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5.3 /6 Excellent 262 Reviews

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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262 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 262 Reviews
Atmosphere: entertaining
Quality/Price: great value
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: no waiting time
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1 review so far 6
22.06.2017 08:06

First time I have visited. Lovely place great food Will definitely be going back again Staff very helpful and very helpful All round great experience

1 review so far 6
21.06.2017 19:31

Food was lovely with a good choice on the menu. The waiter was very helpful and very attentive. Price also reasonable. Would recommend and will certainly be back again.

1 review so far 6
21.06.2017 18:20

This place serves fantastic food and the service is great all in a very pleasant pseudo French cafe environment. I will definitely be back soon!

1 review so far 6
21.06.2017 17:23

We had a lovely lunch. The staff were very friendly and the service was as one would have wished. We shall be back again soon.

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
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 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

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.

2 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 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
15.03.2017 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!

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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!!??

1 review so far 3
23.04.2017 09:39

Although we enjoyed the food the service was poor. We asked for a few extra minutes to choose then had to attract server's attention 20 minutes later to order. We said 3 times that our Mum was cold before a/c was turned down. A long time between courses being served and had to remind about vegetables. Saw the server then appear to order them so arrived when we had eaten more than half of our mains. Don't like the way service charge is added as felt obliged to pay it despite being unhappy.

1 review so far 4
31.03.2017 15:38

A good meal, BUT they ignored our request for a table in the front room and we waited 30 minutes for our dessert though they said it would only be 10 minutes. They had a problem with making fresh creme caramel. On a culinary note, the bream was lovely but slightly overpowered by the flageolet beans and the garlic. Previous experiences very good and we will go back again.

1 review so far 5
18.03.2017 23:07

Our table was good but the intial tables offered were next to the bar or next to a noisey table of six. We were squeezed next to two couples when there were many tables empty that could accommodate. We had booked well in advance. Overall the service was ok but i would' t rush back.

1 review so far 6
21.03.2017 12:07

We had nothing to complain about. Every mouthful of food was a delight and the red wine was perfect. The menu is very good covering all eating types. Service was very good, in all it was a memorable evening. We will be returning and soon.

1 review so far 6
02.04.2017 16:57

One of the Best Restaurant Chains I know - I have rarely disliked anything I have eaten there. Service is efficient but not overbearing, and the Menu changes add to the interest of the meal. Excellent Value and two new converts made on this occasion

1 review so far 4
14.03.2017 10:19

Very nice restaurant which is part of a national chain, fixed price dinner is very good value for money and quality was very good. Breakfast possibly not as good value, but again quality and choice was excellent. Service very good, but do not agree with 12.5% service charge being added to bill even if it is discretionary. would have been a 5, but for service charge!!!!!

1 review so far 6
04.04.2017 18:25

Excellent food and great service once again. Wine reasonably priced and waiting staff were unobtrusive, but were always there if required. This was the first time I had brought my friend to Côte and she was impressed enough to arrange to bring her mum.

2 reviews so far 5
30.03.2017 17:55

great lunch time menu 3 courses 12.95 whitebait starter excellent so tasty chicken followed then lovely hot apple crumble glass of wine a very good lunch all arrived hot and note long to wait and today plates were hot unlike other times i dont like hot food served on cold plates

1 review so far 6
31.05.2017 08:25

We were a party of 6 ladies some of whom had not visited the Restaurant previously and were so impressed by the food and the service asked for the Restaurant cards and intend to visit bringing other friends. A most enjoyable experience.

1 review so far 6
06.05.2017 08:35

Delightful place, friendly staff and delicious food. We chose the early evening menu which was terrific value at £10.95 for two courses. There was a good choice of starters and mains and the portion size was generous. We will certainly be back.

2 reviews so far 6
04.05.2017 17:35

Enjoyed once again a delightful lunch today. Despite the restaurant being busy the service was first class. Choice of menu is excellent. The dishes were beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. Great value for money and I would certainly recommend a visit.

1 review so far 6
19.03.2017 12:29

We love the place. Food is very good, staff are efficient and the price is just fine. First came across Cote in Canterbury and loved it there. We were delighted when we the manager told us there was one in Edinburgh.

2 reviews so far 6
03.05.2017 10:41

Went along for lunch and a catch up with a friend. Lovely food, good choice on al a carte, weekend specials and summer menu, very friendly and professional staff. The French onion soup was wonderfully cheesy and tasty - try it.

2 reviews so far 5
14.03.2017 15:37

Had a lovely brunch in Cotes. Breakfast was cooked beautifully and great lovely atmosphere in the morning, not too busy. Breakfast was a good value for money. Been going to cotes since its opened. Great place for Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner or even just for a casual drinking.

1 review so far 5
18.03.2017 19:24

Great experience. Spent lovely afternoon in great company at reasonable prices. Food great and good value as was the wine, especially as we were city centre. Staff very relaxed although maybe wee bit hard to catch their eye. Service was prompt though. Will definetly be there again soon.

2 reviews so far 6
08.03.2017 20:15

My husband had the a la carte menu and I liked what was on the set menu and I can honestly say all our courses were excellent and very flavoursome. The staff were lovely and we will definitely be back.

1 review so far 4
19.04.2017 17:27

Food was excellent, BUT... Waiter seemed to be constantly in a hurry to clear our Starter and then Main plates even if, in two occasions, one of our party had not finished eating! MOST annoying! £9.50 "OPTIONAL" gratuity was simply added to the bill, so NO OPTION WAS PROVIDED For the above two reasons we will not be back!

1 review so far 4
20.06.2017 15:37

We were seated at the round table in the centre of the rear room and found (don't know if it was the height of the ceiling) it very noisy. The service was very good and all our needs were catered for efficiently. The food was excellent but I must put in an extra word for the wonderful starters.

1 review so far 6
20.06.2017 20:27

We had a lovely 3 course lunch from the lunch menu and a delicious bottle of wine. At £12.50 for 3 courses they are perfect size for lunch and well presented.Friendly helpful staff our visit was a delight.

3 reviews so far 6
19.06.2017 17:35

My friend and I enjoyed a breakfast deal. There are lots of choice and the food we had was delicious. We also received a lovely freshly squeezed orange juice and coffees. The staff were very attentive and friendly.

1 review so far 5
20.06.2017 09:19

Enjoyable experience, food good. Not Hugh portions, but this appears to be the norm now, in our eat less, health conscious society. The staff were friendly, did not feel rushed, sat as long as we liked, would recommend and I am going back again soon.

1 review so far 6
24.04.2017 22:00

Staff could not have been nicer or more professional. Food was nicely prepared and well presented. Cote is probably my favourite chain and they have a wide range of gluten free dishes for those who need them.