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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 rump of lamb with potato, fennel and, butternut squash risotto and duck confit. 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.

CHEF'S CHOICE

389 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 389 Reviews
Service: friendly
Quality/Price: great value
Food: delicious
Noise: average
Atmosphere: entertaining
Waiting Time: no waiting time
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1 review so far 6
28.04.2017 09:57

We booked the meal about a week earlier. Reception and service were efficient throughout. The food arrived quickly and every item was excellent. A most pleasant meal.

1 review so far 6
28.04.2017 09:45

I have been to Cote Brasseries before so I know they are good. However, it was the first time for my friend and she thoroughly enjoyed it! The quality and choice of food is good and prices reasonable. I am always happy to recommend Cote and now my friend will be doing so too!

1 review so far 6
28.04.2017 08:29

Love using this venue - always great food , good atmosphere and very friendly service . We can't fault it for value for money given the central location

1 review so far 6
28.04.2017 05:45

Very busy with good atmosphere, staff a bit overworked to be attentative but food was perfect, i would recomend this Coté to anyone who is looking for a lively café with lots going on, not for a quiet romantic meal though,,, again , food was great

1 review 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.

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
23.04.2017 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.

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.

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
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 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.

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 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
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 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.

1 review 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 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 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
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.

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.

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.

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

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 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 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

1 review so far 6
16.04.2017 12:08

Good food and service as always. Had the mushroom brioche and grilled chicken from the set menu, which were both good. Although very busy the food came quickly and with good service. Others were being turned away as the restaurant was full (Saturday at 6pm), so you do need to book at this time.

2 reviews so far 5
30.03.2017 21:48

Service was excellent as always. Their recruitment or their training is exceptional - probably both. My wife and I had the two course lunch before going to the theatre. Excellent value. The blood orange and fennel starter was superb and both our steak frites filling without feeling stuffed. Thanks again. We will return in two weeks time on our next theatre matinee visit

1 review so far 2
14.04.2017 10:54

This was a repeat visit to this establishment: Regrettably, it shall be my last. My guest and I ordered from the simple luncheon menu: Nothing difficult about the order. Our starters and wine arrived timely. We then sat for near 90 minutes for our mains. During that time, the couple to my right was seated, served and departed. A couple two tables to my left was handled just as the one to my right. When our mains finally arrived, my chicken was cold. The waiter offered to "heat it up" but by that point the dining experience was ruined. The fact that the manager compt my meal was a nice gesture but the damage to what was to be a pleasant reunion with an old friend was done. I dislike apologies, of which there were some. YOU put it on offer; YOU get it right, and there will be no need for apologies.

1 review so far 5
19.03.2017 09:22

We enjoyed our evening. We had a theatre offer of complimentary kir royales which was a lovely start to enjoyable meals from the pre-theatre menu. The restaurant was busy with a bustling atmosphere. It was also within close proximity to the Noel coward theatre which made for easier access for two of our party with mobility problems. Would recommend this restaurant.

1 review so far 6
12.04.2017 18:33

Having visited numerous Cote establishments this was one of the best due to the attentive and pleasant staff. The food and drink were excellent. As a compliment to the staff the cleanliness was the best we experienced during our stay in London. We look forward to future visits to Cote.

1 review so far 6
18.04.2017 12:53

Very good food, service and atmosphere. Twenty five words is far too many and up until today I have refused to write a review! Far too many all you need to know is Good or Bad!!! Unless this is changed I will not be filling in any further requests.

1 review so far 4
14.04.2017 09:45

We went before theatre., arriving at 6 p.m. The place was full and as a consequence the service was very slow. The food was not as good as at Cote in Hampstead. Profiterols were good but a bit dry. Should have had hot chocolate on top, but we did not ask because of the risk of being late at the show which was starting at 7.30. Should have more personnel for pre-theatre meals.

1 review so far 3
14.04.2017 10:03

Very nice staff, pleasant and not intrusive. Good table - not crammed in. My choice of starter (scallops from the specials menu) was not available, so I changed to the calamari. It was over-fried, the batter dry and not very hot. It left a lingering greasy taste. My main course, the risotto vert, had plenty of vegetable in, but was too creamy for my taste and almost stodgy. I could only eat half of it. I am a regular at a number of Cote restaurants and this is below the usual very good standard. I left disappointed.

1 review so far 5
28.03.2017 20:13

Quick and polite service, we were offered a window seat on a busy and lovely day, the food was of a good standard and the staff checked back promptly. Would definitely return and recommend. Only criticism would be a small offering of wines by the glass available for a light lunch, certainly not the end of the world.

1 review so far 3
14.03.2017 10:28

We were in good time for our meal and were able to order quite swiftly from the pre-theatre menu. First and second courses came relatively speedily but third course did not come on time. We were told that our order had gone to the wrong table and even then we waited until we decided we would be too late for our concert. Staff did apologise and offer a free pudding post concert but we were unable to take this up. A pity as we think the food is good and we enjoyed what we had.

2 reviews so far 6
23.04.2017 07:54

From the moment we arrived to when we left, we felt the service was excellent, the restaurant was busy but we weren't kept waiting when we ordered our food. When it arrived, it was perfect and in all the experience was one I will certainly do again.

1 review so far 3
10.03.2017 13:38

Perfect small bistro with authentic French cuisine at a convenient site for theatre and opera etc. We have eaten here many times before the opera and it has been efficient and well priced. Staff are very friendly. The downstairs setting area can be a little claustrophobic. We had fortunately never been placed there before, but on this occasion were put next to the serving door. This meant a constant stream of staff crashing past your table that was enough to cause indigestion. I was hit in the back over 50 times during our meal.

1 review so far 6
06.03.2017 22:34

Great meal here, as ever. Staff always friendly even though the place is always mobbed. Decent value and my duck confit was scrumptious. My husband had the baked camembert, which came with a generous helping of fresh crusty bread for dipping, and was pronounced very tasty.

2 reviews so far 6
22.03.2017 10:12

Reliable pre-theatre meal yet again, quick but not hurried service, fair price fixed menu, pleasant house red wine. The restaurant was busy at 5:45 so we were pleased to have booked. And literally across the street for Half a Sixpence (the show, not the meal bill!)

7 reviews so far 5
31.03.2017 19:50

The restaurant is located very close to the London Coliseum Theatre in St Martins lane. Although very busy and quite noisy the food and service was good, and as all cote restaurant's very reasonably priced Ideal for a quick pre theatre meal perhaps not the best choice for somewhere to linger over a leisurely meal

2 reviews so far 5
04.04.2017 13:00

As ever, the Cote chain is reliable. The St Martin's Lane branch is no exception with quality food served in a timely manner for theatre goers. The pre-theatre is good value with my only bugbear being the 12.5% service charge being over the top! Overall, would recommend this branch for ambience in addition to food.

1 review so far 5
04.04.2017 15:44

Very nice food and quick efficient service by polite staff! Very busy because the food is so good so I would recommend you book in advance if visiting this lovely restaurant particularly if your going to a show! We booked for 5 which is just about right for the theatre at 7.30! Enjoy

1 review so far 5
19.04.2017 15:32

Very good value for money and a good varied menu A la carte is reasonable but the set menu is a bargain at just over £12 It gets very busy at peak times so best to book and ask for a table at the front as it is noisy at the back

1 review so far 5
06.04.2017 09:38

Service was good. I was seated and my order taken in a fair amount of time. Food and drinks came promptly, one slight point is that sometimes service could be a bit too quick as my plate was almost taken away before I had finished. I do want to go back though.

2 reviews so far 5
16.03.2017 11:17

As usual the food was excellent and the price very reasonable. The service was a little slow, but then we came into the restaurant just before an near empty one suddenly filled up with people to get a meal just before the theatres started, and the waitress apologised for the slight delay.

1 review so far 4
19.04.2017 23:06

Server was very attentive and professional, although the restaurant was very busy he wasn't stressed or rude. We were not in a rush to eat, but 2 courses and coffee for 3 of us took 2 hours. I would advise only go for an evening meal if you and your guests have plenty of time due to the large amount of people "pre-theatre" dining.

1 review so far 5
01.03.2017 23:26

Food, as normal in Cote, was good quality and good value on a pre-theatre menu. Long wait for starter plates to be cleared after finishing them. Table was downstairs and I would not want to sit there again as it is too cramped and somewhat noisy. Ask for a table upstairs.