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Gars, Brighton, Brighton and Hove

Gars

4.1
4.1
64 Reviews
£26 to £40
Chinese
CHINESE CUISINE WITH A CONTEMPORARY FEEL

Welcome to Gars, Brighton’s most loved Chinese Restaurant for almost 40 years. Arranged over three floors, we combine traditional with contemporary to create unique flavours, with a decor to match. Gars offers a unique dining experience for any occasion, in the heart of the famous Brighton lanes, with dishes for all tastes and ages.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 5 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Chinese, Asian, Japanese

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sat 12:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    01273 321321

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

What 64 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Brighton

    Fit for Foodies

  • Brighton

    Group Bookings

  • Brighton

    Special Occasions

  • Brighton

    Fit for Foodies

  • Brighton

    Group Bookings

  • Brighton

    Special Occasions

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  1. h

    helenh

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always visit Gars when we stay in Brighton for our weekends, the food is excellent, the staff are very friendly & helpful. I can highly recommend, but best to book from Friday to Sunday as they get very busy,
  2. H

    Holly

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I've been to Gars a few times and the service is prompt and friendly. We've gone for the set menus I think it was emporer this time and it's a good very filling option after a day out in Brighton.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing staff and delicious food
  4. TH

    TimH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Very, very rarely one to complain but the mains are not up to standard with almost no flavour, seemed like everything was frozen or rushed despite it being quiet in the restaurant, service was slow, taking an item off the bill we hadn't ordered caused a fuss and the manager was quite rude to my family while they were just trying to pay the bill. Hope this is just a temporary issue, not the best experience but definitely a memorable one.
  5. TW

    TeresaW

    East Sussex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the best Chinese restaurant. The food is superb, the food is so fresh and Just so tasty. Salt and pepper squid is to die for. Definietly give it a go. Staff are so Polite, just a great place!! Can’t wait to go again!
  6. AC

    AnnaC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    We thought we were ordering main courses of prawns etc. so ordered a lot of different dishes plus rice and noodles. We asked for it all to come at the same time. I know we ordered mains as one was king prawn satay. We then got a plate of starters, including chicken satay. Told they didn’t do prawn. That’s because it is a main and they brought all starters. The chicken and dumplings were undercooked. Food was warm at best. Then after that was taken away we had a table full of rice and noodles only as our “ main”. Either the waiter made a mistake with our order or they should have checked that we wanted all starters and pointed out there were no main dishes? When I said I at least asked for it all to be brought at the same time, I was told there was not enough room on the table. Absolutely no sense to it. What restaurant would think it suitable to being a second course of only rice and noodles to a table of 6 and a birthday party? Really poor I’m afraid. And no acknowledgement that it was completely messed up. Extremely expensive for undercooked mediocre food.
  7. AS

    AdamS

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, professional, polite and attentive staff….and the food was delicious and super clean
  8. LS

    LizzieS

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Food was good however we went for the 3 course set menu and it was tiny portions for the amount we paid.
  9. CH

    CameronH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, spectacular service with an outstanding atmosphere.
  10. MH

    MarkH

    Brighton

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 July 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Arrived at 7.30pm and ordered food. After waiting for 1 hour 20 minutes and still no sign of food, we left. Many diners but only 2 waiters. A truly appalling experience.
  11. GD

    GlennD

    Berkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Been here a few times in the past and always been very good. Lovely clean restaurant set over 3 floors and has plenty of space making the dining experience very comfortable. Food is always superb and though a tad pricey the quality more than compensates. Already looking forward to my next visit.
  12. RD

    RichardD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely incredible food! Amazing service, and will definitely come back. Specially as it’s a gluten free menu! A massive diamond of a find!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The moment we got there it they didn’t even listen to the fact I asked /booked for a secluded table for two and not in the open and they put us bang in the middle of other people when this place has 3 floors . The menu is confusing and the prices are astronomical.so we bought one drink and politely left .
  14. AP

    AntonioP

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eat here loads, the best Chinese restaurant in Brighton without a doubt
  15. LM

    LauraM

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Restaurant was quieter (with reference to diners) than I was expecting. Only us. It wasn’t especially clean. Scruffy chairs. Dirty toilet. Waiters seemed to rush us.
  16. C

    Cath

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, well prepared food, all to a very high standard. A bit expensive, but worth it for the quality. Kind, attentive waiting staff and pleasant decor.
  17. AM

    AshleyM

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    I have been to gars lots of times. Don’t know what has happened but the food was dire. Tasteless. Un crispy duck that just tasted of 5 spice. So disappointed
  18. JA

    JohnA

    Brighton

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Crispy duck not very crispy and poor quality meat in the beef with black bean sauce
  19. G

    Gruffers

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and excellent service would highly recommend.
  20. a

    anonymous

    Savannah

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    unauthentic dim-sum, slow service, and the no mai gai was expensive and only came out in one portion
  21. A

    Alex

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Squid was covered in onions! Really not great and ribs were not tender.
  22. DB

    DarrenB

    Brighton

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Need to get back to the family feel and great food as opposed to average food poor service especially the meet and greet. Poor value for money when in past 30 years always been a special occasion.
  23. SB

    SuzieB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Was a delicious reunion dinner but quite noisy. Our waitress was lovely
  24. EB

    EmilyB

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    Poor quality Luke warm food and also over charged us on drinks wouldn’t recommend.
  25. k

    kennyn

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never had a bad experience at Gars, Amazing as always.
  26. BH

    BevHarris666666

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    A table by the window was requested in our booking . However when we arrived all window tables were taken !
  27. ND

    NicholasD

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always excellent food and service - been coming for years!
  28. AB

    AlisonB

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for a lovely meal at your wonderful restaurant. The food was delicious and we felt very welcomed.
  29. BD

    BecD

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, high quality food. Lovely service. High;y recommended.
  30. KJ

    KarenJ

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Best Chinese restaurant in Brighton. Great place for special occasions.
  31. MB

    MartinaB

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was Great. Nice birthday meal.
  32. KM

    KirstyM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious the service was fast and friendly!
  33. M

    Mirmircraig

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Really basic vegan options that you could cook at home for 1/8 of the price also the ambience of the restaurant didn't add any value to what we were paying. Just overall average experience that cost way more than it should of.
  34. L

    Lissy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service, delicious food. Can’t wait to come back!
  35. g

    gordon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always very good but shame that you have reduced your wine list ,the first 2 white wines we wanted you no long keep . But everything else first class .
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Brighton

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 April 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    The food was excellent, went for a set menu - the restaurant was not full, so not fully understanding the very slow service, or having to constantly remind the waiter and the floor manager that we were still waiting for drinks.. or desserts… or the ice cream that as meant to be with the desserts. We actually got our starters before our drinks.
  37. MC

    MoyaC

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I have visited Gars over many years and I was disappointed this time that the food was not as outstanding as it used to be.
  38. CO

    CarlyO

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Staff were ok but distracted by a visitor. 3 lunch dishes came quickly and we're tasty but lukewarm. 3 (dumpling) didnt arrive until everyone else has finished their lunches. After enquiring we were told it was because they were steamed? Though we weren't told it would mean a long wait when ordering.
  39. JS

    JoannahS

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday treat . The food here is always 100% spot on , good service no long waiting time for food , would highly recommend
  40. R

    Rebecca

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing staff and great food! Will definitely be back as soon as I can.

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
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Gars offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01273 321321.

Gars is rated 4.1 stars by 64 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Gars

19 Prince Albert St, Brighton, Brighton and Hove BN1 1HF

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area

    Brighton

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sat 12:00–22:00

  • Cuisines

    Chinese, Asian, Japanese

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeaway, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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