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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: Dessert, Lunch, 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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  • 159
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  • 58
    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
Full of promise

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Sutton-in-the-isle
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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Sutton-in-the-isle
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

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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76 reviews 76 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Ate here as a party of 4 on a Thursday night at 8pm. We arrived after having made a reservation earlier that day however they had no record of our reservation (perhaps cos we'd called the wrong restaurant-oooops), anyway it wasn't a problem and we were given a table. We all ordered off the set menu. I had the crab... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

The service as drakes was great the staff friendly and helpful. Couldn't do more for us. It was great as a treat a little expensive but sometimes you need to treat yourself

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Fife
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Drakes Hotel is a little bit quirky because it tries to squeeze so much into a very confined space. The cocktail bar, for example, is also the hotel reception. Dinner here however was really excellent. A few weeks ago I dined at a one star Michelin in Dublin and frankly Drakes beat it hands down. I really wonder how consistent... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Good quality food with a nice atmosphere, service was excellent and could not complain about a single thing.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

What a fantastic and memorable meal - the service was fantastic and fun throughout. All the dishes were fabulous, beautifully presented and tasted great. The wine (Chateau Sainte Michelle Syrah 2011) was listed on the menu as the restaurant's favourite and we loved it so much, we bought a half case when we got home. The cocktail bar is also... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

A great lunch! Beautiful cod, and good service. Happy to recommend to anyone! Will probably return to this hidden gem in Brighton,, even if it did take a while to find somewhere to park- it was worth the walk!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

We had a lovely meal here in Easter Friday. We booked earlier in the week. The staff were warm and welcoming. They provide insight into the menu and gave recommendations. We were given extra little taster courses which were unique and nice. The beef fillet was incredible melt in your mouth, I can't recommend it enough!

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East Sussex, United Kingdon
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6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary with lunch at The Restaurant at Drakes. I booked a couple of weeks in advance but the restaurant was quiet as it turned out. The staff were very welcoming, very attentive but allowed us enough time to rest between courses. our waitress Radka, couldn't have been lovelier. And then there was the food. Fantastic,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Very good food served by attentive staff. A must go to dining room. Enjoy an inventive cocktail in the bar before hand

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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: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Local cuisine

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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