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“Always good food but service a little slow” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sam's of Brighton

Sam's of Brighton
1 Paston Place | Kemp Town, Brighton BN2 1HA, England
+44 1273 676222
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Ranked #137 of 908 Restaurants in Brighton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $18 - $53
Cuisines: British, Bistro
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Located on Paston Place in the heart of Kemp Town village, Sam's of Brighton is a stone's throw from the Brighton Pier and the Marina. Sister restaurant to Sam's of Sevendials in the heart of Brighton, this chic and elegant family-owned bistro - with an understated neutral colour scheme, wooden floors and deco-inspired lamps - is popular with a fashionable local crowd. Sam's serves classic yet creative dishes made from the finest seasonal ingredients, and the restaurant's award-winning menu features favourites such as the Shetland rope-grown mussels with spiced coconut, vanilla, and red peppers; roast rabbit loin served with soft polenta and savoy cabbage; and the rice pudding with blood orange for dessert. Sam's also has an excellent selection of both old and new world wines, many available by the glass and carafe. Sam's of Brighton was voted "Runner Up BEST UK NEWCOMER" by the Harden's Guide 2010.
Burgess Hill
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“Always good food but service a little slow”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Been here many times, food always great. No exception tonight, gorgeous starter (figs with blue cheese wrapped in serrano ham and balsamic glaze and salad) lovely mains, I had veggie platter, my husband had the monkfish - both great. Bit busy this evening so at the end of the meal waited for a long time to get the attention of a waitress to get the bill and ages again to make payment. Very nice evening though.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Great food and service as always. Never disappointed when we go there, can always highly recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sheffield
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“Very good food, sensibly priced”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Very good food, much of it locally sourced. Good bread came with an oil and balsamic vinegar dip. Ridgeview 'Fitzrovia' Rose was £8.00 a glass, a dozen Carlingford Irish rock oysters were served with chopped shallots in red wine vinegar and were £9.50 a half dozen. A bottle of Chilean Pedro Ximenez Elki Vina Falernia (£18.50) did not sit well with the shallot vinegar in the oysters but thereafter revealed a delicate and interesting wine. The excellent main courses were Sussex slow roast belly of pork with sautéed gnocchi, crispy bacon, peas and girolle mushrooms at £14.50 and good quality roast rump of South Down's lamb, cooked slightly pink, and served with a delicious spiced aubergine, tomato & mint salad with Greek yoghurt at £16.50. The selection of well-kept local cheeses (Sussex Charmer, Charlton, Norbury Blue, Brighton Blue, Molecomb Blue, Burwash Rose, Farm Abbey Sheep’s Milk Brie and Golden Cross) was also excellent and accompanied by a delicious truffle honey and by quince jam, priced at £13 for all 8 (enough for two). Clos Dady Sauternes was £6.25 a glass. Pleasant, friendly staff and an informal atmosphere make for a relaxing meal.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“just ticking over”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Been a regular here for the thirty years. In it's previous incarnation as "Paston Place" it was easily the best restaurant in Brighton and the highlight of a day trip down (up?) from London. Under it's current owners it's never quite achieved these heights but has still fitted the bill as a good all round local restaurant. What a shame that it now seems to be just marking time, with production line cooking from a production line sort of menu. For the first time in many years I was stumped to find a single dish I fancied. My partner thought some dishes might have been rehashed from a brunch menu but maybe that was unfair. 'Large' glasses of wine - no size indicated - were certainly not the 250ml, standard elsewhere. An attempt to bump up the profits maybe, but if so then stupidly easily spotted. Such a shame. It's crying out for an on the spot owner who can bring a little bit of love and imagination to the place. Until this happens I'm afraid wont be back.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“Birthday bash”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

12 of us descended upon this delightful restaurant, 2 of whom were both celebrating birthdays. The ambience and food was excellent as was the service from a group of willing and able staff. Many thanks to Sam and his team for a great evening and the photos to prove it are on Facebook somewhere! This restaurant comes highly recommended and is a must if you are visiting Brighton.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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