Food for Friends

4.4
2253 reviews
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£25 and under
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Vegetarian / Vegan
Top tags:
  • 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Vegetarian / Vegan, Organic, Global, International
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00PM - 10:00PM Friday - Saturday 5:00PM - 10:30PM
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Phone number
01273 202310
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Tomas Kowalski
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Private Party Facilities
Large group facility available for up to 22 guests.
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Private Party Contact
Ramin Mostowfi: 01273 202310
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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.
To discuss your requirements and prices please contact us.
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Parking Details
Lanes Car Park within 50m
http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/index.cfm?request=c1000706
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Entertainment


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Special Events & Promotions
Take a look at our new recipe iBook - http://www.foodforfriends.com/ibook/
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Wine
Reviews from verified diners
2,253 reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
61%
Very Good
27%
Good
8%
Fair
3%
Poor
1%
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.1
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The flavours in our shared platter had to be tasted to be believed! There was plenty of vegan choice and the staff were knowledgable, helpful and friendly. We returned for lunch the next day!

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5.0Dined on 15 July 2018

Have eaten at FfF many times over the years and it has never lost its way. Still a joy and the food is always high quality

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5.0Dined on 15 July 2018

Friendly, happy staff, well presented and nutritious food in very pleasant environment. What's not to like about Food for Friends?

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

The food was so incredible! I was really impressed with their vegan options, and for once I felt like I was winning with the options on the menu. They knew a lot about their menu, and was super attentive and lovely. Overall an awesome experience and I cannot wait to go back and try some of those puddings!

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5.0Dined on 5 July 2018

Had an absolutely wonderful evening. Food was amazing. Welcoming, accommodating and friendly service. Relaxing and comfortable table outside, as requested. Perfect - thank you!

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3.0Dined on 4 July 2018

Good food. Menu could do with being a little more extensive. Our food was good, though, but perhaps a little too much endive in the salad for our liking. The place could do with a lick of paint, it’s getting a bit scruffy I’m afraid.

Price is reasonable, but not cheap so I feel demands a little more than is currently delivered

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5.0Dined on 2 July 2018

We are regular visitors and enjoyed yet another wonderful meal. Service was a little slow due to kitchen issues, however the waiters were very accommodating

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5.0Dined on 2 July 2018

Fantastic vegetarian food, very tasty and imaginative use of ingredients. Lovely friendly waitress and great to see oval beers on offer too

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5.0Dined on 1 July 2018

We absolutely loved dining at Food for Friends. This was my very first time going to a vegetarian restaurant and the food was divine. The staff was incredibly polite and provided excellent service even though it was a busy Sunday evening. The value for money is also great - for 2 people: starters, mains, mocktails and dessert cost is about £70. We so much enjoyed it the first time we dined there that we went back a day later!

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5.0Dined on 1 July 2018

It was great

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5.0Dined on 29 June 2018

Lovely food, really good vegan options and incredible desserts!

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3.0Dined on 27 June 2018

Food is fairly overpriced for what it is but the service and ambience was very good

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5.0Dined on 27 June 2018

Very Lovely food nice wine

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5.0Dined on 26 June 2018

Reliably excellent, with frequent menu revamps and lots of vegan choices, my favourite restaurant for a treat.

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5.0Dined on 24 June 2018

I took a day trip down to Brighton by myself and booked Food for Friends because of the great reviews for vegetarian food. I was by myself so they sat me next to a window with a view across to some pubs which was great for people watching. The wait staff were really friendly and very attentive without being intrusive. Every dish I had was amazing and packed with flavour. They had a veggie Sunday roast with a vegan option but I went for the main menu and had the tofu rolls and then the arancini which was definitely the best arancini I've had eating out. The berry cashew cheesecake and espresso Martini at the end were to die for!

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5.0Dined on 24 June 2018

Great food, great service. High quality vegetarian and vegan cooking. Great kids' menu. Fantastic vegan roast, amazing smoothies. Gorgeous puddings. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on 23 June 2018

We went to Food for Friends on a recommendation all the way from Cambridge for our wedding anniversary. Booked on-line and arrived a little early, had a couple of cocktails which were excellent. Bit of a problem with our table not being ready due to the last diner taking to long however they gave us another table until he left and then moved us to the "Bay Window" (great views of the street scene). The menu has a good choice but not so large so you think everything is pre-prepared. Not being veggies we just chose something that sounded good and went for it. They were very happy for us to share the course between us and made extra plates and cutlery available when needed. The service was excellent, you could not have expected better. The food was extremely interesting and of the highest quality and certainly different from any thing we would normally have ordered. I think the best we can say is that we have booked to go again next month! Highly recommended for the adventurous!!!

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3.0Dined on 23 June 2018

Good food, although a little expensive for what you got. Friendly staff. Appalling service - waited ages between courses and gave up ordering dessert.

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5.0Dined on 22 June 2018

Delicious food. Especially the crispy tofu - yumm. Went back for thirds!

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4.0Dined on 22 June 2018

Very nice staff, the food was good

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4.0Dined on 21 June 2018

Amazing food, beautifully presented, friendly flexible service. Thoroughly enjoyed.

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5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Gorgeous food and superb friendly staff. Would recommend and will definitely come again

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4.0Dined on 12 June 2018

The food was wonderful, really tasty for me though the choice was a bit limited for my friend who is gluten free and dairy free and vegan.
It was a busy Tuesday evening when we went and the service was unusually long.

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5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

Wish we had a restaurant everywhere. We had the roast dinner and it was amazing. Filling and the taste was unreal. Great service will definitely be going back. I’m
Not a vegetarian and it made me want to eat that way everyday.

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5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

Whenever we go to Brighton we always eat here. I am not a vegetarian, and although my wife is, I find the food stunning, great flavours. In my opinion the service and the ambience is second to none. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on 10 June 2018

Delicious vegetarian food even for a carnivore as myself!

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Great vegetarian and vegan food in smart casual surroundings with friendly and efficient service. We all loved it! Will definitely eat there again.

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4.0Dined on 9 June 2018

It was good, not as good as it previously had been and the open ravioli was a bit ‘basic’

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

What a super meal we had for my friends’ 50th birthday special meal out! The welcome by the staff was fab, and we were shown to a fabulous table right in the window where it was perfect for people watching!
The sparkling rose wine that we ordered was beautiful. Really pale in colour and very tasty. We had olives and a trio of dips to share as a starter, the presentation of the trio of dips was brilliant and the food taste lovely.
I ordered a portobello mushroom and potato gratin dish which was so delicious and very nicely presented. My friend had halloumi burger which looked scrummy!
Finally, we chose not to have dessert as we were very full up. A lovely surprise was then brought out for my friend to wish her happy birthday (see phot attached).
All in all a really lovely experience and I will happily return next time I’m in Brighton!

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5.0Dined on 8 June 2018

Amazing food. We went for my daughter's birthday and the staff sang to her and made her dessert special.
A great experience all round and I wouldn't hesitate to go back.

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2.0Dined on 7 June 2018

I've wanted to eat at Food for Friends for years and finally booked a table on this trip to Brighton. The food was very disappointing - the crispy tofu was just this side of burned and the arancini was stodgy and bland (asparagus and poached egg were fine). My husband's halloumi, peach salad was better but nothing special. Desserts were nothing special either.
We won't be back.
The waitress was nice - friendly and efficient.

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5.0Dined on 7 June 2018

Excellent food and service as usual .
Like the new cocktail menu too

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5.0Dined on 6 June 2018

Food for Friends never disappoints. Great food, great service and probably my favourite restaurant in the whole of Brighton.

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1.0Dined on 3 June 2018

An evening meal to which we've looked forward was spoiled by incredibly slow service and by awful desserts, an inedible, rock-solid STP and an Eton Mess that was 95% cream, both returned and not paid for. Staff were duly apologetic, but there was no manager on the premises to deal with the lack of service, and, worse still, no chef available on Sundays to ensure the quality of the food. A discount on the bill and an offer of free coffee did not revive the experience.

The ambience of a window seat was spoiled by the presence outside of a barely-conscious vagrant, a problem in much of Brighton and obviously not down to Food for Friends in this case.

Overall, not an experience we'd care to repeat, certainly not on a Sunday.

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5.0Dined on 3 June 2018

Fantastic food and great options, service was quite slow but the food was worth the wait!

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4.0Dined on 3 June 2018

Starter quite bland,Sunday roast and summer berry eton mess fantastic.
Eating in the corridor between the two doors not the best place.

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3.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Our overall experience was ruined by chaotic and patronising waiting staff and having to sit in the sweltering sunshine by the windows while they prepared our tables, ten minutes after our booked slot.

The food was very good but not as one waiter asked me "How is your food, is it everything you ever dreamed and more besides?"

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4.0Dined on 1 June 2018

I go to Food for Friends because the food is delicious regardless of the season. The atmosphere is relaxed but lively at the same time. Desserts are to die for!

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4.0Dined on 29 May 2018

Hello,
Having visited 20 years ago I was disappointed that the canteen was no longer in place and that the radical atmosphere had been sanitised into typical bougouis reastaurant. The name no longer fits?!

My starter was amazing - wow!? I had the croquettes - yum ... gourmet frankfurter flavoured potatoes... how did you do that?! I would have again!!!

The main was nice, but very ordinary... mushrooms with quinoa and goat cheese, disappointing. You get the texture of mushroom, a crunch from the quinoa and the sole flavour is goats cheese, I could imagine knocking it up in the oven myself, but wouldn’t as it isn’t great.

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5.0Dined on 28 May 2018

Excellent as always: lovely drinks, tastsy starters, beautiful main courses and delicious desserts!

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