Food for Friends

4.4
2340 reviews
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£25 and under
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Vegetarian / Vegan
Top tags:
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Vegan
  • Healthy
Food for Friends is nestled in the beautiful and historic South Lanes, just 2 minutes from the sea. The restaurant specialises in tasty, simple vegetarian dishes using fresh and local produce. The restaurant has secured a place in The Good Food Guide 2016 and also won the Brighton and Hove Foodie Awards 2012.



The restaurant caters for people with special dietary needs, there are vegan and gluten-free options for many dishes on the menu, as well as freshly baked vegan and gluten-free breads, cakes and scones every day.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Vegetarian / Vegan, Organic, Global, International
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00PM - 10:00PM Friday - Saturday 5:00PM - 10:30PM
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Phone number
01273 202310
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Tomas Kowalski
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Private Party Facilities
Large group facility available for up to 22 guests.
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Private Party Contact
Ramin Mostowfi: 01273 202310
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Catering
Food For Friends can bring our gourmet foods and menus to your event, large or small from an intimate dinner to a large wedding feast. We use organic produce as much as possible and all of our foods are GMO free. We can look after all your catering needs from service staff, crockery, cutlery, glasses to tables, chairs and kitchen equipment, even a cocktail bar person.
To discuss your requirements and prices please contact us.
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Parking Details
Lanes Car Park within 50m
http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/index.cfm?request=c1000706
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Entertainment


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Special Events & Promotions
Take a look at our new recipe iBook - http://www.foodforfriends.com/ibook/
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Wine
What 2340 People Are Saying
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HF
Brighton
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely evening, welcoming and cheerful staff. Food was fantastic.

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RY
East Sussex
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a restaurant which shows how flavoursome vegetarian cooking can be.

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SG
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely staff and food! Was in Brighton and seen good reviews so booked...worth a visit for sure!

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JZ
Brighton
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love food for friends for it’s inventive flavours and great vegan options. Everyone I take here, regardless of their diet, has a great meal and wants to go back.

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SB
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional tastes. Wish I had tried here before as even though I am not vegetarian it was great. Desserts were to die for. Scotch egg with delicious mayo was a really great surprise.

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EM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The restaurant was very good and the waitresses were all very nice. There was a nice selection of food with them all being vegetarian. I would highly recommend it, and will be going again.

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ES
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We have eaten at Food for Friends in the past - always found the dishes interesting, with tasty and unusual flavour combinations. This visit was therefore disappointing. Three of us each chose different dishes, all were simply bland. A shame, as this used to be a restaurant of choice for good vegetarian food (even though we are not vegetarians) in Brighton. Service was fine and our waitress friendly, but because of the disappointing food unfortunately we wouldn't now recommend it or visit again.

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HG
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really lovely food. Portions were just right. The organic Pino Grigio was delicious too.
Staff were very friendly and attentive.
The restaurant itself was clean and well presented, and great for people watching.
Pleasing experience all round.

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JS
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Food for Friends had become my favourite veggie restaurant over the years. I was disappointed this time because I felt it had lost its usual friendliness. Perhaps it was just our waitress.
She apologised profusely to us when one of the staff dropped something noisy... it's a restaurant, these things happen and we were more upset by her simpering that by the noise. I don't like having my wine glass monitored and filled up; it makes me feel like I'm being hurried along. I detest being called 'madame'.
The food was still very good and the wine delicious but I really didn't appreciate the mannerisms. It made us feel ill at ease and we couldn't wait to get out.

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P
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Great place for vegetarians and vegans. Had a lively atmosphere. Great location too.

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NK
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food for vegans and meat eaters alike. Very warm and charming atmosphere with great service.

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M
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has to be the best vegetarian restaurant around. Delicious food, fantastic decor/ambience and ace staff. 10/10

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as usual and we don’t mind driving 40 miles for the pleasure

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AG
Bristol
5 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just wow
Fabulous little restaurant
Cosy in all the right ways
Food was amazing
Service was friendly and attentive
Just couldnot fault it
I have already recommended this place to people I know

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OT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Every chef should be made to eat at this restaurant so they understand that veggie and vegan food can be interesting and full of flavour. Really enjoyed our meal.

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GN
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding! Imaginative, veggie/vegan, and often organic.

Worth booking ahead at weekends as it can get busy.

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ER
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely veggie food and attentive staff would recommend to others

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KT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with attentive, knowledgeable staff and a great variety of dishes to choose from!

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AC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent vegetarian restaurant in Brighton. Went there with two family members who are not vegetarian who both really enjoyed it. Starters were excellent – selection of dips and flat bread. Main courses – vegetarian curry, stuffed mushrooms and vegetarian burger were all wonderful. Highlight though was there deserts – sticky toffee pudding and vegan cheesecake. It is understandably very popular and you are strongly advised to book well in advance – especially for Friday and Saturday evenings.

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R
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The tofu wraps were out of this world and the service was brilliant, we always have a fantastic time here

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ET
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just stunning. The food is bursting with flavour and creativity and the staff are super friendly even at very busy times. This is the second time I have eaten here and I deliberately came back because I was so impressed with the vegan food. I also had to push my reservation back twice due to traffic and they were so good about it - even on a bustling Thursday evening. Super food, smashing ambience, and simply enjoyable. Thanks for what you’re doing guys.

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S
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing and so friendly.Food was extremely tasty.Highly recommend to anyone.We had
a fantastic evening for a special occasion.

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RH
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was good, the service was good to begin with however the first waitress’ shift finished and a new one started - and we then just got ignored.. so we had to go to the bar to ask for the bill. I also think that the food was slightly overpriced although it was good quality.

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DB
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I have dined here in the past and thoroughly enjoyed my meal. This time for some reason it felt a bit lack lustre. I brought a friend here for the first time and I don't think she would come again. She had the soup of the day which was very bland. We did make that comment and they gave us a coffee free of charge to compensate. I had the Burger which was nice, not sure I would put it first on my list to eat in Brighton again though.

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A
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

For a non vegetarian I had back up plans to go and have a burger after dining at this restaurants as it was my first time ever being to a full vegetarian/Vegan restaurant! But I was surprised that I left the restaurant feeling so full and satisfied and that the food without meat can taste so good and filling!

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JE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great fresh food and very friendly service
Highly recommend

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AY
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We all enjoyed our meals, the only problem being that both my offspring found the dishes very filling, so that they couldn't finish their main courses and I was the only one able to enjoy a pudding (vegan cheescake, very nice). Also there weren't quite as many menu choices as perhaps there could have been, in order to tempt us back.

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DM
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

As a vegan I am happy fff exists! Nice food and lovely staff. The consistency of the sevive is really poor though, I have noticed it every time I have come. Lots of different waitresss, No-one clearing dirty dishes, no attention to drinks being needed, no desert menu offered etc. It ruins things a little as you are constantly looking to catch someone’s eye!! But I like it here and maybe that’s just their style.. so I will always return when in Brighton and recommend it!

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

Had a lovely meal here on Saturday evening. Great to be able to eat anything on the menu. Food arrived very quickly and was lovely and fresh. Staff were very helpful and attentive. Would come back again.

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MK
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Lovely interior in a great location in Brighton. Would prefer more options on the main courses. Service could have been better, not as friendly and welcoming as I expected. I would not make a special effort to go again as I did for this visit.

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V
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first visit to a vegetarian restaurant with my two grown up son's. I was amazed the ambiance and welcome were excellent the waiting staff fun courteous and very friendly. The food was quite simply amazing visual appeal and fantastic flavours all combined to give a really very enjoyable dining experience. well done we will be back.

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SG
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always lovely food and friendly staff! We are finding it difficult to get beyond the sharing platter - The scotch eggs are sublime! Who'd have thought a scotch egg would be so delicious!

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DW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good vegetarian restaurant. Plenty of flavour on the food and comfortable place. Service average but acceptable.

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LP
Brighton
11 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our favourite vegetarian restaurant

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OW
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall, I was very pleased with the service, the food and the friendliness of everyone. We will stop by again.

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PH
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely as always!! Amazing food! Lovely waitresses.
All that could be improved is the communication on arrival.
Many told to wait for table in small waiting area - would have been nice touch to offer us a drink.

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DH
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most incredible food my partner and I have had in a very long time! A very special way to celebrate our anniversary! The staff went above and beyond to make our dining experience a memorable one. Never been to Brighton but we will sure be returning just to dine here again!

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JP
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This long-established vegetarian restaurant is much changed from the buffet-style eating place I first went to in the eighties!! It has expanded since then but isn't big so booking is a good idea. The food is lovely - everything we had was so tasty and beautifully presented - and very filling. My friends and I had met to celebrate a birthday - this was acknowledged with complementary chocolate truffles which were delicious! Service was very good but we did not feel rushed.
Overall ... a very pleasant experience and I shall return!

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RB
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I've enjoyed this restaurant previously but this meal was disappointing, bland, under-seasoned, unpleasant textures. They seem to be dropping their standards - big shame.

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f
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Really disapointing. Coasting on an old reputation, maybe? Not helped by being sat by an open patio door directly opposite a pub full of revellers & a few police cars. Cocktail was amazing, starter was fine but average, main was better but still average, both meals had the ingredients I was looking forward to (pomegranate & goats cheese) in stingy, barely there proportions. I'd heard the desserts were great, but we got out of there as soon as we could & won't be going back.
Staff were all making an effort to be nice, but were clearly harried & stressed. I didn't get the impression it was a nice place to work.

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