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The Restaurant at Drakes

44 Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1PE, England
01273 696934
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Ranked #93 of 839 restaurants in Brighton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $46 - $78
Sun - Mon 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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.
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84% Recommend
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English first
Tours, France
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Booked Drakes as had read good reviews. I have to admit the first impression was not what I had been anticipating! The facade of the building is very average, and looks like very many of the other seafront properties, the second impression too of going down the staircase into the basement was not how I'd imagined the place! However, on... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This was a romantic meal at drakes, a smallish restaurant with really good service, it meant something that the person greeting us was expecting me and didn't ask what name the table was in. There are little extras that you may expect such as an amuse bouche and truffles as the end. I would say that the lighting could be... More

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I had the goats curd and parma ham salad to start, very nice. The bread was superb, especially the bacon brioche. Main course I had sea bream - delicious, and my husband had the beef and said it was the best he'd ever had, melted in the mouth. The chocolate fondant and ice cream was to die for. Good service... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Have wanted to eat at Drakes for a long while. Perceivably the best restaurant in Brighton, I was somewhat shocked to find a small basement restaurant with bad lighting and outdated '90's decor (think laminate flooring and leather chairs). Way way too many tables are stuffed in to the tiny space - we were offered a table in a dark... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Went to The Restaurant at Drakes for a meal with work, wow what an incredible venue. Atmosphere was wonderful and the decor tasteful, modern and comfortable. The food was incredible too, I had the Risotto to start, followed by the most beautiful Lamb I have ever had and finished with a rich Chocolate Fondant. Beer selection, not mainstream so was... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

My wife and I chose the tasting menu with wine selection as it was our anniversary celebration. A fantastic selection of food was presented us including a couple of extra amuse bouches. The wine matching was superb, especially the sweet wines with the cheese and dessert courses. The service was spot on with just the right amount of time given... More

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

A group of friends on a stag do ate here a few weeks ago and had a wonderful meal. We ate in a private room, were well looked after and the food was excellent. The starters were good but the main and desert were excellent and the wine was alos very good. Most people ordered the aged fillet and followed... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

My husband and I had a lovely meal here for our anniversary the food was beautiful, the only down side for us is that the restaurant is down stair with only two windows which face a wall and it's a shame when u could have a great view of the seafront but overall very nice xx

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

It had been a few months since we'd visited Drakes and I confess I'd forgotten just how good it was. On this occasion every one of my courses was a winner, from the pea soup with pheasant's egg to the sea bass to a wonderfully rich melt-in-your-mouth chocolate fondant. My husband really enjoyed the beef fillet which was cooked exactly... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

it's a nice restaurant near where I have stayed , food well presented and tasty only portion a bit small for the tag price but did't really effect my experience as the meal was paid by company ,nice staff

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