the seafood linguini and it was sublime. We paired it with a bottle of white wine that the waitress recommended. Extremely good quality food and really really tasty. 100% would recommend and return!

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GGNB
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Service was unbelievably slow with no recognition of this from the manager on duty. Calamari was chewy - chicken burger overcooked and dry - fish cake was more like a potato cake. Even when we requested to have the service charge removed from the bill we weren’t asked why.

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BearCat
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Never had a bad meal here. Food is consistently very good and the staff are always an absolute delight!

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SharonW
London
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience2

They didn't have the food I wanted and sold up chips which we didn't really need. Wasnt very good food at all and very overpriced for what I had.

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RhianneC
Brighton
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food and great service! Would definitely go again next time I’m in Brighton!

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MeganP
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious. Had a lovely table sitting by the open window. Really enjoyed meal.

FAQs

The Dorset Street Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 77 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.