Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Brighton

4.2
897 reviews
£25 and under
British
Bill’s Brighton restaurant opened in 2005, following the success of Lewes Bill’s. Formerly a bus depot, located a stone's throw from both The Lanes and Brighton seafront, it has a reputation as the place to go all day and into the night.
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Anon
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Love the decor. Gréât table by window. Waitress was very polite and attending - possibly slightly too attending - but was being very courteous. Nice that we were expected after booking too. Set menu for 2 courses very good value. Delicious sea bass. Excellent rose by the glass.

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service great as always

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Suzywuzy
East Sussex
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite bills. Good food. Nice staff. Great atmosphere. Always busy, so need to book

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ThomasS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, happy staff and even better food and hospitality!

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AmandaF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went to Bills with our family because reviews aid the staff were so friendly, and they absolutely are!!

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BridgetH
Brighton
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely venue, great staff.
Food is always good.
Don’t order a disaronno to drink - have tried on two different occasions and both time ‘it has just run out’???

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Gerardd
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Good choice, Excellent value for money. However, why on earth would you have a DJ playing VERY LOUD music in a restaurant???? Beats me….and spoiled the dinner partially

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SarahH
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience2

The service was great, food great, for us the music was too loud.

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WayneB
Brighton
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit to one of your restaurants, we had a lovely time. The food was fabulous and it was an enjoyable place to come.

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BrightonMa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Friendly staff and nice decor, but it took 45 minutes to get our meal on a Saturday late morning so we wouldn’t go back at the weekend. Perhaps they’re having staffing problems, but a heads up on the wait would have been useful. Quite noisy too so keep that in mind if you find background noise a problem. Food and drinks were good.

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BettyLaLa
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Unfortunately, this time the food was not great. We ordered a couple of plates with poached eggs but they weren’t poached but soft boiled, even the fried eggs were dry. They apologised.
However, the service was great when I asked for extra toasts as I didn’t realise that the plate I ordered had hollandaise sauce that I don’t like and the toasts on my plate were soaked on sauce. The staff were very understanding and they brought extra toasts on them. They were very busy so I guess the kitchen was too. Still a really great place to go and generally good food.

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PaulaR
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic evening, DJ superb, food delicious and staff friendly and helpful

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AlexD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The character and decor of Bills was lovely and the atmosphere chilled and welcoming.
We had starters which were amazing but I was a little disappointed with my steak.
But overall we had a lovely evening.

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vipAliB
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food service and ambience! Revamp has transformed the place and loved DJ!

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carms
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

absolute perfect date spot!
my boyfriend and I each had a main meal, a dessert, and tried all the 2-4-1 cocktails on the Night Fever menu.. we couldn’t fault a thing!
food was wonderful, staff were lovely and we didn’t feel rushed at all, even though we had been at our table for over 2 hours, (and online it says you get a time slot of 1.5 hours.

I already can’t wait to go back!
definitely will be recommending to everyone I know :)
thank you x

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RufusW
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere and very attentive staff (Harrison) Definitely worth visiting!

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rachello
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

My salad was good. The calamari was a bit too bready. The soul bowl was a big disappointment. The guacamole was old. And the brown rice veg had a sour smell to it. Tasted old, not fresh, well, maybe freshly heayed in microwave...

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ChrissieJ
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent venue, food served on time and hot. Great taste compliments to the chef. Lovely calm atmosphere ideal for all sized gatherings. Staff very friendly and listen to your needs. Will go again. Recommended to all.

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RacA
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Vast menu selection, lovely staff, quick service. Big fan of Bill's

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great for a casual Sunday brunch, food good, service good and we weren't rushed.

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Hons
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food. Friendly and efficient staff. Good allergy awareness.

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AlanH
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing breakfast. Nothing we could fault. Service and food was to a high standard. Will definitely return when we come back to Brighton!

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ChrisW
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A great place to have a relaxing meal. Great place, lovely and efficient staff and wonderful food.

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Dave
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

The four of us sat down at 7.30 and orders for drinks were taken within 10 minutes. We all ordered 2 cocktails each but did not receive them until we had almost finished our main meal, which was between 9pm to 9.15pm. All the staff were genuinely and repeatedly apologetic. At least one manager came over to us three times to offer his apologies, as did several waiters and waitresses, telling us our drinks were on the way but they did not appear for over 75 minutes!!
Instead of all the apologies and the explanations of why things were so slow at the bar we would have appreciated some action i.e. transferring an appropriate staff member to the bar or explaining the problem at the time we ordered so we could have had a bottle of wine as an alternative. All we had in compensation was a deduction for a glass of wine (which was brought at the end of my steak meal) and free coffees which we don't normally order anyway. Very disappointing and puts me off returning to one of your restaurants.

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LibbyF
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whilst the kitchen had technical issues, the staff were lovely and kept us up to date. We weren’t in a rush, so it allowed us to have a nice leisurely dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff at Bills were wonderful, very friendly and welcoming without being over bearing. There was a DJ as it was a Friday night which gave a really good atmosphere. Had the special Halloween menu, steak and chips (cooked perfectly) and the dessert which was included was also lovely, this deal included 2 for 1 cocktails, I think there was 3 to choose from, I had the passion fruit martini which was yummy. Good food, good service and good atmosphere. Great evening.

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JuliaH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Impromptu Saturday night out. We only live round the corner, so this is a lovely place to just pop to. No stress. The service has noticeably improved and is friendly and attentive. There's a DJ at the weekend playing chilled tunes at a reasonable volume. Lovely atmosphere on the whole. Food is always reasonable, if not gourmet. Cocktails are limited and lean a bit towards the hen do market, but if you want cocktails, you wouldn't choose Bills as your first choice venue. This is more your wine and beer place for a casual night out. The carrot cake mini donuts are superb 👍

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RebeccaB
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, welcoming staff and enjoyable atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant place to come for dinner!, I’m allergic to gluten and they had a whole separate menu for me which was amazing. I had a gluten free burger which tasted incredible! Service was brilliant too! Highly recommend this place! Was a lovely birthday meal 🥳

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Tamzin
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was first time eating at Bills and it was extremely busy ( it was a Saturday ). I absolutely loved everything about it. The seating areas were cosy and so comfortable with subtle lighting, the service was sensational - thanks Jess and Harrison! And the food was wonderful. My friend and I were there for four hours and not once were we made to feel hurried along. A fabulous place to have lunch, I will be back

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Sphere
Dubai
5 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food. Great staff. Lively ambience. Would definitely go back

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FernleyP
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service especially from Harry. He was very professional and friendly. The food was tasty and as a bonus it was hot (something other restaurants could learn) cocktails were good and prices were good

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TracyA
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Music was too annoying and overly stopped conversation. COVID regs really not in place little evidence of cleaning when tables finished

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SusieQ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Lovely food.
Service could be better- we asked for water 3 times before getting any and it was difficult to get anyone's attention when we wanted anything

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Foodexpert
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

I’m not sure why but the person who took us to our table made the whole kind of experience embarrassing and awkward from the notes I made on my reservation. He just made the whole situation feel very uncomfortable to the point where it was like what I had asked for was a bad thing and I honestly just felt like leaving after that because it didn’t make me feel welcomed at all. It was very immature behaviour and as a paying customer, it really made me feel unhappy with the rude comments. Unfortunately, the steak I ordered was way too dry with a lack of texture and it really needed some sauce to go with it because it was just super dry. Plus, for some reason the food was put onto a rather small plate, which makes it much harder to carefully cut the steak because then you’d be nudging off the other food off the plate. So that wasn’t the best of things. Plus, the cocktails that were given were in flimsy glasses and one of them broke due to a hairline fracture within the glass itself, so I was surprised that we weren’t offered something on the house for this. Then when I asked for the bill, I saw that I was given a ridiculously high service charge, which really should be up to the customer to decide whether or not to pay that or not. It was just kind of a forceful sort of paying experience and it’s okay to tip or whatever, I don’t mind that at all, but that’s something for the customer to decide unless you want to inform all your customers what your service rating is before we all pay. Because it just seemed ridiculously high for what I was actually given. Additionally, it’s hard to not easily notice things with the food and the service when I’ve been to some of the biggest most fast paced restaurants around Asia, and their steak houses are like heaven, but I suppose if anyone wants a budget sort of steak and chips then Bills is sort of okay, but there is certainly a lot of room for improvement in terms of customer experience, the style and quality of their food.

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LucyP
Brighton
8 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team were perfect, nothing was a problem, the food was great and atmosphere ideal for first thing, very chilled - thank you

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Haichie
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time at Bills. Love the decor. The food was amazing, I had a veggie brekkie, my son the pancakes and daughter in law the brunch brekkie and it was delicious.
The staff are all really nice, welcoming and friendly.

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jojo
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

staff were very friendly, food was okay however the truffle fries are outstanding

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wrightplc
Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really nice ambience. Good service. Good food - not fancy.

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LP007
Essex
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Underwhelming. Food average. Small portions. Overpriced. Service ok, waitress noticed side order was missing.

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Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Brighton is rated 4.2 stars by 897 OpenTable diners.

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