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Gars Chinese Restaurant

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19 Prince Albert Street, Brighton BN1 1HF, England (Formerly Gar's Chinese Restaurant)
+44 1273 321321
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: A Brighton institution in the heart of the famous Lanes, Gars has been...
A Brighton institution in the heart of the famous Lanes, Gars has been serving Chinese food with attitude for nearly 30 years. This family-run restaurant is smart, sophisticated and streamlined, with polished bamboo flooring and modern silk shades. It’s set over three floors, with a private function room and bar downstairs (with the possibility of karaoke if the mood takes you), a ground-floor section with red-leather panelling and soft lighting, and the first-floor dining rooms. The food is a clever mix of classic and modern Chinese, alongside other Asian favourites like Thai green curry and salmon teriyaki. Start with tender beef carpaccio served with sesame and chilli dressing, then dither between fresh scallops in black bean sauce, lamb shanks with ginger and spring onions or the sensationally savoury Cantonese roast duck.
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Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 128
    Excellent
  • 75
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 24
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food and great service

Gars is my favourite Chinese restaurant in Brighton. It serves delicious, authentic well cooked food and has really attentive service. For that perfect treat or a special night out.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
Samstravels69
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Brighton, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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273 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Carmarthen, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

With so many good restaurants to chose from in Brighton we finally tried Gars. Thinking we fancied a Chinese we went in upstairs. Greeted by polite staff and very pleasant surroundings, we sat down to read the menu. We soon realised that this was not your normal Chinese restaurant. The food was different but great. Really enjoyed the full experience.... More 

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Carmarthen, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

We chanced upon this restaurant on a wet and windy night in Brighton. The menu was excellent: lots of unusual dishes that we wanted to try. Good sized portions and very good quality meat. Anything to fault? Slightly pricey and formal service but loved everything else about it.

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Rottingdean, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Booked this on recommendation by a friend but not sure why!!!! Walked in an stood there for a good few minutes whilst all the staff were chatting. A couple gave up and left. Were shown to our table but a member of staff got in my way and would not move the person showing us to our table turned and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 via mobile

Ate here last night after it being recommended by hotel staff. Was lovely, friendly staff, great selection on menu and reasonably priced. Food was delicious and portion sizes were very generous.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Gars is my favourite Chinese restaurant in Brighton. It serves delicious, authentic well cooked food and has really attentive service. For that perfect treat or a special night out.

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Brighton, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Dont need 100 characters...Best chinese retaurant in town...by far! Have visited many times and fully attending on going again and again!

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Bromley, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We were in Brighton on Sunday and were looking for a late lunch. We fancied a Chinese so turned to trip advisor. This restaurant doesn't always get great reviews so we may not have headed for it, but we stumbled across it and we were not disappointed. The restaurant has a modern feel and call me old fashioned but I... More 

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I can't really understand the other reviews - I even checked the photos to make sure it was the right restaurant! I've been here 3 times and every time the food has been great (I eat a lot of Chinese food). I've recommend 2 friends and both said it was great too! Food is very tasty in big portions, staff... More 

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Brighton, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

As we arrived could tell straight away either all of the staff were having there first day or just had no real idea what they were doing. We waited ages for our overpriced food that when it came had certain items missing we had to re - order to which we received no real apology. The food that came was... More 

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Sevenoaks
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58 reviews 58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Was invited o this restaurant by a family member and consequently had to go. Checked with tripadvisor and if I had followed the advice there I would not have gone! However, it turned out well. The service was good but not overly attentive. The food was quite acceptable. Not as good as my favourite Chinese restaurant in Soho but as... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 19 Prince Albert Street, Brighton BN1 1HF, England (Formerly Gar's Chinese Restaurant)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Sussex  >  Brighton and Hove  >  Brighton
  • Phone Number: +44 1273 321321

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 52 - 74
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

A Brighton institution in the heart of the famous Lanes, Gars has been serving Chinese food with attitude for nearly 30 years. This family-run restaurant is smart, sophisticated and streamlined, with polished bamboo flooring and modern silk shades. It’s set over three floors, with a private function room and bar downstairs (with the possibility of karaoke if the mood takes you), a ground-floor section with red-leather panelling and soft lighting, and the first-floor dining rooms. The food is a clever mix of classic and modern Chinese, alongside other Asian favourites like Thai green curry and salmon teriyaki. Start with tender beef carpaccio served with sesame and chilli dressing, then dither between fresh scallops in black bean sauce, lamb shanks with ginger and spring onions or the sensationally savoury Cantonese roast duck.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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