About Côte Brasserie - Covent Garden - St Martin's Lane
– 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.
- 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
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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Visited for a pre theatre meal, two of us. Good choice; good service; good food; good ambience - there's not much more one can say
Good service as ever. It was busy so we had to wait a little longer than expected, but the food was excellent with a very good atmosphere and friendly service.
We had a pre Theatre meal, it was very busy but the staff coped really well, we had a lovely meal which was great value.
The food was delicious and the service was very good. Restaurant has a nice ambience. The set menu is very fairly priced with 2 and 3 course options.
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..
We were warmly welcomed on our arrival at this restaurant & shown to our table by a very friendly member of staff. Service was excellent & our waiter kindly brought me a basket of bread with my soup when I mentioned I'd had this at another branch of Cote. The 3 courses my husband & I had were excellent value for money at £13.95 each ( especially as many tourists rate London so expensive for eating out ). We spent a leisurely 2 hours there prior to our theatre outing & I would not hesitate to visit this branch again in the future. If I had to mention a downside, it would be to say this restaurant is very busy pre-theatre, & therefore becomes very noisy with customers talking, but that goes to show how popular Cote is.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Disappointing. Had reservation at 18:00, arrived 5 minutes earlier. There were several empty tables for 2 at the front and I asked for one of them. They said there were all reserved. Never mind. I was taken to a table downstairs, took my seat and a couple of minutes later I'm told that that was the wrong table and they needed to take me to upstairs again. Really?!! Upstairs again to the back of the restaurant to finally get a table. Food was good as usual but it took a long time to get served and we ended up rushing to make it to the theatre. Our waitress did her best, she was the only one in our area and had to handle lots of tables. They were obviously sort of staff and the whole thing was a bit messy, chaotic and disorganised. Pity as this has always been my favourite Cote in the West End. Hope this was a one off. Also we left at 19:15 and at least 2 of the tables that we were denied at the front were still empty.
We were given a very warm welcome on arrival, and everyone was exceptionally efficient, even though it was during a very busy post matinee/pre evening theatre time-slot. The meal we chose was, as always, excellent , nicely cooked, and presented, 'and' served 'hot', as it should be. The staff at St.Martin's are always bright, and breezy, giving the restaurant a very good atmosphere. Well Done! 10/10! (ps Why do all the Cote's I visit, mostly the London ones, not serve their White Wine (I usually have the house wine) really chilled?)
Excellent food, polite, prompt and unobtrusive service. Clean cutlery and a proper tablecloth - details make it a pleasant experience. We were going to a show and came early so that we could enjoy the meal without clock-watching. Côte never disappoints. My only gripe is the automatic service charge: I can understand why you do it, but sometimes I would like to decide if someone has been particularly nice. You might as well just add it on to the original price on the menu. Essential to book, especially in theatreland.
Very pleasant buzz about the restaurant. Nicely situated table for two. I normally like someone to ask what we would like to drink before we order food, and I had to say can we order drinks please. Ordered food and waiter asked if we would like bread and olives which we did, that came with the starters. All the food we ordered was very good and when we paid the bill we thought we had very good value for money in London. Staff appeared to be non stop but remained very pleasant throughout the night. Going back to London in early August and will book again.
Brilliant. Reserved a table for myself and an old friend I had not seen for over two years. We occupied the table, talking and eating, for over three hours at a busy time of day. We were never once made to feel pressured, the service was first class, friendly, attentive, but not pushy. The menu was limited, but everything was beautifully prepared and executed. I have been to Cotes in other towns, this was the first time in London. The reputation of the chain is in safe hands!
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 😄
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.
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.
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.
Our table was not ready in time - the staff put themselves out to serve us on time for us it get us to the theatre and welcomed us back after the show for dessert. Great food, friendly welcome, excellent staff who took all the stress out of what could have been a tense hour and a spoilt meal. Chatting about the show over a late night chocolate mousse turned out to be one of the highlights of our weekend.
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.
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.
We booked following a recommendation from my sister. What a find! Nice area, lovely decor and an excellent value for money 3 course meal. We opted for the theatre menu and I have to say the food was really good and great value, especially in central London. The staff too were pretty efficient and our waitress warm and friendly. I have already told friends about the Cote Brasserie and would definitely book again next time we visit the capital.
The reception and service were very good. The menu choice was fine. Speed was right. The food served was very good. I should be happy to return and also to recommend the restuarant. However I must comment that the room was very noisy and if that number of diners is to be accommodated decently the low ceiling needs to be treated to absorb noise. One expects a happy buzz in a decent restaurant but one does not expect to have difficulty in hearing people at the same table because of the general noise level.
Very successful and everyone enjoyed their food.. only problem was the bill. I had asked if we could pay separately but when the bill came it was for all 10. Each worked our what they owed (but some items were very strange on the bill.. i.e. £1.+ for puddings whereas several were on the two course meal so should not be charged extra).... and we had each put in a tip, but the total money collected only came to the bill total. Presume the service charge had already been added. The waitress was brilliant.
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.
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.
Very good food, very pleasant staff, but erratic service delivery, caused by the restaurant staff not using note pads for orders, just remembering or misremembering! Our side of fries did not come with our main course and by the time they arrived our main course was eaten, to avoid it going cold, apologetic waiter removed fries from the bill. Also my companion was brought the wrong dessert so again a wait whilst the correct 1 was sourced, so a bit like French faulty towers but still nice food, just use notepads!! Also glasses of rose wine were warm, but despite all this would try again if going to theatre in that area.
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.
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.
Great food and great service. We both had something from the Specials menu: my hubby had the Lamb with roasted fennel and I the Duck Confit. He asked for the lamb to be rare and it was beautifully tender. My confit was up to French standards...although the salardaise potatoes could have done with a bit more garlic, but that might just be my preference. Will definitely try other branches around the country now.
Set lunch menu provided very good choice. The staff were very efficient and friendly without being intrusive. Beetroot and mackerel starter and hake main were lovely. My companion enjoyed his steak. Limited choice of teas. Cappucchino very nice - would have been improved with chocolate sprinkles. I was incapacitated due to a badly sprained ankle and walking with a stick. The toilets were downstairs but the staff advised me I could use the accessible toilet in the adjacent hotel. This was helpful, but the effort of walking next door was not welcome because my leg was very painful. I think a more disabled person would have found this unsatisfactory.
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
Generally very good. Friendly welcome when I arrived. Understood that my party would follow later and may be fewer than planned. Staff suitably attentive and helpful. A couple of issues stop me from giving 6 : one serving was returned since it was not what was ordered; took a while to catch the waiter's eye but once done they reacted quickly. Food well presented and enjoyable. And given the location extremely well priced. Will go again when next in town.
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
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.
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.
There were 4 of us in the party. Both of the rib-eye steaks I was served with (the second one being a replacement for the first) were tough and tasteless. Eventually I was served with a (free) minute steak as compensation. OK, but nothing more. My friend Alan's escalope of veal - UNlike one he had had at Cote, St. Albans 2 days previously - was also tasteless. His wife's seafood dish was fine, as was the 4th person in our party's Goat's cheese salad. My ice cream dessert disappointed because both scoops, one chocolate, one vanilla, were half the usual size and the vanilla one was served as soft as butter. I am a frequent patron of Cote restaurants but this visit fell well short of the expected standard.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. :(
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.
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.
Booking system works. Good varied menu. Food most excellent, and sad to say- far far superior to Oxford Cote where we have been disappointed. Service quick and friendly-food correctly cooked and served. Good variety on menu and great value for money in The West End. Last week we ate at another well known chain- you are far superior. Only one point down- that is noise level. But that's open plan dining I guess.