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1-3 Brighton Place | The Lanes, Brighton BN1 1HJ, England
+44 (0)1273 775477
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Ranked #205 of 844 Restaurants in Brighton
Price range: $11 - $22
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Recommended by friends, we tried Donatello's out on a weekend visit to Brighton. Lively it certainly is and the service is brilliantly organised and friendly. Couldn't fault it on either count. Nor the ambience if you are part of a group when it becomes a great place to meet up and enjoy the atmosphere. But for couples wanting to converse... More

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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

One shouldn't be surprised in the least that Donatello's restaurant is constantly busy, most if not all hours of the day, and this is not due to the fact that it is excellently located in the very heart of Brighton's picturesque Lanes, it is because the establishment has been steadily serving delicious food and the service, in spite of there... More

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Hatfield Peverel, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Visited here on recommendation of one of the friends I was with and not disappointed. We were sat immediately in the busy upstairs on a Friday night. Atmosphere was buzzing and service attentive. We had pleasant Italian beers and a bottle of good quality/value house wine. We each ordered the 3 set course for £10 and the food and range... More

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donatello-brighton, Public Relations Manager at Donatello, responded to this review

Such a lovely review, Funkyflea - we can't thank you enough for the feedback. The atmosphere in Donatello on the really busy nights makes the job for many of us here. We love the bustling vibe. The 3 course special you mention is a very popular choice because it offers such excellent value - great to hear your whole party... More

Hailsham, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Went to eat here before going to a concert at the brighton centre. Had the three course set meal. At only £9.95 very good value for money. Starter good- serve yourself salad, pasta main nice and dessert sickly delicious chocolate torte!

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donatello-brighton, Public Relations Manager at Donatello, responded to this review

Thanks for the comments, Carole - it's always great to hear from satisfied customers. Our 2 and 3 course specials are extremely popular, and starting at just £7.95pp, it's not hard to see why. Glad you enjoyed the chocolate torte (truffle gateau) - it's a big favourite with Brighton's chocoholics. We hope you'll choose Donatello again next time you're eating... More

London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We went to Donatello’s as part of a large group on a Sunday afternoon. I had not visited before and to be honest, was not expecting much from the 3 course meal for £11. My starter was the minestrone soup (homemade and delicious), main was the melanzane parmegiana (good flavour and filling) and ended with chocolate and vanilla ice cream... More

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donatello-brighton, Public Relations Manager at Donatello, responded to this review

Wow! Thanks for the glowing 5-star review, MCM455! We really appreciate your feedback! Our large restaurant really lends itself to catering for large groups and it's great to hear that we were on point for your large gathering. Thanks for the recommendation - we hope to see you and your party again soon. More

Whitstable, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We went here to grab a bite to eat before going out. We all had a main dish and the prices were great. The staff were very welcoming, friendly and helpful. Lots to choose from the menu.

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donatello-brighton, Public Relations Manager at Donatello, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback Suzie! Another 5-star review! Sounds like you had a great time - be sure to visit us again next time you're in Brighton! More

Kettering, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We visited Donatello on Friday before playing at Concord 2 on the Eton Messy tour. To begin with I was quite dubious with the offering of 3 courses for under £10, but truly not one of the courses suffered in size, or taste. I went for the classic prawn cocktail starter, the Donatello pizza (A top variety of quazza toppings... More

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donatello-brighton, Public Relations Manager at Donatello, responded to this review

Thanks for the review guys - glad you enjoyed your visit to Donatello. Our 2-course specials starting at £7.95pp are an extremely popular option as they offer such great value. Great to hear you enjoyed our famous pizzas too - they have a real cult following in Brighton. Please pass on our apologies to Lewis - we just didn't think... More

West Sussex, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

One of the greatest pleasures is to cycle over to Brighton in the Summer and have a couple of pints in the Pump House in the Lanes followed by the lunch Special at Donatello's with a half bottle of red wine sitting outside in the sun. First class food (2 courses) and wine around £13. Recommend.

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donatello-brighton, Public Relations Manager at Donatello, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Donatello, David. Your idea of how to spend a summer's day sounds absolutely perfect to us as well - except we're not too sure about the ride home afterwards! Our outdoor sun terrace faces into Brighton Square in the Lanes which makes for some world-class people watching opportunities! Don't leave... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

Recently went to Donatellos for part of a hen weekend and there were 7 of us. The food was lovely, service was quick, even though the restaurant was packed and there were 7 of us, and prices were reasonable. If you are after a posh meal out then Donatellos probably isn't for you but if you are after good hearty... More

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donatello-brighton, Public Relations Manager at Donatello, responded to this review

Thanks, Donna! We're glad you and your fellow hens enjoyed your visit to Donatello. As you mention, we can get very busy at peak times, but we really enjoy the bustling atmosphere of the busy nights, and it sounds like it suited you and the girls, too! Thanks again for the review and recommendation. More

London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I have eaten at Donatello on two occasions and have not been disappointed on either visit. This is a traditional Italian restaurant serving all of the old favorites from pizza to spaghetti right in the heart of The Lanes in Brighton The service has been very efficient and friendly and the quality of the food excellent. There is a real... More

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donatello-brighton, Public Relations Manager at Donatello, responded to this review

High praise, indeed. Thanks for the review, Paul - we really appreciate the feedback and recommendation. We have been around in Brighton for many years and our authentic menu, and friendly service have been a constant since the start. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoy Donatello so much and we look forward to welcoming you back again the next... More

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Additional Information about Donatello

Address: 1-3 Brighton Place | The Lanes, Brighton BN1 1HJ, England
Phone Number: +44 (0)1273 775477
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Sussex  >  Brighton and Hove  >  Brighton
Average Prices: USD 11 - 22
Cuisine: Italian

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