Food for Friends

4.4
2437 reviews
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Vegetarian / Vegan
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  • 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.
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PT
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent vegetarian food. Not a huge menu, but everything on the menu looked superb. We would certainly return without hesitation.

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JH
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Had a very enjoyable Sunday lunch which I would strongly recommend others to try!

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MC
Essex
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Delicious vegetarian and vegan food including desserts! Loved having dessert options for once. Varied and innovative options - everything tasted delicious. Relaxed service. Catered for special needs (allergies) really well

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A
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Two of us choose the burger as our mains, recipe had been changed but was disappointing , so looking forward to the huloumi and portobello mushroom, please bring back

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D
Brighton
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time here. It was my girlfriend’s birthday meal and we couldn’t have gone any where better.
Our waitress (Maya) was so friendly and really helped make it a lovely evening.
We have been here many times now and always look forward to coming back again.

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A
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Been several times before. Food is vegetarian and well presented but found the dishes this time a bit unbalanced. Couldn't get to the lovely balsamic vinegar through an inch of oil (would be better with half as much in separate dipping bowls). The parfait had more ice cream than parfait and the shortbread crumble made everything a bit gritty. Still it is nice to have a whole menu of veggie and vegan food and like the revamp. Would be nice to have something a bit simpler on the menu for kids.

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MK
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent veggie food and organic wines . A quiet comfortable restaurant with first class considerate staff .

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MM
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and ambience were all brilliant. The kofta was a little spicy for my Dad but we swapped dishes and he loved the blue cheese salad. They made the extra effort for his birthday and we didn’t feel rushed or pressured in any way. All in all a wonderful dinner!

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L
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food here is always interesting. This time we both choose the butternut squash arancini and it was delicious but so filling that we each could only manage to eat 2 of the 3 served, and had to take home the remaining 2 in a doggy bag.

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OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely birthday experience. The shared starter I think was the star of the night. So pleased that we went for that

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YT
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Brighton. Great food and service like always!

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PP
London
14 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have visited several times when in Brighton and we have never been disappointed. This time we came the night before my 50th birthday, the waitress clearly overheard us talking about my birthday and at the end of the meal appeared with chocolates and a happy Birthday in chocolate spread - this was very thoughtful and done so well and much appreciated.
The food was delicious, we had the tofu and the blue cheese with chicory - tofu batter lovely and light and chicory was so fresh! Followed by the halloumi burger which my husband wolfed down and the green curry with absolutely crisp and fresh courgettes and mange tout. Glass of rose’ and a Lazy lizard beer all added up to a very enjoyable experience, highly recommend (I should add that neither of us are vergetarian, we just enjoy the food here)

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T
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We so enjoyed our eating experience at Food for Friends. One vegan one vegetarian and flexatarians! The food choice was fab and all of our menu choices tasted fantastic. Service great too.

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M
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely little restaurant. We went for lunch and had the sharing platter. Very tasty!

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MT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding quality and service. Nothing was too much trouble. Amazing staff

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J
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely and cozy atmosphere, great service and delicious vegetarian food. The tofu starter is to die for - everybody loved it.

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J
London
8 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Lovely lunch with my daughter. Second visit for me and everything was perfect.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food For Friends is one of my favourite restaurants in the world. The food is amazing, as is the service.

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B
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We visited this restaurant several years ago and were impressed, as not vegetarian and are now interested in trying more options. We were greeted by a very indifferent barman which kind of set the scene - he didn’t really engage at all ( despite effort!) while we waited on a window seat for someone to show us to a table. We shared a bread and olives platter and haloumi to start. but had to ask for some plates to eat it from! Best part of this was the chilli dip. We then both had the Thai curry. The flavour of the sauce was lovely but lacking in content, some of which was stringy. Lovely fig and vodka cocktail, white wine ok but could of been colder. All in all, a bit disappointing and overpriced - and a service charge already added to the bill! Sadly, won’t now be back nor recommend.

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H
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An excellent venue for a birthday lunch. The way the space has been divided makes for an intimate setting.
The food and service were excellent- we had the sharing platter, which was amazingly filling. A good selection of wines.
A very pleasant experience.

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OT
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and accommodated is with 4 kids really well in our own booth out the way.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This is what you lose in a few years. Vegan burger was exceptional in 2013 but now it’s just the same you can have in any restaurant (cheese steak only). Home made?
Waiters were really stress on Sunday. Except bartender who was really professional.
Chips used to be pumpkin.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We thought out food was tasty but nothing special. There are other vegan/vegetarian doing a lot more exiting stuff nowadays. This place seemed a bit safe and boring. The person serving us was great - very friendly. However front of house when we came in were not - they were actually quite offhand. No hello or smiles.

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MB
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely food, ambiance and service but I thought menu was limited to what it has been in the past with regards vegan options.

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DP
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Standard of food very high. But limited option available on the night when compared to the web menu.

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JH
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As Always, Warm welcome followed by very attentive personal service. Fabulous, vegetarian food with a difference. Located in Brighton Lanes and very close to the Lanes Car Park.

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CC
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Food was nothing special and over priced, service was ok. Not worth the money, had much better for half of the price

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AV
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We have dined at food for friends on several occasions and we have always found a good choice of menu, ranging from healthy salad to burgers, as this is a vegetarian restaurant they accommodate vegans with a wonderful vegan choice and can veganise other vegetarian dishes. They also have vegan desserts which is something quite hard to find elsewhere. They have a good selection of drinks ranging from cocktails to beer, some excellent wine choices too. Each time we have visited Food for Friends, it has an extremely friendly atmosphere and a pleasure to dine there.

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O
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We booked a table at 4.45 on Christmas eve and told we would be welcomed as long as we wanted to be there. We were surprised to be called to check we were still coming,

We arrived and were then rushed through a poor quality meal. Our starters were delivered before we finished our drinks, the starter was good, the main course was very poor.

The table beside us was sprayed with cleaning fluids as we ate. We could hear staff complaining about being at work when they had family at home waiting. We were rushed through and out in an hour.

The manager expressed surprise that our booking was taken at 4.45 when apparently they were only open for lunch on Christmas Eve.

We were given vouchers for less than a third of our bill by the manager who surprisingly told us that was more than she was allowed to do. The vouchers will not cover the cost of a 2 course meal and wine for 2 so it appears we are expected pay more to see if Food for Friends can improve on the last visit.

This was supposed to be a special Christmas Eve dinner. Clearly our booking should never have been taken and we are left having had an expensive poor meal with a totally inadequate response to the problem.

We have been customers at Food for Friends since it open. it appears to have changed hands in July 18. If this is representative of the new Food for Friends it is a shame. There are many good vegetarian restaurants in Brighton sadly this no longer seems to be one of them.

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DC
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Came for the Christmas Menu as advertised on the website. Sadly this wasn't available, but we still had a great time. Fantastic food and speedy service.

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JH
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food, lovely dining atmosphere and friendly, attentive staff. I can't wait to return.

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HW
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food and service - thank you. We will be back.

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A
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can be sure of a warm welcome at Brighton's premier veggie restaurant. Imaginative menu with loads of vegan options, all reasonably priced. Menu changes frequently too.

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VH
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice vegetarian food, particularly the soup which was just what we needed on a wet and windy evening. Very friendly and welcoming staff. I wouldn’t have the chocolate and avocado mousse again. It looked and felt right but just tasted of avocado, not chocolate at all. My husband’s ice cream was very good though, and so was the cider.

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CP
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent would highly recommend and very reasonably

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K
London
16 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

What a wonderfully warm and accommodating restaurant. No wonder it has been in business since 1983. Our server, Amber, was amazing , especially with the children, and, despite being a carnivore myself, the food was extremely tasty and very well presented. I would have like to se a bit more blue cheese in the blue cheese and fig starter, but overall a fabulous dining experience from the ambience, the service, the delicious food and wine.
Will definitely return.

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IF
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We travelled from the isle of wight just for dinner!!!

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C
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Innovative food although a bit heavy on Halloumi dishes. Lovely friendly service.

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RP
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was not as nice as previously, not sure if the chef has changed but wasn’t happy with my main or dessert. I visit Brighton every year and always visit food for friends, this time I did not enjoy the food.

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MB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food. Bad service

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