I probably spend a bit too much time (and money) eating in restaurants, so this list of the best restaurants in Brighton comes after many, many meals here in the city! All of these restaurants have an eco edge too, from sustainably-sourced goods, to vegan menus, to homegrown, seasonal ingredients. Bookmark this post if you’re planning on visiting Brighton anytime soon!
8 of The Best Restaurants in Brighton
Best Sushi: Moshimo
Bartholomew Square, Brighton, BN1 1JS
I love sushi, so much that I would order it weekly during the lockdowns. In Brighton, you’ve got a whole roster of sushi restaurants to choose from, but Moshimo offers the best quality food that’s also sourced sustainably. Providing a huge menu that caters to everyone, including vegan spins on traditional sushi, it’s well worth a visit.
Best Middle Eastern Restaurant: Lavash
52 Gardner Street, Brighton, BN1 1UN
Middle Eastern food holds a special place in my heart (rice, okra, and baklava were staples in our household growing up). Lavash does some of the best Middle Eastern food in Brighton, although I find I actually prefer to visit at brunch or lunch rather than the evenings! With a couple of establishments in the city, I’d recommend their more popular location in North Laine. Their fresh bread is unparalleled, but my best recommendation is their veggie platter, and be sure to get your leftovers boxed up!
Best French Restaurant: Mange Tout
81 Trafalgar Street, Brighton, BN1 4EB
For a real taste of French dining, head to Mange Tout. Trafalgar Street is home to a number of great restaurants, but it’s Mange Tout that I end up returning to time and again. With a seasonal chalkboard menu, and charming staff, it really gives a true French atmosphere, and fine food to match.
Best Seasonal Restaurant: Botanique
31a Western Road, Hove, BN3 1AF
My latest discovery is Botanique, a restaurant located on Hove’s busy Western Road. Stepping inside, you’ll find yourself in a much more tranquil space, with living trees and scandi decor. I was recommended Botanique by my hairdresser last year, and had kept it saved for a special occasion (see: my birthday!) Was it worth waiting for? You bet. The menu is compiled of seasonal ingredients sourced from their sister farm, so you’ll find a rotating selection of small plates and larger plates. Don’t skip the desserts either – the chocolate mousse is incredible!
Best Brunch: T @ The Dials
109c Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 3JE
Ok, don’t get me wrong: my favourite brunch spot of all time is Cafe Rust in Kemptown. But! They already got their own spotlight in my cafés guide. Here, I wanted to shine a light on the brilliant T @ restaurants in Brighton, whose establishments I have frequented for brunch more than any other place. Here, you’ll find vegan comfort food, big stodgy sandwiches, and this delightful veggie breakfast skillet. The menus are carefully annotated, and they serve vegetarian and vegan dishes. Saying that, if anyone from the T @ team is reading this – please bring back the caesar salad!!!
Best Vegan Pizza Place: Purezza
12 St James’s Street, Kemptown, Brighton, BN2 1RE
Purezza is a Brighton institution that most Brighton visitors end up at, and for good reason. Their vegan pizzas are amazing! As is their vegan brownies! I am quite picky when it comes to vegan cheese, but Purezza has a very good recipe of its own, and complements that with high quality vegan meat alternatives too. The Nduja white pizza is a firm favourite!
Best Plant-Based Pub: The Roundhill Pub
100 Ditchling Road, Brighton, BN1 4SG
While I’m not a drinker, I do love The Roundhill Pub for everything but the drinks! The vegan menu is full of comfort food (although I have a habit of going for the buffalo cauli wings every time) and the restaurant has a buzzy, youthful atmosphere that’s sometimes complemented by live music!
Best Burger Joint: Vurger Co.
13 Brighton Place, Brighton, BN1 1HJ
Finally, my favourite vegan burger joint! Brighton has actually had a slew of vegan burger places come and go, but the one that remains in the top spot for me is The Vurger Co. From their shiny, clean vegan aesthetic, to their solid menu of burgers, sides, and shakes, they do vegan junk food right. In our house, we go for the New York Melt (no tomato, less sauce) or the Buffalo Chicken (perfect as is). And the food is as good delivered as it is in!
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