Read reviews about Côte Brighton here! All reviews have been written by Quandoo users that have already booked and eaten at Côte Brighton. We try to be as transparent as possible by providing you with real guest experiences. Find out what other diners are saying about Côte Brighton.
As we sat in the garden it was nice and peaceful, can be a bit noisy in the restaurant
The food at Brighton Cote is consistently good, but last night was particularly good. The Tart aux Mirabelles with cinnamon ice cream was a fabulous dessert. Pity that it is an April "special" and not on the regular dessert menu.
The food is consistently good at Brighton Cote. However, last night was particularly good. The Tart aux Mirabelles with cinnamon ice cream was a fabulous dessert. Pity that it is an April "special", and not on the regular dessert menu.
Fab evening at the cote restaurant in Brighton. Good service good food and good company. We will definitely be coming back with friends and family .
Dear Sirs It is with regret that the service my wife and I received was poor. on arrival we were shown to our table and the evening appeared to be starting well. Our first course followed which was enjoyable and it was from this point on that the evening went regrettably down hill. We noted that the table next to ours had received their main course even though they had arrived some 30 minutes after we had. My wife's meal followed after some time without mine. When her meal was delivered the manager then had to ask me "what had I ordered as there was a mix up in the kitchen even though it was him that took the order in the first place. My wife then asked whether the fries could be re-heated as they were very cold. The manager then took away her fries and then left her the plate of food to go cold instead of taking it back to the kitchen. At this point I was still without my main course. He shortly returned with the fries heated and I was then told that "there had been a mix up in the kitchen and my meal would arrive shortly, which it did although some 15 minutes had now gone by and the birthday dinner was now ruined. I have to say that this is not the first, second or even third time that this has happened to us and only last year our anniversary was again ruined by very poor service which resulted in Cotes sending me a £100.00 voucher. Talking to friends this now appears to be common practice in Cote's in that when friends arrive for dinner one person is left out and has to wait for their food whilst everyone else is eating theirs. It is so common in fact that our close friend who drove us to Cote's had been in with five friends for lunch and again one of them was forgotten and had to eat her meal on her own as by the time hers arrived everyone else had finished. The other issue that appears to be very common is 'cold food'. It does strike me as quite odd in that we observed the food being brought up from the kitchen and the guy then standing around for many minutes waiting for a manager to deliver the food to the table. We observed in one case a wait of 6 minute for the manager to take the food to the table, and yet again a short while later the table complained that their food was cold and had to be taken back to the kitchen. What is a worrying trend for Cote's is that the same mistakes appear to be happening time and time again and no one is actually getting to grips with the problem. That said our waiter was "absolutely fabulous" however regrettably we did not manage to take his name, although we know he is from Porto in Portugal and dealt with our issues in an extremely efficient professional way. Our opinion of the management (and other regulars feel the it to) is not the same. They appear cold, aloof and when the wheels are coming off they are no where to be seen and stand by the bar and let the floor staff deal with the issues even though they are the ones taking the orders and then not supporting the waiters and waitresses. Yes we are very disappointed in that for the fourth time Cote's have let us down on an important day be it, birthdays, anniversaries or graduations and regrettably it will be while before we return.
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.
I am always happy to rate Cote, I think they always get it right. changing the menu regularly. & always interesting. More than fair pricing. Plus very good food with a menu that provides something for everyone. Considering that this company has been trading for quite a few years, they have never let standards slip. My big gripe with all businesses that open with a bang is that after a few months they take their customers for granted & think they have made it. This has never happened at Cote. Service is exemplary, I am never failed to be impressed. Finally I do like a buzzy restaurant & you will usually find it here. Good luck to Jules & her team. I will always be a regular. Geoffrey Pope & Chris Ryan