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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, 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

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  • 158
    Excellent
  • 55
    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
VERY VERY ENJOYABLE!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
peter1fife
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Fife
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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244 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Fife
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

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
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

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 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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Brighton, United Kingdom
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89 reviews 89 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We arrived early on a Friday evening having not booked and, unsurprisingly, there were no tables left as they were booked up. As a result we had a cocktail upstairs to see if anyone cancelled as we were in no rush. The cocktails were AMAZING - creative, interesting, and delicious and the service was excellent. Whilst we were on our... More 

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

My Wife took me here for my Birthday and it was without doubt one of the best meals I have had in a long time. Small intimate place with just enough tables to feel comfortable without feeling overpowering likes some places. The staff were so attentive without being too pushy. The food was a delight, all fresh and cooked to... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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93 reviews 93 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

A very good family lunch. All the food was excellent, as was the service. The restaurant was also full and buzzy. Thank you.

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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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