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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Brighton

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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 Botanique restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1013)
£26 to £40
Vegetarian / Vegan
Hove
About the restaurant
The excitement and anticipation that comes with growing vegetables, and creating innovative plates is translated to our guests through our menu.

The plant to plate narrative is at the centre of what we do; our chefs show our local organic farmers a nod of respect towards the passion and patience required to grow a plant, in each dish they create. The seasons dictate our menu, with passion, flavour and creativity at the heart of the operation.

This passion flows through our love of organic, and low intervention wines from small producers, carefully selected and paired with our food.

Our very own indoor vertical farm is our most recent dedication to sustainable practices, allowing us to grow our own bespoke exotic herbs and aromatics for our hyper-seasonal food and cocktail menus, with zero food miles and incomparable flavour.

Top review
DavidB
Dined 6 days ago
Excellent food, some dishes way beyond excellent. Friendly and attentive staff. Love the decor and culinary style of the restaurant. One criticism - front door left open let too much traffic noise in. Not a big problem, but a slight negative.
A photo of The Copper Clam restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1246)
£26 to £40
Seafood
Brighton
About the restaurant
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.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Superb service and food would highly recommend - waitress was lovely
A photo of Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Lewes restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1328)
£25 and under
Contemporary British
Lewes
About the restaurant
Bill (the man, the myth, the Lewes legend) was born and bred here. It’s the original and dare we say it, still the best Bill’s of all – and not only because it’s our first born. Located right by the river, Bill's Lewes is the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Booked a lunch at Bill's in Lewes to meet up with my Grandson. Staff were very polite and attentive. Food was nicely presented and delicious.Value for money . Have been before and def. go again.
A photo of Kusaki restaurant
4.6
4.6 (856)
£25 and under
Vegan
Brighton
About the restaurant
Dine in our blossom dining room or at our sushi cocktail bar

Our mission is to provide pure, plant-powered meals that are good for your body. Our approach is knowledgeable, playful, and engaging. We offer a unique opportunity to experience a different way of eating vegetables and discover new flavours and textures. Talented chefs behind Food For Friends restaurant (established in 1981 as Brighton’s first vegetarian restaurant), Botanique (Hove’s exclusive plant based restaurant) and Wolfox Coffee have put together their experience and knowledge to bring you this new Asian inspired plant based concept.

The result is a creative and colourful menu which shows organic plant-based food can lead to surprising, healthy and mindful new eating experiences. We believe in an upgraded casual dining experience in beautiful light-filled spaces dedicated to natural plant-based food and organic wines.

Top review
PleasedasPolly
Dined on Jun 23, 2024
Delicious refined Japanese food, great lunchtime value bento. Highlights were the tofu and also the massumum curry.
A photo of The Ivy in the Lanes restaurant
4.5
4.5 (16432)
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
Brighton
About the restaurant
Airy, art-filled restaurant offering an all-day dining menu plus champagne & bespoke cocktails.
Top review
BarbaraS
Dined 4 days ago
Went for breakfast. Beautiful surroundings, friendly, polite & attentive staff. Value for money
A photo of Blossoms Cocktail Bar and Restaurant restaurant
4.5
4.5 (114)
£26 to £40
Japanese
Brighton
About the restaurant
Nestled within the heart of the vibrant Brighton Lanes, we are Blossoms. Japanese food and cocktail bar that certainly isn't a quiet affair; it's one that is loud, bold and will ignite your senses. But please, let us spare you the spoilers, this is your experience to unfold.

Blossoms is your springboard for nocturnal adventures! Whether it be a place of first meets, rekindling, or your late night regular retreat, it is a place of real connection. If you’re not quite the night owl then you’ll love our daytime brunches too. Whatever your mood, we will feed your imagination.

A 4 minute walk away from the Royal Pavilion, getting here is easy. We look forward to inviting you to taste our sumptuous flavours and eclectic drinks. The Cherry Blossom cocktail is a definite must try.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
Great service, food and cocktails in good location and nice venue.
A photo of Food for Friends restaurant
4.4
4.4 (3834)
£25 and under
Vegetarian / Vegan
Brighton
About the restaurant
Food for Friends is nestled in the beautiful and historic South Lanes, just 2 minutes from the sea. The restaurant specialises in tasty, simple vegetarian dishes using fresh and local produce. The restaurant has secured a place in The Good Food Guide 2016 and also won the Brighton and Hove Foodie Awards 2012.



The restaurant caters for people with special dietary needs, there are vegan and gluten-free options for many dishes on the menu, as well as freshly baked vegan and gluten-free breads, cakes and scones every day.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Excellent food, service and restaurant. I would say this was less a meal out and more of an eating experience. Enjoyed every minute and not only definitely going back but also would recommend highly to others.
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4.4
4.4 (3210)
£41 and over
Contemporary Asian
Brighton
About the restaurant
Nestled in the heart of Brighton’s historic quarter, the brick-paved Lanes, The Ivy Asia Brighton is open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and much more.

Savour a menu as rich and varied as the diverse cultures that span the continent of Asia. With pan-Asian classics alongside incredible vegetarian and plant-based options, there’s something to please all. Expect a range of Sushi and Sashimi as well as small plates such as Pork and Kimchi dumplings, Spinach and Mushroom Gyozas or large plates such as smoking BBQ Lamb Chops and Slow-cooked Pork Belly.

When the Afternoon hits you do not want to miss out on our Asian-inspired Afternoon Tea, combining our best dishes, such as Aromatic Duck Spring Rolls, Salmon Cream Cheese and Cucumber Maki Rolls.

Want to stay and play late into the night? We’ve got you. We’ll be carrying on the party with incredible entertainment including live DJs every night. Listen to our sweet sounds and sip on our cocktail menu, that takes

Top review
SamanthaK
Dined 4 days ago
Fantastic customer service. Great range of food and beautifully decorated venue. Absolutely love coming here for a special meal.
A photo of FUMI Restaurant restaurant
4.4
4.4 (170)
£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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
We had the omakase experience when we dined - absolutely delicious!! Would definitely go again
A photo of SIX restaurant
3.8
3.8 (1355)
£25 and under
Modern European
Hove
About the restaurant
Taking influence from abundant country fields in Europe, SIX combines the freshest ingredients with a passion for bringing out inherent flavours in a contemporary approach to cuisine. SIX will offer a variety of dining experiences. From our intimate and ambient Dining Room, with luxurious design and every romantic detail taken care of, to the more relaxed and informal Brasserie style dining area. SIX is also Brighton"s first cold-pressed cocktail bar, offering a diverse menu of beautifully constructed drinks, along with a selection of the finest organic wines. We will also be serving our own brewed craft beers, made and imported from a small village outside of Ghent in Belgium. We are committed to solely using locally sourced, organic seasonal ingredients to create our perfectly balanced menus for both our Brasserie and Dining Room. All ingredients are meticulously sourced and supplied directly by local producers to ensure they are of freshest and highest quality available.
Top review
EmmaM
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
Lovely warm welcome and helpful as I had a pram and needed a highchair. Food was delicious but possibly a little on the pricier side for its portion (especially the hash brown and hallumi). Friendly and attentive service. The only negative was that the baby changing was upstairs and there’s quite a lot of them! If alone I would be unable to leave pram unattended. There should be ground floor facilities in the disabled toilet. I asked that my grandad be shown through to use the disabled toilet as I was unable to leave my baby and I sensed the lady I asked was mildly irritated by this. I chose to ignore this as she asked our lovely waiter to assist with this.
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