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5.3 /6 Excellent 427 Reviews

Côte Brasserie - Brighton

Central French £££ +100
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About Côte Brasserie - Brighton

Winner | Best Value Restaurant in the UK
... all the elegance, informality and buzz of a classic Parisian bistro
Good Food Guide

Côte Brasserie is known throughout the UK as having perfected French cuisine and the overall dining experience that comes with it. This location in sunny Brighton on Church Street is opposite the stunning Brighton Dome and a stone’s throw from the picturesque Royal Pavilion and Pavilion Gardens, nestled inside a truly spectacular historic building. With an interior worthy of the exterior and a menu that will suit all tastes and dietary requirements, this Côte is high quality yet the price points remain affordable and accessible to casual diners far and wide. Reserve your table at this wonderful Brighton establishment today.

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 - Brighton, 115-116 Church St, BN1 1UD Brighton

Further Information

When in the seaside town of Brighton, a wander through the beautiful Pavilion Gardens and Royal Pavilion are an absolute must – so the perfect end to a perfect day of relaxing and taking it all in is to pay a visit to the French specialists at Côte Brasserie. Located close to these beautiful gardens and opposite the equally beautiful Brighton Dome, Côte Brasserie specialises in high quality French cuisine without the exorbitant price point. With a stunning rooftop terrace as well as street front dining, this Church Street brasserie in the city centre will have something to satisfy everyone.

We recommend beginning your evening with steak tartare, finely chopped raw beef mixed with shallots, capers, cornichons, egg yolk and cognac, before moving on to the delectable pan roasted haddock fillet wrapped in smoked French bacon with braised puy lentils and wilted baby spinach, dill and beurre blanc. Dessert is a must and with the Côte speciality of crème caramel it’s not hard to see why. Situated in the heart of the Brighton, it’s definitely worth booking a table at Côte in advance.

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427 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 427 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Food: delicious
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: great value
Atmosphere: excellent
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1 review so far 6
28.05.2017 23:01

It was bloody good. Steak cooked to perfection. The boys serving were so helpful. The wine was good. Alas there bread sold out. The restaurant is so regal like an old fashioned bank.

1 review so far 6
28.05.2017 18:05

We were greeted on arrival by manager who was delightful. The service overall was first class. The food was up to its usual high standard. Have been visiting Brighton branch from first day it opened and only once have had an issue, which was speedily resolved. Thank you

1 review so far 6
28.05.2017 07:59

My wife and I were treating my sister and brother-in-law on their 40th wedding anniversary and we were hoping our visit to Cote would be suitably special and memorable. Happily, our expectations were met in lots of ways. The enthusiastic welcome, and attentive service throughout our stay, meant we could concentrate on enjoying our food and conversation. All of us were impressed by the quality of our individual menu choices which were not only delicious but also presented with care and flair. If I had to point to one downside it was that the first pouting of white wine was not as chilled as it should have been. However, it arrived at the table with an ice bucket, which meant that subsequent pourings were fine. Altogether a really pleasurable experience.

1 review so far 6
27.05.2017 21:01

Lovely greeting at the door, they gave us a nice table and complimentary kir royal as it was our anniversary :) food was great as usual 👌🏻

4 reviews so far 6
07.05.2017 05:28

The cote Brasserie Brighton. Very friendly staff and great well cooked food. This has become my regular first choice pick of 'restaurants' in Brighton and Hove. My recommendation is make sure you leave space for a desert as the crumble is so good! If you fancy something a little different then why not do what I do; On a warm summers day I wake early in the morning skip breakfast to take a walk along the seafront. Weave through the lanes where the shops are setting up for the day. Then finish of at Côte where I take a morning seat in the window and enjoy crepes with fruit, ice cream and a fresh cup of coffee while watching Brighton wake up for the day. Maybe if you do I will see you there, so a good morning to you. But please leave a space for me in the window. Bx

1 review so far 5
14.05.2017 12:00

We were looking forward to the Brighton Festival's evening concert of classical music which we booked months ago. The only place we felt would match the high quality of the performance was to start with equally good meal & drink in an elegant place, good service and pleasant atmosphere. The Cote Brasserie absolutely ticks all these boxes for us. We dine there regularly, whether it's a dinner or lunch, a family celebration or going out with friends. More than that, we find the same quality of food and service at this restaurant chain in other places we visit during a year, London, Farnham, Winchester, to name just a few. The online booking is quick and simple, the menu and all the latest additions such as May Specials can be browsed in advance. The staff is very well trained and very helpful. Thank you for looking after us.

2 reviews so far 6
18.04.2017 22:14

The Brighton branch is larger than most and really appealing. The waiters, ambience, food and drink were perfect. I ate Boudin and poached egg salad, followed by duck salad, and tarte aux pomme. My husband had calamari, pork belly and chocolate fondant. Every single part of each dish was deliciously flavoured, and perfect in every way. We also tried 4 different wines between us and loved every glass. Couldn't fault anything. I know it's a chain but it doesn't feel like one. With the sun coming in through the window, it feels like you're in a French cafe. The waiters are extremely professional. Will go again very soon, especially as the specials menu changes monthly.

1 review so far 5
31.03.2017 09:38

Good experience, good food, plenty of it, well cooked, mostly well and rapidly served (there was a slight hiccup somewhere along the line but nothing serious, I can't remember what it was, maybe we had to remind someone that we'd ordered coffee?? - but it was nothing). We were four and had the pre-theatre menu at 5pm on Friday. The bill was just less than £100 inc. the service charge, and everyone had three courses and coffee and we had a bottle of wine (your Viognier - which is good!). As we learnt when we lived in France, the crucial equation is 'le rapport entre la qualité et le prix' - and, in our opinion, this was (again as they say in France) 'correcte' (100%). In general, we find Côte, Brighton, very reliable on this score.

2 reviews so far 6
26.03.2017 10:33

We had booked and were seated in the area we asked for which was lovely. The waitress and manager (lady too) were very polite and efficient. The starter was served quickly as were the drinks and were delicious! We tried cod this time and it was very tasty and light. We then had apple tart desert with coffee, very good too! We managed to have an all around excellent meal all in time to enjoy the performance at the Theatre Royal afterwards. Very happy customers and we look forward to coming back soon :-) Thank you !

1 review so far 5
25.05.2017 11:46

The staff were polite, cheerful and helpful and the food was superb. Two small points that dropped the score from 6 to 5, and those were 1) there was quite a wait between courses, which we could understand for the main course, as it was all freshly cooked and beautiful, but the dessert was a pre-prepared one, and could have been with us within minutes, especially as the restaurant was by no means full; and 2) there was a service charge on the bill, which we were quite happy to pay, as the staff had all been very good, but we would like to have had the choice of how much to reward them.

1 review so far 6
08.05.2017 13:35

Lovely building, great location opposite the Corn Exchange, choice of menu for everyone, even Grandma was happy, as were the 9 year olds on a busy Children's Parade day in Brighton. Pea and bean risotto on the kids menu and proper home made chicken goujons make a thoroughly welcome change. Why can't more places do a decent kids menu like this? And my steak tartare was well seasoned plus the usual extra Tabasco, Worcestershire Sauce and pepper for me to do my own thing. We'll be back en famille.

1 review so far 6
17.03.2017 08:01

The great thing about Cote is that you get exactly what you expect to get. The menu has just the right selection and variety of dishes to meet any palate and culinary need. The food is always well prepared and hot. The staff always attentive without being overly so. Its a great place to take friends, knowing there will be something on the menu they will want to eat and it will arrive perfectly prepared with the minimum of fuss. Perfect.

2 reviews so far 5
05.05.2017 16:38

We have used Cote in Brighton a number of times & have always enjoyed the whole experience. Most occasions it has been early evening, prior to the theatre or a concert, but this time it was lunch prior to the theatre. We have always let the restaurant know we need to be away by a certain time & they have always ensured we complete our meal in good time. We can't speak too highly of the staff & the overall service, would recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys good food in a lively setting.

1 review so far 6
10.05.2017 09:03

Absolutely lovely place, took my Husband here for his birthday last weekend and I am so glad I did. The food looked and tasted amazing, the restaurant itself is beautiful and the staff were brilliant and really helpful even though we were only a small group. To top it off the prices are really good too, can't believe it has taken me so long to find this place. Extra brownie points for me. Will definitely be returning.

2 reviews so far 5
06.05.2017 08:19

The restaurant was extremely busy at 6pm. Initially we found the service to be slower than we normally experience. We waited some time from being seated to actually being able to order a drink or food. Having ordered wine we waited much longer than arriving diners around us for the wine to arrive. Then, surprise the garlic bread arrived as a starter quickly followed by the main whilst we were still eating it. You can never fault the food here and it is always busy but tonight the service didn't meet expectations.

1 review so far 5
10.05.2017 19:42

Easy to book online. Promptly and efficiently looked after us on arrival, menus arrived snappily. Excellent, attentive staff throughout the evening. All plates were as tasty, it is a brasserie, not a Michelin starred place and everything was as good as expected, rather than trying to be a "creative new concept in blah......". Wines, by the glass, were creditably flavoursome samples of their types. Only quibble was that one desert arrived with ice cream, as opposed to the advertised crème fraiche, but this was not a disaster. More than happy to return.

1 review so far 6
02.05.2017 09:33

Had a great experience at the Brighton Cote. The resturant has a wonderful atmosphere and setting and the place had a great buzz about it. The team were attentive and helpful without being intrusive and the food was spectacular at a very reasonable price. All in all a great visit for my Mother's birthday and we will all be back and will be telling all of our friends and family. Well done and thanks !

1 review so far 5
15.05.2017 15:46

Cote Brighton is my fav of those that I have visited thus far. Starter (Charcuterie Board) and main (Lamb Rump) were excellent, dessert (Crème Brule) was average as wasn't set enough and too runny for my liking. Staff were attentive but as we were a group of 7 we were seated upstairs with other larger groups which seemed to make them a little busy at times. Still the staff were very charming as always. Another thumbs up and recommendation for Cote Brighton!

2 reviews so far 6
18.04.2017 14:06

We use Cote regularly, at least three to fours times a month and every visit is always consistent with great food and atmosphere, however the biggest draw that brings us back and back again is the great service and amazing staff !!! Always made to feel special and treated as individuals even on the busiest of days. Great team led by general manager Jules Alex & Michael

1 review so far 5
12.04.2017 09:57

Hostess who showed us to our table was very welcoming & seated us with care. Waitress got our order wrong and brought wholemeal bread instead of white. She changed the bread when we brought it to her attention but only brought two slices instead of four. Eggs not cooked as requested. The bill was wrong & the waitress argued it was our fault because we didn't order everything at once. Bear this in mind if ordering the breakfast special.

1 review so far 4
01.05.2017 17:13

The food was lovely, service also good. Unfortunately, there was a very raucous hen party of 20 women in the restaurant sitting right next to us. The waitress offered to move us in between courses, but we declined as the hen party was impacting on the whole of the restaurant, so moving would have been pointless. The hen party were making some of the staff feel on edge, and their behaviour would have been more appropriate in a different setting. When I think of Cote, I don't imagine it's ok to stand on the table.

1 review so far 4
16.03.2017 10:02

Overall the restaurant is pleasant and overall the staff are friendly. We have found that the food is generally ok with a couple of terrible mistakes. 'Grilled or Roast' chicken swimming in oil and last time a risotto floating on about a quarter pint of olive oil. I get the impression from these chains that little cooking is done on the premises and what cooking is done is by numbers. Anything that causes the plan to go awry and the cooks don't show much cooking skills.... avoid the house white or just order vinegar.

1 review so far 5
26.03.2017 13:56

The food was delicious as always and the service was great. My only gripe is that I dropped off a cake for my son for his birthday with 3 lots of chocolates and candles that i bought ( I did offer to decorate it myself) the cake came out without any of the extra's on it...and they were not offered to me!!!!! the staff then had to run around and find them.....disappointed with that. :(

1 review so far 5
05.05.2017 10:29

As always this venue was lively and the staff welcoming. The food is really good and I am only giving a score of 5 rather than 6 because I was a little disapppointed in my main course - my fault for choosing it. I should have stuck with one of my old favourites. I shall be back and look forward to it. We often go to Cote in Chichester too - also always a pleasure.

2 reviews so far 6
21.05.2017 16:33

Lovely atmosphere and fairly mid range for pricing we had a lovely table by the window - we weren't entirely happy with one of our main courses but as always the customer comes first here and they replaced the dish and gave us a complimentary pudding to say sorry. Excellent service and a thoroughly lovely meal. Dee, Brighton.

1 review so far 6
20.03.2017 18:50

Friendly welcoming and efficient service. Very good options on the great value 2/3 course set menu. Tasty, well presented food. Always an enjoyable experience at Brighton Cote. I highly recommend this branch of Cote which I rate higher than the various other branches of this chain I have visited, as much for the staff as the food.

1 review so far 4
28.04.2017 08:32

I had booked the table weeks ago as we were going to the Brighton Dome for a concert but was disappointed that they had put us on a table upstairs as we would have rather been downstairs with more atmosphere. It was very busy I understand as a lot of people were going to the concert but we had to wait about 40 minutes for our main course which obviously made us rush at the end as we missed the support act. Not impressed!

1 review so far 6
18.03.2017 08:00

Good service, good food, good value. we have eaten here several times over the last couple of years and would happily recommend anyone to eat here. This used to be brighton Music library, hence the room is large......and can be the noisy when busy, particularly if you sit in the central area of the room.

1 review so far 5
22.03.2017 08:44

Very good value. Delicious food and good service. Roomy and pleasant atmosphere. Saturday night very busy but staff had time for everyone. Half of my wife's rib eye steak was grizzle and she left it. When the waitress asked her why she left it, she explained that it was grizzly and uneatable. The Maitre D' came along, profusely apologized and offered the desserts on the house.i

1 review so far 5
28.03.2017 13:06

The service was not as excellent, as usual. The food was brilliant and very tasty. The restaurant was busy, but not overly, so that the service personell should have been more observant to our needs. We had a 3 course meal and wanted a coffee after, but the waiter just came to ask, if we wanted the bill, when we tried to get his attention.

1 review so far 3
03.05.2017 11:58

We went to the Cote in Brighton for the first time. The service was good. I ordered the chicken, walnut and advocado salad which was twice returned to me without the advocado. Eventually I did get the correct order after 20 minutes, with no dressing! The staff were kind but disorganised. I have had the same salad in Haywards Heath which was bigger and better all round. My friend also felt that her 1/2 chicken dish had been sitting on the side for some time, it was only tepid. Shame, we are both fans of Cote and hope this was a one off poor experience.

1 review so far 6
04.05.2017 08:06

The food was delicious, as always, and great value. We chose from the 3 course early evening menu.The service was great; food delivered at just the right pace so you had time to savour it and didn't feel you were being rushed through your courses. Our waitress was both charming and efficient.

1 review so far 6
28.04.2017 17:34

We had been to the Theatre and wanted to finish the Afternoon /evening off with a nice meal so booked a table at Cotes. It was so easy to book on line, and the service when we arrived was great. We had fantastic food, a lovely waiter.and the atmosphere was great too.

1 review so far 6
17.03.2017 08:20

Pleasant and attentive staff, well organised and efficient service even though the restaurant was filling up and just about full by the time we had finished our meal. We will continue to use Cote at home and on holiday because the quality and service appears to be good at all locations.

1 review so far 6
15.05.2017 16:51

I had eaten in Cote Brighton a couple of months ago and was so impressed with the food and service that I booked for lunch on my next visit to Brighton. I was reassured to find the food was excellent again together with polite and friendly service . Well done Cote!

1 review so far 4
25.04.2017 08:32

Staff and service friendly and efficient. We were asked if we were celebrating anything in particular. It was my partner's birthday and our party of 4 were then brought free Kir Royales to begin the evening. Only disappointment was my starter - tuna rillettes - which were slightly too cold and tasted just like a tuna mayo sandwich filling. Rest of the food was fine and the overall experience, as usual, was a happy and fun.

1 review so far 6
30.04.2017 17:56

Went with family for the bank holiday weekend. A warm welcome right from the start, and the food, service and atmosphere were spot on. It was clear that the team worked well together and we all know it takes effort behind the scenes to get that chemistry right. Well done.

1 review so far 6
15.04.2017 17:17

This is my favourite restaurant in Brighton. The food is excellent, Staff are always pleasant. The ambience is great. No wonder you have to book in advance, particularly at weekends. The early evening set menu is good value and changes each month, and now they have a vegetarian menu too.

1 review so far 6
10.04.2017 14:42

Cote Brighton is our favourite go-to restaurant in Brighton - a city with many good restaurants - because the food is always consistently good, the value is unbelievably good and the service is excellent. Perfect for a pre-theatre dinner since it is a few steps away from the Dome.

2 reviews so far 6
21.03.2017 20:20

Stylish decor. Friendly attentive waiting staff. Gluten and dairy free, no problem at all. Lovely food, hot and cooked to perfection. I do like the filtered water in stylish flagons, drink as much as you like. My partner said his wine was good quality. A very peaceful experience.

1 review so far 6
26.05.2017 08:49

We had rare steak, 1 was more like blue steak than rare so has to be sent back, but the staff were so understanding and helpful, they even gave us some discount on the meal without us asking, we loved the both steaks and had a great time!

1 review so far 4
17.03.2017 16:20

Great lunch place and great food, however, I was meeting someone and as we both arrived separately, we were also seated separately for 15 minutes until the staff realised that we were waiting for each other - a better mechanism for ensuring 'matching'. Unusually it took ages to have food order to be taken so it was 45 minutes before we actually started our lunch... This time rated 4, previously much higher.

1 review so far 6
03.05.2017 12:01

We had a lovely meal in the upstairs part of the restaurant. One of our main courses was wrong but the waiter ordered the right dish straightaway and took the dish from the bill. Although the restaurant was busy there was no attempt to get us to leave.

1 review so far 6
14.04.2017 07:36

Fantastic and friendly service, with complimentary kir royals on arrival. Vibrant yet intimate atmosphere with just right lighting for an evening meal. Food was gorgeous. Particularly recommend April menu's scallops as starter and perfectly cooked sea bass as main course. A great evening and a real treat!

2 reviews so far 6
11.03.2017 22:10

A consistent high standard is maintained both food and service. Food is of good quality and this judged against similar French restaurants in France. Service high due to personal service by motivated and well managed servers. To achieve this, as they did, on Saturday night is commendable.

2 reviews so far 6
19.04.2017 11:56

Great atmosphere, food always served promptly and always presented well, great service and a large menu choice. They knew it was for a special occasion so gave us an excellent table in the window and on arrival we were greeted with free glasses of Kir Royals!

1 review so far 6
17.04.2017 17:24

This is a restaurant we love to go to when we're in Brighton. The staff are always friendly and helpful, the food is very good and the atmosphere extremely pleasant. But you do need to book - certainly if you want to go at the weekend.

2 reviews so far 5
05.04.2017 09:28

Enjoyed experience very much. Service very good. Food nice - haddock parmentier far too salty though, I thought. My companion didn't notice but her dish was noticeably different to mine. Hers was in a nice sauce and browned on top, mine lacked sauce and was rather dry, and was not browned, or barely, on top.

2 reviews so far 3
30.03.2017 09:21

This is the first time I have been disappointed with a meal at this restaurant. I had the Hachis Parmentair, with peas. Unfortunately I had to send it back because it was only warm & I had asked the waiter to make sure it was hot before he brought it to the table. I did not eat all of it a sit was quite dry & in the bottom of the dish at the sides it was black. It was a shame as we always enjoy the food at this restaurant.

1 review so far 6
11.04.2017 22:15

once again a most enjoyable time was had by all. The food choice suited everyone and was served in a happy manner. We always look forward to our visits and only wish we had a branch in Cornwall where we live . thank you .