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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in East Sussex

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants in East Sussex? 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 The Sundial restaurant
4.9 (517)
£26 to £40
About the restaurant
The Sundial is a privately owned, relaxed and chic French restaurant with spectacular views of the South Downs in East Sussex. The Sundial’s à-la-carte and seasonal menus as well as its cuisine and ambience are typically French. Our restaurant in East Sussex is perfect for a meal with family and friends or an intimate dinner for two, the Sundial’s lounge bar, French restaurant and private dining room provide a flexible combination for parties, business meetings, seminars, wedding venues and group events for up to 60 people. Our restaurant can cater for upto 150 people as a wedding venue. If you´re looking for a Fine Dining French restaurant in East Sussex, or anywhere in Sussex, you won´t find a finer French restaurant!. Our French restaurant has a Civil wedding License offering you the perfect wedding venue in East Sussex. Restaurant also has a large car park with 16 parking spaces.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
This was unforgettable, first time of going to the Sundial, the food was delicious, good size portions with tasty palate refreshing treats between courses. Service faultless and atmosphere calming. Will definitely go again to celebrate that special occasion.
A photo of Colombo 16 restaurant
4.8 (158)
£26 to £40
Sri Lankan
St Leonards-On-Sea
About the restaurant
Inspired by the diversity of Colombo and England, Colombo 16 brings the essence of modern Sri Lanka to Marine Court, the historic Grade II-listed Art Deco building on the shores of St Leonards-On-Sea. ​By day we offer fusion lunch with some traditional Sri Lankan options, by night contemporary curries, short eats and desserts intended for sharing. Our dishes are based on family recipes, modernised with an ingredient-led approach sourcing locally and importing weekly from Sri Lanka.
Top review
Dined 3 days ago
Really delicious food and fab service. And the coconut daiquiri is top notch.
A photo of Landgate Bistro restaurant
4.7 (1536)
£26 to £40
About the restaurant
We make British food with a classic or modern slant. We source our ingredients from the local fields, woodlands and waters. Everything is cooked on the premises, including the sourdough bread and the icecreams.
The Good Food Guide (2023) says: "A fittingly quaint old building, complete with original features, given a suave modern twist via grey panelling and contemporary furniture. Chef-proprietor Martin Peacock has built his menu on classical French traditions and impeccable sourcing and there’s real creativity and originality on show here. The international wine list offers a decent but not overlong selection, with accessible pricing.

Vegetarian: we will always offer at least one starter and one main vegetarian choice. However, we cannot cater for vegans.

Please note, due to customer allergies, we cannot allow dogs on the premises.

Top review
Dined 6 days ago
Thoroughly recommend this restaurant. Great service and the food was amazing.
A photo of Thai Marina restaurant
4.7 (1548)
£26 to £40
About the restaurant
Thai Marina is situated at The Waterfront at Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne and serves modern Thai cuisine in a traditional setting. The menu has all the classics you'd except such as Green Curry or Pad Thai as well as newer dishes such as Lamb Cutlets or Tamarind Sea Bass. In the summer months, enjoy alfresco dining all day and through the evening and on the weekends enjoy the Thai summer barbecue by the waterside.
Top review
Dined 6 days ago
Excellent as always... Highly recommend, service and food are delicious
A photo of The Union restaurant
4.6 (1085)
£26 to £40
Contemporary British
About the restaurant
The Union is a modern British restaurant, cocktail and wine bar set in a beautiful 15th century building in the heart of Rye. Our menu is made up of small and large plates which we recommend sharing across the table. Our team will be on hand to guide you through your visit.

Our food is guided by the seasons and our menu is ingredient led so changes based on what we have available to us. We primarily use British produce and work with local suppliers to ensure we always source the very best ingredients we can get our hands on.

Top review
Dined 3 days ago
Fantastic food in Charming Rye with great wines and service
A photo of The Mermaid Inn restaurant
4.5 (1304)
£26 to £40
About the restaurant
Dine in the AA 2 Rosette Linen Fold Panelled Restaurant, where you can enjoy the ambience of the large restaurant, the cosiness of The Dr Syn Dining Room or the privacy of the Boardroom for your evening meal, lunch and breakfast.

Head Chef Drew King is focused on using quality, seasonal, local ingredients and cooking them perfectly. He has a broad range of experience having worked in Michelin Star restaurants. and is able to adapt to the requirements of the guest and the occasion.

Please note dogs are not allowed in the Restaurant. Bookings are for the Restaurant only. We do not reserve for The Bar and outside seating areas.

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Dined on Jul 15, 2024
We had a delicious meal here Pea risotto Local lamb Raspberry soufflé Would highly recommend 👌🏻
A photo of The Dorset Arms Pub restaurant
4.5 (1036)
£26 to £40
Gastro Pub
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Dorset Arms, one of Sussex's best kept secrets..

The Dorset Arms Public House in Withyham is an 18th century alehouse situated in the outstandingly beautiful Sussex Weald. Part of the historic Buckhurst Estate, the pub is named after the Earls and Dukes of Dorset, one time heads of the Sackville family, and shares a heritage of family ownership now headed by their descendant, the present Earl De La Warr.

Showcasing the best of what Sussex has to offer, our Head Chef has fine-tuned the classics and combined them with modern British dishes to provide a diverse and exciting menu.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Lovely choice and excellent quality food. Nice ambience and friendly staff
A photo of The Curlew Restaurant restaurant
4.3 (25)
£41 and over
About the restaurant
The Curlew in Bodiam, a former 17th century Coaching Inn has reopened it's doors as a gastro pub in September 2023. Serving a variety of British and european classics with locally sourced produce. Situated right on the way to the historical Bodiam Castle it's the perfect stop for lunch, dinner or a drink in the garden.

For live updates follow us on Facebook: The Curlew - Bodiam

We look forward to welcoming you!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 7, 2024
probably the best sea bass I have had in a restaurant. Would recommend give it a try
A photo of The George in Rye restaurant
4.2 (474)
£25 and under
About the restaurant
Prominently positioned on the cobbled high street of the medieval town of Rye, East Sussex, The George in Rye is one of the most captivating hideaways on England’s south coast.

Lovingly renovated, this Grade II listed bolt-hole offers a welcoming retreat for design lovers, foodies and the creatively inclined.

The building dates from 1575 and has an enviable heritage, with an original Georgian ballroom, Elizabethan galley beams, and an antique wig store, amongst other quirks. Always a meeting point, The George has entertained three King Georges, Wellington, and the Mayor of London.

Rye itself is unlike anywhere else in England. A medieval town locked in time and with a fascinating history, Rye offers an idyllic escape for relaxation or romance, just four miles from the rejuvenating sea air and white beach of Camber Sands.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 8, 2024
A lovely meal, attentive waiter and wonderful ambience.
A photo of The Relais Cooden Beach restaurant
4.1 (278)
£25 and under
About the restaurant
The Relais is named in honour of our motorsports heritage and the menus celebrate our seaside location.

Just steps from the beach, The Rally Restaurant enjoys the best views in the house and a spacious terrace for seasonal al fresco dining.

Enjoy fresh and seasonal menus including the ‘catch of the day’ supplied by our local Sussex fishermen. Our menus change with the season with a focus on fish and seafood and locally sourced ingredients.

Open all day and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and afternoon tea - whether you’re gathering with friends for a long lazy lunch or celebrating a milestone occasion with family and loved ones, The Rally Bar & Grill is the perfect location to dine, relax and create lasting memories.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
Exceptional service, wonderful food and excellent wine… not to mention the great view! Thank you… we will definitely be returning :-)
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