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The Restaurant at Drakes

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44 Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1PE, England
01273 696934
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Considered by many to be Brighton���s best restaurant, backed up by its...
Considered by many to be Brighton���s best restaurant, backed up by its status as the highest scoring local dining room in the Good Food Guide, The Restaurant at Drakes is an elegantly stylish setting for any occasion. Subtle lighting casts moody shadows across exposed brickwork and rich colours throughout the intimate dining room while Drakes��� cocktail bar offers airy sea views and excellent cocktails. The kitchen team insist on the best of ingredients, fresh and seasonal, including fish bought daily from local fishing boats, to create the excellent, refined menu that has earned the restaurant two AA rosettes. A special place, unpretentious in its warm atmosphere, it���s easy to see why The Restaurant at Drakes has such a reputation.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fine dining in Brighton

Had the Chefs 5 course tasting menu with wine option and enjoyed everything, including the extra bits along the way. Brilliant staff who were knowledgeable about the food and wine.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Had the Chefs 5 course tasting menu with wine option and enjoyed everything, including the extra bits along the way. Brilliant staff who were knowledgeable about the food and wine.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

I came here midweek with a friend for and we both had the 3 course set menu for dinner which was divine. There are 3-4 choices per course plus little extras that the staff bring out in-between courses. I cannot fault the food it was first class as was the service, and for the price I don't think it was... More 

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Buckinghamshire, UK
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21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

My husband and I had lunch at Drakes and really enjoyed the well cooked food. Limited sunday lunch menu but the lack of choice was well and truly made up for in the flavour of the food and the excellent way it was cooked. I had asparagus soup with a poached egg followed by roast beef and all the trimmings.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Having, in May, broken my New Year's resolution of wanting to eat here at least once a month this year we returned to Drake's on a Friday evening in June. We'd booked quite late and the restaurant was pretty full - which is as it should be - giving the place a real buzz. The kitchen must have felt it... More 

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Broadstairs, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

We chose to eat in the restaurant as the weather in Brighton was awful that day and we did not regret our decision! The restaurant was calm and relaxing and the service was excellent. It was a struggle to pick off the menu as everything sounded delicious! We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and found it great value for money considering... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Visited with (foody) friends for a special occasion. The menu was small but I'm reliably informed the meat dishes were fantastic. One vegetarian dish which was over-salted but removed from final bill without fuss. Deserts and cocktails were my highlights, as were the wait staff who were incredibly friendly and welcoming.

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Godalming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Elegant, outstanding service and exceptional cuisine. We had the beef with some very amazing additions - a sweet potato fondant, cauliflower cheese smear, broccoli wafer - very artistic and deserving of all its awards.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

I really enjoyed every part of the meal and the service could not be faulted. However, the downstairs room where we were seated is cramped and claustrophobic.Frankly, hearing everyone's conversation in a low ceiling room is not my idea of gracious dining. If I ever were to return , I would only sit in the upstairs dining room. Please Note...Very... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We visited Drakes with a group of friends for a memorable occasion. The staff at Drakes ensured this happened from our arrival with parking spots, a reserved place in the bar to the special service in the private dining room. The food was superb. The majority of the party had the lobster ravioli which was exquisite.the majority of the party... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Visited Wednesday, quite busy for mid-week, pleasant staff, had the Chef's 5 course dinner which with add-ons became 7 courses. Each course was excellent, as were the wines that accompanied each course. The only criticism I would have is that although the waiter started well by showing the bottle of wine being served with the first course, by the second... More 

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Additional Information about The Restaurant at Drakes

Address: 44 Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1PE, England
Phone Number: 01273 696934
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Sussex  >  Brighton and Hove  >  Brighton
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm  7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm  7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 46 - 78
Cuisine: European

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 44 Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1PE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Sussex  >  Brighton and Hove  >  Brighton
  • Phone Number: 01273 696934

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 46 - 78
  • Cuisine: European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Entertaining clients

Description

Considered by many to be Brighton���s best restaurant, backed up by its status as the highest scoring local dining room in the Good Food Guide, The Restaurant at Drakes is an elegantly stylish setting for any occasion. Subtle lighting casts moody shadows across exposed brickwork and rich colours throughout the intimate dining room while Drakes��� cocktail bar offers airy sea views and excellent cocktails. The kitchen team insist on the best of ingredients, fresh and seasonal, including fish bought daily from local fishing boats, to create the excellent, refined menu that has earned the restaurant two AA rosettes. A special place, unpretentious in its warm atmosphere, it���s easy to see why The Restaurant at Drakes has such a reputation.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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