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“Amazing food” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Restaurant at Drakes

The Restaurant at Drakes
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Ranked #107 of 1,098 Restaurants in Brighton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $75
Cuisines: European, British
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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.
Witney, England, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Amazing food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2013

Food was wonderful and great value off the fixed menu, drinks a little on pricey side but very good. Lovely beef and duck, perfectly cooked. Friendly and prompt service

Visited June 2013
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Wedding Anniversary at Drakes”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013

My wife and I love Drakes.
We've celebrated all our first date anniversaries here, the combination of the excellent food, fantastic service and the cosy dining area make for a wonderful experience.
We came to Drakes the day after our wedding to try the tasting menu, and decided we couldn't think of a better place to come for our first wedding anniversary.
We'd booked an 8PM table, but arrived early and they were able and happy to move our table forward (this being a Sunday night) to 7PM.
We had a quick drink upstairs and move down to the dining room where we were greeted by Eddie our waiter, who was extremely friendly and helpful, and made our evening go beautifully.
My wife had a ceviche of scallops to start, which she loved, and I had pea soup, which sounds boring but was really tasty, including a couple of pieces of parma ham (I think) and whole peas at the bottom.
We both ordered the poussin for our mains, which came with a chicken broth that really enhanced the flavours.
This was accompanied by a very nice Saint Emilion red wine, and we finished the evening off with the Port and Stilton toast which is almost their signature dish from our point of view.
Finally we received an unexpected plate of petit fours with happy anniversary piped on in chocolate, a really lovely way to end the evening.
We had a lovely evening, as always, and Drakes remains one of our favourite restaurants in Brighton, and the go-to for special celebrations.

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Amazing restaurant, great service and exceptional food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

This was my second visit to Drakes restaurant in their private dining room. Service is outstanding, beforehand thy personalise the menus, the food is of a very very high standard and incredibly attentive. My brother had to return to his car just prior to the main coming out. The waiter served up and then after a few minutes took his meal away to keep warm. When my brother came back they actually served up a whole fresh meal!

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank davidjdonovan
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Bath
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132 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Oh we do like to be beside the seaside”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

facing the sea this busy smart restaurant knows how to turn out good food and to look after guests. The staff work as a team and the maître D manages to be friendly but not familiar, a sure sign of confidence and training.
TIP hit the seafood it is excellent , we tried the main menu but next time the tasting , Good choice of wine by the glass so plenty of chance to experiment.
An amuse bouche and a sorbet appear but no comment on what was in them to preserve the surprise.
TIP 2 good room rates and given the high pricing of local BBs book early to get a room where prices seem really good.
Will we return?Yes

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank moleBath
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London, United Kingdom
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208 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

We had booked for six people and were phoned during the day to say the dining room was busy with a big party and would we be happy to be states in their private dining room. We had some reservations about what the service would be like but it turned out that we were very attentively looked after by a charming waiter who I think was called Kevin. The small private dining room turned out to be ideal.

The menu was limited and the food quite simple but the ingredients were excellent and well cooked. Overall we all agreed that it was an excellent meal and would happily return.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Brad_Lizzie
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