“Robust French flavours, cheery continental vibes and brilliant value for money”
– Good Food GuideRich in history and culture, Canterbury is in the corner of England that according to locals, is almost touching France. So it makes sense that French specialists Côte Brasserie have one of their successful restaurants in the heart of this historic Cathedral city. Nested in Longmarket Parade, this cosy restaurant offers a space to sit back and relax over high quality and delicious dishes inspired by the brasseries of Paris. Serving up classic French favourites in the city centre of this UNESCO world heritage site, complete with delightful outdoor terrace, Côte Brasserie has created an idyllic restaurant locals have been loving. So much so, they tend to fill up quickly so make sure you book ahead to secure your spot!
Specialising in all-day dining from breakfast until late and offering a seasonal specials menu, Côte Brasserie has something for any time of the day. During the evening, we recommend that you begin your French culinary adventure with prawn gratinée (king prawns in a white wine, garlic, chilli and tomato sauce with toasted garlic and parsley croutons), before indulging in one of their thirty day aged, grain fed steaks, served with a choice of sauce – we love the roquefort butter sauce – and chargrilled frites. Paired with a delicious, recommended wine you will be floating on cloud nine.
The team at Côte Brasserie Canterbury put great efforts into ensuring their produce is seasonal and sourced from high quality producers, and it’s these small things that have made the French brasserie the go-to spot for Canterbury locals. Located on Longmarket Parade in the city centre, with the famous Canterbury Cathedral a stone’s throw away, you’ll get the feeling you’ve been transported to a bistro in the heart of Paris. Reserve your table at Côte Brasserie in the centre of Canterbury today to sample the French delicacies for yourself.
Excellent food served promptly by affable waiters. Good fixed price menu choice too. Outside eating area as well as well spaced indoor tables. A good meal out.
Always a very high standard here. The staff exceptional. Attentive, knowledgable and friendly. It’s always tricky to choose your meal from the ever changing menu, as there are too many delicious things on it. Have visited a few other restaurants here but in our opinion and value for money Côte always comes out tops.
It is always a pleasure to dine at this restaurant. They are part of a fist class chain. This evening we were celebrating a birthday and the food was excellent and the staff were very attentive. We had a lovely evening.
The service we received was quick and efficient. The staff were friendly and helpful and the food was delicious. This made our whole experience very enjoyable.
It was our first visit to Cote Brasserie for an evening meal, having only been for breakfast/coffee previously. It was fantastic. The food was superb and the staff were very pleasant and extremely professional - opened the wine at the table which seems to be a thing of the past in most restaurants we have visited. We will certainly be back to try something different on their extensive menu. We had steak which was succulent but I did have difficulty choosing as the menu was so good. Compliments to the chef as the steak was cooked perfectly. The starter menu was also extensive and everything on it sounded good! I also enjoyed my peppermint tea at the end of the meal - not everyone wants coffee late in the evening and I do like a 'real' coffee which was enjoyed by the rest of our party. We all thoroughly enjoyed our evening and will definitely recommend to friends and family.
Have been to this branch of Cote Brasserie several time and not been disappointed on any occasion. The decor is modern and comfortable and the staff are very welcoming and friendly. We had an early reservation as we were going to the theatre and the early evening menu is good value at £12.95 for 3 courses, with plenty of choice. As a Friend of the Marlowe, we received a complimentary Kir Royale, although the waiter had to check if we could swap one for a (much cheaper) soft drink for a teetotal friend. The food was delicious and servings were a perfect size. I had the Steak frites and it was perfectly cooked and the frites were hot and crisp. My only reason for giving a rating one less than perfect is that the waiter included our free drinks on the bill, although this was quickly rectified when pointed out. I would certainly visit this branch, as well as others in this chain, again. It is always a pleasure at a reasonable price.
The lunch menu offers the best value with a good choice of starters, main courses and desserts. The drinks are expensive, particularly the beers, and you need to remember that your bill is inflated by an 'optional' 12.5 % (which is really 15%, given that it placed on top of VAT). I had the squid rings, which were tasty, but very salty. My main course, the grilled chicken, was nicely cooked, but the accompanying saute potatoes were again too salty. My wife had the tuna rillettes followed by the hake, which were both well cooked and presented. Portion sizes are generous, and if you opt for a dessert (excellent) you will certainly know you have had a meal. Service is fast and friendly. Having been to Cote for about the last 10 years, we think it is generally very reliable. Unless you have deep pockets, it's best to stick to the tap water (freely provided) or make do with a single Kir, otherwise you can easily find yourself shelling out £30 per head.
The staff were wonderful - friendly, polite and efficient. The restaurant had a nice feel to it and was warm and welcoming on a cold and wet winters afternoon. We were glad it was not too busy as it was New Years Day as had there been people on the next table we would have felt like we were dining with them as the tables were so close together. The food was delicious. We both chose from the set menu. I had the Cauliflower, potato and leek soup followed by the wild mushroom risotto and my husband had the flaked tuna followed by the rabbit cottage pie. All dishes were well presented and tasted lovely. My only complaint would be that neither of my courses were very hot but the flavour more than made up for this so I didn't say anything at the time. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend this restaurant and will return next time we are in Canterbury.
Although I did not received a confirmation e-mail after I had reserved a table the day before (one weak point), I found that the table had been duly reserved. The personnel was friendly, the service happened in due time, the menu offered a wide choice. We were 6 and we tasted about everything: everything was excellent : congratulations ! The other weak point is that you display a very cheap menu, but at the end a large amount of service fee is added to the bill. This is announced in VERY small characters on the menu, so small that no standard customer will read it. In addition, despite it is displayed as being optional, we received no option at all : it was directly on the bill, without notice and without prior notice. Displaying prices including the service fee would be more transparent and more acceptable. As it is, I have the feeling to have been somewhat abused about the prices. I am sorry to say that. However, the service and the food were so good that the price including the service fee remains a very good price, and we were delighted by this excellent lunch.
Three of our party chose the haddock fillet main course, only to be told that this was not available. We were offered cod gougons instead which we accepted; however, when they were served, they appeared to have been frozen, rather hurriedly thawed, but were barely cooked, quite tasteless and wet inside. Also portion size was very modest - even having ordered a side. One of my guests commented that the green beans were hard and barely cooked. The piquant chicken dish was well cooked and the portion size was good. The langoustine starters were very nice. Three of use chose the peach crumble pudding. This was OK although unexceptional but when I reached the bottom of the dish I could see previous spoon marks in the brown deposit in the bottom of the dish revealing a paler colour underneath. The dish had obviously not been properly cleaned, but had simply been dishwashed and not scoured. Although safe through cooking, I found these traces of the previous users rather off-putting. Dark chocolate pudding was good. On the plus side, table service was excellent - 10/10 to our waitress. Although our lunch was acceptable it was by no means up to the previously excellent standard we have come to expect from Cote Brasserie. My guests, who have also used Cote Brasserie previously also commented on their disappointment with this particular meal. Music being played outside was loud and intrusive at first although this was corrected later. Come on guys - you can do better than this - I know you can.