Food for Friends

4.4
2473 reviews
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£25 and under
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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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ER
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would give even a higher rating, as they gave us a very lovely experience.
Amazing chefs, as the food is tasty and well presented.

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

I thought the atmosphere was really lovely, very quiet and relaxed - easy to hear each other speak. The service was really friendly, food came quickly etc. The cocktails were a hit with our table and I really enjoyed what I had to eat!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was amazing! No flaw in the experience at all

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CR
Brighton
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious vegetarian and vegan food, the staff was nice. We had a splendid evening.

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DH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The team were lovely and looked after our daughter and made her birthday special. The menu is a bit limited and doesn’t quite justify the price but it’s a Brighton institution :)

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AH
West Sussex
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service. Would recommend even if you’re not a vegetarian

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MR
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each time I return to Food For Friends I am blown away by the excellence! The food is just so incomparably delicious - even the side dishes are blooming with flavour. I had the artichoke soup and it's the nicest soup I have had in a really long time. Can't recommend this place enough.

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MR
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for a menu with GF options clearly specified. Although It was not cheap, everything was really delicious.

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CT
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Perhaps it was because we had such high expectations since we had read many great reviews before our trip to Brighton. Or perhaps it was because we had been the fantastic Terre a Terre the night before. But our experience was below average. The menu wasn’t particularly exciting. We had to wait for almost an hour inbeween our starter and main course. We had to remind our waitress that we had ordered a glass of red. The food itself was ok. The inari wraps were too salty while the arancini balls were bland and we needed to add salt to them. 10% service charge was automatically included on the bill which we weren’t keen on. We aren’t the kind of people to ask to remove this, so it just leaves a bitter taste as you leave especially as the service was poor. I was surprised the waitress hadn’t removed it herself to be honest, knowing we had to wait so long for food and remind her of our wine order. Back in my waitressing days, I certainly wouldn’t have added this to the bill. Overall pretty disappointing.

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L
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

The food was average, but overpriced, I wouldn't return.

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TA
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing vegetarian/vegan food coupled with formerly and helpful service in a relaxed setting. Would definitely recommend and will be revisiting soon!

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TW
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Overrated vegetarian restaurant that isn't quite in touch with the times.

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KP
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing staff, unbelievable food. The choice if vegan food is always appreciated.

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r
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

nice service, food was good and nice location. Mentioned it was my birthday and a little treat made for me.

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RA
London
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service, would definitely eat here again and soon.

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CD
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Lukewarm/cold food!

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S
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed dinner at Food for Friends, service was prompt & attentive, food was amazing and they came over with some truffles and sang for my boyfriend's birthday which was really sweet. Would 100% recommend!

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M
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went back to FFF after a year and a half away and after I had a particularly bad experience and was impressed with the new menu, good service and quality of food. I like the fact that the menu is limited as it seems more exclusive. The desserts were particularly delicious - loved the vegan cheesecake! This was for my boyfriend's birthday and it was really special.

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NM
Kent
52 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming here for years. Never been disappointed. Food is great tasting and portions are good.

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ND
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Discovered this restaurant a few years ago and go there every time my wife and I are in Brighton. Sometimes it's lunch, sometimes it's dinner. Either way the food is consistently excellent, full of flavour and bang on. We are not veggies.

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SC
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was beautiful and the service was also very good

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SP
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Freshly prepared food. Friendly, helpful staff. Definitely on our ‘list’ to return to ASAP!

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MR
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Interesting food, very good service and comfortable surroundings. We had a really good meal - it was my partner's birthday and we had a lovely evening. We were the last to leave because we got into a discussion with the staff about our favourite vegetarian cook book - also called Food for Friends - by Mary Gwynne who we think lives either in East Sussex or Kent. We wondered whether there was any link - the staff didn't know, but were interested. Thanks.

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BE
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, friendly staff.
I mentioned it was my birthday & the delightful waitress from Mallorca went & had a plate inscribed with Happy Birthday in chocolate,plus 4 delicious chocolates for me to share with my partner.
Many thanks.
Bernard

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KM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed our Sunday lunch here - cocktails were delicous. Sunday roast was tasty & filling - would definitely return. I mentioned it was my mums birthday & after dinner my mum was given chocolate truffles with a birthday candle - such a lovely touch.

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MS
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience. The food and staff were first class, as was the ambience of the place. I am not a vegetarian, but enjoyed the food immensely. It is not cheap but I'm glad I have a vegetarian daughter otherwise I would never of tried it. I certainly will return!

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LB
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

This is the third visit and as such I was disappointed with the food. The halloumi salad needs to be looked at! My friend said it was like eating rubber fish fingers, why not make it thinner and grill more? My curry was ok but not as good as last time sadly ☹️

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LC
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food as always, only tiny gripe was the wait for the food and drinks but as I was catching up with my best mate and we weren't in particular rush it wasn't too bad. But still wouldn't hesitate to return.

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SB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love it, we went to Brighton for the weekend just to go there...

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely night

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OT
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, friendly staff and great service, a place to really enjoy

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JJ
N. Ireland
3 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flying visit to Brighton, glad to visit Food for friends, great food and friendly service.

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DR
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

There was a large hair in my food, spoilt the whole experience for me but restaurant was good

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KL
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic sharing platter - really tasty and filling.
The vegan “cheesecake” was outstanding.

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RW
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

a great pace to eat. One choice was not available from the mains menu nor was the "Immune" drink, but otherwise it was very good.

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PT
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
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 on 20 January 2019
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 on 20 January 2019
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 on 19 January 2019
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 on 15 January 2019
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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