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.
Excellent as ever. Great food service and wine. Loved the whole experience. One can rely on this restaurant every time. Thanks to all the staff.
Food was great, excellently cooked, service was very good, so good you wouldn’t think this was a chain restaurant. The rest room was very clean, which is refreshing and reassuring.
Great buzz, excellent food reasonably priced, love this restaurant and have dinner here every time I visit Exeter. Friendly staff, I highly recommend Cote Exeter!
Good location, pleasant ambiance, well-trained staff and most of all excellent food. Background music low which is appreciated as is adequate space between most of the tables.
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 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.
Normally I really like cote. It started off great, our request for a window seat was met by the hostess who was pleasant. That's when it went awful. I don't know if the server just doesn't like his job or was in the process of quitting/getting fired but him and his colleague were awful. We felt rushed picking dishes on the menu and when our dishes came, one was so hot that I burnt my mouth and my fiancées side salad had been salted heavily. He came by to check on us, and we mentioned the hot dish only to hear from him "yes I forgot to tell you it's hot and was just out of the oven". When it came to pay, we were overcharged for drinks we didn't even order which my fiancée caught and then the male host who was taking payment tried to charge us the amount with gratuity. Normally we would pay the gratuity if the service called for it. But at this point we were so fed up we just wanted to leave. When she corrected the host he developed a very rude and cold demeanour towards us. Pro tip: if you want to be paid gratuity, your service also has to be outstanding. We're not obliged to reward poor service.
The early evening 3 course set menu is great value meaning you can have that extra glass (or bottle !) of wine (their muscadet is superb). Have eaten later before from full menu (portions generous) still fair sized with deal. We had different mains, all cooked to perfection. I paid the extra £2.00 for steak frites, meat pink, juicy and tender, may order some extra veg/salad between us next time, Husband delighted with the lemon sorbet and I had just the best creme brulee . Prompt and attentive service as always, all topped off with a view of the magnificent cathedral. The right combo for a perfect evening.