Cool Places To Eat In Brighton

It's a pretty established fact that Brighton is one of the coolest spots in the UK, with more independent and quirky restaurants and bars than we can count. We've searched through Brighton's indie-infested streets to find the edgiest spots - whether that be for their hipster interiors, unusual food menu or eclectic selection of locally-sourced IPAs - to find the creme de la creme of Brighton's coolest restaurants.

Last updated on 30th June 2021

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Dead Wax Social

72 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 cracking selection of local craft beer and one of the best vinyl selections in town.

Created by Will Dennard and Jack Southan, Med is a cool Little East Street spot serving  Southern European-style seafood dishes and deliciously indulgent desserts is stylish surroudnngs. Settle under the living wall and make your way trough the menu with exotic wines to pair. 

The Coal Shed

2 user reviews 4

If you're a sucker for seafood and grilled meat dishes, this is easily the cool Brighton restaurant for you. The Coal Shed are renowned for their hearty platters and expertly sourced meat, fish and vegetable dishes, with Scottish cattle steaks and grilled lobster coming in as premium pickings. 

Pho Brighton

255 user reviews 5

Craving something a little lighter? Offering fresh, honest Vietnamese cooking from ts home on Black Lion Street, Pho is a brilliantly cool Brighton restaurant. From signature bowls of steaming hot pho to salads, noodle dishes to curries, there are plenty of stunning dishes to dive into.

The Salt Room

1 user review 5

Looking to impress someone special with your knowledge restaurants near the West Pier? The Salt Room is a stunning urban dining retreat with uninterrupted views of the sea with a pretty terrace area for summertime tipples and mouthwatering fresh seafood in the sun.

The Tempest Inn

155 user reviews 4

Set in a cave, this ridiculously cool seafront eatery hosts a variety of supper clubs, and come the weekend is a top spot for some partying. When they're not busy keeping you entertained, they also serve a fail-safe menu of seafood to enjoy in the caves or outside by the sea.


2 user reviews 5

This spot packs one hell of a punch - in terms of both their interiors and their burgers. Pull up a chair in their neon, multi-coloured wonderland of a venue to sink your teeth into some epic stacked burgers, mouthwatering hot dogs, devilishly good vegan seitan fingers and plenty more.


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. 


2 user reviews 5

Bringing effortless French coolness to Brighton, Plateau is an independent wine bar and restaurant with plenty of je ne sais quoi. Hunker down here and explore their enormous collection of handpicked bottles, with a menu of small plates that can be perfectly paired to you glass.

The Joker

1 user review 4

Cosy fireplaces, a menu of devilishly spicy hot wings and weekend parties that will take you days to recover from, The Joker has got to be one of the hottest pubs in Brighton. If you're staying late, head upstairs to their clubroom, The Devil's Disco and dance until the early hours.

From their vast selection of gins and local ales through to their delicious pizzas, The West Hill Tavern is a feast for all the senses. Add in the funky decor, live music nights, fun pub quizzes and dog-friendly policy, and you're onto a winner with this cool place to eat in Brighton.