• 5.0 star rating
    1/2/2014 Updated review

    We love this place when we are in Brighton, consistently good food, the waiters are always helpful, I enjoy the fish here although the menu is huge,  price wise it's very fair and the view on a nice day is great.

    5.0 star rating
    9/12/2013 Previous review
    Love the food here, always freshly cooked and decent size meals, there breakfasts are thee best in… Read more
  • 3.0 star rating
    8/10/2012
    2 check-ins here

    Like Chris H. said, Buddies is open all night, which makes this place your #1 destination after the bars/clubs close.

    Satisfies your craving for some fish & chips or other likely drunchies you may have, but it's not the best fish & chips you'll ever have in your life. The staff is used to all kinds of drunk shenanigans & obnoxiousness, but they've never been rude to any of my friends or me. Can't tell you how many times I've stumbled into Buddies just for a filet of Haddock with my friend while trying to bargain with them, & then harassing them about whether or not they remembered us. "How can I forget such beautiful faces? Where are you girls from?" Big tip for you!

    Visit Buddies late at night, sober or drunk, doesn't matter. Friendly, filling, hits the spot, less greasy than some of the other places, & better than some of the other places. Easy on the wallet & the portion size of the fish is enormous!

  • 3.0 star rating
    10/4/2010

    Buddies is open all night. I'll just let that sink in: all night. You cannot review Buddies like other restaurants: it is literally open all night. You can walk in off the street at 3 in the morning, order mussels in a garlic and cream sauce, and finish that bottle of Pinot as the sun comes up: a unforgettable experience for so many reasons.

    The chief reason to go to Buddies is the fabled Buddies all-nighter: grab some friends, head to Buddies at a reasonable hour, and don't leave until the morning traffic has subsided. This is bloody marvellous, for easedropping potential if nothing else: the people who frequent are an eclectic and wonderful bunch. Last time I did this, a man punched a woman over a dog, some drunk students threw up on each other, and a man proposed only to be unsurprisingly turned down.

    What do you expect? It's on the seafront, it's open all night: who are they gonna attract? Drunk people and insomniacs, and neither really wants to be there. The menu is huge: most of it is awful. Stick to chips and well-cooked to avoid a premature end to your all-nighter. And if you've been clubbing, and want to stay up, pop in here to end the night with a more sanitary alternative to the kebab dripping down your shirt on the long, meandering walk home.

  • 4.0 star rating
    30/7/2010

    Cheap, cheerful, fabulous chips, pretty good fish.

    Lunch for a fiver, in Brighton, and it's neither greasy nor terrible. Though it is a bit of a greasy spoon.

    I'm honestly not quite sure why one would be out late in Brighton, though I'd be down with stopping here if I did.

  • 3.0 star rating
    2/2/2010

    Open 24 hours, Buddies is there to serve you with all your late night food needs.

    There's a good range of all the standard takeaway meals - fish and chips, of course, but also burgers, pizzas and kebabs. It's not just a takeaway either, but has plenty of space to sit down and eat, both inside and out.

    Yes, it's a little grimy and at 3am can be pretty busy, but this is a Brighton institution.

  • 1.0 star rating
    24/10/2009

    When I write about Buddies here I am writing about the big old jobbie on King's Road, as apposed to the little fish and chip shop next to it.

    I have major beef with Buddies, whose staff quite frankly ripped me off and took advantage of my drunkenness one fateful night. They charged me 20% service charge on a TAKE AWAY burger, with a bill that topped £17 for two burgers. I can assure you people, Gourmet Burger Kitchen this ain't!

    Shame on you buddies you dishonest people. If I could give you no stars I would!

  • 3.0 star rating
    7/4/2010

    Too many times have I stumbled home from a seafront nightclub and found my way to Buddies, and I'm sure I will do it many more times as well. The joy of Buddies is that it sits facing the seafront, and that it's open 24 hours a day.

    The menu is surprisingly broad, and perhaps even more surprisingly, it's actually not bad at all. You can get pizzas or steak, burgers or even kids' meals. The restaurant is clean and presentable, plenty welcoming on a drunken walk home.

    If you're young enough, Buddies also offer a student discount just to sweeten the deal further.

  • 3.0 star rating
    21/4/2010

    This place is so much better than queing up for a greasy, life-threatening doner kebab. They sell a really nice selection of food and they are, as the previous reviews state - open all night!

    You usually get a good mix of drunk people in there who've had a good night out clubbing. I've been there loads and never seen any fights kick off. Oreder yourself a pepperoni pizza, sit down and tuck in. If you have some good company, you'll be there for hours and can grab one of their nice coffees to keep you going through the rest of the day!

    • Qype User Alice_…
    • Brighton
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    2.0 star rating
    28/4/2010

    Ever-popular with the student masses and weekend club-goers, Buddies is a 24-hour seafront diner. Conveniently located just a stone's throw from the clubs in the King's Road Arches, this is the only place I know where you can get a full fry up at 3am. In my student days, we frequently stumbled out of The Honeyclub or Coalition (née The Beach) at around 4am and decided rather than sleeping and THEN having breakfast, it was far more time-effective to do it the other way around.

    There are, however, a few problems with Buddies. The first is that it's absolutely packed with rowdy drunk people. Not all the time, but after about 2am. And I wouldn't want to go here at any other time. Secondly, it's way too expensive for what it is  I think they count on people being too hammered to think rationally about spending £7-8 on a fry up (but hey, their rationale works). Thirdly, last time I went there I stormed out before our order even arrived because I was so appalled by the way one of their male staff members spoke to me. True, it was about 4am and insanely busy but I was hungry, tired and definitely NOT in the mood to be offended. I haven't wanted to go back since.

    All in all, this place offers bad pricing and (from my last experience) bad service. The only reason to go here is that nothing else is open, so I guess they feel like they don't need to rely on anything else. My advice would be to check out their Fish 'n' Chip takeaway, Buddies Plaice, next door for much better value for money.

    • Qype User tessla…
    • Brighton
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    3.0 star rating
    29/3/2010

    Brighton's very own 24 hour cafe bar. On the seafront and conveniently close to West Street, its round the clock license attracts drunken revellers spilling out from the city's pubs and clubs in the early hours.

    It was featured on Channel Five's Brighton Beach Patrol, the programme that highlighted Brighton's rowdy nightlife problem drinkers, showcasing drunken fights, arrests and a sprinkling of vomit.

    Bad publicity aside, the cafe is popular with the masses, day and night, and they do a cracking breakfast. If you're feeling brave enough for a 6am fry up after a night's partying, you can wash it down with a pint of lager.

    As well as fry ups they do pasta, pizza, sandwiches, seafood and steaks, and next door is Buddies Fish and Chip restaurant which does takeaway if you're just flying by.

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/11/2011

    Buddie's Restaurant extension Buddie's Fish N' chips gets a 4 just for the fried mars bar.  I've heard about this infamous fried mars bar for months now from UK travels to Inverness, Edinburgh, Thurso, Speyside, Perth, Manchester, the list can go on forever.  After the much anticipated meeting it did not disappoint.  Every warm gooey bite brought satisfaction which made me ignore the fluttering of my heart from the greasy spoon texture and taste.    A delightful but sinful treat which I do not encourage the faint of heart to try or it can lead to the demise of your health plan.

  • 4.0 star rating
    13/1/2009
    First to Review

    On a cold January day in Brighton, all you want is a hot meal and good service. We got it at Buddies. Decent fish and chips. Would be interested to see what this place is like in the height of summer though.

  • 3.0 star rating
    9/8/2010

    The good thing is this place was open. The bad thing is that is was open. Pulled an all-nighter and the thing you want most is what's so bad for you. We stumbled in here and both got the fish and chips. The chips were definitely better than the fish. The fish looked like it had herbs mixed into the batter; expected something different but it was bland, leaving me with that oft regret after you scarf down greasy drunk food.

  • 3.0 star rating
    17/10/2009

    This is my fish and chip shop of choice whenever I visit Casablanca's, the nearby jazz club. After a few hours of good old, unadulterated partying, my friends and I will stumble down to Buddies and order ourselves a cod and chips, a battered sausage, or whatever else takes our fancy. The service is always fast, which is certainly a bonus when you're a little inebriated, and the food definitely tastes good enough.

    • Qype User mollyt…
    • London
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    4.0 star rating
    6/1/2009

    On a cold January day in Brighton, all you want is a hot meal and good service. We got it at Buddies. Decent fish and chips. Would be interested to see what this place is like in the height of summer though.

    • Qype User rob…
    • Sittingbourne, Kent
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    4.0 star rating
    22/3/2009

    A 24 hour restaurant / cafe. Serves alcohol aswell.

    A good range of reasonably well priced food. Food is good with a decent selection ranging from pasta through to fish. Has a lot of breakfast options aswell.

    Service is good and staff are prompt in serving you.

    A decent well priced meal.

    • Qype User nus…
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    3.0 star rating
    23/11/2008

    Buddies is Brighton's orignial 24 hour cafe/restaurant catering to tourists, locals and clubbers throughout the day and night. The food is average but I generally go there after coming out of nightclubs so it doesn't really matter. There is a large range of foods from full english breakfasts through the night to nice steaks during the day.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/4/2010

    If you go out in Brighton for the night, you can't not go to Buddies! It's the classic 24 hour sea front 'restaurant' (however they also have a take away option). It's the ultimate place to go to eat in after a night out. (they also have a take away  They have a great range of pizzas, burgers, and chicken. The quality isn't exactly good, it's standard and greasy but the fact that it's a 'restaurant' means you can sit down after a night of dancing and munch on some late night chips and a pizza. They have music playing inside, it's fairly friendly, good service and a very convenient location (on the seafront), slightly pricey for the type and quality of the food but at 3am in the morning that doesn't really matter. The fact that its open 24 hours a day means that even if you haven't been out for the night and just fancy some chips and a hot chocolate you are more than welcome to prance in well after midnight and chill out! - Overall Buddies is a classic for fast food!

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