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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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12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: 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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  • 178
    Excellent
  • 61
    Very good
  • 27
    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
Well worth booking!

Delicious food, excellent service and we would definitely go back there again. Very romantic and made to feel special.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
Alison4444
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

For a fine dining experience, I found the Restaurant at Drakes to be something of a let-down. My partner and I regularly visit both Michelin starred and non-Michelin rated fine dining restaurants, and comparative to the latter set Drakes from our experience does not stand up too well. There are fundamental flaws in this restaurant in three key areas; the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The food was definitely amazing and delicious! A real downer on the night, which is why it has only been given 3 star was the decor and atmosphere. We were put in the smaller room on the right hand side at the bottom of the stairs and it felt like we had been pushed away from everyone else, therefore there... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Delicious food, excellent service and we would definitely go back there again. Very romantic and made to feel special.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Amazing service and excellent food. I would recommend this Restaurant 100%. The staff were personable and efficient and the food was of an amazingly high standard.

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Grantham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

From start to finish it was a night to remember! The service was exemplary the food was great! From entering the Hotel to leaving it we enjoyed our experience.

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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We had the August taster menu this evening and couldn't fault anything. The whole experience was absolutely fantastic. The restaurant is small and intimate and simply the loveliest atmosphere; it's about the food and the company you're with. Service was totally out of this world and nothing was too much trouble. As for the food - it's going to be... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We where in Drakes to celebrate our wedding anniversary! We where not disapointed. The fish dish was perfectly cooked. The meat nice and pink as ordered. Nice wine list. Romantic setting in the basement of the Hotel.

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Northampton
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

The restaurant is in the basement and is quite small, so you are sitting close to other diners. The service was very good. We both found the food disappointing. One dish lacked seasoning, the other was extremely salty to the point of being inedible. The waitress did notice that I had eaten hardly anything and did offer to replace the... More 

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flitwick
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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

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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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, Special occasions, Doing business, 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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