Five Fantastic Restaurants in Brighton to Tickle Your Taste Buds

Published: Saturday 17th Jan 2015

Written by: Abi Radford

Everyone loves going out for a good meal! Whether it is for a special occasion or just because you can’t be bothered to cook at home, going out to eat is exciting and makes meal times that little bit more special. With a wealth of different restaurants to choose from in Brighton and Hove, from Japanese to Italian to Indian, you will always find somewhere that fits the needs of everyone. Here are a few of my favourite reasonably priced restaurants in Brighton. There are of course fine-dining restaurants in Brighton, which will perhaps be the topic of another blog, however being a student I have not been to many therefore I would not be able to offer my opinion on them!


My all-time favourite place to eat in Brighton is the unique Japanese take-away/restaurant/café called Pompoko. Located in the heart of Brighton it is popular with both international and local people and (in my opinion) serves the best Japanese food ever! Pompoko is not your typical style restaurant – it is fast paced and a bit manic at times but I think that this adds to the charm of the place. It is a small restaurant, and is usually very busy, however the atmosphere is always fantastic and the service is great. You can’t book a table at Pompoko so to avoid waiting try to arrive outside the busiest times of day. The food is served very quickly so it is the perfect pit stop after a long day shopping, or a great place to have a quick dinner before going to the theatre (which is opposite) or out for a few drinks in the various bars and pubs surrounding it.

There are lots of meals to choose from, all very reasonably priced, so you will be spoilt for choice! My favourite dish is number 17 on the menu – the Teriyaki Chicken Don – which is a delicious chicken dish marinated in a sweet soy sauce marinade and served with lettuce and sticky rice. YUM!


For a taste of Italy on a budget I would recommend Donatello’s restaurant which is located in the South Laines of Brighton. (Donatello’s also has a sister restaurant called Pinocchio’s which offers the same menu.) With their fixed price menu starting at £7.95 for two courses you can come away from a lovely evening feeling very satisfied and full. Donatello’s is quite a large restaurant that often caters for large parties and work do’s and is perfect for bringing the whole family. From salad, to pasta to pizza and a fantastic range of deserts if you like all things Italian then you will definitely love Donatello’s!

JB’s American Diner

If you want an experience that takes you back to 1950s America then JB’s is the place to go! Situated on the seafront, opposite Brighton Pier, this fantastically unique restaurant is definitely the place to take the whole family. There are red and white striped booths, a black and white checked floor, Jukeboxes, and walls and ceilings covered in posters and 1950s memorabilia so you will feel like you have transported back in time! The food is very generously portioned so my advice would be to not over order – a main meal, a side, a milkshake and a desert is probably too much food for one person! Depending on what you order most main meals amount to around £10 and you definitely get more than your money’s worth in quantities as well as taste! JB’s is known for its knickerbockers glories – famous ice cream desserts, covered in cream and with a cherry on top! It is well worth visiting just to have one of these amazing desserts!


Browns Bar and Brasserie is a very popular restaurant to visit in Brighton. Offering a stunning menu for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner that changes with the seasons you will always be spoilt for choice! With most main meals averaging at about £15 Browns is a little more expensive than some of the restaurants I have already described however the cost mirrors the fantastic quality of the food. The menu is also more British inspired with options such as traditional fish and chips, and pan roasted British chicken and crackling. With a ‘discover something different every day’ inspired specials board it will be hard not to go back to enjoy more amazing food!

Meat Liquor

Located on the newly rejuvenating London Road, this is a new addition to the restaurant scene based around Burgers, Beer and Cocktails. With a bouncer on the door and loud music playing inside it is not the kind of place you would expect to be a restaurant however the food is amazing (if a little overpriced). It is not a family restaurant, however it is a great place to visit if you are a group of friends going out for the night in Brighton. If anything it is a unique experience that you are unlikely to encounter in many other places!

Of course there are hundreds more restaurants in Brighton that could be chosen as someone else’s favourites. If you are visiting Brighton I would advise you to have a look online at websites such as TripAdvisor to see what the choice is. There are some fantastic uniquely Brighton restaurants that can be found that perhaps you will want to come back for! All this talk of food is making me hungry…

Abi Radford



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