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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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500 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 500 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: great value
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
Atmosphere: excellent
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2 reviews so far 6
22.08.2017 23:57

Booking efficient, service very good. Food consistently good and overall a lovely night. Despite a later time to eat we were not rushed or encouraged to leave. Thank you.

1 review so far 6
21.08.2017 09:33

The team provided an excellent service and were attentive throughout. They even included a candle for my two colleagues birthdays. The 2 course deal was also very good value for money.

1 review so far 6
20.08.2017 15:48

Excellent as usual good service nice atmosphere and very tasty food. Restaurant was busy as you would expect at this time of day 10.00am on the weekend but the service is still acceptable

2 reviews so far 6
20.08.2017 09:29

we are regulars at cote guildford. in our opinion there are several other chain restaurants in this market but nobody has caught with cote yet. keep going as you are .

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.

1 review 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.

1 review 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.

2 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.

1 review 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.

1 review so far 5
15.04.2017 18:27

Nice restaurant in the older part of town, with good selection of quality food (value for money!) with a lovely free 'thank you for first registration' wine (a bit steep to order - £24.- for a 750ml bottle of Cote Du Rhone). Very helpful and friendly non-pushy waiting staff all of whom make you the centre of their attention at your table and are keen to serve what you order, warm and within a well-measured timeframe. Keep it up, 'cause we'll be back!

1 review so far 6
24.03.2017 17:10

The three of us have been going to Cote for their 'Early Bird' meal for the past 12 years and in all of that time, the restaurant has never disappointed except when it hadn't Crème Caramel on the menu on one occasion and our usual bottle of Treviac had all been drunk on another!! Great quality food, super service, excellent and helpful staff, what more could you ask for?

8 reviews so far 6
09.05.2017 15:28

Good brunch and good value. I will visit again. Only odd thing was the jam pot on the table which were for decoration only. They were glued shut but it was possible to open them with some force but of course once we found out they were only for decoration we were provided with jam separately. I wasn't the only one to find this odd.

1 review so far 4
18.08.2017 22:46

The food was ok nothing special! When we've been before it has been much better! I had the steak tartar, which for reasons best known to the chef had been pressed in a hamburger press -very strange! The duck breast was rather dry and uninteresting although the sauce was good! The desert was excellent but you can't go wrong with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce! My wife had the ham an melon which was nice followed by haddock wrapped in ham, which was ok. Overall an ok meal but nothing special! Reasonable value for money.

1 review so far 6
13.08.2017 08:53

The food was excellent, the atmosphere convivial and the staff very attentive. Two of our party have food allergies and it was a pleasant surprise to find a separate menu showing wheat and dairy free options. The staff were only too happy to help and advise. We will definitely return when we are next in need of a good meal out in Guildford.

1 review so far 6
17.04.2017 21:28

Cote Brasserie- Guildford never disappoints! In this instance a delicious Easter Sunday lunch - that was a first in years not slaving over a joint of lamb at home, and will certainly not be the last. Just a walk after, then tea at home - so civilized, and so different. Lovely friendly, staff created vibe! Couldn't be bettered! Be back again soon.

5 reviews so far 6
24.03.2017 23:43

My lady and I have been using Cote for some years now and you will find my reviews for Cote on Tripadvisor a few times. We enjoy Cote immensely and go as often as we can. The food and services are second to none and I always advise family and friends if they want a good tasty meal to go Cote

1 review so far 6
06.05.2017 22:53

Service prompt but not hurried. Lamb especially was excellent. We wanted it well cooked and not pink and was to perfection. Beware folks. Don't like the idea of service being included on the bill at 12.5% even though it's optional. Don't like that sort of practice. Prefer to reward staff in my own way and what I think is appropriate.

1 review so far 6
01.07.2017 12:43

I choose the minute steak. When asked how it was I commented 'not as pink as advertised but still very good'. The waiter said he would talk to the manager about this. I was half way through it, and enjoying it, and the manager insisted on replacing it. Everyone was very pleasant about the incident which was very well handled.

1 review so far 6
01.07.2017 19:17

We had a delicious lunch of the Special Cod Main course and mouth watering dessert of the Special lemon Crème Brulee with raspberries. We also had a wonderfully refreshing Kir Royale on arrival which was complimentary through an email offer. Great, friendly and efficient service too. A very enjoyable and relaxing respite from our day of shopping in Guildford!

1 review so far 5
21.03.2017 10:18

I am disabled. The entrance step is difficult to manage and would benefit from a handle to help both the disabled and the elderly. there were three items no longer on the menu, two which were on the "set menu". The meal and service were very good (as usual). I would particularly like to thank the member of staff who helped me to manage the step out of the restaurant.

1 review so far 6
02.07.2017 09:06

Great food and staff couldn't have been more helpful especially as I am a coeliac. As well as providing a gluten-free menu, the staff member marked the specials and the light lunch/eve menu showing me which I could eat and how they could adapt certain dishes so that it would be gluten free. I had lots of choice!

1 review so far 5
13.03.2017 08:17

Lovely food and service as usual at Cote Guildford, we were having a pre theatre meal. The mussels were delicious, the chicken a good, tasty portion. My husband had the white bait and it was very good, freshly cooked, then the sea bream which was beautifully presented and cooked but he wasn't that keen on the beans with it. The creme caramel and the crumble we're both excellent.

2 reviews so far 6
06.07.2017 08:56

we had a very nice lunch. we were lucky as it was not as crowded as usual and we had a window seat. our waitress was from latvia and was both very attractive and interesting and charming, the whole experience was delightful and you can be sure we will be visiting again in the near future

1 review so far 4
08.07.2017 14:15

The food was lovely and the waiting staff extremely polite. However we felt very rushed. The starters were served promptly which was great but then 5minutes after the main came out. We weren't really given enough breathing spaces between courses to the point where I asked my main to be boxed up to takeaway. From sitting down to bill we were in Cote for 45mins. Not really the relaxing meal out we were looking for. However for lunch! Absolutely love it ❤️

1 review so far 6
13.08.2017 09:20

Been to the Guildford Restaurant a number of times, usually birthdays and anniversary. Wife loves the place. Excellent food and nice, pleasant atmosphere. Friendly and helpful staff. Top marks. Will no doubt venture further one day and try out some other sites. Happy with Guildford though. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

1 review so far 6
22.04.2017 08:47

My friend and I eat regularly at Cote simply because we know it is reliably good. The food is always good quality and delicious and the staff are always polite and friendly. We've never been disappointed with this place and would recommend it to anyone who wants a good meal out in Guildford.

1 review so far 6
25.06.2017 16:13

Very good and humourous service, good actually juicy steak and excellent (shared) deserts. Wine was of the quality expected. Arrived with reservation for 17:45, not busy at this time, had good table near window. Very satisfied. Have suffered badly stored/cooked steaks elsewhere in UK, this was the first good one for some time.

3 reviews so far 6
26.07.2017 17:39

It was a fantastic experience ! As always the food was delcious, the service was impecable, the atmosphere was super pleasant. Location couldnt be better. Price wise I would have to say Côte is the cheapest restaurant to drink champagne. Is perrrfect! Love it ! Love it! Definitely go back again! M.

1 review so far 6
18.03.2017 06:52

Great atmosphere yummy food and good service despite restaurant being packed. One of the best places to eat in Guildford. Reasonable prices and the wine we chose a Bordeaux was very drinkable. A place to linger over a meal as unlike some no shutting the doors at 3 pm!

1 review so far 3
14.07.2017 08:08

The food was lovely. However there was not enough space to move around. Everywhere you turned was another body. We even saw the staff struggling to do their job. In addition to this we ordered our drinks which included a bottle of prosecco. This for some reason seemed to be an impossible task. The waiter has to tell us twice that is was coming in a sec. but in turn came around 10 mins after all our other drinks. It seemed as if the staff where all over the place. Struggling to cope with the volume of people.

1 review so far 6
23.07.2017 13:36

Very friendly and efficient staff. The food was served without too much delay and was absolutely delicious. We have the veal and the pink duck breast and both were very well prepared and presented. Chocolate fondant to die for! All in all a lovely meal in lovely surroundings.

1 review so far 6
07.07.2017 16:19

The Cote in Guildford never fails to please and today was no exception. Lobster tails for starters and linguine for the main course. Everything was cooked to perfection, really enjoyed it all. We were looked after brilliantly,what more can I say ? Looking forward to our next visit.

2 reviews so far 6
28.03.2017 08:08

Excellently served by our Rumanian waiter our meals were just what we wanted before our visit to the Theatre. 1 of our party of 4 was held up in traffic, and we had to start before she came. 3 people ordered the Steak frites which came immediately

1 review so far 6
11.03.2017 15:12

An enjoyable meal we had terrine and whitebait for starters, which we all enjoyed. For mains my friend had salad nicoise which was beautifully presented and tasted lovely, another friend had linguine and two of us had hunters chicken. All arrived piping hot and were very tasty

4 reviews so far 5
01.05.2017 18:49

Usual good food and service. However, in the back restaurant there is a dresser for the staff to get serving items out off. It needs soft closing hinges put on as the staff were constantly opening the doors and bang the doors went as they closed, an irritating surplus noise that could have been avoided.

1 review so far 5
01.04.2017 00:08

Everything about the evening was positive. The food, the wine and the service. Cote hardly ever disappoints. It is just a shame they have this practice of adding 12.5%. They should leave it to the customer. Even though they say you can ask them to leave it off, they are still making an assumption.

5 reviews so far 5
24.06.2017 09:13

Very good price and excellent service. Perhaps too cheap as the starters were very tasty but not much we fancied on the mains . We went for steak and chips the latter really good but steak tender enough just a bit bland - but for the price what can one expect . Good pud.

2 reviews so far 4
10.04.2017 10:36

Meal disappointing (mushrooom and mozarrela salad). Massive over dose of cheese and only one mushroom. The cheese also looked very unappetising. This course was in my opinion incorrectly named, it should have been mozzarella first because it was largest and then mushroom. Having said that though there was more avocado than mushroom. I have eaten many, many times at various Cotes and this was the first disappointment.

1 review so far 4
18.06.2017 15:32

The food was good but you don't get value for your money. They insist on a 12.5% tip which is added onto your bill. Whilst you can ask for this to be removed from your bill, it's not an easy process. Whilst I always make sure I leave a tip for good service after knowing the money will go to the staff, it shouldn't just be expected.

2 reviews so far 6
19.08.2017 08:01

As always, a friendly welcome for our girly lunch. We went for the set menu which is excellent value, and enjoyed lovely food, and plenty of choices on the menu. The restaurant is spacious and has a good atmosphere. Cote never fails to deliver.