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The Restaurant at Drakes

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44 Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1PE, England
+44 1273 696934
Sun - Mon 12:00 - 13:30
19:30 - 21:30
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Madrid, Spain
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Four of us went for dinner. I have to say for the price I would expect better. The flavours were interesting but the overall effect was somewhat disappointing. However, what I go away with is being charged £6 for two jugs of tap water - we had two bottles of good wine and to be charged for tap water seems... More 

Thank clairc487
London, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food was really delicious, and included a little complementary starter. The staff were lovely and helped pick a beautiful wine that I want to drink again! The food was lovely, as was the atmosphere. Might not be a complaint for some but I was surprised that I wasn't able to finish either of my two courses. They were both... More 

Thank MissMMRose
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

At this price point you expect some wow but writing this the following morning I'm struggling to recall any of the courses I had. The only positive thing I can say is the sommelier knew his stuff. Would I go again? --yep but I'd try a few other restaurants in town first.

Thank Dairyboy79
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Small but stylish restaurant on Brighton's beachfront. Plenty of choice on the menu and friendly, attentive staff

Thank Lyn R
West Sussex, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Drakes is on the Kemptown road a few hundred metres East of the pier. It's a hotel in two Regency houses and you go up the steps to the reception and (rather smart) bar with pier views, and then down to the restaurant. It's a small dining space with a mirror appearing to double everything. Service was obliging, the beers... More 

Thank Peter V
London, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

We booked out Christmas party meal here at the last minute after Proud cancelled our booking 3 days before the event! That turned out to be quite fortuitous as the meal was excellent, as was the service, especially from our waiter Mark. Everyone at Drakes went out of their way to make sure we have a good time!

Thank Sarah_E_C31
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166 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Just a few minutes walk on the seafront from the Brighton pier. In a half-basement of the hotel, but bright and smart restaurant. Friendly service and good menu. The lunch set menu is good value, especially if you choose the 3 courses for 2 offer on the website.

Thank joetidd
Brighton, United Kingdom
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180 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

On arrival sitting in the bar in the bay window having a pre dinner drink makes it feel a very special occasion. Escorted down to the dining area you arrive at a room that is simply decorated, yet sophisticated. The food and service is excellent. Good well cooked with attention to detail. Service is timely but not obtrusive. Great place.

Thank annettebeard
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

Lovely food. Well presented. Top class waiter. Great service. Just uncomfortable as it was so cold and drafty

Thank Jane F
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

I have visited this restaurant several times and it has always been great. Excellent wine, amazing food & very good service!

Thank Raddy K

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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
USD 46 - USD 78
European, British
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 13:30
19:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 13:30
19:30 - 21:30
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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