The Coal Shed

4.4
684 reviews
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Steakhouse
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
Born from the love of cooking on fire The Coal Shed is a steak restaurant with relaxed, elegant surroundings in the heart of Brighton. We’ve been named as one of the best restaurants in the UK by the prestigious Observer Food Monthly awards, and have also been recommended by The Telegraph, The Guardian, the Brighton & Hove Foodie Awards and many others.


Our method at The Coal Shed is simple: the highest quality ingredients, sourced as locally as possible and expertly cooked. As well as a seasonal à la carte menu, we also offer daily specials, a great value express lunch and pre theatre menu plus Brighton's favourite Sunday Sharing Roasts.
What 684 People Are Saying
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M
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This meal was the best we have had in a long time. I took my girlfriend to this restaurant on a recommendation from a friend and everything about it was incredible.
The restaurant is small without feeling too small, a good ambience and the staff there made the entire experience all the better. Every member was friendly and informed us of the food and wine menu and if we needed any extras were there straight away to assist.
The fillet steak was amazing and the selection of sides and extras were delicious. The entire experience is one I hope to enjoy again soon and would recommend to anybody wanting a delicious and smart night out. Ok, it's not cheap - but you get what you pay for and that is top quality!

J
Buckinghamshire
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn’t recommend this restaurant enough, a hidden gem xx

AH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch for my husband & our son’s 1st birthday. Food was delicious & service was very attentive.

We ate here 4 years ago on our mini moon & it was every good as we remember!

M
Shropshire
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were having a celebratory family dinner and the Coal Shed was perfect.
Great food, excellent help with ordering and great service from the team.
Wonderful food, we’re all still raving, especially that mash!

DS
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Went to the Salt Room the night before - food was very good - much better than Coal Shed. I think there are better Steak restaurants around. Service, ambiance at Coal Shed all very good.

ES
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I always really look forward to the food at the coal shed. This time the meat was just bland and the sides were very underwhelming. Expense for what I got this time.

B
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food had steak to share staff were very acomidating and able to explain what our meal was going to be overall a very nice expieriance

DT
Dubai
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We both ordered steaks (fillet and rib eye) which were very tasty and cooked to perfection. The staff were very friendly and the ambience was good. We’d definitely recommend and visit again.

I
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The steaks here are outstanding, actually all the food is. It's actually great prices for the quantity you get.

The service was amazing, it couldn't have been better. They made my partners birthday very special.

DS
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here Sunday night for a family meal whilst in Brighton on a weekend break. Great food, great service. One of our children is quite fussy with food, they were very accommodating with her!!!

B
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Second visit - unfortunately not as good as the first. Steaks weren’t cooked as ordered, confusion with the orders.
On the up side ,staff were very nice.

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. The steaks we ordered were insanely delicious. Stuff was great and they even made a little surprise for my girlfriend who was having a birthday dinner with me. We definitely will be coming back there.

GM
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We did not really enjoy the experience. Did not seem very professional a rushed although we left in plenty of time for the next diners. Would not go back again or recommend. Sorry.

f
London
10 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Brighton - superb food, great ambience and perfect service

JI
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having tried the Coal Shed's sister restaurant I have been keen for a while to try this one. We were seated upstairs which is a smaller quieter room. The food and service were excellent. There is a reasonably priced wine list. There was a good selection of non meat dishes for one of my friends who is vegatarian. I can highly recommend The Coal Shed

DN
London
19 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent place, great service and absolutely wonderful food

SM
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, vibrant atmosphere, good service, fantastic food...

m
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Busy even at 7.00 pm. Wonderful service and food was perfect. We were able to sample wine so we're able to pick a perfect wine. London standard but here in Brighton.

i
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food! All staff was
So attentive. Fab steak!

SJ
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Lamb over cooked pork was tough bit disappointing, croquettes were lovely dessert was ok,

M
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely warm welcome started the evening. The food and wine was really good served by friendly staff who were attentive but not obtrusive. I highly recommend this restaurant and told my Brighton friends about it so they can experience it too.

MM
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

My review would be guarded as we had a great time, service was excellent and the food tasted great
However, one of our party had a shellfish dish which I had some of. Both of us were up all night with upset stomachs ! Coincidence ?

JM
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a first class meal here with my family for my daughters daughter's birthday.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, fab ambience, food and wine was superb. Highly recommended.

SD
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

This used to be my favourite restaurant in Brighton. Sadly our latest visit was lacking somewhat. I did not enjoy dining upstairs, it felt very hemmed in and noisy, which I and another member of our party found challenging (sadly there were no tables downstairs to move to). The food was nice, but certainly not as wow as our previous visits.
Service was exceptional as ever and the staff are really fabulous and friendly. Hopefully this meal & experience was just a blip.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely service and food!

SB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Naughty little gaff, would recommend to my homies back in the hood.

CR
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chicken is the best ever tasted and service spot on

NK
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic food. It was the best rib-eye I've ever had.

CT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best steaks I’ve had! Fantastic team and some delightful sides. Try the cabbage it’s amazing!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good had sharing roast but thought the wine was overpriced for the type and range available. ie had a fluerie which was probably 4 times mark up. So because of this would not recommend again

JH
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service with just the right amount of atmosphere

JD
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Sunday lunch next time we stay in Brighton we will definitely return

J
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 2

Although we did enjoy the food the menu was very small so you would be best to look online before booking. Wine list was very disappointing no decent wine by the glass and was not going to pay there prices for a bottle.

N
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Good quality ingredients well cooked and attentive service.

P
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Yet again a wonderful lunch at The Coal Shed. This is, without any doubt, one of the best restaurants in Brighton!.

AC
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food and fair price. Nice atmosphere would recommend.

PF
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Arrived for 7pm on a Brighton Uni graduation day, so very busy everywhere. Booked table for 4 but forgot to include graduate that made party into 5.!! Staff quickly adjusted seating plan to accommodate my mistake. Excellent service & food. No hesitation in recommending.

NF
West Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We much enjoyed our first visit to The Coal Shed. Very friendly, professional and welcoming staff. Great food. Will visit again.

LS
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place to dine this was our-first visit the food and service was second to none. Two of our table had lamb which looked lovely.
Will be back soon .

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