About Côte Bistro - Richmond
– Good Food Guide
No matter the occasion, Côte Bistro sets the stage for an unforgettable dining experience in Richmond. Part of the award-winning Côte Brasserie family of restaurants, Côte Bistro’s Hill Street location is a magnet for foodies from far and wide who crave an authentic French bistro experience. Setting itself apart from other French dining establishments in the area with their unpretentious, comforting dishes and affordable prices, Côte Bistro in Richmond is an excellent choice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Book in advance to save a table at this London gem.
- Monday 08:00 - 23:00
- Tuesday 08:00 - 23:00
- Wednesday 08:00 - 23:00
- Thursday 08:00 - 23:00
- Friday 08:00 - 23:00
- Saturday 09:00 - 23:00
- Sunday 09:00 - 22:30
French bistro fare, fine wines, cold beer, hearty breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts and more can be found at Côte Bistro in Richmond. Located just a stone’s throw from the Thames and moments from Richmond station, this casual yet refined restaurant continues to make its mark on the local dining scene. From Surrey to London and even further afield, Côte is a force to be reckoned with, especially given it’s open from early until late every day of the week, making the Hill Street outlet a must-visit.
There are so many quality dishes to try at Richmond’s Côte Bistro that it can be difficult to know where to begin. For starters, you can’t go wrong with a piping hot bowl of French onion soup, some warm beetroot salad, chicken liver parfait, or steak tartare, but that’s just the beginning. If you like a good steak, get involved with the 10oz sirloin with your choice of sauce (we like the garlic butter), the duck confit or some Breton fish stew. Dessert is not to be missed – get the frozen summer berries with white chocolate sauce for a refreshing finish. Book your table now to taste for yourself what makes Côte Bistro such a hit across London and Surrey!
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Always very helpful staff and lovely atmosphere. Reasonably priced and great for business lunches and social occasions. Richmond venue is always busy which is a good sign
Great food as usual, reasonably priced and lovely staff. Had the set menu which presents exceptional value for money. The quality of ingredients used is really good and the menu varied and tasty
Hope this is the top score I mean it to be, Booked table for 2 3 turned up no problem and when they wre really busy they asked us to move and gave us more wine
Get service as always the staff are always so friendly. Makes the experience all so much better! 5 star
Arrival disappointing as ignored for a while then maitre d' could not remember where he had seated our friends, so we had to walk through the restaurant to find them! However, It all improved from then on. Our table waiter was delightful, responding well to our requirements, not wanting to be rushed, requesting our wine to be very well chilled etc etc. Our food was extremely good, well presented and very tasty, satisfying the whole of the table. Even when we were one of the last tables remaining at closing time, we were not hurried out, but allowed to leave in our own good time. A very enjoyable evening, and most certainly one that we will be repeating.
Normally very good service but last night it wasn't good at all! We had to wait some time for our waitress to give the OK to the waiter who had brought our food from the kitchen - he just stood there waiting while she cleared another table, before he could give it to us, meaning the food was getting cold - we were starving so didn't say anything! Diners at the next table to ours had to wait 20 minutes before their drinks were served - they told us it was the worst service at Cote they had ever experienced! Perhaps the restaurant was understaffed last night - if so, perhaps more staff should be recruited?
Fab food and lovely location - most of staff were very helpful - the only criticism I have is we were given a booth down the back of restaurant which was lovely and for starters and main courses the service was brilliant and attentive but when we decided to order deserts and coffee there was no one about - some of the staff were at the top of restaurant and the others had gone to lunch or disappeared which left the back of the restaurant ignored - it took a while to get someone's attention and even then they came from the top of the restaurant!
Lovely meal as it often is when we come here. Well cooked, delicious and a wide selection from which to choose. They forgot one of my daughter's drinks initially, and we were only a party of 4, but the restaurant was extremely busy. There was barely a single table free and there are quite a number of tables here. My other daughter really enjoyed a good quality wine, and my husband and I had some authentic French cider which we really like. All in all a lovely birthday meal out for me!
We arrived and selected the pre theatre menu ordering within 15 minutes of arriving. The starters arrived promptly, but we then had to wait a further 50 minutes for our main courses and had to ask 3 times about our order. At first the waiting staff said we had only had to wait 12 minutes and we had to point out that this was from the time they had cleared our starter plates, which was around 35 minutes after we had finished eating them! When our main courses arrived, we had to eat them very quickly as we had to get to the theatre on time. The restaurant were apologetic eventually and gave us our bottle of wine free as compensation. The food was very good, but we were unable to appreciate our main courses. I will return to this restaurant as I have had consistently good service and food when visiting previously.
staff were lovely as always, very warm and inviting. We sat outside and the staff came out to us on several occasions to ensure that we were okay and didn't need anything further. Sometimes when you sit away from the restaurant you can be forgotten by the staff. This is never the case here. The only thing I would say is that the toilets are not that great. They could most certainly do with some modernisation.
I have been a freaquent visitor to Cote Richmond ove the last ten years and think it the best one in London. August menu is fantastic, had beetroot/macarel salad pork bely , some minted peas and crem caramel to die for. Exceptional service on a very busy Friday evening.......NO ONE ASK US TO VACATE THE TABLE even after we forgot our selves chating long after our meal was finished. Thank you all at Cote Richmond.
Great early evening dinner with an old friend. We had the set menu: my duck pate with brioche was delicious; frriend's asparagus light and lovely. I had the grilled chicken, which was fine - very tasty sauce. Sea bass looked good. We'd ordered spinach which arrived half way through - restaurant was very busy. We were well served by our waiter and when dessert was delayed, offered coffee on the house. We agree the set menu is one of the best deals going and will be back.
I booked a table here for a surprise for my girlfriend last saturday. It was very busy but service was excellent. Started with Onion soup - very tasty, and had the fish pie (it was called something else but I cannot remember what). It was delicious. We really enjoyed the evening and will definitely return here. Thankyou very much to all the staff for making it such a nice meal.
All good. Choice of food on the set menu all a possibility so difficult to choose. We all enjoyed the food we ate which was delicious. The service was friendly and there was no undue wait for anything. The wine was excellent. The manager very helpful. The restaurant acoustics were great - we could carry on a conversation without straining to be heard. A fine and seamless eating out experience.
I always have a great time at Cote Richmond. I normally go in the morning for team breakfasts and the place is normally dead but that means we get a great service. My last visit was on a Saturday afternoon, the place was packed but managed to get a table straight away. the food as always came quickly and it was delicious. The service is also very good there.
I was given the table I requested in advance - a booth - where seating is padded. My parents who were with me are 85 and 93 need this level of comfort. The manager was most attentive sorting out for me my loyalty offer of a free kir. The food was as ever delicious and hot and the service very good. I particularly enjoyed the fish stew.
Lovely restaurant; didn't get top marks because we were sat literally next to the disabled toilet door (which kept opening and closing as people couldn't be bothered to go upstairs to the main toilets - the door opened 'into' our table- no one wants to see a toilet when eating!) and our mains were forgotten about, so we were waiting a long time. Customer service was excellent though both in sympathising with our table placement and getting a repeat rush on our food. Very friendly. Food was good, not great. Table for 4 next to disabled loo beware!
We really enjoyed our Father's day breakfast, the service and food was lovely. The restaurant was understandibly quite busy and the noise level became very high and could really benefit from looking at interior changes (ie more fabric on the walls to stop noise from the upper level bouncing around) to soften the ambiance - we all would have enjoyed our visit better with a more relaxed ambiance. Easily fixed and we would have rated Cote top marks.
We are regular Cote diners, and are always delighted with the food and service. It is really impressive how you maintain standards over such a big network. Sadly, we have been to Richmond twice lately, and on both occasions, the food has not been to the usual standard. The most recent visit, I had a rib eye steak, rare. Unfortunately, it was very tough, chewy, cold, and in my opinion 'Blue' rather than rare. My wife had chicken and chips, which I ended up sharing as I left most of my steak. She has this regularly, and on this occasion, we both found it very salty. We did not complain, as we were against time to get to a concert. Service, was as ever exceptional
It's all packed and lively in this restaurant. You always have to book. The staff are fun and friendly. The food is excellent and the service is always always good. We are regulars and they know us and go out of their way to make every meal we have a really good experience. It's extremely popular with all the residents of Richmond!
I visited a restaurant on Friday evening with my friend,it was busy but we booked a table so we got it on time. Service was great, very friendly and the waiter was quick, food was ok, nothing special, but good. Salmon fish cakes were great, duck was a bit dry and didn't match with fried potatoes, also frozen fruits with hot sauce- nothing special, the portion was tiny for that price. Disadvantage was a toilet which was far away from our table, shame that there was none upstairs. Overall was ok.
We reserved a table and it was ready for us when we arrived. The service was prompt, polite and professional. Our food (I had grilled 1/2 chicken and she had effectively fish and chips, French style) was good but not great. The chicken was only very slightly overcooked. The fish was fine but had been previously frozen, it seemed. The prices were reasonable. Since we were not looking for a special evening out - just a dinner after a long day of work, Côte Bistro in Richmond fit the bill.
First time visiting the Richmond branch, usually go to Kingston. Food was generally not as good, pissaldiere was over cooked, my steak while perfectly cooked was not hot nor were my chips so obviously it waited a while as my partners was nice and hot and it was same cooking temp. Dessert menu had to be asked for and the he bill took a long time to come. Wine was warm at first.... Don't get me wrong it was not a bad night just could have beeen better
The food at Cote was as good as usual, but they were short staffed which was painfully obvious. The worst part of the evening was the noise. We could barely hear ourselves speak. Upstairs was closed which meant everybody was packed in downstairs. Friends were eating elsewhere in the restaurant and sent us an email afterwards complaining they couldn't hear themselves speak. Next time we eat at cote we will go to Teddington or Kingston. We even had to wait 15 minutes for the bill!
A good Brunch enjoyed by the family whose age ranged over ninety years. Food was well presented and tasty. A slight confusion over what type of coffee was ordered by one member of our group and there was a certain tardiness in taking our order in the first place but otherwise it was a pleasurable experience.
Had a really lovely early evening Dinner here, friendly attentive but discreet service. Cote know their market and cater to it well, seemed our fellow diners were equally enjoying themselves. Delicious food, served without over long waits for it to appear. Lovely wine, nice touch serving it chilled in an ice bucket. We'll definitely be back.
We had a lovely time at Cote Bistro Richmond. The staff were pleasant and attentive without being intrusive. The atmosphere is always good at any Cote restaurant we've been too - only took 1 point off as it was a special occasion where we were celebrating my husband's 60th birthday and the staff were aware of this and a complementary Kia would have been very welcome :)
The food was thoroughly enjoyed by my visitors who had never been to cote before. It was cooked and presented tp perfection. The waitress was exceptional - welcoming, so friendly and very knowledgeable about olives. We were so pleased we came to cote and the manager was expertly and smoothly organising everything. My favourite restaurant.
We have been eating at Côte Richmond on an occasional basis since 2011 and have never been disappointed with a meal. Some dishes have been exceptional. On the most recent occasion, both food and drink were very good. However service was a little slow at times and the complimentary glasses of Kir were incorrectly added to the bill at the end, otherwise everything was acceptable.
It was quite enjoyable evening. The food was good and was served pretty quickly. One of our party of 6 "complained" her seafood pasta porcion was too big, The waiter did not speak very good English but we managed to communicate our orders without problems. One thing we found bit strange was that our brandy was served in glasses more suitable fot whiskey or water.
Booked for a pre theatre dinner and they wanted to know start time to ensure that we were through in time. Food and drink served promptly, not rushed and good service as well as excellent quality as always. Made the theatre in time: should have stayed longer as food much better than the play!
The usual high standard of service, good quality food, friendly atmosphere, efficiency and a personalised touch in treating us as regular customers with curtsy and attention. I enjoyed a similar service in any of the Côte restaurants in London and away. Good communication and regular updates through email. Keep up the good work!
The main reasons for this rating are: 1. We were a party of 6 adults and the booth we were given was very cramped - this made for uncomfortable dining. 2. The meals took a long time to be served. 3. Only 5 of the 6 main courses were served at the same time. There was an unacceptable delay for the 6th meal to arrive by which time most in our party were finished or almost finished. Eventually the manager arrived to apologise and agreed not to charge for this particular meal. The delayed meal itself was disappointing in terms of quality and quantity.
The table was ready at the correct time and the food was lovely. The beef was on the blue side of rare, but that was great for me. Rather that than ask for rare and it comes only vaguely pink in the middle. Can also recommend the Calamari to start.
I genuinely love the chicken and chips in this place - so I keep going back but it's making it harder and harder every time ... Last night's incident involved a couple who had complained about their food next to us and were impatiently waiting for a replacement dish and whilst the manager came over and dealt with them - by the time they had finished and left - their table was left uncleared for over half an hour. We were also ignored once our food had arrived and in the end had to go to leave before we were brought the bill. I'm not sure whether they are just understaffed in this branch - although I have had similar issues in other ones - but Cote, you're trying my patience and as much as I love your chicken and chips I may just have to go elsewhere in future.
The food was good. I had asked for a nice /special table as we were celebrating my husband's bit. We weren't given one, when we queried it we were told people would be leaving soon and we'd be able to move, the staff never came back to us on this and we weren't asked if we wanted to move. Our waitress was dreadful. It was as though she had never waited a table before. For that reason I am irritated that we were given a bill with 12.5% already added to it for service when the service was so bad.
I went on Good Friday with three members of my family and we had a really good time. The service was friendly and efficient and the food was very good, including presentation. Two of my guestscare gluten free and one also diabetic but they found more than enough choices that suited them. I would recommend Cote Bistro Richmond.
Would have been top marks however chips were cold, condiments requested came after 15mins and friend not happy with burger burnt on outside. However manager was great and took some money off bill. I go at least once a month with my husband and as this was a one off will continue to frequent. Thanks for redeeming yourselves!
Everyone was very friendly and pleasant - only disappointment was the one vegetarian dish for my sister on the quick menu was off but they did try and recompense her. We left definitely feeling like we would recommend the restaurant to others and will definitely go back again. Very good value, certainly on the two/three course set menu.
Food was great as always with Cote, But the service was appalling, FOH needs a complete and utter reboot from the top. Lazy management and slapdash team. kingston and Esher always sharp, first Richmond visit, felt like I had walked into a tired, worn out out chain like Bella Italia or the like. Please let me know when you have changed the leadership their, So i can try them again. Any restauranteur could walk in there and likely pinpoint the underlying problem here, lets hope the area manager is sharp enough to save the place.
We had a lovely waitress and that made it all go along very nicely. We chose from the specials menu and it was really tasty and very good value , making special mention of the delicious haddock parmentier and the very special frozen berries with white chocolate!!
Cote Bistro Richmond. Our table was booked for 17.45.for a pre theatre meal. We were meet by a friendly member of staff who showed us to our table. The atmosphere was lively and the service quick and efficient. Food was hot and tasty. Staff very attentive. My only criticism would be that we were rather squashed.
Friendly service, good food, great value. What more could one ask? Initially we were taken to a table which I didn't like because it was very tight where patrons and staff were walking past but to change it to a preferable one was not a problem.
We have been eating regularly at Cote since it first opened in Richmond. We have also eaten at Cote in various London Branches, Guildford, Esher, and Kingston. The fact that we have visited so much speaks for itself. Good well cooked food at a good price in a pleasant environment with excellently chosen staff.
Changed reservation time, when I then arrived time hadn't been changed. Was left over an hour before receiving our food. Discount was applied to food however this didn't make up fot the time I had lost. I was due to meet friends for drinks at 10pm and I didn't leave the restaurant till 10:30 This then meant I had to leave Richmond 30mins later to ensure I got the correct train home. I love cote and it's amazing food however the service I received in Richmond was disappointing.
Had a cooked breakfast, juice and a hot drink which I received from the Côte Loyalty Rewards offer (buy one get one free). Lovely breakfast, really fresh. Had the vegetarian cooked breakfast, and was really delicious and a nice way to start the day!
A very nice meal! The staff were friendly and helpful! We enjoyed starters and main meal which were very good ! The only disappointment was with the dessert, one of us had a creme brûlée and it lacked a nice caramel sauce! We enjoyed the evening and we will certainly be back!
Food was as lovely as usual, service ok and the place buzzy with lots of people which I like but unfortunately we were sat next to a particularly noisy crowd that made it hard for us to hear each other. Obviously not the restaurant fault but the tables are quite close together.
Service was poor. Table was dirty on arrival at 10.00 a.m. on Saturday morning. Waiter wiped the table when i requested it but did so reluctantly and badly leaving bits on table. Waiter seemed unenthusiastic to serve us e..g did not bring the slice of lemon I asked when ordering my tea and when, after a long delay, I spoke to him he seemed to deny that I had ever asked him for the lemon. I felt we were just too much trouble. We have frequently used Cote in Hampstead and been pleased with the experience (which is why we booked Cote in Richmond). The premises do not reflect well on Cote. The premises did not feel cared for. Food (breakfast) was ok but again lacked something.
Richmond Cote is my favourite one of the chain that I've been to (I've been to the Kingston, Esher & Cobham ones). The food is always excellent and the staff helpful and friendly without being obtrusive. Our waiter last night was perfect.