Ah, Brighton. This seaside gem, only a pebble’s throw away from London, is not only an incredibly popular destination during the summer for busy city folk looking for an escape to the beach – it's also the cultural hub of the south. On top of all of that, Brighton eating places are some of the best eating places in the country.
Unofficially the UK’s ‘hippest’ city, it has always been a destination for the free-spirited, and it has even been named the happiest place to live in the UK several times. It’s also the only area in the UK with a Green Party MP, a left-leaning party focusing largely on environmental issues. Its large LGBTQ+ population has also given Brighton its nickname as the unofficial gay capital of the UK, and the city is renowned for its diverse communities, quirky shopping areas and its popular music, arts and cultural scene.
All of this, alongside its increased tourist focus, has helped attract millions of visitors over the years, ranging from day-trippers and holidaymakers, to hen-do parties and clubbers. Recently, a similar influx has been detected on Brighton’s restaurant scene, which consequently is as vibrant and enticing as the city itself.
'Brighton is a haven for food fanatics as the city is home to hundreds of independent businesses serving up an array of gastronomic delights," says Howard Barden, Head of VisitBrighton. 'Naturally being a coastal city, we have a sensational selection of seafood restaurants, there’s plenty of plant-based options as well as traditional British fayre, Mediterranean flavours and classic curries. Whether it’s fine dining or a casual get together there is a restaurant in Brighton to suit all taste buds!'
As a place that champions independent establishments, the top restaurants in Brighton include plenty of independents, and its seaside location means fresh fish and seafood is a forte - indeed, many of Brighton's seafood restaurants are genuinely fantastic. That said, there’s room for all types of cuisines here, so browse our list below of the best places to eat in Brighton, from British barbecue joints to the best of Brighton's vegan restaurants and sublime Japanese seafood spots. There are a number of great Indian restaurants in Brighton too! If you'd prefer to take a look at our full list of Brighton restaurants and scour all your food options to make the perfect choice, be our guest.