Polpo - Brighton

4.2
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20 reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian

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Casual
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If you’re a fan of tasty, vibrant Italian cooking, using high-quality seasonal ingredients, served in a casual and friendly environment, then you need to be heading to Polpo Brighton sooner rather than later. Specialising in Venetian cuisine specifically, you’ll find an enticing menu that’s brimming with classics from Venice and the neighbouring region. Located on New Road in Brighton, this branch of Polpo is right in the heart of the North Laines and is within walking distance of Brighton Station and the beach. Perfect for dining with friends or that special someone, you’ll love relaxing over mouth-watering pizzette topped with prosciutto and gorgonzola, sautéed tiger prawns with chilli and garlic, broad bean, mint & ricotta bruschetta or pan-roasted roasted sea bass served with tomatoes, anchovies, olives, capers and basil – all washed down with a chilled glass of prosecco or a Venetian spritz, of course.
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DeborahJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely small dishes and great cosy ambiance. Very friendly staff.

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AnnabelleA
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

I was very disappointed at the poor value of this restaurant. The food was lack lustre and should be half the price it is. I will not return

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every way!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place and the bigger plates were lovely. The smaller starter plates were ok but very expensive for what they were.

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vipCmundle
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and friendly staff

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LondonLal
London
16 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Perfectly pleasant evening with Italian Tapas-good quality and good service

DH
vipDHammer
London
306 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Although part of a small chain it did not feel that way. Tasty Italian food and decent choice of wines at sensible prices. Nice service in a cosy (even though quite large) room.

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beatle66
London
11 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience4

menu has been shortned and is more like a standard italian restaurant , only two specials , dinks service slow and some question on the measure given.
we did not like the first table offered but were moved to another without question

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jw01
West Sussex
25 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely lunch with a friend. Great food and friendly helpful service.

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teckers
London
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely food, really nice staff. Didn't realise it was tapas before we went but we were very happy that it was.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2017
Overall1food1service2ambience1

We didn't eat due to an electrical fault leaving a limited menu available as shown on a scrappy menu with lots of pencil crossing out (much like a 5 year old would do). The staff were not certain if all the power would have to be turned off while the electrician tried to locate the fault. Staff were friendly enough but it felt like the restaurant wasn't running at all well. We ordered drinks while the electrician arrived, perhaps a complimentary drink or nibble would have been appropriate given the circumstances and may well have encouraged us to stay and write a more positive review.

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vipARbM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As always Polpo delivers whether it is at their restaurants in London or, in this case, in Brighton.

Wife and I took our two teenage girls and enjoyed a feast of deep fried, stuffed olives, arancini, crab linguine, spinach & ricotta balls.

The service was friendly and attentive and the dining environment was perfect.

One of my favourite 'chain' restaurants.

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pb13paula
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, what a great evening to celebrate my husband's 60th. An evening made easy & relaxing by our superb waiter, Steve. Nothing was too much trouble.
The food was varied & the smaller dishes a great way to experience a lot of different tastes. The baby octopus, delicious!
Our banquette table was just right & we sat next to 3 chaps who had been many times before & gave us great suggestions for each course.
The wine list was good & we spent more on alcohol than the food! You could eat well & for a fair price, minus the alcohol.
A buzzy dining experience catering for all ages.
I would only question the usual need for intrusive music. Why? Polpo doesn't need it as busy & lively enough without the need to compete with loud music 😕
Loved it the dining experience.

MM
vipMyMeals
London
79 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Polpo Brighton - our first trip to the Brighton branch and we weren't disappointed. Frito misto as delicious as ever; pizzette bianca was the best I've had; and the salads were really good too. Personally I'm not a fan of Polpo meatballs, as they have a funny texture - but otherwise a very good meal

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
17 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Brilliant night out and great food and service

OT
OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really enjoyable evening - great food , good service and buzy atmosphere!! Took friends who had come for a visit and they loved it !

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apl1
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Polpo has continued to improve since it opened in Brighton and is now one of my firm favourites. Love the bar seating especially for cocktails and pizzetta.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Busy and buzzy. Good service.

B
Bill
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All the dishes we had were really very good, including 2 pizzas, ribbon steak and sea bream. Given the price and quality of food, Polpo is of outstanding value.

FC
vipFrancescaC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2016
Overall4food3service4ambience3

we had a lovely meal. Shame a few items were missing off the menu, but otherwise it was great food. (except that the pasta was slightly overcooked).

FAQs

Polpo - Brighton does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

Polpo - Brighton is rated 4.2 stars by 20 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.