The Copper Clam

4.2
776 reviews
£26 to £40
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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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place. Loved it. Great service and amazing seafood.

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Mike
London
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was lovely but when we arrived (which was first sitting) they were not ready for guests. Stood for ages in the door way for a table to be ready in an empty restaurant at 5pm.

Service was ok to start but our mains took 40 minutes after starter. Not offered any deserts after plates cleared and had to find someone to pay and leave.

Good food. Service could have been a lot better. Considering the food price point was a bit disappointed.

JM
vipJMaz
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

being along the beach, this place is all about the location and view

Food and service were all good

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RichM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, great food, superb wine!! Really nice atmosphere

TC
TatC
London
8 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great little seaside spot for a romantic dinner or catchup with friends. Spanking fresh seafood and fish, friendly service and relaxed atmosphere. We had oysters (tempura and Rockefeller), seared scallops and grilled tiger prawns, cod fillet and the Catalans stew was amazing. And a baked Alaska to share, everything was delicious, just the sauce of the prawn dish was overly hot/spicy. The lights were a bit too bright but they dimmed them as soon as we asked and lit candles. Right on the beach, great wine selection too I’d definitely go back.

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vipCabton
Kent
17 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Very quiet on the beach. The food took a really long time to come out. Very expensive for what it is.

KR
KimR
East Sussex
8 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We booked for a special occasion with the intent to have fresh lobster. After we sat down, they explained there was no lobster brought in that day. We left very disappointed and were made to feel it was our fault for not ordering the lobster at time of the reservation so they could prepare.

CL
ColetteL
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Greeted by a very rude man who told me that he didn’t reserve good tables for open table and because I had chosen standard seating (which I assumed was inside as the only other option was outside) I had to sit outside or share a table with someone else. He was in no way apologetic or helpful when we said we were happy to wait for a table of 2 inside so we didn’t actually eat here I can’t comment on the food but the menu looked great hence why I booked it I will think really hard if I ever want to book here again as the restaurant next door was amazing

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Xxxx
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Staff very friendly and helpful, our starters were excellent as was one of the main courses, unfortunately the other was cold and took too long to be replaced. Lovely atmosphere and decor, we would try again next time in Brighton

CF
ChristophF
London
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went out for a date night the first time, i think in 3 years. The Service was incredible friendly and we even got offered a fabulous seat with view to the sea. The food was out standing and all in all a fantastic night, could not be happier. Thank you copper clam team

CB
CaterinaB
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

all very good food, fresh fish and excellent meat! excellent choice of wines! recommend it

PS
PhilS
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Perfect steak outside, charmingly haphazard service, bit pricy, but will go again for another perfect steak.

CW
CarterW
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very disappointed, food not great, service really bad (staff arguing in front of everyone). Really over priced and felt cheated for what we had. Sad times

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AlexanderH
London
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and location, well worth the visit if you’re Brighton. Service was outstanding.

MM
MarcM
London
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food. Very tasty. Beautifully presented. Knowledgeable staff. Overall, a lovely evening.

JU
JULESC
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyable evening, friendly staff and delicious food. Lovely spot to dine on the sea front.

TW
TiffW
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Amazing food. Best mussels I’ve had. Great view too.

CG
CalG
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sergio and the team are just awesome felt welcome from the moment we walked in….food was as always delightful…see you very soon

DB
DinkyB
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A cosy restaurant under the arches with friendly and attentive staff.
Service was excellent as was the food and wine. My only criticism… my steak was slightly under done… but that didn’t stop me enjoying it :-)
Will definitely be going back to try the sea food platter… which looked amazing..

SG
SamG
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly and inviting atmosphere. Delicious food, will definitely be coming again.
Thank you for a lovely evening!

GS
GaryS
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As a lone female I was well looked after given a lovely table by the window to watch the world go by food was also lovely and well presented will return

JY
JamieY
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Read the reviews, booked the table, wandered up to it and thought “this doesn’t look like I’d expected given the reviews”. Something about judging books by covers.

The food was absolutely spectacular, the service was relaxed, efficient and super helpful. Had the scallops, which were amazing. Then the steak and lobster, both of which were fabulous and then finished with whatever dessert I could steal from my kids. All of it delicious.

Go eat the food, enjoy the views and have a lovely time.

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OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing, loved the service and the food

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TonyandJacky
London
8 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly helpful staff, family business great seafood and good choice of wines all with a lovely sea view. We will be back.

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Visitor1
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Excellent food & service.
Not very busy so lacked atmosphere.
Can't fault the food it was so nice and served beautifully

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Camerh
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant. Had scallop and pork belly starter followed by the cataplana. Staff lovely and friendly. Service excellent. Nice spot on seafront too

RB
RupertB
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent ambience, really good food and excellent attentive service

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JudiS
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous lunch, great spot for watching the waves. Food delicious, steak tartare was excellent and the crab platter delicious. We were a party of four and can’t wait to go back.

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LisaT
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

This is a difficult review, the food was extremely tasty however the starters were expensive in terms of portion sizes. We felt that the quality was very good but sadly there was/is a but.
The service was appalling - this isn't about the waitresses they were lovely & very polite but the fact that when we arrived the restaurant wasn't very busy & yet we had to ask for a menu after being left for at least 15 minutes with no attention. We then had to wait over 40 minutes to get our ordered drinks as we sat at our table & then only after we chased them.
We had a nice evening but felt stung by the 20% service charge taking all of this into consideration & found it 'amusing' that the only thing that arrived promptly was our bill!

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vipJonesey
London
31 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Would definitely return excellent seafood and service.

KL
KateL
Surrey
5 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely place, amazing position on Brighton Beach, good food, generous portions - mussels very good indeed.

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Danielc
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great location, great food and friendly staff ,nothing was too much . A totally enjoyable experience all round.

KL
KLemon
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Staff very friendly, nice family run restaurant. Menu is great but food didn’t quite live up to the expectation but still yummy all the same.

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OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food… where do I begin?! Absolutely sensational menu! Every course was delicious and such a special experience. The scallops with the pea panna cotta and the steak from the surf and turf will stay with me for a very long time!

The wine list was also incredible. The staff also had a nice amount of knowledge of the wines and helped guide me in a great direction.

There were three absolutely lovely ladies who gave us a wonderful experience from beginning to end- they were kind, knowledgable, funny and also great workers. Hats off to all three of them!

Thank you for such a lovely experience. I cannot wait to come back. 😸

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Muzzeltopf
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Such an iconic venue.
Shame the weather was as bad as i have known it in BriHo.
But the food more than made up for it, the most decadent crab mousse chips, and the lobster was fresh and simple but none the less tasty for it.
I love clams, any chance of a version of a vongole ? the ones i sampled with the Salmon deserved centre stage.
Glad it rained as we got to dawdle at our table and enjoy a desert. My daughter turned 21 so was secretly hoping for a wee bit of recognition, still I am sure you have a convert there.
Cheers

DP
DebraP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely meal in the copper clam yesterday. Sat outside in the sun . The cata plana was amazing and baked alaska for dessert was delicious. Would definitely recommend. Will be going again when I next visit Brighton.

CP
CaroleP
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Delicious mussels and excellent chips! And lovely position by the sea.

E
Expertfoodies
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience5

Great location. Pity about the food. Much of the fish/seafood served was not fresh but frozen. The vegetables were frozen and over-cooked. Very disappointing food-wise.

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Diningdiva
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and great seafood. All with a view of the beach at sunset and to top it all a rainbow over the pier. Informal atmosphere but top class service .

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KateW
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Fantastic meal with amazing attention of service staff
The only negative was my skate was very overcooked and the new potatoes very crushed, so neither mash or chunky. The potatoes also lacked seasoning.

I would, however visit again as the starters and oysters were divine and the service was outstanding.

FAQs

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

The Copper Clam is rated 4.2 stars by 776 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.