The Restaurant at Drakes

4.4
242 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European
Top tags:
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
Considered by many to be Brighton’s best restaurant, backed up by its status as the highest scoring local dining room in the Good Food Guide, The Restaurant at Drakes is an elegantly stylish setting for any occasion. Subtle lighting casts moody shadows across exposed brickwork and rich colours throughout the intimate dining room while Drakes’ cocktail bar offers airy sea views and excellent cocktails. The kitchen team insist on the best of ingredients, fresh and seasonal, including fish bought daily from local fishing boats, to create the excellent, refined menu that has earned the restaurant two AA rosettes. A special place, unpretentious in its warm atmosphere, it’s easy to see why The Restaurant at Drakes has such a reputation.
Dining Style
Elegant Dining
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Cuisines
Modern European
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Hours of Operation
Lunch
Sat, Sun 12:00–14:00
Dinner
Daily 18:00–21:00
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Phone number
01273 696934 x2
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Andy Vitez
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Parking Details
Parking may be available at the hotel- you can contact reception on the day of your reservation on 01273 696934 #1 for more details.
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Public Transit
All buses that head towards the marina stop almost outside the Hotel
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Wine
What 242 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on 29 July 2018

Lovely Sunday lunch. Couldn't recommend more.

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4.0Dined on 15 July 2018

The ambience and food is good. Staff is very friendly. Would be more than awesome if the restaurant was on the rooftop with views of the sea rather than in the basement.

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4.0Dined on 13 May 2018

Lovely meal. Staff couldn’t have been nicer. Food is very good. Amuse bouche are fab. All in all a great experience.

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5.0Dined on 10 May 2018

Great food, clean and professional!!!!

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Very Lovely Staff, very polite Helpful, food was excellent (as in really excellent) and the cocktails made with precision detail. you get what you pay for in life.... a really lovely meal
thanks
Ben & Caroline x

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3.0Dined on 25 March 2018

From our arrival I was expecting great things, the reception was excellent and the staff in the dining room were outstanding. However the food did not live up to the hype. It was mediocre at best. the starter of gravadlax was slimy, tasteless and almost inedible. An addition of crab was so bland it was hard to identify any crab at all. A concoction of potatoes and another vegetable, served with the main course was tasteless. The redeeming factor was the desert, which was superb. Sorry I do not think you are the best restaurant in Brighton.

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5.0Dined on 16 March 2018

I was really surprised at how quiet the restaurant was (we were dining on a Friday at lunchtime) but the menu, service and location makes this delightful restaurant a perfect venue for business or pleasure. The set menu for lunch was delicious and with some nice choices for vegetarians too! Highly recommended!

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4.0Dined on 20 January 2018

Went to Drakes for my husband’s Birthday. We both decided to go for the tasting menu with matching wines. They were very flexible with one of the courses as one was with scallops and I am allergic so they offered me a different dish off the other tasting menu (veggie one).
The duck was my favourite dish on the night followed by the dessert. The staff then surprised my husband with an assortment of jellies, macaroons, marshmallows and chocolate where we sung happy birthday to his embarrassment . We left comfortably full and watered. Would definitely recommend. 👍

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5.0Dined on 30 December 2017

Absolutely fantastic
Friendly staff
Fantastic food
Definitely going back

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4.0Dined on 19 December 2017

Would go again just for the waiting staff very knowledgable

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4.0Dined on 23 November 2017

Hotel bar very smart upstairs for pre dinner drinks.
Restaurant staff very friendly and helped the whole experience

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5.0Dined on 23 November 2017

It was our wedding anniversary and we are so glad that we chosen this restaurant. Everything was perfect: Very warm welcome for the start by Anthony who was looking after us all evening, helping to make the right choice of wine and food. The wine (red Chilean) was the cheapest on the list but great quality, the meal was delicious, beautifully presented (we had a duck in a saffron sauce). Desert was also the most sophisticated, nicely presented with "Happy Anniversary" sign on the plate. Pleasant quiet music on the back ground made it romantic and special. This is a restaurant with personality which we would highly recommend if you would like to have unforgettable evening with someone special.

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5.0Dined on 13 November 2017

Great food at a reasonable price. Loved it. Had a bottle of the cheaper wine on the list and it was excellent. If only we had a place like this where we live, we would be in there once a week! Keep up the good work guys.

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5.0Dined on 8 October 2017

Excellent restaurant with great food and very good service

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5.0Dined on 7 October 2017

This was a birthday celebration meal & was excellent in all respects, great food, unobtrusive but extremely efficient service & a great atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on 4 September 2017

Food was excellent and service from 'the Frenchman' was exemplary.

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5.0Dined on 19 August 2017

We had a fantastic time on Saturday evening. It was a family occasion enjoyed by all ages. 2 of our guests are quite fussy eaters but both tried new tastes and textures. It is expensive but would highly recommend it, particularly for a special occasion

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5.0Dined on 7 August 2017

This was our first visit to Drakes, though we had seen it recommended, and we were greatly impressed. We relished the varied, innovative, flavoursome, attractively presented food and the good wine. The gentleman who served us combined the roles of maitre d', sommelier and waiter and was polite, efficient and helpful, for example identifying and explaining the cheeses that one of us had for dessert (which doesn't always happen, even in five-star establishments). The restaurant is situated in a basement but did not seem dark or cramped - rather it was pleasantly intimate and stylish. The background music was quiet enough to allow easy conversation and you could ignore it if you weren't interested but it was also agreeable to listen to (if you like cool jazz). The value for money was excellent. Altogether a most enjoyable experience.

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5.0Dined on 30 July 2017

We went Drakes for my husband's birthday dinner! The food was brilliant and they surprised us with beautiful desserts! Great memories:)

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5.0Dined on 25 July 2017

the lobster dish was a masterpiece. wonderful menu. great wine. a truly fantastic evening.

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5.0Dined on 20 July 2017

Quedamos muy satisfechos con el servicio y la comida!! Excelente opción para una ocasión especial

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4.0Dined on 13 July 2017

Most enjoyable, great food and wine. Brilliant vegetarian option

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5.0Dined on 6 April 2017

Had a lovely meal for my wife's birthday, the food and service were amazing especially the warm complementary vegetable bread of which we kindly asked for more.
The small extras that were done for you made all the difference, well worth the extra money needed to dine in the small but perfectly formed restaurant.

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5.0Dined on 7 February 2017

This is the third time I've eaten at Drake's and every time it's a delight. The kitchen produces some very clever combinations of ingredients, incredibly well combined and perfectly executed. This time round I tried, and would happily recommend, the Ox cheek starter (Glazed Ox cheek with chervil root puree, potato crisp and port sauce), the boar steak main (Marinated wild boar steak with candied red cabbage, celeriac gratin, braised boar ragout and quince puree) and the Japanese cotton cheesecake, poached rhubarb with blood orange and Greek yoghurt ice-cream.

Service is always helpful without being intrusive and the wine list has some interesting options too. Looking forward to my next visit to Brighton!

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5.0Dined on 1 February 2017

Didn't expect such an incredibly high standard of cooking and service. We had the tasting menu with wines on a special occasion meeting someone we hadn't seen for 50 years!
Each element of the tasting menu was perfectly cooked and presented, delicious and interesting. Our very cosmopolitan visitor loved the venue too, well done The Restaurant at Drakes

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4.0Dined on 20 December 2016

A really elegant lunch. Extremely good value and staff lovely.

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4.0Dined on 6 December 2016

In the past I have only had Lunches at Drake's, this was the first time I, and four others, have had Dinner. It was as good as the Lunch experiences.

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4.0Dined on 25 October 2016

Excellent food with great service. Informative, attentive and friendly waiter. Good acoustics for business lunch.

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5.0Dined on 12 October 2016

Myself and my girlfriend had a lovely meal here on a night away! The gentleman waiter in the restaurant (I'm so sorry we can't remember your name) was amazing - very inviting, happy to help, nothing was too much trouble and not over chatty but took time to speak with us at the perfect moments. The food was amazing everything we ate from the complimentary appetisers to the Pre dessert was just outstanding - compliments to all chefs involved. Definitely go here if you are in the area - only regret is that we didn't stay in there hotel - definitely will be back without a doubt. Fairly priced and just a genuine set of staff even from the bar upstair! Thank you to everyone.

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5.0Dined on 16 September 2016

Best meal I have ever had will definitely go back and recommendations to everyone I know

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5.0Dined on 29 July 2016

Lovely meal, excellent service. Made a special day even better.

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2016

Absolutely delicious. Every course was top quality and the service was great and very knowledgable.

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5.0Dined on 28 May 2016

Enjoyed every part meal.
Comeswitha pricetag but nothing to fault

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5.0Dined on 29 January 2016

We went for the delicious tasting menu, with wine. Highly recommended! The food was exquisite, especially the duck, and fantastic wine too. We'll be back!

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4.0Dined on 26 January 2016

Everything excellently prepared and presented, super staff, a delightful if slightly pricey evening

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4.0Dined on 1 January 2016

We've here at New Year several times. The food is dependable and usually there's one outstanding dish - this time the Christmas pub soufflé with brandy custard. Devine. Good wine list including pudding wines. We hope to be back there.

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5.0Dined on 10 November 2015

Dined for my wife's birthday the service and food were excellent , it was a Tuesday evening and we were the only couple dining but never the less we had a great time and will return when we next in the area, all staff members were courteous and very pleasant and helpfull all added for a relaxing enjoyable evening, so thanks to the team at Drakes , hope to see you all soon ,
Our very best wishes
Philip and Shirley

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4.0Dined on 30 September 2015

I booked lunch for a close friend and myself only because she was paying and said "let's eat somewhere special". I had been before on one occasion, my birthday and thoroughly enjoyed it and knew she had never eaten there before
Great menu and every course was beautifully presented and highly edible - we both left nothing on the plates and the duck's egg was delicious!
The service was great and unhurried. It wasn't busy with just two other couples dining and am surprised it wasn't full but also glad...

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5.0Dined on 4 September 2015

what a wonderful evening evening The food is superb and our waiter was outstanding. Thank you. Simon

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5.0Dined on 4 August 2015

Excellent resturant, really very good indeed. Service is fantastic and incredibly attentive. Would highly, highly recommend.

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