“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.
As with all Cote restaurants, the food and service was excellent. We were seated promptly and enjoyed our lunch. The restaurant is ideally sited for visitors to Oxford.
On a very warm evening, how good to receive such a welcome from Cote in Oxford. As usual, our waiter was careful to see that my special request for salad dressing on the side was fulfilled and we left feeling revived and ready for our journey back to Bath
Another good meal. I really like the Spring Menu. The friendly and efficient service makes for a great start to an evening at the Oxford Playhouse .
The service was excellent as always. We really enjoyed our meal and the price we paid. We always get very good value for money. We will continue to eat here.
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!
Sadly this was not the best experience at Cote Oxford. We booked as we were going to the theatre nearby and arrived in very good time for our booking at 5.15 pm. We ordered within about 10 minutes of arrival when there were a lot of tables free but the two starters didn't actually arrive until about 10 to 6 and then the four main courses arrived some 1 hr 10 mins after our original order. We were advised several times that it was busy but that is what you would expect and I am sure as a restaurant hope for on a Saturday evening. When we asked for the bill we mentioned about the very long delay and asked for this to be reflected in the bill which it was plus we have been given a Cote business card that gives us a free bottle of wine on our next visit. Staffing levels on a weekend definitely need to be reviewed as when you have a time limit you need to feel confident that this will be met. Food was OK but 3 out of the 4 meals were cool!! Not as we would expect and Cote will need to buck up their ideas if they expects to retain its business in a very competitive restaurant scene in Oxford.
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!
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.