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Côte Brasserie - Barbican

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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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465 Reviews

5.0 /6 Excellent 465 Reviews
Service: friendly
Food: delicious
Quality/Price: great value
Atmosphere: entertaining
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: quiet
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3 reviews so far 6
19.08.2017 11:07

On arrival for breakfast was greeted by a very friendly waitress. Great energy at the start of the day!! Food good as always and no problem changing menu item to suit my veggie diet.

1 review so far 6
19.08.2017 09:37

First time to this particular Coté Brasserie but always have a great experience. Food is excellent and really good value. Waiting staff are always friendly and helpful. Will definitely go again. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 6
19.08.2017 08:31

We visited this Cote after a matinee at The Barbican and I requested a table with space for a push chair. We wereiven a perfect table, the foo was great and the staff very helpful. New all enjoyed our relaxed meal.

1 review so far 6
19.08.2017 08:26

Excellent service. Staff were very attentive and not overbearing. The food was just lovely. The atmosphere was very lively. Suffice to say a good evening was had by all.

2 reviews so far 6
27.06.2017 13:35

My experience at Cote Barbican was fantastic. I had a perfectly cooked steak in a peppercorn and cognac sauce and for dessert I asked my waitress Monica ( who was very charming attentive and helpful ) if they had my favourite which was a crepe in grand marnier and she said we don't have all the ingredients to make it so I just opted for an ice cream. Anyway after going next door to the cinema to ask a question much to my surprise when I came back there on the table was my favourite dessert on fire and perfectly done. I called my waitress over to thank her and she said she had told the chef and he agreed to make it even though they had to go out and buy the oranges, so they went out of there way on a busy Saturday Night to make me a very happy and content man. Great place brilliant staff and good ambience with fantastic food. I will definitely be returning and would highly recommend this Cote Restaurant.

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 5
15.08.2017 19:40

Efficient service, although I noticed that order for neighbouring couple, despite request for 'no oil' on melon, was presented with oil, and had to be returned. My special -- veal -- was OK, but wd have appreciated just a bit more jus! The potatoes weren't particularly great -- I suspect the oil they'd been cooked in was a bit tired. Also, they weren't quite hot enough when delivered to the table. Good bread and a good glass of wine -- a Cote du Rhone. Meal set me up nicely for the matinee at the RSC.

1 review so far 6
20.07.2017 07:54

We like the Cote chain - and had previously been to the Hampstead branch many times. The food is consistently good and this was true of the Barbican branch, too. The service at the Barbican was very good on Sunday - efficient, friendly without being fussy. Good value. 4 of us had 2 courses and 2 bottles of the 'house' white for £120 including service. Set us up nicely for the concert we were attending at the Barbican Centre.

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.

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 3
11.07.2017 09:58

We had decent food and decent service. The reblochon was divine. There isn't a huge choice for vegetarians, just 'light meals'. The seem to subscribe a common view that vegetarians are on a permanent diet and don't like large portions. I had the spinach and mushroom crepes, which were quite nice but I didn't notice much spinach in them. Another, more serious, issue was that they were made with buckwheat and this wasn't mentioned on the menu. I'm not a big fan of buckwheat and wouldn't have ordered them if I'd known. I had the cheeses to end, and they were very nice. They also brought plenty of bread to go with the cheese, which is a definite plus - so many places skimp on the crackers/bread. Overall, it was a pleasant meal.

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
27.07.2017 10:12

Thinking it was a chain restaurant, we were not expecting much of our pre-theatre menu - which turned out to be very tasty & well served by friendly staff. The red wine by the glass was absolutely delicious (and we drink old Bordeaux's bought on auction at home). So we returned after the play to have dessert - and I, who do NOT eat dessert normally, found the creme brulet AMAZING! Bravo To chef, manager, servers, all.

2 reviews so far 6
26.07.2017 18:41

Prompt and attentive service, great food and reasonable prices. Restaurant is lively, with a nice ambience and a good place for conversations. I've been to Cote about a dozen times this year and have never been disappointed even once. There's a reason why Cote's a London favourite! Small request: can you put the delicious French onion soup on the 2/3 course set menu please?

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.

2 reviews 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.

1 review so far 6
05.07.2017 16:22

Easy to book a table, charming staff, excellent food - menu has a wealth of different types of food and you can also have the pre-theatre menu which is excellent value for money. I have now been there with friends and family at least 6 times and I will continue to go...an excellent restaurant to eat in the heart of the City.

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 6
12.08.2017 21:17

I have enjoyed many good meals in branches of the Cote chain choosing from the lunch/early dinner but think this was the best yet, choosing from the a la carte menu. I had veal escalope and my grand daughter a huge chicken salad, and we shared delicious creamy spinach. Desert of creme caramel and chocolate fondant with ice cream good too.

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.

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 .

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.

5 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
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 6
08.07.2017 20:26

This restaurant is so convenient for attending the Barbican Centre. It is light and airy with friendly staff and an excellent menu and wine list. They do a lunch/pre-theatre menu which is very good value for money and has a good selection. Our meal was delicious along with the recommended bottle of Viognier.

8 reviews so far 6
18.08.2017 23:51

Our party of five loved every dish - the pissaladière was warm with lots of olive oil and topping, the pan-fried hake with chickpeas was delicious, as were the salt cod croquettes and the pork belly. The service was also friendly and well-timed. We'll certainly return before our next visit to the Barbican.

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.

1 review so far 6
09.07.2017 08:14

EXCELLENT FOOD, SERVICE AND VALUE FOR MONEY - THE TOILETS WERE SPOTLESSLY CLEAN AND WE OFTEN GO TO VARIOUS BRANCHES WITH FRIENDS AND CONSTANTLY RECCOMMEND THEM - WE WENT TO THE GUILDHALL OF MUSIC AFTER THE EARLY SUPPER WHICH ADDED GREAT ENJOYMENT TO OUR ENTIRE EVENING - REGARDS GEOFFREY AND HILARY BURNS

1 review so far 6
31.07.2017 07:57

Pre-theatre meal that was extremely tasty, imaginative and served on time! The serving staff were friendly and efficient. We were asked a few times through the meal for our feedback, so there seemed to be a felt concern on the restaurant's part to ensure the food was of the right quality.

7 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.

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.

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.

4 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.

4 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.

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

5 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