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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.


332 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 332 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Quality/Price: great value
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: entertaining
Waiting Time: no waiting time
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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.

1 review so far 6
28.04.2017 08:33

Excellent steak and chips as usual and friendly and efficient service in time for us to get to the theatre on time. We were given kir royals on the house despite the fact that my voucher was not applicable. Very kindly dealt with and appreciated. We will return.

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
27.04.2017 11:19

it was a lovely experience, the waiters are kind and it is one of the best value pre 7pm meals I have found around Covent Garden.

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 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.

7 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.

7 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
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 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.

1 review 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.

1 review 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 .

7 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

3 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.

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 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 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

7 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.

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.

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 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.

3 reviews so far 6
23.03.2017 00:05

Although we turned up 30 mins. early for our booking we were accepted very happily. Also although the restaurant was very busy our orders were taken promptly and efficiently and our food came in good time. The pre-theatre menu for 3 courses is extremely good valu and well worth considering.

1 review so far 6
19.03.2017 07:46

Great service- we were on our way to a matinee performance so time was critical to us - and delicious, as ever, food! Staff were helpful, seated us straight away and somehow must have prioritised our order, which was served in quicksticks! Thank you, Cote, for another lovely Lunch!

1 review so far 6
26.03.2017 19:55

Greeted at the front door with a smile and quickly shown to our table. The waiter Arnas was very good and attentive. Wine was great as was the starter, dinner and dessert. A most enjoyable dinner. Have already planned to meet friends there again in just over a week.

2 reviews so far 4
24.03.2017 00:12

I would normally give Cote top marks. We have never had a bad experience at one of their restaurants. However on this occasion the service was not up to its usual standard and the main course was not as hot as it could have been. We ended up rushing due to the time taken to bring food. Will be back as we LOVE their food but hope for better service next time.

1 review so far 6
14.03.2017 18:12

As we were going to the theatre we chose from the pre theatre menu which was only 12.50 for two courses, absolute bargain & great food. We told our waiter that we were going to the theatre & the food came out very promptly. Great food great service

1 review so far 5
10.03.2017 23:09

A quality offering in Central London at a very reasonable price. Difficult to beat given the location and highly recommended if you want decent and interesting food without paying an arm and a leg. Dropped one mark on the score because always slow to provide bill. Hint - ask for it when you order dessert or coffee.

7 reviews so far 6
27.03.2017 20:50

We were going to see 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane The Cote in Tavistock Street is just opposite once again the most enjoyable lunch, Excellent food, fabulous service, It really put us in the mood for the show. and made for a perfect day.

1 review so far 6
14.03.2017 10:51

My friends and I are now in out sixties. We have grown up together but now live so far apart. When we get together for our "lushes lunch" we always choose Cote as the menu is great and you have one of our favourite wines. Thanks.

1 review so far 6
07.03.2017 23:44

Delicious food: we had a combination of calamari and crab followed by an excellent ribeye steak. Very pleasing service provided by cheerful and knowledgeable staff who were particularly helpful over the choice of wine. The ambience was breezy. All in all an excellent experience.

4 reviews so far 6
05.04.2017 10:41

Great service, great ambience and great food. Only one criticism, there's not enough choice for vegetarians! Will definitely recommend and will definitely be returning. Great if you're going to see a show as they do special pre theatre menus that are favourably priced.

2 reviews so far 6
09.03.2017 17:09

Very good service and lovely simple french cuisine at very affordable prices. I go hear often and would highly recommend. Best to book a table at busy times as very popular and sometimes diffcult to get in if you just arrive on spec

1 review so far 6
28.03.2017 09:22

Great value for money, excellent and attentive service. Ordered pre-theatre and food was timed excellently considering we were there at the busiest time. Well situated for theatres so perfect find - the steak and frites is just the best I've had outside France!

1 review so far 6
19.04.2017 00:11

Fab food and service. Relaxed atmosphere and we ended up chatting to the couple on the next table who had overheard us chatting about theatre shows. Not somewhere to go if you want an intimate chat as timetables are very close in places

1 review so far 6
26.04.2017 11:24

No nonsense French-style brasserie with good food & excellent service. The lunchtime special menu is excellent value & quality. Lovely egg Florentine to start, followed by an excellent minute steak, and then chilled summer berries with a white chocolate sauce. Yum yum !

2 reviews so far 6
17.03.2017 19:18

Great food as always & excellent & friendly service. Cote in Tavistock Street in Covent Garden is 2 minutes from the Royal Opera House & in the heart of Theatreland in the West End. Perfect for a pre or post theatre meal.

1 review so far 6
19.03.2017 19:11

Good atmosphere. Food was excellent. The three of us had different dishes for each course and all were excellent. It was my Australian relatives first visit to Cote despite having been in London over a year and she really enjoyed the experience.

2 reviews so far 6
03.04.2017 08:44

The service we received was excellent, perfect table for our group of 6 people. Menu suited all tastes and was very good value for money. Both the red and the white wine chosen were memorable. We will go again. Thanks to everyone.

1 review so far 4
02.03.2017 23:48

Usual excellent value and always reliable steak frite. The score would be higher if the lighting were better - I could barely see what I was eating. My complaint on leaving was met with an inane comment that it was darker outside! I also have my doubts that the glass of wine I ordered had a full 175ml - it seemed pretty small.

1 review so far 6
14.04.2017 18:24

I booked a table for 4 at the Tavistock Street Cote Brasserie on Tuesday, for Thursday at 5.45. We arrived just before time, were taken to our table and the service and availability there was excellent. We will repeat the experience soon!