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Côte Brasserie - Birmingham

City Centre French £££ +100
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About Côte Brasserie - Birmingham


Here were good ingredients handled with skill and care to create dishes of far higher quality than many I’ve eaten in bistros in France
– Paul Fulford, Birmingham Mail


Unpretentious French cuisine, professional service and a refined setting await you at Birmingham’s Côte Brasserie, one of the UK’s most successful family of restaurants. Committed to only utilising the best seasonal produce and finest French products in every dish on offer, Côte Brasserie maintains high standards that are hard to surpass and they have a reputation to match. Located at The Mailbox on Wharfside Street in the city centre, just next to Birmingham Canal Old Line and just moments from the city’s symphony orchestra, Côte Brasserie sets the stage for an amazing meal in the heart of the city. Reserve your table now.

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 - Birmingham, 120-122 Wharfside St, B1 1RX Birmingham

Further Information

Côte Brasserie is well known in the UK for offering flavour-packed French dishes made with premium ingredients. The Birmingham branch in the city centre is a fine representative for the brand, and their large al fresco dining space surrounded by ivy-covered walls makes this outlet one of the most unique. The restaurant’s location at The Mailbox – Birmingham’s premier shopping and lifestyle centre – couldn’t get much better, with some of the city’s biggest attractions and numerous transportation connections within arm’s length. Because of the restaurant's’ popularity, reservations are highly recommended at Côte Brasserie.

Despite featuring exceptional ingredients in each and every dish on offer, Côte Brasserie keeps prices reasonable across the board. There’s even a popular loyalty programme known as Côte Rewards that presents regulars with a multitude of opportunities for big savings. The Birmingham city centre branch of Côte Brasserie is open every day of the week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with options ranging from smoked salmon and scrambled eggs and mimosas during the morning hours to traditional French specialities including savoie ham with celeriac remoulade (air-dried mountain ham with shredded celery mustard and coleslaw), chicken liver parfait and steak frites with garlic butter. For dessert, be sure to take an order of chocolate mousse for a decadent finish.

View Set Menu and Specials

July Lunch and Early Evening Menu Monday TO Friday 12 Noon to 7PM. Two Courses 10.95 / Three Courses 12.95

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283 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 283 Reviews
Atmosphere: excellent
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Quality/Price: cheap
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
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1 review so far 6
19.07.2017 10:33

Always a reliable choice for a french meal with an authentic taste. A pleasant welcome, an interesting menu to choose from, attractive and thoughtfully cooked food and attentive service all make for an enjoyable experience. We shall return.

1 review so far 6
19.07.2017 08:55

Excellent venue. We were able to sit outside and eat Al Fresco with a lovely summer evening. Food is excellent and they offer a fantastic Gluten Free Menu. Waiters are friendly and attentive.

1 review so far 6
18.07.2017 16:33

The Cote in Birmingham was excellent with attentive staff who gave great advice to my wife on the menu which as a diabetic she found invaluable. The food was cooked to perfection and served in a timely fashion letting us enjoy the evening and not feel either rushed or that we had to wait. Overall a great night out which helped us celebrate our wedding anniversary with a smile. Special mention of Sola our server who was fabulous, thank you Sola we will be back

2 reviews so far 6
17.07.2017 16:50

Excellent food,excellent services,always a brilliant experience. The staff at Cote Birmingham always go the 'extra mile' with all they do for customers. I recommend Cote to all my friends.

2 reviews so far 6
04.04.2017 08:44

Wherever I go in the U K I always find a Cote. The high standard of food, ambience,locations, service and cleanliness are upheld throughout the chain. I would say Cote is one of my favourite restaurants. I recently visited the Birmingham branch. It is situated in a perfect location on the Canal. The outside eating area has a backdrop of a vertical garden. As in all of the restaurants the interior definately has a great French bistro feel, so a great atmosphere as soon as you step in the door. The staff are always friendly and welcoming. Onto the food, The steak frites accompanied with a pat of garlic butter is served pink and very tasty. For dessert I would recommend the chocolate Mousse, best I've eaten anywhere in the world and I'm a seasoned traveller. All in all a great experience with excellent service.

1 review so far 6
21.06.2017 13:18

We visited as a party of 4 on Saturday 17 June 2017 for lunch. Booking in advance was really easy and the facility was extremely useful as my partner's mother is coeliac and ordering from the Gluten Free menu was essential. It was also my partner's birthday and the staff really made a fuss of him, surprising him with a Kir Royale as we were seated and followed by a candle in his Roquefort and a chorus of 'Happy Birthday'!! The staff service was excellent throughout the meal and the food was magnificent and very reasonably priced. I'm a fan of Cote in general, but this branch excelled itself and is my favourite. We will certainly be visiting again and a huge THANK YOU for making the day so very special.

1 review so far 5
12.05.2017 11:20

First class. Ordered a drink shortly after being seated. Waiter came back 5 minutes later and asked if we would like to order. We said we would wait a little longer, Waiter came back 10 minutes later without prompting(this is good service practice. He took our order and we asked for further drinks. including complimentary water. These were quickly delivered. The starters arrived cooked to perfection. Upon completion the plates were quickly removed. We were asked if we wanted our mains yet (this is unusual) We replied in the affirmative. The Mains and sides also arrived cooked to perfection. We Skipped the desserts as we were completely full. The only reason we have marked them down by one point is is the fact that the wine selection needs updating. This could be me as i am not a lover of French wine. Must go.

1 review so far 6
06.03.2017 08:21

Service was exceptional. Food lovely. The Birmingham restaurant is managed perfectly, with a very close attention to detail with both service and food. Having a carafe of water delivered to the table without asking was wonderful (and after all, is the French way) but to have the waiter come and replace it when he saw me finish it was wonderful - particularly bearing in mind I had my back to the restaurant and didn't turn my head to ask for service. A lovely but very important touch. Very well done to the brilliant Sian and her expert team.

18 reviews so far 6
24.06.2017 10:52

we arrived early and were had a very friendly welcome, The staff could not have been more helpful. The restaurant itself is located at the lower part Mail Box by the canal the environment is really pleasant and there are tables located by the canal which on a warm summer evening make for a very pleasant dining experience. As usual @ the cote the set menu is excellent value and the food delicious, the service exemplary. Overall a fist class evening good location for symphony hall or the BBC

1 review so far 5
07.07.2017 11:56

Very difficult to access Mailbox car park especially when you are a visitor to Birmingham. Even more difficult to access restaurant if you are disabled and a wheel chair user, as I am. No signs in Mailbox for lifts etc. Booked for 7.30 but when we arrived no seats outside so started with drinks inside until a table available. Very good service and very good standard of food, although a side order was forgotten. We like Cote as a restaurant chain and feel that this was one of the best we have used. However will think twice about using again because of the external access difficulties.

1 review so far 5
24.04.2017 08:54

They had reserved me the table I had requested. We did have to ask to order drinks . The food was of a high standard as usual and didn't take too long to arrive . The only bad point was our order of carrots was forgotten and when they did arrive they were raw. We made the waiter aware of this but we were still charged for them . Also 12.5% service charge should be optional not just added to the bill .

1 review so far 6
09.06.2017 18:03

All the staff were very polite, helpful, and attentive. The service was excellent, and we weren't rushed in between courses. It was spotlessly clean, with a nice ambience, both inside and outside. There is a great choice on the menu, either on the set menu, a la carte, or specials. The food was nice and hot, well presented and very enjoyable. Excellent value for money, considering the location.

1 review so far 5
07.03.2017 12:15

Had a lovely meal at the Cote Brasserie on a Friday evening in March. We arrived before 7pm and so decided to take advantage of the set menu, where two courses are 10.95 or 3 courses are 12.95. We opted for the two courses option and both had a starter and a main. All the food was delicious, the staff were very attentive and prompt in food service. Overall, a wonderful meal, for a good price in a lovely atmosphere.

1 review so far 4
12.03.2017 21:32

Since finding Cote in Jan in Cirencester we've been to 2 other ones in Cheltenham & Leamington. At the Birmingham one today we were a party of 8 for a double birthday celebration. I was disappointed with my meal as the moules were minuscule, a case of molluscs infanticide I'm afraid. Also my meal was so late it arrived when the other seven meals had almost finished. However, there were some good points: good service, nice birthday cakes (thank you) and excellent burgers. We'll go back to the Leamington one and hope their suppliers provide larger mussels in future!!

1 review so far 6
22.03.2017 10:40

Excellent service, called to say we were running late so they changed our reservation time, as a result of being late we were in a rush to our next destination so were worried the food might have taken ages as they were really busy however food came out really quickly and cooked beautifully! Would definately return... hopefully can spend abit more time there next time!

1 review so far 5
02.04.2017 18:51

Choose here on a whim but boy did it deliver. Food for both of us was absolutely delicious and full of flavour. Had 2 different mains and desserts. Clean plates all round. Service was quick and friendly. Only thing was they automarically put a percentage gratuity on bill which was 6.61 for 2 of us but u can have if removed as its optional. We felt it was worth it though for quality of food we got.

1 review so far 6
21.06.2017 09:12

I have visited this restaurant a few times and I'm never disappointed. On this most recent visit the weather was very warm so we sat outside. The waiters were very attentive and friendly. The food was really good but I could've eaten it twice, so a little disappointed with the portion size, but then it left room for a dessert. Planning another visit soon.

1 review so far 5
11.03.2017 17:32

Lunchtime at the Birmingham was quite quiet but nevertheless extremely enjoyable. Staff were excellent. My guest and I both had half a chicken - mine was totally acceptable however my guest felt the texture of his was "somehow wrong" as if it was not fully cooked. But it was (I felt you would want to learn of this although not sure what you could do to rectify. The complimentary red wine was superb.

1 review so far 6
30.05.2017 09:14

We had a lovely evening with friends to celebrate my husbands birthday. Staff were excellent and accomodating, food was truly delicious, plenty of choice on the menu. We all had the specials menu, 3 course £12.95, you can`t go wrong with this menu, wine excellent and quite reasonable. I can`t wait until we go again. We certainly return there.

2 reviews so far 6
11.03.2017 11:35

Great location by the canal at the Mailbox Birmingham. In summer the outside eating and seating is a special treat. Service was charming, professional and attentive. Food really tasty and the early eve/lunch set menu excellent value. Took advantage of my birthday offer from Cotes i.e. free kir royale for myself and guest. Great start to great evening.

1 review so far 6
25.04.2017 17:27

Very welcoming and friendly staff, also very efficient as well as attentive Dinner was so enjoyable we returned next day for brunch when we were met by some of the same staff from dinner the night before and we're asking how our evening was. Next time in Brum I will be back here for certain. Well done team

1 review so far 6
01.06.2017 22:55

Excellent. 2 of us were gluten free explained this and a menu was brought out showing what we could have including god bread instead of normal bread. Manager came and took the order and we had a good selection on the early menu. Food excellent, not rushed to leave, polite and attentive staff. Will go again.

1 review so far 6
31.03.2017 16:11

Excellent service, great food and a great atmosphere! We were a group of 9, celebrating our friends visit home all the way from San Francisco. It was a Monday night and it was still buzzing. Lovely location overlooking the canal. The staff went above and beyond our expectations to make our night truly enjoyable!!

1 review so far 2
10.04.2017 11:19

My teenage daughters rib eye steak was bleu when she asked for it to be medium rare. They did replace with a new one which was cooked correctly but my daughter felt it had ruined her experience and appetite. Also, the card machine was not working so I was asked to go to the cash machine to get the cash out! I explained that I wanted to pay by card and not cash so they then offered to use a manual machine which I did't mind at all. I felt that this option should have been offered in the first place rather than expecting diners to leave the comfort of the restaurant to get the cash. On a positive note though the other 4 meals were delicious and good value for money with the quality of the ingredients but the fact that my teenage daughter's meal wasn't good in the first place is the reason for the low score.

1 review so far 6
26.03.2017 08:37

If you love french food, and why wouldn't you... this restaurant is for you. The food was on point. The charcuterie board starter was so damn good, especially the smoked duck breast. The service was amazing, I was left feeling the 12.5percent service charge was not enough. We will return very soon.

1 review so far 5
06.07.2017 07:47

I had a most enjoyable set lunch of Apple and Roquefort salad, followed by Haddock with a pea puree and a dark chocolate pot to finish. It was a very hot day, so I ate on the terrace with a slight breeze from the canal, but my complimentary Kir Royale (it was the day afetr my birthday) was very welcome.

1 review so far 4
22.03.2017 09:13

Not much personal service at all from anyone, the Air conditioning didn't come on until desserts so was extremely uncomfortably hot in there and my 30th birthday cake candles got to me already blown out! Despite all that my father still gave £20 tip to a girl and didn't realise we had already been charged £25 tip Not sure would recomemend for anything but lunch to be honest

1 review so far 6
27.04.2017 17:08

Everythink was amazing. I had an excellent reception. The menager was all the time in motion, kind, gentle and the attentive waiters. The food was exellent, fresh, tasty. I recommend to everyone to try this restorant, this hospitality and the service... Thank you guys again...👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

1 review so far 5
31.03.2017 09:25

The food was a very high standard and the service was good. The waiting time was acceptable although we did sit down close to 5 so quit really for dinner. I imagine it is more busy later and this might have an impact on service and wait times. The wine selection was ample.

1 review so far 6
17.05.2017 17:21

When in the city I often go to Cote its a really stylish and genuinely good French Bistro.The set menu is amazingly good value and if you have 3 coursed really satisfying.Really good service and no rush to get you out .Love it 😊

6 reviews so far 6
04.05.2017 23:41

We looked at the menus of a lot of other restaurants in Birmingham but could not see anything to compare with their choice, price and standard of food presentation. We were very glad we had decided to visit yet another branch of Cote

1 review so far 6
24.06.2017 10:16

Wonderful restaurant with great staff and excellent food. It is always a pleasure to eat here and last evening was no exception. Portion sizes are perfect and the wine not over expensive. The staff are attentive but not fawning. Will visit again soon!

1 review so far 5
03.07.2017 12:51

We arrived early for our reservation and were immediately accommodated. The atmosphere was perfect for dinner, as was the menu. Service was excellent and delivered at a good pace. As usual, the cuisine was delightful. Côte Brasserie lived up to its usual high standards and remains a wonderful dining experience.

1 review so far 5
28.04.2017 11:56

We had the 3 course set menu which is very good value for money and very enjoyable. The Creme Caramel is a must. The restaurant is in a lovely position overlooking the canal. There are lots of seats outside, when the sun shines! Staff are always pleasant and helpful.

1 review so far 5
14.06.2017 18:23

Lovely - food was fresh and delicious and the service was efficient and friendly. I would have given 6 but for the very loud and rather intrusive voice of one of the staff who was having a meeting with other staff members in the corner of the room.

1 review so far 6
18.06.2017 09:13

We had great service as well as great food. We were sitting outside which was a super location next to the canals looking and green wall looking up at the Cube and other great buildings. It was a lovely evening.

2 reviews so far 6
14.05.2017 19:49

Brilliant food. Staff lovely and helpful. Would come again. Recommend to friends and family, join the cote rewards club well worth it. Would like to know how to check how many rewards I have. How do I do this please?

1 review so far 6
12.03.2017 21:31

Very warm welcome. Menus plenty of interesting choices though perhaps deserts variety could be improved and made cheaper. Food excellent. Frustrating that group's phone system out of order Sunday afternoon. Staff friendly and attentive. Complimentary drinks appreciated. George Pearce.

1 review so far 4
07.05.2017 18:13

We were a party of four . We enjoyed the ambiance and three of us enjoyed our meal, but I chose the asparagus wrapped in ham. Unfortunately some of the asparagus was tough and stringy which spoiled the dish for me. Cote came well recommended so I will not let it cloud my judgement if considering another visit.

2 reviews so far 5
17.05.2017 09:07

Nice atmosphere, good food and pleasant friendly service. I do not agree, however, with the addition of a 12.5% discretionary service charge. Customers should be allowed to choose the amount and method og staff gratuity without the embarassment some customers may feel about having it removed.

1 review so far 6
16.05.2017 23:27

I just love this restaurant, been many times and will continue to visit. The food is amazing and the staff are lovely and friendly. If there is a problem it is rectified quickly and effectively. Great customer service!

1 review so far 6
07.05.2017 20:40

Always a great meal and attentive staff, even though it was busy we didn't have wait for our meals. One thing I would do is move the coffee machine to somewhere less public as it was very noisy

2 reviews so far 6
03.06.2017 08:10

Incredible food, beautiful atmosphere and helpful staff. We didn't have dessert as nothing took our fancy, but the coffee was more than made up for it. Beautiful cappuccino and tastes far superior to many high street coffee brands

1 review so far 6
05.06.2017 08:03

Really great service and really great food. Lovely atmosphere and we'd highly recommend it to others. We went on a Sunday and it wasn't too busy, but not quiet either, so it was just right. Get down there!

1 review so far 6
22.04.2017 21:33

We had excellent service at Cote Birmingham today, food was excellent too. We would recommend Cote to our friends and family. We have now been to five Cote restaurants around the country and each one was excellent service.

1 review so far 6
29.03.2017 23:08

We had tickets for Symphony Hall but we had such a great meal that it was difficult to tear ourselves away! Perfect food and wine, served by charming, attentive staff, what's not to like?! Will definitely return :)

1 review so far 6
31.03.2017 15:20

The perfect venue for a late breakfast. Our server was patience itself: we took our time over our meal which allowed three friends of long standing to catch up with each other. The food as always was excellent.

1 review so far 5
10.04.2017 09:02

We started with some bread and olives. Then we had two vegetarian main courses which were very nice. Because I had been before for the first time, we took advantage of a free bottle of wine. All in all, we had a very nice evening.

1 review so far 6
21.03.2017 07:30

Had a lovely pre- concert meal at Cote brasserie. The lunch and early evening deal is such good value. Great atmosphere, wonderful food and charming service. Definitely will go again, especially as the deal menu changes monthly.

2 reviews so far 6
02.07.2017 07:22

I have eaten in several cote Brasseries in all different places and what I have to say about them is the food is always excellent and so are the people who serve you. I would strongly recommend.