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An excellent meal with great service. We booked in advance and were given just the table we had asked for.
Great location, lovely food, nice service. A terrific lunch and catchup with my friend.
As always, pleasant atmosphere, good friendly service and excellent food.
A GREAT MEAL AS ALWAYS EXCELLENT FOOD AND EFFICIENT SERVICE. HELPFUL FRIENDLY STAFF
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.
We are a family of four and visited the Exeter restaurant for a 70th birthday breakfast treat. We had booked online and had requested a window table on the first floor overlooking Exeter Cathedral. We were disappointed on arrival to be told that the upstairs was not open, but we could have a window table on the ground floor, which we reluctantly accepted. We could still see the cathedral from here, but only 10 minutes into our meal an ambulance came and parked right across the window, totally obscuring our view. We just wished when our booking was accepted that we had been told that we would have to sit on the ground floor, but by this time it was too late. Also, it was very noisy downstairs with the cutlery on the serving bar and the constant hissing of the coffee machine; my husband is very hard of hearing, and all this background noise made it impossible to have a decent conversation.The other moan was that the hollandaise sauce on the eggs was far too rich and creamy, and I have been feeling queasy all day. Apart from all this, the service was impeccable and we did not have long to wait for our meals. The food was good and the price too was reasonable. All in all, we would definitely return, but would make sure that the food we ordered was not covered in sauce, and that we had a table away from the serving area.
We were given some gift vouchers a while ago and decided to use them for our 12th wedding anniversary. We arrived 15mins early for our reservation but it wasn’t a problem. The welcome was warm and funny and he seated us upstairs near the window so we could look over the green. The way I reserved the table meant that we, well I, got 2 free pink cocktails (absolutely yummy, really really yummy 😋) my husband had an aperitif. We then ordered our starters - Bob had the Steak Tartare (I wasn’t convinced but he made me try it and it was lovely) and I had the charcuterie board, absolutely delish. Then we both had the ribeye and frites with the tomato salad and finger carrots as sides. The steaks were cooked to perfection and the frites were probably the most delicious I’ve ever had. Even if we hadn’t had the vouchers it would still have been reasonable for the price and quality. The staff were great and the food was amazing. We’re definitely going to come back. We had a lovely evening and it was great to go somewhere new and discover somewhere nice that we hadn’t been to before.
We arrived early but that was no problem, and were taken to lovely window seat with view of Exeter Cathedral. Waitresses were very nice. I was surprised that the menu I had seen online was not available on Saturdays. This was disappointing, as I had hoped for the sea bream. The fish alternatives on main menu all cost as much as 3 entire courses on the lunch menu I'd hoped to enjoy. The menu that was put in front of us was I thought very limited - 3 or 4 dishes max, and all meat! I said I didn't eat meat, so we were then given a vegetarian menu, but there were no fish or seafood alternatives, which was again disappointing. So we reverted to the a la carte. My friend ordered the salmon - fine, but nothing special for the cost. Portion didn't look very generous. I went for the parmentier. This was very nice but I don't like eating out of pie dishes and didn't realise no vegetables were included, so it looked a bit stark. It took a long time for the food to arrive, so didn't want to risk asking for veg at that point. But it was a Saturday lunchtime so I imagine it is your busiest time. We would have desserts if the 3 course lunch menu had been available, but had already spent a lot on one course each, so decided to go to Patisserie Valerie fo cake & coffee instead. I got the strong impression that you don't try as hard on the weekend, as I have only been on weekdays before and had found the weekday menus much more interesting and affordable. I will continue to go on weekdays but feel pay too much for limited choice and uninspired choices on the weekend. Oh, and my glss of kir royale seemed extremely small! Perhaps it was caused by general feeling of disappointment overall.
Also great. Food fantastic. I go to many cotes in the uk. The Exeter restaurant is by far the best for service, the staff from management to waiters are all so friendly professional welcoming and so thorough and attentive. The staff in Exeter always remember me... even down to knowing I like to start the meal with a glass of fizz ! Loving your July specials ... had the lobster starter twice and the lobster main twice. Actually going to your clifton branch to have again. Yummy .... I must say all the food is delicious ... I think I eaten everything on your al la carte menu. French onion soup exceptional ... sea bass amazing, steak tartar to die for. Recently had set menus also ... pork yummy and fish cake with running yolk poached egg ... wow !! Thank you cote for keeping me well fed and good food.... along with exceptional personal professional service. Lisa x
We have been to Côte Exeter a few times before and we’re looking forward to another evening there. However, we had a bit of a mixed experience. The positives are, good food and service, and great a view of the Cathedral. But unfortunately there were a couple of negatives, it was so cramped, one of our group had to constantly move his chair to allow the waiting staff and other diners to get through and it was extremely noisy, so much so that we had to talk loudly to be heard above everybody else. I appreciate you need to maximise the space you’ve got, but sacrificing a couple of tables would make a huge difference.