We're lucky enough to live right by the sea, meaning there are quite literally plenty of fish in the sea, but good seafood isn't as easy to come by. Make Brighton your oyster with our must-visit guide of the best seafood eateries.

If you've got a craving for something a little naughtier, we've got a round up of the best Fish & Chippies, or for something a tad healthier, check out our recommended Sushi Hotspots

From the same stable as lauded local steak-sizzlers The Coal Shed comes this glamorous fish-focussed corner spot. Wisely ditching the chi-chi fussiness you’d expect from a former seafront hotel bar, exposed brick and pricey looking bronze lamps set the elegantly sparse contemporary tone. Get a seat on the right side of the room and gaze out at the West Pier or, according to taste, i360. It ain’t cheap, with many dishes intriguingly (not to say coyly) billed as yours for ‘market price’. But you know it’s authentic, and magisterially well cooked. Wines are nicely curated; for a sense of the cocktail offering observe half a dozen variations on a gin and tonic. Show off your class to that special someone.

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The Copper Clam is a family run restaurant on Brighton seafront serving up only the freshest and locally sourced food. Their lobsters are caught within a stones throw of the restaurant from Brighton beach and all of the steaks are sourced from Sussex farms. The restaurant has recently undergone a major refurbishment and has fantastic eating areas both indoors and outside in both the summer and winter months.

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Riddle & Finns established in 2006 can be found at two des res locations and has built its reputation on serving fresh oysters and fish. Their first restaurant takes its inspiration from New York and Paris oyster bars with high marble topped tables and an open kitchen in Meeting House Lane. While their seafront restaurant nestles in one of the arches with a sun terrace overlooking the sea. Chef David Roy uses winkles, whelks, cockles and crabs from the Sussex shoreline plus fish caught by Shoreham based fishermen. The fish is a little more pricey with such choices as Pan Roasted Tranche of Brill, Crab Croquette, Artichoke & Clams for £24.50. However, if you just want fish and chips you can order the catch of the day with a side order of French Fries to get your fix.

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Here’s to the quiet ones in a world of noise. The discretely accomplished Little Fish in Hove is a quiet one - so we’ll make some noise on their behalf. Head chef Duncan Ray is producing some of the best food in this city, almost singlehandedly. Operating out of his tiny kitchen, Duncan prepares every dish personally - and you can see the dedication in the simple but beautiful food which allows the ingredients to do the talking. The small restaurant is ably managed by Rob, their only front of house staff member, whose attentive and welcoming manner is on-par with the food, and integral to the experience. The five course menu with optional wine pairings is our suggestion.

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Few restaurants in Brighton can claim international prestige, but The Regency certainly can. China’s favourite Brighton food spot is also a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike. This place is a Brighton institution. Everyone should experience their exceptional-value uncomplicated and retro menu. It may look a bit dated from the outside but the atmosphere and general feel is a delight. The Regency has some of the freshest fish available in the city and a whole shoal of options to chose from. With iconic sea-views from their window and outside seating, no trip to Brighton is complete without a meal at The Regency – and with endorsements from Jay Rayner and Rick Stein under their belt, you'll be in good company.

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This Hove hostelry specialise in shellfish and craft beers, and jeesh do they do it well. On their regular menu you’ll find classic seafood staples such as Moules Mariniere and Langoustine, but their specials menu is where it gets really exciting. How good do these sound … Crab, Ginger & Shitake Dumplings with Soy dipping Sauce and Scallops with Salt Baked Celeriac, Hazelnut and Apple. Just stunning. This freehouse stocks over 100 craft beers, and a wine list curated by a Vinology PhD graduate so you can find a tipple to perfectly compliment your delicious supper. Just a short walk from Hove station this gastropub is the perfect spot for date night or a special occasion, the restaurant fills up quickly so it’s definitely worth booking in advance.

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A class act of a spot, definitely the pick of the watering holes on the main seafront drag. Inside is done out like a cave, full of secluded nooks and crannies to get romantic in (or plan your next smuggling mission: no judgement here). The frontage boasts plenty of pretty picnic tables and peerless access to the beach and twinkling horizon, with a dedicated outside bar when the weather’s nice. Food-wise, Tempest’s recently conceived ‘Crab Claw’ menu is to die for; We love the ‘sharing pot’ with clams, mussels, prawns, smoked merguez sausage and rattle potatoes. The sauce is so tasty you’ll order extra bread, and the whole thing is served with stainless steel pincers. Cracking.

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Few restaurants are as iconic as the city in which they're located, but English’s in Brighton certainly is. This seafood restaurant has been a part of the city’s food scene for around 150 years and is a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike. With a celebrity Hall of Fame featuring legends from Charlie Chaplin through to Judi Dench, they are even visited by a ghostly spectre. The food is a mix of classic seafood favourites with some slightly more contemporary twists. The restaurant has a very traditional feel with impeccably dressed staff, beautiful décor and outdoor seating. The service is outstanding and the highly knowledgeable and friendly staff are always on hand to suggest a wine pairing or recommendation.

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BLOCK. on St James's Street is a bar boasting a great wine list, bringing you lots of new young wineries/vineyards who are pushing the envelope a bit. The wine is supported with a great craft on draft range and Brighton's first and currently only charcoal and wood burning Bertha oven. Working with quality produce from local farms, fisherman and suppliers they've put together a beautiful British menu with a Basque influence coming through. The blackened octopus with baby artichokes is to die for, best enjoyed in their award-winning beer garden.

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Tlaloc is a new Mexican Restaurant, who are skipping all the stereotypes of the Mexican food. No Sombreros and burritos allowed! Taking their tacos to the next level, cooking everything from scratch with locally sourced ingredients. The octopus and seabass tacos are out of this world, add this place to your foodie bucket list immediately!

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Circo is a modern tapas and wine bar combining classic Spanish dishes with East Asian Flavours. After having recently undergone a small refurb and a menu refresh, the newly spruced bar has decided to pay homage to its local surroundings, hence the addition of ‘Circo’. In this quaint Preston Circus bar you’ll find innovative tapas, and an impeccable wine menu from winemakers Enotria & Coe. It’s great for early evening pinchos with a group of friends, you can order as you go straight from the pass and the menu even has the expertly handpicked wine last to complement each and every stunning dish. Some of the small plates you can expect to see on the menu are Tuna tartare with wasabi purée and Miso aubergine, confit Jerusalem artichoke and apricot. After the success of Circo, the team will be opening up a second venue later this year on North Street, we can’t wait to see what they have in store!

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Published -5th October 2018