Living by the sea and all, us Brightonians love our seafood… (or seafood-inspired alternatives if you’re vegan!) So we thought we’d find out the best places to get a taste of the ocean in our city. Read on to discover the best of Brighton’s seafood scene…
Riddle & Finns @ Meeting House Lane
This upscale hidden gem serves some of the best seafood that our city has to offer. Working with an open kitchen and serving oysters, champagne and other classic dishes, Riddle & Finns is a true favourite among locals and tourists alike. The restaurant offers a luxurious feel inside with marble-topped tables and warm lighting, but that’s not all there is to it. They offer an extensive menu including calamari, clam chowder, scallops, lobster and more as well as a 2-course set menu for lunch times and pre-theatre dining.
Google reviews rating: 4.3
English’s Of Brighton @ East St
Another local favourite is oyster bar, English’s of Brighton. Providing Brighton with delicious seafood since 1945, English’s began as a family business and has remained that way ever since. Adding to their authenticity, this eatery is based in a trio of old fisherman’s cottages. English’s offers the best of both worlds with a marble-topped oyster bar as well as a cosy dining room to sit back and relax with friends and family. Again, they offer a huge menu with everything you’d expect from a shellfish shop.
Google review rating: 4
Jack & Linda Mills Traditional Fish Smokers @ Kings Road Arches
If you’re looking for somewhere a little more casual but with a lot of flavour, check out Jack & Linda Mills down on the seafront. With rave reviews, this place is certainly a hidden gem that once you’ve found, you’ll be begging to go back to. Serving up plaice goujons (aka posh fish fingers), fresh crab rolls, hot kippers, smoked mackerel and more, this is a great eatery to swing by for an affordable taste of the seaside. Run by a local couple, (Jack & Linda, if you couldn’t guess), you’ll get a true taste of authenticity if you visit this traditional smokehouse!
Google review rating: 4.8
The Jetty @ Kings Rd
Part of the Brighton Harbour Hotel, The Jetty is a more refined eating experience, with a bright and modern interior. Having won many awards over the years, they have other restaurants in Christchurch, Dorset and Devon. Not only does the restaurant offer a delicious seafood oriented menu but also panoramic views of the seafront while you dine. They aim to showcase locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and an eclectic wine list.
Google review rating: 4.3
The Salt Room @ Kings Rd
A modern British seafood restaurant, The Salt Room is a luxurious dining experience with a huge menu to choose from. The seafront eatery offers wonderful ocean views as well as a terrace. Sister restaurant of The Coal Shed, their reputation has spoken for itself since coming to Brighton. And as if it couldn’t get any more appealing, alongside their delicious, fresh seafood they pride themselves on providing speciality cocktails.
Google review rating: 4.3