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The Restaurant at Drakes

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The Restaurant at Drakes
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44 Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1PE, England
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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, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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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  • 139
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Beautiful Birthday Lunch

My husband found this restaurant and I decided to take him for his birthday but being December they were fully booked for the evening so we went at lunchtime and had the three course menu at £25 a head. The waiter was friendly but not over familiar and the service was attentive without it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 13, 2014
Emma M
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Brighton, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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217 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Brighton, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

My husband found this restaurant and I decided to take him for his birthday but being December they were fully booked for the evening so we went at lunchtime and had the three course menu at £25 a head. The waiter was friendly but not over familiar and the service was attentive without it feeling as though you were being... More 

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Brighton
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Went here for our small Christmas party (just two of us!) on the recommendation of friends. We both had scallops to start which were really very delicious, but from then on it was all went a little bit meh. Technically the food was very good, presentation was great, cooked well, but was just lacking something important - flavour. For mains... More 

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Emsworth, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I cannot believe this restaurant is only rated 52nd in Brighton, however, perhaps people go for very cheap options here. It is a little hard to find on the Marine Parade as the sign work is understated for the hotel and the restaurant, but once found it was worth the trip even on a freezing, foggy December lunch time- a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

My wife and I had a rare night away from the kids and chose this as a nice romantic restaurant with good food and we were not disappointed! Nice touches like the unexpected pate to start and the Amuse-Bouche between main and desert were lovely. Value wise it was outstanding. The only annoying thing was the couple on the table... More 

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Top Contributor
145 reviews 145 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

The food in this place is amazing. We went for the 5 course meal and whilst it is not cheap at £55, I can highly recommend it. If you go for it, I suggest that you tell the waiting staff to only serve the next course when you are ready as the first 3 courses came in quick succession. The... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Having looked forward to visiting this restaurant for a fair while we finally got a reservation for a Friday evening. The restaurant itself is located in the basement which actually makes for a cosy atmosphere but the tables are close together and the serving staff are challenged to move freely around the restaurant. We had been looking forward to enjoying... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Drakes is definitely somewhere to consider for a special night out. The food is very good; the clientele glammed up and the service is faultless - attentive, warm and not stuffy. Would recommend but deffo book as it was packed!!!

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Visited on a Wednesday evening for a company meal and was not disappointed. Started the evening in the bar with probably the best Mojito I've ever tasted. The service from the bar staff was unhurried and the atmosphere relaxed. We were shown down to our table and ordered our starters and main courses. A surprise pre-starter then appeared consisting of... More 

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Surrey UK
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Great breakfast menu and an amazing taster menu for dinner for 16 of us on the Saturday evening. There were several courses of exceptional quality food, expertly presented and served with panache and at times so unobtrusively that I lost track of the number of courses and the volume of wine consumed.

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Brighton
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 via mobile

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. The fillet of beef and the praline soufflé were to die for! In my opinion it is the best restaurant in Brighton.

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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: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, 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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