Kujira

4.5
229 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
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 229 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.2
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4.3
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Lois
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Booked restaurant by mistake but decided to have a go. Lovely staff. It was our 22nd anniversary but reservation seemed lost. Cocktails were poor.! mine was served in a ceramic black cup and was half full with ice cubes,the ( kokokura?) Dinner was ok its all about a tasting menu but selection was poor. We had to order a lot to be filled up, some dishes were extremely expensive (ie:the duck). Not one dish was outstanding or memorable. Service was amazing i did not dislike the reastaurant but as a chef i was disappointed, I've had better Japanese food. For people with little knowledge of food then it's worth a try can't say I would be back.

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anon
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Unusual ordering system but good range of options. Quite a few veggie options and everything we ordered was tasty. We were a bit unimpressed to be told they needed the table back a little over an hour though, especially after being moved table once. We were just about to order more, too :(

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JustineS
Kent
14 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really needed an evening out where I knew that there would be great food, amazing drinks and fabulous service. Kujira ticks all of these boxes for me! Especially want to thank Gavin for making our visit really lovely.

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JaeP
Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service in a Covid safe environment, many thanks

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JustineS
Kent
14 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming here: great service, great food, great saké!

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Alex
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Weird menu/ order taking system. Nice food but could do with a wider variety of Vegetarian options

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ValNaomi
London
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, polite and friendly staff, very intimate setting! We will definitely be back and recommend it to our friends

MJ
MJB9
Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, really tasty, attentive service even though they were busy. Would highly recommend.

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CharlieC
London
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Wonderful food, slightly frosty service and you have to complete an Excel sheet to order which makes things a bit complicated. Worth it for the meal that arrives though.

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Anonymous
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Was an amazing experience! Lovely staff! Great decor! Really clean with good social distancing.
Food was delicious ! So happy I found this place

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AyeshaJade
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Absolutely loved it here, a little pricy because the portions are a bit small but the food was exceptional. Never had duck like that before! Definitely not a place for a family meal/somewhere to go with kids, but the staff were super friendly and again, the foooood was WOW. Thank you!

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FLee
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic fresh food, incredible cocktails in a small intimate setting. Highly recommend and would definitely go back!

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JustineS
Kent
14 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love it here. Great food and great service. They ran out of my favourite saké this time but that just means I will be coming back again sooner!

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JayT
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing food and amazing, friendly, attentive service. Also - I couldn't believe how inexpensive it was for the quality of food and service. Definitely recommended.

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Bedders82
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The good here is great, and the cocktails too. The only thing that let it down was the service, which was quite slow when we visited, although the staff were very pleasant.

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vipSpace
London
40 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

It didn't go particularly well, though there was both good and bad...

The unfortunate stuff first:
The gluten free menu turned out to be inaccurate and after ordering I was told 2 of the things were not possible gf after all. Unfortunately that meant I was restricted to about 3 options (and had to get a bag of peanuts after dinner as I had basically had a few appetisers only).
The delays and mix ups meant that my friend got all of her dishes, except the rice, before I received any of mine. The rice arrived at the end, after we had both finished...

The good
Nice lighting and ambience.
What I did eat was pretty good, as was the 'you make me blush' cocktail.
The staff was very concerned I didn't eat anything that I shouldn't.
We were offered a free round of drinks at the end as a compensation for the experience, we didn't take them up on it, but it was nice that they tried

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giulianas
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place and food. I loved the tapas-style because you can taste everything on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice place and good ambiance. The food is ok not up to the hype as almost everything is fried. It a tapas bar so careful the portion is not very big. Overall an average experience.

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JaneA
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely Japanese food. Really fresh and amazing flavours. Very friendly staff.
2nd time we have been and will definitely be back.

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Kardav
London
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great friendly service and awesome staff! Food was amazing, think we tried literally everything on the menu! Best cocktails I’ve had in a good while!

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Luce
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Totally delicious food - everything was such a treat. Was even better as we were sat right next to the open kitchen and got to watch the mixologist and chefs at work which was fascinating. Really friendly staff too. 100% recommend.

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NeilP
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails, food was incredible and conducive to a great socialising environment. Staff were friendly and accommodating.

Remember to tip as they don’t add automatically and not an option on their PDQ. Team deserve it and great to see such passion for experience, product and service.

Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience! We were very lucky to be sat next to the kitchen, the staff were incredible and the food even better if that is possible, the Mrs and I loved absolutely everything that was served and that was about 90% of the menu! The food was fantastic and the cocktails were excellent, the mixologist (if that’s the correct name) was very friendly and made drinks to order as sometimes the mrs can be very indecisive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Customer service was really good. Covid rules were followed and the food was amazing! 😁

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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
43 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

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 4.5 stars by 229 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.