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5.9 /6 Wonderful 178 Reviews

The Little Fish Market

Kemptown Fish ££££ +100
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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.


178 Reviews

5.9 /6 Wonderful 178 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: excellent
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: mute
Service: extraordinary
Quality/Price: great value
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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
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
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
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.

2 reviews 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
23.07.2017 09:03

We were greeted by Rob, a great front of house guy who made you feel at home straight away. There were a couple of things on the menu that I couldn't have and they did everything to accommodate me and we all ended up having a fantastic meal. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone. It is a fantastic dining experience.

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.

2 reviews 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
03.09.2017 08:21

Amazing! Exceeded expectations. Good was beautiful, service was 'as good as it gets. Atmosphere was on point. For once the table sizes allowed you to enjoy the meal rather than feel constrained. Wine pairing were perfect Will be coming again. Justified claims to being one of the best in Brighton.

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
27.08.2017 09:25

We had an incredible night celebrating my husbands birthday - delicious food, wonderful service, lovely atmosphere. I can't recommend it enough. we had the wine pairing - a glass to go with each course so we were a bit tipsy by the end of the night! But it was perfect.

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!

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
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!