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Gars Chinese Restaurant

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19 Prince Albert Street, Brighton BN1 1HF, England (Formerly Gar's Chinese Restaurant)
+44 1273 321321
12:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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60 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Food was good quality but pretty standard Chinese fair. The prices here are very high for the type of food and the portion size is not what I'd call generous. Drinks are also pretty expensive. Service was okay but not fantastic as i would have expected for the price.

Thank KeyCuk
Brighton, United Kingdom
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80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This Chinese restaurant has had its ups and downs in the past but the last three times I have been here it has been really good food and great service. It's not cheap but it has to be one of the best Chinese restaurants in Brighton.

Thank scottieipad
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had previously booked a table but arrived early , was greeted by the manager to be told your table isn't quite ready yet ... not a problem we left & went for a drink nearby in the lanes . Second take we were shown to our table upstairs in the middle level which was lovely . Our coats were... More 

2 Thank Alan S
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42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I have been a regular customer of Gars for many years, but have recently noticed a drop in quality and a hike in prices over the last few visits. And on my recent visit today with family for lunch I was completely shocked to be served a chicken satay starter that was so badly cooked (or undercooked) it could have... More 

Thank Nero T
Brighton, United Kingdom
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202 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am an absolute dim sum fiend, and having lived in Brighton for ages without ever visiting Gars I decided it was about time and didn't come away disappointed! It's definitely a step up from your average Chinese, with clean decor and warm service. We ordered the har gow, siu mai (x2), char siu bao, chicken and mushroom buns and... More 

1 Thank Laura D
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Gars on a Sunday afternoon with a family group of 10. It seemed like we must of had pretty much everything on the menu. Could not fault any dish or service.

1 Thank Richard L
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140 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Nice restaurant it's been here for many years, top of the range pricing for Chinese in Brighton but foods ok and staff are pleasant & attentive. I remember 10/15 years ago I'd have given it the full 5stars but didn't feel the WoW factor it had then, but never the less a nice place to eat.

1 Thank yuervtttt
Colchester, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

This is the best Chinese we have ever eaten!! We ordered so much so they served a few at a time, we ordered from the dim sum menu and I'm glad we did. There was so many dishes we had never tried before but there wasn't a thing I didn't like. The service was impeccable, very polite and observant, so... More 

1 Thank Tiffany T
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Fantast food, amazing service. Topped off by the owner walking us round to a local bar, to get us on the guest list and miss the queues. Thank you so much!

1 Thank TracyAntoinette
Saint Albans, England, United Kingdom
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

As previous reviews have stated - excellent prawn toast! We had the set chefs meal and it was just right for two people & everything was tasty and came out of the kitchen quickly.

1 Thank Selina C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$44 - US$62
Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Delivery
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 19 Prince Albert Street, Brighton BN1 1HF, England (Formerly Gar's Chinese Restaurant)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Sussex  >  Brighton and Hove  >  Brighton
  • Phone Number: +44 1273 321321
A Brighton institution in the heart of the famous Lanes, Gars has been serving Chinese food with attitude for nearly 30 years. This family-run restaurant is smart, sophisticated and streamlined, with polished bamboo flooring and modern silk shades. It’s set over three floors, with a private function room and bar downstairs (with the possibility of karaoke if the mood takes you), a ground-floor section with red-leather panelling and soft lighting, and the first-floor dining rooms. The food is a clever mix of classic and modern Chinese, alongside other Asian favourites like Thai green curry and salmon teriyaki. Start with tender beef carpaccio served with sesame and chilli dressing, then dither between fresh scallops in black bean sauce, lamb shanks with ginger and spring onions or the sensationally savoury Cantonese roast duck.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?