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  • “Callings something a champagne and oyster bar, of course, programs you to eat oysters and sup champagne.” in 4 reviews

  • “Mains we kept traditional - fish pie and smoked haddock with poached egg and colcannon.” in 3 reviews

  • “The wine list is extensive and includes well chosen varieties that go well with seafood.” in 4 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    27/2/2014
    2 check-ins here

    Best restaurant in Brighton, in my opinion.  Great atmosphere, helpful servers, prompt and very comfortable service.  Bread basket arrangement on arrival includes an assortment of bread with butter, a fish spread, fresh horseradish & hot sauce, artfully presented and for which they charge £1 per person.

    First night I had a small order of the mussels with capers & cream with the seafood risotto as my main.  Revisited a second night for mussels with capers & cream - it was THAT good.  Seafood risotto on the first night was very good but didn't compare to the mussels, and most definitely did not compare to another (much BIGGER) order of mussels on the second night.  I could have opted for a different sauce on the second night of mussels (they offer several) but, as I always say, just because you CAN doesn't mean you SHOULD - and you CAN'T improve perfection, so I didn't even bother.  Fries (which I opted for on the second night) were more than the sum of their parts - almost as though they were fried in duck fat but I'm not certain of anything except their exceptional flavor in combination with those Scottish mussels.  

    The mussels themselves were some of the biggest, plumpest, most beautiful I've ever seen (and tried to capture in pix) - some as big as two fingers together, and none as wimpy as what PEI mussels can sometimes be (and you know how disappointing a tiny mussel can be, like the mere whiff of something you thought might have been a mussel before it disappeared down your gullet - there was none of that silly business at Riddle & Finns, no sir!).  

    The wine selection is lovely, I much preferred the Muscadet de Sevre et Maine sur Lie, Brebioniere France 2011/12 (described as "Light, refreshing & vibrant seafood wine with a lime citrus fruit finish") to the Picpoul de Pinet, Morin Langaran France 2011/12 (described as "Floral & enticing on the nose, exuberantly fresh, subtle, fine & long on the palate") as I thought the Muscadet had far more character and better complemented the fish dishes.

    The website for this restaurant is very helpful if you like perusing a full menu layout before you set out to a place - in fact, I've only just learned they have a breakfast/brunch on Saturdays & Sundays I would love to have gotten a taste of - no matter, there's always a next time!

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/6/2014

    Despite the late seating, they were very accommodating. The starters were definitely worth the exploration. The service and atmosphere added to a generally pleasant evening.

  • 5.0 star rating
    1/1/2014

    Wowsers - one of the best meals you'll ever have!

    The restaurant is a pretty magical place. It's traditional oyster and champagne bar in decoration - tiled walls, marble-topped tables - and lit by candlelight. A very romantic setting. It has a really established feel to it, with pictures hanging in the bathrooms showing Victorian photos of Brighton and fish markets.

    The service is fantastic. The staff are very knowledgeable about what they are selling, and give really good recommendations, both with the food and which wine to choose. The person serving us had just the right balance of being friendly and available, without seeming overbearing or fake.

    I would also like to point out that this restaurant is so unpretentious. Many a place serving what is considered to be 'upmarket' food comes with an attitude. Not so here. Everyone is friendly, everyone is welcome and everybody is having a good time.

    On to the food - AMAZING. I'm a big fan of fish and seafood, but rarely eat it when out, due to the fact that many places I've eaten overcook, over-season or just don't have good quality fish.

    To start, we had half a dozen oysters. They were very fresh and tasty. We had a little cold sauce of red onion, soy sauce and wasabi on the side, which certainly enhanced the flavour of the oysters and added a bit of zestiness. Next; scallops in butter and parsley, and squid with chorizo and chilli. The squid was soft, the chilli hot, but not overpowering, and the chorizo just right - spicy and salty. The scallops - OMG. Cooked to perfection. Really soft, with a subtle sweet taste. The simple sauce was the best choice to go with such a delicate flavour. (A staff recommendation!)

    Mains we kept traditional - fish pie and smoked haddock with poached egg and colcannon. Again, no disappointments whatsoever - Other Half claimed "even the mange tout are cooked to perfection!" The egg was runny, fish soft and smoky, colcannon smooth and creamy. We shared a dessert selection, offering up exactly what the name suggests. Panna cotta, chocolate mousse, raspberry sorbet, chocolate brownie and strawberries. Nicely presented, and well-made, although we were incredibly full so couldn't  finish it all, unfortunately.

    All washed down with a New Zealand Sauvugnon Blanc, which was gorgeous.

    Now, all of this doesn't come cheap. All that I've described above came to a grand total of £117 (gasp!) so this is perhaps not an everyday option! However, I would argue that for the FOUR courses and a good bottle of wine, this is also perhaps not that bad value for money.

    One could very cannily choose items from the menu that were lower-priced and still have a great meal. The starters, for example are generously portioned, and oysters are priced per shell, so you can have as many (or few!) as you like.

    They also offer a cheaper lunch menu with 2 courses set at something like £17.50, which is arguably competitive with a run-of-the-mill gastro pub these days.

    One last thing to add - they don't take reservations. The place is small, and so is usually really busy. The way of operation is to turn up, put your name on the list, and hope the wait time isn't too long! We waited an hour for a table, but the man on the door was super-friendly, and gave us a phone call when our table was ready. (We had a drink in the pub round the corner!)

    I have waxed lyrical in this review (at length) but I had such a great experience in this place from start to finish, encompassing all aspects of atmosphere, service and food quality, that I am compelled to urge everyone to go, at least once, and experience something really great.

  • 4.0 star rating
    13/7/2013
    5 check-ins here

    I only ever used to come to Riddle & Finns  for a treat of oysters and champagne, me not being an actual fish eater (weirdo, I know) but I have been really trying to over-come this silliness  and be more adventurous with our scaly little pals from the underwater community... Just realised how that comment could be misconstrued...
    Anyway, came here last night with the sole! (Forgive the pun) purpose of trying something I would never usually.

    Obvs started with a bottle of prosecco and a round of oysters! Delicious, I've been craving them for ages but have had to save up - this cuisine ain't cheap! G had the whitebait which was nice, pretty standard but nice.

    For mains I had my first ever Lobster Thermidor! I LOVED it. So sweet and meaty... All be it a TINY lobster. It was like a king prawn! The sauce was delicious I mopped it all up with some French fries. Gareth had the whole gambas with came in a lemon, garlic and herb butter. They were again really pleasant, fresh and firm, but could have done with a bit more of a flavour kick to them.

    There's a nice atmosphere in there, the staff are all really attentive and friendly. If you're a couple, you'll most probably be placed opposite another. The tables are big enough to have your own space though if you're not feeling like making friends and plan on having some 'you two' time. Obviously I found it too hard to do that with the gob I've got!

    They did take £20 quid off the bill as the lobster was so small for £32. Still an amazing amount to take off!

    Really upset I didn't push for a pudding, they look soooo good. But I felt too bad on G's wallet by then. I'm a nice girlfriend!

  • 3.0 star rating
    22/4/2013
    1 check-in here

    Had an enjoyable experience but that was due to the personality of the service and not really about the food.

    My starter was tempura monk fish cheek which is a wonderful dish but make sure you know how to make a proper tempura before putting it on your menu.

    The crab/shellfish linguine, the pasta was over and not of the right texture. The rocket was wilted from the heat lamps and was used as a garnish than a contribution.  Nice level of chilli but a little "too" simple. Not exciting, I asked for more olive oil, salt and parmesan to correct the lacking dish.

    I recommend going here I think this is a restuarant that requires your attention for more than one visit. Not a great first visit but there was a passionate buzz in the air.

  • 5.0 star rating
    4/1/2014

    The service and food is exceptional. We had Singapore style chili crab. It is not cheap but worth the price in the quality of service and food.

  • 4.0 star rating
    24/10/2011
    1 check-in here

    I ended up at Riddle and Finns by accident really. I originally had a booking at Due South but the day before I was due to eat here they called up to say that they were having a quiet spell so had decided not to open on said evening (boo to Due South). However, they would get me a reservation at their sister restaurant Riddle and Finns.

    Admittedly, R&F had been on my radar for some time so this was a good opportunity to give them a go. I had been promised by Due South that we would be well looked after here and they didn't let us down. Complimentary glasses of champagne on arrival? - OK, all is forgiven!

    The manager and staff were all lovely and friendly, and we were made to feel special which is always nice. However, I think the service would have been exceptional even if they hadn't been told to look after us, it just seems like that kind of place.

    The restaurant area is quite small. The kitchen is open and you can watch the cooking both from your table and from the street outside, I love this kind of transparency.

    The menu is vast and filled with every kind of seafood imaginable. On top of this is the daily specials with a selection of "catches of the day". Besides the fish, there are a couple of vegetarian dishes, but if you are a meat and two veg person, this isn't the kind of place for you as food of the four-legged variety just doesn't feature on the menu.

    The wine list is extensive and includes well chosen varieties that go well with seafood. We plumped for a bottle of Muscadet.

    A basket of bread was presented to start - this was accompanied by a mackerel pate, a horseradish sauce and some garlic mayo. I decided to go for a Loch Ryan Oyster as a pre-starter - this is an oyster bar after all, plus they were in season, what more of an excuse does a girl need! I have to say this was one of the tastiest oysters I have ever eaten - yum.

    For starter I went for the tempura monkfish cheeks which were juicy and meaty and incredibly delicious. For main I went for the steamed langoustine marinière which were tasty but just a little disappointing as once shelled, there was hardly any substance to them. Probably an ordering error on my behalf, but on the plus side this left plenty of room for the pudding, a very naughty banoffee pie. Piled high with cream, it was also served with fruit which cut through the richness slightly. One of the best banoffees I've ever had, and I've had a few!

    My one complaint would be the chairs: high stools with low backs are not the most comfortable, but I feel like I'm being picky just mentioning them! Will definitely be back, with a different main course this could definitely hit a five star rating.

  • 5.0 star rating
    14/9/2013
    1 check-in here

    Fantastic food and service. Will recommend the fruit de mer platter for appetizer.

  • 5.0 star rating
    17/6/2012
    1 check-in here

    Thanks Yelp for pointing me to this place!  I am forever grateful.

    I had so much trouble picking from the menu because I wanted everything.  I really loved that when I asked if they would be able to do a start portion of the seafood risotto, they easily accommodated.  It really was the best seafood risotto I've ever had.  For the main, I ordered the singapore chilli crab.  It is messy and probably required a bib but didn't care.  I got my fingers down and dirty and enjoyed every morsel I can get.  I did wish I could transport myself home with the crab.  It was absolutely delicious.  I loved that there was a stack of napkins to the side to I can try to look somewhat lady like... but didn't really care.  

    I loved this place so much, I saw on the bill that they didn't charge me for the glass of wine - I told them so they can include it.  I believe in good food karma.  

    Finding the place - from North Street, you walk towards the lanes and it's to the left.  I tried to look it up on google maps, don't be deceived 'cuz it said permanently closed!

  • 5.0 star rating
    29/8/2011

    Yelp has become my go to restaurant finder when traveling outside of London.  Thanks to all who reviewed Riddle and Finns...you convinced me to give it a go and I'm so glad I did.

    The seafood is 2nd to none if you are looking for a nice evening meal steps away from the beach in Brighton.  The staff go above and beyond to make sure you are happy with your meal and experience.  It was busy so don't be upset if you are asked to wait....grab a drink and relax.  The food will be worth the wait.

    The bustling vibe in the restaurant is also nice and exciting.  If you are looking for quiet and imtimate,  this isn't for you.  If you want a social setting with GREAT lighting where a lot is going on...head over.

    For starters,  I ordered the New England Clam Chowder and my man ordered the sashimi.  If you have fresh fish,  it is difficult to get sashimi wrong...it was really nice.  The Chowder was a little thin compared to what I'm used to (I come from New York City where this is a staple at the dinner table).  I usually enjoy it having a thicker consistency but, with that said,  the flavors were spot on and the saffron sprigs on top added a nice touch.

    The main event...our main course.  I have to say that the squid and mussel risotto is in the top three risottos I have EVER had.  The consistency and balance of flavors could not be topped.  I wish I could have a bowl of it again right now!  

    For dessert,  we enjoyed the passion fruit cheesecake and the brownie...the perfect end to a perfect meal.   If in Brighton,  stop by Riddle & Finns...it will make for a perfect evening.

  • 5.0 star rating
    4/4/2009
    First to Review

    Super restaurant! If you like sea food this is as good as it gets. They offer a 'Special' which consists of a starter and a main for £9.95 till 19:30 in the evening.
    The service is extremely good. They take no bookings which probably isn't a bad thing.
    The average price of a main is between £10-20. Some may think this is a little dear but it is well worth it. They have a great wine list and the decor is spot on!
    In a few words I'm a big fan!

  • 4.0 star rating
    24/4/2010

    Riddle and Finn's is one of Brighton's premier seafood restaurants, and always manages to be quite busy, despite being a little buried in the Lanes. It's also not huge: it's best to arrive early or book, and bring a lot of money. It is a brilliant example of upmarket seafood restaurant, and quite famous as the best place in Brighton to get oysters. Seafood is an acquired taste, so this won't appeal to everyone, and it is a little too cool for its own good indoors, but Riddle and Finn's is still an excellent place for a meal.

    So, seafood: I love it, but not everyone is up for it. If you aren't, better to give Riddle and Finn's a miss: 90% of its menu is fishy goodness, so lovers should already have been here, or at least tried to book a place. It is a little titchy for its popularity, and most seats will be on one of the longer bars: not necessarily a problem, but not what you'd expect from a place where the prices are at the top end of the scale. Still, the quality more than makes up for the slightly peculiar seating arrangement: everything is amazing, especially the oysters, which I'd be careful about ordering anywhere else, but are just great here. Although the almost total seafood bias of the menu will alienate anyone but seafood lovers, it is well worth it if that's your sort of thing.

  • 5.0 star rating
    29/4/2010

    This is THE place I would always come to for seafood in Brighton. The kitchen is open and you may also buy fish from the wet fish counter to take away. This is just getting to the good bit though. The menu!

    They have an amazing range of seafood dishes and I have enjoyed a whole wok fried crab, seafood gumbo and a shellfish platter. Everything has always been spot on and that little bit above the competition. The decor is cool also and you sit on benches on polished stone with minimalistic black and white tiled walls. They have chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and it's the place you could easily turn up to wearing a tux. In fact a few years back I did, when they hosted a burlesque New Years Eve party. Very cool!

    The champagne list is excellent, but unless you have deep pockets you may want to venture towards the wine list (thankfully also of a high standard). I would also recommend an oyster shot and the place specialises in Oysters with a wide variety or toppings to accompany them.

    The staff are a great bunch and will make you feel very welcome if you wish or leave you to your own devices if that's more your thing. It's a great spot and also a good venue to pop into for a lunch time meal if you don't want to go for the full on restaurant experience. To say that I am a fan is a gross understatement!

  • 3.0 star rating
    6/11/2009

    This restarant may look like a posh fish restarant, which I spose it is, but its much more affordable than you think. Of course they serve the proper stuff like lobster and caviere which will set you back an arm and leg but a fresh fish pasta dish is priced at around £13, and absolutley scrummy!

    It would be  agreat date restaurant as the food is good, the service is brilliant and it has an up market atmosphere without the price tag. They also to a 2 meal deal at quiter times at for a tenner woop woop!

  • 4.0 star rating
    30/12/2009

    This may not be the cheapest place in Brighton to eat, but hey, champagne and oysters aren't supposed to be cheap. If you like seafood, this is the place to come.
    They offer the full range of various fish and shellfish dishes, with prices averaging around £20 for a main. The interior is old-school tiles and marble, and feels rather Victorian to me, although I'm not sure if it is authentically so or not.
    The staff are highly efficient here too, swooshing in and out collecting plates and serving wine with that effortlessness only found in the 'better' class of restaurant.

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/1/2010

    Riddle & Finns: home to the best seafood risotto I've ever tasted. Perhaps my favourite seafood restaurant in Brighton, it's surpassed by no other. Nestled away in Meeting House Lane, just off North Street, Riddle & Finns is suitably hidden so as to make it seem more exclusive than it actually is. As it markets itself as a champagne and oyster bar, you can imagine the kind of place it is. Due to an unwavering attention to detail all the dishes are perfectly balanced, avoiding the overly salty traits of other seafood places. While I find oysters in general totally overrated those at Riddle & Finns are supposed to be something special. Questionable as this may be I'd say, judging by the exemplary quality of everything else, it's probably true.

    Owing to the appropriately pricey nature of the place you're not bound to be visiting particularly often. If price were no issue though, I would happily eat here every other day. Just talking about it is making me hungry. Totally worth it, you should definitely give Riddle & Finns a try.

  • 5.0 star rating
    11/3/2013

    Superb seafood restaurant. Great new traditional vibe, where you can see right into the kitchen as people make your food. They bring out bread with horseradish, and a few other flavoured butters, and it's really quite a nice touch that gets you in gear for the awesome meal. I got oysters, everything went as expected. I got a whole roasted sea bream, and it was superb. I had a side of potatoes and green beans, but the fish came with some greens as well. I did end up eating all of it, and then a dessert of rhubarb crumble with clotted cream. The crumble is barely sweet, which can be good or bad depending on what you want. Also, there's a great selection of wine. Service was fantastic, and the people serving you are very nice.

  • 5.0 star rating
    26/9/2009

    I've been meaning to write this review for some time as the place is oh so worth it.

    Jan, Rob and myself went at the end of May 2009 after considering other restaurants, we knew Riddle & Finns was the only place that could possibly overwhelm our exceptional critical fish palettes.

    It was late afternoon/early eve and we secured a tall table that if perfect for resting weary long legs.

    Rob and I went for Rossmore Oysters with Black Velvet to wash them down with.

    Now I like Oysters but these were something else and unmatched to date. Rossmore's. Creamy, delicate, yielding, full. Sensational.

    Jan plumped for Scallops and Lemon - you can judge her by her rolling eyes and vocal Mmmm's. Clearly looking at her she was in heaven.

    The guys there know their wines and they suggested an Albatino Galician Wine with tangs of Green Apples and Elderflower. He was so sure we'd like it, we could send it back. It didn't disappoint.

    For mains we had Squid shellfish risotto deep fried octopus mussels and prawns; Brill with Kale and Chargrilled potatoes along with Sour bread.

    A true fishy feast that despite the price tag was worth every penny (and more).

    I thought I was good at cooking Fish but this place took it to amazing levels.

    Service was great.

    Absolutely recommended.

    • Qype User beanja…
    • Brighton
    • 4 friends
    • 1 review
    4.0 star rating
    24/4/2008

    Easy to miss, Riddle & Finns is tucked away at the edge of the old Lanes of Brighton. It has a pleasant ambience and the tiled walls, de rigueur in fish restaurants, strike exactly the right note. You perch on high stools on raised bench tables. If there are two of you, you are invited to sit side by side. As the restaurant fills up, people sit on the same table as you.

    You're given a basket of fresh bread and good mackerel pate, and an inviting selection of condiments.

    It was rude not to have oysters, I suppose. I'm not actually a big fan of these bivalves, but I tried two of them. One was served with Japanese stylings  a touch of ginger, spring onion, soya sauce, and wasabi, and the other nicely seasoned with little bacon grits and pickled cucumber. My companion greedily sucked down four of them with only a squeeze of lemon and her best wishes. To me, oysters really don't taste of much other than vaguely of the sea, but I was assured by a higher authority that they were good. Eating things which are still alive doesn't really sit well with me if I brood on it too much.

    That's where the champagne comes in I suppose, dulling ethical concerns. We shared a nice bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label NV champagne (aka the Widow) with the meal. Again I am not personally mad about champagne but it went pretty well with the fish. Callings something a champagne and oyster bar, of course, programs you to eat oysters and sup champagne.

    For my main course I opted for a fish pie which was nicely served with greens. A conservative choice, but it was very satisfying. It was cheesy and with big chunks of ultra fresh fish and seafood. My companion had a biology lesson of a fish stew  I spotted the mournful faces of a langoustine, and a crayfish  and there were razor shells too.

    Puddings were decorative and fruity (including the obligatory chocolate one).

    The service was hard to fault. As for value for money. Well, it was a birthday and we were pushing the boat out, but expect the bill for two with champagne to climb easily into three figures.

    For me as a Brighton resident, Riddle & Finns is definitely a destination restaurant. But you'll need to spend a few quid (should that be squid?) to get the best from it.

    • Qype User muhsin…
    • London
    • 4 friends
    • 12 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    31/10/2010

    For a seaside town, Brighton lacks decent seafood restaurants. Riddle & Finn's steps up to the challenge, and being a product of these times of sophisticated marketing, features stylish art deco decor with a marine theme. Eager to please. The waiter uses his hands and words flamboyantly when describing dishes. Worst of all, it bills itself as an "Oyster & Champagne Bar". You see, "seafood restaurant" is no longer adequate not to mention sexy enough, and doesn't help shift nearly as much bubbly. I must say, though, I like the fact they have a fish market in the window so citizens able to cook can make off with a haddock or two strapped securely to their flanks.

    The atmosphere: lighting perfect, but having been there in the evening it had a bit too much of a 'bar' vibe for my tastes. (Solve this by going for lunch rather than dinner.) The other guests were making merry, dressed far too trendily- you know, Ted Baker jeans, Reiss shirts, fake tans, etc. It's not an understated place, to be sure. The music, Morcheeba's "Big Calm" gives you a sense of how oh-so-Brighton the crowd is. Could've been worse I suppose (Moby.) I'd like to say that the sheer mediocrity of the evening's soundtrack nearly put me off my food, but I'd be lying.

    The fact is that R&F's know how to cook fish. My wife went for the fish pie which was incredibly, nay audaciously, creamy and full of buried seafood treasure, while I opted for one of the specials, Bream, which was cooked to perfection and took my tasting buds on a magical journey of self-discovery and sensual delight I still recall fondly all these months later, in a savage and unforgiving land far from those friendly shores.

    Value-wise, it's not cheap. Sides aren't included, and neither is the bread they cheekily bring over without you asking for it. But if you're drinking water you can have dinner on fifteen squid (sorry) or so. If you, like me, are the kind of person who doesn't spend a lot of money eating out then think of R&F's as a good candidate for a very occasional treat, when you have a craving for some decent fruits de la mer.

    • Qype User Ireni…
    • Brighton
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    • 117 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    17/11/2008

    A fantastic fish restaurant in the heart of the lanes.

    You sit on high stools and are seated at communal tables of 6 - 8. Don't be put off by this - it actually adds to it's charm !

    If you fancy a take away you can purchase one from the hatch in the outside window !

    Impecable decor and service. Would get 5 stars if wasn't quite so expensive. For special occasions only !

    • Qype User bernie…
    • Frankfurt, Germany
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    • 40 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    20/4/2011

    We had a very nice lunch on my birthday. My husband had oysters and monk fish & I had prawns with garlic and as main a sole - all very nice and done to perfection. The spanish white wine was very nice and worth it's price.
    Normally I am reluctant to eat dessert but everyting that was served did look so nice that I did order a pear & almond tart with ice-cream - delicious.
    We did pay 100 pound for 2 starters, 2 main, 1 bottle of wine, 1 dessert, 1 bottle of water and 2 coffees. The food is excellent and service very friendly. For me it is good value for money and a place to spend a birthday or anniversary. Will go again when in Brighton.

    • Qype User little…
    • Brighton
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    • 6 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    8/8/2011

    This is my second visit to Riddle and Finns, and had i written this last year I would have given them four stars, but yesterdays visit was less perfect. It is not possible to reserve a table here and it meant we had to wait a long time before we got a table, which was our own choice.
    We were also served the bread and three dips. The dips were lovely but the bread was stale white baguette bread and not what we were expecting. We asked the waitress and she said they had run out of their usual bread. My main dish was an amazing whole mackerel cooked to perfection. It was served with gooseberry and apple chutney that was tasty but did not go very well with the fish. We ordered a side dish of sauteed potatoes that were also tasty but were served in a bowl half full of oil! I have no problem with oil but these potatoes were waaay too greasy and not what I would expect of this place.

    • Qype User minnah…
    • London
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    • 4 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    17/4/2011

    Discovered this place by chance.

    Riddle and Finns changed my opinion on quality of seafood restaurants in England !

    If it's in London, I'd subscribe to membership :D

    Bravo !

  • 4.0 star rating
    24/10/2009 Updated review

    Went in here earlier today, and as usual enjoyed the food provided, however the service was far, far too chatty, which was incredibly distracting whilst trying to hold a conversation. Every couple of minutes it seemed like there'd be a waitress popping up asking us if we were ok, or if we were enjoying our meal, or to inform us why our food was taking a little longer than usual to show up. Obviously it is great that they care about their customers that much, but I think there is definitely a limit to how often you should check upon your clientele's general well-being, and times during which you should allow them to relax, and enjoy their food, rather than requesting an update as to how things are going.

    5.0 star rating
    3/10/2009 Previous review
    I'm not a fan of fish. Why I don't know, I certainly never asked to have such a rampant distaste for… Read more
  • 5.0 star rating
    22/11/2009

    Riddle and Fin is an upmarket (ha, is there any other kind?) champagne and oyster bar in the South Lanes.  This place is SWANKY.  Ok, so it's not ridiculously swanky, but for a pauper like me, it was as if was dining at the King's table!  I was taken here by some generous friends and I have to say it was an incredible experience.  I'm not a massive fan of what they've done with the place interior design-wise, but that is neither here nor there, when you're having a love affair with your dinner!  I had never tried oysters before, but my friends in the know ordered a dozen and before I knew it I was necking one, despite my better instincts. One quickly became three.  It's amazing how good raw seafood can taste! The oysters are delicious and made all the more palatable by a selection of accompanying dressings and, of course, a glass of Veuve Clicquot!   Of what we sampled from the menu, the fish soup stands out- it was amazing...creamy and just the right consistency with really succulent pieces of fish.  I'm salivating just thinking about it. We also had the crab linguine, which was delicious.  I honestly don't doubt that you could order anything on the menu and be more than satisfied- I for one was really impressed.  I'm desperate to go back and try one of their whole crab or lobster dishes!
    The fish is fresh and locally sourced where possible.  Although individual dishes aren't extortionate (an average main will set you back around £17), your bill can easily add up with all the extras, making Riddle and Finn a great place for a special occasion!

    • Qype User MikeFa…
    • Brighton
    • 7 friends
    • 181 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    25/2/2010

    Many people debate whether Due South is really Brighton's best seafood place but in my opinion Riddle & Finns is equally good if not better. As it serves the best seafood risotto I've ever had I'd recommend it to anyone for any semi-formal to formal occasion. It's great for a date as the décor is stylish and easily suites romance. All the dishes are delicately balanced so the saltiness of the fish always comes through without being overpowering or boring. In my opinion oysters are the most overrated food ever so don't take my opinion on them, however, if they're anything like the other dishes I'd highly recommend them. Hidden away in Meeting House Lane, it can be hard to find but it's certainly worth the search.

    • Qype User samant…
    • Brighton
    • 0 friends
    • 175 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    22/4/2010

    I think every Brightonian has either been in this place or stared longingly through the window, it situated right on the edge of the South Lanes down one of the cutest winding alleys. At the front entrance you can look right into the kitchen which is always distractingly bustling and hectic. Although its name, menu and general look of the place reeks of toffs and expense, its actually not that bad price wise. Fresh fish dishes can be obtained for around £13 and occasional set meal deals.

    • Qype User nickya…
    • Brighton
    • 0 friends
    • 7 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    27/10/2010

    good restaurant in a good location.

    lovely fish dishes and service always excellent. can be a little pricey though

    • Qype User ricard…
    • London
    • 25 friends
    • 109 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    30/1/2009

    One of Brighton's most satisfying and pleasurable dining experiences. Very small, always packed, full of zest and life, brilliant, friendly, flirty service, and KILLER fish and seafood. It's a mad little place, tucked away in an alley, with strange high tables that are so wide you need to sit next to your dining companion rather than opposite - but it works. Have been here several times and always love it - except the prices. It costs an arm and a leg. But I'm not complaining. The fish of the day is invariably perfect and fluffy, the fruits-de-mer platters rival those in New York or Madrid (Madrid is a paradox in Spain - furthest away from the sea, but famous for fish - it comes in from the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Bay of Biscay all at once) The wine list isn't exactly a work of art, but it's OK - it's the champagne list that's impressive. Unfortunately, last time I looked, there were only French wines and no sparkling wines from other places, such as Spain, New Zealand or Italy. What about Nyetimber, which is an excellent Sussex fizz? Dining is great fun, and breakfast or elevenses of oysters and a glass of bubbly is totally extravagant but a firm fixture on a Saturday morning in Brighton before going on a shopping spree - or as a break from the exhausting Lanes.

    • Qype User pingu8…
    • London
    • 7 friends
    • 8 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    27/10/2010

    went there last sunday with my bf based on reviews on both qype and yelp. fortunately, there was table available for us :) nice bread with various spreads including fish spread, horseradish sauce, etc. fresh and nice seafood dishes. very friendly serving! what else can you expect from a seafood restaurant? strongly recommend!!

  • 5.0 star rating
    26/5/2012

    I visited the restaurant last year with some friends and loved it! Great food and great staff.

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/9/2010

    What a fantastic place! I was on vacation (or Holiday as the brits call it) from the United States, and went here with my sisters. Very nice looking restaurant with an open kitchen that interestingly faces the street. Tasteful decor, very nice historic pictures of Brighton up on the walls, and a very well appointed restroom (you can tell a LOT about an establishment from how they keep their washrooms).
    The menu was a bit overwhelming; I wasn't exactly sure how a seafood restaurant could keep such a large menu and still serve fresh produce. We got the calamari, the anchovies (whole), and some mussels. Everything was perfectly cooked.
    For an entre, I got the fish of the day - fluke. I was blown away: who in heavens still serves fish with the skin still on it? Good for you! Most restaurants would sacrifce the flavor of the fish by taking off the skin, lest an uneducated diner complain about having to pull the skin off. But keeping the skin on keeps the flavor in, and the smartest of chefs will do so. It was simply fantastic.
    It was very nice to be at a seafood restaurant where the chef knew how to respect the fish he/she was presenting. Well done.

    • Qype User americ…
    • Brighton
    • 3 friends
    • 11 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    19/6/2011

    I went here with my boyfriend to celebrate my birthday a short while back. The place seemed very hip and probably good for a date, but not if you're looking for a romantic dinner for 2. I wasn't expecting the communal style seating (perhaps I should have realized this from "bar" in the name), but the food was quite good. They start you off with bread and 3 different dips, one of which was a delicious homemade mackerel spread. I wasn't overwhelmed by my drink (I thought the Riddling Raspberry seemed a little flat), but my boyfriend really enjoyed his beer (sorry I can't remember which one it was). We didn't end up getting any of the platters, but they look amazing and I'll try one if I have a chance to go back. We both enjoyed our main courses (the smoked haddock fillet was delicious) and were too full for dessert after. Overall the food was good, the prices not cheap (but reasonable for a special occasion), and the atmosphere was hip.

    • Qype User bright…
    • Brighton
    • 1 friend
    • 14 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    26/10/2011

    My champagne sauce tasted like slime. Bland. Bland. Bland. I don't get the big deal. I think it is living on a decent reputation cause people will always rate oysters, etc high- they seem fancy.

    • Qype User darafi…
    • Brighton
    • 1 friend
    • 44 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    17/12/2008

    I had been meaning to go to Riddle & Finns for years but never seemed to get around to it until a couple of weeks ago. I brought my girlfriend here after a day of Christmas shopping and it was more than worth the wait. We had scallops with black pudding, crab chowder, seafood rissoto. and of course fresh oysters with tobassco sauce. I found the atmosphere, the food and the service to be excellent and we will definitely be returning

    • Qype User nofi…
    • Brighton
    • 0 friends
    • 3 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    13/3/2009

    can't get enough of this place - definately a destination when i'm in town. Waiting staff are friendly, flirty and knowledgable. Great fresh fish - superb selection of wines / champagnes .. the two course menu for £9.95 is a steal & breakfast here is a definate for wooing someone you fancy.

    • Qype User faryan…
    • Brighton
    • 1 friend
    • 14 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    13/2/2011

    excellent food and service, what can I say more, just looooovely.

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