The Copper Clam

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245 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Seafood
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.
What 245 People Are Saying
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MichaelC
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Delicious seafood on Brighton beach

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Scallops were decent but not the best, sea bream was excellent. Service very good, prices reasonable and will go there again.

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AmyG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Very disappointed in this restaurant. Paid 30 pounds for two prawns, half and avocado, three muscles, two scallops, an arm of lobster with hardly any meat in it and some shrimp with eggs all over them. There were only two people serving on the day and their focus was entirely on a large table. For the starter I had a lobster roll with three pieces of lobster and loads of mayonnaise and bread. The table was not even set when we arrived. You are looking out onto an ugly cover up where building works are going on so you can hardly see the sea. Very poor standard and overall dining experience. Bathroom was also filthy. Don't waste your money.

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Tammie
West Sussex
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Meal!
Fantastic staff made us feel so welcome.
Kay & Husband have a fab restaurant.
Tammie & Amber

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ViennaC
Brighton
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Was told the outside tables were best and was hoping for sea views, but there are boards up blocking the view. The inside /upstairs tables probably have the better views but you miss out on the sun and lovely atmosphere. Staff are amazing food was amazing. Just no sea view.

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ChrisS
Brighton
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Busy... Vibrant.. Beautiful food... Excellent wines. Superb service in a great setting... Best 5 hour lunch ever!

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had a wonderful time at the copper clam. Our waiter was fantastic, very attentive and made great suggestions.
The chef, was amazing too, he was unhappy with the dish that was served to us and sent us another to replace it. We were none the wiser, So thank you. The only thing I would say that is a small negative was when it came to paying the bill it took a while for someone to take our payment. This however in no way diminished our experience.
The social distancing was performed well by staff, I would say maybe they could potentially switch to paper menus so they can be thrown away after each use, however if they have a poor soul who cleans the menus after each use then that is sufficient and more sustainable.

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LetDown
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked for 1:30pm needed to change booking. Started calling restaurant at 11am - called 35 times until 1:20pmno answer or line was busy or down. So sent emails, tweets, FB and Insta messages. Nothing! Shockingly BAD communication especially in these times when it's vital. Missed our table, emailed and messaged all over gain. Two days later still nothing. Food may be good we will never know because of the terrible/non-existent customer service.

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magnetcollector
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Fantastic! Easy to find located on the opposite the beach. Food was really very good - the scallops with bacon and raspberry are really special and great value for money compared to London prices. We had the Seafood Platter for One between two adults. Combined with some cooked oysters that was more than enough. The oysters were fresh, we had natural, tempura, and rockafella. We drove from North London to Brighton specifically to eat there and would do it again!

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Fishface
Brighton
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside on a perfect summer’s evening, which always helps. Couldn’t decide what to have as the menu all looked good. It is not cheap, but with no VAT at the moment it was a good price. Make sure you book!

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MichelleB
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Nice meal, but nothing special considering the price. Staff seemed over busy.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good service and food, would definitely come back again

Laurence

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Mama
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Love the oysters but that is all. Too pricey for the quality of food and service we received. Will go back just to have oysters.

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LizK
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed our meal at the copper clam. Food was delicious - only negative was that they had run out of scallops. A lovely evening

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JemiA
London
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff and incredible food! Would highly recommend

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Burnhamgirl
London
8 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, very friendly staff. A nice atmosphere in the restaurant, we had a great night and would definitely visit again

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SusieB
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. I had been really looking forward to my first meal, post-lockdown. And I wasn't disappointed. Excellent food and service. Perfect choice for my birthday. Many thanks for looking after us so well. :)

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gina
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Weather wasn’t great when we arrived during the weekend but the ambience inside The Copper Calm was warm and great! Food is amazing! Their food are of great portions and my friends and I enjoyed the sharing platter! Not to miss when you go to Brighton!

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Kylie
Kent
9 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in we were in love with this place. The service was amazing and all staff were polite and attentive.
The food was unreal, we went for scallops to start and the pairing of raspberry with them was amazing. We shared a cataplana and was so so good.
Dessert was delicious we went for the crumble and the chocolate mousse.
We were sat by the window watching the world go by.
If your in Brighton please book this place you won’t regret.

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StarH
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely team of people serving delicious seafood, we had lobster and it was perfect. The atmosphere created by the staff was really great and welcoming and we felt a part of the atmosphere because of this. Would heartily recommend and will be returning myself very soon.

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Serena
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, wonderful staff and delicious food. Would have liked a little more on the plate!

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abcd
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Friendly staff, really enjoyed my food, the only downside I would say is the view of the sea is obstructed atm by construction

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MK20
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Delicious Cataplana but the steak burger was okay. It was great to see how busy the place was but it did mean we were forgotten about. Took 15 mins for us to be served table water and to take our drinks order. But otherwise, a lovely experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was awesome. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience3

It’s an open kitchen so I spent the entire meal watching the obviously intoxicated cooks chewing their own food.

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Higgyham
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was nice however the service if anything was too quick ..... we got our main course literally within 2-3 mins of finishing the starter. It seemed they were trying to rush us out of the door
Thanks

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Absolutely dreadful, I’ve been here once and it was ok but today it was shocking!!! The lady boss/manager was drunk and trying to serve us, waiters were having an argument with her as she was aggressive and drunk towards them. The table next to us complained that their food was horrible and she actually agreed!! The man or owner was so drunk he could hardly see walking down the steps ... horrible horrible atmosphere I will never come back. Such a shame as I was looking forward to it. Oh and there was also wee all over the toilets( no COVID prevention here!! ) and there was cream sauce spilt all down the stairs. Just awful.

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milkman
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was a great experience but the noise level was too loud

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OpenTable Diner
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice venue on the beach. Staff were very good considering it was Avery hot and busy day. Food was delicious, the portion size could’ve been more generous, especially the pear salad!
Seafood was excellent and I would consider this value for money.
I would most definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best service and food I have EVER had in the UK. You cannot get any closer to the beautiful beach view and sunset. While many were dressed casually the service and food was a fine dining experience. I highly recommend this place for their seafood and phenomenal service. I saw people stopping to look at the menu and I wanted to shout “this is the place! Look no further, you will not be disappointed!” We enjoyed the scallops as a starter and the bream and salmon as our mains. Dessert was also delicious. This is a must stop

JR
JeffR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Our 30th anniversary so a special occasion,booked an inside table with a window, on turning up told they were short staffed and therefore we couldn’t sit inside. As we had no jackets this soon became cold, we were also sat near to the entrance which meant we had the footfall of the sea front path constantly going past
Food was very good and good value for money but ambience unfortunately let this very special occasion down

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JaredB
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff and phenomenal food,the kitchen were happy to oblige a request to substitute an item for us.
Quite pricey but couldn’t fault the entire evening.

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GemmaW
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, relaxed ambiance and friendly and efficient staff. It was lovely to eat outside on the terrace.

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Anna
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely staff, the bar tender was mixing us up different cocktails, really enjoyed our night, we had a table in the window, the food was good, although portions a tad on the smaller side but would definitely go again

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IanH
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Steak was as thin as a piece off toast funny looking rib eye very expensive wouldn’t be going back there again very disappointed

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Linda
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Due to covid I expected things to be exceptional but the starter was small and cold, main was bland and cold. If you are a regular customer you are treated like royalty but otherwise I feel we were being pushed into ordering drinks to boost profits.

Also as its a fish restaurant that is on the seafront I wouldn't expect them not to run out of lobster. It turns out the lobster we ordered went to the more regular customer and we had to choose something else from the menu. It doesn't make me want to return and be a regular customer.

For two meals, 4 drinks it came to £170. Sadly as we only had cold cod I wouldn't recommend this restaurant.

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SusanZ
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We headed to Brighton on Sunday 5th July for 4 days. A friend told us to eat at this restaurant and we were not disappointed. It was a pleasure from the moment we entered the premises until the moment we left.

Attentive, kind staff; amazing food and wine. A little expensive but worth every penny. Thank you.

YJ
YasminJ
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent across the board, I’d definitely recommend.

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MarkG
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Copper Clam is a fantastic venue and the food is fantastic coupled with Sergio who was brilliant as our waiter

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CaMPW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience1

We had quite a late booking at 9.15pm which I think let us down. The lights were very bright, there were big groups that were very drunk & loud in a small space and some parts of the food tasted it they were prepared hours before. I would return, but more of a causal lunch, I don’t think it had the romantic seaside energy we were hoping for the evening.

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The Copper Clam offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01273 323847.

The Copper Clam is rated 4.5 stars by 245 OpenTable diners.

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