Top 10 Restaurants in Brighton 2020
We set you the task of finding the best restaurants in Brighton. This BRAVO award is the biggie, the most coveted; to be publicly voted as the brightest star in a city that dazzles. You voted in your thousands (29,874 votes) for your favourites, showing a passion for local businesses and valued support for small independents.
The BRAVO 2019 Best restaurants in Brighton category is sponsored by Laurent Perrier Champagne. We raise a glass to you all for voting, and a toast to the best restaurants in Brighton, long may they shine!
1st place: Etch
A former winner of Masterchef the Professionals, Steven Edwards, has been no stranger to success. His restaurant etch. is only two years old but already hold a Michelin Plate, 5 Good Food Guide and three AA Rosettes. In this, the most voted for BRAVO category, you agreed with the industry experts; etch. leaves an impression.
2nd place: 64 Degrees
2019 is the third year at the top of the BRAVOs for Michel Bremner’s 64 degrees proving the Great British Menu winner as firmly cemented in the heart of Brighton foodies. The produce led menu, the intimate 20 seater venue and open pass kitchen all contribute to making 64 degrees one of the most consistently awarded best restaurants in Brighton.
3rd place: The Little Fish Market
Leaping from seventh to third place in this year’s BRAVOs is The Little Fish Market. Serving a seasonally changing, ingredient led, set menu from a 20 cover restaurant open only five evenings a week may limit footfall but allows Chef Duncan Ray to deliver culinary excellence every time. Their placement here in the people’s vote for Best Restaurant, despite the self-imposed limitations on footfall, is a testament to their excellence.
4th place: Chard
It can take years for a new restaurant to finesse its offering to something truly polished but the family behind Chard have already been picked up by the city’s foodies as one of the best. It would be easy to say that the Chard family must have something ‘gastro’ in their DNA, but that would be disingenuous to the unrelenting hard work and commitment to quality that the team of three consistently deliver.
5th place: Terre à Terre
Terre à Terre is a Brighton icon as well as one of the most celebrated vegetarian restaurants in the UK. Terre à Terre’s fusion of world cuisine and enthusiasm for theatre has them creating and recreating dishes that look spectacular and deliver flavours in combinations that surprise as much as they delight. See their interview with head chef David Marrow.
6th place: Bincho Yakitori
Bincho Yakitori’s back street Tokyo Izakaya bar earned itself 6th place with its exciting selection of small plates and flame cooked skewers best shared with friends over saké. With everything stripped back, there’s nowhere for disappointing food or drink to hide, which is exactly the point here; everything is about the flavour.
7th place: The Salt Room
The Salt Room offers sleek interiors with an up-close view of the Brighton seafront. The restaurant brings together the finest quality local ingredients, the genius of award-winning Chef Dave Mothersill and the industry titan, Josper oven; a powerhouse of a combination you thought was well worth its salt.
8th place: Moshimo
Moshimo’s reputation as one of the best restaurants in Brighton remains constant. Everything about Moshimo screams Brighton with it’s bold, stand-out looks, equally bold and fantastic food and pioneering environmental policy, it reflects our city’s love of hedonism with a conscientious head.
9th place: Semolina
You thought small is beautiful with Semolina coming in at number 9 of the 20 best restaurants in Brighton. The understated restaurant is tucked away on Baker Street, but there’s nothing wallflower about the experience with husband and wife team, Orson and Linda, feeding you like royalty and treating you like family.
10th place: Market Restaurant
The frisson of Market on Western Road, with its Spanish tapas and lively social atmosphere, had you awarding it a top ten place in the BRAVOs. With the menu divided into butcher, baker, fishmonger and greengrocer (and of course the wine merchant) you found going to Market a pleasure, not a chore.