Winner | Best Value Restaurant in the UK
... all the elegance, informality and buzz of a classic Parisian bistro”
– Good Food GuideCôte 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.
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.
Great food and great service, we have been to cote several times and have never had a bad meal. It has a lovely almosphere and everyone is always friendly, we will definitely be returning.
Food was great, and very friendly service. We were taking elderly parents out for Gathers Day and the staff were briiliant and patient, and made it a very enjoyable lunch.
The Cote in Brighton is always such a great dining experience. The staff are always friendly, knowledgable and competent. Reliable, great service and great food.
The manageress is always so friendly and helpful, as are her team. The food and wine were excellent. We also like the range offered on all the menus, especially the new 'prestige' menu.
Disappointed this time round. The last time I had the Breton chicken and the duck it was cooked perfectly and the service was good too. However, this time round it was not so pleasant. We requested a table not near the door or directly in front. Although, it was a quiet evening only a third of the tables were taken up however we were given a table right next to the door. Although, there was the curtain to divide it was what we had requested not to have but was given. We accepted to be polite like you do at times. We ordered the calamari and steak tartare. The calamari was soaked in oil and didnt taste all that fresh. For mains the Breton chicken and the belly pork was not cooked well either. The last time I came which was during the day the Breton chicken was cooked perfectly. It smelt, looked and tasted fresh and cooked well glistening a golden brown. This time it was completely flat, no nice aroma and smaller in size. When it came to the table the lady said the weekend chicken. I told her we had ordered the Breton chicken from the a la carte menu and not the weekend chicken on the specials menu. She merely said it's the Breton chicken without any further explanation. The garlic butter was missing from the plate. So we asked for it. When it came to us no apology was given for it being missing. The fries from both Breton chicken dishes were fried more than once and were hard. It was visibly obvious. The pork belly was burnt and overdone. This meant it was hard and chewy rather than crispy and tender. I could not cut it even with the knife given. We didn't want to make a scene thinking maybe the chef may be having a bad day. Day chefs and night chefs were obviously different people. And being a sunday evening. The creme brulee was served cold. Not nice at all. It was obvious that things being slack was present in the restaurant aswell as in the kitchen. The high standards which you usually get on this particular evening were simply not there. At the end of the meaL we did mention it to the waiting staff but they didn't seem to care. Maybe thinking we were after a discount. We were not. We enjoy this place but sadly tonight was a let down. One thing I find rather deceiving is on the bill. The total inclusive of service which is optional is highlighted and larger in size and the total without service charge is small like the rest of the bill. As the service is optional you would think it only fair and right that this is highlighted in the correct way eg without the service charge added being larger as the service is optional. Many probably would not look at the bill and simply pay the larger amount because its bigger. Perhaps, this is why they have highlighted it this way. It's very deceptive and sneaky. The last time we paid the manager at the till he put in the inclusive service charge on the card terminal without even asking us whether we would like it included! If it's optional then it's our choice not his so were not impressed that he did it automatically without asking and without notifying us that he did so. Rather sneaky. Not impressed and most likely will not return at all. So sad.
Côte has consistently good bistro food and offers it at a very attractive price point. It's not Brasserie Flo, but neither are the prices. I've always been impressed and visit Côte in Brighton whenever it makes sense. (I've never been to any other branch - and feel that one of its qualities is that there is no sense of eating in a chain restaurant.) The first time I came was 2-3 dats after the branch opened, together with several colleagues - one of whom is a former district manager for Café Rouge. We were knocked out by the interior, the food and the attentive service from staff who were clearly well trained. And that's a positive review not just from my but also from a professional in the field who has run one of Côte's competitors. But this time, while the food and atmosphere was unchanged, the service was inattentive and the bar staff seemed to prioritise chatting over serving beverages- I had to work quite hard to get attention; my Ricard took almost a quarter of an hour to arrive. I'll leave it to the management to figure out whether they have demotivated the staff or whether the training needs a tweak - but in the context of what Côte CAN do, this was disappointing.
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
I ordered the lamb shank on the specials menu & it was fine. Although we are very fond of this restaurant the main course of my husbands meal was disappointing. He ordered the set menu with the pork loin for a starter which was good & the mussels for the main course. A lot of the mussels had broken shells which is not good as you cannot tell whether they were alive before cooking. As he was concerned that they might make him ill he spoke to the person in charge who took them back & got him another plate of them. She said they probably broke when being dished up. We have cooked them ourselves & eaten them in various countries & never had broken mussels served up to us.The next plate arrived with 4 broken ones so he just put them aside. This is the second time we have had this problem with the mussels there & will not be ordering them again.
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.
Last week when I was taken to Cotes the service & food was excellent, but yesterday was a bit disappointing. The French onion soup was very peppery. The veal which I had last week was laying on oil on the plate & there did not appear to be any veal jus this time, There was a lot of coarse salt on it & it was well browned on the edges, but hardly cooked in the middle. The watercress was dried up, wilting & some of it was yellow. The waitress did bring some jus & watercress when I asked. The other meal, was on the April menu the starter of endive & pear salad was alright. The main coarse of Toulouse sausage was not good as the sausage was salty & the skin was tough. The lentils were like mushy peas as they seemed to have been overcooked. The wine was good. The service was not very good & we were never asked if everything was alright. It was a bit of a disappointment after the last visit & it did not seem it was the same chef.