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Food for Friends

4.4
4.4
3356 Reviews
£25 and under
Vegetarian / Vegan
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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2 people

19:00


Booked 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Vegetarian / Vegan, Organic, Global, International

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Daily 09:00–11:45 Lunch Daily 12:00–17:00

  • Phone number

    01273 202310

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Tomas Kowalski

  • 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.<br />To discuss your requirements and prices please contact us.

  • Private party facilities

    Large group facility available for up to 22 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Ramin Mostowfi: 01273 202310

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What 3,356 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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    Good Vegetarian Options

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  • Brighton

    Fit for Foodies

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  1. SC

    SueC

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food & friendly service. Would definitely eat here again!
  2. SD

    SusannaD

    London

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    A busy Monday lunchtime. We were on a fairly tight schedule. The two main items we wanted from the menu were sold out and the food took half an hour to arrive once ordered. Food tastes fine but overpriced for what it was. Disappointing.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Very disappointing. The service was poor and when the food finally arrived nearly 45 minutes after we ordered, the majority of it was cold. We also had to chase the waitresses for our drinks order and were given the response “we’re very busy today” when half the restaurant was empty. There are much better vegetarian restaurants out there with more reasonably priced dishes and tastier food.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is always great and a real treat.
  5. TW

    ThomasW

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always great food and lovely atmosphere 😊 we will return
  6. AR

    AnnR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Every dish that we ordered was disappointing in some way - apart from the chips! Cauliflower too doughy Dip crudités terrible Boa buns disappointing Aranchini tasteless
  7. n

    natalieh

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, flavours outstanding! Really enjoyed the whole experience. It was my birthday and you really didn’t disappoint!
  8. DJ

    DonnaJ

    London

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Food was slow to arrive. Cost was not good value. Do not recommend
  9. DW

    DW57

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food, friendly service and a pleasant atmosphere. A delightful birthday treat for a friend who was very impressed and will also return with other friends!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service awesome Food awesome Will definitely recommend
  11. BN

    BernardN

    Brighton

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Huge Disappointment. Room was not neat. Waiting staff not neat nor tidy, certainly not friendly and weird. Wine was not enjoyed. Food was correct. Overall we regretted booking a table there.
  12. S

    Simon

    London

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was very slow as they had a table of 20 just ahead of us but luckily we weren’t in a hurry and our server was very sweet at keeping us informed and our drinks topped up! As soon as the surge passed it was all fine and the food, as always amazing!! Took my non veggie wife and sister who both loved it too! Will convert them eventually!!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and the atmosphere was nice and relaxed. Would recommend
  14. KN

    KellyN

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful food, great service. Will definitely return.
  15. PS

    PeterS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    As usual the flavours and presentation of our dishes were fantastic. From the tofu to the crispy cauliflower, especially. And thumbs up for service with a smile. I believe our waiter’s name was Jordan and he did a great job. All in all, a fantastic birthday lunch for my wife.
  16. A

    Adam

    London

    29 reviews

    1.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Food was not up to scratch. Food arrived cold. Poutine had no gravy at first. The batter on the cauliflower was too thick and the Arancini was bland
  17. CN

    ClaireN

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I think because the bar has been raised across the city in vegetarian/ vegan choice, including outstanding cuisine at my local pubs, Food for Friends needs to keep pushing upwards that EVERY dish is outstanding.
  18. MO

    MichaelO

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food good but menu not as comprehensive as it used to be.
  19. T

    Trud

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, fresh, full of flavour, original combination of ingredients, great portions size, excellent service, wish i could go everyday!
  20. AM

    AliMo

    Brighton

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    I really like this place. The food was tasty although nothing outstanding on this occasion. We just like to have such a wide choice of veggie meals.
  21. E

    Emma

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for graduation lunch. Excellent service and food was brilliant. Waiter even brought out a 'congratulations' chocolate plate which I want expecting. Was such a lovely touch and made the day extra special
  22. JP

    JanetP

    Brighton

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very well presented, prepared and cooked food with good range of choice. All very tasty.
  23. l

    lamiller

    London

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was mostly great just Ramen was a bit dull otherwise great :)
  24. CB

    CB123

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    This was our second visit to Food For Friends and will likely be our last. The food came out quickly but was for the most part bland and tasteless, the main came out not long after we started our main course so sat on the table getting cold whilst we finished and the waitress forgot our Olives and water we ordered. We ordered a bottle of wine which was brought to the table in a bucket without any ice which completely defeats the object and the wine sat there getting warm.
  25. KS

    KellyS

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff are always lovely and the food is delicious
  26. SW

    SandraW

    Brighton

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great food & choice. Clean & quiet. Service so slow!
  27. g

    gwyno

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Nice starters but main salard meals were disappointing
  28. L

    Lake

    East Sussex

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience1
    There was clearly an element of passive aggressive tension between the staff which we noticed early on and persisted throughout our meal. It was clearly a quiet period (5.15pm seating) but we had to wait way a long time for our starter which then arrived with all our mains. Our waiter sent the mains back but, after the starter, we then had to wait an agonising long period before the mains appeared and we had to badger the staff for them. The bill for our fairly small meal was 93 pds. Felt liked we paid a lot of money for a disappointing dining experience. Unlikely to go back for some time.
  29. NB

    NoelB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply superb food. I can highly recommend Food for Friends.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sons Graduation
  31. SC

    SallyC

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the best vegan/vegetarian restaurant that I have been in. We had a great time would defiantly go again. Thanks.
  32. D

    Dotty

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    I was very disappointed with our visit to Food for Friends after reading such great reviews. Perhaps there had been a chance of chef or management? The banquette we sat on was covered in crumbs and not cleaned and there were a number of things missing from the menu early in the evening. The food itself was very average - not the best vegetarian restaurant I’m afraid. The staff were however friendly, welcoming and helpful.
  33. MH

    MindyH

    Tucson

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are carnivores but we love this place. Everything was fresh, tasty and filling.
  34. TP

    TerryP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Such a great selection of just vegan and vegetarian food.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    Food was good but wasn’t worth the price. Service was terrible, lack of communication from staff and poor service and attention to detail from all of those waiting on that evening. Waited over half an hour for each course and just got ignored until we had to ask what was happening. We were told, on leaving that the restaurant had recently had new owners but felt that if this was communicated to us on arrival the the evening would of been a lot more pleasant.
  36. r

    robin

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Food absolutely fab Service slow Our waiter Marius very good
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Service terrible. Forgot starter. Partners entire meal arrived at once with mine nowhere to be seen for another 15 minutes when both starter and main arrived together. 90 minute wait for food after ordering, not even a piece of bread. Waiters complaining about how busy they were despite the place being almost empty. Food tasteless. Go to terre a terre instead.
  38. SH

    SabineH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, we had the Bao Buns and the gelato. The waiter was very attentative, great service. Lovely place to eat vegan food you wouldn't normally cook.
  39. B

    Brightonian

    London

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 July 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    A bit lacklustre, from the moment we arrived. Greeting, drinks, food, coffee, state of the bathroom - all ‘ok’. I haven’t been for a few years; this was my birthday dinner and I was disappointed.
  40. KL

    KathyL

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had small plates which were delicious and very filling. The corn ribs were amazing and I’d recommend those. The crispy tofu and cauliflower were also two great dishes. Food Fir Friends has a great ambience, location and staff.

FAQs

Food for Friends is rated 4.4 stars by 3356 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 17 times today
Google Map for Food for Friends

17 - 18 Prince Albert Street, The Lanes, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1HF

Additional information

  • Area

    Brighton

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Daily 09:00–11:45 Lunch Daily 12:00–17:00

  • Cuisines

    Vegetarian / Vegan, Organic, Global, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Lanes Car Park within 50m <br />http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/index.cfm?request=c1000706

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Tomas Kowalski

  • Entertainment

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

  • Phone number

    01273 202310

  • 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.<br />To discuss your requirements and prices please contact us.

  • Private party facilities

    Large group facility available for up to 22 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Ramin Mostowfi: 01273 202310

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