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5.1 /6 Excellent 751 Reviews

Côte Brasserie - Covent Garden - St Martin's Lane

Covent Garden French £££ +100
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About Côte Brasserie - Covent Garden - St Martin's Lane

Robust French flavours, cheery continental vibes and brilliant value for money
Good Food Guide

A name that’s synonymous with exquisite French dining in London, Côte Brasserie has made its mark on the UK’s culinary scene. Widely known for their authentic French specialities and fantastic service, the restaurant has a reputation that’s hard to surpass. From inside Côte Brasserie’s charming location on St Martin’s Lane in the heart of Covent Garden, the team at this acclaimed French restaurant bring decades of expertise to bear on Côte’s distinctive brand of continental dining. If you’d like to treat yourself to an enchanting meal at Côte Brasserie, be sure to reserve your table well in advance.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 08:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 08:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 08:00 - 00:00
  • Thursday 08:00 - 00:00
  • Friday 08:00 - 00:00
  • Saturday 09:00 - 00:00
  • Sunday 09:00 - 22:30
Côte Brasserie - Covent Garden - St Martin's Lane, 50 - 51 St Martin's Lane, WC2N 4EA London

Further Information

It’s without any wonder that Côte Brasserie has become the huge success it is today. With a reputation that’s known both in London and throughout the UK, Côte Brasserie has consistently earned the highest marks in presentation, taste and service since the restaurant’s establishment back in 2007. Despite the restaurant’s commitment to only using the best gourmet ingredients, Côte Brasserie’s prices remain affordable, making it the ideal destination right in the centre of London’s Covent Garden for those who enjoy dining without exorbitant price tags.

The offerings at Côte Brasserie on Covent Garden’s St Martin’s Lane are classically French, ranging from hearty favourites like beef bourguignon to seafood specialities including mussels with white wine sauce. We recommend beginning with Côte Brasserie’s tuna carpaccio before diving into mains like the seasonal rump of lamb with Jersey Royal potatoes, English asparagus and mint Hollandaise. If you like a good cut of beef, you can’t go wrong with their 30-day aged 10oz rib-eye cooked to perfection with a side of bearnaise sauce or roquefort butter. Open for breakfast every day of the week and also offering a variety of fantastic desserts, Côte Brasserie sets the stage for any occasion – let yourself be whisked away from London to France at this charming Covent Garden brasserie.

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751 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 751 Reviews
Noise: average
Waiting Time: short
Food: delicious
Service: friendly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Quality/Price: great value
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1 review so far 6
27.06.2017 10:40

We had a pre- theatre 3 course meal for £14 or so. The quality and food content was excellent for the price. A bottle of wine cost a reasonable £17.50 (for London). The ambience was good, the staff were attentive. On the whole, a pleasant experience

1 review so far 6
26.06.2017 07:15

Lovely food, brilliant value and great service. Very nice atmosphere. The perfect choice for London. The set menu just gets better and is the one to go for.

1 review so far 6
25.06.2017 09:59

Good food reasonable price friendly quick service. They gave us a table by an open window/door which kept us cool. Inevitably a bit noisy with so many happy people.

1 review so far 6
25.06.2017 00:06

Excellent pre-theatre menu at reasonable price. Manager upgraded our table. Was a special time with friends from States hadn't seen in ages so good to have larger table in quieter corner of restaurant. They appreciated choice of menu. Good quality food, especially crab and avocado starter. Very relaxed atmosphere and helpful staff.

1 review so far 5
16.05.2017 10:42

WE went for a pre-theatre dinner so that is very different from a more leisurely dinner. Cote has a set menu with about half a dozen choices for each course. It was £12.50 for two and £13.95 for three courses. I had a very nice starter of smooth duck pate on toasted sourbread and my wife had a sort of pancake with melted camembert (both of which were very nice) which we both followed with the typically French steak frites. It was a minute steak cooked med-rare, which it really was. The steak was fine but the portion of frites was for me a bit mean. It came in one of those now apparently compulsory tiny buckets which I must say I find rather annoying as they sit awkwardly on the plate and reduce portion size. The frites I had however were hot and crispy. I think some sort of vegetable or salad in addition would be appropriate but there was none. We drank a couple of glasses of their Cote du Rhone, very pleasant. For pud my wife had crème caramel which she enjoyed and I had ice cream. My wife liked the crème caramel. I felt the ice cream was a bit ordinary. It wouldn't cost that much more to have a luxury ice cream of which there are plenty these days. The staff were pleasant though very busy. There was one exciting and amusing incident when one waitress was bumped into by another waiter and the glass of wine she was carrying was spilt. She was so annoyed that she through the empty glass on the floor smashing it. All was cleared up quickly! So all in all it did what it said on the tine. We fed perfectly well and in good time for our show and at a very reasonable cost for central London. As an adjunct to a theatre trip I would certainly go there again but would need to try the main menu to see if it was what I wanted for an evening out in its own right..

1 review so far 6
17.05.2017 08:43

Having enjoyed Cote meals locally I booked here for a pre theatre meal for my companion and me. I had already downloaded the menu and we discussed it. We had assumed the pre-theatre menu would be unattractive and chose accordingly! How wrong could we have been? The welcome was warm and friendly and despite the restaurant buzzing with around 160 guests we were treated as if we were the only ones. The fixed price menu shook us by the variety of choice and great dishes, but we stuck to our original choices! My veal escalope was very large but beautifully cooked thin, tender and delicious whilst the tuna steak was perfection. Looking at the dishes at neighbouring tables the fixed price menu offerings looked equally appealing.

2 reviews so far 6
27.04.2017 19:54

My friend and I had a lovely meal at Cote,St Martins Lane. I had booked a table online and glad I did as it was very busy. When we arrived I mentioned to the member of staff who greeted us that I had a problem with my knee following a recent fracture and could we have a slightly bigger table so I could elevate my leg if necessary. Even though it was busy and space was at a premium they were very accommodating and brought another chair for me to rest my leg. This made a huge difference to my comfort and enjoyment of dining at Cote. I have dined in a few branches of Cote and have always enjoyed good food and service.

4 reviews so far 6
24.05.2017 10:51

Fine as always, great service and superb value. I come from a place where they also know what good food is, however at a much higher price. My colleagues and I are totally into Cote. Never a glitch. This time I have a suggestion. To change from the eternal Sauvignon blanc we had a Macon Villages; not faulty but rather bland; in fact unbecoming to what we are used to at Cote. It can be removed from the wine list. That said, it is a minor critique; one can always find something and my suggestion does not diminish in any way the great value, good food and friendly service we are privileged to receive at Cote.

1 review so far 5
05.04.2017 17:00

This was our second visit in 5 days - so you know that it must have been good. Food and value very good. Eveyone found their meals delicious. Service was fine, albeit slow because they are so busy. On the second occasion I watched our waiter rushing around, never having a moment to spare, even to talk to us at the table. When we went up for more more water the manager/ person in charge always seemed to anticipate with complete air of relaxation and charm. I suppose that comes with experience and why he has the job he has! But THEY ARE BUSY - so, if you are going for a theatre performance, would recommend at least 2 hours. Long queue for ladies' toilets added to the stress of having to get somewhere on time.

1 review so far 4
23.06.2017 13:50

Reliably good fare, attentive service and decent value as you'd expect from Cote - we had the lunch pre theatre menu which offered plenty of choice - only complaints were the acoustics in this particular branch are awful (low ceilings and no soft furnishings to soak up any noise) and as it was packed it was very noisy indeed and not a relaxing lunch as a result - small comments on the food - my father's omelette was overcooked - not at all how it would be served in a french restaurant and the tomatoes in the tomato salad came straight out of the fridge - i never understand way restaurants do this as they should be served at room temperature to get the best flavour they also seem to serve cheese straight from the fridge too which is also disappointing...overall though not a bad experience - i will return to Cote, but would not return to this branch in view of the noise levels...

1 review so far 4
23.04.2017 13:33

Nice food though some of dishes could have been better, nice window seat, food criticism included underseasoned chicken, roast pork crackling was not crispy but soft so not nice to eat and was left which is a shame as that is the treat of ordering roast pork, also icecream in chocolate sauce dessert only came as single scoop which seemed stingy for £4.95 price so more sauce than ice cream! My creme brulee however was perfect and best one I've had to date. Service after our main courses were cleared was slow-we seemed to have been forgotten and had to ask twice for dessert menu and left lot later than planed with so much waiting around. Noone came to deal with bill and my friend didn't like to leave cash unattended but didn't want another long wait so had to go find someone to give it to. I had a nice evening there but some aspects could have been better.

1 review so far 6
22.03.2017 20:39

It was our first visit to Cote Brasserie, but it certainly will not be our last. It is so nice to be greeted when entering a restaurant instead of looking for somebody to see where you should be seated, or wandering aimlessly around. Your meet and greet was excellent. The restaurant was busy, but nonetheless we received excellent prompt and welcoming service, again without having to try and attract the attention of a waiter/waitress. The food was excellent - well prepared, with a wide choice, hot and well presented, with good crockery and cutlery. All in all an excellent experience and one we will definitely repeat.

2 reviews so far 6
22.05.2017 22:43

For the first time ever in a Côte we had an English waitress, and it happened to be her first day. But she was magnifique! Thanks, Melody, for a gracious and attentive evening of service. I bet you are exhausted. You worked hard but made it look easy. It's really marvellous at Côte how everyone helps each other out. The food is absolutely delicious, always, but tonight Melody gave us tips on the wine, and she was spot-on in her advice. I will certainly return to this restaurant and will hope to congratulate them again on the superb dining experience.

1 review so far 6
06.05.2017 21:08

We had a wonderful pre theatre lunch celebration for my mums 88th Birthday. We notified the restaurant ahead that it was Mums birthday and the staff immediately mentioned this on our arrival to make mum feel special. To our surprise 3 glasses of Kir Royal were brought out as a complimentary gift. How wonderful to come to London to our very familiar Cote (we go to Bath and Bristol) to find the same great menu and lovely service. It really does feel special at Cote. Thank you 😄

1 review so far 5
20.06.2017 12:23

We booked for an early sitting as we were due to carry on to the theatre, and chose from the set-price menu. The food was all delicious and arrived in good time, without being too rushed. There were occasions however when I thought that more staff were necessary. This is a very busy restaurant and the waiters were rushed off their feet. It was sometimes hard to attract their attention to order more drinks, or ask for the bill. Having said that, they were still very friendly and efficient, but it did mean that there were some delays beyond their control.

2 reviews so far 5
15.06.2017 12:09

I like Cote and the St Martins Lane branch in particular - very convenient for the theatres. Had pre-matinee lunch with friends. Service good though not easy to attract attention for the bill - this might have been an issue if we were pressed for time. We all had starters and mains - all starters good, two mains good but two of us had chicken, Roquefort and walnut salad - chicken minced and unappetising and we had one piece of cheese each! This dish might need a rethink.....unusual for Cote to get it wrong, and we will certainly return.

1 review so far 6
17.04.2017 20:36

Booking is essential and we were glad we had booked a table for our pre-theatre meal as customers without bookings were being turned way. The set menu at £12.50 for two courses or £13.95 for three courses was very good value. We enjoyed every course: the starters of cauliflower and leek soup, and tuna rillettes; the mains of hake with chickpeas, and steak frites; dessert: crumble aux pommes with vanilla ice-cream. The staff were friendly and the service was very good.

2 reviews so far 3
13.05.2017 18:00

We have been here many times because the food is tasty and reasonably priced. We have never had a poor experience until today. We had to wait ages for our food and it only arrived after we had been forced to chase it up and it transpired that the order had not actually been placed. We were given complementary bread and olives at this point. My husband's starter and our steaks were absolutely fine but my starter, the pisaladiere, was disappointing: the sweet onion mix was quite thinly spread on the overbaked flatbread and there wasn't an anchovy in sight. I ordered a second glass of wine and again we had to chase this up. To be fair to the restaurant we did have our complementary bread and olives and we were not charged for the second glass of wine. They also waived the service charge. However, we would rather have paid the full price and had decent service.

1 review so far 6
15.03.2017 10:35

The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly but efficient. Excellent, attentive service: courteous and helpful. One particular detail that was appreciated (and is all too rare in restaurants) the staff pointed out any dishes that were not available in giving us the menus. The range of the meals on offer (set menu and specials) is first rate as is the preparation and presentation of the food. The perfect post-theatre experience, our meal was a great end to a great evening.

1 review so far 5
22.03.2017 07:12

I had a gorgeous evening with my girlfriends celebrating my birthday at Cotê. It was the perfect spot for a relaxing and enjoyable evening. We never felt rushed (which is a rare commodity in central London!), the staff were a pleasure, there was a lovely buzz and ambience in the restaurant without being too loud, and I was even gifted a happy birthday song by the staff (and half of the other diners)! Thank you to everyone at Cotê who made it such a memorable evening. Affordable, and well catered dining. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 5
20.04.2017 11:35

We were in a hurry so asked what the quickest dish would be, minute steak and fries was the reply. Happy with that we ordered 3 of this but specifically with no garlic as one of our party is severely allergic to it. The steaks came fairly quickly but all had garlic butter on top so one had to be sent back. As we were pressed for time (theatre) it was annoying that such a simple request had been ignored. Otherwise all was excellent and I would still recommend Côte restaurants.

1 review so far 6
19.06.2017 16:58

My friend and I both thoroughly enjoyed our formule breakfast. I had the French one and the boudin noir was delicious. We both thought the scrambled eggs were particularly good. One teeny problem, the waiter did not tell like us he had brought jam and with everything on the table we didn't notice it until we had finished. My friend would very much have liked to put jam on her toast. Otherwise all good.

2 reviews so far 6
29.04.2017 07:24

We usually enjoy visiting the St. Martin's Lane branch of Côte and this occasion was no exception. We were earlier than usual and, therefore, able to take advantage of the excellent pre-theatre menu which offers a good selection of starters, mains and desserts for £13.95. Our food was all cooked to perfection and washed down with a good value Bordeaux red wine. Service was excellent and we couldn't fault anything during the evening.

2 reviews so far 4
20.05.2017 17:00

Other cotes are more spacious even in London. This one felt cramped and six adults in a booth was cosy . Main server was fine but let down by his colleagues who attending us at different times and mixed up meals and failed to bring a new order of drinks despite being asked a number of times . They did hold our reservation when we phoned prior after problems on the Piccadilly line so credit to the place and would have been nice if the one waiter remained with us rather than a mixture that may have led to confusion at times

2 reviews so far 6
29.03.2017 22:00

The best value restaurant in the West End. We had the three course set menu, the place was buzzing but the staff had it running like clockwork so efficient. Although I have eaten at Cote several times, my husband who had never eaten there before was astonished at the quality and price of the meal. Always my first choice for lunch or dinner when in London

1 review so far 5
06.06.2017 06:56

Very busy pre theatre crowd, therefore not much room between tables. Food excellent. Had the crab starter, then the chicken, ordered with an additional side of fries. Husband had asparagus soup, with side order of bread, followed by the omelette which he said was the best he had eaten for a while. Complimentary water. Staff very professional, 12.5% service charge added to the bill, but very obvious it was there. Would eat there again. Very close to theatre land.

1 review so far 6
15.04.2017 09:52

We were given a choice of table and chose a quiet-ish area. The specials menu included really good sea bass (or was it bream?) Starter of beetroot salad refreshing and well presented. My friend had duck and liked that. Service was mostly good though erratic at times, but always pleasant and friendly and not intrusive. Wine good as usual. A very enjoyable and satisfying experience.

4 reviews so far 5
30.04.2017 08:19

The staff were very friendly and welcoming. The atmosphere very busy as of course it is in the middle of theatre land. The food was fine but not as good as other COTE we have been to. Portions not huge The price is good value For London. The creme caramel delicious. Smoked Haddock dish not much fish involved. I would recommend Cote. Remember each branch is different and although the menu is the same the chef is different.

1 review so far 3
28.03.2017 17:19

This was my 3rd visit to this Cote but I was a bit disappointed this time in the presentation of my starter and main course. The Jerusalem Artichoke gratinee was very short on artichokes consisting mainly of potato, and the sauce was quite thin, it did not look very tempting. My main course of Sea Bream with flagelot beans looked as if it was on a bed of baked beans that had dried out slightly. I asked for a large bottle of Perrier water but they had run out and so I was served Badoit, which I am not very keen on. The food tasted ok, it just didn't look appealing, however the staff were very pleasant and I would probably use the restaurant again.

1 review so far 5
27.04.2017 08:11

Our first visit in London although we have eaten at the Birmingham Restaurant earlier. A splendid Dinner. We selected the Pre-Theatre Menu and enjoyed very good value with delicious food. Our only small criticism was that the Brioche with Mushroom starter was served on cold plates and had cooled before delivery. We did not complain because the waiter was wonderfully attentive and looked after us brilliantly to speed through our service. We will come again.

1 review so far 5
05.04.2017 10:07

Great service but one or two issues with the food. Lamb served with blue cheese was a strange, unpalatable combination. Meagre portions of some dishes - not as other Cote branches. Steak Tartare was tiny unseasoned and not traditionally made. Scallops tiny, barely cooked and swimming in oil. The service made up for the shortfalls in the Chef's abilities and we will be back. Thanks to Aurora our waitress for holding it all together.

1 review so far 5
10.06.2017 16:56

We had a lovely meal there last night, as always! The only disappointment was the offer of the Kir Royals which I hadn't realised I needed to book ahead of the meal I was celebrating my birthday with friends slightly ahead of the date as we will be abroad then. I did ask the waiter if we could still take advantage of the free glass each but he wasn't able to do that. :(

1 review so far 5
13.06.2017 07:23

The meal was delicious and service prompt. We ordered the recommended wine of the month and enjoyed it very much. The only downside was that the waiter forgot to bring the bread until after the food had arrived. We no longer wanted it but it still appeared on the bill. We then had to wait while the cost was deducted. This is not the first time this has happened at different branches of Cote.

1 review so far 5
11.05.2017 09:45

I went to see a show which finished at 5.30 and our table was booked for 6 but Cote kindly found us a table. The food was really nice (I had the fish goujons). However I didn't like the camembert starter and neither did my sister so we told the waiter and he adjusted the bill for us. I will definitely go back there as the waiters were friendly and food was good.

3 reviews so far 6
08.06.2017 23:24

The food was delicious, well prepared and presented. Despite being full and extremely busy, the staff were very efficient and pleasant, ensuring that the order was taken and brought promptly. The restaurant was clean and the decor stylish and tasteful. The pre-theatre menu was diverse and very well priced. I would recommend this Cote most highly and would return again.

1 review so far 4
23.03.2017 18:10

Love Côte the lunch menu is amazing value. Unfortunately today for the first time and many visits a couple of issues. There was potatoes in the Jerusalem artichokes. I mentioned it to the waitress and she denied they were potatoes!! Ive had it twice before and it was not the same. Also ordered green beans which arrived after dinner eaten. But as I said very unusual and it won't stop me returning. Great value, nice atmosphere and smart staff. Toilets are always clean and that in itself earns 5 stars.

7 reviews so far 6
26.05.2017 08:21

We eat here regularly. The service and ambience is excellent. My only complaint is about the banal background music which I find totally unnecessary. There is something attractive about the sound of chatting in a restauarant and music has the effect of raising that level as diners are competing with it to be heard. It wasn't loud but very irritating.

2 reviews so far 6
10.05.2017 07:25

Staff and restaurant were up to the regular high standard I have come to expect from Cote. We were there for nigh on three hours and everyone was kind and attentive. Food delious, especially the asparagus with the tarragon vinaigrette..be sure to book as there is aleways a rush on at the lunchtime period, but better after about 2.30.

5 reviews so far 4
17.03.2017 07:37

The pre 7pm fixed price menu is great value and the restaurant was packed with pre-theatre diners. Unfortunately we were seated in the basement and whilst service started off well, once the area vacated with the theatre goers leaving we became forgotten by the staff? Our waiter had signed off his shift as our deserts were brought and we saw no one for over half an hour. A disappointing end to what could have been a great experience. Good choices are available on the fixed price menu.

1 review so far 5
05.05.2017 09:45

Pre-theatre meal very good value as always, tasty, well presented and quick service. The slight disappointment was their renowned crème caramel desert which we always have. It is now smaller and served without any cream which they used to do. I would willing pay an extra 50p on the set menu price for it to be as it used to be, always the highlight of our many meals there.

1 review so far 6
05.03.2017 08:44

Excellent meal wit has a good service and very helpful attentive caring staff. You were very busy but you cared for us as if we were the only people in at the time. Once again a big thank you to all your staff. Hope to go to our local restaurant in Chelmsford soon. Many thanks John Wark

1 review so far 6
17.04.2017 07:18

I cannot fault the experience my friend and I had. Staff were efficient, polite and appropriately attentive. The set meal was extremely good value and the restaurant understand the need for efficiency when theatre tickets have been booked. This is the second time I have used the restaurant for this purpose and I will do so again.

1 review so far 4
27.04.2017 15:43

The food was delicious and good value but service was rather slow. We were left sitting without drinks or water for a while, although I appreciate it was a very busy time - 5.45. The bill wasnt delivered very promptly either, luckily we werent in a hurry. Overall the restaurant was extremely noisy which can be difficult for older people, both service noise and general conversation. I'll try asking for a quiet table against the wall next time but may not make any difference.

1 review so far 6
11.03.2017 01:03

We visit this branch of Cote for 90% of our London theatre trips. The staff are well trained and particularly engaging. I have to say, there's a really nice buzz, busy and companiable without being overwhelming. We always enjoy our meal and the experience as a whole, not to mention that it's excellent value for money.

2 reviews so far 5
06.04.2017 21:31

Very busy from 5.30 to 7.30 then eases off. Great food. Staff work really hard in this manic eating house. Tables, loos clean. I know most eating places in London slap on a 12.5% charge, but I do not advocate this assumed imposition. I believe we should be free to reward good service as we feel appropriate, and restaurants, especially chains, should all pay a living wage.

4 reviews so far 5
30.03.2017 10:13

Cote can be a bit hit and miss. A few years back I and a friend only had time to finish one course of a pre-theatre dinner after being left unattended for about 25 minutes. However, on a good day, the restaurant is brilliant, as it was for me and my husband on our recent pre-theatre visit. Great food, great service on a very busy evening.

2 reviews so far 6
03.03.2017 14:43

The service and staff were excellent it made our day out fantastic 😊 Cannot wait to go back I use the Covent Garden and the one in Blackheath and I have had excellent service in all of them I have recommended a lot of my friends and their agree with me keep it up Cotes

3 reviews so far 5
25.03.2017 11:04

As always a good meal in a bustling lively atmosphere. Food consistently good, in particular the grilled Breton chicken. My wife is gluten free and there is a separate gluten free menu, which is a bonus. The only very minor criticism was that my wife did not have as much cheese in the French Onion Soup as I had in my non gluten free soup!

1 review so far 6
21.05.2017 08:36

From the selections of the menu, quality of food, wine & service was second to none. The food is always piping hot, excellent portions , fresh and tasty. It's always busy because it so popular but standards are never compromised. Highly recommend, but deffinalely book a table before hand as we've learnt to .

1 review so far 3
16.04.2017 10:42

Food was good chose from the a la carte menu ,husband ordered rib eye steak when it came it looked more like steak haiche which I commented on to him but have had rib eye before which can be differing shapes. When the bill came I checked it and saw we'd been charged for fillet steak told the guy who's bought the bill ,he asked who'd served us ,I pointed him out to him but he didn't do anything so was a bit annoyed especially as there was £9+ service charge on the bill,with hindsight should have said I wasn't paying it,as rib eye doesn't sound like fillet