Food for Friends

4.5
3365 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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LizN
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was delicious. I had the veganuary special three course for £23.99. Good value. Pleasant staff and good food.

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DebbieC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food for Friends is consistently outstanding. The staff are wonderful-great humour, interaction and nothing is too much trouble. I cannot recommend this venue too highly - its FAB!! THANKYOU FFF X

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EF88
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely food with generous portions. Staff are really friendly.

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nemt
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great staff and lovely restaurant. Food is slightly pricey but delicious. Great cocktails.

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Nigela
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience3

I have eaten many times at Food for Friends in the past and always greatly enjoyed the experience and the quality of the food.
On my last visit however for a couple of the mains courses we had the food was
unappetizing.

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VP68
Brighton
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Bit disappointing really. Waited for table even though we’d booked, service ok but slow and food average.

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RobinP
Brighton
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely experience. Great food and great service. Thank you so much for the birthday surprise it made my partners day. Our waitress was so lovely and attentive (sorry I don’t know your name)

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LisaF
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Having eaten at Food for Friends many times in the past, the last time in Sept 2021, I was disappointed by the whole experience. I booked a table back in Nov 2021 but when we arrived our party of three was put on two round tables pushed together, meaning the person in the middle straddled both but not really comfortably on either table. It just didn't work. We asked to be moved and we were after a short wait. However, it took a long tim for our drink order to be taken and service was generally very friendly, but very slow. 3 times we had to ask for water.

The food was tasty but lacked the usual finesse... I usually take photos as it looks so beautiful on the plate. This time it looked scruffy. The food was delicious but it just wasn't the wow that it usually is.

I would go back, but I would have been disappointed if our meal had been a special occasion.

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AmandaF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, beautifully presented. A fabulous waitress who made us feel relaxed and looked after.

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LauraB
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food and friendly staff. Will come back!

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ChrisB
Shropshire
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As splendid as ever. The perfect restaurant experience. Thank you so much!

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AndrewH
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Imaginative menu. Good service. Ideal for lunchtime.

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Maggie
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall1food1service1ambience1

First experience of vegan food. Looked pretty, tasted horrible. Service folk very sweet, but slow. coffees returned as they were cold by the time they reached us. Between 4 of us we had several different dishes, non were pleasant. Over spiced with just chilli or over sweet. The only actual vegan amongst us was very disappointed in the food.

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AnnaH
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, great service, we will come again

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JaneS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely friendly staff . The young lad had done a lovely fliower display on tables. Food was excellent. Restaurant cosy My only complaint was the menu was extremely small no cheese option . Would like to of seen more of a starter menu bread olives and nuts is very easy.
I still will be coming back x

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ClareC
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely food and wine, will definitely be coming back,

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helenakbutcher
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall2food5service1ambience3

I’m always really happy with the meals that I have at Food for Friends, the dishes are delicious and it’s one of the best places for veggie food.
Unfortunately, despite having lunch when the restaurant was really quiet on a Friday afternoon, the service was really quite poor. It was evident that the staff were not rushed off their feet with less than half of the tables being full, yet it was really difficult to get their attention. It took a long time for them to come and take our orders and clear plates once we’d finished our courses. What should’ve been a quick lunch break on our day out in Brighton ended up being frustratingly slow.
Whilst I’ve never had a complaint about the food here, I’d be hesitate to return considering the staff/ service recieved on this most recent visit.

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Michelle
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food.
Had the root salad but there was just far to much. Advise that if you was planning on having a starter and main check the portion size!

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AlisonD
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Food for Friends and wasn't disappointed this time. We had three courses, all good, and the staff were super-friendly. Dark chocolate truffles to finish, presented beautifully with edible flowers and berries. A real treat for three foody friends.


. Chocolate truffels

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Rebecca
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, great ambience and friendly service. The only thing I can fault is that they charged £12 for a mocktail (the same price as the alcoholic version), which we thought was a bit steep. But otherwise a fab evening and would highly recommend.

MB
MaggieB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was average. I expected more choice and to be honest, more flavour. I think the vegetarian choice is possibly better at a good pub.
Service was good.

JD
JennyD
Brighton
16 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tasty veggie food with delicious twists. Recommend the bao buns and sweetcorn ribs particularly. Lovely waitress and atmosphere

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ChrissieM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Absolutely superb meal. With
Outstanding staff!
Cocktails were unbelievably good!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really beautiful food but food was extremely slow and ingredients left out of dishes without being highlighted which felt deceiving

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was lovely, food was gorgeous, menu was diverse and interesting. All around a very highly rated and recommended restaurant for anyone, whether Vegetarian or not… I am not but my partner is and I enjoyed it equally as much as she did

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Nush
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What can we say, we loved Food For Friends. Great selection of food, including options for gluten free diet, and all the food was delicious.
The staff were helpful, friendly and the service was great.
We will definitely be back :)

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Anon
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly helpful staff, food was lovely. Slightly odd that the glass of wine I ordered was unavailable but when a lady dining near us ordered 2 glasses of the same wine there was not a problem.
Certainly wouldn’t put me off returning and I would happily recommend a visit.

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JKnown
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The worst food I have ever tasted. I have been a vegetarian for more than 20 years and sorry this is not how you do veggie. The gnocchi dish arrived cold and it was basically gnocchi swimming in a cheese soup. It was horrible. My husband had the tagine which ended up being half cooked, no taste and dry. The starters were okayish, nothing special for that price. Service was very very slow, it took 1 h 30 mins for us to get our mains. We ended up not paying for the mains which I appreciated. I don't understand how they can justify the prices of the food, just horrible.

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Simone
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

So disappointing. A waiter spilt an entire glass of red wine all over me. The staff and the manager were extremely rude. They left me waiting in the foyer covered in wine and would not speak to me to resolve the issue. There was no compensation and my date and I left without getting any food. I would not recommend stepping foot in Food for Friends.

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Sandy
London
31 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I’ve always loved this place, so hopefully our experience yesterday was just a « one-off », I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt

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JodieO
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Food For Friends. I’ve been here many times and it’s always been of excellent quality, a lovely atmosphere and great service.

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TomD
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

see private note about the reason for the poor review

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SaraK
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and lots of choices. The staff were so attentive and friendly. Wonderful we love it here xxx

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MozzaN
London
7 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

As always, really great food and good service. Very noisy though, which was a shame as difficult to hear each other.

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Althepal
Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent vegan menu of the most delicious food imaginable, served by friendly and attentive staff. My favourite restaurant in the U.K.

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CarolC
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my go to place when I visit Brighton, I have been a customer for about ten years.
My family and I like to go as it caters for vegetarians and vegans.
My visit yesterday was up to standard: a warm welcome even though we were early, friendly and efficient service In a clean environment.
I had winter gnocchi which was delicious.

SM
SusanM
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing and innovative food, and a particularly warm welcome from host and waitress. A tad noisy, but overall a wonderful experience.

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Dafoodie
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The food was not on its usual form. Some bits a little dry and also some things not as said on the menu. But a nice atmosphere and lovely staff, we did enjoy our time. Just the food wasn't up to its usual standard.

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MiosotisW
East Sussex
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb overall experience. Service was perfect, made to feel at home. Waitress had a lovely manner and was super efficient. Food was great and tasted very fresh. Background music was great.

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Lily
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Tasty food, friendly staff. And a surprise birthday treat!

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Food for Friends is rated 4.5 stars by 3365 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.