Quirky Restaurants in Brighton

Sometimes dinner just won't do. Boasting ourselves as one of the most creative cities in the UK, you can bet all that dastardly wisdom flows through onto the dinner table. From Stateside-style retreats laced in urban neons to European fare with a side order of cabaret, Brighton restaurants refuse to follow the mould. Check out our recommendations for some of the most unique restaurants in Brighton and discover that not all evening fare be made of bland napkins and cardboard disguised as chips. 

Last updated on 17th August 2016

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Dead Wax Social

3 user reviews

Primed with a lush vinyl-only playlist, and walls doused in quirky trinkets, Dead Wax Social is a haven for those looking for somewhere different to have dinner in Brighton. Proud of their pizza, and churning out craft beer to boot, give this Laines gem a try. 

Happily Affordable ££
North Laine

The Tempest Inn

17 user reviews

Ever had dinner in a cave? The answer to that question is likely to be a no, so why not change that with this quirky Brighton restaurant. A watering hole and foodie favourite set alongside the beach, head on down for lush plates in a unique cave-like system. 

Happily Affordable ££
Beachfront

The Mesmerist

2 user reviews

Cabaret, gin and a jam-packed entertainment schedule, do we need to say anything else?! The Mesmerist is not only a brilliant late night venue but also a quirky Brighton restaurant serving delicious food throughout the day.

Happily Affordable ££
The Lanes

Proud Cabaret Brighton

1 user reviews

Brighton's menagerie of burlesque, cabaret and comedy nights is seemingly unparalleled in the UK, but where to get a dose of dinner on all that? Brimming with grandeur and vintage charm, head on down for a unique night out in Brighton thanks to Proud Cabaret.

Kemptown

Yum Yum Ninja

1 user reviews

International grub isn't hard to come by, we're so global a city of course, but there is a restaurant in Brighton maintaining this home-spun flair and bringing a taste of Japan into our midst. Whilst the cocktail bar at Yum Yum Ninja is one modern little joint, the ground floor restaurant is a love letter to traditional Japanese dining; boasting Shoji style rooms and classic eastern simplicity, it's not wild but it is charming. 

Happily Affordable ££
The Lanes

Ok, so not technically a restaurant but The Yellow Book does allow guests to order their own takeaway, eat in the bar and will even do the washing up. The quirky Brighton boozer is the UK's first ever steampunk-themed bar and has some mad entertainment, we're talking snakes and lizard holding...

Happily Affordable ££
North Laine
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La Choza

1 user reviews

While street food in Brighton has really kicked off these last few years, there's one vibrant little joint that took their tasty South American wares back inside. Boasting more colours than the rainbow itself, or at least we'd say so, this intimate little Mexican restaurant is a vibrant blast of Day of the Dead wares and Lady Guadalupe attitude; all with the delicious home-spun Mexican fare to boot. 

Happily Affordable ££
North Laine

Some may consider the fact that going out for dinner means that someone else makes your food, but how about throwing all that by the wayside and having a go for yourself? A renowned Japanese restaurant in the heart of the city, Moshimo aren't the only ones getting hands on in the kitchen, you are too. Boasting sushi workshops for couples and groups alike, you'll know how to roll 'em and stuff them in your chops in no time.

Happily Affordable ££
The Lanes

European fare with a side order of cabaret, Little Bay is highly unlike any restaurant in Brighton that you'll have ever been to before. More of a performance theatre than a restaurant alone, Little Bay boast theatrical interiors; from raised baroque pulpits and gilded golden arches to red velvet curtains. You'll be chowing down on pocket friendly fare alongside a barrage of opera performances. 

Happily Affordable ££
Beachfront

Lucky Beach

3 user reviews

While it isn't rare to come across a restaurant on the beachfront, it's rare to come across one that doesn't serve fish and chips alone. Hauled up in one of Brighton's unique beachfront archways, Lucky Beach is a premium spot for American style fare. Brooklyn in its interiors and New York in its taste, this intimate little restaurant can't fit a whole lot of people, but it can fit a whole lot of flavour. 

Happily Affordable ££
Beachfront

MEATliquor

2 user reviews

You might not consider burgers a wholly unique dish, but you'll never look at them in the same way again once you've visited this eccentric little plot. One of the most unique burger bars in Brighton, MEATliquor is not only laced in American flavours and cracking cocktails, it's doused in neons, boasts its own DJ booth and caters to some of the most cool and garish of urban whims. 

Happily Affordable ££
London Road

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