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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 baked crêpes with wild mushrooms, spinach and Gruyère cheese - both classics of the French Kitchen. Oh, and Côte Brasserie also offers one of the most satisfying pre-theatre menus in London.

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CHEF'S CHOICE

307 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 307 Reviews
Service: friendly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Quality/Price: great value
Noise: quiet
Food: delicious
Waiting Time: no waiting time
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1 review so far 6
17.06.2017 18:31

Just had a very enjoyable lunch at Cote in the Barbican. As always excellent food and service, and would not hesitate to recommend to others

1 review so far 6
16.06.2017 20:53

The welcome on arrival was a relaxing start to the meal. I eat a limited variety of food but the menu offered several choices. The dishes I chose eg Fish Parmentier were all delicious as was the wine of the day. Excellent value with attentive and efficient staff.

1 review so far 6
11.06.2017 08:04

We are always impressed by the warm, helpful and friendly welcome from all staff - as well as excellent food, efficiently served in good time. Thank you!

1 review so far 6
10.06.2017 23:18

Value for money meal, excellent service from everyone including Denis our waiter, who couldn't have been more helpful. Also thanks to the chef (whom we didn't meet) for tweaking a couple of the dishes to our satisfaction. A great start to our day out.

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.

1 review so far 6
30.04.2017 09:40

Great Restaurant service and good selection of dishes to suit most tastes. We had both the fixed price 3 course and a la carte options all of which were very nice. This was a pre theatre lunch as we were going to the Barbican so the service timing was important - all executed very well but without feeling rushed. I will definitely use this place again particularly in combination with events at the Barbican which is a 3 minute walk to the theatre entrance

3 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.

2 reviews so far 6
16.05.2017 12:47

Though one of the friends accompanying me and I are great fans of this chain, visiting the ones at the Barbican and in Tavistock Street with some regularity, this was a first-time visit for our mutual friend who was favourably impressed by the menu and food and wine ordered, served and eaten/drunk. Value for money, good menu selections and prompt service were all greatly appreciated by the three of us on Sunday, 14th May. Adrian Clark

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.

2 reviews 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.

3 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 5
31.05.2017 18:23

great food in lovely surroundings. Never been to a Cote before and found it very impressive. Food was served quickly after ordering (although waiter was very slow to come and take our order). Quantity perfect. Food tasty and well seasoned, and presented. Desserts gorgeous. Plates were very hot - hooray! Loved the Pernod which I had not had for years. Excellent value. Will now seek out a local Cote nearer to home.

1 review so far 3
07.06.2017 11:52

This was one of our regular visits to Cote Barbican. I was surprised that we had to ask for our complimentary kir as it has arrived without asking previously. The main courses took longer than expected to arrive and it was obvious that the haddock had been waiting to be served for some time and had dried out considerably. It was a disappointing dish for a summer menu as the haddock and the puy lentils gave an overwhelming appearance of greyness and there were far too many lentils. The staff responded effectively by deducting the cost of the haddock dish as, by the time a replacement arrived, we had both shared the poussin as the other main course.

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 6
14.05.2017 16:11

Excellent environment and ambience , this together with the excellent quality of the food and the staff , who make dining there an extremely pleasurable event . It is also in a London situation , good value for money . We look forward to repeating the experience again in the future . Full marks to the Restaurant .

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
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.

1 review so far 5
21.05.2017 07:40

For me Cotes are always reliable, if not exciting places to eat. This one is great for a pre-theatre supper at the barbican, the set menu being very good value. But book early so you're not in a rush - the service can be slow at that time of day as they get very busy (probably on account of the barbican's own eateries being poor quality and overpriced).

1 review so far 6
27.05.2017 19:45

Excellent food, great service. Good for any occasion. We were in London staying at the Montcalm Brewery and you can virtually fall across the road into this excellent restaurant! We were in town for a celebration the following night and decided to get the festivities started early and pushed the boat out a bit........ Lovely meal!

1 review so far 6
04.05.2017 23:01

Simple, appreciative, helpful service, the pre-theatre menu a delicious bargain, the waitress on the ball - this WAS pre-theatre and as usual the staff pick up almost instinctively if you are getting anxious about curtain up and kindly reassure you that you can eat AND get to the show at the Barbican. And so it was....

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
07.05.2017 19:29

even in a busy pre-theatre evening we were warmly served and looked after. however a starter dish (flatbread with Camembert) had ran out, we were offered alternative with garlic bread, which we didn't mind, but that spontaneous solution was not up to the typical, very decent, expectation of cote's quality. Having said that it was very minor in an overall very pleasurable occasion with good food.

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!

3 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 3
23.05.2017 14:37

The food was OK but the service was slow and we had come for a pre- concert meal. We arrived at just after 6pm but did not get our mains until 6.55pm after some chasing. We then had to wait for the bill, which we again had to chase. Myself and my daughter left so we could catch the concert. My husband arrived at the concert just in the nick of time. I appreciate the restaurant was full but the point of going to the restaurant is to be able to eat before the concert so you think it should be geared to doing that.

6 reviews so far 6
13.05.2017 22:07

I have to admit to being a very demanding customer but the Maitre de Rish could not have been more accommodating in finding me a table to my liking. The food was up to its high standard and l don't think you could get better value any where else in London.

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 2
19.05.2017 11:10

We have eaten at Cote Barbican on many occasions and have never had a bad experience. Our most recent visit was, however, most disappointing. It took a long time before our starters arrived and we waited nearly 45 minutes for our main courses. The staff attempted to serve us main courses that were for a different table but nobody had the courtesy to apologise for the delay. We had to call a member of staff over in order to complain. When the main courses arrived we had very little time left to eat the food. My risotto main course was almost cold but we did not have time to send it back. Later a supervisor/manager came over to apologise for the delay and we had money taken off our bill. We like Cote restaurants and will probably go back to the Barbican branch but this experience has left a sour taste.

4 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

3 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 5
29.04.2017 00:01

A lovely meal of seared scallops, roast sea bass and a chocolate fondant washed down with the recommended Macon Village. My only reservation is that I thought the service a a little casual - I prefer that our order is written down and not left to memory which then needs to be checked but overall a very enjoyable experience.

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

4 reviews so far 5
25.05.2017 10:11

We have visited Barbican Cote a few times, and not only do you get the great quality and value for money that they always provide - especially from their pre-theatre menu - but the staff are always friendly and attentive! And also accommodating when they know you have to leave by a certain time for a show.

1 review so far 5
11.05.2017 12:28

I've eaten at a few different Cote's now and they've all been very pleasant. This menu is a nice mix for everyone. I love the Belly Pork, but this time the crackling was not crisped at all. When it was pointed out they did offer to sort it out immediately. Apart from that the food was lovely.

3 reviews so far 6
31.05.2017 06:26

We each had a main from the a la carte menu, my Tuna Nicois was excellent with fresh tuna, griddled to perfection, the Fish Stew was also excellent with a generous amount of fish. Friendly effecient service - it was a quiet day though. Overall super value.

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 6
13.05.2017 11:46

I've been to many Cotes, many time before, but not this one until now. It proved to be well up to the standard i expected. Good tasty food, served professionally and courteously, and at a very fair price. Brilliant for a pre-concert or pre-theatre dinner.

2 reviews 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

3 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
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.

1 review so far 5
03.05.2017 19:13

Had really tasty food and enjoyed my meal. Only slight niggle is that when they brought the food they rushed off quickly and I really wanted ketchup for my chips :( also the waitress took my water glass away from when I first sat down. Other than that great place.

1 review so far 6
15.05.2017 09:45

Perfect location for theatre performance. One of our guests was celebrating her 60th and they gave flowers. Drink and presented candles whilst singing..ALL without charge BUT equally as important they were SO attentive to everyone dining there, not just our table.