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“Really good...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Restaurant at Drakes

The Restaurant at Drakes
44 Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1PE, England
01273 696934
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Ranked #54 of 872 Restaurants in Brighton
Price range: $46 - $78
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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.
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Really good...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

A nice quiet dinner in a lovely restaurant. The service was good and the food was also very good. Very cosy little restaurant. Only downside is that there are very few tables and it is a basement restaurant.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Nearly excellent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

The staff were most welcoming. Yes as noted - it is a basement room - too bad there's no outside tables for those warm summer evenings. I decided on trying several of the appetizers. Each was good or very good though shy of great -- though I did really enjoy the aspic jelly dessert. Wine list is a lot of old world but one new world gem that was also great. Glad I went.

Visited July 2013
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Seaford, England, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Amazing food, but it is a basement!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

This is a place where quality overtakes quantity. The 3 courses we had were fantastic but the purpose of the meal was to see if we could take my son there for his 21st and although the food is excellent, one wouldn't want to eat in a basement with no windows on a summer evening and he would have left hungry. I am not sure why the coktail bar is upstairs and the restaurant downstairs as one lingers over a meal. Having said that, I agree with previous comments, it is superior dining if you can compromise on stting and portions.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Quality restaurant in Brighton”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

On a recent visit to Brighton we had lunch at the Restaurant at Drake's Hotel. Despite a limited lunch menu, we were happy with what we ordered. The chef seems to be using quality ingredients and the overall dining experience was very good. Not the most creative menu but a solid choice for a superior dining experience in Brighton.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“!st class food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Excellent food and a good selection of wines - the vegetarian menu was also 1st class as was the choice of desserts. We eat late on a Sunday evening but the staff still gave us a friendly welcome and were knowledgeable about the food & the wine

Visited July 2013
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