Food for Friends

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2627 reviews
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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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Brighton
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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.

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JL
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not of been better. second time there and brilliant

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ET
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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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BD
Brighton
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

staff very efficient and friendly. Food very tasty and nicely presented. Loved that we never felt rushed and there was plenty of time between courses.

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LM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always!
Wonderful food, superb atmosphere and helpful staff!

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food, wonderful service and really lovely place. Would highly recommend

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CC
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have eaten here a few times before, never with a booking but somehow they have always managed to squeeze us in. This time we booked in advance and took our friends whom had travelled from Exeter and were looking for something exceptional for vegetarians. They got it.

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E
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is really an amazing vegetarian / vegan place. Good for couple. Romantic and elegant.

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Brighton
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

A really poor wine selection. Starters were lovely far too large, so didn't go for any pudding. Bar far the worst aspect was being shoe-horned on to the smallest table in the place which was in the main corridor. It was a shame as the food is reasonable and well priced.

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EC
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious sharing plates and nibbles, only somewhat let down by salads which were a bit average compared to the rest of the food.

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DL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Its been a year since I've visited and I'm trying to work out why I've waited so long. Really excellent meal, full of flavours and so many options. I cannot wait to go back and it won't take me a year to do so

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

Outstanding food. Very kind to folks having a birthday

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IL
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Even though they lost our order and we waited 40 mins for starters the food was so good and the staff responded appropriately we’d definitely go back.

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GI
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and wonderful staff. Definitely recommend and will return

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GB
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal so much we went back for breakfast on the Sunday morning!

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P
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely lunch with friends. Food all looked and tasted wonderful. Good value for money.

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LC
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely faultless food and service. Lovely special touch for birthday lunch. And dog-friendly outside! Love the place!

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Brighton
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. Service took slightly longer than expected but overall still very good

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JS
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food for friends is one of my favourite restaurants in Brighton. Amazing food, good service and a lovely atmosphere! I highly recommend it 😊

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IM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The breakfast menu is fantastic, evening menu a bit of a let down compared to previous visits. Plate size reduced and quantity disappointing, again compared to previous visits. The chips are now French fry size, used to be chunky and plentiful. Over priced.

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T
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was great for me as need gluten free, fantastic tasty food!

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KT
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Very good food but terrible service. We ordered starters to share and main meals for each of us. Only one of the starters was brought out and we didn't get the main meals for over an hour after that. We then ordered desserts but never received them. In the end we left after 2.5 hours. When we received the bill,it included items which we hadn't been provided with so that had to be amended. It also included a service charge which was a bit of a joke.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good interesting food. Service longer than I expected.

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PW
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it
Great food
Very easy and relaxed
We just had a nice time

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t
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The starters were very nice, but the main was quite mediocre. A very oiley tagine with no real hint of fruit or spice. Somehow the salted caramel and chocolate tart was almost entirely flavourless. Probably because the chocolate doesn't really melt in your mouth, so you have to chew it. I ate it all of course, becuase I'm a glutton, but for £40 pp that's quite disappointing.

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r
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful food very friendly welcome and service pleasant ambience

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AS
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The starter - platter was fantastic. Didn’t overly enjoy the Malaysian curry with noodles but that was probably just my bad choice rather than any critics my of food quality. Enjoyed the overall experience. Thanks

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OT
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the Sunday roast and it was so delicious!!

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CG
London
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A warm welcome and friendly service. Comfy bucket chair seating. The background music was not intrusive. We started with the sharing platter, a delightful and inventive mix of textures and flavours. Then we had the special Father's Day roast. This was a vegetarian take on beef Wellington that came with assorted vegetables and was enjoyed by all four of us. This was ample and we had no appetite left for dessert.

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Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite restaurant:)

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e
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always superb, imaginative and beautifully presented. we love it every time we return.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food exceptional service and food

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A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We were really squashed in, no room to move the chairs, so it wasn’t a very comfortable date. I’ve been a few times before and had recommended it, so this was disappointing.
Also, there seemed to be much less that I liked the look of on the menu. It’s much reduced. I ended up having two small plates, which were ok.
It’s a shame as I’ve always loved coming previously.
It took a while to be able to ask for a second glass of wine each too.

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food. Didn’t realize I’m eating vegetables the whole time. The cauliflower salad was amazing

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AW
London
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Having tried many times to eat here without Booking, never succeeded, so booked our breakfast slot to find the place quite empty, but that’s ok

Menu was tempting and prices seemed fair, we had two lovely egg based options. The the portions were generous and well presented.

Staff were courteous and attentive when needed, left us to enjoy our food.

Only criticism was the background music, but it just wasn’t to our taste (sounded like Eurovision style ballads), didn’t spoil the visit at all though, kept us chatting.

Will make sure we always book on future as we will certainly return.

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AT
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Gone downhill since the new owners took over. Poorly presented food and not that good.

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t
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We visit Food For Friends at least twice a year and as usual the food we ate was excellent. However there are a couple of things that have declined since last time. Firstly the choice of 2nd plates were rather pedestrian, a burger, a risotto, a Halloumi/tofu salad, we expect something innovative from FfF. The 1st plates were where the innovation seem to have gone, so two of us had 2x 1st plates, not a problem very enjoyable (if a little crowded on the table) but the expression from the staff which delivered it seem to indicate we'd committed a sin! Additionally our sides turned up so late we'd forgotten them, taken off the bill without asking but still....

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c
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Myself and the people with me agreed that this was one of the best meals we’d ever had! Everything was flavourful and beautifully presented - we particularly enjoyed the sharing platter, which was a perfect starter for 4 people. The staff were also very friendly and asked us questions about how things were going, and checked for allergies/dietary requirements beforehand.

Would definitely visit again!

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AB
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is simply wonderful.. I drove to Brighton specifically to eat there. The food is memorable with flavours that play on your palette. I sincerely cannot recommend it highly enough. I have eaten all over the world in Michelin Stared restaurants, but I think this place is better. I cannot wait to go again..

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PH
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

We were seated at a table with constant (people) traffic passing even though the restaurant at that point wasn’t busy. We had to request the menu for soft drinks.
We shared a starter of humous with flatbread which was ok. I ordered a black bean burger which was fairly unpleasant , it was claggy and stuck to the roof of my mouth. I left half of it, a shame as it cost £15, excessive for a not very nice vegetarian burger. My companion had a fig and blue cheese small plate but was unable to identify the brown gunge on the bottom of the plate. She assumed it was fig but it didn’t taste of such.
We shared a hot banana cake for dessert which would have been better and less rubbery if it hadn’t been heated in a microwave.
All in all, a disappointing meal, a shame as we have had good food there in the past.

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