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Côte Brasserie - Brighton

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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.

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

CHEF'S CHOICE

671 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 671 Reviews
Food: delicious
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: great value
Atmosphere: excellent
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4 reviews so far 6
25.07.2017 10:27

Excellent menu, very good food, and attentive and courteous staff. A great dining experience in very pleasant surroundings, and a superb atmosphere. It's always consistent.

1 review so far 6
24.07.2017 22:50

Haven't been in a while for financial reasons!! As good as ever our absolute favourite in Brighton esp the staff And the food was top class as usual

1 review so far 6
23.07.2017 11:00

Always great and the food is always amazing. The staff are friendly and the house wine is great too I would always recommend the restaurant

1 review so far 6
23.07.2017 10:14

Good service and lovely Food. The food is always fresh and full of flavour. I am often let down by chain restaurants however I can always rely on cote for high quality food.

8 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 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
27.06.2017 12:50

I was extremely impressed with all aspects of my recent visit to Cote. The service was incredibly quick and efficient, particularly considering how busy the restuarant was. We were approached for drinks orders within a few minutes of being seated. When we asked for five more minutes to decide on meals, the hostess returned with perfect timing (my experience in other restaurants has been that if you ask for "a few more minutes" you will be lucky to see your host return at all unless you flag them down). Food was delicious (fantastic steak!), wine list is great, and staff were extremely friendly and clearly knowledgeable about the menu. I will definitely be returning. Thank you for providing such an exellent dining experience :)

2 reviews 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 4
25.05.2017 16:32

I have been a fairly regular customer at this branch over the years but the last few times I have noticed the service standards are not as professional as they used to be ,it's the attention to detail that seems to have gone .The food is nearly always excellent ,although on occasions cold but this has always been rectified immediately .One thing today was the fact I paid cash for the meal & had to ask for the change & receipt ,this is not the first time this has happened .It was not a large amount but with the 12-5% service charge already on the bill change should be returned to the customer .I did have a word with the meeter & greeter /maitre d' about the service as I felt she needed to know as you may be losing customers because of little things like this .I have a table booked next week hopefully things will have improved .

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 4
27.05.2017 23:31

Reasonably good, but I did not enjoy this visit as much as other visits. First we were offered to be seated upstairs, it was extremely hot up there and quite dark, which would have been ok f it hasn't been v light out. They moved us as soon as I requested. Restaurant is pleasant and spacious. Downstairs we were seated right opposite the door, good as cooler but had a queque of people to our side. The service was ok but not especially attentive. The gluten free menu is good but the dish I chose, poulet grille was quite plain and there was an extra charge for a sauce, which was a nice wild mushroom and creme fraiche one, but for some reason this was just included on the ordinary menu. Desserts were good. I have enjoyed other visits more but generally like this place.

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 4
19.06.2017 10:43

A very nice luncheon with a friend before a theatre visit. However the publicised two or three course lunch at a set price didn't seem to me to be very obvious, and our one course each, one miniscule pot of fries, one wine and a soft drink far exceeded my planned budget. There was also an amount for service which was added into the final amount and, because I didn't want to look fussy as I was treating my friend, I simply asked them to take the full amount. On examining the bill at home I would certainly not have added nearly £6 to my bill for service. The staff were all attentive and friendly but I had to ask three times for a little bread to accompany my meal. Once bitten, twice shy, I would probably not go back again.

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.

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.

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 4
05.07.2017 18:07

As fairly regular customers we were a little disappointed; our starter was 'dumped' on the edge of the table, we waited well over half an hour for our main course and had to ask the waiter if we were due to be served, having seen other diners served (and finish eating) who arrived and ordered after us. We were offered complementary olives while we waited, which never arrived. Having being asked if everything was alright, we did comment and were given complementary coffees. It was obvious that there were problems but this should not have transmitted to the customer. The food, however, was as enjoyable as ever and wee are not put off from returning.

1 review so far 3
22.07.2017 17:36

This was my first visit to this Cote, though I have been to several others in the past. I must confess to being disappointed. The service was slow and amateurish, so much so that our server was replaced halfway though the meal. The first replacement then seemed more keen to chat to her chums than serve the food that a lady had brought from the kitchen. The second replacement was fine, but by then our mood had been set for the day. To add insult to injury, a 12.5% gratuity was added to the bill. If an establishment wants to be so presumptious, it better make damn sure its staff are properly trained. The food was OK without being up to the standards of other Cotes, let alone other comparable restaurants (eg Raymond Blanc) In Brighton, there are numerous restaurant choices, I cannot see myself returning to Cote in a hurry.

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
02.06.2017 23:02

My arrival was very smooth - my guest was already waiting at the reserved table after having arrived slightly early. The service was slightly slow as it was a Friday evening and the house was full, however the food was good: there was a wide choice and our selections were very tasty. Despite the full restaurant we were not hurried out and were able to continue our conversation without hassle after the dessert dishes were cleared. All in all it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, and very reasonably priced.

2 reviews so far 5
02.06.2017 16:25

Pleased to report that this week service had improved compared to my last visit last week . Food was good but rather surprised the duck parfait from last months set menu was served as the terrine on the set menu ,I didn't mind as I enjoyed the duck parfait last time .It would have been nice to be told it was different from what was stated on the menu .that is why you don't get a perfect score ,we regulars do notice little things like this .

1 review so far 5
16.06.2017 00:08

Our only criticism was that it was very noisy today as there were too many mishaps; one of our starters was smashed falling to the floor en route to the table so there was a minor delay in commencing our meal. This was shortly followed by the clatter of a salt grinder having been knocked off the bar and only a few minutes after that, out of sight, another crash indicated yet another accident. Otherwise the food was up to standard and the staff cheerful and willing.

1 review so far 4
27.06.2017 21:29

Great menu, gorgeous secluded patio and a very tasty rib eye steak. Lost points for not serving cocktails (which would be pretty easy for them to do), not making their own chips (they were generic pre-prepared frozen french fries) and green beans which arrived khaki in colour (they should be a vibrant green if fresh and cooked only briefly, which preserves nutrients and flavour). The tables were also extremely close together which meant no real privacy and it was very difficult to leave your seat without invading the space of other diners. It was difficult to have a conversation because the noise levels were so high.

8 reviews so far 6
13.07.2017 13:34

I finally made my mind up and chose the crispy duck and I am so pleased I did. The duck was cooked to perfection. It was the best I have ever had. The only disappointment I have with Cote at Brighton is that sometimes it full and you can't get in. So this is what makes this app so good in that it's so easy to make a reservation.

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.

3 reviews so far 5
10.07.2017 09:38

Very nice evening. As usual food was good and we all enjoyed our dinner. I was with some friends from out of town, who had not been to Cote before, and they were very impressed. We ate from the main menu which I think is a bit on the pricey side, which would be my only slightly negative comment. On the whole I like Cote and the early bird fixed price menu is extremely good value.

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. :(

2 reviews 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.

1 review so far 6
09.06.2017 23:20

We had a pre theatre meal so enjoyed a 3 course dinner for a very reasonable price! Restaurant is clean, modern and stylish and the food a very good standard. Booking on line was simple and we were expected. Service was very good too so we were happy to pay the 12.5% service which was automatically added to our bill.

1 review so far 4
22.07.2017 19:58

Amazing food in a lovely atmosphere and friendly service. Only thing that let us down was after we had finished our mains we were left to wait for over 20 minutes before we had to approach staff ourselves to ask for the bill. We would have had desserts however the long wait had put us off. The waiter did apologise for this and took some drinks off our bill which was much appreciated. Overall we would return again as the food was excellent and service in general good.

1 review so far 5
08.06.2017 08:52

Would have been nicer if the Steak was hotter and we were not rushed so much - felt they wanted to get rid of us as we were served food very quickly before the drinks arrived - then desert - bill took a little longer but they were clearing the table as we were putting our coats on - never been in & out so fast in my life .

3 reviews so far 5
05.07.2017 08:28

Once again Cote came up trumps. It would have been a 6 if we had not had to wait nearly an hour for the first course to arrive. Our Portugese waiter was excellent though having only arrived from another Cote a couple of days before may not have been as aware of the systems in Brighton. Otherwise the food was excellent and great value as ever for the July menu.

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
18.06.2017 10:37

All round excellent! Food... Wine... Service... all top drawer! Friends came down from London for the day and I booked a table for after the matinee performance on a very hot Saturday. We were given a table in the window which was fully open and a gentle breeze accompanied our dinner! Thankyou for a great meal Cote!

1 review so far 6
15.06.2017 14:42

\We were given a choice of seating. The staff were lovely and the food/wine delicious. My husband finds the stairs to the toilets difficult, so the waiter pointed out the disabled toilet on the ground floor. I know it's not much to most people, but it made a huge difference in that he was able to relax.

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 6
10.06.2017 15:54

The service at the restaurant was excellent, the staff polite and friendly. There were 7 of us in our group so we had a variety of food all of which was presented beautifully,and each dish tasted as good as it looked. I have visited several times and have never been dissapointed with my meal, will definately revisit.

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.