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POLPO Brighton

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POLPO is a bacaro. This is a Venetian word to describe a back-street wine bar that serves small plates of delicious seafood, meaty snacks and simple delicacies from the Veneto region of northern Italy. On the menu you can expect to find tasty northern Italian small plates; hearty meatballs, crisp fritto misto, pizzettas, bruschettas and piadinas. Signature dishes include cicheti such as fried stuffed olives, zucchini arancini and fig & prosciutto crostini. Small plates include cod cheeks with lentils & salsa verde, deep fried polenta-crusted meatballs and sliced flank steak with porcini, while the dessert list features flourless pistachio & almond cake and tiramisu. In addition to our exclusively
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Italian, Mediterranean
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Polpo is a fantastic restaurant! I went there for my one year anniversary. The team were warm and attentive. The ambience vibrant, yet intimate and the food was outstanding! I highly recommend Polpo, one not to miss

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been to Polpo a number of times and it never fails to deliver fresh tasty dishes and great drinks. This time the shin beef Bolognese was absolutely stunning, the meatballs were as ever gorgeous and the zucchini fries were a revelation. So definitely recommend...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Rees99
POLPOrestaurants, General Manager at POLPO Brighton, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We're so pleased you enjoy coming to us at POLPO, thankyou so much for your lovely comments, please visit us 4-6 for £5 Spritz and Cicheti! POLPO Brighton

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited this restaurant for the first time last week, pre-theatre. My friends and I were not sure about the menu outside but I was interested to try a 'venetian' experience. Having been to Venice on a few occasions I was unaware they had a...More

Date of visit: February 2019
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POLPOrestaurants, General Manager at POLPO Brighton, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

So pleased you enjoy your experience with us, and thankyou for your comments - this all helps developing our offering and improving our product. Hope to see you again soon, it's Aperitivo Time from 4-6 every day, so pop along pre-theare for cocktails and nibbles...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A group of us went for a friends birthday and were welcomed and entertained by the lovely northern waiter. The food was lovely although I’d skip the croquettas- they tasted like deep fried smash to me. The arancini was a highlight. The lamb meatballs were...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank owen2211
POLPOrestaurants, General Manager at POLPO Brighton, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thankyou for your review and comments! We'll work on the Crocchettes, sorry they weren't up to scratch this time - Hope to see you again - POLPO Brighton

Reviewed 12 February 2019 via mobile

Really nice intimate settings and a beautiful menu. Some really original dishes on there too and something for everyone. Really helpful staff when it come to knowing how to cater for allergies and intolerances too. Would highly recommend!

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank DavePhoenixuk
POLPOrestaurants, Manager at POLPO Brighton, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your wonderful review, I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 12 February 2019

I love Polpo! The food is delicious and if you order lots of different plates and then just all dive in to whatever you fancy, that's the fun of this place. Staff are nice too. Good for business lunches or dinner with friends. They do...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank smacarthy2002
POLPOrestaurants, General Manager at POLPO Brighton, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2019

Thankyou very much! so pleased you enjoyed yourselves, hope to see you again soon - don't forget Aperitivo time 16:00 - 18:00, Spritz and Cicheti for £5 - POLPO Brighton

Reviewed 29 January 2019

You will love the place, but don't expect a formal restaurant. Polpo is a Venice-style small portions and crostini place to be enjoyed with a few glasses of excellent wine in the company of friends. The setting is very nice, the service friendly, the food...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank sluciani
POLPOrestaurants, General Manager at POLPO Brighton, responded to this reviewResponded 4 February 2019

Thankyou for taking the time to write us a review! I think you've described our restaurant perfectly! Hope to see you again soon, best wishes - POLPO Brighton

Reviewed 27 January 2019 via mobile

Went for dinner with friends following a recommendation and very glad we went, ordered the prawns, potatoes and lamb, other members ordered the arancini, croquettes and pizzas, meatballs which they said were delicious. Unfortunately I couldn’t eat them as they were not gluten free. Lovely...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Whipps2014
POLPOrestaurants, General Manager at POLPO Brighton, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2019

So glad you enjoyed your visit to us this week, hope to see you again soon - best wishes, POLPO Brighton

Reviewed 19 January 2019

Been here twice for lunch and for dinner. Great atmosphere and a little noisy in the evening. Service looks chaotic but is actually very efficient. Lunch with sharing plates at the entrance bar is an enjoyable experience but a bit of a chilly blast when...More

Date of visit: January 2019
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POLPOrestaurants, Manager at POLPO Brighton, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2019

Thanks for this wonderful review, Great to hear that our team looked after you during your visit. We have a new drinks menu launching this week, so there will be some exciting new options for you to try next time you visit. Hope to see...More

Reviewed 17 January 2019

Loved the food- the garlic prawns and polpo with fennel were especially memorable. Lovely setting with attentive staff. Music needed attention - found ourselves listening to heavy metal at one point but manager kindly changed that. I;d recommend this although it wasn't inexpensive.More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Kim S
POLPOrestaurants, Manager at POLPO Brighton, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2019

Glad to hear you enjoyed the food and service, thank you for taking the time to write a nice review. Sorry to hear about some of the music, but I'm glad the manager sorted that for you. We have some new dishes available on our...More

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