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Côte Brasserie - Edinburgh

New Town French £££ +100
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About Côte Brasserie - Edinburgh


Expect classic French regional dishes such as steak frites
Good Food Guide


In the UK, when people think of classic French dining, they think of Côte Brasserie. And they don’t just think of the food. They think of an entire dining experience that is laced with passion and know-how and inspired by distinctive brasseries of Paris. You’ll find this particular Côte Brasserie in the New Town of Edinburgh, nestled elegantly amongst the bustle of what is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. At this Frederick Street location an all-day menu of French classics awaits, prepared using only the highest quality, fresh ingredients. Côte Brasserie is what casual dining is all about, and this Edinburgh branch showcases that beautifully. Reserve a table now.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 08:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 08:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 08:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 08:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 08:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 09:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 09:00 - 22:30
Côte Brasserie - Edinburgh, 51 Frederick St, EH2 1LH Edinburgh

Further Information

At Côte Brasserie, pretence is not on the menu. Here you will find only authentic French cuisine, cooked with honesty. This is relaxed, all-day dining at its best and, luckily for the people of Edinburgh, this branch occupies a gorgeous spot on Frederick Street in the heart of the New Town, meaning classic French dishes are never too far away. The restaurant itself is elegant and inviting from the outside, then simple yet sophisticated on the inside. The space is light with neutral colours, tones and plenty of wood, while original fireplaces and well-spaced, almost vintage-looking seating adds an unmistakable French feel. Côte Brasserie is, without question, a welcome and unique addition to the buzzing culinary world of Edinburgh.

Côte Brasserie champions relaxed, all-day dining as well as high quality ingredients. Once seated here in the New Town you’ll find an appealing and thoughtful menu with tastes fit for any time of day, whether breakfast, lunch or dinner. Consider a starter of steak tartare made with cognac, some tuna carpaccio or a rustic French onion soup. If you’re in the mood for something light when it comes to mains then consider goats cheese salad or baked spinach and wild mushroom crepes. That said, if you’d rather something a little more substantial then do try the traditional French beef bourguignon, the roast duck breast with potato gratin or the rich, marvelously satisfying cassoulet de Toulouse. As it’s clear to see, Côte Brasserie brings authentic flavours of France right into the heart of Edinburgh. You simply have to pay this New Town restaurant a visit. Côte Brasserie will wow.

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417 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 417 Reviews
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
Service: extraordinary
Quality/Price: great value
Atmosphere: entertaining
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3 reviews so far 6
17.08.2017 08:40

The restaurant is well located just off George Street. It's spacious and the service is excellent. There is a substantial menu, the quality of the food is excellent and it's great value for money.

3 reviews so far 6
16.08.2017 22:32

An extremely enjoyable experience. The service was excellent, the food delicious and the atmosphere was relaxing after a busy day at the festival. Particularly appreciated the gluten-free menu; an essential for family members. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 6
16.08.2017 19:11

A long lunch today with three friends from the à la carte menu. Great food in classic French style. Friendly service and a pleasant ambience.

1 review so far 6
16.08.2017 00:21

Always a pleasant experience to eat at Cote. Food is fresh, delicious and prepared to a high standard. Staff are always welcoming and very friendly.

1 review so far 6
20.06.2017 17:11

My yoga/fitness group have been going to Cote in Frederick Street for coffee since it opened in Edinburgh. Since we go regularly, once or twice a week we have got to know the staff who are very attentive. Today was the second time I had been for lunch. My friend and I each had the 2 course lunch for £10.95 plus a glass of wine and coffee which came to just over £20. Both starters were generous portion-wise, innovative in presentation and ingredients. I chose the crab and avocado and my friend chose the tuna. For the main course she selected the fishcake and I took the breaded chicken breast which was more than ample. We each had a small glass of nicely chilled Cabinet Sauvignon. For a budget lunch in the capital the quality and quantity are excellent.

1 review so far 6
27.03.2017 21:57

Beautiful table at the window for 4. Lovely polite and helpful waiters with a sense of humour. Tasty food. Terrine delicious. Men enjoyed the calamari, very fresh and tender. Onion soup from the a la carte very good also. Mains were 3 sea bass and one swordfish. All very good. Lovely crisp white napkins and good quality cutlery. Friends said it the best Cote they had experienced. It was better than the one in their home town. Very good experience and our friends enjoyed it. Very relaxing. So pleased as I booked it and it's always a worry when wishing it to be good when meeting friends for dinner.

1 review so far 4
09.08.2017 21:12

This was not my first visit, and indeed my three fellow diners who were from out of town, thoroughly enjoyed our visit last year, asked that i book it again. Given the rarity of a day when we could eat outside, we took this opportunity. Perhaps our mistake as the service we received was extremely poor, having to chase up cutlery, salt and pepper, top up of water and our main course which took quite some time to arrive. The food when it did come, was good. As my friends had a train to catch i did not wait to speak to anyone, although when i took our payment in there was no one to speak to! We did not leave the "discretionary" service charge as we did not feel it had been deserved. Will however be back again and trust it will be with better service.

1 review so far 4
04.06.2017 08:04

We had to wait quite a while for the bottle of wine which we ordered to be delivered to our table. During that time we were trying to attract attention of waiting staff which again took too long. When the bottle of white wine arrived it was not chilled. We were given an ice bucket but it had not been prepared correctly - a small amount of ice at the bottom and not enough water to allow the bottle to be chilled. We had to go up to counter to ask for this to be rectified. The asparagus with the lamb dish was very over cooked. We do not agree with the automatic 12.5% service charge which is sneaked onto the bill. Other than that the food was fairly good but not stunning - apart from the banana and chocolate sauce pancake desert which was excellent.

2 reviews so far 5
30.03.2017 17:42

we had a very enjoyable and very good lunch. My 4 friends had not been before and were very impressed with the food and service. The only downside was I had phoned the day before to see if we could have our table in the rear part of the restaurant and was told that was where our table was and we were at a round table. On arriving at the restaurant we were shown to a normal table in the right area as another party had obviously been given the round table. This did not really spoil our get together but I had been told on the phone that I was allocated a round table.

2 reviews so far 6
03.06.2017 08:08

Very good overall. Excellent food. Nice round table for group of 6 on a celebration dinner. Ordered a bottle of sparkling wine to start. Assured by waiter that it was chilled. But then he returned to admit it wasn't, so 10 mins delay or chose another more expensive bottle. We opted for the more expensive one. Not too happy with the 12% service charge being added, but I guess that's London effect. To be fair I thought the main courses were very reasonably priced

1 review so far 6
24.06.2017 21:54

Three generations of the family had a delicious lunch at Cote Edinburgh today - The menu was really interesting as well as the staples hamburger and steak frites for the boys the rest of us had a really good fish stew, haddock cooked in bacon with lentils and veal. All were delicious and beautifully cooked. The service was first class . A good wine list lovely puddings - faultless and good value . We will certainly return -

2 reviews so far 6
25.07.2017 20:05

We celebrated my birthday recently at Cote in Frederick Street, Edinburgh. Just 4 of us, but an excellent evening was had by all. The main meal ( three different steaks and one Seafood dish) were really delicious, as were the starters and desserts (with one Cheese course). We really rely on Cote for special occasions as the staff are so knowledgeable and couldn't be more friendly. Just what you want on a birthday night out ! Thank you

1 review so far 3
25.07.2017 08:58

The visit was one of two parts. The food, service and general atmosphere was excellent, as usual, but it was rather spoiled by the behaviour of two children on the next table - their parents and grandparents were completely unable to control the children - a boy of around 5 and a girl around 8. They made loud noises all through their meals and treated the table as a place to display their feelings and noisily too. I and my companion, who had recently suffered a bereavement of a close friend, which was the reason I wanted to see her and try to console her if I could, and which plan was destroyed by those at the next table. I realise that the restaurant could not be responsible when the family could not control the children, but wonder if it is possible to get a quieter atmosphere the next time I come? Prof Jeff McLachlan

2 reviews so far 5
09.06.2017 19:11

Food was up to usual high standard, but service, to begin with, was rather disjointed. I was in just before 6pm - not sure if it was a "shift" changeover. I had to ask twice for water - normally you get this served immediately you sit down - one of the "plus" points of Cote Brasserie. Also, a customer, who then sat at the table next to mine, had a problem trying to attract staff to take her order. More staff seemed to come on duty after 6pm and the service then improved.

3 reviews so far 5
08.04.2017 19:41

good starter and weekend special half a chicken tasty but a bit cold which was a shame back to serving food on cold plates which was not the case last time as i eat there once a week it seams to depend on the service each time £110 for three for lunch and a bottle of wine and a coke was ok but £12 service charge i wouldnt have tipped that much for average service still overall good will be back next week for breakfast or lunch

1 review so far 5
18.03.2017 17:21

Nice menu and wine list, and very good value. Staff pleasant and helpful. Two small niggles - we had to send our starter (fish soup) back as it was lukewarm, the croutons with it were a bit soggy; lemon tart was delicious but the pastry was a bit soggy. A recurring problem with the Edinburgh restaurant is the main door, it opens directly into the restaurant area, letting in a cold blast of Edinburgh weather each time customers come in or go out.

2 reviews so far 5
07.08.2017 08:19

The ambience, food and service were, as expected, excellent - and exceptional value for money. My only criticism is that the restaurant was pretty cold so we felt we had to eat quickly to prevent our delicious food going cold. I hadn't appreciated there was an upstairs dining area so had a quick look and it was Baltic up there with windows open at each end so perhaps the draft was seeping downstairs. For me, this does not make for comfortable dining.

3 reviews so far 6
10.04.2017 21:44

I am a frequent visitor to Cote. Today I was not dissapointed. Very tasty mushroom crepes and good service. One comet I should mention. I booked on line and wanted a slot at 12.30. The only available times were 12.00 or 12.45. My companion had a train to catch which made the time tricky. In the event we turned up at 12.30 and were served in plenty time

1 review so far 5
22.06.2017 09:06

Service very good and friendly but I ordered a coffee to have when I finished dessert but it didn't come. It was on the bill so the charge was taken off with apologies from the staff. Also optional service charge was added on without asking us first which I resent. I opted not to pay and left a tip instead. The food was great, choice excellent, we had a lovely table and we really enjoyed our Fathers Day treat.

1 review so far 6
15.08.2017 08:18

we had excellent service the waiters were always there but were not intrusive. we had a very tasty chicken and bacon salad followed by the best creme caramel I have tasted in a long time . My friend had two scoops of ice cream and declared the chocolate to be delicious.A nice touch was having the li e for my lime and soda served separately.

1 review so far 6
15.03.2017 14:58

My friends and I had a wonderful dinner yesterday evening; the food was fabulous, the service exceptional and the ambience of the restaurant first class. I have been to Cote Brasserie twice before and each experience has been as good as the next one. It was however one of my friend's first time there - and she loved it and will definitely be back again!

3 reviews so far 6
02.08.2017 20:30

Had breakfast here today so good as ever in the past have had full English scrambled eggs smoked salmon great value and lovingly made today had the french toast it was very good with a fresh fruit salad with it pot of tea all for just £10 including service charges hard to beat that for this quality very clean restaurant and toilets highly recommended

1 review so far 6
08.08.2017 21:20

We had excellent service. The food was of a very high quality. Value for money was amazing . We were served our food quickly. If you only had an hour for lunch then this is the place to come. You are served quickly if you want to be or take as long as you like. They do not hassle you to move on.

1 review so far 6
23.05.2017 01:11

We were drawn in by the 3 course meal option. Not only was it extremely affordable but every dish we were served was absolutely delicious. The amount of food given was also way more than we expected for the price. Finally, the wait staff was extremely attentive, helpful, and truly seemed to care about their patrons. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone!

1 review so far 6
07.06.2017 15:44

The service was very attentive but measured. The food was excellent throughout, with special mention for the provision of an entirely separate gluten-free menu, which for my wife for the main draw of the restaurant. We weren't disappointed. Not the cheapest restaurant you will every visit but the price was fair for the quality of food and the portion sizes were good.

3 reviews so far 4
02.08.2017 22:39

I have been a frequent visitor to Cote Edinburgh and today was not quite as good as usual. My friend and I went for the 2 course lunch. Overall I would say that it was tasty but too highly seasoned. I like highly flavoured food but would say that it would not suit a lot of people. My friend chose the melon as starter and it was very underripe. She only ate half of it. We were sitting at the front of the restaurant and were disturbed by the door frequently being banged.

1 review so far 6
06.06.2017 17:18

The venue is a pleasant place. Reception was good. The menu for lunch was reassuring in length and adequately varied. The food was well presented and good to taste. The lunch price was impressive given the quality. Our waiter was from Hungary. I forget his name but he was very pleasant and professional. We will be back.

1 review so far 5
12.06.2017 14:34

It was our first visit to Côte and my friend & I had a lovely meal. Our waitress couldn't do more for us & was very attentive. I have dined in your Bristol restaurant and wondered whether Edinburgh would have a similar ambience. I think I preferred Bristol from that point of view but it was lunch here instead of dinner whcih makes a difference. Overall very good.

1 review so far 4
21.06.2017 20:17

Lovely meal, nice menu .... however there were errors on our bill with a bottle of wine added that we hadn't ordered. I was also presented with a "complimentary" glass of champagne for my birthday - nice touch - but was really disappointed to find it had been added to my bill!! Fortunately I always scrutinise my bill so we had it amended (without any hassle) to what it should have been. Despite this hiccup on my first visit I will go back again.

2 reviews so far 6
07.07.2017 01:31

Easy booking via Quandoo site. Expected on arrival by very welcoming staff. We were a party of three which included one vegetarian. Chose lunch set menu and found it to provide excellent choices to suit everyone. Friendly attentive staff throughout our visit. This is our fourth time of visiting the restaurant and have never been disappointed.

1 review so far 5
26.06.2017 15:39

Excellent choices on today's table d'hote menu- well cooked and delicious! Both my friend and I were well pleased with lunch and will return. Maybe a small chunk of brown bread would have completed the fresh asparagus soup? Maybe a couple of new potatoes could have been served with the sea bream? Just a small touch to enhance the dishes. excellent service too, thank you all.

2 reviews so far 6
30.07.2017 20:09

This is a lovely restaurant with friendly and attentive staff. The set menu is good value for money and i like how the restaurant change the menu every month. The restaurant is well laid out so tables are not to near other. I have recommended this restaurant to many friends who have enjoyed their visit

2 reviews so far 6
29.07.2017 18:46

I have eaten in Cote for many years in London when I lived there. So imagine my delight when they opened a restaurant here in Edinburgh. I have taken all my friends there and some have returned without me and others are planning bookings. Great place, great food, great staff and very reasonably priced.

1 review so far 6
08.04.2017 18:55

Part of our group was late because of traffic and staff were very understanding and helpful. One of our group was just a toddler and again the staff were great. Food was beautiful with free Kir Royales for the adults as it was my birthday. Well done Cote, that was a great dining experience.

1 review so far 6
06.08.2017 14:31

I have been here only twice but on each occasion I have been overwhelmed by the knowledgeable staff and the sublime food. We chose from the 10 year anniversary menu which was well balanced and the wine list substantial, I can not recommend this restaurant highly enough. I will be returning soon. Carol Clague

1 review so far 6
14.07.2017 19:28

Excellent service from the waiter - friendly, helpful, interested but not intrusive. Each course was well presented and the quality of the food was impressive. The all-inclusive three course lunch was very reasonable and there was a wide choice. The tables were well spaced out so you could have a good conversation. Highly recommended!

2 reviews so far 6
22.07.2017 08:36

I took a friend who had never visited Cote before. She was suitably impressed with everything and thought the ambience was excellent. The food, wine, and service was excellent. Being a Friday it was very busy and we thought we were lucky to have got a reservation. Hope to be back again soon.b

1 review so far 4
29.05.2017 22:27

Still a fan of Côte but last night was clearly an 'off' night. Slightly shambolic and the guest of honour had to settle for his third choice of main. Food generally seemed a notch lower than we'd experienced before. There seemed to be inexperience among the staff (fair enough) but it was in evidence throughout the meal and was disappointing for us and our guests from Australia. We'll be back but will hope to find normal service is resumed.

1 review so far 6
22.03.2017 15:42

Staff readily accommodated our request to have a break between starter &a main courses as we were expecting a guest, who wouldn't be dining, to join us for a few minutes. As soon as he joined us he was furnished with a glass & fresh water and made to feel welcome.

2 reviews so far 6
06.07.2017 17:11

We came to Cote for lunch today to celebrate my husband, Bruce's birthday. (mine is later this month on 29th July) It was a most enjoyable, relaxed experience and as always in the past the food was excellent. You really 'tick all the boxes' in every aspect for us. Thank you

1 review so far 5
11.08.2017 08:21

Been to Côte often. The food is always reliable, the service is usually great and the lunchtime special is great value. On this visit, we were surprised to have very slow, uninterested service from 2 staff. Maybe new? When the change of shift came on later, all was back to normal, and staff could not have been more friendly or helpful.

1 review so far 6
18.06.2017 11:52

My husband, daughter and I visited Côte Brasserie, Edinburgh for the first time and were extremely impressed by the staff. The service was first class as was the food and the atmosphere. I would not hesitate to go back again and would highly recommend the restaurant to family and friends.

1 review so far 5
07.07.2017 18:17

I had lunch with a friend at Côte in Edinburgh. We enjoyed our meal from the set menu along with a glass of house wine each. We were advised that we would find it less noisy if we took a table in the front section near the entrance but the conversations from the nearby tables were still rather loud.

1 review so far 6
23.04.2017 19:22

My friend and I shared some olives and a garlic bread starter. We both had the steak frites. Shared a bottle of Côte de Rhone. Food and drink were delicious. Service was great also. Not overly attentive but we felt very taken care of. Excellent value for money too!

1 review so far 6
25.04.2017 19:00

We had a lovely lunch with friends today. The food was of a high standard and the staff very friendly and helpful. I was also taking advantage of a birthday treat from Cote and we all had complimentary kir royal which was a bonus. We will definitely be back.

1 review so far 5
12.05.2017 10:14

I returned to Cote Brasserie as I had enjoyed meal there fairly recently. My friend and I chose the set 3 course which is great value and each course so tasty - perfectly cooked and presented. The staff were friendly and attentive which added to a pleasant and relaxing experience and I plan to go back again soon.

3 reviews so far 6
04.08.2017 17:37

Appreciated being welcomed to the restaurant by a member of staff although did not realise my table was booked for upstairs. Friendly and efficient staff. Ambience very pleasant. Food was excellent and beautifully presented. All in all an excellent lunch. I would have no hesitation in recommending Cote.

1 review so far 6
01.08.2017 15:11

Had a very enjoyable Sunday Brunch, which we booked ahead for a surprise 30th birthday celebration. Food and service was up to the usual high standards and the staff were particularly attentive and treated us to an extra glass of fizz too! Would highly recommend this lovely restaurant.

1 review so far 5
15.08.2017 08:44

My wife and I love this restaurant. Very casual and with great food. There is always a great choice and very well priced. Staff were very friendly. We took our family who live in Italy for lunch and they thoroughly enjoyed it. If we meet people from out of town we like to take them here.

1 review so far 5
06.06.2017 11:54

We booked an early evening meal from the a la carte menu and found the food and service excellent. Surprised to find out our server knew nothing of the 10th year birthday which was to be celebrated during the month of June with a free Kir Royale to customers ordering from the a la carte menu!!??