Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to main content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Brighton
  4. Brighton
  5. Brighton
Darcys Restaurant, Brighton, East Sussex

Darcys Restaurant

4.4
4.4
41 Reviews
£26 to £40
Fish
Found in the heart of the Brighton Lanes and run by the charismatic Brighton restaurateur, Coco Cowan, D’Arcys is one of Brighton’s premiere seafood restaurants – though we always have a little steak for those who prefer it and will happily create something vegetarian
‘off-menu’ if requested.

Originally a fisherman’s cottage, D’Arcys has been a specialist seafood restaurant for more than 50 years. We’ve retained a traditional decorative style which helps create an intimate and comfortable atmosphere whether you’re having a simple one-course lunch or a three-course dinner. When the weather is good we also have tables outside for eating alfresco.

We pride ourselves on using the best local fresh fish where possible. Besides our regular favourites such as Fish Pie our menu changes daily depending on the best of the catch from our suppliers. We also source the best, freshest locally grown produce and ingredients to use with and in our cooking.

Make a booking

2 people

23:30


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Fish, Italian, Steak

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00–16:00 Dinner Daily 17:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    01273 325560

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    Fresh fish and seafood including classics such as Dover sole, lobster,scallops .favourites like fish pie or breadcrumbed fish and chips .pasta dishes and steaks also available . Home made desserts Creme brulee and bread and butter pud .Ala carte and Set menus available . Set in a 14 th century cottage in the lanes, it is a truly unique setting for a relaxing dinner . Welcome to D arcys.

  • Private party facilities

    Separate dining areas on 1st floor, for functions or parties. Offering a reduced a la carte menu only from fourth july re opening

  • Area

    Brighton

  • Cross Street

    East st north st lanes

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    We are 15 mins walk from Brighton mainline train station and 5 mins from the Brighton Pier and seafront.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 41 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseQuiet

Sort by

Filters

  1. AB

    AndrewB

    London

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food was delicious, staff were very helpful and friendly
  2. DB

    DebraB

    Surrey

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Very fresh fish cooked very well. However, it was not anything special Mum had Moules but no fingerbowl and the bathroom is up to two flights of stairs, so it is not possible to visit if you are elderly. The salad side was a bit disappointing. I am not sure we would go back.
  3. GM

    GaryM

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good restaurant right in the heart of Brighton. The food was exceptional with a good choice of fish or various meats. The staff were very friendly and attentive and willing to offer advice on several dishes and specials. The food was excellent and tasted lovely. Highly recommended
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was visiting Brighton for 3 days with my partner, being by the seaside I decided seafood was a must and googled the most popular places, I ended up at Riddle and Finns on the seafront on my first night and if I’m honest it was a disaster. On night 2, having not filled my seafood craving, I had a look around at other places… which is how we ended up at Darcy’s! From the minute we walked in the door, we felt welcomed. The team were very friendly and made us feel at home. The food was incredible, I would have eaten here all week if I had been staying longer. My partner had the prawn cocktail and I had the garlic prawns to start, which were both well presented and tasty, for Main course, my partner decided on the Ribeye Steak, which was cooked to perfection and I went with the mussels, which I must say were probably the best I have had. I just want to say a huge thank you to the team and keep doing what you are doing.
  5. BR

    BarnoR

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice, cozy place and delicious food . Great atmosphere.
  6. S

    Se58

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 28 August 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meals and good outdoor seating area. Would eat here again.
  7. L

    Louise

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 August 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely sea bream and great to sit outside. Recommend.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2020

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    My fish arrived lukewarm, a disappointment. I did tell the waitress that it was an anniversary meal upon arrival When challenged about the lukewarm fish the response was that as I asked for it off the bone it was bound to be cooler. A poor excuse It was an expensive meal at almost £80 despite the government “discount” of £20 having already been deducted. I won’t go there again
  9. D

    Davidsmith123

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 11 July 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous fish restaurant
  10. M

    Marilyn1

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time and we had a lovely experience. Our fish was well cooked and well presented. Our waiter was very friendly and helpful. Would definitely go again.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very good!
  12. TR

    TRISTANG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charming, characterful traditional restaurant. If you want slick efficiency and conveyor belt food then maybe avoid, but if you like your restaurant to have soul then highly recommended.
  13. WG

    WilliamG

    Miami - Dade

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 September 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Good service and food!
  14. LK

    LukeK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 September 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a quant and beautiful off the best place where the service is friendly and welcoming, the food is beautiful and well presented, full of flavour and very filling. They have a great wine selection and the price is very fair. I recommend anyone to visit this little venue
  15. SS

    SofiaS

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quaint restaurant in a acquaintance of the Lanes.... excellent service.
  16. SM

    SheilaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Had lunch with a group of friends. We had the set menus. Good value and very tasty. Our server was most welcoming and friendly
  17. H

    Happydiner

    London

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely fresh seafood in a great location. We sat on an outside table and had a great meal.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A hidden gem. Great food. Cute and quirky ambiance
  19. RM

    RobM

    London

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    If you want an old-school dining experience, it’s hard to beat this lovely gem, tucked away in The Lanes. If you want flashy decor, glitzy menus with bewildering combinations of ingredients, Darcy’s is not that. But, if you want to enjoy fresh, local seafood, treated with care, then this is for you.
  20. A

    Alex

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For many years now every time we come to Brighton we dine at Darcy's. Everything is nice about this restaurant plus a feel of an old house. Their dover sole is one of the best in town.
  21. D

    Dogboy

    Brighton

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    An unpretentious classic establishment with classic meals and a sense of history. Really enjoyed our food and the visit.
  22. WL

    WestLondonMama

    London

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    What a cute spot in The Lanes in Brighton. The place only has a few tables, so it has a really lovely and cozy feel, exclusive almost. The service was second to none, we felt really special throughout our stay. We had at the menu of the day which came in at very good value for a three course meal at around £17.00. I enjoyed my starter and main very much (white bait followed by fish in a creamy sauce, seabass if I remember correctly) but I do not eat dessert so didn't get to try the Tiramisou or Bread Puding on offer. The fish was lovely, and almost worthy of five stars, but it is always difficult with reviews, because the food was excellent value, but of course the food at a Michelin star restaurant can be more worthy of five stars! So I give the overall experience five stars, as I really truly enjoyed our evening, and the chat we had with the very lovely staff at the end of the night. Thank you! I will absolutely return, you're doing a grand job! x
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    A table for two on Sunday night @21:45. Really intimate and cozy. Tucked away in the lanes from all the noise. Great food and the hostess was very attentive. Would definitely come back. I highly recommend. D Bethel Brighton
  24. MM

    MaryM

    London

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2019

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Very disappointed with this restaurant as the previous reviews were good ! Mussels tasted as though reheated and the other food was tasteless! So nany places to choose from in Brighton.... avoid this one .
  25. KH

    KerwinH

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a find! We had a lovely evening, the service was excellent and personable. The food was superb, all courses, and we loved the small, intimate nature of the restaurant. Will definitely go again, more on the menu to try!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was lovely and fresh and the staff were amazing. Would definitely recommend
  27. AK

    AlanK

    New England

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food very good, and service friendly and attentive- not a cheap fish and chips though
  28. AK

    AnaK

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dinner was amazing because of the quality of the food ( Dover Sole, sea bass and lamb) and lovely atmosphere with friendly service.
  29. T

    Thomas

    London

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Food was great; setting was nice and the service was family like. A lovely evening.
  30. NW

    NicolaW

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Nice home cooked food, good portions and the set menu is great value. Decor and toilets could do with updating.
  31. k

    kerrya

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charming little place in a lovely peaceful and historic location. The service and food surpassed our expectations. I just wish we were able to stay longer in Brighton to experience another delicious meal at Darcys.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Staff were lovely. Restaurant is warm and cosy. Food was great. We each had 1 large whole fresh fish. They made an effort as it was my birthday as well. Would recommend.
  33. PR

    PaddyR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A delightful well cooked and well presented meal in intimate surroundings- cannot be recommend highly
  34. RL

    RachelL

    Bristol

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Really helpful and friendly. Accommodated my last minute change of time with no issues and great service. I had the cod and chips and the bread basket and it was really delicious - I think the breadcrumbs rather than better made all the difference
  35. N

    Normski

    London

    158 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    158 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The menu offers sufficient options without swamping you with unnecessary choice. We had three courses and all were extremely good. I asked for a recommendation for the main course and had the sea bream as suggested, which was excellent. The portions are good without being overly-large and all the dishes were well priced, including the sides. We were happy with the wine list too.
  36. E

    Elise

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 11 January 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Cute place to relax and enjoy lunch with friends, all of our dishes were fresh and finely prepared.
  37. A

    Arnie

    London

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 28 December 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Quite busy and due to size of building a bit cramped. But service was very good. We had Dover Sole which was average size but was well cooked. Vegetables we found over cooked and courgette was not as described on menu. Apart from that all ok.
  38. MA

    MarkA

    West Sussex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really great food - top ingredients, well cooked. Lovely service in an intimate & friendly setting.
  39. SR

    StephenR

    Kent

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 December 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A very cosy place, made especially welcome by Jerry. First time I’d had fish & chips using bread-crumbs ... which was superb. Nice house wine too! Thoroughly recommended. SR
  40. A

    Allen

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 November 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a lovely little restaurant tucked away in the Lanes in Brighton. The food is properly home cooked and the service is genuinely heartfelt. It’s the kind of place in which you immediately feel at home.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Darcys Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 41 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

23:30


Google Map for Darcys Restaurant

49 Market Place The Lanes Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1HH

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    East st north st lanes

  • Area

    Brighton

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00–16:00 Dinner Daily 17:00–22:00

  • Cuisines

    Fish, Italian, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    We are 15 mins walk from Brighton mainline train station and 5 mins from the Brighton Pier and seafront.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    01273 325560

  • Catering

    Fresh fish and seafood including classics such as Dover sole, lobster,scallops .favourites like fish pie or breadcrumbed fish and chips .pasta dishes and steaks also available . Home made desserts Creme brulee and bread and butter pud .Ala carte and Set menus available . Set in a 14 th century cottage in the lanes, it is a truly unique setting for a relaxing dinner . Welcome to D arcys.

  • Private party facilities

    Separate dining areas on 1st floor, for functions or parties. Offering a reduced a la carte menu only from fourth july re opening

Copyright © 2022 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 700, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking LogoPriceline LogoKAYAK LogoAgoda LogoRentalcars LogoOpenTable Logo