The Restaurant at Drakes

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252 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Modern European
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.
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JackieG
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Very quiet due to corona pandemic. Waiters were rather concerned as in zero hours contract and the restaurant were letting them go after 5 years service and no redundancy. I’m hoping the government actions help them. Food was good but not fantastic. But expensive for what it was.

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Jude
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting and food was perfect for a birthday celebration . The special birthday plate after dessert was enjoyed by us all.

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vipFredy
Hamburg Area
35 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wundervolles Essen im „Keller“ des Drake Hotels. Sehr freundliche Bedienung und für die gute Qualität sind die Preise absolut in Ordnung

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lovefood
London
9 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely! Blueberry soufflé was outstanding!

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Martin
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had our 28th anniversary celebration dinner. Food excellent and looked after by Anthony. Lovely evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
28 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow wow wow! What a find. This restaurant and hotel is a hidden treasure in Brighton and Hove. The menu, service, food and wine is exceptional. Choose the taster menu. Choose amazing wines- paired or not - you will not be disappointed. This is a very special place and I will make sure this is a firm favourite and somewhere I will return to again and again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
162 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding experience at the Drakes. The food was excellent overall with beautiful presentation, great execution and healthy combination of food options. Service was friendly and punctual. Wine list was limited but with enough options. I will certainly recommend this place.

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joshn
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was superb for the price, they allowed our 4 year old to dine with us, no stringent dress code (we were tourists! ) and friendly staff. it was our most memorable event in Brighton and a great mother’s day gift (american mother’s day date)

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LesleyM
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff, atmosphere and food were all excellent. We were a family of 4 with young boys aged 12 and 10. Upon booking the staff advised that the chef would happily prepare simpler food if required, this was a nice gesture, but wasn't necessary. The staff and children interaction was very pleasant!

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DanielaB
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My partner and I had a great time. The food and service was spot on!
Love it and we will definitely return.
Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Sunday lunch. Couldn't recommend more.

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OshoD
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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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vipPamcf
London
70 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, clean and professional!!!!

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Fontana
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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Eddie
Berkshire
19 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2018
Overall3food2service5ambience5

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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DAVIDT
London
15 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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bobbyl
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic
Friendly staff
Fantastic food
Definitely going back

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OpenTable Diner
Leicestershire
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Would go again just for the waiting staff very knowledgable

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MikeS
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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SteveD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant with great food and very good service

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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GillW
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Niktreat
London
25 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Cherry
London
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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James
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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cjor5
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Most enjoyable, great food and wine. Brilliant vegetarian option

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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vipMarionB
Kent
13 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2016
Overall4food3service4ambience5

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

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MikeA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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