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Côte Brasserie - Covent Garden - Tavistock Street

Covent Garden French £££ +100
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About Côte Brasserie - Covent Garden - Tavistock Street

Cote is fantastic
– Michael Winner, The Sunday Times

It’s likely you’ve heard of Côte Brasserie because it’s the go-to restaurant in the UK – and particularly in London – if you want fair-priced, well-cooked and authentic French cuisine. And with this particular branch, located on Tavistock Street as one of two Côte Brasseries in Covent Garden, you can expect only the best. Here is relaxed all-day dining in an elegant restaurant that’s surrounded by the buzz of one of the most happening areas of London. As groups of restaurants go, Côte Brasserie is one of the most dedicated and, of course, delicious of all of them. You will not be disappointed.

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 - Tavistock Street, 17 - 21 Tavistock Street, WC2E 7PA London

Further Information

In the heart of London on Tavistock Street in Covent Garden, this Côte Brasserie makes for perfect pre-theatre or post-museum dining. A stone’s throw from the London Transport Museum, the London Film Museum and several theatres, including the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane, dining at this classic French restaurant is the best way to complement any day out in the West End. That said, the authentic food and dedication to service you’ll find at this Côte Brasserie – one of two in Covent Garden – make a trip to this part of the capital worth it on their own.

The decor at this Covent Garden location is typically French, complemented by a wonderful atmosphere and menu. If you’re stopping by for dinner (breakfast and lunch are available), consider starting with classic calamari or chicken liver parfait, then move on to rump of lamb, cassoulet de Toulouse, or a delightfully fresh Breton fish stew. The selection of steaks is fresh and varied, and you can pair any of them with a classic French Béarnaise, a simple garlic butter, or other delightful sauces. Ah, and we should also add that Côte Brasserie on Tavistock Street serves one of London’s favourite post-theatre menus from 10pm daily.

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596 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 596 Reviews
Atmosphere: entertaining
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: great value
Service: extraordinary
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: no waiting time
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1 review so far 6
27.06.2017 12:53

As always, high quality food and an efficient service. Cote restaurants are always dependable, clean and are my favoured choice for reasonably priced dining. Will repeatedly use.

3 reviews so far 6
27.06.2017 12:53

My friends and I really enjoyed the excellent value pre-theatre 3 course menu. The food was as always delicious (especially the sea bream with ratatouille which was especially tasty). The welcome and the friendly service also made us feel like valued guests. We'll be back again soon.

1 review so far 6
27.06.2017 11:59

In keeping with the usual Cote standard we experience - this is no exception. Excellent service, food and a lovely warm welcome. No rushing either.

1 review so far 6
27.06.2017 11:15

A very warm welcome, excellent staff - and delicious food. The seabream was perfectly cooked. Such good value.Superb staff, always smiling. They made our early supper a wonderful occasion.

1 review so far 5
22.03.2017 08:59

We had the 3-course pre-theatre lunch. Excellent value at £13.95. Whitebait for two, sea bream (could have been served with some potatoes!) and steak frites, creme caramel and apple crumble - all dishes first-rate ingredients and very well cooked. A glass of muscadet and one of chinon were very good. Total bill for two including service was £43. Service was friendly and efficient, and we enjoyed a relaxing hour and a half lunch before going to our theatre showing. The one jarring note was that when we arrived we were given the choice of three 2-tops - one beside an occupied 4-top, the other two intruded upon by a pillar. We asked if we could sit at an adjacent 4-top (the restaurant was almost empty) but that was refused, so we chose the least uncomfortable 2-top. By the time we left, the restaurant was half full, and we might easily have been given any of half a dozen vacant 4-tops. We won't go back to this restaurant as a couple just because there are so many (TOO many) uncomfortable 2-tops.

1 review so far 5
02.05.2017 14:19

We reserved a table for 2 for 1.15pm, got there at 1pm and only had to wait about 5 minutes to get our table. The menu is great, do ask for Pre-Theatre or Weekly Lunch/Early Dinner Menu (depending on where you are, it's the same menu but called differently) as they offer 2 or 3 courses for exceptional price. We ordered all 3 courses at the same time, which might have been a mistake - we got our starters (overly delicious, really great!) and then waited 30 minutes before our server went down to the kitchen and realised they must have not seen our order. We did get offered free drinks on the house as compensation, which was great. Mains were again good food, but we waited an extra 10 minutes on our dessert due to the kitchen having not seen that either - which got us a coffee/tea on the house each. So overall great food, decent portion sizes for the price and amazing customer service - only next time we wouldn't mind getting the food quicker.

13 reviews so far 6
04.06.2017 22:28

As a regular at THIS branch of cote I was pleasantly surprised by the new June set menu, we went for a late lunch after visiting the opera house and decided upon the set lunch menu we both had the avocado crab salad to start which was absolutely delicious a fresh crab and the creaminess of the avocado was absolutely mouthwatering. The main course I had the pan fried chicken breast and my partner had the fish cakes on a bed of spinach with poached egg on top. We selected a very pleasant wine from the menu to accompany the meal the whole meal was exceptional value and the service was exemplary. From the moment we arrived at the restaurant to the moment we left the service was absolutely fault less, It made a perfect conclusion to a perfect day,

1 review so far 4
23.04.2017 10:26

For the first time, we had a negative experience with regard to the onion soup that one of us had ordered.The cheese and the bread did not taste right. After eating the soup, my friend felt warm and nauseous. We did not know why but when he went to the lavatory, he threw up the soup. This means that his body rejected something that had gone bad. There must have been a bacteria in the soup or it was not prepared in a hygienic way. We complained to the manager. At first he did not believe that the soup was the problem, as it happened too soon after eating it but after my friend had thrown up, he realised that he was wrong. He talked to the chef and he solved the situation in a satisfactory manner. The soup and the main course that my friend had ordered were deducted from the bill and the coffee was on the house. We were pleased with the way the manager handled the matter, burwe hope that in future, the cooks and the chef will be more careful with the way they handle food and with hygiene . Yours sincerely Jean Marc Asso

1 review so far 2
12.03.2017 09:14

Arrived at 14. 15, as booked in advance, for a meal prior to going to the Royal Opera House for a performance at 16.00. Didn't seem to be very busy - plenty of tables available unlike when we book for a n early evening meal. Service was slow from the start and at first that was not a matter of concern as we had allowed plenty of time. Waiter was however unsmiling and surly when we declined wine - not wanting to fall asleep in the theatre. We waited ages for each course and two of the meals were cool by the time they arrived, but by now it was getting too late to complain. We had to find the waiter for the dessert menu which was given with bad grace, but at 15.40 had to ask for the bill and decline the puddings which were rushed up the stairs by the manager who tried to persuade us to eat them. We had ordered chocolate pot, Creme caramel and berries- so why on earth it took so long to produce them, heaven only knows. We had by now made it plain that we were attending a theatre performance but there didn't seem to be any understanding that you will not be admitted once a performance has started - and you are serving meals in an area surrounded by theatres. Manager realised they had been careless and offered us free desserts on the next visit. Realise now that we also paid the 'voluntary 'service charge which was not in the least deserved. This is a system we deplore but reluctantly accede to when food, service etc is excellent as it generally is at this restaurant. Given the fact I had booked for the three of us several days in advance, the experience was a shambles and we arrived for the performance feeling rushed, and having no time, either to deposit coats in the cloakroom so we sat with them bundled aroun us in a hot auditorium, or to enjoy the pre- performance atmosphere, or to reserve interval drinks. I would also add that two of us are well past the first flush of youth so prefer not to have to rush. Very disappointing, Cote, particularly when we have tended to prefer you from the many restaurants around.

1 review so far 5
14.05.2017 10:19

We ate off the lunch fixed price menu which is good value for money. Two of us had the Pissaladière Camembert which they said was good but would have liked a tiny bit more camembert on it. I had smoked mackerel which was delicious and would have again. For mains 1 of us had cod gourjons which looked really nice, two of us almost had food envy. She said they were really fresh and not greasy at all. We had steak frites. The steak was cooked really well. But if you’d like some greens or salad I’d recommend ordering a side or 2 between you. For desserts we had berries with white chocolate sauce, crème caramel and apple crumble and all were yummy. Service was also very good. I have been to the restaurant before but my two guests had not and were very impressed and would make a return visit.

13 reviews so far 6
16.04.2017 09:19

We went for the pre theatre menu which is certainly excellent value for money. We were impressed by the wide variety of choice of starters and main courses on offer. We had pre booked a table because being Easter Saturday we knew the restaurant would be busy. However from the moment we arrived the service given by all the staff was excellent. Our waitress was friendly, helpful, and efficient. The food was delightful, I had the tuna rillettes with sour dough bread, my partner the pear and endive salad for starters, followed by the steak and the chicken breast for main course both of which were well presented and delicious. The wine we chose to accompany the meal was really good and very reasonably priced.

1 review so far 6
18.03.2017 07:38

We were shown to the table of our choice and the service was excellent as was the food. The staff also were most helpful in not insisting that we had the free bottle of wine on that day and contacting Quandoo on our behalf. There were only two of us yesterday evening. There will be four or five of us visiting the restaurant on 30th March when a full bottle would be much more appreciated than leaving more than half a bottle of wine yesterday. We visit Cote in Convent Garden regularly and have always been satisfied.

1 review so far 6
15.03.2017 22:41

My friends and I were meeting for a leisurely lunch in Covent Garden. We chose Cote and couldn't have been better pleased. We were greeted and taken to our booked table by friendly staff, given time to settle and not rushed over our deliberations. The menu had a wide range, and so too the wine list. Our food was delicious and we were not hurried off our table but able to sit and chat very comfortably without feeling unwanted. Friendly and capable waiters. A very good experience which I will most definitely repeat.

1 review so far 6
03.04.2017 17:37

We were offered a special theatre menu at a great price for 2/3 courses and an amazingly warm welcome from the front of house manager and the waiting staff! The food arrived promptly and was delicious, try the minute steak with fries, it was rally good as was the chocolate mousse! Special thanks to Maria on front of house who's smile and friendly attitude made us feel so very welcome ............... we love you Maria! We will be returning to eat here on our next visit to the theatre.

1 review so far 5
25.06.2017 14:34

On the hottest day of the year, my mother and I enjoyed the two course pre-theatre lunch. It was cool in the restaurant and very busy! However service was very good and friendly. The noise level was pretty high due to it being so busy, but that only goes to show just how popular this particular branch of Cote is! Cote is great value for money and the food has never let me down and I have been to several Cote restaurants, including one in Salisbury. They all have the same high standard of food and waiting staff. I am a big fan.

13 reviews so far 6
04.03.2017 20:18

This restaurant is located very close many west end theatres. The good food and friendly staff make dining here before or after the theatre an absolute joy and a must to complete the day. The set menu which changes every month, has a good selection of dishes with something for everyone, and offers excellent value for money. I have been a regular customer of cote restaurants for over three years the food is consistently excellent, and the service exemplary. I can highly recommend this restaurant.

1 review so far 6
08.03.2017 13:29

This restaurant had a lovely atmosphere and the staff were attentive and friendly even though our visit was on a really busy Saturday evening. There was a good choice on the menu and the food was really lovely. This is the second time we've been to a Cote Brasserie - the other time was in Sloane Square. Both had a different feel about them so it wasn't like you were eating in a 'chain' restaurant. We wont hesitate in booking again

1 review so far 5
28.04.2017 02:24

The restaurant was so busy that we could not have our table that we booked for 18.30. The manager sat us down at a temporary table at 18.45 & gave us a round of drinks on the house. We moved to our table shortly before 19.00, but he still let us have the set menu which finishes at 19.00. We had a wonderful meal & good service. This could have been a disaster, but the manager accommodated us in such a way to make us feel welcome & want to go back.

1 review so far 5
08.06.2017 09:21

The lunch menu was very good value at £13.95 for three courses. The service was excellent and tailored to our pace. We were encouraged to stay as long as we liked and, in the end, we stayed for four hours chatting to a friend from overseas who was visiting London. The dark chocolate pot was exceptionally good, as was the bream with ratatouille although, in our opinion, the risotto could perhaps have had a stronger flavour. A most enjoyable lunch, although Cote at Hays Galleria still remains our favourite Cote restaurant.

2 reviews so far 6
28.04.2017 12:09

Ideal lunch stop prior to a guided tour of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Travel delays meant we had to put our booking back 15 minutes: no problems and we had a pleasant table, with good service in a tight timescale. The two course deal was ideal, and the steak frites authentic and tasty, washed down with a glass of house white. Our fourth visit to a Cote this year, consistent value-for-money offer every time.

2 reviews so far 6
01.05.2017 09:50

I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant., My wife and I went for a pre theatre meal and had the most enjoyable time. The choice of menu was excellent, but the evening was made special by the really pleasant and welcoming staff, and although the place was extremely busy, nothing was too much trouble. Particular mention for the Manager (trainee) who was exceptional in his approach, and we will certainly return at an early date.

1 review so far 6
12.06.2017 14:03

We eat here regularly as we like it. We were welcomed and given a choice of pleasant tables. The food was as usual very good. My friend particularly loved the Breton Fish Stew. I stuck to my usual Steak Frites. Drinks, bread, olives and starters were at the usual high standard. We keep coming back and visiting other branches. In fact we already have 2 bookings for next weekend. That's a recommendation!

1 review so far 6
27.04.2017 11:48

Apart from the fact that I had booked (on line) for 6pm, it said 5:30 on the confirmation note, but that was corrected without probs in situ. Experience superior! Food delicious and served quickly by v friendly staff. I had three friends as my guests, they all want to know, if there is a Côte in their neck of the woods (Devon and Cambs). Good enough of a recommendation, I'd say!

1 review so far 6
04.05.2017 22:40

Lovely old favourites, like the bottle of Cremant and the bread with new mains , lamb rump, tender and tasty for me and Breton fish stew for my husband, both divine. As the restaurant had run out of strawberries my crepe came with caramelised bananas, which beat the strawberries hands down. As ever we will be back. Cote is the best middle range restaurant in London, we are never disappointed.

1 review so far 5
01.04.2017 11:27

The food was all very good and served nice and hot, there is a good choice and the set menu is an absolute bargain. We only had 1 downside and that was 1 of our group was forgotten about as their main course didnt turn up until the rest of had all finished. The waiting staff dont write any orders down, which is fine if they can remember everything, but this has happened to us before so whats wrong with pen and paper?

1 review so far 6
12.03.2017 21:36

We were celebrating our mum's birthday at Cote in Covent Garden. We raised our glasses to wish our mum a happy birthday, and the waitress very kindly wished her birthday too. After our delicious main courses the staff then brought our mum a dessert with a candle in and sang happy birthday; we had not pre-ordered this so it was a very kind surprise. Thank - you!

1 review so far 5
29.05.2017 20:03

Ate after watching a show at nearby theatre. Took in excess of 30 minutes to get 2 plates rapide which seems rather ironic. Brasserie was not busy at the time. My butterfly chicken breast definitely had the texture of a dish that had been lying under the hot lamps, then had a fresh sauce and chips applied. Other than that the service was good and attentive. I would certainly use this Cote again if in that area of theatre land

1 review so far 4
06.04.2017 08:09

Arrived with friend for pre theatre menu. Both knew what we wanted straightaway so gave our full order. Steak and chips arrived - good but not as hot as I would like and plate not warm. Then waited long time for dessert - apple crumble and ice cream which I love. It took so long we did not have time to eat it because we needed to leave for the theatre. I missed my crumble! I enjoy this menu and eat at Cote about once per month. I was a bit disappointed this time.

4 reviews so far 6
07.04.2017 10:29

Our booking was for 1745 and we arrived at 1740 (approx). We were expected and were whisked off to a table. The sun was shining, it was the Easter holidays and a Thursday, which could only mean one thing! A heaving restaurant! The service was first class, the food was delicious and, despite the number of people, the atmosphere relaxed. A delight.

2 reviews so far 5
12.03.2017 09:38

Nice place , friendly helpful staff , eaten here a few times now each time has been very good this time was special as my girlfriend left a gift that I had bought her on the table ! we didn't realise until we were at the station ,so she called the restaurant , they had her gift which she picked up the next day , Thank you it was a special gift .

13 reviews so far 6
24.04.2017 18:50

We called in for a late lunch after attending a piano recital in Covent Garden, From the moment we entered the restaurant the service was exemplary, the lunch menu had a wide variety of dishes in fact so many it was hard to choose. The food was delicious and extremely well presented. I can highly recommend this branch of cote

4 reviews so far 6
03.03.2017 18:27

Excellent Service from all staff this afternoon at lunch time. The New March Set Menu with whitebait as a starter and Seafood linguine as a Main was Delicious and satisfying. I would highly recommend the Tavistock Street Cote Restaurant for consistently delivering Good service and Food. A must when you are visiting London. Good value food and perfect for Theatreland.

2 reviews so far 6
08.05.2017 16:56

We visited before the theatre and chose from the set lunch menu. We had some garlic bread to start, which was very good. For our first courses we had mackerel and duck pate, then mains of steak frites and sea bass. The sea bass was excellent. We both weakened for the chocolate pots, which were divine. Service was excellent.

1 review so far 6
09.03.2017 07:54

Lovely meal. I had the warm beetroot salad followed by the Beef Bourguignon, both were delicious. My husband had the pre-theatre menu, pea and mint soup, followed by steak and chips and then the creme caramel. He said his was also delicious. Good value - meals plus 2 bottles of wine - £90 - can't fault that

1 review so far 6
19.05.2017 06:35

My Mum and I were late for our reservation but they had kept our table and were so welcoming. Nothing was too much trouble for the lovely staff here, the excellent service and general ambience along with lovely food, such good value with the fixed three course menu, ensured we thoroughly enjoyed our time here.

1 review so far 5
13.04.2017 00:41

I have used this restaurant chain many many times over many years, and it has always been always been excellent. I have never been disappointed with the quality of the food and it's extremely good value for money. The staff are always polite and attentive, but when it gets busy they understandably struggle a little. Despite that, Cote is the restaurant but I would definitely recommend

1 review so far 6
23.05.2017 08:13

We had dinner here before going to the theatre. There were two different menus, a a pre-theatre set courses menu and the regular menu. Half our party ordered from one and half the other. The food and value was excellent and the staff were professional and the service was brilliant. We would definitely visit again.

1 review so far 5
22.03.2017 23:22

excellent throughout. Our arrival was anticipated and the table was ready for us on our arrival. The menu was tempting making it difficult to choose as a number of dishes would have been very acceptable. Service maintained the standard and the bill was reasonable in terms of London prices generally. I think value for money is a major attraction to Cote for A lot of people.

1 review so far 4
14.04.2017 08:31

Great location, but we were squeezed onto a table behind the entry door so had wafts of smoke every time the door opened, plus the waiters had to lean over to serve the table next to us which was in a corner. The soup starter from the pre-theatre menu was so watery we sent it back. The restaurant, to its credit, immediately offered & served a different option. Lovely steak frites, great buzz to the place, perfect for pre show quick dining

13 reviews so far 5
08.04.2017 18:52

I have dined at this restaurant for many years sadly on this occasion the waitress who served us was really not up to the mark and far and far below the standard I have come to expect from cote restaurant's. as always the food was excellent even if the waitress was more interested in chatting to other members of staff rather than attending the tables.

1 review so far 5
19.04.2017 00:18

Table in far corner by windows, which meant no one passing table and it made for a more relaxed time than sitting in the middle of the restaurant. V pleasant food and wine as usual - the balance here is more toward the tried and tested than the novel. So a familiar but reliable option when you just what to chat over a meal midweek.

2 reviews so far 4
19.03.2017 11:37

We appreciate that this is a busy London restaurant, however the tables offered now on two occasions for 5 & 6 persons were really too small to accommodate our party. The restaurant service again perhaps due to the volume is very slow. The one disappointment on this occasion was that the camembert cheese main dish some of us looked forward to was already unavailable at 4.15 on a Saturday afternoon! Having said this we normally rate Cote high on our preference.

1 review so far 6
13.06.2017 22:02

Service was great and genuinely friendly - we were in a rush and the waiters were very attentive and accommodating. Food was yummy and sitting outside was lovely as the side street is busy enough to have a buzz yet quiet enough to feel intimate and not hassled. A great find in Covent Garden

1 review so far 4
11.03.2017 09:32

Service was a bit slow and in the end we had to leave quickly as we were going to see a show. I thought the bill was a bit high but didn't have time to check it. When I looked at the bill later we had been overcharged. We were charged for 2 pre theatre 2 course meals and my elderly Mother only had a bowl of soup. The food was excellent as usual and the staff were all super friendly.

1 review so far 6
21.05.2017 11:14

We really enjoyed it, the staff were very friendly. The food was very good for the price! We had the Pre-Theatre menu, 3 courses and very good value for money, considering that you are in Covent Garden. It was very busy in the restaurant and we were served in one hour so very efficient.

1 review so far 6
30.05.2017 03:12

Great food and most attentive service... we had our per-theater meal set and it was delicious! Even though it was a full house, the food came along very quickly and within an hour, we were off the doors - straight to Lion King! We will return even if we are not catching a show!

1 review so far 5
27.04.2017 10:05

Very well organised restaurant with friendly, efficient and helpful staff, particularly Johanna. Timing of food was good without any feeling of being rushed. Fixed price pre-theatre menu was varied. Good starter was let down by an underwhelming main, (haddock parmentier - there was no smoke flavour to the fish, cheese flavour was lacking, sauce watery and leeks undercooked). Desserts were better than main.

2 reviews so far 6
16.03.2017 22:42

Fixed price lunch was good value for money.The service was efficient and friendly even though the restaurant was busy.The decor was pleasant and although the restaurant was operating to maximum capacity, noise levels never became intrusive and the there always seemed to be a comfortable amount of space around the seating arrangements.

1 review so far 4
06.06.2017 11:01

I have been to other cote restaurants in the past and probably wouldn't return to this one. Our table which I booked was delayed by 10 minutes and then we were shoved into a rather uncomfortable corner because we were probably the youngest people there. It seemed that we were treated with a little less respect than the elderly couple two tables over from us. I love the food here but would get it at a different venue

3 reviews so far 6
23.06.2017 09:16

Very friendly staff. We were welcomed with a complimentary bottle of wine (my introduction to Cote Rewards). The staff were very understanding of one of my guest's dietary needs. The food was served quickly and efficiently (which was important as we were going on to the theatre) and everyone enjoyed their meal.