“Simple yet great value”
– Olive MagazineCôte Brasserie brings French food to the Welsh capital in a way not often seen. There are two of these fine French restaurants in Cardiff, and this one on Mermaid Quay at Cardiff Bay is a great spot for modern and relaxed waterside dining. One member of one of the biggest restaurant families in the UK, here you can expect terrific flavours that vary from traditional flavours of France to region-specific specialities, all served with a dedication to service rarely seen at chain restaurants. Dine indoors or, if it’s warm enough, go Parisian-style al fresco and feel the sea breeze whilst sipping a classic French white wine.
If you’re enjoying a day out in the heart of Cardiff, chances are you’re going to be heading to Cardiff Bay. When that’s the case, a French meal at Côte Brasserie – whatever the time of day – is essential. This is a fantastic spot on Mermaid Quay, just down the road from Cardiff Bay train station and a stone’s throw from Wales Millennium Centre, the Welsh National Opera, and the famous Roald Dahl Plass. There’s a lot going on, and Côte Brasserie is the perfect pit stop before, during, or after it all.
Everything at Côte Brasserie is inspired by the brasseries of Paris, and this one at Cardiff Bay is no exception. The decor radiates elegance and the menu is oozing with charm. Côte is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner or simply just a coffee. Either way, produce is fresh and dishes are prepared with oodles of French passion. If dining from the a la carte then consider starting with steak tartare or some crab mayonnaise with avocado and toasted sourdough. Past that, Cardiff’s Côte Brasserie offers light mains in the way of chicken and walnut salad. Then plenty of prime meat, fresh fish, and corn fed poultry from Normandy. Reserve your table at this gem on Cardiff Bay now.
Excellent service as always. Kind, helpful and attentive staff that catered for our young children as well as us. Looking forward to our next visit.
Always our first choice in Cardiff and elsewhere. Never fails to please us.
Friendly staff, good food, nice location. They are also very good with our children, who love the food. Couldn't ask for more. We visit a lot.
Excellent meal and service. Staff was very helpful and went out of their way to satisfy our needs. Will definitely visit there again and take another couple to accompany us to enjoy the food and service.
My partner and I had a very enjoyable pre Theatre meal at the Côte Brasserie Oxford Circus Market Place London in December so we decided to try Cardiff Bay Côte for our post Theatre meal after seeing the early evening production of The Band at the Wales Millennium Theatre. We had a 7:30pm table reservation and were shown to our table promptly and despite the restaurant being still busy with the later evening production pre Theatre diners, we were waited on and served very quickly. Our food was very good - we both had the butterflied chicken with mushroom and creme freche sauce with gratin potato with sides of glazed carrots and creamed spinach. Very tasty. I had the chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream dessert and my partner had the apple tartlet with ice cream. Both mains and desserts ended with empty plates! All washed down with a nice glass of wine - 2 satisfied customers again. The bill before the added optional 12.5% service charge was just over £55, so totalled £62. We would have tipped £4 or £5 anyway - so have no qualms in paying the total charge. It is good food and service at Côte so it’s a matter of personal choice whether you pay the 12.5%, have it deducted and pay your own tip - or pay none at all. My partner and I, unlike some negative reviewers, will dine at Côte again and happily pay in full on the basis of our 2 experiences with them.
Cote is, simply, reliable. Food is always prepared to a consistent and high standard. Staff are well trained, striking the right note between friendly and professional. Customers are only bothered and interrupted once when in the middle of their third mouthful of the main course by being asked "Is everything all right?" (a pet hate of mine - if we're munching contentedly OF COURSE everything is all right - otherwise we would be turning red in the face, frowning, turning over bits of the food on the plate and inspecting it with a look that says "unimpressed" and generally looking grumpy - and if everything is all right we do NOT want to be interrupted.... Grrr). But as this affliction is obvioulsy one of the ten commandments in the world's standard reference manual on "how to train a table server", Cote still gets a thumbs up, as at least their staff do it relatively unobtrusively. But for all of this, they still get one demerit point and I score 5 instead of 6. Tales are big enough to avoid feeling cramped and, finally, the bill is reasonable for good food cooked fresh (budget £40 a head including drinks for three courses). In the last year I have visited Cote at Covent Garden, Windsor, Bristol and Cardiff Bay and have enjoyed all four visits. Keep it up!
I visited on the 17th February 2018 for my birthday and once again the service was incredible. I was made to feel very special because of my special day, along with my sister who had joined me. Conrad and his team were attentive, knowledgeable and very social with us, even though the venue was extremely busy with pre theatre dinner. The team and especially Conrad were very calm and professional even though the venue was busy. I left the venue to join a party put on for my special day, where I took great pleasure recommending Cote in Cardiff Bay and Conrads exceptional service to all my guests. Thank you
We have used Le cote for many years and have given six stars every time dining in both Cardiff restaurants, Windsor and Cirencester, sadly my visit with my family tonight failed to please. It was a quiet Tuesday night, we ordered two duck breasts, one vegetarian meal, one cod goujons and all were enjoyed. My wife and I had fish parmentier which we have had many times, but tonight's effort was nothing like the previous times. I must point out our server Aleksander was most concerned seeing the fish bones and the amount both of us left, he would report it to the manager and chef. We ordered desserts, finished our wine then asked Aleksander for our check. He informed me the two parmentiers were not charged for and was listed on my bill as 2@Goodwill. So sad on a quiet evening that the manager couldn't make an appearance when we could have explained our grievance. This will not stop us coming back.
we went with my boyfriend to Cote Cardiff City Center many times and wanted to try to one in Bay for once. We haven't been desapointed at all! And I will say it was even better than in the center. We had the 10 years anniversary, 3 courses and a complimentary glass of champagne for £27,50. I am a vegetarian but it wasn't a problem at all to accomodate my requests on the menu. The service was also very good, and professionel. We had one of a best dinner ever so far. We will go again down to Cardiff Bay!
Mostly very good but spoiled by 3 food issuess., Service & staff were very good. Desserts were great. Food issues were firstly 2 of the 3 special main courses had run out. We dined quite late but there were a considerable number of other diners arriving after us. I wanted salmon which is easily obtained & felt more should have been in stock. 2nd issue was toasted sour dough with starter of goats cheese & tomatoes was overcooked & so hard it was difficult to eat. 3rd issue was the leeks were so tough & stringy they were inedible in the otherwise excellent fish pie. I was given some spinach to compensate but as you can imagine it spoiled the dish having to pick out all the leeks. I found this strange as leeks are very soft easy to cook vegetables & I've never experienced such a problem before.