Divino Wine Bar

3.3
36 reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Good for Birthdays
Divino Wine Bar - Club. Situated in Church Road, Hove, Brighton. Cooking authentic italian dishes and serving premium alcohol to go with it.
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3.6
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3.9
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3.6
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3.7
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EV
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Very disappointed with my experience here. It was a birthday gift which I was very much looking forward to. We arrived and no one told us what the steak meal came with. In the end, we looked through the menu and could see it only came with mixed veg. Because no one officially took our order, I called someone over to requested we both had a side of fries. He did not advise us it already came with fries!! Our meal came, with fries, and then after we finished they brought over two sides of fries! Staff were rude, and not welcoming at all. Will not be returning. It felt like they wanted us in and out as quickly as possible. No one came and asked if we wanted more drinks etc. Very disappointed.

j
London
52 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

Didn’t stay to eat. The menu as advertised on OpenTable was no longer available. There was a short menu of about five items that had to be read out to us as there was no printed menu available inside. Also I had no Coca-Cola! One other couple was dining there and, given everywhere else was really busy, that seemed really odd. We decided to leave.

M
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant & friendly staff only criticism is the steak we had didn't come with a sauce & when i asked for horseradish the waitress didn't know what horseradish was... Wonderful steak though really delicious! Just a bit odd to not have a peppercorn sauce or something!

NT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

On arrival there was No Welcome. We had booked a table to eat. Given one drinks menu. Ordered Cocktails to start. With in 10 mins about 8-12 eastern Europeans arrived fist pumping staff to say hello wearing tracksuits and trainers. Turned out that this nicely decorated and ambient place is run by eastern Europeans which appears to have like for the same clientele. Did not order food and left to eat somewhere else that had a better environment.

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Salad was brown and soggy, unimaginative side dish’s
Barman was very nice but inexperienced with the cocktails. Paid cash and was expecting change which I was going to leave as a tip but never got our change back. Anyway Barman deserved it for his efforts to get my drink right.

SO
London
26 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This restaurant seems to be new - our friends live locally and hasn’t noticed it before.
Nice but predictable menu and our waiter was very good and friendly.
Of the four Mains, one was cold (mussels) and the sauce was watery; another (seafood risotto), was tepid and a bit glutinous
The Lamb shank was very good and the Ribeye Steak was fine.
Considering the strong local competition it would serve the restaurateur to up their game and find some differentiation. Not much to complain about but although good value, sadly all a bit ‘ordinary’.

J
West Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food which was very reasonably priced and the cocktails were exceptional. The service was very good. We had a lovely evening.

i
West Sussex
5 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good evening & food. Staff very attentive & the food was exquisite! Thank you

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely wine bar and restaurant, beautifully decorated venue, and the food and service are excellent.

RC
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely steak and all other dishes excellent. We will return. Lovely staff also great cocktail.

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Menu different from on here.

HH
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was here with friends for a get together. It was great food, very tasty and ample portions. There is a wide choice of Italian style food. Staff were very friendly and didn't impose themselves when it obvious it was a group catching up.

HP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely meal at Divino for my birthday. Brilliant cocktails to start, crisp champagne to follow and the steaks were cooked to our liking with great sauces. I would definitely return.

NB
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Booked for Pre concert meal. Reservation made through open table website, 2 confirmation emails, but arrived to be told no booking. After waiting 15mins a table was given to us. A waitress then came over to our table to say we couldn’t order drinks or food as she didn’t think we had a booking! After 15mins we were allowed to order drinks. No food order would be taken as they were too busy. 25mins after arriving we ordered food, 45mins later it arrived. Food was delicious and boiling hot thankfully. Clearly they struggle with busy periods. The table next to us waited an hour after starters to be told their chosen main courses were out of stock!! What should’ve been a nice birthday meal, made us feel like a burden to the staff. None of them seemed to communicate with each other or the kitchen. How can a chef not check the orders as they come in and not know he’s run out of food for an hour?! Won’t be returning in a hurry. Disappointing. Communication between open table bookings and restaurant needs looking into.

L
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Booked table for my partners birthday. Called half an hour before booking to advise we would be running 10-15 late as stuck in traffic. I was then questioned how I had booked the table for that evening and advised that they are not open to the public today as had a private venue. This should of been communicated to me when I made the booking as at 8.30 pm it was too late notice to book another restaurant for that evening. Ruined my partners birthday.

CK
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A great find for a Saturday night dinner. Excellent service and great ambience. Very welcoming and hard working staff. Delicious food. Didn't feel rushed, was able to sit with drinks after our meal and the place was still quite lively when we left at about 11.45.

F
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

The service did not attend us on time. We had a table book an nobody welcome us. The food took more than 25 minutes to arrive.

AR
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service, attentive, without being rushed. Reasonable wine list, not overpriced.

CG
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good value for money, friendly service and a good selection on the menu for all tastes.
It was quite busy noise level a little high which gave the impression well supported.

KJ
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately we didn’t get to go to my daughter’s 18th birthday meal as an hour or so before we were told we couldn’t come after 6:30pm as we had under 18s in our party! We were not informed of this at the time of booking and I am appalled at this lack of information. Therefore, we had an hour to book a party of 7 elsewhere. My daughter was extremely upset. A simple but important thing to ensure that this is made clear when booking online is required!

CT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Good atmosphere ~ felt more bar than restaurant. Food average to good. Service friendly & efficient.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Charming and attentive service. Definitely would recommend as a good place for a date. The night we went there was a local singer, which added to the ambiance.

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, superb value and efficient, friendly staff. Thank you !

W
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Pretty disappointed to be called yes called at 00.15am on the Friday night ie 18 hours before I had booked . I stated when I booked on the Tuesday that I had been given a voucher as a wedding anniversary present so why wasn’t I told at time of booking Friday and Saturdays were not permitted .

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hi sorry I had to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances so didn’t make it.

SN
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and restaurant was excellent. A little over staffed, too many waitors coming over to our table while we were already being dealt with (maybe they should be assigned their own tables) Asked for desert menu after we finished our starters. Attempting to take away our unfinshed glasses of drink.

L
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I like the way it looks in Divino's - it reminds me of being in a bar in the Mediterrean. They mix good cocktails and I have always eaten fish here and it has been delicious. Their outside seating is also very pretty/romantic. I also find that when I go, it is a little quieter than the bars in central Brighton, which is an advantage if you are there with friends to catch up or on a date.

l
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

very nice place, food was excellent, good service, would recommend it here.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2017
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 1

Getting the staffs attentiom was a constant challenge and yet it was not particularly busy

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a last minute decision to celebrate my birthday and it was a pleasant surprise. Would definitely recommended for special occasions or for a leisurely drink.

OT
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Travelled down from Oxford and found this modern classy restaurant, Vinney our waiter was friendly and we were made to feel welcome, we both had chicken one with a mushroom and one with spinach with a creamy sauce cooked to perfection, hope to return to brighton later this year will be coming back !

OT
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time there!
But will definitively go back!
Great experience, food, drinks, ambient!

EC
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would like to highly recomend to go there to everybody. Amazing service and really good food.

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had booked a table for four at 6pm. When we arrived we were very rudely informed that the ten year old in our group could not stay beyond 6pm unless we dined outside in the garden. It was December so not an option. There is no mention on the website about this new restriction. We h ave eaten here in the past with the said ten year old in the evening and were shocked and humiliated by the aggressive attitude of the guy who I think is the manager. I will not recommend this place to anyone who as the customer has any expectation of being treated politely.

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We arrived in the restaurant to be told that there was no table booked for the four of us, they blamed open table for the error and said there was nothing they could do. Didn't really seem to care so we had to leave. This was embarrassing as two guests had come down from London and was such a pity. I have eaten there before but always found the restaurant rather empty hmmm now I know why.

D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Our evening was spoiled by a twenty first birthday party with quite aweful people dominating the whole restustant.
Staff not the most helpful and clueless about table reservation , menu sekection and just about everything.
Left early.
Will not be going back