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5.4 /6 Excellent 142 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.


142 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 142 Reviews
Quality/Price: great value
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: excellent
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
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1 review so far 6
19.09.2017 11:04

Exciting menu. Excellent food. Plenty of modern twists mixed in with traditional techniques. Terrific wines and beers. Brilliant staff and great atmosphere. We'll be back soon.

1 review so far 6
19.09.2017 09:36

Great atmosphere and really fantastic, original food. We really enjoyed the whole experience and can't wait to go back there. So many dishes we still want to try.

1 review so far 6
11.09.2017 10:11

Fantastic, innovative food, great drinks selection and a lovely atmosphere.

1 review so far 6
07.09.2017 10:22

Great food, lots of variety to choose from. Good drink selection and a highly entertaining and informative service! 3 drinks and 3 plates each came to about £40 pp.

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 6
04.09.2017 09:23

Superb, refined, original. It’s easy to find fusion tapas fussy and overdone. At Señor Buddha, nothing is forced. Each of the carefully chosen ingredients used has a very good reason to be on the plate. And the fusion works well, with the Asian aromatics offering a fresh note or a little nip of heat to lift the rich, earthy Spanish palate. Easily one of the best restaurants in Brighton.

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
23.08.2017 10:22

It's always a pleasure to eat at Señor Buddha! On this visit, soft rabbit (flavoured with both coriander seed and leaf) with rich chorizo was sensational. The thoughtful accompaniments, such as avocado-mellowed wasabi and coconut-infused pea purée, alongside impeccably prepared meat, fish, vegetables or cheese, offer exciting and often surprising flavour combinations. Friendly and efficient service, good wines and delicious food that's ambitious without being pretentious make this a firm favourite.

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.

2 reviews so far 6
27.08.2017 10:06

Wonderful food, great atmosphere and fantastic service. My husband and I love it and take all our friends and relatives there - everyone has loved it! My Dad gets a slightly religious look in his eyes when reminiscing about the seared tuna. And the bill is always a pleasant surprise after a meal of this quality!

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.