The Copper Clam

4.2
117 reviews
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Seafood
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  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
The Copper Clam is a seafood, shellfish & steak restaurant located on Brighton beach in the famous historic Arches. Enjoy your meal with stunning sea views from the upstairs dining room and sheltered patio if alfresco is your choice. We specialise in fine fresh seafood served in a relaxed environment, with an extensive selection of beers, wines & spirits.
We have a private dining area and cater for large groups and parties.
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AJ
London
5 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Just such clean fresh food. Great staff too

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

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AS
London
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best oyters I've ever had. Service is excellent, I can only recommend.

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i
London
10 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellant food, wine and service.

Having outdoor seating may be cold as winter approaches and at the moment sea view blocked by building works.

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MH
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and we will definitely be back!

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JT
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The food is very overpriced for what you get by about 30%
We ordered tempura oysters and had to send one back as it was literally a crumb of oyster in batter.
The scallops were overcooked and tiny - 3 for £10 is far too much
A gin and tonic for £10 is festival prices!
The platter for 1 was not worth £30 - not the best quality of lobster or prawn I have ever had

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SW
East Sussex
3 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal in the sun - great food and excellent service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and lovely staff. All around, excellent.

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OT
5 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We dined with friends at the weekend and enjoyed ourselves so much we managed to get a table for two, two nights later and the food was just as good. The best mussels I have ever tasted. Thanks for a great evening.

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K
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I had been looking forward to trying The Copper Clam for a long time after hearing good things and as it was my birthday coming up it was a good reason. Unfortunately it was a bit of a let down. We waited quite a while for menu’s then when we ordered drinks the waiter then dropped one in my lap. We then waited 50 minutes for our starters & when they arrived one was wrong. Although once we got the correct starters they were nice. We then had a long wait again for our mains, which were nice but not extraordinary, especially as they are a bit dearer than other restaurants. It was a busy Friday night but if they can’t cope with a full restaurant maybe they should reduce the covers. Unfortunately the service wasn’t great and the wait times were to long so we skipped dessert. We won’t be rushing back which is a shame as we were so looking forward to it. It might have helped if the staff explained they were busy & their might be a wait but nothing was mentioned and no apologies were made for the errors made or the time taken. The restaurant was also extremely noisy so it wouldn’t be a great place to recommend for a romantic dinner.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday lunch superb food and amazing waiter Rudolfo thank you so much for looking after us

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CJ
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really pleasantly surprised at this The Copper Clan, great venue, great location. the food was really well cooked and presented and the service was good, attentive but not over intrusive. definitely coming back and would reccommend to everyone, in fact I already have......

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J
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent scallops for starter, sea bream for main.

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CM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selection of seafood in a lovely location. The staff were lovely and welcoming

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and very good food made the occasion very enjoyable.

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SA
London
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, friendly and fun atmosphere and service

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t
London
15 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

We were welcomed with enthusiasm and our every need attended to. Water brought immediately with wine list and menu Table in the window as requested. However, through no fault of the restaurant the view is into a building site compound which we feel will be there for some time. So not a view of the sea as we had wanted I do hope they are receiving compensation or a reduction in their rates for this blight

The food was good not exceptional, rather a lot of salt used and the cod sauce appeared to be a weaker version of the muscle sauce/juice my partner had for his starter. His fish was served with a slice of toast not very exciting it may be the trend but!!

It is a lovely restaurant inside and I wish them well

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DC
London
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday meal on 15th June. Great place. Fantastic waiter and Bangin food! Excellent

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

Food was ok , one of our orders was mistakenly not put through. So one person was left without food whilst three started dining. When my food did arrive it was cold and not enjoyable.

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CG
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner on the sea front. Lovely service. Great sea food

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GH
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to the Copper Clam and won’t be our last! We came to Brighton from Oxford for the day and evening celebrating our wedding anniversary, we had a lovely evening and felt very welcome as soon as we walked in!
The atmosphere was great with great service and very friendly staff!
As for the food, this was excellent too!
See you all again soon!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service from the moment we walked through the door, the waiting staff were very attentive and friendly. The food was amazing and the steak cooked to perfection I would definitely recommend!

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PM
London
7 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great little venue overlooking the sea. Service was warm and friendly. It got quite busy all at the same time, so we waited 45 minutes for our starters, which was a shame, as the mains came very quickly afterwards. The lobster was delicious! would definitely go again.

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PG
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sadly currently sea view obstructed by current council works, but otherwise a perfect setting, with marvellous food and service.

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OM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We had an okish time. The seafood platter wasn’t as good as I have had in Brighton before in other restaurants, the lobster was dry and hard and it was just all a bit over steamed ...
the service wAs good but the construction works opposite and the souvenir shop next door detracted from the beach front fine dining experience.

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E
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Comically bad anniversary meal. Perhaps the chef hadn’t turned up.

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G
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Staff lovely but food was disappointing.

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LS
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely, early Summers evening spent here for my birthday. Wine was very nice & my fish was lovely.

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NC
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Delicious main course and the kids food was superb. Desert was average, lemon tart needed to be more lemony.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service overall. Food choice was very nice and the value-for-price was very good. We had a fish based dinner and the quality and freshness was top notch.

A very pleasant evening made even better by Lorenzo the waiter. Attentive, entertaining and always ready to answer to our needs.

Will most definetely go back.

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AM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seafood amazing!!!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best places on the south coast true sea view dining and first class professional staff that are attentive and make sure you have an excellent time.

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CM
Thuringia
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hervorragendes Essen, vor allem der Rochen. Sehr aufmerksamer Service!

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Great service though food wasn’t amazing considering what we paid for it.

Macaroni cheese was tasteless and fillet steak was full of gristle. Lobster was expensive but nowhere near the best we have had.

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V
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant - food is gorgeous, but the staff make it - very attentive & welcoming

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OT
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very welcome and Happy

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Initial service attentive but as restaurant became busier it was difficult to get attention. Requested lobster however it seemed possibly precooked and was barely warm on arrival. No real garnish with and requested some salad and French beans as sides - they took further 30 minutes to come when everything else was finished.
There is also construction work obstructing the view of the sea / beach.
Has potential to be really good with a few tweaks

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DS
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I was pleasantly surprised with the Copper Clam as I wasn't expecting to have booked anything other than the ordinary as it was a late booking for a Friday evening.
The cooking was first class. Simple dishes with a clever touch of one or two of the ingredients creating a complementary surprise on the palate which really elevated the dishes. Generous portions, a wine list that was light on the pocket, great food, what wasn't there not to like.

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A
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Had a lovely lunch with a friend for her birthday, food was delicious,I have been many times before and never disappointed. Staff are very attentive

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SS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb location from a first floor table by the central window looking out across Brighton beach to the sea. Affable hosts who know their food and drink and deliver with a sensitive service, neither rushed nor absent. Great quality food and more than reasonably priced and a great choice of gins and accompaniments. Will definitely return.

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