Food for Friends

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2664 reviews
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Vegetarian / Vegan
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  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Vegan
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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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J
Brighton
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service and food, with a suitable wine list. A lovely building in an interesting part of Brighton, allowing one to feel very much part of the citie's vibe. Only gripe was the seats could do with a bit of cleaning and the gents hand dryer was virtually useless

H
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Probably some of the best things I have ever put in my mouth!!!! So much so went back for brunch the next day. Awesome flavour sensations.

FB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I was really disappointed with my evening at food for friends treating a friend there, I had been a few years ago and loved it so it is just a shame that it has gone down hill especially having such a good reputation.
We ordered our drinks when we ordered our food, which we asked two waitresses about as no drinks came.
There was no apology when we asked about them and then they did not come to the table until we had almost finished our food.
The cauliflower dish was fantastic but all the others were fine but not very interesting
I hope they can develop their team into re-earning their reputation for one of the most famous restaurants in Brighton

J
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We chose Food For Friends for a date night and we absolutely loved it. The food is to die for! We shared one main dish between us along with three small plates, and we were so glad we did as we were able to try so many different dishes - each one was delicious. The atmosphere was lovely and the service fantastic. Highly recommend!

JS
New England
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent meal here and enjoyed the food very much. Would recommend!

PC
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had one night in Brighton and I chose this restaurant because it looked interesting and different with creative dishes. We were very impressed with everything we experienced. The restaurant is located in a delightful part of the Laines and looks very inviting even from the outside. We had a reservation and we’re greet warmly and asked if we were happy with our table- we were. The menu had many really interesting and unusual dishes which made it difficult to choose. Everything was extremely tasty; the three starters were absolutely delicious and the burger was one of, if not the best veggie burger I had ever tasted and I’ve been vegetarian for 35 years. The wine was good and the service excellent! What a shame I live in London and can’t eat here more often!!! I thoroughly recommend Food for Friends

NC
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food. I am not vegetarian but eating at a restaurant like this made me feel I would not miss meat. Had a fantastic shared platter and a couple of great sides. Service was attentive and friendly. Could not really fault and would certainly recommend. I suspect you would need to book. We did and it was full when we got there.

AT
West Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food delicious, full of flavour, beautifully presented, would thoroughly recommend the Bao Buns, Porcini Arancini and the Hummus. The biodynamic Reisling was equally delicious.

NK
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. So good to have a choice of desserts at a vegetarian/vegan restaurant. Was very impressed the waitress asked about allergies. Never had that before at any restaurant. As someone with a non life threatening allergy I usually just put up with unpleasant symptoms from eating contaminated products. This time I didn't have to.

J
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Booked online 10 days in advance with email outlining my food intolerances as suggested to do on their website. This hadn’t been acknowledged as after much discussion from the manager with the chef they came up with the halloumi salad without the halloumi and replaced with cauliflower. So I had a large plate of salad leaves with loads of mango and avocado and then spicy cauliflower! This was my only option from the entire menu which I didn’t enjoy. Disappointed with the food and the service as it felt like we had been ignored.

VC
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was absolutely excellent! Expensive but tasty.

KC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food in a great spot. We even moved to sit outside after lunch to enjoy a cocktail in the sunshine.

RW
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great vegan food, personal service from lovely attentive staff. A lovely birthday treat :-)

LG
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing afternoon a real treat. Made my friends birthday lunch very special.

SM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everytime we visit Brighton we always make sure we book a table here. This year we got a lovely table by the window in a lovely coveted area. The service was amazing and the food was delicious as always. We loved it! See you next year!

A
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Mediocre and overpriced food, burgers were very bland. The staff was stressed and unengaged.

D
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

An £8 starter that was supposed to contain king oyster mushrooms contained 5 small mushroom stalks. Was it a joke? I contacted the restaurant through its website and have not received a reply. Overpriced and poor selection for vegans.

JC
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely evening with fantastic food, smiling friendly staff and a lovely ambiance. I give a massive 5 Stars.

MG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food as always was wonderfully cooked. I did feel that mains selection was limited and a more varied choice would have been appreciated. Saying that, the dessert was out of this world and the service first rate as always. Very accommodating and we will be going back

W
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Having never been before I found the restaurant to be absolutely lovely. I am not a vegetarian but it was a surprise for my daughter who is. The food was absolutely lovely with plenty of flavour and were good portion sizes.
If there was any negatives it would be that the black bean burger I had was a bit too big and a bit dry and would in my opinion be better if it was a bit slimmer. Overall, we had a great meal !

m
London
20 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Great food - tasty and well presented. the lady serving us though had a bad day or just could not be bothered.

L
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I tend to meet here regularly for lunch as the food is always good - and interesting - and the atmosphere great.
Good selection of vegetarian dishes at reasonable prices and friendly helpful staff.

GB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

The food here is pretty good. The service not so much. It felt like they had maximised capacity at the cost of having too few waitering staff. Ten minutes to be seated for a reserved table (not that bad), a further 35 minutes before I had to complain about the only person serving outside ignoring us. Probably best to go when it’s not busy.

HR
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was really lovely, but we felt disappointed by the service. We felt very crammed in between two other tables - their conversation totally dominated our evening. The food was really tasty, but we had ordered the small plates which the waitress said were 'tapas style' - perfect for the way we like to eat! But they all came all at once meaning there was no space on the table for us to even use plates and things went cold before we could get to them. We felt it would have been better for the food to come in waves, like small plates menus normally do. It was really tasty, but the cramped room and long wait for drinks and poorly organised food left us disappointed at a meal we had been really looking forward to!

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice meal indeed. Service was spot on. The menu isn't too large. Everything tasted as though it had been made fresh.

RW
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We were very excited to visit Food For Friends as it was our first visit and we'd heard good things! Great reception on arrival. Sadly the toilets weren't up to scratch-dirty hand dryer which made me not want to dry my hands and music crackling out of the ceiling speaker-distorted and too loud! The menu was appealing. Omnivore husband really enjoyed his risotto but the serving wasn't man size-it was really small. My veggie roast was over cooked with an overpowering, too rich gravy. The Wellington was still enjoyable but a lovely meal was spoiled by the gravy and being burnt. The spud were dry. The waitress was fabulous. Very polite and attentive. Some crayons and paper for my toddler would've been appreciated. I was touched by the complimentary birthday truffles at the end. We will return but will be brave enough to say 'no gravy & please don't burn it!'.

DC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was friendly and generally efficient. Both starters (figs with blue cheese, and crispy Thai cauliflower) were both excellent. The risotto primavera was wonderfully fresh, but the burger didn’t quite hit the spot - it tasted much like any other veggie burger I’ve tasted. The wine (Sauvignon blanc) was very refreshing. So, the burger aside, a good meal. (Note: I’m not vegetarian, though much of my diet is more through convenience than by design. I appreciate good food generally, whatever anyone else wants to label it.)

HL
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The starters were lovely. Main courses were disappointing. House wine was horrible. Waitress was rude and slow.

KL
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect! Food for Friends comes highly recommended.

MS
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

What I found confusing was that they had a bottle of champagne in the menu but then the waitress told us they only sell it by the glass, which obviously comes out of a bottle and is just a means to make more money. It seemed a bit cheeky especially on Sussex graduation week.

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our food and wine and beer. To have clear vegan labelling for food & drink was very reassuring for my wife. Lovely building and it felt nice and private despite other tables. We'll definitely return soon 🥰

J
London
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Generally good food but a real shame that the molten chocolate pudding is no longer on the menu -it was the main reason for going and will mean less trips. Ambience less good than sometimes but probably as seated on v small table next to a group. Service was good except our ‘nibbles’ arrived after our starters which was odd and we wouldn’t have bothered ordering if we knew nibbles took so long and we expected them to to nibble on while we wait!

MF
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Have eaten here on previous occasions and enjoyed it. This time the service was just as great usual but the food failed to reach previous standards. The risotto was mushy and the burger dry. However, the starter/small plates were well cooked and presented. We would return based on previous experiences.

RA
London
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This has been our favourite restaurant for many years and we were really looking forward to visiting again.
There has been a complete change of staff and the whole vibe of the place has changed. I had the deep fried tofu, which was good, followed by baobuns. Still good, but not as good as last time and not as nicely presented on pur previous visits. My husband had the Moroccan tagine and it was disappointingly bland.
No English sparkling wines served there now.
Has there been a change of ownership/management? It is a pared down version of its former self. All the pzazz has gone and what is left is a rather grumpy and boring version of the fabulous FfF we knew and loved. Very sad.

JS
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and really good choice. Delightful staff.

DW
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Should be renamed fast food for friends. We have been dining at FFF for many years, however based on this visit we shall not be returning. The table we had was too small and crammed in very near to the next table. The service was so quick we felt we were on a conveyor belt of diners. Most disappointing was the food which was lacking the finesse and complexity of flavour we have enjoyed in the past. The food is so average that the prices are too high for what was served.

CR
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a delicious pre theatre dinner here on Monday July 15th. Service was pretty good but the girls seemed to be working the hardest! I had risotto which was a touch too salty for my palette but in all other respects was super. The crumble dessert was beautifully presented and tasty gorgeous.My husband chose the tahini which he wolfed down.

The only grumble would be the state of the loos. Not up to standard.

JL
London
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not of been better. second time there and brilliant

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Staff were very considerate.

ET
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch with a best friend is always going to be great but when combined with the amazing food at Food For Friends it made for a fabulous afternoon. As there is so much choice we selected a variety of small plates so that we could try out a few different dishes. There was plenty on each plate and each dish was superb, amazing flavours, more than enough for both of us and we tried some new options that I will definitely indulge in again.

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