The Melrose Restaurant

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4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.1 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
£7.00 – £23.00
CUISINES
Seafood, British
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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About
Fresh fish, shellfish and seafood restaurant. Scottish Steaks also available. Seafront location. Family run restaurant.(run by the same family for the last 50 years). Outside seating available. Opposite British Airways i360 tower.
PRICE RANGE
£7.00 – £23.00
CUISINES
Seafood, British
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
FEATURES
Reservations
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4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles723 reviews
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Polly S
London10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 family
We booked late at the Melrose on a very wet and windy night in Brighton due to a pathetic lack of options at a different restaurant ( Dorset street diner). We were kindly squeezed in and on arrival made to feel very welcome. The food was fresh, delicious and reasonably priced and we had no regrets at rebooking at late notice after feeling disappointment elsewhere. The crab was lovely, moules mariniere and oysters delicious, scallops generous and very well cooked and all the trimmings perfect. Service was excellent and it felt like a real family affair that we were lucky to have found whilst out on a limb. Thanks to all the staff at the Melrose. We will be back again.
Written 24 October 2020
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Johnnie D
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 solo
This restaurant is what it is: proper fish dishes simply well cooked without pretensions, fuss or gimmicks. I love the slightly retro feel of the place: it’s been here a long time, locals know it, and staff know them. As a stranger dining alone I felt very welcome and had a lovely simple dinner of oysters, sole and tiramisu. I stayed two hours quietly reading the New Statesman and will certainly return whenever in Brighton. Cherish a place like this - or lose it to another here-today, gone-tomorrow joint!
Written 18 January 2020
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The_Coach55
Ruislip1144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 friends
The Melrose is situated on the sea front at Brighton, close to the old West Pier and opposite the British Airways i360. It is just under a mile from Brighton station on foot. We were the first customers through the door at five o’clock on a Tuesday evening and had a choice of tables. I opted for oysters to start and skate wing, boiled potatoes and mushy peas for main course. The oysters were from Jersey and were most pleasant, complemented by shallot vinegar. The skate wing was really nice too, although I could not finish the large amount of potatoes ! I had a lovely bottle of Sancerre which was a great accompaniment to the seafood. Service was friendly and although the cost, including service, was a little expensive at over £115 for two, we really enjoyed the food and ambiance.
Written 31 January 2022
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Catherine L
Tangmere33 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 none
Such a shame i went here on a Sunday evening having got back from London starving, was seated by a young man who took my wine order, when he returned with the wine i then ordered a seafood platter. After half an hour he returned and asked me who took my order i replied 'you did' he then brought me some olives and bread to compensate, by now i am passed being hungry waiting and waiting, another half hour it arrives and the whitebait was greasy as was most of it, not good and i will be stearing friends etc away from going here. The one good thing about it was the lovely other 2 lady waitresses and wine, who were friendly otherwise one star.
Written 3 October 2020
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Tracey H
16 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 couples
My husband and I went there for a meal this week having read some good reviews of the restaurant and we were very disappointed. The food was mediocre at best, over priced, poor quality in a basic cafe style restaurant. We were charged £18 for a bottle of wine, no wine cooler and it still had the £6:99 rrp price tag on!
Written 17 July 2020
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sarah b
Brighton306 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 none
I had high expectations as this has recently been taken over by the Regency restaurant next door but... Upon arrival the service was prompt but unfriendly. We ordered a selection of starters all of which were ok but very obviously not home made. We ordered the grilled cod which was of poor quality and badly cooked. The steaks were just awful grisly very obviously cheap cuts again poorly cooked. The lobster was very obviously frozen with garlic butter poured over it. The chips were cold and soggy. The waitress was inefficient and moody do much so the even my teenagers commented. Such a shame none of us would go back.
Written 30 August 2020
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Mollie B
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 couples
One two occasions me and my partner have attempted to eat at this restaurant and the waitress is just so bloody rude, leaves you standing at the entrance for 5-10 mins and she isn’t even busy. Then she sat us down and didn’t even offer us a drink we had filthy menus *never mind COVID* she walked past us around 20-30 times making herself look busy without asking us if we needed anything until we eventually left due to getting no service after 25 minutes of waiting. Don’t work in hospitality if that’s how you act. People come to Brighton because it is a lovely place with friendly residents not for a waitress with a face like thunder because you asked for a table.
Written 11 August 2020
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Footprints586739
Borehamwood3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
I was fooled by the good reviews but when my Haddock and chips arrived it already looked sorry for itself on the plate. The chips were of a frozen oven variety and the little old fish came in a tasteless soggy batter, served with a wilted garnish of salad leaves. Staff were nice but they really should know better, I left feeling like I’d been robbed.
Written 28 February 2020
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supergreatsuper
Wales118 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 none
Must of changed owners, because we went on a recommendation, so as we went past our usual restaurant which was packed, we stood outside the Melrose and we thought it was shut, as it was dark and empty...we should have walked away at that moment! but no, alas we went in, I had crispy fish and chips peas and mushrooms, partner had mixed seafood platter, the batter on fish was really greasy, chips were kind of dry liked they had been recooked, partner was not happy with his fish either. The staff were attentive but probably because we were the only ones in there, the lady commented on how quite it was, I felt like telling her that its because everyone was in next door Regency Restaurant where I wish we were! a couple of times men seemed to just appear from the back of restaurant and walk thru and out the main door, not sure if kitchen staff or a short cut from flats above, but the state of them hope it was not kitchen staff! Not impressed, didnt stay for coffee. It was not cheap in there either! I do not recommend this restaurant
Written 17 March 2020
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shawn56
London31 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 none
I went into this restaurant on a Tuesday and asked a lady if they do take away fish and chips and she said they do but without sauces and I was happy with that. I ordered three fish and chips and asked if they do kids menu, to which she replied yes and I tried to see what size a kid portion is to decide if I should stick to adult portions. At that point she came out in front of the counter and told me that I need to make up my mind as customers are pouring in. I thanked her and left. All this conversation probably took less than two minute. So I cannot comment on the food but surely the staff need training. Staff need to operate to the highest standards even under pressure and certainly the restaurant did not have a flow of customers as almost two third was empty. If there is a shortage of staff the management needs to increase the staff to release any pressure. If they prefer sitting customers then they need to advertise that and refuse take aways, as Salt Room next door does through a well organised booking system. A customer can enquire about his order and staff are there to explain these. What if someone with a hidden disability is trying to order and it takes them longer to process data and make up their mind. Living in London has made me to be very quick when ordering or pull out of the queue rather than wasting people's time but two minutes for an order for five people isn't too long even by busy Central London standards. At the end we got our fish and chips from another place which was fantastic and it's no surprise that to find good alternatives in a seaside town.
Written 15 August 2020
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Helen G
Marlborough24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 none
We ate here in a hurry on Saturday night after being let down in another restaurant just over the road! We explained we were on a tight schedule because we were attending an event at the Brighton Centre and only had a 45 minutes to spare before it started. The service was speedy with the food arriving very quickly and the food was tasty and very reasonably priced. The staff were attentive and very friendly without being over the top. Definitely recommend getting your fish and chips from the Melrose.
Written 7 November 2021
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atila
Brighton27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 family
We have been going for lunch at the Melrose for years. It’s a great restaurant on the sea front. It was voted the best fish and chips in town but that’s not the only good thing about it. It’s a very friendly place with a good selection of good quality fish cooked simply but well. It’s always on the top of our list when considering where to go to.
Written 11 February 2020
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tanerpaul7
Brighton11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 none
We have been going to \The Regency restaurnt for years,and to The Melrose that they took over a couple of years . We were frequent customers for breakfast at The Regency,and then they put the price of breakfast up from 5.25 to £975,OK but at the same time they reduced two slices of toast to one slice of toast,I ask you,One slice of toast!! Back to The Melrose,we went there recently,the staff need training in "customer relationships" but that aside,my partner had wanted 6 oysters as a starter at £2 each,a steep increase from £1 each a few weeks erlier,but,wait for it IF you wanted shallot vinegar with your expensive oysters,an EXTRA 25p.Is that not greedy,owners PLEASE RESPOND>
Written 3 July 2022
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Geoff W
London20 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 couples
Came as a tourist looking for a resturant to be called my local seafood experience. The prawn salad was awful. It tasted and looked like supermarket quality prawns, not fresh by the seafront as was expected. The seafood platter was mediocre and the battered fish was greasy. As a customer looking to become a local in hove, I would certainly not recommend this resturant. Dissapointed to say the least.
Written 3 September 2020
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whatyaseeiswhatyaget
Durham942 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 none
Called in for a drink as the place was empty and next door packed & was turned away as they said sorry no drinking only allowed, very odd considering completely empty (bad for business) anyway called back later for lunch and had scallops which were nice and mixed seafood platter and also oysters, platter was just ok, just, and oysters un eatable due to all the bits of shell in them not chucked properly. Went to the toilet and have a few cleanliness concerns especially as you can see straight into the kitchen. Saved a star from being rated poor due to the scallops.
Written 6 August 2020
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