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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.

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200 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 200 Reviews
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: quiet
Service: extraordinary
Quality/Price: cheap
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: excellent
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1 review so far 6
23.05.2017 07:04

Staff are good, food is good, drinks are good, atmosphere is good!! Everything is good. The management always aim to please, can not fault the restaurant

1 review so far 6
21.05.2017 14:06

We have been to Birmingham 's Cote Brasserie several times now The food is always wonderful, with lots of choices and the service is great. We will return

1 review so far 6
20.05.2017 23:54

Fab waitress, really attentive and just generally helpful. Delicious food, it's been a long time since I've been to Cote, I'll go again for sure

1 review so far 6
20.05.2017 21:45

Lovely choice of main and desserts on the menu. Friendly staff and the usual high standards I have come to expect from Cote Brasserie. Well worth a visit.

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 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.

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 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 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.

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
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 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 😊

4 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 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.

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
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
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
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
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

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.

1 review so far 6
27.04.2017 10:05

this was our fourth time as a couple eating in Cote. Excellent food excellent service good value for money we would highly recommend it.we have eaten at several restaurants in birmingham and this is the best

2 reviews so far 6
02.04.2017 11:58

Brilliant. Amazing service and wonderful staff. I enjoy coming to Cote as it's a treat for me. The venue is clean and spacious the staff are very professional and polite, I look forward to coming again.

1 review so far 5
02.04.2017 10:18

This is a very popular restaurant having a good atmosphere. The menu is varied and has a good selection of dishes. We had an efficient waiter who looked after us during our visit, on the whole a good restaurant well worth visiting.

1 review so far 5
29.03.2017 08:38

Lovely atmosphere and décor, excellent service. The food was good but I was a bit disappointed with my Steak frites...it was tasty but I prefer my steak chargrilled and it would have looked more appetising with a little garnish of salad leaves.

1 review so far 6
05.05.2017 13:49

Excellent food and service. Will come again without fail. Will also investigate branches nearer home too. All four members of our party were also delighted with the outcome of our first visit to your restaurant

1 review so far 5
06.03.2017 07:51

The service was excellent the surroundings were pleasant but the food lacked a je ne sais quoi. Chain restaurants do not often cook from fresh and that shows in the quality of the food. No comparison to a real French Brasserie.

1 review so far 5
05.05.2017 20:40

Lovely food and good service from pleasant staff. A pleasant ambience with staff who seem to know the right level of intervention. They are happy to deal with any specific requirements and take pride in their job. A really pleasant experience

2 reviews so far 5
05.03.2017 19:55

Great breakfast with lots of choice. Nice to see more unusual menu and a vegetarian breakfast choice. Excellent service and attention from the staff. Also great not to feel rushed as we didn't leave until after the lunch menu had started.

5 reviews so far 6
11.04.2017 22:04

Great position on the canal. We ate from the fixed price menu which offers 7 choices on both the starter and main courses. Lovely food, good service and great vfm. Would definitely go back.

1 review so far 6
29.03.2017 14:18

Very helpful staff, excellent food and quality wine, what more could a person ask for. My husband and I went for an early dinner, had a perfect table overlooking the canal. Overall great experience

1 review so far 6
02.04.2017 08:23

Great simple food .. the April special Lamb Chops were delicious and the Creme Caramel is to die for. The staff make you feel valued despite it being a big and busy place.

1 review so far 6
07.03.2017 22:38

We really enjoyed our meal at Cote Brasserie - the food is great and good value for money. The atmosphere is very relaxed and the service was excellent. Would definitely recommend it.

1 review so far 6
26.03.2017 21:16

Good food, great staff, what more do you want, nice restaurant with excellent menu choice. Food, wine and relaxing surrounds, one of the better restaurants in Birmingham hidden away in the mailbox.

1 review so far 6
03.05.2017 17:11

As in the past my me and my family we where made very welcome, Dishes where cooked and presented well, hence professional in the kitchen and dining areas. Rest room was spotless.

1 review so far 6
21.04.2017 22:28

Super good excellent service great value for money lovely venue. Will definitely be back.easy to book online .would be especially nice to do lunch in the summer sitting outside by the canal