Food for Friends

4.7
3341 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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RebeccaF
Brighton
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely restaurant and good food. The service is quie slow. Would make a difference if the wait time was shorter

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Parrythat
Brighton
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely ambience and delicious food. I wish the affogato was that big in all resteraunts everywhere! Will definitely come again to try the burger.

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August
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Far too much barbequed tasting food on a small menu -
The tofu starter was murdered / thats hard to do!
In the main, vegaterians do not like their food to tast like cooked meat products

The steamed green vegatables was a hit even tough a bit over salted

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Good just took for ever to come - bread over an hour. Odd excuses but clearly mains had been sitting for ages cos was dry a d cold. Manager great at attending to us but the food prep was so bad - compared to great experiences before.

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MaggieS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so good and good value. We really enjoyed ourselves, and would definitely recommend.

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HelenA
London
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been eating here over the decades whenever we visit Brighton and the food keeps on getting better! Superbly tasty and very well presented, modern vege cuisine. Helpful, pleasant staff. Lovely atmosphere.

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SianH
Brighton
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service, good ambiance. A good choice of food which was prepared quickly and tasted delicious! Used to go here in the 80’s and it never disappoints. Will be back .

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Manofcheese
Surrey
6 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food - huge portions. Very friendly service and good vibe.

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GillianG
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Good food for vegans. Wine pricey. Friendly service. Noisy and too hot.

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vipSherieO
Brighton
8 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It is very loud in the restaurant & I was disappointed with the quality of food. The cauliflower florets were so heavily coated & fried you couldn’t hardly find the cauliflower. Not healthy for sure!

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Jaxs
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Lovely food, especially the sweetcorn ribs. We felt rushed to leave at end because they needed the table.

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DeborahE
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never fails to provide fantastic food. Great service, the menu doesn't do justice to the meal that is served because the meal is much much better. Go for something you wouldn't normally try and you will be surprised.

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BenedictR
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyable evening, good food and staff. Will be back!

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SusanE
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Quite a limited menu. Not quite the wonderful choice we’ve had before. Food was still tasty. A little bit hasty clearing plates.

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Claire
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing, we have been many times and will continue to in the future. Perfect for pre theatre and date night.

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SteveS
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The food was as good as normal (excellent) but for the first time ever was let down by the service. The waiter was completely overrun and as such the dishes took an age to arrive. The restaurant wasn’t especially full, so this was a let down. The waiter himself was good and kept up a professional front but could have done with at least 1 more colleague.

One other point, can you bring back the Sunday roasts!

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DeeF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We are BIG FANS of FFF & Botanique - but this visit was a bit dissapointing ??? The waitress was lovely and q. helpful but we ended up paying another 10% on our bill as we asked if it was inc. in the Bill and she said no - but afterwards we looked at the Bill and it had been inc. - I don't think it was deliberate and so partly our fault as we should have studied the bill more closely before we left. Our main dissapointment was the food - which we've always adored - two of our starters had way too much batter round Halloumi Sticks and Thai Cauliflower- which is a fairly recent change and my main Frittata said Spinach but got potato in a pea puree instead = Lots of carbs & fat. We eat here as its A)Vegetarian B) That its healthy. Please can you return to the healthy less deep fried ------please.

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AnnikaJ
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoy it every single time and it’s the only place I come for dinner when I come to Brighton as it’s so good. Thank you for the lovely Birthday plate!

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ChrisS
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our meal - lots of atmosphere and a great menu! The staff were lovely!

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Lymergreene
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food For Friends is a favourite. Didn’t disappoint. Food was delicious, chilled vibe, service is friendly, slight wait at the beginning of the evening to get a first round of drinks in, otherwise all good. Lovely to be able to bring a vegetarian friend to the restaurant for a truly delicious meal

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AndyV
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always like the ambience of food for friends and did not disappoint. Service was not intrusive but attentive

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James
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mary/Susan were great! Food and service was unreal

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MartynaS
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant ever! Food was amazing, stuff so nice and helpful. Best experience

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Silv
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I was really excited to finally try Foods for Friends with my partner. The wine and the starters were amazing, service was really good too. My disappointment though was on my mains, I had pumpkin risotto, and as soon as it got to my plate all I could smell was onions. Because of too many onions I couldn’t taste the pumpkin, I could only taste the onions.

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Darsh
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great service, the waiter was wonderful and very attentive. My mail meal Spinach, pea & leek chickpea frittata was superb but my started Bao bun felt cold and bland. It needed some spice. The quality of food is not bad just found it bit overpriced. However they did came with a surprise birthday sliced cake for my partner which he loved it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, fast service and a lovely atmosphere

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NatalieR
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was delicious and the service was delightful too

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MalcolmI
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, great service and they provided a beautiful birthday cake for my wife at very short notice.

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dees
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
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 on 25 September 2021
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 on 25 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent service, very good food, nice ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
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 on 24 September 2021
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 on 23 September 2021
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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Food for Friends is rated 4.7 stars by 3341 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.