Food for Friends

4.7
3348 reviews
£25 and under
Vegetarian / Vegan

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Good Vegetarian Options
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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dees
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was superb! The menu was very limited, possibly due to Covid restrictions, staffing issues or supply? It was not how we remembered previous visit; so, we will not return soon.

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Angie
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delicious vegan supper. Menu was interesting and varied and when the food arrived it was delicious and beautifully presented.
Sweet corn ribs were amazing!

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PeterH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent service, very good food, nice ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and especially the cauliflower small plate which was so good!!
Very friendly and helpful staff also so always a pleasure to eat here

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PaulW
Brighton
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vegetarian and vegan food. Fantastic Margaritas too. Not the cheapest restaurant in town but very good.food and service in a nice setting in the lanes.

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GillH
Brighton
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent vegetarian food which will also please non vegetarians and anyone who likes imaginative food.

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DominicM
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've lived in Brighton for over a decade and this was possibly the best meal I've ever had in this town. Insanely good. We wanted the recipe for everything we ate. Fantastic waitresses who smiled and knew about the food they were serving and went above and beyond to make us comfortable. A memorable night out. Thank you!

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TonieL
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, good choice, substantial portions, delightful service, good value.

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OAB22
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere and great service. We found the food quite salty and dry which was a shame. The food didn’t have a great deal of flavour, a bit disappointing really.

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KellyH
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had a farewell dinner with 3 colleagues. Food was delicious - as shown by the empty plates and lots of compliments to the staff and chefs. Definitely recommend Food for Friends, in fact I'm having another farewell dinner with family on Sunday, at Food for Friends' new restaurant "Botanique" in Hove!

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MandyC
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I had a lovely meal for my birthday. Food was very tasty. Not very much variety for a main course if you didn't want a small plate. Lots of salads! Small plates were larger than I expected perfect for sharing if you ordered a couple.

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SimonM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered two starters and two mains and was delighted with every choice.
Friendly staff, lovely ambience, comfortable chairs (something you expect but don’t always get!) and thought provoking food that I now want to try and copy.

We will definitely come again.

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Guest
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I had the vegan burger which was rather tasteless. The cheese with it was glutenous and nothing else to help. LEON's is much better.

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ChristieP
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food, desert although already full, could not be missed.....sooooooo amazing and vegan and gf which is so nice to have almost too many options! love this place will be back for many special occasions!

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NickyH
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely surroundings, comfortable seating & a great outlook. Plus very attentive staff who made our anniversary meal special. The food was simply delicious ❤️

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DebraA
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Good , but trying to be more than it is
Good over priced for the quality

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Bathsheba
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, very classy and far from the cosy,humble, original cafe I knew as a student in the eighties. But very special.

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FinlayF
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Whilst the service was great, the food was a real let down. Apart from a starter of cauliflower wings, which were very tasty, the rest of the meal was somewhat lack lustre; the mains were cold and bland. Beer was served lukewarm. A real shame as past visits have been wonderful and this visit was not at a particularly busy time at all. Overpriced and underwhelming. Unlikely to visit again any time soon.

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AmandaG
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came recommended and I was not disappointed.

Great good and great service… definitely be back

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JustineS
Kent
15 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service, delicious food, lovely atmosphere.

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TallSmiler
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food impeccable. We chose to set outside which was embraced with ease

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Annie
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visited food for friends yesterday for a celebratory birthday lunch. The food was amazing. I had the asparagus & Pea Risotto, which was cooked perfectly & the crispy kale was delicious. The dessert of Brownie & Pistachio ice cream was sooo good I didn’t want it to end. Our server was lovely & friendly. The servers sang happy Birthday to me & brought out a vegan chocolate truffle with a candle in it. I can’t rate Food for friends enough, food, service, everything was just perfect.

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Seaside6eatout
Isle of Wight
5 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely evening and the atmosphere was good as it was not noisy but a full restaurant with a mixed age range. Enjoyed the small plates but my husband found the food salty. The cocktails were amazing and good choice. Next time want to try a main meal as they sounded delicious. Will go back and recommend for a relaxed evening as no pressure to leave and staff are friendly, helpful and professional.

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KateH
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favourite restaurant in Brighton, took my parents and they were so impressed with the food and said how lovely the interior is, always so good!

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NicholaG
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great atmosphere, fantastic service. Very friendly. Would definitely go again when next in Brighton

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Julie
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely birthday meal and our dog was very welcomed. Great service.

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PhoebeK
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful decor in the restaurant. Superb cocktail menu catering to a variety of tastes. The food menu was short but with great variety. All the food was so well presented and tasted sensational. I particularly liked that all the desserts were vegan. We had a wonderful time and felt so relaxed in the restaurant that we stayed for a good couple of hours.
The staff members were particularly attentive and lovely people.

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SophieW
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lily’s service was warm and friendly, and definitely was a stand out of our evening. They recommended courses and delivered a light and fun service. The only thing that detracted from the food / evening was the vegan burger, which was quite dry and not so flavourful. The risotto and starters were amazing so highly recommend giving those a try.

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Norma
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Overall great food, pleasant service but was slow.
Would definitely return!

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LauraP
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm recently diagnosed coeliac, which makes eating out a nightmare. Food for Friends took my diagnosis very seriously and took care to explain things I could have on the menu. The food was really delicious AND I was finally able to have fries! Plus the best refreshing home made lemonade!

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BobS
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The risotto was perfect and my frittata absolutely stunning. Have never had a bad meal here. Not a vegan.....but eating here i could easily be!!

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HuwR
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoughtful and exciting vegetarian food - a wonderful find for veggie foodies.

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Fabfood
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat in a beautiful room surrounded by hanging ivy. The door to the outside was wide open, so well ventilated for covid. Very comfortable seating, well spaced tables and relaxing atmosphere. The staff were friendly and helpful and not over attentive. Service was prompt but not rushed - everything just right.
The food was as usual superb! The breads and dips we had for starters were delicious, super fresh and unusual. We then had what was called a small plate. I was expecting starter size portions but actually they were huge. I had the crispy tofu and my partner had the halloumi. Absolutely delicious but too much of each. This was followed by a ''large plate''(!) and we were both glad we had chosen the salad option. Braised fennel and orange salad - rather too many tiny lentils at the bottom of the salad but again, really delicious. Food for Friends never disappoints and not having eaten out since the start of the pandemic, we were delighted to find that this hadn't changed!

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vipNicoleP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and terrific food. Good for all! Most of us weren't vegetarian and really enjoyed it! Highly recommend it!

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Smith
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing people and amazing place! Would recommend this to anyone! Even brought out a little treat for my mother as it was her birthday!

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RustyPea
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Really disappointed. Menu much reduced from previous years and food seemed basic. Our food was on the tepid side of acceptable. Other diners had to send their food back. There are loads of vege and vegan friendly restaurants in the vicinity now and, by copying what the competition is doing, F for F has lost its USP. I’d really suggest a menu revamp and a strong focus on quality ....

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Lizthelizard
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious fresh food and excellent service. We went on a Saturday (pre booked obvs) and service was attentive and polite. Space between tables is great. Clean and comfortable and inviting.

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JohnA
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb restaurant. Excellent food and service in the heart of Brighton, an unbelievably great city.

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HilalB
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice music, friendly & helpful staff, lovely food and drink! Thoroughly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Amazing food and great service. Took 45 mins from starter to get mains so quite slow which is fine if aware in advance. Luckily we weren’t in a rush and food was great so was still a lovely experience.

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Food for Friends is rated 4.7 stars by 3348 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.