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The Restaurant at Drakes

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44 Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1PE, England
+44 1273 696934
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12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:45
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have to stay the beginning of this lunch did not start very well. There was much confusion with the menu. Sample ones online - different to the menu in the restaurant and then realised that we had the wrong menu all together! Anyway this was an amazing lunch! Do not go here if you are a fussy eater. Everything... More 

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Thank ebonyjameskent
Wokingham, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Drakes is definitely on a par with the likes of L'Ortolan and the Hinds Head (our local Michelin spots). Give them a star! Our waiter Anthony made our night. He made us laugh and gave me tips on a wonder Vineyard to investigate when I'm next in the area (Bluebell) The food was divine, and superbly presented. My other half... More 

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Thank PollyErrington
Brighton, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Taster Menu I will start by saying the food was brilliant, the wine pairing was not. Wine was served about 15 minutes before food, rather than just before food was served, therefore not making sense, with very minimal explanation. I was quite surprised. The first two courses had the same wine!?? Very confusing, after I finished my wine and had... More 

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Thank GabriellaUK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Visited Drakes last night for a celebration with my family. All 6 of us thought it was excellent. The food was like very, good wine and great cocktails. Lovely atmosphere and our waiter Mark went out of his way to ensure we had a great evening. Would highly recommend a visit.

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1 Thank Susie B
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Not much else to say! All 3 courses were amazing, great wines and fab customer service. Highly recommended.

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Thank Shuv16
Brighton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

I was taken here for my birthday just over a week ago and thought it was lovely. As locals who are into our food, we had been meaning to eat here for a while but hadn't done so because the restaurant doesn't seem to draw as much attention the other top eateries in Brighton and so was easily forgotten about.... More 

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1 Thank Lotti106
Wokingham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

We 3 (me, my husband and his brother) had an excellent 2015 Christmas Day lunch at Drakes. So - we booked again for Christmas Day 2016. We were surprised to be told that the lunch service wasn't going to be staggered but would happen "at-one-go" (unlike last year). This meant that all guests had to arrive at the restaurant by... More 

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Thank Alison H
Sarah A, Head of Reception at The Restaurant at Drakes, responded to this review

Dear Alison Thank you for your feedback which we always value, whether positive or negative. I am very sorry to read your comments regarding Christmas Day and do wish you would have contacted me much sooner, or even on the day, so that we could have dealt with any issues at the time. May I please confirm that the “one... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

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 

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

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

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Thank LJewitt
Brighton, United Kingdom
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253 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$26 - US$77
Cuisine
European, British, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:45
Monday
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:45
Tuesday
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:45
Wednesday
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:45
Thursday
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:45
Friday
12:00 - 14:00
18:30 - 21:45
Saturday
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
Description
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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