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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: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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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  • 200
    Excellent
  • 64
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 6
    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
Stunning food

We went to celebrate both our birthdays and thoroughly enjoyed it. Food was wonderful and the service was efficient without being intrusive. Lots of little extras to give the evening a special feel. Slightly lacking in atmosphere but it was midweek and quite a small venue.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Claire L
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Brighton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to celebrate both our birthdays and thoroughly enjoyed it. Food was wonderful and the service was efficient without being intrusive. Lots of little extras to give the evening a special feel. Slightly lacking in atmosphere but it was midweek and quite a small venue.

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Thank Claire L
Brighton
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Another first class meal at this restaurant which manages to be classy and intimate without ever being stuffy or precocious. What they do exceptionally well - and what others, namely the Coal Shed and Salt Room, fail to do - is to seat couples away from noisy group tables. I don't know if there were any groups in but they... More 

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Thank BrightonKira
Hove, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

great atmosphere and beautifully presented and delicious tasting food. Anthony and his team really looked after us. It was a first visit for us to Drakes and we will definitely be returning.

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Thank Dwhite5764
Brighton, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited for the first time on Saturday evening and had a wonderful evening with friends...staff were knowledgeable and lovely food was amazing and although busy atmosphere was very relaxed...will be back!

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Thank ashfield20
Brighton, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Posted on the Drakes Hotel part of Trip but my 5 course meal was (2 gratis dishes and gratis prosecco) absolutely delicious. Local fish and local salad cook to perfection. A romantic and stylish restaurant. Dress for the occasion

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1 Thank satiate001
London, United Kingdom
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136 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found this restaurant via a friend who lives locally and we thought what better way to enjoy the festivities than to take advantage of a personal recommendation. We were not disappointed. Due to the size of our group at just over twenty we took over the restaurant. Menu choices were made earlier so as to help them cater but... More 

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2 Thank MSM848
West Sussex
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37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I dined here to celebrate my birthday. We were very impressed by the service of our waitress, Sally. She was incredibly attentive, informative and generally lovely! We opted for the tasting menu with the wine pairing. The food was, on the whole, very good and the wine pairing was fantastic. We would definitely recommend to others and... More 

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1 Thank JandGWestSussex
Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

We stayed over the Christmas period in the hotel and dined in the excellent restaurant where we enjoyed excellent food... the goose on Christmas day was divine! The staff are attentive and helpful and enhanced our experience... Malcolm, who served us breakfast, gave my mother some of the marmalade that she enjoyed so much! A lovely touch...

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1 Thank Ron P
Brighton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

We went there for a birthday celebration, and opted for the Chef's 5 course tasting menu with wine. The food was outstanding and also incooperated an amuse gueule and a sorbet to clean the palate. Our favourite course was the guinea fowl, but everything was delicious. The recommended wines complemented the food and gave us new experiences. The staff was... More 

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1 Thank UlBrDo
Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Went here for a nice lunch with my wife in the lead up to Christmas. We had ham hock, gnocchi & pan fried pork all very good. We also had creme brûlée - which was lovely and quite huge! Attentive, respectful service. This hidden gem is definitely one of the best Brighton has to offer.

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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, British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings

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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