There’s something restorative about eating by open water. Feeling the wind on your face and the sun on your skin can give you a boost of Vitamin D and a rush of serotonin that’s hard to match (and hard to find) anywhere else in the UK. In fact, I’d say that the only way to trump that cocktail of goodness it is to feel the wind your face and the sun on your skin with a portion of piping hot chips resting precariously on your knees. Brighton is a great city to do just that. Sitting on the city's pebbly beach with a freshly fried bit of haddock is a culinary experience that's up there with most Michelin-starred tasting menus. But Brighton's also a place where there’s more than just fish and chips and ultra-fresh seafood on the menu.
We’ve already written about the best restaurants in Liverpool, Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leeds, and Margate, so we figured that it was the lovely city of Brighton’s turn for its time in the spotlight. Brighton’s best restaurants run the gamut from neighbourhood Italians to intimate Japanese restaurants alongside, of course, your tried and tested spread of trendy spots that specialise in natural wine and small plates. Some of the restaurants on this list of Brighton’s best restaurants have been around for donkey’s while others are relatively new, having risen from the ashes of lockdown to provide locals with the food they’d been craving for so long. If there's any you think we've forgotten, feel free to get in touch and let us know. Until then, we hope you get a chance to explore Brighton's thriving dining scene sometime soon.
From Jia Mo to Wild Flor, these are the best restaurants in Brighton to eat, drink, and feel great about yourself.