The Copper Clam

4.3
753 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.
What 753 People Are Saying
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TonyandJacky
London
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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

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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.

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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.

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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

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DebraP
London
3 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.

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CaroleP
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

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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.

DP
DigbyP
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went here with my mother before uni, the monkfish was fabulous. The flavours and the quality of the fish was sublime and it was great value. Would highly recommend

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Matteo
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Normally, the service is a bit slow. However, yesterday it was quicker as we told to the team we were in a hurry.
The price was good value overall.

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LizC
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I can't write a review about the food, because despite booking and turning up early, our table had been given away. The middle aged guy and the older lady with the pink hair were rude and did not care. Rather ruined our day.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had a very strange experience here.

We booked online an hour before we got to the restaurant and there were bookings available at every service interval throughout the afternoon.
When we go to the restaurant, shortly before 1pm, it was empty and we were given the choice to sit anywhere, we than watched the manager (?) turn away two men as they hadn’t booked and the restaurant was supposedly fully booked, we then watched a lady turned away for not booking, then a couple came in immediately after them both, without a booking,and they were seated by the same guy who rejected the others.. The man who was refused came back into the restaurant and was rightfully very annoyed and asked for the manager’s(?) name before having a very frank conversation with him. Then we heard two of the other servers say to the supposed manager that ‘to be fair we’re not fully booked’. At this point we let them know we had no intention to stay any longer due to the very suspect and extremely odd way they were with other people trying to eat at their empty restaurant.

I said it was strange! No idea what the food is like and no intention of going back to find out. We have never experienced anything like it and have never left a restaurant for a reason like this. Odd.

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vipdmwlondon
London
71 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Mixed experience. One meal was very good: oysters and pasta. The pasta was creamy, filling and delicious. One not so much: lobster roll. The lobster roll was tiny, burnt and chewy. Also suggest avoiding the espresso martini, which was meh.

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MelanieB
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff, delicious food, we had a lovely time x

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NB28
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Fantastic, well thought out food, really delicious! Owner was friendly and accommodating. Younger staff need to be trained to be a little more attentive but over all I'd highly recommend this restaurant. The quality of the food was a nice surprise.

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ThomasC
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once the standard of food and service was outstanding. This is becoming a family tradition to visit whilst on holiday.

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GabrielleD
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was appalling, very disappointing been here before and it was excellent. Asked if I could just have prawns and lobster and told they can’t deviate from menu so just ordered half lobster and told it came with salad, it was just a couple of watercress type leaves , asked for some alioli and told they only have mayo and no other sauce. They didn’t come to our table at all unless we put our hands up, didn’t poor the drinks or anything. Such a shame as I won’t want to return.

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CalG
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful….greeted with a huge smile and made my son very welcome which was fantastic…absolutely delightful food wonderful service….see you very soon ❤️

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AnnekeB
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delightful restaurant on the sea front, serving delicious fish dishes. A real find!

AM
AndyM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent seafront option. We stuck to seafood options, which were fresh and tasty. Great service. Good wine list. Comfortable outdoor seating & a great view across the beach and down to the sea. Highly recommended.

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JanA
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thorough recommend the lobster rolls-lobster in tempura batter is absolute delicious. The moules mariniere too were exceptional .The staff were very helpful and pleasant and nothing was too much trouble for them. We sat outside and watched the world go by. Lovely evening.

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Moira
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent seafood and charming service
Definitely going back

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Traceyh
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Upon arrival we were very welcomed and took a seat on the promenade in a super position. The Lobster platter included the most delicious king prawns and the enjoyment stopped there. The lobster was sparse, langoustines inedible and the service we received upon providing feedback was unbelievably bad. The manager said things like ‘oh that’s weird’! The waitress laughed and the guy collecting the plates was rude. The bill was slapped on the table with the full charge of £85 for the platter and we had to go elsewhere and eat obviously because we were still hungry.
So disappointing.

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Tamang
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was so lovely. We didn’t have to wait long for food. Such a good service. Food was amazing. 5/5 :)

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vipGary
London
31 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Apart from a slightly frosty initial welcome, things soon improved. Service was speedy and attentive without being overbearing. Food was good, great ambience, great for people watching.
Will definitely come back!

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SarahS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Despite booking a inside table (a week beforehand) we were told inside was full & had to sit outside. We weren’t dressed for outdoors, so were freezing.
Bread was stale, drinks service was slow (food arrived before drinks) sparkling wine was flat. Food was lukewarm & went cold very quickly (as outside). Muscles were very small. We thought it was over priced for the standard of food, which was nothing special. Wouldn’t recommend.

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ChristopherHoare
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Being our first time to the Copper Clam we were made to feel very comfortable the atmosphere was vibrant and the surroundings beautiful, the style of the restaurant was very tasteful.

The staff were absolutely brilliant not to I’m your face but attentive enough to make you feel special, the food delivery was timely and delivered beautifully and well presented, thanks to Lili our waitress for making it a special evening we will definitely return.

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HelenS
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really nice, friendly staff and great views over the sea

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SteveL
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was short staffed but the guys that were there did fabulously. The food was delicious and even the house wine was great. All in all a lovely evening

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RobertN
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect venue.
Amazing staff.
Great food.
Can’t recommend enough.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

FAQs

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

The Copper Clam is rated 4.3 stars by 753 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.