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5.2 /6 Excellent 82 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.


82 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 82 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Service: friendly
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Atmosphere: entertaining
Quality/Price: great value
Food: delicious
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1 review so far 6
26.03.2017 17:05

Great - thank you. Good food and excellent customer service. Great place to take the family. Relaxed atmosphere and good location, nice comfortable environment with plenty of light and space.

1 review so far 6
24.03.2017 23:23

Good variety of starters and mains, and the usual delicious puddings on the pre-theatre menu. Attentive staff meant we were able to reach our theatre in time.

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
24.03.2017 08:16

Excellent friendly, attentive and professional service. Good quality food cooked exactly how we ordered it. We are regulars at this Côte and are always pleased with our experience here.

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
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 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
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.

1 review 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

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 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 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
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
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.

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 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 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
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 ...

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.

3 reviews so far 6
06.03.2017 07:51

This branch of Cote Brasserie is the best one in the London area. The service is excellent and the quality of food of the highest standard. The prices are reasonable. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 6
04.03.2017 17:28

Cote is one of a chain of French type brasseries - well run and with excellent service. Both food and wine are good value and the set menu is very good value.

1 review so far 5
06.03.2017 15:27

We have been regular visitors of Cote at the Barbican for several years now and have never been disappointed. The quality of the food and the standards of service are above average and their prices remain very reasonable.

1 review so far 5
18.03.2017 23:29

Good meal - fish soup and gratinated prawns to start, swordfish with ratatouille to follow and then an apple tart and a lemon tart to finish. Washed down with a bottle of Samur. Well served and pleasant surroundings.

1 review so far 6
22.03.2017 19:15

Delicious set priced dinner and polite quick service. W had good orange salad ,fish with flagelot beans and excellent creme carmel. Well designed restaurant with well placed tables allowing for privacy.

1 review so far 6
07.03.2017 11:25

Excellent blend of flavours and lovely staff. (Why do I have to make up the minimum of 25 words to send this review little bit silly forcing people to do that)

1 review so far 5
06.03.2017 14:45

Never been disappointed with a meal at Cote - good, tasty food, nice seating and pleasant, professional service. Service is efficient and attentive, and lunch sets menus are excellent for business lunches without breaking the expenses account.

1 review so far 6
28.02.2017 08:18

Wide variety of sensibly priced dishes on the menu. Our choice, the duck confit, was very good and the service was great - cheerful, helpful but not trying to over-sell.

1 review so far 6
14.03.2017 10:49

Excellent dining experience - superb food, great atmosphere and the best staff. We chose crab mayonnaise and charcuterie board, then rib eye steak and fish parmentier. Delicious! Highly recommended!

1 review so far 6
18.03.2017 17:14

Both the service and the food were very good. I asked to swap a few items from the dish I chose and they had no problem accommodating this

2 reviews so far 6
06.03.2017 08:28

Always good food at a reasonable price. Pleasant surroundings and good service. Best place to eat in the Barbican area. Getting busier so you now have to book!

1 review so far 6
08.03.2017 08:26

Booking was essential as the the place was busy, our waitress was very attentive and accommodating, all other staff seemed nice friendly, the food was cooed to perfection.

1 review so far 4
27.02.2017 09:18

The food was, as always, excellent and represented very good value, but service was a little tardy; luckily we were not in a hurry, and the waiting staff were always courteous and helpful, so despite the delays we had an enjoyable experience.

2 reviews so far 6
13.03.2017 07:56

Consistently good. Pre theatre menu is excellent value. Nice ambience and very convenient for the Barbican Centre. Worth reserving a table as can get very busy before concerts.

1 review so far 5
19.03.2017 18:22

Good choice on the prix fixe lunch menu. Food was freshly cooked, well presented and tasty. We have never had a bad meal here and it's our first choice when attending Barbican events.

1 review so far 5
13.03.2017 23:13

Good service and food arrived quickly which was great as we had a show to get to across the street at Barbican Centre. Will always now choose this place for any pre-Barbican visits.

1 review so far 6
05.03.2017 14:37

Lovely helpful staff. Meal very good although I had expected a greater amount of fennel in the orange and fennel salad starter- but it was very refreshing.

1 review so far 6
26.02.2017 16:12

Excellent high quality food using good basic ingredients Reaally well presented. Friendly and very welcoming staff A fairly priced French wine list A very good alround experience

1 review so far 6
17.03.2017 16:16

It was excellent, as always. The food was good, as was the service, and the staff were efficient and friendly. I will be going back again soon.

1 review so far 6
14.03.2017 10:57

Friendly service, convenient location & very reasonable prices. Good choice of menus. Service very quick. Menu choices available to suit all tastes, especially people on special diets.

1 review so far 6
11.03.2017 23:34

Friendly service, excellent food, great value for money. I certainly would return. It is very convenient for the Barbican Hall. I am very happy with the experience.

1 review so far 5
23.02.2017 18:41

Interesting and varied menu so no difficulty in choosing something delicious to eat. Charming staff, and good service, would thoroughly recommend Cote, Barbican if you are in this part of the world.

2 reviews so far 6
01.03.2017 08:20

Conveniently sited near the Barbican's places of entertainment, Cote offers quick, attentive service and delicious food and drink. Consistent high standards and great value. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 6
18.03.2017 09:15

Excellent service, very pleasant staff, good food as ever. Like the March menu. Brilliant location for cinema etc. Love cote Thanks and will recommend to friends

1 review so far 6
19.03.2017 09:40

I liked the atmosphere . The food was good and well presented. The service was also good and all at a good price, particularly for London.

2 reviews so far 6
19.03.2017 20:13

Good food, fair price and very pleasant service - your staff do your company great credit. A party of four and we all enjoyed our evening.

1 review so far 6
20.03.2017 21:14

We had an excellent dinner from pre theatres menu. Very polite stuff. Food was divine. I would definitely come back to dine here again. Highly recommend.

1 review so far 4
20.03.2017 13:39

Oddly wouldn't allow us to order just a main course from the set menu, even if we paid more. Waiter seemed highly confused by the whole ordeal. Had to order a different main - food was good though.