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The Best Restaurants in Brighton and Hove

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Think of a seaside resort on England’s south coast and Brighton will almost certainly spring to mind. Nestled between the South Downs and the English Channel, it was given the royal seal of approval by King George IV, who – during his time as Prince of Wales – oversaw the construction of the stunning Royal Pavilion. Today, Brighton is still delighting visitors and locals alike with its combination of seaside charm and a vibrant city life, where you're guaranteed a good night out. Neighbouring Hove is the quieter of the two areas, still blessed with wonderful sea views and, crucially, a good choice of restaurants. Here are some of our favourite spots for great cooking across Brighton and Hove.
Updated on 22 March 2024
Burnt Orange
59 Middle Street, BN1 1AL Brighton and Hove
££ · Mediterranean Cuisine

Tucked away near The Lanes, you could easily miss Burnt Orange when strolling past; but once you’re inside, you won’t want to leave. It’s open from lunch until late and you could easily pop in for a quick bite and then find yourself whiling away the hours over the shareable small plates and extensive cocktail list. Wood-fired dishes form the core of the menu, with ingredients from sea bream to aubergine given the open flame treatment. The colourful cooking is nicely complemented by friendly service and the stylish surroundings.

Did you know that Michelin also recommends hotels? We suggest a stay at My Brighton, just a short walk from Burnt Orange.

Cin Cin
60 Western Road, BN3 1JD Brighton and Hove
££ · Italian

With homemade pasta, harmonious flavours and an absolute steal of a lunch menu, it’s easy to see why Cin Cin is such a hit with the residents of Hove. The classic Italian formula of keeping things simple is key, with fresh ingredients smartly combined and allowed to shine. The aforementioned lunch menu is the cheapest way to dine, but there’s also an à la carte and 5 course chef’s menu if you want to sample as many dishes as possible. If you’re heading up to London, then you can stop in at their second branch in fashionable Fitzrovia.

42 Meeting House Lane, BN1 1HB Brighton
££ · Modern Cuisine

Parts of The Lanes – Brighton’s famous passageways filled with restaurants, shops and jewellers – date back to the late 16th century. Among them is this restaurant run by two friends who aim to serve accessible, straightforward dishes with a focus on big, bold flavours. Wood-fired cooking is their main method of doing this, with everything from pork to potato getting a dose of smoky flavour. Dishes are mostly small plates, with a couple of sharing ‘centrepiece dishes’ on offer as well. Don’t forget to kick off with a cocktail too!

Flint House
13 Hanningtons Lane, BN1 1GS Brighton and Hove
££ · Modern Cuisine

Another restaurant hidden away in The Lanes, Flint House – so called because of its flint stone exterior – is a relatively new addition to the area. It’s set over two levels and offers an array of good value small plates that display some international influences, with the likes of tempura and schnitzel popping up on the menu. It’s a lovely spot for a drink too, with a cocktail menu and every wine on the list available by the glass – grab a seat on the terrace to enjoy them in the sunshine.

Looking for a seafront stay during your visit to Brighton? Michelin recommends Drakes Hotel, which is in walking distance of Flint House.

21a Norfolk Square, BN1 2PD Brighton and Hove
£££ · Modern Cuisine

Since its opening in 1998, thanks to subtle tweaks and reinventions along the way, Gingerman has been at the vanguard of Brighton’s neighbourhood dining scene. Prime ingredients underpin the cooking, with nothing being overworked – resulting in a welcome depth and harmony to the flavours. Thanks to the success of this original restaurant, the group now has eateries all over the Brighton area, including the Flint House in The Lanes, the Ginger Pig in Hove and the Ginger Fox in Hassocks.

Staying the night? The Michelin-recommended Hotel du Vin Brighton is a 15 minute walk away.

Little Fish Market
10 Upper Market Street, BN3 1AS Brighton and Hove
££££ · Seafood

You would be hard pushed to find a better location for a seafood restaurant than this: a former fishmonger’s shop just a few minutes’ stroll from the seafront. As you would expect, the tasting menu here is a feast of fish and shellfish that uses top quality, sustainably caught produce as its base. Some of it is simply served, other dishes have a creative edge backed up by the skill and knowledge of the kitchen. Complete the package by accompanying your meal with a well-chosen wine flight.

16 Western Road, BN3 1AE Brighton and Hove
££ · Asian

A relatively recent addition to Brighton and Hove’s eclectic dining scene, Palmito is a cosy 20-seater restaurant on the busy Western Road. Their charcoal grill is the ideal way to bring out the spicing of the small plates, which take their inspiration from around the globe. It’s a great place for sharing, with a larger party meaning you can try more of the flavoursome, sometimes original, dishes like hand-dived scallop with cauliflower and ancho & dulse butter. It's all well-priced too, making ordering another plate all the more tempting.

Staying the night? Why not book the Michelin-recommended Artist Residence Brighton?

Wild Flor
42 Church Road, BN3 2FN Brighton and Hove
££ · Modern British

Brighton might be the bigger, more famous destination, but Hove is home to more true neighbourhood restaurants. Wild Flor certainly fits into that camp, run by a group of friends who make natural hosts, taking the time to chat and engage with their guests. They have a knack of attracting skilled chefs to their kitchen too; the seasonal, flavoursome dishes are modern yet underpinned by strong classical technique. The team also show great enthusiasm for wine, with a list that mixes some heavy hitters with lesser-known names.