“Côte is a winner, try it”
– Chris Gray, Oxford TimesStudents at the neighbouring University of Oxford History Faculty building are particularly well placed to enjoy a thorough exploration of the classic nooks and crannies of affordable French brasserie-style cuisine at Côte Brasserie’s George Street outpost. However, the whole hungry population of the city of dreaming spires are likely to want to book a table at this sought-after spot in the city centre, given Côte’s famous menu and inimitable atmosphere accompanied by service that’s at once polished and relaxed. Côte is for sure a dining experience you won’t forget in a hurry.Dear diners, to reserve for groups of more than 8 people, please contact the restaurant directly.
Breakfast at Côte Brasserie’s Oxford outpost begins at a satisfying 9am. Book an early table if you work or study in or near the city centre and begin the day à la française with traditionally simple fare washed down with plenty of quality coffee or tea, from English Breakfast to fresh mint. Croissants, pain aux raisins or chocolat, croque monsieur or madame keep proceedings simple, but you’re more than welcome to take morning dining up a notch with the crêpe complète, eggs benedict, florentine or royale, and much more besides.
As the UK’s largest purveyor of quality, affordable French cuisine, the Côte Brasserie family is perhaps best known for its lunch and dinner offering. Step into Oxford’s George Street outlet between 12 noon and 7pm Monday to Friday to enjoy two or three courses for a fantastic price, or check out Côte’s monthly weekend specials that always cleave close to the principles of rustic, no-fuss French food. Whether you book a table to share half a chargrilled, corn-fed Breton chicken or dip in and out for one of the plats rapides, you’re sure to be booking at this Oxford city centre restaurant again.
Fantastic food and atmosphere! A lovely place to eat for a special occasion or even just for lunch. Staff are friendly and help you with anything you need. 100% recommend, we will be returning.
An excellent pre theatre meal. A very enjoyable start to the evening in a nice environment. The staff were attentive but not intrusive. Generally a good evening.
Cote continues to deliver good food at a reasonable price and their loyalty offers such as a free bottle of wine are very good and unlike many chains can even be used on a Saturday.
We had our usual friendly greeting from our waiter. A very welcome glass of wine was quickly delivered to our table. The food, as always, was excellent. A meal at the Oxford Cote is always a pleasure.
Lovely food and attentive service. Our starters were sublime; the French onion soup was rich and tasty and the Boudin Noir (sautéed French black pudding with caramelised apples, poached egg and frisée salad) was delightful. For the main course we chose Côte de Boeuf to share (chargrilled 22oz aged rib-eye steak, served sliced off the bone, with frites and béarnaise sauce), which was perfectly cooked and delicious. A mishap in the kitchen meant our steak was delayed but the waiter and manager wasted no time in rectifying the situation; our main course was on the house. We were very impressed with this. Mistakes happen it's how they are dealt with that counts. Top marks to Côte Oxford. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable evening. Would certainly eat there again, sadly we live in Margate so it will be a while.
Very nice evening with friends. Very busy when we arrived, and we were placed at a table where people were coming and going and bumping into us all the time. Far too many tables crammed into the space available, so this experience would undoubtedly have been common to other diners - for example, the poor chap whose chair was directly in front of the chairs at the top of the stairs leading to the lavatories, so he had people regularly squeezing past him, We asked to be moved, and were. The number of diners thinned out after the pre-theatre crowd had gone, although it did build up again. Staff were very obliging, attentive enough. Food was good and nicely cooked, although presentation could be improved. Decent French grub, though, and reasonably priced. Wine was good. We took advantage of the "free bottle" offer, so well worth going. We paid about £26 a head for a 3 course meal with wine, which in Oxford is nothing short of a miracle.
Really nice atmosphere, super fast service and delicious food. We were really happy with everything we ordered and as one plate was taken away it was replaced with the next course. If there are any criticisms at all, it would only be that the service was so fast we didn't properly relax into conversation like we usually do going out for dinner and they add 12.5% tip to the bi automatically - we usually pay a tip anyway but it might make some people uncomfortable that they can't choose their own tip unless they want to have an awkward confrontation with a waiter to ask them to take it off. Otherwise will definitely come back!
The menu is as standard and good value. The venue is comfortable and convenient. Our meal was pleasant, but far from perfect. My soup was tepid and as we were seated alone in a more distant area it was hard to attract the server's attention: I had to finally get up and go to the bar to complain. The soup was replaced, hot, with an apology and extra bread. The mussels were nice - but the sauce was very creamy which I did not realise from the menu. Steak & frites needs some garnish. It took some time to get have the card reader brought for payment - again I waved in vain. Given all this, I am not sure why I paid the full 12.5% service charge - I was rushing for my train but I won't be back and the indifferent experience made us decide to cancel plans to go to a London branch.
We went to Cote Brasserie in Oxford for pre-theatre dinner on Monday night. We arrived late due to a major traffic holdup, but we were served quickly and efficiently so we were still on time to see the show. We started with the goat's cheese ratatouille which was delicious. My husband and son had the rabbit parmentier as their main, and loved it. It was packed with tasty chunks of rabbit, and very unusual to find on a menu these days - so greatly appreciated. I had the chicken and walnut salad which was absolutely delicious. So, altogether, another very good experience at Cote!
This restaurant is always very busy so best to book especially on Saturday night. In fact we had booked but had to wait a while for our table but we were given a complimentary drink while we waited. The only thing is the restaurant is small and there is no seating area to wait and you end up stood in the doorway or passage. However, excellent meals of Belly pork and steak and very good service made up for it. Service charge is on the bill but I'm not sure if waiters get it or not as forgot to ask. I noticed there is a set lunch for around £10 so worth trying that out. We will go again.