Exeter is an ancient and historic city with a very modern and creative feel to it, so it is no wonder that Côte Brasserie has become a local and visitor favourite. Inspired by the brasseries of Paris and the rich flavours and ingredients used in them, Côte Brasserie Exeter is a modern and charming restaurant located in the heart of this stunning city. Situated in the Cathedral Yard, Côte Brasserie has a beautiful upstairs dining area where you can look out onto the picturesque Cathedral Green, or choose to relax outside in their street dining area where you can watch the world go by as you enjoy decadent French cuisine. Booking ahead is recommended so you don’t miss out.
Exeter is undergoing a sort of foodie revolution, with food and wine festivals and increasingly diverse and international dining options, and French restaurant Côte Brasserie in the city centre is leading the way in establishing this vibrant city as the foodie capital of the South-West. Situated in Cathedral Yard overlooking Cathedral Green, the team at Côte Brasserie have created a stunning restaurant and an equally as stunning menu and wine list, to offer guests a truly special experience. The perfect spot to bring the family or go for a romantic date night, Côte Brasserie has expertly created a space to suit everyone.
With an all-day menu, Côte Brasserie is open from breakfast through until dinner. This Exeter favourite has an extensive list of options, and from the evening menu we recommend starting with the crab mayonnaise with avocado, cucumber, capers, and tarragon with toasted sourdough bread for a refreshing beginning to the evening, before a main of the incredible seasonal rump of lamb with Jersey Royal potatoes, English asparagus and mint Hollandaise. Located in the heart of the city centre, this French speciality does tend to fill up so it’s advisable to book in advance to avoid waiting.
As good as always. Excellent service, great food and lively atmosphere. Thoroughly recommended. Whether it’s for a coffee catch up or for lunch or for dinner this restaurant always meets expectations
The food was good, the service was good, although quiet it was after normal lunch hour, ambience still good. Will be returning in the near future.
We are regulars and were not disappointed with the breakfasts or the service. We forgot to order one of the dishes to have spinach without garlic and it was replaced without fuss. The seats downstairs in the window were well placed to see the cathedral
We have been enthusiasts of Cote since it first opened and the team are always friendly, polite and professional. The food is very much to our liking and we find the prices very fair. Please do not alter anything!
The restaurant is in a beautiful area and a lovely view of the Cathedral. I booked our table on the internet and it was simple to do. It was very busy when we got there but the lady that greeted us was very friendly and made conversation with us while taking us to our table, which is where the problems began. I am a disabled lady that finds walking and climbing stairs very painful, and my mother is elderly who also finds stairs a struggle. So when the lady headed towards steep metal stairs I was very disheartened, the lady was already half way up the stairs before we had a chance to ask for a lift, but as it was my mothers birthday and I could see from looking around that there wasn't anywhere else for us to sit we had no choice but to put on a brave face and climb up them . Once we were seated another lady came straight over with the drinks menu, but then it took over 15 minuets before anyone came over to take our drinks order and that was only because I managed to catch her eye, but as I mentioned it was very busy both upstairs and down stairs, so that can be forgiven. The rest of the time everything was very nice, we had a nice lunch, the food was good, but maybe not worth the price tag it comes with, again that could have been because the kitchen was flat out. My son who has been there before a few times, said that the food was much better on those occasions , so maybe it was a 1 off. My only really big problem is that they automatically put a rather large service charge on the bill, So after spending way over £100 on a lunch meal, we then felt that we had to pay the extra £24 tip. Which if everything had of been perfect we would of happily given that amount as I believe good service should be rewarded . But being made to feel like we had to, no matter what the service and overall experience was is a little off putting .I have to give the servers their due, they were all very sweet and we never felt rushed or that anything was too much trouble for them. All things said my mother had a lovely time and enjoyed her birthday meal. We would definitely go there again but would called them directly and ask to be seated down stairs and maybe at a least busy time of the day.
What a great meal at a reasonable price in a nice atmosphere and with excellent service. My only negative for the whole experience was the inclusion of a 12.5% service charge (clearly labelled as optional). If you do this, then I believe that the person handing you the bill should mention that this is included and can be altered, rather than expecting you to read the whole bill and find it. I know that restaurant waiters are not well paid in general, but a lot of us on moderate incomes are not that well off either and I believe that 10% is more appropriate and it should be mentioned. If it had been 10% and mentioned verbally, I might not have reduced it. Overall, however, it remained a very positive experience and we plan to come again.
I had lunch here with a friend during a shopping trip to Exeter. I had reserved a table some time beforehand and asked for a table in the windows upstairs. We had a lovely view over the cathedral and were given excellent friendly and efficient service throughout. We went with the 3 course set menu which was extraordinarily good value and perfect for lunch. The food was fresh and delicious. I had the steak frites - thin cut steak cooked to perfection - very tender and a little pink. The apple crumble had a lovely homemade taste. All in all we had a really good lunch in a restaurant with a real buzz of energy, excellent service, first class food and a table with a view. Perfect - thoroughly recommend it.
The food was good, the service was lovely (as ever). The mains were slow to come but the waiter kept us informed. Due to running late I didn't check the bill and was disappointed to realise later that we must have been charged for the wine which was supposed to be free with a deal we had booked. I telephoned the next day and spoke to a lovely lady (Emma I think?) was who was very apologetic and sorted it out. I didn't even have a receipt but she tracked back the payment and saw that we had been charged in error. The waiter apparently sent his apologies and they offered to put the cash in an envelope for me to collect (I had paid cash) when I was next in town. Mistakes happen but it's how mistakes are handled that really tells you about a business. Côte dealt with the error perfectly which I hugely appreciate.
I love this restaurant. The food is always excellent and the staff are friendly and helpful. I'm one of those annoying customers who arrives and announces they're in their lunch break and need to get in and out in an hour and they always do their best to help recommend quick dishes and ensure our order is taken swiftly, drinks are offered and the food arrives quickly. This really helps take the stress out of things which helps me focus on enjoying my lunch rather than having to watch the clock. Likewise I've been in the evening and enjoyed a relaxed romantic meal with no rush or pressure to move on. Great service. Highly recommended. The view across Cathedral Green from upstairs isn't bad either ;-)
One of the classier joints in Exeter, imho. Reception could have been better. None of the staff on duty seemed interested in us for a few minutes, and it was difficult to see whose attention we should attract. Soon enough one of them affixed the welcoming smile and we were well looked after thereafter. The food was excellent. Our Hungarian waiter was friendly and engaging and even managed to give the impression that we were his most important table. The toilets are unfortunately three flights below the 1st floor dining room, but the latter offers lovely views across Cathedral Square, and the art deco feel of the place is pretty cool. It was nice to see a range of diners - young and old, enjoying themselves. Definitely going again and again.