Cool Places To Eat In Brighton

Fancy upgrading your boring ol' trip to the boozer for some grub? We thought as much. After searching through the cobbled corners of the town to find the edgiest spots, from quirky interiors to an eclectic selection of locally-sourced IPAs, we’ve created our guide to cool places to eat in Brighton. 

Last updated on 19th January 2023

Med Brighton

228 user reviews 5

Created by Will Dennard and Jack Southan, Med is a seafood restaurant in Brighton serving Southern European-style dishes and deliciously indulgent desserts in stylish surroundings. Settle under the greenery and make your way through the menu with exotic wines to pair. 

The Tempest Inn

204 user reviews 4

Set in a cave, The Tempest Inn is one of the best places to eat on Brighton's seafront. When this hotspot is not busy keeping you entertained with top-notch music events, it also serves a fail-safe menu of seasonal grub to enjoy inside or on its stunning outdoor terrace.

The Actors

3 user reviews 4

The Actors is a friendly, inclusive space that's been a cornerstone of the LGBTQ+ community in Brighton since 1974. Head here and you'll be treated to slices from Decked Out Pizza Co, alongside a roster of DJs, quiz nights or theatre performances for after your meal.

The Coal Shed

4 user reviews 4

If you're searching for romantic restaurants in Brighton, then be sure to check out The Coal Shed with your other half. Renowned for its hearty platters and expertly sourced meat, from Scottish cattle steaks to buttery grilled lobster, there's plenty of tasty grub to share.

East Street Tap

4 user reviews 4

Located on, you guessed it, East Street, this pub is serious about its beer, sourcing cans from around the world. To top it off? It also has a crackin' selection of plates, including hot dogs, mac 'n' cheese and salt beef bagels, as well as a lineup of live music.

The Salt Room

5 user reviews 5

On the hunt for the best restaurants in Brighton with a view? The Salt Room is a stunning dining retreat fronting uninterrupted scenes of the sea. Enjoy some fresh seafood and summertime tipples on its pretty terrace area, or pop inside come colder evenings for swoon-worthy sights.

For some of the best vegan pizzas around, Purezza in Kemptown is a brilliant shout. From caesar salads and garlic sourdough to plant-based alternatives and marinated olives, the venue also boasts a cool vibe - perfect for catch-ups with friends and birthday celebrations.

Dead Wax Social

101 user reviews 4

Out of all the many, many cool bars around Brighton, there's one that steals our heart every time: Dead Wax Social. The popular North Laine spot offers a winning trio of delicious stone-baked pizzas, a fantastic selection of local craft beer and one of the best vinyl selections in town.


2 user reviews 5

MEATliquor packs one hell of a punch when it comes to interiors and grub. Pull up a chair in its graffiti-adorned wonderland to sink your teeth into some epic stacked burgers, mouthwatering hot dogs, devilishly good vegan seitan fingers and plenty more. Yes, please.

While there are no Michelin star restaurants in Brighton at the moment, The Chilli Pickle has the next best thing: a Bib Gourmand. Enjoy tucking into Indian-inspired grub in its indoor dining space adorned with exposed beams and industrial features, or on its pretty outdoor terrace.


2 user reviews 5

Bringing effortless French vibes to Brighton, Plateau is an independent wine bar and restaurant boasting je ne sais quoi. Hunker down here to explore its enormous collection of handpicked bottles and pairings, or enjoy its fabulous selection of carefully curated small plates.

For authentic Italian grub with a modern twist, look no further than Nuposto. Their pizza is authentic Neapolitan-style, traditionally proved for 24 hours and cooked in the masterpiece oven, while handcrafted artisanal pasta is slathered in a variety of homemade sauces.

Food For Friends

1 user review 5

If you're searching for restaurants in Brighton's The Lanes, Food For Friends is a top choice. Known for its vegetarian plates and laidback atmosphere, this quirky eatery is a perfect stop-off for lunch with friends or date nights alike. If the sun's shining? Head to the outside space.


1 user review 5

Housed within a former bank, etch. retains some of those traditional elements while boasting a swish contemporary look, making it one undeniably cool Brighton restaurant. Against the dark blue walls and vibrant orange hues, guests can tuck into equally-impressive tasting menus.