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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, Dinner, 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
Small intermit setting a little disappointing.

Small menu using local produce. Salmon and pigs trotter starters promised more than they delivered. The main courses needed to be hotter but the flavours were very good. Aspects of the service were disappointing for a restaurant that automatically takes a 12.5% service charge! The second bottle of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
janet s
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flitwick
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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flitwick
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Small menu using local produce. Salmon and pigs trotter starters promised more than they delivered. The main courses needed to be hotter but the flavours were very good. Aspects of the service were disappointing for a restaurant that automatically takes a 12.5% service charge! The second bottle of £35 wine was just poured into our glasses without being tasted and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Very limited menu and very rich food. Excellent dining but a trifle expensive and very little choice. However, for fine dining it must be one of the top restaurants in Brighton

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Lovely restaurant, great staff, lovely food and also we were given some compliments from the chef in between courses. Would definitely go again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We went here on a Saturday night during our recent visit to Brighton to find a romantic restaurant with top notch cooking. You need to book in advance for a table at the weekends, but we recommend you do. Arrive early and you can have a cocktail in the small but well stocked lounge upstairs and then descend the stairs... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Taken together an unremarkable experience. The food is certainly good, but about average for the price. The emphasis on local products - especially drinks, was a positive, but the slow - as in slow, not relaxed pace, service was frustrating. The location of the dining room could be atmospheric - or cramped and hot, depending how you judge underground restaurants.... More 

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Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We went here for my 50th birthday. Overall the experience was a good one. Very good and friendly service. Very good food and outstanding deserts. One big but though was that the main course arrived almost cold. It was delicious but would have been better hot, the rest of the meal was fine. In a restaurant of this type and... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I couldn't believe how relaxed the service was: I felt quite at home and the decor was very much to my taste. The deserts were to die for and I will certainly go again. If you are going on your birthday, mention it when booking and get a tasty surprise!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I really enjoyed my lunch at Drakes. Although I was a bit worried when we arrived (as the restaurant is located inside a hotel and the building from the outside looked a bit more like b&b), the restaurant itself is actually very nice, small and cosy. The waitress that served us was professional, smiley and not overbearing. I thought that... More 

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I've been to the restaurant at drakes a couple of times now and on both occasions the food and service have exceptional! Can't wait till the next visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 via mobile

I went to the Drakes last night and have to say I had some of the best food I've ever had. We had the 3 courses which, including the little extras, was fantastic value for money. The staff and service was excellent and all in all we had a very good evening. The only down side was the main wasn't... 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: Doing business, Romantic, 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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