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The Little Fish Market

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About The Little Fish Market

There’s a lot going on at The Little Fish Market, an award-winning fish and seafood restaurant in the beautiful Regency-era precinct of Brunswick, on the border of Hove and Brighton and right across Upper Market street from the distinguished performing arts centre of The Old Market. Under the leadership of restaurateur and chef Duncan Ray (Latymer Restaurant, Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck), The Little Fish Market has transformed from a traditional fishmonger into a fine dining establishment that makes use of sustainable produce to create dishes served in an exquisite setting.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 19:00 - 22:30
  • Wednesday 19:00 - 22:30
  • Thursday 19:00 - 22:30
  • Friday 19:00 - 22:30
  • Saturday 12:00 - 22:30
  • Sunday Closed
The Little Fish Market, 10 Upper Market St, BN3 1AS Brighton

Further Information

Gaining accolades from The Good Food Guide and a couple of AA Rosettes for culinary excellence since opening its doors in Brunswick just a few short years ago, The Little Fish Market is undoubtedly one of Brighton and Hove’s premier restaurants, seafood-oriented or otherwise. First impressions are, they say, lasting, and when you first enter the restaurant’s Upper Market Street premises you’ll notice that the walls are lined with maritime-themed artworks, all created by local artists and all for sale. Such decor only adds to the charm of this special venue.

The remit here at Brunswick’s The Little Fish Market is simple. Seating only 20 diners at a time – advance reservations are absolutely essential – chef Duncan Ray and his kitchen team exclusively offer a five-course degustation menu, plus a kaleidoscopic wine list that changes according to season, and of course what the trusted fishermen and seafood suppliers have hauled in that very same day. Every dish is nuanced and minimal in its preparation, allowing essence to prevail over artifice and ensuring that this Brighton and Hove seafood restaurant remains at the top of local gourmet’s charts.

CHEF'S CHOICE

117 Reviews

5.9 /6 Wonderful 117 Reviews
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Quality/Price: great value
Noise: mute
Service: extraordinary
Atmosphere: excellent
Food: heavenly
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1 review so far 6
28.04.2017 08:21

One of the most spectacular meals ever... every course was perfection. This is our go to fancy night out, well done, you guys never fail us!

1 review so far 6
12.04.2017 11:30

The food was by far the best our group had tasted in Brighton/Hove in a very long time! The wine flight perfectly complemented all the dishes on the tasting menu. The ambiance and excellent service added to the most perfect evening. Thanks guys we'll be back soon!

1 review so far 6
09.04.2017 08:29

We had a great time at the little fish market. Amazing food and wine pairings and a great atmosphere. Perfect for a treat or celebratory meal!

1 review so far 6
08.04.2017 19:28

We had another wonderful meal at the Little Fish Restaurant, this time on a Tuesday evening. They remembered us and exactly where we'd sat on our last visit which was an impressive start to the evening. The set menu was enticing and we started with an oyster encrusted in grapefruit sorbet - utterly delicious. The rest of the 5 courses lived up to this early promise. We remain very impressed. The standard of cuisine is as good as it gets south o London and the atmosphere is very informal and relaxed without compromising on service. No complaints!

1 review so far 6
09.05.2016 16:51

From the moment we walked into their beautiful restaurant, we were met with a wonderful ambiance, a big smile from their amazing Front of House and asked to choose our table. The service is second to none- unobtrusive but so efficient and the wine pairing was very good and complemented the truly exceptional food. We even had a touch of theatre with the second course- Rockpool. Be prepared to be wowed by the food, it was exquisite, every taste was like a culinary explosion in the mouth. We never felt rushed- in fact you have your table for the whole evening , nicely spaced tables and lots of very happy diners in this welcoming atmosphere. It felt like a personal dinner party in a big house. The front of house musty have overheard me saying it was my sons birthday and the dessert came with a birthday candle. Its all these little touches that give this great little restaurant the 5 stars on Trip Advisor it so rightly deserves. We have eaten at most of the best restaurants in Brighton but this has now become our new favourite. We will certainly be back again and again and again!!!

1 review so far 6
21.10.2016 08:51

We had a great experience at The Little Fish Market. The guys there really looked after us & engaged with humour, in a relaxed & friendly style, yet still provided an exemplary service ....... and the food was amazing! Unusual, interesting dishes, with lovely match wines, each presented beautifully & as delicious to eat as appealing to look at. We loved it.

1 review so far 6
10.12.2016 09:50

The Little Fish Market is fantastic, this is the second time I have been, the food, wine and service is first class. It is a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere with just the right amount of attention and detail, I can't recommend it enough!! If you go say hello to the chef he loves to engage with is customers.

1 review so far 6
23.06.2016 14:27

Second visit to this very nice, friendly and ambitious restaurant. Of the four of us, two ate and enjoyed everything put in front of them, but for the other two there was simply too much - a frequent problem with the tasting menu approach, I think. I write as someone defeated by the ''l'Enclume experience. It's worth a thought; one of the four of us is a big eater, one isn't, and none of us wanted to send a message back to the talented chef that we'd turned down his excellent cooking. Good place. We shall be back when we've saved up enough.

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 10:03

This was the third time for us at TLFM and the first with the five course set menu. It's amazing - each course has been really carefully thought through and the portion sizes are perfect for such a feast. Using fresh, locally sourced ingredients the set menu can (and probably should) be augmented by a well chosen flight of wines to match the full flavours of each course. If you love seafood and want somewhere for a real treat, with a cosy and friendly ambience, you'll struggle to find anywhere better in the city. Am already looking forward to our next visit!

1 review so far 6
12.02.2017 13:15

Duncan the chef .Rob the front of house,sommelier,waiter,barIsta.You would think how on earth can that work . But boy does it . quite possibly one of the friendliest and slickest fine dining restaurants you are ever likely to visit. Been visiting for almost 4 years and always reserve our next visit whilst we are there.The food and service would put a lot of Michelin starred establishments to shame. If fish is your choice then book this restaurant relax and enjoy what is put before you.We defy any lover of fine food to be disappointed. Alan and Shirley London.

1 review so far 6
23.05.2016 11:05

Didn't know what to expect as only had a "heads up" from someone in Waitrose! From walking in and finally leaving the whole experience was exceptional. The fixed menu was a delight - everything was perfectly cooked, co-ordinated and a visual treat. Decided to take the wine flight with the food and , I must say, these guys know their wine (and their food - obviously)! I've dined at quite a few high-end London venues but this one blew us away. Can't wait to go back as the menu will be constantly changing as the seasons pass.

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 22:13

Superb food from Duncan Ray, excellent, professional and friendly service from Robert Smith; relaxing and intimate atmosphere. When you are a Michelin star ticker like us you are brought to the shallowness of that when you discover a restaurant like this. Superbly produced, flavoursome uncomplicated food like this vastly supersedes the frippery of the amuse bouche and other distractions. Nathan Outlaw may be the name for fish only tasting menus but I am sure even his graciousness would accept Duncan Ray competes at every level

1 review so far 6
22.03.2017 12:44

This is truly a gem ! Award winning dishes created by a skilled chef who obviously cares deeply about his diners experiences . My Taste bugs happily danced while presentation was a feast for my eyes . The service was of class and made me feel welcomed . I would highly suggest if in Brighton and wanting a high quality meal book ! I came all the way from Canada to endulge and I was not disappointed !

1 review so far 6
13.10.2016 22:56

Most fabulous evening, warmly welcomed by the front of house, personable and charismatic Rob. Shortly followed by a superbly prepared 5 course fish dinner by Duncan, which awakened our taste buds and tantalised our culinary imagination. My hubbie opted for the paired wine, as it was his birthday, for which he could not give enough praise. The attention to detail by Rob, coupled with the exquisitely prepared gourmet food is s a marriage made in heaven.

1 review so far 6
13.09.2016 09:19

This was one of the best meals we have had in ages! Front of house guy, sorry don't know name, very attentive and a joy to talk to. Food delicicious and well presented. We booked a table at 7 and were there until nearly 10. We weren't rushed at all. The dishes were perfectly paced, making for a really enjoyable dining experience. I recommend the wine pairing! Can't wait to go back again!

1 review so far 6
23.08.2016 08:04

Haven't really got time to write in-depth. Every course was beautifully cooked and presented. The flavours were complex and interesting; sometimes bright and novel, sometimes comforting and full. The service was another great addition to the experience. The waiter brought some choices of wine so we could blind-taste; we went for a German red and loved it. The food, staff and restaurant itself are very high standard. Will definitely recommend.

1 review so far 6
16.12.2016 00:11

We loved not having to choose our food. The waiter (an inadequate term) provided us with generous samples of wines to choose from and both food and wine were superb. The sauces served with the fish were deep and flavourful - as were the wines - but the experience would have been nothing without the warm, friendly, knowledgeable, attentive yet unobtrusive service we received throughout.

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 20:44

This was our best meal out in our time in a Brighton. A simple idea but extremely effective and enjoyable night out. Service was fun, flexible and just spot on. Others could learn from these guys. The food is incredible, the wine flight brilliant; all round excellent. We eat out a lot and I can't say a bad thing about this place. You must try!

1 review so far 6
17.11.2016 11:59

We were a table of 4 and none of us had realized it was a set menu only. However, we need not have worried because even though there were some ingredients we were not sure about or thought we did not like, they were so beautifully cooked and presented every plate from start to finish was eaten. Service was also excellent. Thank you.

1 review so far 5
11.03.2017 09:19

A lot of goodwill for this worthwhile local endeavour. Excellent cooking is paired with charming front of house service. It is expensive, but with only 20 covers expectedly so. Personal preference would be more variety in the tasting menu, with some more clams, mussels, shrimp, lobster tails and soups etc but maybe this is seasonal? A proper knife to cut the sourdough would also be appreciated! Worth a visit to indulge in its pescatarian pleasures.

1 review so far 6
24.07.2016 08:55

The Little Fish Market is a hidden gem. The cooking is flawless, the service is friendly, the atmosphere is relaxed - it's definitely one of the best restaurants in Brighton.

1 review so far 6
02.06.2016 23:07

Really good honest simple food, fantastic wines, very professional service. Great two man band! 5 course menu-genius idea. We had great night. We will remember the gazpacho soup and mackerel-star of the show. Definetly come back again! Wishing you all the success you deserve. Catering is hard work but you doing it with love and you are very clever.

1 review so far 6
13.10.2016 08:30

Excellent food with superb ingredients presented in a simple, thoughtful way. It was a lovely change not to have any decisions to make about what to order. The service was friendly and efficient with a knowledgeable waiter. The lighting could be better with tables either too brightly lit or too dark, but it won't put us off returning.

1 review so far 5
16.10.2016 17:29

Lovely and tasteful experience. The place is small and cosy. The service is amazing. The staff showed a very deep knowledge of the fish and wine combinations. And of course all the courses were delicious and so rich in flavour... Mmm... It's not cheap but I highly recommend it because it offers good value for the quality of food that it serves. And it's perfect for a romantic soirée.

1 review so far 6
16.07.2016 07:57

The set five course meal at 50 pounds was great value with every course excellently cooked and presented. The staff is small, attentive and still manage to deliver the courses in good time. The wines are well chosen and reasonable. The best overall meal so far in our two months of travels in England and Germany.

1 review so far 6
21.10.2016 07:43

Hands down the best restaurant experience I've ever had. From the service to the incredible ingenious food I could not recommend The Little Fish Market more highly.

1 review so far 6
07.03.2017 17:05

Flawless! Amazing food from Chef Duncan, and impeccable service from Rob. All 5 courses were beautifully presented, and perfectly executed. It's certainly not a cheap night out, especially if you go for the wine pairings (which you should) but it was worth every penny. Few better places for a special occasion in Brighton.

1 review so far 6
05.03.2017 09:32

The Little Fish Market is as good as ever, fantastic food and wine, with brilliant friendly service. This restaurant is a little gem, definitely our favourite

1 review so far 6
04.12.2016 09:36

The Little Fish Market is brilliant. I would highly recommend to anyone serious about fish! Great food, creative dishes & the service was absolutely faultless.

1 review so far 6
05.02.2017 21:30

Little Fish Market is perfection in every way! just as good if you are a group or a couple. The pre starters are special treat and the two types of fresh bread baked on the premise were a new edition since I last visited and were a great addition.

1 review so far 6
09.02.2017 10:11

A wonderful experience and delicious food. We also had a bottle of red wine from the Languedoc which, although this broke the convention of having white with fish, was superb. We loved each course and the attention to us in between. One of the gastronomic highlights of our year!

2 reviews so far 6
22.07.2016 06:44

A very nice evening, the food was delicious and service was very friendly and welcoming. In my view one of the most pleasant restaurants in Brighton. If you like fish I would highly recommend it (and the pork belly was very tasty too) Alfred

2 reviews so far 6
25.02.2017 08:33

Food and service was even better than the last time the chef deserves a michelin star the waiter Rob is the best I Have seen for a long time keep up the good work and we will see soon for another great meal.

1 review so far 5
18.11.2016 23:45

Amazingly fresh well cooked simple fish dishes. 5 courses well thought out and delicious combinations. Great service in a lovely setting definitely going back for more, Rob who greets and serves is fabulous a real pleasure to interact with and the chef well I have no words he's brilliant, thank you!!

1 review so far 6
21.08.2016 01:25

We went to the little fish market on a Saturday evening, as a foursome, and it was excellent. The food was fantastic and the service was superb, with excellent insight into each dish and what wine should accompany it. Would highly recommend

1 review so far 6
05.08.2016 07:53

Menu orchestrated brilliantly, Exquisitely cooked fish, superbly presented, tasted divine, 5 courses, delicious wine, completely stuffed! Wonderfully waited on. Probably the best dining experience I have ever had in Brighton. Well done LFM - excellent dining experience from start to finish.

1 review so far 6
01.02.2017 07:34

A really fantastic evening. The service was brilliant: very well-judged, attentive, but without being stuffy. The food was beautiful throughout - the cod was the highlight, but each course was delicious. One of the real culinary assets within Brighton and Hove.

1 review so far 6
05.02.2017 00:26

This was a truly sensational meal, the food was really exceptional, lovely taster menu, accompanied by a super wine, very good service done with pride and humour. My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Definitely be back. Thank you.

1 review so far 6
07.04.2017 09:30

We love this little restaurant - the food was sublime the host was impeccable. The food changes frequently and was a totally different menu to the last time we came - but equally as delicious. We can't wait to return.

1 review so far 6
16.11.2016 11:10

One of the best meals I've eaten in Brighton. The 5 courses got better as the evening progressed, starting at light and delicate, ending with full bodied and mind blowing. Would definitely go again, it is worth the price.

1 review so far 6
01.10.2016 06:18

Excellent food, service and ambience. Five incredible courses, each well thought out, balanced and packed full of flavour. I am gluten free and the restaurant couldn't have been more helpful in catering to this. We will be back!

2 reviews so far 6
25.02.2017 06:22

Fantastic service. Outstanding food and wine. A marvellous way to spend an evening celebrating a birthday. The cod with tiny shrimp and the most luxurious mash you will ever eat was particularly out of this world. Thank you!

1 review so far 6
21.01.2017 22:00

We absolutely loved everything about our visit! The service was impeccable friendly yet not intrusive, the food was delicious and extremely tasty, all dishes carefully put together to complement each other! We will definitely be returning!

1 review so far 6
20.02.2017 08:32

I have visited this superb little restaurant on a number of occasions. Every time faultless. Highly recommend the little fish market. Great staff who know their food and wine inside out. Can't wait to go back.

1 review so far 6
13.03.2017 11:27

Brilliant service. Lots of space because they're not trying to cram tables into every square inch so you don't clash elbows with someone next to you. Probably the best meal I've had in Brighton. All good.

1 review so far 6
06.04.2017 15:07

Excellent food well matched with wine choices and a very nice, intimate atmosphere in the restaurant. Friendly and knowledgeable table service adds to the experience. Best of all, completely unpretentious despite being a top class restaurant.

1 review so far 6
17.01.2017 13:44

Beautifully prepared food served in a cosy space by very friendly and helpful front-of-house. It's a carefully-constructed fish-only (apart from dessert) 5 course menu and the idea works really well. We shall certainly go back.

1 review so far 6
04.12.2016 10:18

Fabulous fresh and tasty food. Friendly and helpful. The restaurant is relatively small (we booked ahead) relatively close to the centre of Brighton but off the beaten track . Excellent wine selection (and knowledgeable staf).

3 reviews so far 5
04.08.2016 21:45

Fabulous fresh fish cooked with imagination and complexity of flavours. Each dish a delight. Excellent solo effort by lone waiter who is cheerful and knowledgable (and very slim)! We will return to try future delights. Thank you for a wonderful meal.

2 reviews so far 6
05.06.2016 09:54

Excellent restaurant. The food was perfect with perfect paired wines and great service that was both attentive and laid back at the same time. The atmosphere was relaxed and not stuffy. The perfect experience.