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5.5 /6 Wonderful 102 Reviews

Señor Buddha

Preston Fusion £££ +100
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About Señor Buddha

Dear diners, please be aware that bookings for one or two people will be seated at the chef’s table. If you would like a regular table please contact the restaurant directly.

Spanish cuisine is exciting and vibrant, and it makes for fantastic, sociable evenings when lots of small plates can be shared with friends and family. The story of Señor Buddha began in Ibiza – the famous White Isle – where the team were inspired by proper tapas and the role food plays in everyday Spanish life. This, combined with tastes of Southeast Asia, makes the modern tapas experience at Señor Buddha one of the most unique in Brighton. Situated on Preston Road in Brighton’s London Road area, Señor Buddha attracts attracts food-loving locals and tourists, alike – avoid having to wait by booking a table in advance!

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 18:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 18:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 18:00 - 22:00
  • Friday 18:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 14:00, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday Closed
Señor Buddha, 9 Preston Road, BN1 4QE Brighton

Further Information

Señor Buddha is all about colourful, vibrant and real food. Lee Shipley is the man behind this Brighton jewel who, inspired by the White Isle of Ibiza and plenty of travelling around Southeast Asia, began experimenting with flavour combinations – the result is this adventurous modern tapas restaurant and bar. Señor Buddha’s mission is to create food that is fresh and bursting with flavour. It aims to push the boundaries of what you might expect from Spanish cuisine and show the hungry folk of Brighton what real tapas is all about. Situated on Preston Road in Brighton’s London Road area, Señor Buddha has become the number one destination for curious foodies from all across the city.

Señor Buddha brings people together with an array of inventive dishes that are perfect for sharing, just as Spanish food should be. The menu changes daily – a sure sign of quality – so it’s difficult to suggest particular dishes, but nonetheless, expect variations in the way of volcano chicken thighs, potato and caper tortillas, lemongrass haloumi and flaming whisky prawns to name a few. Señor Buddha in Brighton’s London Road area is a taste sensation you simply can’t miss.


102 Reviews

5.5 /6 Wonderful 102 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Service: extraordinary
Quality/Price: great value
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: excellent
Waiting Time: no waiting time
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1 review so far 6
25.07.2017 22:15

Could not recommend this place more!! First time there, the food was incredible and made even better by the lovely staff. Such a great, cosy atmosphere. Hope to sit at the bar next time and watch all the food being cooked 😍 Will definitely be returning!!

1 review so far 6
15.07.2017 07:30

Dean was great when clearly under pressure and did his best to accommodate us at short notice. Food terrific! Would definitely return when next in Brighton... J

1 review so far 6
14.07.2017 07:27

After numerous recommendations we eventually made it to Senor Buddha ourselves and has a great evening. Service and food were fantastic and the chef happily chatted about the different dishes as he cooked. We'll certainly be back ! A & H

1 review so far 6
13.07.2017 07:25

Great place. Excellent food. Exceptional staff. Very friendly staff. New menu items. For a limited menu an excellent mix of meat, seafood and veggie. A must visit !

1 review so far 6
16.11.2016 10:02

I honestly cannot rate Senor Buddha highly enough... a wonderful gem in Brighton!! The food is unreal and an experience that should not be missed! I'm loathed to share how wonderful in case gets too busy and I can't get a table again... We sat at the pass this Saturday just gone, which is really wonderful as you can watch the team work and they are more than happy to chat, even the very busy head chef... We had four tapas dishes all different and as good as each other... They also offer great mid-week offers with 2 for 1 on tapas I think Tuesday and Wednesdays

1 review so far 4
26.04.2016 11:19

Great little restaurant, the food was delicious and we had some lovely wine. we had booked a table for two, when we arrived the waitress suggested we sat at the bar where you can see the kitchen and watch your food being cooked, we thought this was a great idea until we found ourselves surrounded by a group of people waiting for a table and it felt very clostraphobic and quite intrusive on our meal. We were asked twice to move up along the bar so they could fit more customers in so half way through eating we had to up and move and again while eating our dessert. The chef was friendly and chatty, I couldn't fault his food and I would definitely like to go back for what we hope to be a better experience. With it being a small space I don't think it works letting waiting customers stand around where others are trying to enjoy their meal. I also felt they could do with one more person front of house as the one waitress was so busy and she was in and out of the kitchen helping aswell, it seemed to much work for one individual to maintain a good level of customer service.

1 review so far 5
16.02.2017 11:36

A great little place - very reminiscent to small tapas places I've been to in Barcelona and Madrid. It's tapas with a twist, so don't expect to have the same old standards that most tapas restaurants in the UK would serve. We tried most things on the menu, all were good and some were really fantastic. Dishes ranged between £4.50 to £8, and were all fantastic value for money. The wine list was also good, with plenty of good Spanish wines around the £20-£30 mark. Two of us had a bottle of wine, 5 tapas to share plus a dessert, and the bill only just topped £40!! Everything is cooked to order in the open kitchen, which also adds to the atmosphere. If I was in Spain and went to a place like this I'd be really happy. To find this kind of food in Brighton is amazing - and I'll definitely be going back ;-)

1 review so far 6
14.06.2017 02:14

Such a great find. Lovely cosy restaurant - probably 20 - 30 covers. Staff great and were so attentive everyone took the time to explain everything. Food was so VERY tasty (hubby thought a tad too salty) but loved the variation. I think the chef's name was John he was absolutely brilliant ' he is now my new 'Master Chef' . He took the time to explain and let me try different things. I want to do a cookery day course with him please. take note. !!! I am fussy and like value for my hard earned money. Senor Buddha met all my expectations. Food and staff made the evening - will return soon. Yes I would certainly recommend.

1 review so far 5
01.01.2017 08:51

I've walked past Senor Buddha many times during the day and because it's next to some dodgy looking fast food joints never considered what it would be like. If you like Tapas you'll love it. Innovative combinations cooked and served with obvious passion and a lovely open kitchen informal vibe. We had 5 tapas, and a fat glass of red and spent £40 inc tip. What's not to like?

1 review so far 5
25.06.2016 21:51

Once again a great evening at Senor Buddha's even if they had lost our booking which we made through Quandoo. Staff seemed more stressed than usual and had run out of some of our favourite dishes. That said what we did have was as good as ever. Would be great if they offered a selection of dessert wines or ports!

1 review so far 5
09.02.2017 11:21

The food was delicious; a perfect balance of the unexpected and staunch favourites. For example the patatas bravas were spicier than they come at most tapas places in Brighton, the combo of lychee went really well with the fried goats cheese and the miso dressing on the grilled asparagus absolutely made it. Our party was one veggie and one eater-of-all-things and there were plenty of menu options to satisfy both of us. The only downside was that there were a few items on the menu not available, which we only found out after ordering. It happens though, and after eating our delicious meal we hardly noticed their absence.

1 review so far 6
12.10.2016 19:34

My third visit in as many weeks! Just about to book for Fish Thursday; third Thursday in the month (I think....) Can't wait. I love this restaurant. It's local, friendly authentic and the food is deliciously reliable - not always so with restaurants in Brighton unfortunately so very welcome. I booked with Quandoo which was easy except that I missed the choice of Time as it's in very small print - so I had to cancel the first go as you can't amend it, and rebook! Sorted.

1 review so far 6
04.11.2016 08:10

The food is delicious. Favourites are the squid, drunken prawns in keeping with the patron eating them and the pork with subtle kimchi salad. All divine! Senior Buddah is its name in its gastronomical sense. I also highly recommend the red wine Porto 6. Liquid velvet in a glass. A great recommendation by SB staff. A resounding well done. Keeps you going back for more, booking via quando was excellent. Just book and turn up to delightful food and drink experience! Cheers!

1 review so far 5
13.11.2016 08:04

Just fantastic - I LOVED the menu and could have eaten all of it. Although slightly concerned when given two places on stools at the pass, it was great to see some dishes before we ordered and none disappointed from potatas bravas to exceptional asparagus and pork I would gladly have eaten three plates of. It is a small restaurant and you can have to wait to order etc, not all the dishes arrive together, but for this quality of creativity and taste overall it was outstanding and I am very fussy!

1 review so far 5
03.05.2016 09:16

This was a first time visit for us on a friend's recommendation. It is a small intimate restaurant. The atmosphere was lively and busy, possibly a bit noisy for our group of over 50s. The food was delicious. I only had the vegetarian tapas, but my companions loved the fish and sea food dishes. We felt transported to Spain and we felt that I was on holiday so it was quite a shock to leave the restaurant and find ourselves in Preston Circus. We will defintely go back.

1 review so far 6
20.09.2016 15:08

We had worked our way through an amazing selection of spanish/asian fusion tapas with a bottle of portugeuse red wine. It's difficult to select our favourite dish from the evening, but on the Special menu "Monkfish on black rice" was a treat. I can't wait for their "fish Thursday's" on the last Thursday of each month! I would definitely return to this restaurant soon.

1 review so far 5
27.10.2016 08:30

Food was lovely, specially impressed by the avocado and tequila ice cream, but everything was good. Food is served a dish at a time rather than everything at once which makes for a longer more relaxed meal. The kitchen is open plan so you can see everything being made. By 7.30 this small restaurant was full and the atmosphere vibrant. Would definitely return.

1 review so far 6
07.06.2017 08:27

Beautiful food in a intimate and vibrant setting. Great view of the chefs doing what they do best, and all meals came straight out, piping hot. Best ribs I have ever tasted, and the pork croquettes with rhubarb puree were divine. Staff were all very helpful and informative. 10/10 experience.

1 review so far 6
12.08.2016 08:30

The food is cooked in an open kitchen,so if your sitting at the bar you can watch your meal being prepared.An informal yet very efficient atmosphere in this cosy restaurant. Best food I have had in Brighton at reasonable prices with Interesting layered flavours and textures . A little gem.

1 review so far 6
16.10.2016 07:26

Friendly helpful staff who go over & above the call of duty. Amazing food. Great vibe and music. Overall the atmosphere was perfect and intimate. We loved it. Have been here as a couple , with girlfriends & for a huge birthday bash & all to the same high standard.

1 review so far 5
18.09.2016 07:57

Dont be put off by the fusion element...on the whole it totally works. Great little local place with cool vibe, Spanish service and dance music playing - feels like you're transported to another country entirely. Six plates between two filled is up. Currently 2 for 1 on all tapas Tuesday and Wednesday - total bargain.

1 review so far 5
24.05.2016 10:41

Lovely food, very interesting 'fusion' menu, friendly cheerful staff. Quite noisy environment, lots of fun if you like a bit of a buzz, but not exactly relaxing. Despite being really busy on a Saturday night with every seat filled, the food arrived in good time and was all sizzling fresh. Good value for money. Recommended.

1 review so far 6
25.06.2017 09:41

Small but charming place - food was amazing and the menu was a great mix of dishes that cater for every taste without being overwhelming. In addition to all this the service was above and beyond! Great experience and looking forward to visiting again.

1 review so far 6
20.02.2017 16:03

Excellent food,interesting,flavourful and served by extremely friendly and charming young lady,Christina.We sat at the "kitchen bar"so had the added fun of seeing our dinner prepared and also the chance to chat with the talented and friendly chef.Will recommend Senhor Buddha to all friends.

1 review so far 6
28.09.2016 12:21

Fantastic place! Limited to a small number of guests, so you get great service and fantastic food served very fresh and very quickly, but not hurried to leave your seats to allow others. The Porta 6 red wine is a definite hit too

2 reviews so far 6
17.03.2017 08:49

Another delightful meal at Senor Buddha, and importantly for me four excellent vegan options to choose from. As always the wine was superb too. A cosy, bustling atmosphere fine food and good wine, a perfect way to spend a fresh spring evening.

1 review so far 5
12.05.2017 13:52

Great variety of food but If in a group you can easily do the whole menu Food is really tasty with some excellent combinations of ingredients you would not usually have thought go together but this chef is so clever it really works

1 review so far 6
15.06.2016 10:35

First time here and we will be going back very soon. Amazing food blending Spanish and Asian cuisine, lovely wine, fantastic service and a really enjoyable eating experience. Felt like we were on holiday.

1 review so far 4
19.02.2017 10:00

Some lovely dishes that combine Spanish and Thai flavours. The scallops and a zesty salad were to die for, asparagus was great and other dishes worked well. But I don't think Thai and Spanish should be combined at any cost - the cauliflower, pineapple and tamarind was very strange indeed.

3 reviews so far 6
22.04.2017 15:09

Another amazing night of fantastic food. A new menu this time but still had the padron peppers and patatas bravas. The sticky ribs were the best dish of the evening. Well done chef

1 review so far 6
31.01.2017 08:41

A small restaurant with a lovely atmosphere and great staff. The food is absolutely delicious! We shared 5 dishes in total between the two of us, our favourite being the mutton stew

1 review so far 6
06.06.2017 07:59

The menu was innovative, the service was great and good advice given as to how many dishes to order, the food was delicious and the atmosphere was lively. I will be returning!

1 review so far 6
04.07.2017 21:23

The staff were really lovely and the food was wonderful, the calamari and radish salad were highlights. We both had a great time. Thank you very much! Hope to see you soon.

3 reviews so far 6
02.07.2016 07:30

Another fabulous meal at señor buddha. This time we had the prawns, steak and tortilla, all were delicious. Super sad that I forgot to order the cauliflower and pineapple though 😂

1 review so far 6
06.07.2017 10:43

Wow the food was amazing! Lovely flavour combinations made with interesting ingredients. All in all a great tapas restaurant with friendly staff great atmosphere. I would highly recommend trying this place.

1 review so far 5
25.09.2016 11:14

Lovely food, friendly staff, food portions generous for the modest price tag attached. I sat at the bar and chatted to the chef, looked like the best seats in the house to me. Will be back! Mitch

1 review so far 6
30.06.2017 08:21

The food, staff and atmosphere were all amazing. I would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone. It is a small venue so I would definitely suggest booking to avoid disappointment.

1 review so far 6
10.06.2017 08:35

Fantastic little restaurant. Really good food and very friendly and attentive staff. We really enjoyed sitting at the bar and watching the chefs at work. Will definitely be going back.

1 review so far 6
24.05.2017 10:12

Another fab evening at Senor Bhudda. Lots of new dishes on the menu and food was superb as ever. Great service too. Will be paying another visit very soon :-)

1 review so far 6
29.10.2016 07:39

Amazing food. Great ambience. Lovely service. Such delicious Asian and Spanish fusion tapas. Very good atmosphere and it is lovely to see the food being cooked in front of you.

1 review so far 5
22.09.2016 09:41

Nice relaxed vibe. Food had some interesting combinations (my boyfriend less keen on some than me!), and wine was lovely. Very good value as on Tuesdays and Wednesdays they are doing 241 tapas at the moment!

1 review so far 6
25.04.2016 10:15

Really good restaurant, really good atmosphere. The food is cooked really well and made a number of discoveries on food which i might mot choose normally. A must go restaurant.

1 review so far 5
27.03.2017 12:52

Delicious and innovative tapas in a lovely, relaxed setting. We loved the food, wine and deserts. It was pretty much faultless but as a vegetarian, it would be good to see a couple more options.

1 review so far 5
20.01.2017 09:20

Lovely atmosphere, really interesting and tasty food. Great service!! Some of the flavour combinations were unusual but really worked. I would love to go to this place again for one of their famous fish thursdays.

1 review so far 6
27.05.2017 07:42

Fantastic teeny tiny restaurant with a great vibe. The pork cheeks were incredible, great wine and beer selection and a cracking front of house. A very well kept secret!

1 review so far 4
12.03.2017 00:10

Food was good, but felt that you were "packed in" a bit on a Saturday evening. Aware tha they do another sitting on a Saturday, but you were pushed to pay the bill, overall ok but not as good as you would hope.

1 review so far 6
29.11.2016 07:42

Fabulous atmosphere and interesting, delicious dishes (we wanted to try them all). Very friendly staff, rasaonably priced and a good selection of wine, too. We will be back!

2 reviews so far 6
13.04.2017 07:41

Once again, simply fantastic. We sat at the counter and loved every dish we were presented with. The black rice and octopus remains a favourite. Thank you SB!

1 review so far 6
12.02.2017 10:30

Really delicious food, lovely wine in a cosy little restaurant. Just a shame we couldn't fit in trying all the tapas dishes! Will come back again for sure.

1 review so far 6
07.02.2017 10:47

We have been here a few times and the good is always fabulous. The staff know what they're talking about and make great recommendations. A great local restaurant