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Côte Brasserie - Guildford

Town Centre French £££ +100
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About Côte Brasserie - Guildford


Brasserie (/ˈbrasəri/).
A type of French restaurant with a relaxed setting, which serves single dishes and other meals.


One thing about Côte Brasserie is that the family of French restaurants is refreshingly humble. It knows what it’s about but it doesn’t feel the need to scream from the rooftops. As such, some members of the family – like this restaurant on Castle Street in the centre of Guildford – come in the form of Côte Bistro. This is an elegant dining spot blended seamlessly with the quaintness of its surroundings. Do not, however, see this as a glass half full. See it as a baby of the family with the same exceptional food and dedication to service you’d expect from its larger brothers and sisters up and down the UK.

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 08:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 08:00 - 22:30
Côte Brasserie - Guildford, 35 Castle St, GU1 3UQ Guildford

Further Information

Guildford’s Côte Bistro is a delicate little bombshell of French flavour and sophistication, but it’s also astoundingly good value. Set on Castle Street in the very heart of town, this bistro is inspired by Paris and when you’re sat eating or drinking inside, you certainly won’t feel too many worlds away from the French capital. Vintage style chairs and tables sit upon a mosaic tiled floor and are doused with soft light to create an ambience that’s as relaxing as it is pretty. In fact, the only concern you may have at Côte Bistro of Guildford will be what you’re going to select from the menu.

Whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner, the freshly-prepared dishes here represent the very best of the French kitchen and will leave a smile on your face and a little glow in your stomach. As we said, Côte offers exceptional value, particularly when you look towards the weekday lunch and early evening menu that means two courses for £10.95 or three for £12.95. The à la carte is wallet-friendly, too, and diners in the heart of Guildford can expect classic French flavours in the way of Breton fish stew and roasted pork belly, as well as beef Bourguignon or a serving of Steak frites with garlic butter.

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646 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 646 Reviews
Atmosphere: entertaining
Food: heavenly
Service: extraordinary
Quality/Price: great value
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: no waiting time
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1 review so far 6
17.10.2017 09:44

Another very nice evening meal. Plenty of choice very dish was well presented and very tasty coupled with discreet and professional staff. Will definitely be returning.

1 review so far 6
16.10.2017 13:58

Excellent food as always. Shame the 2 course meal isn't available on Saturdays as it is great value but only available on weekdays. Always book to avoid no availability.

2 reviews so far 6
16.10.2017 06:36

Lovely food always good quality and served beautifully. Service is good and very attentive. I am never disappointed eating at Cote in Guildford. October specials are very nice as well.

1 review so far 6
14.10.2017 19:35

Excellent visit, although they were very busy and run off their feet the table was there on time and we received excellent service, can't fault the staffs attention to customer service.

2 reviews so far 6
11.10.2017 09:48

We went to the Cote Brassierie after an afternoon watching a play at the Yvonne arnault theatre . We arrived 15 mins early , the staff were welcoming and very accomadating giving us a choice of tables. I chose the warm Roquefort cheese salad followed by the Tuna Nicoise my hubby The French Onion Soup and a Sirloin Steak . All were served quickly , hot and were delicious. The salad and the French Onion soup ware particularly special. A rainbow of fresh salad and the onion soup with the melted cheese presented beautifully. We finish with apple tart and lemon tart . Which were individual rather than a slice which was great . Would use cote brassierie at Guildford again in a heart beat Thank you to the staff there it was full and still they knew exactly what they were doing

1 review so far 4
10.08.2017 15:48

We love this restaurant and have been coming here for years. I would often rate them as a 6/6, but this last visit was a 4. They were extremely busy, and unfortunately it showed. The seating felt cramped, and the waiters' demeanour was rushed. Our olives and aperitifs arrived with our starters, so they were pointless. My husband had to send his steak back as it was overcooked, and the waitress had forgotten to ask which sauce he wanted with it, which potatoes, etc. She also got our coffee orders wrong. We made no complaint as we have had so many good meals here, and yet we found my husband's meal had been taken off the bill when we came to pay, so the maître d' obviously had his eye on things, and we still walked away happy. This was only the second time in about six years of coming here that we've been disappointed- what a shame this the first review I've been asked to write- but we will ignore this occasion and come back in a couple of months, expecting great things as usual, and I've no doubt I'll be able to leave a wonderful review then.

1 review so far 6
13.05.2017 07:45

On arrival received a friendly greeting. Was able to choose where we would like to sit. Had rump of lamb which was cooked just right, and my first jersey royals this year, with mint hollandaise, really lovely. Had the special for dessert Crepe with fresh strawberries with ice cream rather than chattily cream, was so nice. Although could have done with a few more strawberries as bit tight on them. Mind you it does say just 'Strawberry' on the menu. Wine was nice as well. Had red La Garenne Syrah. Took a picture of the label when last there in March as it was so good and at a reasonable price. On the whole had a lovely evening. The Staff are a credit to Cote.

3 reviews so far 4
14.08.2017 10:14

Our visit to Cote Guildford was a bit disappointing this time. We had the set menu and my starter of salt cod croquettes was very nice. My husbands frisée salad with lardons and poached egg less so, hardly any salad and served in a hot bowl! His main of steak was fine but my "pan-fried" hake fillet with chick peas was definitely not pan fried. It arrived in a cloud of steam the way only something that has been microwaved can do. It continued steaming for several minutes afterwards until the fish was over-cooked. I've ordered similar dishes in Cote many times and they have always been as described, pan fried with crispy skin and cooked just right, so this visit was disappointing. I didn't send it back as I didn't want to leave my husband eating alone while I waited for another dish. I hope this was an isolated in in as the standards in Cote restaurants is usually much better.

2 reviews so far 6
22.04.2017 09:33

The pre-7 pm menu is exceptional value for money. There is a choice of 6 starters, 6 mains and 5 desserts for £10.95 for 2 courses or £12.95 for 3 courses. All the starters and mains are what might be billed as Specials in most gastropubs (not run-of-the-mill). Service is friendly and very efficient. The wine list is good, but not particularly cheap. This is not a restaurant for lingering over a meal - the service is far too efficient and they depend on a fast turn-round - but is ideal for a meal before a theatre.

1 review so far 5
22.03.2017 08:24

Another pleasant meal here. Food was fresh and of good quality, as always, and the service was very friendly and sensibly efficient (i.e. you were never rushed). We booked in advance as we know the restaurant gets very busy at lunchtimes and we were glad we did. We had a nice table by the window, which was very welcome, but I would not have wanted to be seated at the two-person right in front of the door - I believe this is only used when the restaurant is full but I wonder whether it would be possible to reserve tables for those who have booked in advance, to avoid any problems.

2 reviews so far 5
22.04.2017 20:46

The service was fab we were warmly welcomed by the front of house and given a choice of tables. We ordered French onion soup and Warm Roquefort cheese and walnut salad to start . Both were so flavoursome. We were served quickly and the food was very well presented . Main Course Tuna Nicoise salad and Ribeye Steak. Both well cooked and the salad was fresh and colourful. Desert was Apple Tart and Lemon Tart just lovely . Would go back again to try the different starters I saw coming out .. very busy Resturant but service was really good and quality of food was excellent worth every penny

1 review so far 5
09.07.2017 17:43

Very enjoyable lunch. Extensive menu to choose from but lacked a little for vegetarian choices and too many recipes with goats cheese. I chose a melon and Parma ham dish from the starter menu but found it a very small portion despite telling the waiter I was having it for a main course. I was hoping that one of your choices would Include eggs. Are the menus changed from time to time.? My husband and I visited Cote Farnham and I had a dish with black pudding which was delicious so perhaps it was just disappointment as it was not included on your menu.

3 reviews so far 5
18.08.2017 17:21

My wife and had lunch there today and, as usual, the food was excellent apart from one small exception. One of our starters included bacon lardons but these were very hard (chewy!) and rather flavourless. We mentioned this to our waiter who apologised and said he would advise his 'colleague'. When the bill was presented by the Manager he said the chef had been informed and as we were not entirely satisfied with our meal there would be no charge for our desserts. A most commendable way to treat customers and to encourage their return which, without doubt, we will!

2 reviews so far 3
25.07.2017 13:31

The food was good although a change of menu would make it a little more interesting. I was disappointed not to be able to have the linguine from the 'early' menu (I was quite happy to pay extra for it and it was only just past 7pm but apparently by then no longer available). The service was a little 'disinterested'. We've generally had very good experiences at this restaurant but this time it wasn't quite up to the usual standard. My husband settled the bill and had just had eye surgery, which was fairly obvious from his appearance, but this did not stop the server from suggesting to him that he did not need to add a tip as one had already been added! We did not spot this until the next day but fortunately when we telephoned the restaurant they were able to refund back to our card. After this visit we will probably try a different restaurant next time we visit Guildford.

1 review so far 5
28.04.2017 07:22

The food we ordered was absolutely delicious we both thought the starter pear and goats cheese salad a great taste (I shall try and make it at home). The service was excellent we were welcomed on arrival, and the young man who looked after our table could not be faulted. The only problem was the noise - we did find it difficult to hear each other - this improved as the crowd dispersed. But the atmosphere was good, as always, and we look forward to our next visit. A great way to celebrate my daughter's birthday thank you.

1 review so far 6
23.05.2017 08:42

My friend and I had the set lunch, fantastic value & the food was superb, we both had vichyssoise to start which was delicious and tasted homemade. Then sea-bass main course was sublime, very fresh tasty fish, perfectly cooked on a bed of the most buttery, creamed potato with a gorgeous slightly piquant sauce, all beautifully presented, 2 courses for £10.95, amazingly good value. My friend & I both eat out quite frequently & agreed that this was exceptional.

2 reviews so far 4
11.08.2017 16:12

We are regular customers to Cote Guildford because of the great friendly service and quality cuisine. The only disappointment recently was that, for the set price menu, the portions seem to have been reduced ( mainly the starters ). I appreciate the economic pressures, and the set price menu has always been a good deal for the same price for a long time. However, I would prefer to see the set price go up a little, rather than the portions being reduced ( although others may prefer a different trade off ) I'd add that the Hake main course, and the creme brulee ( as always ) were excellent.

1 review so far 6
06.04.2017 17:21

I had two lovely evenings in Cote Brasserie in a week! The first was with approximately thirty colleagues for a leavers party and the second was a family celebration for my birthday. Both evenings were a real treat as the food, ambience and service at Cote Guildford is consistently excellent. The staff work so hard and are obviously a cohesive team who care about their customers. Cote is our "go to" choice!

1 review so far 6
26.03.2017 22:35

I always go to Cote Guildford for a celebration or on a regular basis for brunch on a Saturday because having been in the restaurant business I know when I am being given excellent service, the food is consistent,doesn't try to be clever and I have never had cause to complain and I feel that the menu is not overpriced. Went today for Mother's Day breakfast and had a lovely morning.

1 review so far 5
26.03.2017 02:37

The staff were great. The room would benefit from some soft furnishings to reduce the noise. Having requested a table away from the front door due to previous experience of drafts, we were offered a table in the back room. I didn't notice it was next to a fire escape door, which, unfortunately, was frequently opened by the wind. Easy to close, by me, as no staff appeared to notice! Hey, I'll not sit at that table next time, but will be back anyway.