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The Restaurant at Drakes

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44 Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1PE, England
+44 1273 696934
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:45
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:45
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Firstly I must say, food was tasty and nothing to complain about. However, I do love a good ruddy bloody moan. I am a strong advocate that it should be possible to have a relatively private conversation in a restaurant, protected either through the distance from other patrons or ambient music. Think empty Wetherspoons or curry house ringing out their... More 

Thank Chris S
Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lovely food with great attention to detail, staff were very attentive and the chef even sent out some taster dishes which was a lovely touch will be going back

Thank LJewitt
Brighton, United Kingdom
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235 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

To celebrate my birthday, my partner booked the restaurant at Drakes. This is a lovely restaurant downstairs in the Drakes hotel. I cannot believe we have walked by so many times without stopping here. The service was attentive & informative. Our food was delightful. As a vegetarian, I was well catered for with plenty of choice. Lovely food & a... More 

Thank bl0ndie72
Brighton, United Kingdom
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202 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Putting aside the food and drink which is always good, perhaps not astounding but always strong with with some eclectic rewarding offerings, this most recent visit and review focuses on 2 exceptional elements: the private side room and Mark. I was unaware previously of the private dining room, our party of 8 was easily accommodated and came at no extra... More 

Thank fairycake73
Brighton, United Kingdom
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193 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As a local this is always one to go back to and it never disappoints! Theres always really tasty & creative amuse-bouche, pre & post dessert treats and stunning dishes in-between. Keven & his team as always provide great table service with a smile which always makes us feel welcome!

Thank brightonbeachboy
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food at the restaurant is top quality. I would suggest booking as it is very popular. I had a gorgeous steak and my husband had a very unusual dish of Hare which was superb. Extensive wine menu and great cocktails. Highly recommended. You won't be disappointed. The staff are second to none.

Thank H B
London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Avery good dinner at Drakes. Glazed ox cheek with chervil root puree, potato crisp and port sauce was very elegantly served, although the potato crisps were more rigid crunch than crisp, overcooked and hard, but the ox cheek was beautifully cooked and the presentation was pretty. Wiild boar steak with red cabbage, celeriac gratin, braised boar ragout & quince puree... More 

Thank Annabel B
Wadhurst, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner in this restaurant with a deal with the hotel. The food was delicious, the service was very good. Nice atmosphere don't think you would be disappointed.

Thank Lisa S
Oxford, United Kingdom
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163 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a boutique hotel with a restaurant in the basement which offered flavours and a range of options way beyond my expectations. Excellent well cooked meal served by friendly and attentive staff.

Thank 556HAH
Marlborough, United Kingdom
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167 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

A bunch of us in town on business descended on Drakes for a mid week dinner. Early signs were encouraging. The downstairs restaurant was a pleasant surprise - bright, well decorated, contemporary and with a look of quality. The menu wasn't lacking in variety but the somewhat pretentious descriptions turned in to less than exceptional food. Inevitably around a table... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$75
European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:45
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:45
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:45
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:45
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:45
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:45
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 44 Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1PE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Sussex  >  Brighton and Hove  >  Brighton
  • Phone Number: +44 1273 696934
Considered by many to be Brighton's best restaurant, backed up by its status as the highest scoring local dining room in the Good Food Guide, The Restaurant at Drakes is an elegantly stylish setting for any occasion. Subtle lighting casts moody shadows across exposed brickwork and rich colours throughout the intimate dining room while Drakes cocktail bar offers airy sea views and excellent cocktails. The kitchen team insist on the best of ingredients, fresh and seasonal, including fish bought daily from local fishing boats, to create the excellent, refined menu that has earned the restaurant two AA rosettes. A special place, unpretentious in its warm atmosphere, it's easy to see why The Restaurant at Drakes has such a reputation.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?