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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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CHEF'S CHOICE

587 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 587 Reviews
Quality/Price: great value
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: quiet
Service: extraordinary
Atmosphere: entertaining
Food: heavenly
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1 review so far 6
15.10.2017 16:03

Excellent food and friendly staff. Every course tasted great and set in a great location in the centre of Edinburgh. Would highly recommend to everyone

1 review so far 6
14.10.2017 18:27

Staff were very helpful and polite, also, the food was very good as was the wine. Cote is good value for money. Would definitely visit again, in fact going for a xmas meal which I am looking forward to.

1 review so far 6
14.10.2017 15:45

Excellent lunch, fabulous choice on Menu. A very high quality of ingredients used to create the dishes on offer. Very attentive and knowledgable staff serving. A pleasure as always to dine there.

2 reviews so far 6
13.10.2017 09:16

Very tasty, well presented food. There is a good variety of dishes on the a la carte menu. The service is efficient and friendly and the ambience is relaxed.

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.

1 review so far 5
19.09.2017 14:16

One of my friends is gluten intolerant and the choices she had were great. Just to be able to have chips was a treat for her. She had a great choice. She was given a GI menu and also she was able to eat most things of the early evening menu as well. We all had a lovely meal everything was really good. The reason for the 5 and not a 6 ....we waited for ages to have our order taken and we had to ask and still waited. But it was well worth the wait and once the order had been taken the service was excellent so its really a 5 and 3/4s.

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

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.

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

1 review so far 6
18.08.2017 13:49

Excellent. The food was delicious, the wine of very good quality and all extremely good value for money. I was extremely impressed that, having arrived before some friends, we happened to mention that we had not seen them for 20 years. Cote's response was to provide us with a complimentary aperitif. Full marks for a very attentive gesture. I had already been to Cote a few days before this visit and we'll definitely be back.

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

2 reviews so far 5
22.08.2017 19:20

Always an enjoyable visit to Cote and a delicious menu this month once again. My only slight negative comment about the Cote restaurants both Edinburgh and Glasgow is that some of the tables for two are a bit close together to afford privacy. I know it's the French way and maybe it's just that I like a bit more personal space. This small criticism would not prevent us from continuing to visit Cote on a regular basis to enjoy the wonderful food and impeccable service.

1 review so far 6
06.10.2017 19:00

I apologies for the length of time I have taken to give this review, however, better late than never. We had a lovely meal and the staff were very friendly and helpful. We had to leave to take a friend to the station and were told we could come back and have our desert and coffee. Absolutely lovely would recommend this Brasserie and food amazing. Thanks to all the staff.

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.