With an impressive ratio of 1 restaurant to every 250 people, saying that there’s too much choice when it comes to eating out in Brighton would be an understatement. Deciding where you can afford, where will serve the best food and (arguably) most importantly where will have the most appropriate setting for your occasion, can be a minefield. So here’s five of our top picks for where you ought to take your date, no matter your budget.
Donatello’s @ Brighton Place
Situated in the heart of Brighton’s much loved Laines sits quaintly authentic Italian restaurant, Donatello. After opening sister restaurant, Pinocchio in 1987, Sardinian born Pietro Addis acquired a second restaurant, Donatello. The business has stayed in the family since then, now being run by Pietro’s three sons alongside around 100 members of staff. The traditional story behind Donatello is clear to see in its menu and its setting. Serving up a huge variety of classic Italian dishes from pasta to pizza to risotto to tiramisu to Aperol spritz. With an intimate interior as well as lovely outdoor seating, this is the perfect place to take your date for a romantic taste of Italy right on your doorstep. The restaurant also offers great value 2 course and 3 course set menus (which Pietro himself pioneered as a “new concept” many years ago), meaning it’s very much an affordable evening out.
VIP Pizza @ Old Steine
The centrally located VIP Pizza prides itself on serving authentic Neapolitan pizza right in the heart of Brighton. A family run business spanning five generations, VIP Pizza’s roots lie in Naples, where they opened their first shop in 1845. The intimate restaurant offers a wide variety of pizzas which are made fresh with homemade sourdough before being cooked in a 100% traditional wood burning pizza oven. Being based in Brighton of course they offer vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options so everyone can enjoy a taste of Naples.
Breeze Brasserie @ Trafalgar Street
Breeze Brasserie is a relaxed and upbeat restaurant situated in the bustling Trafalgar Street in the North Laines. Serving up an array of dishes from ratatouille to seafood linguine to deep fried camembert – there’s sure to be something for all tastes on this menu. Boasting a chilled out atmosphere and friendly service, Breeze Brasserie is the perfect place for a first date, allowing you the chance to chat over a fancy cocktail (or mocktail) and delectable cuisine.
La Capannina @ Madeira Place
Located in the lovely Kemptown, this intimate and authentic Italian restaurant offers the perfect environment for a romantic dinner. Serving a variety of authentic Italian cuisine, including highlights such as the linguine and tiramisu, La Capannina has a cosy interior as well as outdoor seating offering a view of the sea whilst you’re sheltered by vine leaves.
The Salt Room @ King’s Road
If you’re looking for somewhere a little more upmarket then The Salt Room is definitely for you. Headed by the team who opened The Coal Shed, this upscale restaurant has been on the seafront for just two years now. Priding themselves on being a modern British seafood grill, The Salt Room focuses on “celebrating the fruits of the sea”. They claim their emphasis focuses on sustainability as well as championing local produce. With an extensive wine list and inventive cocktails, you’ll be able to sit back and talk over a drink in style here in their stylish and modern interior. The highly coveted eatery also offers a range of events from cocktail master classes to afternoon tea to BYO Mondays, where you can bring your own wine with you.