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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Brighton

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 Curry Leaf Cafe restaurant
4.7
4.7 (203)
£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
Great little Indian restaurant in the Lanes with fantastic renditions of traditional Indian dishes.. Great ambiance and friendly/knowledgeable staff make this a great stop while in Brighton..
A photo of Purezza Brighton restaurant
4.6
4.6 (606)
£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 4 days ago
Absolutely amazing food, so tasty and I could not believe it was completely plant based the pizza was out of this world. The service was super quick and the atmosphere was amazing definitely one of the best meals I've ever had.
A photo of Pho Brighton restaurant
4.6
4.6 (321)
£25 and under
Vietnamese
Brighton
About the restaurant
Pho is a healthy Vietnamese restaurant that specialise in pho noodle soup, the national dish of Vietnam. Aside from pho, you can also expect to find amazing sharing starters, healthy salads, hearty rice bowls and decadent curries. They have a range of freshly made juices and also Vietnamese beers and a large wine and cocktail list. Pho’s menu is 40% vegan and nearly entirely gluten-free too. They also have an accessible kids’ menu where children can get a meal and a drink for £5.50.
Top review
AlisonC
Dined 4 days ago
Absolutely amazing food and such friendly staff. Can’t fault it!
A photo of Kindling Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (44)
£26 to £40
Steakhouse
Brighton
About the restaurant
At Kindling we believe that great steak should be for everyone. Located in the heart of Brighton, our restaurant offers a laid-back dining experience with great value and quality beef cooked over charcoal and live fire.
Our open kitchen lets you see all the action up close. Witness the skill and passion of our team as they cook your steak to perfection.

We focus on quality and value, creating a casual environment that makes everyone feel at home. Kindling is perfect for casual business lunches, family get-togethers and catch-ups with friends. Our menu is simple but spot-on. It features grass-fed British beef and delicious cocktails, wines, and beers that perfectly complement your meal.

Top review
Lynbuggyvip
Dined 4 days ago
The waiting staff were outstanding. I made a mistake with my order and the person made me feel like it was their fault and returned quickly with a replacement. Outstanding.
A photo of The Ivy in the Lanes restaurant
4.5
4.5 (16440)
£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
JerryG
Dined 7 days ago
Excellent service and delicious food. A pot of tea was lovely so you could have a few cups not just one.
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 The Ivy Asia, Brighton restaurant
4.4
4.4 (3218)
£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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Visited IVY Asia for my birthday. Amazing food and service as always wouldn't expect any less from the ivy.
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 Côte Brasserie - Brighton restaurant
4.1
4.1 (83)
£25 and under
French
Brighton
About the restaurant
Cote is inspired by the brasseries of Paris, serving authentic French dishes all day in our classically designed restaurants. We are committed to producing authentic French classics, freshly cooked to order, from the highest quality sourced ingredients.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
The staff were above and beyond lovely. Food great
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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