Inspired by Parisian restaurants and a true champion of all-day French dining, Côte Brasserie is what eating out is all about. As you may already know, the Côte family of brasseries and bistros is quite extensive and spans the length of the UK, but this, the Newcastle brasserie, is the first to grace the Northeast. You’ll find it on Grainger Street around Princess Square where French menus that are laced with genuine quality and classics of the French kitchen await. Then, once you’ve added an exquisite, personalised service, it becomes extremely clear why Côte is very often the go-to for a casual meal out.
At Côte Brasserie, all-day dining really means all-day dining, hence this new restaurant in Newcastle – just like its brothers and sisters up and down the UK – offers unique French menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as tailored gluten-free, vegetarian, children’s and set menus. Be assured that anything you order off of any of these menus will be freshly cooked to order and prepared using local ingredients from trusted suppliers. That is, quite simply the Côte way, and with a number of prime locations across the country, this one is in the heart of Newcastle’s Princess Square on Grainger Street.
As we said, whenever you visit Côte Newcastle you can be assured of a great meal, but it’s the a la carte menu where French authenticity and its renowned quality really shines through. Get the ball rolling with a steak tartare or an indulgent chicken liver parfait, both of which pave the way fittingly for a light main of goats cheese salad or tuna niçoise. Should you be feeling a little more hungry, however, the main courses of roasted pork belly, Breton fish stew or roast duck breast will certainly fill the void in the very best kind of way. So if you’re planning a visit or a shopping trip around Princess Square, a reservation in at Côte Brasserie is absolutely essential.
Marvellous food as usual. The music was very relaxing and the waiter most helpful and efficient. Definitely to be recommended for future visits to Newcastle.
Excellent meal ,staff and service as always super.Menu is great as a wide variety of choices and always a good selection of wines and spirits.
Outstanding food, service and ambience. The staff are very professional and so attentive. The choice on the early menu is varied and excellent value for money. Perfect from start to finish.
Excellent service and very knowledgeable staff, described the Breton region of France and its local cuisine along with beers and ciders. Prompt friendly service which is always welcome
This branch of Côte opened in late 2017. The standard is the same as other branches of Côte (their main presence is in the south of England). The decor is "generic bistro" — restrained, pleasing, and mercifully free of retro ads for Orangina or prints of Robert Doisneau photos. The service is attentive, efficient and friendly without being over-familiar. Customers are not addressed as "you guys" here. The menu consists of French bistro classics and is perfectly executed. Whoever the chef is, he (or she) clearly understands his Escoffier without imagining that he is Escoffier redivivus. The à la carte menus is reasonably priced, while the prix fixe (before 7pm) is a bargain. The wine list, too, is pretty much all French (as one would expect) but offers a choice of decent bottles around the £20 mark — something which is unusual in other "mid-range" eateries. Several wines (about half a dozen of each, red and white, I think) are also offered by the glass. One member of our party avoids gluten *and* dairy, and a gluten-free menu meant he had plenty of choice. Even swapping ice-cream for sorbet was no problem. It isn't a problem, of course, yet that's the sort of request that in other places might result in to-and-fro with the kitchen. At the end of the day, it's a chain. It's never going to win any Michelin stars. But on the other hand, you're unlikely to come away feeling you've been fleeced, and you will always leave having dined well.
Compared to our last (& first) visit (when each course was too salty - we received a 50pd voucher from the restaurant manager as compensation, which we used for this occasion), the food was excellent - not too salty, tasty & nicely presented. The only one complaint was that we were surprised to be told that the sparkling rose we had ordered at the start, had to be put in a fridge to cool it down before the waiter could bring it to us! Why wasn't this already in a fridge? Surely all sparkling wine,, rose & white would be stored in a fridge before customers order any? The waiter did, however, bring us each a complimentary Kir Royale. Although having the sparkling rose to start with would have been preferred, then I would have switched to a red wine for my main course (the other 2 guests had ordered a bottle of white wine to share with the main course). So in the end I had the Kir Royale & the sparkling rose, rather than sparkling rose then red wine, which would have been my choice. Hopefully, if we were to choose to dine here again, the service of drinks would be better prepared. Otherwise this occasion was a better experience than our last one.
If you like to be able to talk while you eat, the staff to be attentive but not obtrusive and more importantly the food to be well presented and taste delicious then I recommend you eat at Cote Brasserie. My sister and I chose to eat from the Prestige set menu and weren’t disappointed. For starters we chose baked cheese and calamari then both had rib eye and tomato salad for main completing the meal with ice cream and warm chocolate sauce and my sister creme caramel. Each course was well presented and tasted amazing. The staff allowed enough time between courses and everything was delivered and cleared with the minimum of fuss. Staff didn’t hover but always seemed to be on hand when needed and nothing was too much trouble. I would definitely recommend others to book and we will be back.
A brilliant experience from the moment we were greeted and seated to the moment we left. The staff were courteous and attentive without being obtrusive and the food was amazing. We opted for the prestige set menu which at £19 for 3 courses was excellent value and provided a wide choice of options. I opted for the naked goats cheese followed by the rib eye with tomato salad and completed by the ice-cream with warm chocolate sauce . My sister also had the steak but started with the calamari and ended with the creme caramel. Each course was well cooked and well presented and more importantly tasted as good as it looked. We will definitely be back.
Delicious lunch from both the lunch menu and prestige lunch menu. Belly pork divine apparently. I didnt get a chance to test it as it was devoured and not shared. Mussel starter and Ham and cheese croque main also devoured by my dad who had been off his food but this meal certainly put him back on the right track. My pate and fish pie was delicious. Apple crumble as good as ever as was the chocolate pot. Experience marked down slightly as when i tried to log on to claim for a future bottle of complimentary wine it was denied as it is only for new customers only. Very disappointing seeing as i have eaten at this restaurant on 3 occasions very recently. Appears loyalty doesnt count for complimentary offers.
Food was good enough, a lot of the main course elements in both dishes (pork belly and duck) lacked seasoning. The pork belly was well cooked as was my wife’s duck, the creamed spinach didn’t taste of anything as a side order. I feel for a 12.5% service charge on every bill the service was very average. You would expect someone to top your wine up (which is what was being done on other tables), have general conversation and a personal element to your visit. Instead it was very flat, no energy in a busy restaurant and lacked any type of atmosphere. With that being said I would certainly return as I enjoyed the starters and the meat was good on both mains. With a company average of 4.5 stars on trip advisor I had high expectations but it didn’t feel anything special than another branded restaurant in Newcastle