The Copper Clam

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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.
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Brighton
14 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s been a while since I’ve been to Brighton so it was great to find a new place to dine. A friendly welcome got dinner off to a great start, with the waiter finding a hook over a radiator to dry off my rather wet coat.
The menu is unsurprisingly very much seafood based and my only issue was trying to narrow down my choice to scallops for starter and mussels for main. The food was well presented and tasty.
There’s a decent wine list and it seemed that pretty much any cocktail is available.
Would I go again? Definitely.

LM
London
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate here on Friday and the meal was excellent. One mistake with a starter but they quickly corrected it and gave us the mistaken one for free as well. Going again soon!

HT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Excellent meal and superb service.

PS
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A loverly spot on the seafront! The restaurant had a nice vibe to it and The service and food were simply amazing! The food was fresh and was cooked to perfection. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the Copper Clam to anyone and will return there myself to try some of the other dishes!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly servers. Great, fresh food.

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Last minute booking for dinner pre Squeeze concert - totally soaked walking to restaurant but staff welcomed us with a smile. Excellent meal and staff were superb - would definitely recommend.

MG
Essex
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, excellent service and loved it all !

OT
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, food was incredible, definitely going back

BD
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service were excellent. Visited on a Sunday evening so it was a little quiet.

J
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our experience was amazing. The food and service was outstanding. We will definitely be returing!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well what can i say. We were searching for a seafood restaurant whilst in Brighton for the weekend and i have to say we hit the jackpot. From the moment we walked in from the rain the whole place was just so inviting. From how we were greeted to how we were treated the whole evening. Just amazing. And the whole lobster that was still in the ocean that morning was i would say the best i have ever had and so filling. Whenever back in Brighton we will always be back. Its a meal that i will remember for a very long time. Simple and the best.

RH
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greeted by a friendly and professional staff who went on to make excellent recommendations and show depth of knowledge of their menu. Great ambience looking over the water outside and the warmth of the staff inside!

JD
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had my best ever scallop in this lovely restaurant by the sea in Brighton. They offer very friendly service and good menu even if you want something other than seafood. We ordered a steak and surprisingly, it tasted so good that it’s totally beyond our expectations. Absolutely a place you should go while you’re in Brighton!

S
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting from Canada and wanted to have a nice dinner out with friends. The Copper Clam was the perfect place!!
The food, the room and the service was wonderful!!
Thank you for the lovely experience! :)

BE
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Did not like the food here. Was extremely overpriced for the quality of food served- I would not recommend to a friend/anyone. If the food had been more flavourful/had any flavour at all the price would not have been an issue, however as it stands the food was not only bland, but cost significantly more then average.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

An excellent meal. Would certainly recommend it.

N
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was made to feel very welcome, best steak we’ve had for a while. Will def come back.

S
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here and certainly will not be the last. A great find

CO
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The best aspect of the Copper Clam was the friendly and efficient staff. In fact probably the best service I’ve had in a Brighton restaurant. I also thought the wine list was good and reasonably priced. The food was very good, but it loses points because of the small portions. My delicious (but small) sea bream was served on maybe a table spoon of crushed potatoes; that’s just not enough for a grown man. Similarly my starter was just 3 small crab croquettes. Make the portion sizes a bit more generous and offer some bread and this could be a great little restaurant.

M
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We will come back again. One of the best restaurants I have been to recently.

v
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My second time dining at the Copper Clam. Food, venue & service very good but there was a crowd of rowdy gentlemen arrived after about 30 minutes who gradually got louder & louder, bad language & were not asked to tone it down by the manager or staffas we would have expected. We were quite disappointed as they could have been moved into the other room. Spoilt the overall experience this time to be honest. There were 5 of us there for our daughters birthday.

r
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well. That was the most amazing evening I’ve had in a very long time. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 😘

k
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

It's ok. That's as much enthusiam that I can bring.
The staff are super friendly and ben over backwards.

the food is average. Oysters super small, prawns under-cooked and sent back, wine average.
we were all underwhelmed rather than raving.

it's a good back up plan of a place, easy to find on the beach and in the summer i imagine great to see the sea.

DC
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely time here and the food was great even if a little expensive. The staff were amazing and couldn't do enough for us

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent sea food. A nice discovery in Brighton.

JH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, location and excellent service

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly 3rd time visiting A’s love the food and service 😁

PA
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great food . Very pleased with everything

h
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can highly recommend the copper clam, the food was amazing, topped off with fantastic service. I cannot wait to go back

K
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Copper Clam was just wonderful! Because of its location on the seafront, if I hadn’t seen a blogger review on Instagram, I would have written it off as a tourist trap but that would have been a huge mistake. The staff are so friendly and we were welcomed like old friends despite having never been before. The food was absolutely incredible and we can’t wait to go back!

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second trip to Copper Clam and it was just as excellent as the first time I went.

This time we had lovely weather so sat outside.

The food is incredible and the service is amazing.

J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The seafood was good but the sides were not. The mac & cheese looked like it came from a packet and the green beans with sesame seeds were overcooked and under seasoned and served with water still in the bowl. The service was fine until the manager told off a table for letting their kids run around outside the restaurant. Totally unnecessary and caused a scene that could easily have been avoided. There was a power out so we didn't see what the inside of restaurant was like - it could be nicer ambience than outside. But overall, for price point, wouldn't recommend.

SB
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous fun restaurant with amazing seafood. There were 8 or us visited on Sunday and the staff could not have been more friendly or attentive to our table. The food was delicious, all served nice and hot. Blankets available when we did get a little chilly outside, but nothing too much of a problem for these guys. We'll definitely visit again :)

H
Hertfordshire
8 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Forgot my starter bit sorted out and would go back - lovely fish and desert

FG
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was generally tasty and well cooked but some dishes could have benefitted from a few more vegetables. E.G. a couple of boiled potatoes to accompany the skate with seasonal vegetables (only greens) would have been great.

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff who took time to chat. Good food and a good vibe, particularly as we ended up outside right at sunset. We shared the seafood cataplana. Would recommend.

T
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Starter was poor, skate as main course was over cooked, veg undercooked? They took the skate off the bill but at £65 a head was not value for money, asked for some wafers with my ice cream and they had none ! Won’t return

DL
London
30 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant underscores the usefulness of Open Table. I had about two minutes to choose Copper Clam and book it in a town I don't visit regularly enough to know the places to eat. Fabulous meal with such a generous seafood platter. Sat outside chatting to a new colleague who is important to me for three hours; felt like I should've added some rent. It's the service from all the team I'll remember most. Outstanding.

OT
Bedfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and a lovely meal

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was exceptional!! The food & drinks were second to none.