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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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Today
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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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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Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 147
    Excellent
  • 54
    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
Lovely Food

Good food and wine, as expected from a fine dining restaurant. Cocktail bar was very nice too. Friendly staff. Would return.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
Pat S
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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English first
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Good food and wine, as expected from a fine dining restaurant. Cocktail bar was very nice too. Friendly staff. Would return.

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Brighton
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This was a date night for us but frankly, if I was mad enough to turn down the opportunity of a meal here, I think my husband would come on his own! The food is great, you get all sorts of extras - tonight the salmon roulade appetiser was wonderful and deserved to be a starter - you are never... More 

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75 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We came here for my daughter's birthday treat and were not let down. There is a set lunch menu for £20 for two courses or £25 for three, and the a la carte menu is also set at £29.50 for two courses and £ 39.50 for three. We plumped for the a la carte and I had the Scottish langoustine... More 

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62 reviews 62 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Nice food service and place . Would return in a shot !! Went on a Sunday so was pretty quiet . Would love to try a fri or sat . Loved the menu. Easily best place we eaten so far in Brighton !!

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Reading, United Kingdom
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84 reviews 84 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

We went out for a Saturday night meal and had a later start time of 8:30 but it looks like they do not turn the tables round so it was a lovely atmosphere - not too crowded and a good buzz. The food was very well prepared and delivered looking a picture on the plate so it was very much... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Both my partner and myself turned 30 and were given a voucher for Sunday lunch here. The service was great - very good and they left you plenty of time to eat and relax before the next course. The portions were big and so we were so full for desert. You also got a pre stater which was lovely. Very... More 

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Witney
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We had an amazing meal here. The food was stunning and it was beautifully presented.The service was very good and our waiter was very attentive. We would highly recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

First time we had Christmas lunch at this otherwise wonderful restaurant. The food was excellent and the staff really lovely. Seven courses for a affordable price. We had a great time.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Visited Drakes in early January as my restaurant of choice to propose to my girlfriend and I was not disappointed at all with the food, service or how intimate and romantic the entire evening was. I would highly recommend for that special night! (and of course, she did say YES!)

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

A celebratory weekend in Brighton this was a wonderful end. The ambience and food were delightful with excellent service

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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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