Kujira

4.6
204 reviews
£25 and under
Japanese
A modern Japanese izakaya, specialising in robata + cocktails!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 204 People Are Saying
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Shammi
London
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely Japanese food, highly recommend this place and would go back.

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AndreaG
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I have been there twice and loved it but the third time i was disappointed.
Not many things on the menu, i do not like the ordering system. Our menu/order was left on the table for ages. Too dark. Not impressed with the portions but taste was good

Kujira
Responded on 21 December 2020

Thank you for your feedback! We're sorry you were disappointed on your visit with us. Unfortunately, this is the most convenient ordering system for us with the current circumstances. Due to your allergies/dietary requirements our team may have taken a little extra time with your table just to be extra cautious. If you do wish to join us again, please do let us know your dietary requirements beforehand so our team can be prepared prior to your arrival!

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SarahW
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and unique cocktails. Everything was excellent and we had a lovely time! We choose 7 dishes to share between 2 and it was the perfect amount.

Kujira
Responded on 21 December 2020

Thank you for the lovely feedback, we're so glad you enjoyed your evening with us. We hope to welcome you again soon!

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gingerdj
London
8 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, delicious cocktails and very well looked after by the staff. One of my favourite restaurants in Brighton.

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swissmodern
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Kujira used to be amazing and unique in Brighton. The food was interesting and well executed. Unfortunately the original chef is no longer there and the food was very disappointing, bland and most dishes came slathered in mayonnaise and sweet sauces/marinades. The whole experience was lacklustre, there was no atmosphere and it felt generally unloved. Such a shame as used to be my favourite.

Kujira
Responded on 18 December 2020

Thank you for your feedback. We'd like to apologise that our new menu was not to your taste. Looking at your orders from your evening with us, the dishes you chose were indeed cooked in 'sweet sauces' (yakiniku, sweet miso, gochujang). If you'd like to join us again, perhaps our team could recommend dishes that are less sweet which might be more suited for you? Please let us know if you'd like to visit, we'll be sure to recommend suitable dishes for you!

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Jordan
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Staff were really attentive which made the visit 5 stars. Pork ribs were amazing. Other dishes were good. Cocktail list was great.

Kujira
Responded on 18 December 2020

Thank you for your feedback! Please visit us again for more ribs :)

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LucyT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice variety of tasty small plates. The vegetarian dishes were better - the squid and octopus were both a bit on the tough side. Good happy hour offers. Staff friendly and attentive, with good service overall.

Kujira
Responded on 18 December 2020

Thank you for your feedback! We've taken on the notes regarding the octopus and squid. We hope to welcome you again in the near future.

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Stuart
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding food and great selection of cocktails. Unfortunately the service wasn’t up to standard and we waited a lot to order but they were short of staff . Staff were super friendly and worked hard but they just needed more staff as the restaurant was full

Kujira
Responded on 18 December 2020

Thank you for your feedback Stuart! We're so glad you enjoyed the food & cocktails. We would like to apologies for the service on that particular evening. Unfortunately, we were very short staffed which lead to the service being slower than usual and not up to our regular standards. Thank you for your patience and understanding, we hope to welcome you again.

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Kathyj
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We really enjoyed our food. We weren't entirely sure what we were ordering at times, as the menu didn't have any pictures (sorry), but the description gave us a reasonable idea.

We came here because after a Google search we found that they served the Matcha Mille Crepe Cake (after seeing it on Great British Bake Off). They weren't serving the matcha one the evening we dined but they had a mocha one, which was divine. So nice, we ordered an extra slice as takeaway to enjoy later.

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JessicaN
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food as always. Prefer the tables upstairs as it's a better ambience

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PhatPhoodiePhil
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little gem - friendly staff and fairly priced food. You could pay double this price for a similar experience in London's west end and not eat half as well. Will definitely be going back.

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vipBrightonAndy
London
42 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

A really enjoyable evening of superb dishes.

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ClaudiaR
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food a d drink! Great vibe from the team

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Maya
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovey food, lovely service. Would definitely go again

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OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The guy who makes the drinks is a g

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E123456789
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food good service would definitely recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, very authentic, staff were very attentive. Loved the experience!

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MaisieC
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was astounding as expected! The plates came out pretty consistently. Our waiter was amazing, as well as balancing many more tables by himself, making drinks and hosting, he was brilliant and really attentive! Chefs were friendly and helping the waiter out when they could so nice to see tram work!
Only critique would be that for the price, the amount of food was a bit small, however, flavours and quality of ingredients were second to none!

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HarrietW
Essex
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous little gem near brighton sea front, we were staying at a hotel near by and wanted to try somewhere different.

The food here is amazing and the service is great

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Jill
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious, our first time at Kijira but definitely not the last

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JayF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and a real variety of flavours. The very first duck dish we had was unbelievably tasty and I knew we were in for a good meal. We had a vegan with us and there was a great variety for them also. Ordered way to much food but that’s how much we were enjoying it so we just kept ordering.

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ZoeB
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty food and drinks, plus excellent service!

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OpenTable Diner
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Customer service very attentive, food was incredible but slightly pricey at £65 for 2 people but ok as a one off treat

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ParindaB
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is UNBELIEVABLE! We have eaten out in many Japanese restaurants including some of the best in London and none of them even touched the food we had at Kujira. Servers and chefs are super nice and helpful, and food was so fresh and not heavy. Would definitely recommend as a place to try if your in Brighton!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were great, very friendly and happy to help and the food was amazing!

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RosyE
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was our second visit to Kujira. We'd been wanting to go back for over a year and we weren't disappointed. Every effort has been made to make you feel safe and secure in regards to Covid19 and the food it just delicious. We couldn't pick a favourite dish but definitely try to scallops!

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LiamC
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional and the service was considerate and had a personal

The restaurant has a real izakaya feel to it with a modern edge.

Highly recommend.

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vipDashbar
London
8 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very friendly, it was our first visit, so the menu was thoroughly explained to us, which was very helpful.

Lovely restaurant atmosphere, very modern, but nice to eat in.

Food was absolutely delicious, particular favourites were the chicken skin robata, and the gyoza. Fantastic value for money, given the amount of food we ordered, I would’ve expected the bill to be at least £50 more than it was.

We will absolutely be returning.

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GeorgeR
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food. Even better service! The waiter was attentive and friendly.

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JaeP
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service and excellent Covid safety measures.

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HKM1235
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious. Enjoyed every dish and the wine!

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Rali
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time with my partner - the cocktails were excellent and food was so delicious! Great ambiance for a date also! Would definitely recommend

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Joanne
London
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The restaurant is on a busy lively street at the top of a high. The service is okay depending on the waiter you have. We had a waiter who did not speak English. The food is good, fresh and as described. If does however arrive when it is ready so you may have to wait for sometime.

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james
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience2

great food and service but portion sizes quite small for price

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LauraBee
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely brilliant! Food was increasingly, service was great and unbelievable value for money. Can’t wait to go back

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super friendly staff, very attentive to the Covid requirements of care, and to customers needs. Amazing food (the braised salmon nigiri are an absolute must), and quite quick to come to the table too! Very reasonably priced.

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DaisyR
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing good quality food for amazing value! A nice well presented venue too. Would definitely recommend

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SeanG
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice waiter. Food was excellent with a good variety of choice. Cocktails were excellent!

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GillF
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad they’re open again. The food was spectacular as always and was extremely impressed at how the lovely team had adapted to the current situation with their usual positivity and excellent service.
A must visit (and I’m half Japanese so can vouch the quality of the food!)

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JustineS
Kent
11 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was delicious as was the saké! Friendly service. Atmosphere quiet but this is not the fault of the restaurant, it is the way the world currently is. Had a well-needed and beautiful date night.

FAQs

Kujira does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Uber Eats. Kujira also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01273 777988.

Kujira is rated 4.6 stars by 204 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.