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5.1 /6 Excellent 169 Reviews

Côte Brasserie - Barbican

Barbican French £££ +100
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About Côte Brasserie - Barbican

Brasserie (/ˈbrasəri/).
A type of French restaurant with a relaxed setting, which serves single dishes and other meals.

When in London, of course the go-to restaurant for relaxed French dining is Côte Brasserie, and there’s no branch better placed than this one in Barbican. On Whitecross Street and open all day this, stop by for breakfast, lunch, dinner or, if you’ve a meeting or event to arrange, this Côte Brasserie has dedicated private dining rooms and menus available. Exquisite French food no matter the occasion – what could be better than that? Reserve a table or room at this hotspot of Golden Lane Estate for flavours that are fresh and authentic every time. Bon appétit!

Opening Hours

  • 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
Côte Brasserie - Barbican, 57 Whitecross Street, EC1Y 8AA London

Further Information

Typically French decor, a French menu serving traditional classics as well as regional specialities, high quality service and premium locations across London and all of the UK. This is, of course, Côte Brasserie, and this one opposite the Barbican Centre on Whitecross Street next to the Golden Lane Estate is one of our favourites. It’s an elegant, stylish and relaxing family restaurant, as well as place for business meetings or any special occasion that requires a spot of private dining. The private rooms available at this Côte are as charming as the main restaurant with bespoke service and some delicious set menus and canapés.

Of course, if you’re here to reserve a regular table you want to know about the menus. No matter the time of day you can be sure everything that leaves the kitchen here at the Barbican Côte Brasserie will be of the highest quality. The breakfast menu is light and refreshing while the lunch and a la carte menus are laced with intense flavours. Start with chicken liver parfait complemented by a spiced apple chutney, then consider beef bourguignon or a creamy fill of moules frites – both classics of the French Kitchen. Oh, and Côte Brasserie also offers one of the most satisfying pre-theatre menus in London.


169 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 169 Reviews
Quality/Price: great value
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Atmosphere: entertaining
Service: friendly
Food: delicious
Noise: quiet
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1 review so far 6
27.04.2017 15:08

We go there regularly before a Barbican concert, and always receive first class service and value for money. We are regular visitors to other Cote restaurants as the food is always very good.

1 review so far 6
27.04.2017 10:45

Great quality food and plenty of it at a very competitive price, and served by friendly, efficient staff. This was my second visit to a Cote restaurant, but will not be my last.

1 review so far 6
25.04.2017 10:44

We were a party of four and we received great service from the team. The food was good and good value with the 'pre- 7pm' meal price.

1 review so far 6
23.04.2017 07:29

Cote at Barbican is a great restaurant- lovely food, very friendly staff. Perfect for pre theatre. Excellent choice for vegetarians and nice busy atmosphere. Will definitely come back

1 review so far 6
31.03.2017 10:44

We had booked a table fr 6.15 to allow us time for a meal before the filmed opera started at 7.20. Because of terrible traffic we didn't arrive at the restaurant until 6.35. Our table was still reserved and waiting for us. We explained our time constraints to our waiter who was extremely helpful, took our order as soon as we were ready and the food - two courses, came up quickly and efficiently. We had time to enjoy a two course meal, with a bottle of house wine, pay and be out by 7.25. We arrived in the Barbican Cinema 5 minutes before the film began. Perfect timing and a very happy start to our evening's enjoyment. Also very reasonable cost - under £20 per head including service.

2 reviews so far 6
28.03.2017 12:14

My wife, myself and our two sons attended on Mothering Sunday, at lunchtime. Although it was busy the service was friendly, professional and attentive. Clearly the organisation of Barbican Côte Brasserie is excellent. The food was delicious and they even had their amazing set menu as well as a children menu. Difficult fish dishes are served perfectly and simple french cuisine has added panache. I can recommended the Barbican Côte Brasserie for family dining and also for couples and even friends meeting.

1 review so far 6
29.03.2017 21:50

Cote was absolutely packed. It was 630 pm Friday before a concert at the Barbican and I'd booked (which was just as well). Despite the number of diners,, the staff could not have coped better. They were all attentive, charming and really helpful. The pre-theatre menu changes regularly and always has plenty of choice, keeping the vegetarians happy. They really seem to have a winning formula which I hope they never change! Keep it up Cote.

1 review so far 6
12.03.2017 11:01

We had lunch for 6 on my daughter's birthday yesterday. We could not fault the friendliness of the staff, the beautifully presented, delicious food and the amazing value of the set menu. We were apprehensive when our daughter chose Côte Barbican as we had travelled from Cambridge, Bow and Richmond specifically for the meal. We need not have worried. It was all excellent. We'll be back!

1 review so far 5
11.04.2017 10:57

Excellent food as always. Tried the Breton fish stew for the first time. I have noticed recently that there is background music. In my opinion it is unnecessary and intrusive. Cote is by far and away the best restaurant I have been to in years and I am a frequent visitor. I have been to five branches, they are all equally good. Leave everything as it is. Change the menu occasionally, of course, but don't meddle with anything else.

1 review so far 5
14.04.2017 08:59

Having made a booking prior to my arrival, I was shown to my table immediately. I chose items from both the main and special menus and ordered a glass of Chablis which was served at the right temperature. The three-course menu I ate (crab mayonnaise on toast, salmon fishcakes with ratatouille and tarte au citron) was tasty, of sufficient quantity and high quality. The staff were all friendly and attentive, providing good service at all times.

1 review so far 6
29.03.2017 10:48

Arrived early for pre-theatre dinner. Very efficient, friendly service. Lots of choice on both the regular and lunch/pre-theatre menus, the pre-theatre menu being exceptional value for a London restaurant! It was fairly quiet when we arrived at 5.30pm but within 30 minutes it was almost full, which made for a great atmosphere. Highly recommend and will definitely return if visiting this area again.

2 reviews so far 4
27.03.2017 22:24

We've eaten at this branch of Cote many times. The food is usually good and service efficient and friendly. Today I had an offer which meant I got a complimentary bottle of wine. When the bill came they had charged me for the wine and for a starter I'd ordered but they didn't have. This is the second time we've had to ask them to take things off the bill, so make sure you check your bill carefully. However the restaurant is very conveniently situated and we will definitely eat there again.

1 review so far 4
27.03.2017 12:39

It's convenient if you're attending a Barbican cinema screening. The food is reasonable, the service OK. Eaten here a few times. No-one ever seems to be at an obvious greeting point, so you stand around aimlessly hoping for attention. I once walked out because I was consciously ignored for 2-3 minutes on one particularly irritating occasion last year by two members of the waiting staff who seemed to be having a childish competition with each other (Autumn 2016) and instead ate at the cafe which is next door.

3 reviews so far 4
16.04.2017 06:39

Cote is a reliable chain, and it was reliable tonight. We popped in after a film and had a mains special each -- one lamb, highly appreciated, and one chicken roti, which was good, but a bit too roti in spots, i.e. burnt skin. The service was friendly. But, given that the place was half empty, I was a bit surprised how often we had to make an effort to get any attention. In this half-dead part of London, this is a very convenient and reliable option

1 review so far 5
28.04.2017 11:08

Lovely setting for a brunch business meeting there. Staff were very friendly and the atmosphere very good for a business meeting. Maybe could have had more attentive staff - we had to ask for more coffee - but I wouldn't mark them down for that as I think they could see it was a business meeting and were giving us our space. They reacted very quickly once we asked.

4 reviews so far 5
31.03.2017 22:51

We enjoyed the usual good value pre-concert meal at the Barbican Cote. There was a bit of a delay between ordering and our first course arriving but after that our waitress and the manager made sure our meal was complete in time for our concert. Without asking, the manager also gave a nice reduction on our bill to compensate us for the delay in being served - much appreciated.

1 review so far 5
23.04.2017 00:02

Very friendly welcome at the outset. Helpful waiter who took our order quickly and brought both courses promptly. We had the pre theatre dinner which is very good value and we allowed plenty of time to get to the play at The Barbican. Both our meals were tasty and well presented and piping hot. Would recommend this restaurant for simple, well made food at a reasonable price.

1 review so far 5
02.03.2017 22:04

There were problems with two out of four starters (one soup served cold and one starter for which they had run out of the key ingredient). However the maitre d' dealt with it efficiently and made the reselected starter complimentary. Overall, the food was very good and the meal enjoyable. As with many restaurants of the type the high noise level can make hearing difficult!

2 reviews so far 6
02.03.2017 06:14

Arrived just before 7pm so was able to benefit from the pre theatre menu. We were greeted and seated in a friendly and efficient manner. Our bottle of house white and some water appeared promptly and our order was taked. The quality of the food was excellent and the three courses very good value.

1 review so far 5
27.02.2017 08:01

Eaten here before, unfortunately although I had booked a table for one the waitress thought I was waiting for someone so did not take my order. After 45 mins I grabbed her attention and ordered. Sadly on this occasion the food was not up to standard but the manager certainly went out of his way to rectify this! I left happy.

2 reviews so far 5
25.03.2017 22:54

We arrived at 3.00pm to find a packed and noisy restaurant but the staff managed it well. The service was efficient. We ordered from the a la carte menu and enjoyed our duck breast dinner and the roast pork belly: good quantities and quality. This is a very convenient place to eat before or after an event at the Barbican.

3 reviews so far 6
06.03.2017 00:25

As a regular at Cote restaurants in different towns I expect a certain standard of food and level of service and Cote Barbican met my expectations. In addition, my companion who is disabled but very independent, was warmly welcomed and the table we were given was very accessible for her.

2 reviews so far 5
12.03.2017 20:43

Good value and excellent service. It would be even better if they can keep some lemons set aside without being cut into wedges so that customers can have 'squeezing lemons' on request. I'm pleased that they now offer side plates with the bread rolls rather than having to eat them off the napkins. The food is always very good

2 reviews so far 5
31.03.2017 10:27

A different menu from our last visit - some interesting new dishes. We both went for the bacon lardons & frisee salad (good) and I had the sea bream (delicious, not too sure about the beans with it) and he had chicken, which came with a delicious tomato sauce. Our waiter was excellent, always there to help, never intrusive.

3 reviews so far 6
28.03.2017 08:25

We wanted a quick meals a reasonable price before going to a play at the Barbican . 3 courses for 4 people came out within 1.5 hrs ... excellent food quality and very well presented ... service so efficient and always with politeness and a smile . Will return

1 review so far 6
24.03.2017 11:59

The Cote Brasserie restaurant was extremely good. The food is always of a very good standard and well presented. I would highly recommend eating at any Cote Brasserie restaurant as their standards do not change. Excellent choice of food to suit most people. 10 out of 10

1 review so far 6
18.03.2017 10:18

Online booking worked perfectly. Our first visit, we were impressed with the excellent service although it was early evening so can't say what it would be on a busy evening. The food was tasty with a good choice. We will certainly eat at Cote again.

1 review so far 3
09.04.2017 00:16

Despite plenty of time between the start of our meal and our need to leave for the theatre, there was great delay in being served, with a 25 minute wait between finishing our starter and receiving our main course - the waiter seemed quite unconcerned despite our letting him know we had time constraints. This is not the level of service and customer care we are used to receiving at Cote, and needs attention. The food itself was tasty but the starters had 'shrunk' in size we all thought.....

1 review so far 5
08.03.2017 23:30

Having a Cote restaurant 1 minute on foot from the Barbican Centre is a great luck. It's a lucky tandem. Good food and service help to enjoy art and vice versa. I often have my dinner in Cote Barbican before a show and wish this restaurant a ling and prosperous life! Thank you

1 review so far 6
19.04.2017 15:04

Did what we expected - and more. Pre-performance supper at Barbican branch, excellent, fast, friendly and attentive service, usual Cote menu (excellent VFM). Couldn't be more conveniently situated for Barbican 2 cinema - hadn't realised that it was part of the same building.

2 reviews so far 6
13.04.2017 18:55

Lovely atmosphere. First visit to cote for anything other than breakfast (which was delicious and excellent value). Had the £12.50 two course pre-theatre menu ....steak frites....creme caramel and a beautiful apple crumble. Really lovely bread and butter on the side. All so nice.

1 review so far 6
10.04.2017 11:38

We go to lots of the Cote Brasserie around London. It is always good. Last night's service was friendly and efficient. I forgot to ask for my steak to be cooked medium rare, so it was a little overcooked for me.

1 review so far 6
06.04.2017 08:33

A positive greeting at the door was continued by all members of the staff we came in contact with during the meal. It was good to know that the tip was for the staff at this venue as it was justified.

1 review so far 5
06.03.2017 10:46

The staff at Côte Barbican could not be more helpful. We were welcomed and looked after so well. Nothing was too much trouble. Food is always reliable here - some of the specials were unavailable but it was 10pm by the time we arrived. Food was great

1 review so far 6
06.03.2017 23:03

An easy booking service. Arrived at pleasantly attractive restaurant . Stylish ambience and great table by a window. Good new monthly pre theatre menu well presented with good choice of dishes. Food excellent and god value for money.

1 review so far 6
14.04.2017 22:50

We always go here before a performance at the Barbican. We enjoy the food and ambience of a Cote. This time is was quite busy, and it seemed slightly under-staffed, but we had an excellent pre-concert meal.

1 review so far 6
06.03.2017 08:59

Food Service and ambience were impeccable. There was a good wait between courses and staff did not rush us at all. A fantastic place to catch up with friends, it felt like we were back in Paris.

1 review so far 6
08.03.2017 10:42

The staff at Cote Barbican are very welcoming and attentive although never instrusive. The food is excellent and served in just the correct portions. It is light and airy and lots to do around the Barbican afterwards!

1 review so far 6
01.04.2017 09:03

We were very satisfied with both the service, the food and wine. The swordfish was particularly delicious and we we arrived at the Barbican in good time for the concert by our dear friend Sam Haywood

2 reviews so far 5
10.03.2017 21:33

Always reliable place to eat with waiters efficient and pleasant. Today the Hungarian waiter was so friendly and nice. We did not feel like we were rushed although we stayed rather long in there. Set menu is a very good value for money.

1 review so far 5
02.04.2017 22:34

Nice ambience, friendly staff, good service. Some of the items on the menu weren't available and the main course salad had too many lettuce leaves rather than the other ingredients, but it was tasty. Overall a positive experience and would come back.

1 review so far 6
20.03.2017 11:33

We were a large party so not always easy to cater for - but we had no problems at all. The food was excellent and the staff were very friendly. Overall a very enjoyable experience!

1 review so far 6
12.04.2017 09:38

Good, fast service. Food was good, price was incredibly good, we had the three course starter menu. And, have to say the Cauliflower soup was the best I have had! Two very happy customers :-)

1 review so far 6
30.03.2017 16:12

Excellent experience at Cote Barbican last Sunday (Mother's Day). We had a family brunch, which was delicious - with excellent, friendly service, so we were well set up for the concert at the Barbican afterwards.

1 review so far 5
06.03.2017 09:40

Excellent restaurant for pre theatre dining, spacious, firendly (if somewhat slow, service. good value on the set menues. But disappointed that we didn't get our free bottle of wine despite one of our party ordering from the a la carte menue.

1 review so far 5
10.04.2017 09:37

As always, very appetising menu, well priced dishes and buzzy atmosphere. A bit slow on the service at this branch. This is the second visit and each time we have to ask to be served which lets it down a bit!

1 review so far 6
11.04.2017 09:00

The pre-theatre menu was excellent value and the food was superb. Every course was delicious and well presented. The creme caramel was especially good. Serving staff were most attentive and polite at all times.

1 review so far 6
06.04.2017 22:32

Food delicious and matched the calibre of the service from our waitress who ensured an all round marvellous eating experience. I had the tuna salad which was perfectly cooked. Clean plates from us all.

2 reviews so far 5
15.03.2017 12:23

The food was very nice and there was enough of it so that we were pleasantly full. The service was pleasant and very efficient despite it being very crowed and a bit noisy. The prices, for the quality, were excellent.

1 review so far 5
22.03.2017 08:06

Very good restaurant (small chain). Staff are always very well trained and service is quick (perhaps a little too much but I understand we are in London and diners need to get to theatre/cinema etc). Excellent food as always ...