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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Brighton

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Brighton? 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!

A photo of Purezza Brighton restaurant
4.7
4.7 (603)
£25 and under
Vegan
Brighton
About the restaurant
The food at Purezza is based exclusively on plants, providing maximum nutritional value and minimal environmental impact.
Purezza has created a restaurant where everyone can enjoy high quality Italian food, cooked by top Italian chefs, in the comfort of a completely animal free zone (and mostly gluten free too). This means the food is not only healthier by also lower in calories.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 24, 2024
I’m not even vegan and the pizza was still up there as one of the best I’ve ever had. Likewise the ch’ken caesar!
A photo of The Bristol Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (217)
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
Brighton
About the restaurant
Panoramic sea views on Kemptown seafront. This owner run bistro pub offers home cooked food and wonderful Sunday lunches. Friendly, informal service in a beautiful historic building located midway between the pier and the marina. The Bristol is a sophisticated venue that welcomes well behaved dogs and children aged 12 and over for lunch. The evenings are reserved for the grown ups. Formerly The Bristol Hotel, our art deco bar still retains it's classic ambience to make the most of the sea views and offers guests something that little bit special.
Top review
Wroot
Dined 4 days ago
Wonderful! Terrific poached salmon. And delicious roasts. Definitely going back!
A photo of IL Bistro restaurant
4.6
4.6 (317)
£25 and under
Steakhouse
Brighton
About the restaurant
In 1976 Michael Garman returned to Brighton and opened IL Bistro
after being inspired by the Italian and French culture and cuisine
during his travels to the Provence and the western coast of Italy.
His goal was to open Brighton’s first Mediterranean steakhouse.
For the first time, Brightonians were able to order fresh pasta,
arancini, dry aged beef, tiramisu and negronis.

47 years later and now being operated by Michael's son Abe,
IL Bistro still stands by the same principles, using local suppliers
and produce, fresh ingredients and the best available dry
aged British beef. The restaurant is situated in an 18th century
fisherman’s cottage which we find rather fitting after Michael
spent years in Portofino, Livorno and Saint-Tropez, Europe’s
most famous fishing villages.

Booking info:
Since reopening from covid we ask for a £10 per person deposit in our busier times which gets deducted from your bill at the end of your meal.
One of our team will be in touch after your bookings made.
Top review
StephenM
Dined on May 29, 2024
Delightful converted fisherman’s cottage in the Lanes run by Honest Abe and his Bohemian colleague from Queens New York. Varied and interesting menu well prepared and very tasty. Ambience is very comfortable with linen table cloths and candles,but OH! Get rid of the paper napkins.! A “cracking” good dinner Thanks,we will be back Steve
A photo of Curry Leaf Cafe restaurant
4.6
4.6 (196)
£25 and under
Indian
Brighton
About the restaurant
Think lavish three-course Indian feasts, killer craft beers from local Sussex breweries and spiced cocktails – all set in a cosy, colourful, independently run venue near Brighton beach, which has been listed as a 'local gem' in every edition of the Good Food Guide since 2014. Featuring a 70-seat, split-level dining space, the restaurant is decked out with exposed brick walls, wooden tables and vintage Indian design touches.

Curry Leaf Cafe's culinary heart lies in South India, focusing on fragrant curries, crisp-fried street food and chargrilled tandoor dishes, all served 'sharing style' for the table to enjoy. Around half the menu is vegan, and there's a wide range of gluten-free dishes on offer. While the flavours are authentic, you'll find a few contemporary twists – including a range of loaded naans at lunchtime, sold alongside the always popular thali platters (now available until 6:30pm daily).

This is Indian cafe culture, Brighton style.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Absolutely delicious food for a very reasonable price - couldn’t have asked for more! Would really recommend their Thali. The staff were incredibly lovely too - it was my partner’s birthday and they made our evening feel very special. 10/10 can’t wait to come back :)
A photo of Novellino Brighton restaurant
4.6
4.6 (43)
£25 and under
Kosher
Brighton
About the restaurant
A home of modern Sephardic cooking, our menus blend the culinary cultures of a French Bistro and the Tel Aviv food scene to create a fresh approach to Jewish cooking. Whether you want a drink, a snack, or a meal, you’ll find a fresh, delicious experience at Novellino. Our seasonal menus also offers a range of delicious vegetarian and vegan options.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
just superb from friendly welcome polite service very tasty food and beautifully presented a great kosher restaurant
A photo of Olive Grove restaurant
4.5
4.5 (911)
£26 to £40
Greek
Brighton
About the restaurant
A Greek Mezzedoupilio / Family Tavern with plates designed to be socially enjoyed.

The indoor seating is available all year round.

Found in The Lanes of Brighton, corner of Hanningtons Lane & Meeting House Lane. The olive trees shade the courtyrd. We welcome you to enjoy a few of our plates & to sip a glass of wine. We offer a private dining room for up to 40 guests on our upper level.
So, if you looking for a place to eat in Brighton, Lanes, with a great outside garden, or get cozy indoors for drinks & a bite...look no further.

Enjoy our Wine & Social Dining / Mezedakia
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 27, 2024
Easy to book, never been before and was very happy with my choice of somewhere to eat. 5 dishes between 2 of us was plenty. Food was lovely along with the service. And I loved the venue. Very happy indeed..
A photo of Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Brighton restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1537)
£25 and under
Contemporary British
Brighton
About the restaurant
We’re proud to say that Brighton was the second ever Bill’s, and whilst it’s no longer a bus depot (spoiler, it used to be a bus depot), it still transports you to the good times. Oh, and it’s only up the road from the seafront, so there’s no excuse to miss it, even if you get lost in the Lanes.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Great food and experience, first time we have ever been to bills. Definitely was amazed of how good it was
A photo of Fork Lewes restaurant
4.5
4.5 (20)
£25 and under
British
Lewes
About the restaurant
Fork is a neighbourhood restaurant in Lewes serving modern British cooking.
Our constantly changing, seasonal menus reflect our support for local farmers and artisan producers. Our meat, vegetables, fruit and cheeses come from small local farms; our fish is fresh off the boat at Newhaven
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
What a memorable evening, terrific service, a superb menu, and the presentation and food truly excellent - we enjoyed sitting in front of the kitchen and watching our dishes being prepared, a nice feature. I cannot wait for my next visit to Fork!
A photo of FUMI Restaurant restaurant
4.4
4.4 (164)
£26 to £40
Japanese
Brighton
About the restaurant
There’s a saying in Japan, ‘Ichi-go ichi-e,’ which means, every moment is one-of-a-kind and something to be treasured. This is the philosophy of our neighbourhood restaurant FUMI, located in the centre of Brighton.
A slow restaurant in a fast-moving city, FUMI is a place where flavours, service and interiors are harmonious.
A simple Japanese inspired menu driven by the seasons, our moods and by whatever is fresh and exciting in the moment.

At FUMI, we source all our produce, meats and fish from small, local suppliers. Nothing is mass-produced or served out of season, with everything we create coming directly from the farm to your table. Each meal at FUMI is a celebration of bountiful harvests, beloved community, and our favourite pairing of food and friends.
We hope you enjoy.
Top review
Pend
Dined 4 days ago
This is an excellent Japanese Restaurant with a highly individual menu. Outstanding in every way. I really recommend it.
A photo of Gars restaurant
4.2
4.2 (277)
£26 to £40
Chinese
Brighton
About the restaurant
Perched within the quaint streets of the Lanes, Brighton, Gars is open seven days a week serving lunch and dinner just a stone's throw away from the beach.

Immerse yourself in a menu highlighting the diverse tapestry of Chinese cuisine. An eclectic array of dishes from Chinese classics like our Prawn toast and Crispy Aromatic Duck to innovative vegetarian dishes like our Tofu in black bean sauce.

With our 40-year reputation and dedication to Chinese cuisine, this is one restaurant you cannot afford to miss.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 31, 2024
Great, efficient service with friendly, helpful staff. Food was delicious and definitely worth the price paid!
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