The Copper Clam

4.3
571 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 571 People Are Saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SuzanneE
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is a great seafood restaurant which also serves a really good steak, so it works well for us as a family. Some delicious scallop starters an interesting specials selection and some very tasty main courses.

I had the Cataplana which is a seafood stew with chorizo - excellent. My husband had the half grilled lobster with salad. The salad was simply a large bunch of watercress which he doesn't like, so perhaps could have been a bit more imaginative. My daughter had the seafood platter for one, which at £30 seemed pretty good value. She enjoyed all the components, except for the pregnant prawns which were a bit of a struggle. My son had a very excellent steak and chips, also served with a bunch of watercress which he doesn't like!

All of the seafood platters came with oysters, which I know is something of a house speciality, but if you're not keen on oysters it does rather limit your choice of seafood.

We tried three of the desserts, all excellent and very nice coffee.

It is currently our favourite place to eat. The upstairs tables in the windows are lovely, with a great view of all the action on the seafront. We were surprised that it was relatively quiet for a Saturday lunchtime, but that was good for us.

LJ
LaureenJ
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The outdoor sitting was great to keep us warm and dry despite the rain. The service was good but unfortunately a fight broke in the kitchen and all the yelling was unpleasant and unprofessional. The food was ok but the price point was too high for the food served.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the food and the service was superb. We sat outside as we had our dog with us. Very dog friendly.

PA
PaulA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

great little spot, good quality great service would recommend

HM
HaliM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff know about their food drink. Very pleasant, smiling and extremely helpful. I would definitely recommend the restaurant and would definitely go back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had scallops as starter & Ribeye as main. Omg it was so tasty & wish all restaurant food was that delicious. Would eat there every weekend if I lived in Brighton.

EA
EmilyA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was absolutely perfect! Had the best time the food was gorgeous, would highly recommend for anyone that loves seafood! Staff were all lovely and really brilliant

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Jules
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food on the beach, remember to book to have a great experience.

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peterl
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic welcome, service and food. All the service staff were attentive, friendly and funny, while not encroaching on what was a top quality lunch. I will defiantly be returning.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good sharing platter !

MH
MoiH
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We waited a long time for our order and then half of it didn’t arrive. It appeared to have been forgotten by our waiter.

RB
RobB
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time there, as always!
Food was great, service was great, overall, it was great!

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Lucy
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful in every aspect! Food was absolutely delicious and the staff were so warm and friendly.

JD
JonD
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg!!! Went to this place as recommended to us and what a treat! Would recommend without hesitation. A must visit for any foodies or anyone who wants an amazing dining experience

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Dobs562
London
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fantastic service. All very reasonably priced with a nice choice of daily specials. I would highly recommend the Copper Clam

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Tappy
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the Lobster Thermidor 🦞 seafood platter, it was fabulous, best lobster we have ever had. Try them out, you won’t be disappointed.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The tempura lobster tail was amazing. Moules were plump and in a delicious sauce.

MM
MattMc
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant!
Party of 8
Food was outstanding
This was my second visit in the last 18 months and again was just amazing!
Fantastic food,staff and the bill was a little more than most of the seafront but absolutely worth it.
See you again soon

OT
OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Birthday and wedding anniversary

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Danielle
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Good location but unfortunately the food was terribly disappointing.

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ShaunS
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first Boys Lunch meeting since the easing of lockdown and could not have been held at a better place, the staff were exceptional, from the booking to the actual day was faultless, as was the food, Scallops to start with a superb Cataplana for main, a perfect balance of smoky Paprika & Chorizo with a rich tomato sauce loaded with fish and prawns.
Coffee and brandy outside in the drizzle but it dampened nothing, I only hope our hubbub was not too loud :)

LK
LisaK
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the most fantastic meal last night. Lovely fresh lobster 🦞 delicious steak and fantastic service.
Definitely be back when we’re next on Brighton

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Expensive restaurant and poor quality of the food. We paid 20£ for only to carabineros just to set an example

JW
JudithW
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I had the shellfish platter which was a few frozen prawns, a lobster claw and some tiny frozen langoustines. The avocado salad was just half an avocado plonked on top - there were a few leaves underneath. Everything was wet and on one metal plate. The 3 oysters were good but at £30 it was not good value. Disappointing.

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Leaderene
London
21 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a wonderful meal at the Copper Clam recently. The food was excellent and the staff friendly and approachable. We enjoyed chatting with Kay too. The only disappointment was the lack of cheese on the evening we were there. We will definitely return and tell others too.

DH
DavidH
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Loud restaurent but to be expected on the seafront, a lady did walk in to the restaurant to steal a ball from the shop next door but no one stopped her from walking in without a table. Staff were overall friendly but the waiter did forget to ask for our drinks at first and we were waiting a long time to get the bill and had to ask for the bill a second time. Starters and oysters were amazing, mains weren't as good as the starters, they were nice and fish is fresh but lacked a certain wow factor. Also when the waiter asked what sides I'd like he didn't know what to recommend, and as I was unfamiliar with the portion sizes I didn't know whether to order sides or not so would be nice to have recommendations in future.

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SamL
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Whilst the servers were nice and engaging, their attentiveness was really poor. The food was average (and expensive) and portion sizes stingy which was disappointing. One of the dishes was unbelievably salty and not pleasant. We had to ask for the bill 4 times, but accept it was a busy hot day.

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Ursula
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice overalll, staff really lovely though service bit slow as they were so busy. The chairs were not comfortable for someone like me with a sore back. They but too hard. But we would come again.

SZ
StefanZ
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Sorry to say but it was pretty shocking. First of the oysters came out Luke warm and rather on a tray of crushed ice, they came out on wilted lettuce leaves. We sent these back and had some more sent out but I couldn’t stomach them after the first batch.

Then my partner’s lobster came which was stone cold; we sent this back and overheard the chef wanted to reheat! My partner had half of my steak instead.

One the staff seemed drunk as well. Just a very bizarre experience and wouldn’t go back. The place was meant to be fully booked yet it was half full for the entire time we were there.

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GeraldR
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Very expensive for what it is. £300 with tip for 4 people having 2.5 courses.
Won’t be coming back.

CO
CharlotteO
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Such a shame, we turned up and there was no crab on the menu , quarter of the menu is crab. Poor planning on the management side of things. We ordered food that didn't even come out to our table.
(the waitress though that she was doing us a favour by taking those off our bill?)
My partner ordered food and 20 minutes later we were also told that they didn't have it. One of the steakls came out rare when it was asked for to be well done, the steamed chilli broccoli was just broccoli.

The location is great but with so much competition on the seafront it wouldn't surprise me if this restaurant doesn't survive with service such as the above . A real shame for our first meal out since December.

JP
JoeP
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was very good we will be returning

CG
CalG
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shown to our table early which was a nice gesture then we were looked after by the delightful Beth happy knowledgeable and catered to our needs beautifully the rib starter is nothing short of spectacular and also had grills lobster with crab fries we already have 2 more visits booked so see you soon and thanks for a lovely afternoon

OT
OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful fresh food. Very friendly service. A great experience.

TB
TinaBG
Brighton
10 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first real summery weekend and the place was packed, turning people away. We only had the table to 2 hours, which the restaurant informed us of when we sat down, but in no way did we ever feel rushed.

The wait staff were exceptional and friendly and took the business in their stride. All the food came out in a timely fashion and they were attentive at refilling drinks etc.

My friend came down from London for the day and this place certainly helped her understand what a great place Brighton and Hove are!

Thanks Copper Clam - I will be back and bringing more friends.

SV
vipSalV
London
24 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and so was the service!

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PascaleI
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience2

Overcooked fish bland sauce, no Tatar sauce and a waiter who struggled boning a lemon sole

MH
MHhhhhh
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Disappointed that we couldn’t get a cocktail since there was no bartender working who could do that. Food was good, but seemed a little overpriced.

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vipRoly
East Sussex
12 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great location and wonderful staff as always. Sea fish platter wasn’t up to the normal high standard -didn’t seem as fresh as usual although staff assured me it was. Maybe I was just unlucky. Notwithstanding this it’s a great venue with a terrific menu and I’ll be returning again. Highly recommended.

DH
DeniseH
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We were served by a lovely lady and nothing was too much trouble for her. The starters of spicy prawns, crab Caesar and moules were lovely although the moules could have been better with a little bread. The lobster roll was not great, overcooked and bread was stale. The mains were all excellent and the sweet potato wedges were amazing. They had run out of a few things though.

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 571 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.