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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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357 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 357 Reviews
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: great value
Service: extraordinary
Atmosphere: excellent
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1 review so far 6
26.06.2017 17:39

My favourite restaurant. The staff are always efficient and very accommodating and the food is absolutely delicious, so tasty and beautifully presented. I cannot fault it.

1 review so far 6
26.06.2017 09:54

As a birthday celebration five of us enjoyed an excellent meal with a complimentary Kir Royale at a quiet table as requested. The service as usual was very good.

1 review so far 6
25.06.2017 19:37

Excellent service, atmosphere and a great brunch. What more can I say. The restaurant is in a great position and it was excellent from the time walked into the door until we left.

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.

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.

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
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 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?

6 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 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.

4 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 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 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.

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
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 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

1 review 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

3 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.

3 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.

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.

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 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 5
03.05.2017 22:28

Made to feel welcome! Offered drink and nibbles whilst we ordered. We were a little awkward by not keeping to the set menu, but nothing too much trouble. Staff attentive throughout the evening without being intrusive. Great place to eat out. Already recommended it to friends and made another booking. Thank You.

7 reviews so far 6
03.05.2017 16:40

I attended with a friend. We both had steaks. Mine was tough but was replaced. The staff and management we very good and went out of their way to make sure our visit went well. Well done Côte Guildford. We will be back.

1 review so far 5
14.06.2017 22:44

Amazing food & atmosphere, apart from it was so hot in there, too hot to stay beyond main course. Had an email about free kir royal, which we presumed would be for both of us as they bought two over when we arrived but we were charged for one of them.

1 review so far 5
13.05.2017 11:18

Good quality, attentive service, topping up water and remembering what the entire table ordered when it came to delivering the food. Cote food is always of a good standard across its branches and offers a range of French food which is all selfish. Not a huge range of wines though surprisingly.

3 reviews so far 6
22.05.2017 10:05

Excellent food and excellent service. They do the best French onion soup in Guildford along with the best fillet steak. It's not but it feels like a family run restaurant with all the care and attention needed for a fine dining experience.

2 reviews so far 6
18.04.2017 12:40

Cote Guildford consistently produces excellent meals at a reasonable price and great service. Used a birthday voucher from Cote Rewards to enjoy 2 free Kir Royales which were brought to the table as we arrived - a lovely start to the evening

1 review so far 6
24.06.2017 16:49

Had a superb meal today served by a really lovely waiter who even had time in a very busy day to tell us about the wine we chose. I can thoroughly recommend the picpoul pinet, the tomatoes Breton and chocolate mousse.

1 review so far 6
28.03.2017 15:18

Our visit prior to the Theatre was excellent, as it was at Christmas. The staff were friendly and the service was quick. The duck was good but a little underdone. We enjoyed the free bottle of Cote du Rhone. Thank you

1 review so far 6
02.03.2017 23:40

Ambience staff and food all top notch had a very nice evening. Got charged for bottle of wine that should have been on the house and charged service charge asked for both to be remixed and they were no questions asked.

1 review so far 5
04.04.2017 16:36

Nothing is perfect, so I left room for improvement... My meal was fine although my main salad was small and had hardly any mushrooms in although it was called mushroom salad...when i made a remark the chef immediately prepared some extra for me. So all good in the end

3 reviews so far 5
19.05.2017 11:36

Great position in Guildford. Staff always happy &helpfull. Ordered new lamb rump with asparagus, which was perfectly cooked for me, whilst daughter no 2 had grilled chicken which was great. Only criticism my wife's sole was rather dry, having been overcooked. Overall for that slip...9/10. Thanks, we,llbe back.

1 review so far 6
28.03.2017 10:55

As always delicious food and great service. It was a lovely treat to have th complimentary kir royal as it was my birthday. My fillet steak with garlic butter and dauphinois potatoes was perfect. My husband enjoyed duck breast too.

1 review so far 5
05.04.2017 17:54

Thought the food was delicious but unfortunately it was an incredibly noisy Saturday evening. One table had really loud people and so everyone else in the restaurant had to speak louder to be heard. A shame but it will not prevent me from going back another time.

1 review so far 5
20.04.2017 18:42

Notwithstanding their busy pre-theatre restaurant in Guildford, we were served quickly and efficiently having chosen from the set-price menu. The dishes were well prepared and good value as were the two glasses of wine we ordered. Additional stone jars of tap water were brought quickly upon request.

1 review so far 6
23.06.2017 22:39

I'm giving Cóte 6/6 for nice food, helpful and friendly staff. This restaurant has a nice view as it's next to Guildford Castle. It's better to park a little bit further and just have a nice walk after food.

1 review so far 6
25.04.2017 22:57

Food, drinks and service were very good. The only thing that could be improved was the coffee. I had a cappuccino and it was boiling hot and tasted of hot milk and not of coffee. The staff were excellent.

1 review so far 6
02.04.2017 12:00

Very enjoyable meal, we started with G & T's all round, followed with our complementary bottle of wine and ate three courses. The complementary wine was of a decent standard. All of us were very haopy with our choices.

1 review so far 6
14.05.2017 09:30

We enjoyed a fantastic lunch which was made all the better by excellent service and complete accommodation of my wife, who is a coeliac sufferer. It was her birthday and she really enjoyed herself. Highly recommend this restaurant.

1 review so far 6
28.03.2017 11:07

Booking was very easy on line. Despite being very busy we were shown straight to our table on arrival. We were served promptly without being rushed. Food and service as always was first class. See you again soon.

1 review so far 4
22.03.2017 15:38

Good service, good food, nice atmosphere. The waiter was very friendly and helpful. We were asked 3 times by different people whether everything was ok, too much in my opinion- your waiter should ask once. Maybe the manager a second time but even that's not necessary. 3 times was a little intrusive on our conversation. Otherwise great.