The Copper Clam

4.3
738 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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Diningdiva
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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.

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DigbyP
Brighton
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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NB28
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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!

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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
29 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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

OT
OpenTable Diner
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Visited this little seafront restaurant before going to the theatre royal brighton. Food was fresh and good but expensive. Nice beer and wine and decent service- food came out fast.

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vipELIZABETHB
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very poor!! Booked this three months in advance, confirmed the day before and then on arrival only had one option on the menu ….the excuse ‘it’s bank holiday’ . Do not book this restaurant!!!!

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Aes13
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Wonderful food and lovely staff . Unfortunately the meal and drinks took a while to arrive but it was worth the wait once they did . Nice to sit outside on the beach front with heating/blankets provided too . Would visit again and hopefully timing issues are a one off !

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OpenTable Diner
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Food was good and location lovely on a sunny day but service was extremely slow. Had to request more drinks and for table to be cleared after each course. Waiters and waitresses hanging around chatting to eachother not paying attention to servicing tables.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recently married so we went out for some lunch, We had a outdoor table, Weather was beautiful with view of sea.
Our waitress was a lovely young girl who was really chatty, Service was quick and the food was...AMAZING!! Seafood and steaks to die for...we can’t wait to visit again.

KG
KathleenG
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and accommodating.
Our second meal and the standard and service was consistent.
Thanks guys.

MS
MatthewS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sensational sea food, especially the cataplana. Lovely staff and a great wine selection too

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing location! The food and service were also excellent. Lovely evening and will definitely return.

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vipSarahT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Unfortunately it was a very disappointing experience, other than the nice chilled bottle of Gavi du Gavi. I opted for crab ceaser salad, not a lot of crab and stale croutons. My husband had the prawns which he said were ok. We had a 7:30 table, and after 30 mins we were served. We were told the one special but there was only one left and there was no skate. Surprising for how early it was. My sea bass main was over cooked including the prawns. My husband cod was dry through under the heater too long. The side of sweet potato wedges and beans were both overdone so much so we didn’t eat and requested they come off the bill. Service was slow, unfriendly and they were understaffed. £105 later! We would not return. Much better places to eat. Expensive mistake.

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Gainsborough
Bath
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Nice food but quite a wait as busy.
Service was not very attentive, no one asking if need more drinks or checking that food is good.

KG
KathleenG
London
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab, just fab!
Can’t wait to go back.
Food excellent as was the wine and service

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, oysters served perfectly chilled and divine. Moules mariniere delicious. Great value for money & lovely manager with great service

RC
RobinC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and service. We’ll definitely be back next time we are in Brighton

KC
vipKevinC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Shambolic. Tables waiting 20-mins for menus. Tables told they didn't know when they could take orders. Not even asked if we wanted drinks after 30-mins.

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 738 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.