Food for Friends

4.4
2375 reviews
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£25 and under
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Vegetarian / Vegan
Top tags:
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Vegan
  • Healthy
Food for Friends is nestled in the beautiful and historic South Lanes, just 2 minutes from the sea. The restaurant specialises in tasty, simple vegetarian dishes using fresh and local produce. The restaurant has secured a place in The Good Food Guide 2016 and also won the Brighton and Hove Foodie Awards 2012.



The restaurant caters for people with special dietary needs, there are vegan and gluten-free options for many dishes on the menu, as well as freshly baked vegan and gluten-free breads, cakes and scones every day.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Vegetarian / Vegan, Organic, Global, International
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00PM - 10:00PM Friday - Saturday 5:00PM - 10:30PM
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Phone number
01273 202310
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Tomas Kowalski
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Private Party Facilities
Large group facility available for up to 22 guests.
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Private Party Contact
Ramin Mostowfi: 01273 202310
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Catering
Food For Friends can bring our gourmet foods and menus to your event, large or small from an intimate dinner to a large wedding feast. We use organic produce as much as possible and all of our foods are GMO free. We can look after all your catering needs from service staff, crockery, cutlery, glasses to tables, chairs and kitchen equipment, even a cocktail bar person.
To discuss your requirements and prices please contact us.
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Parking Details
Lanes Car Park within 50m
http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/index.cfm?request=c1000706
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Entertainment
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Special Events & Promotions
Take a look at our new recipe iBook - http://www.foodforfriends.com/ibook/
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Wine
What 2375 People Are Saying
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KS
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Lovely evening. Great staff. Good is always better than expected. :-)

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l
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious dinner
We had the sharing platter, olives,bread skinny fries and cheese cake to follow. The cheese cake wasn’t to my taste very gritty but everything else was very good. Organic Prosecco also good.

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HB
Brighton
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great meal, absolutely perfect. We ate quite late in the afternoon so very quiet in the restaurant.
Service was quick and efficient. Very enjoyable and will return.

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SB
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and lovely staff. Would highly recommend!

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KA
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The sharing platter was delicious, especially the scotch egg. Would love the recipe!

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S
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great service, lovely lovely food, staff very helpful, my only slight complaint is the toilets weren’t very well kept.

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F
East Sussex
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service not great on 2 occasions - manager quite offish when complained - food fairly good but expensive for what it is.

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s
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food - I just don't know how they come up with the flavours. I love that the food is fancy but the feel of the restaurant is smart casual. Lovely, friendly staff. Great for special occasions.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely meal
Staff helpful chatty charming
Gave good advice on what to eat
Lovely atmosphere
Food delicious

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A
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice food at Sunday lunchtime with imaginative and tasty choices. Clear menu with options for vegans and those with allergies. Service was friendly and efficient perhaps even too speedy with no gap between courses to chat. Could have felt more leisurely and relaxed for Sunday lunch. Tables quite closely packed in and ours was behind delivery door so no view for people watching which is part of the fun.

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LK
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I had been to the restaurant before but this time the selection of food & the actual food was disappointing.

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m
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Unfortunately one dish was cold when served as were the chips 🍟 although this was dealt with extremely quickly and compensation was given re chocolates to share and a free glass of wine

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EL
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Great options for vegans and nice choice on menu. However food quality wasn't great - chips were undercooked, halloumi and mushroom burger was ok, but not worth the high price. Range of ice-cream flavours was vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, so not much choice there.

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A
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Lovely food, overall a good option, interesting menu, well presented

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AK
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable evening and lovely food. Staff were excellent, our waitress was particularly friendly. The 'Birthday girl' on our table was made to feel special. Good to have a vegetarian menu. Although we do not live in the area we will return to this restaurant when next in Brighton.

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w
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great service. Lovely decor, a very good night for us.

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CM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food For Friends never disappoints! Always friendly staff and ambience but most importantly incredible food. Veggie and vegan options available and they make dietary requirements (e.g. gluten free) clear on the menu. Great for date nights and special occasions. I've taken my partner for her birthday two years in a row now and we always have a great experience.

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L
London
14 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good, but not as good as I remember. Food was good but not great, service ok but rushed for food slow for drinks. Was one of my best. Now fab but not sparkling

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CD
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, great atmosphere and helpful and friendly staff. Great for vegetarians but one of our party is a carnivore who also thoroughly enjoyed her meal. Would definitely go again.

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EP
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was superb. Our waitress, a blonde girl wearing a black high neck jumper, was lovely-very helpful and polite. Can’t wait to go again!

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DC
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vegetarian food, plenty of variety. Not cheap but always busy.

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OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place, food and service was excellent! The vibe was amazing for a chilled out evening

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JC
Brighton
5 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Always love Food for Friends however on this visit the menu was much smaller and my curry lacked the usual complex flavours.

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PN
Key West
5 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good, with a friendly and attentive waitress. My wife had eaten here with our daughter a few weeks previously and wanted to return. Despite the fact that I am not, by nature, a vegetarian I enjoyed by curry. Our party of four enjoyed the meal and the ambience.

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HD
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so impressed with this restaurant! Beautifully presented food, relaxed atmosphere, and friendly and attentive servers. Well-balanced flavours, good portion sizes. A thoroughly lovely dining experience for myself and 16 year old daughter (I'm vegan, she's vegetarian).

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M
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great restaurant with tasty food and helpful staff. Would absolutely recommend

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RH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were recommended by a vegetarian friend though we are not vegetarian ourselves. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals which were tasty and filling. The atmosphere is very pleasant and although it is a small restaurant, the different rooms help to spread diners out. The staff were very friendly and attentive and looked after us very well.

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J
London
6 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and lovely atmosphere

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NE
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I searched online for a vegetarian restaurant, for a friends birthday, this one caught my eye, firstly because of its name. It was well worth the two and a half hour, stuck in traffic on m25 drive! Thank goodness! Wobbly table aside, the food was fabulous! I would definitely recommend the share platter. A firework of flavours in my mouth! Not being a vegetarian myself, i certainly didn’t notice the absence of meat. Perfectly satisfied, with plentiful portions. Friendly staff, complimentary water. Even a delightful touch of a birthday greeting on the dessert plate. Lovely afternoon, will definitely be visiting again, but will travel by train next time, so I can taster the cocktails!

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AD
London
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good food and a pleasure to be there. I would heartily recommend.

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DP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Menu selection more limited than usual plus very annoying child next to us but service consistent

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M
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Extremely good waitress in both service and temperament, quiet table as requested and beside window. Very relaxed atmosphere. A friend who was with me was so pleased with everything requested to visit again next day. Thanks again to Good for Friends for an enjoyable experience.

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Z
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Lovely food but quite noisy. Shame businesses opposite have closed down as it is not a very picturesque view out of the window!

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HF
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely evening, welcoming and cheerful staff. Food was fantastic.

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d
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Having previously enjoyed dining at Food for friends I am disappointed to write a bad review however, the experience on my recent visit was poor. We were dining early and were among the first customers of the evening and I assume that the kitchen had little to do. This resulted in the Waitress asking to place our mains barely 5mins after our starters had arrived. When we declined she held them in the kitchen but as soon as she spotted we had finished out starters they were placed. We took our time eating as we were trying to digest our food but still had completed dining within 40mins of arrival and had over half a bottle of wine to finish. I commented to the waitress how disappointed we were and she said there was a new chef and his timings were a bit off. There was no offer of a apology from the manager or indeed any response to an email I sent to the restaurant. Not what I would expect from such a well established restaurant. Maybe leave visiting until the chef has worked out his timings!

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RY
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a restaurant which shows how flavoursome vegetarian cooking can be.

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SG
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely staff and food! Was in Brighton and seen good reviews so booked...worth a visit for sure!

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JZ
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love food for friends for it’s inventive flavours and great vegan options. Everyone I take here, regardless of their diet, has a great meal and wants to go back.

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SB
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional tastes. Wish I had tried here before as even though I am not vegetarian it was great. Desserts were to die for. Scotch egg with delicious mayo was a really great surprise.

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EM
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The restaurant was very good and the waitresses were all very nice. There was a nice selection of food with them all being vegetarian. I would highly recommend it, and will be going again.

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