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5.3 /6 Excellent 386 Reviews

Côte Brasserie - Oxford

City Centre French £££ +100
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About Côte Brasserie - Oxford

Côte is a winner, try it
– Chris Gray, Oxford Times

Students 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.

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 09:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 09:00 - 22:30
Côte Brasserie - Oxford, 41-47 George St, OX1 2BE Oxford

Further Information

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.

View Cote 10 year anniversary menu

View Côte Set Menu August


386 Reviews

5.3 /6 Excellent 386 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: great value
Atmosphere: entertaining
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: quiet
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9 reviews so far 6
22.08.2017 18:49

Food and service up to the standard we expect from Côte. We both enjoyed our meals which were tasty and well presented. Service was polite and efficient - would go back.

3 reviews so far 6
21.08.2017 21:37

Excellent value, tasty and well prepared food. Good wine list and service. Staff are welcoming, helpful and friendly. Hard to think of better value than Cote Oxford. A meal here is always a pleasure. I bring friends here and it is always a great success. Warmly recommended.

1 review so far 6
21.08.2017 09:28

Really nice meal. We were a big party of 9 but everyone was really happy with their meals with a really good atmosphere and service.

1 review so far 6
20.08.2017 15:59

Fabulous food, wonderful staff and great atmosphere makes for a perfect evening. I have been to several Côtes around the UK and they never disappoint

1 review so far 6
02.05.2017 07:46

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!

1 review so far 5
02.04.2017 19:28

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.

1 review so far 6
31.05.2017 15:01

My friend came to Oxford to see me, I wasnt sure where to go for lunch, we had been to Cote before and when I looked at the fixed price menu decided it looked good and booked a table. WE both enjoyed our meal though the Camembert looked as if it had been made last week!, it tasted OK though, the Cod and chips were good and so were the puddings and coffee. the service was good and so many people going in there for a meal was a good sign. Julie Gray

1 review so far 6
02.08.2017 20:55

During our meal at the restaurant my sister was taken ill. Nothing to do with the food which we were really enjoying! I cannot praise the manager enough for his help-- to literally carrying my elderly sister into an adajacent room.bringing a damp napkin for her forehead and speedily calling an ambulance for us, Somehow he magicked a doctor in the meantime! He really went beyond the call of duty and we are very grateful. My sister is recovering and we would like to thank him again for all his help.

1 review so far 5
12.05.2017 10:13

Everyone in the party was impressed by the food, which was tasty, well-presented and as described on the menu. A variety of preferences were well catered for, and the vegetarian menu was welcome. The food arrived in good time, which was important on this occasion. The only very slight reservation was that the person who answered the phone when I altered the numbers in the reservation was a bit gruff and some (not all) of the staff on the night a little bit dour: false bonhomie is not expected, but a smile or its oral vocal equivalent would have tipped the balance and given the review a 6.

1 review so far 5
08.03.2017 08:46

The food was really good, even though the restaurant was busy, the food came out on time and hot... the only downfall I had, was the optional tip that gets automatically added to the bill. This can be easily missed. Ours came to nearly £8... I have no issues giving tips to staff that I feel gave me expectional service, but we were served by 3 different people, so a little difficult, plus I would Prefer to give my own tip, then feeling pressured to give... takes away from the experience when you have to ask for the automated tip to be removed. But otherwise no other issues

1 review so far 6
22.07.2017 23:26

Good food, excellent waiter. We did not wait long to order or to receive our wine and starters. The menu offered a light option which meant that dessert was also possible. The lighting was good enough to see the meal and the temperature just right, although unseasonably chilly outside. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening, which was a 40th wedding anniversary celebration and came away resolved to visit again. The surrounding diners all seemed to be enjoying themselves as well and I was not aware of any complaints.

4 reviews so far 6
27.02.2017 10:56

We had another great meal at Cote Oxford. We have going there on a regular basis since it opened, following closure of previous occupant. Never been to a restaurant which is so consistently good nad excellent value for money. Have been to the one in Haywoods Heath nad they were good too. Will be there a number times in 2017, as we have a number of visitors coming to stay with us and always use the pre theatre dinner. Don't change anything, it works

1 review so far 5
14.03.2017 14:07

Had a great set menu lunch this afternoon. The place was buzzing with customers and was busy. Had to be at an appoint for 2pm and upon request, the food was brought in good time. Food was very delicious and the service was impeccable. Côte Brasserie - Oxford

1 review so far 4
27.04.2017 07:39

I am a regular at other Cote Restaurants and genuinely think the formula is a winner. The range of dishes, quality, and price is hard to beat. Why just a '4'? Sadly on arrival we were initially seated by a table of 14 very loud young adults...so deafening we needed to be moved and this request was managed well by staff to a quieter area. One we had ordered....and no complaints there at all, there was quite significant delay in receiving food. Sadly as a group of 6 our main meals came in two batches, 5 mins apart which is far from ideal. I guess this is just a slightly off day, but I would certainly be coming back.

1 review so far 5
25.05.2017 08:17

All good except our waitress was very grumpy and she showed no emotion or responded to the fact that I had said we were going to the theatre and would need to be quite quick. She was slightly short with me when I was trying to decide on a glass of wine and walked away leaving me to have 'more' time to think. I do like Cote Brasserie and this is the first time I have said anything slightly off about your restaurant. Food was great, thank you

1 review so far 6
14.08.2017 11:30

We have visited Côte Brasserie in Oxford a couple of times as my daughter is studying there. We have had lovely meals on both occasions. The menu is diverse and the food excellent and we have always had good service. We have also visited the Côte in Covent Garden for my daughter's birthday last year which was also excellent. We look forward to dining with you again!

1 review so far 6
01.04.2017 20:53

We had such a lovely lunch, I had asked the guys to leave a little personal message on a card for my friend whom I invited for lunch. They did more than that, flowers were waiting at our table, what a lovely gesture, we had the best day and I would like to thank the Team for a great service with such a personal touch...100% kate x

1 review so far 5
14.05.2017 07:50

The food was delicious, from olives to the mains of duck and pork belly (perfect crackling), to creme brûlée. We also had a complimentary Kir Royals which was appreciated! My friend is a celiac so in other restaurants she has to peruse the menu looking for suitable choices - Cote have a gluten free menu so she was able to pick anything she liked without having to read through items she can't have. Will be definitely back again.

2 reviews so far 6
14.05.2017 19:45

Great place! Puts all the Oxfordshire gastropubs and restaurants that charge £24+ per plate in their place. Tiny faults (minuscule really) was that asparagus stems with lamb were woody and that prawn gratinée starter was too juicy (requiring bread) - no bad thing except croutons were soggy. Love the place creme caramel should be made illegal as it is too addictive.

1 review so far 5
09.03.2017 12:09

The establishment was very busy especially for an early Sunday evening, but I imagine that was due to its proximity to the Tgeatre. Staff were very accommodating and pleasant. We were served promptly, the menus explained clearly. The food was very good, appetising,tasty and hot. We were also pleasantly surprised by the bill! We would definitely recommend this restaurant and we can see it being our default Theatre restaurant in Oxford.

1 review so far 5
10.05.2017 09:39

As always, Cote is a welcoming brasserie and one of the best places to eat in Oxford. The menu has something for everyone and well prepared. Only slight issues were the toilet seat was broken in the gents and access to the stairs to the toilets is made difficult by the positioning of a table for four at the head of the stairs. Minor points in a really good venue.

1 review so far 6
20.04.2017 17:16

My friend and I enjoyed an excellent dinner yesterday evening and an excellent breakfast this morning. The Assistant Manager, "Vlad", was particularly friendly and helpful and I have nothing but praise for him, the food and the restaurant itself. I would definitely go back there when next I am in Oxford. Ms S F Moultrie, 20th April 2017

2 reviews so far 6
13.07.2017 23:19

Whilst we were having our meal there was an incident at the next table which the waiter and the manager dealt with very professionally. They ensured that neither the people concerned nor ourselves had our evening spoilt by something that was in no way their fault and everyone was left feeling that they had been treated very graciously.

1 review so far 5
19.05.2017 21:48

A pleasant restaurant, even if the outlook isn't great onto the blank wall of the local cinema across the road. Service was efficient and friendly and the food of good quality and quickly served. I would prefer to decide the gratuity myself rather than have it added automatically to the bill. All in all a reasonably priced and pleasant meal that fitted the bill prior to a theatre trip.

1 review so far 5
09.06.2017 23:42

Bit busy on arrival - despite lots of empty tables the staff seemed rushed and not the usual friendly welcome- but it was OK and our free kir royal arrived without comment. Order taken quickly - service was good- but impersonal- Not the previous Cote welcome to returning guests. The food and drink was however up to the usual high standard so we ended on a happy note

1 review so far 3
21.05.2017 13:05

I had booked in advance and we had a very nice booth which worked well for kind of meal we wanted. However the service for our dessert was slow and after 30 minutes I had to remind staff that we were still waiting. One of our party was in a tight time limit and had to take the cheese he had ordered with him whereas if it had been brought promptly he could have enjoyed it with the rest of us. There was also confusion over the post-meal drinks. We were brought an Earl Grey tea and cappuccino which we hadn't ordered. The staff were pleasant and welcoming, but not well organised.

1 review so far 6
15.03.2017 08:20

We went out to celebrate my wife birthday, they picked up on this and treated us very well for our visit. The food was very good and we had many of the specials. They provide a chocolate pudding for us to share for her birthday. Very happy with our visit and would recommend Cote to everybody.

1 review so far 5
20.04.2017 08:38

Cote Brasserie in Oxford is a good place to eat, whether it is for a quick meal or for something more. On this occasion we had lunch on a Sunday. It was so refreshing to be offered the usual menu rather than a selection of roasts and few other options. Our food was excellent, tasty and cooked just right. Service was good and friendly without being instrusive.

1 review so far 5
26.07.2017 00:06

A surprisingly good value for money option in Oxford city centre. Good quality french-style food with much flavour and just the right portion size. Very helpful & pleasant staff. However, the 12.5% (optional) service charge seems a little excessive. A cosy, well-kept restaurant but can be very noisey at busy times. That aside, I have been numerous times and I intend to return again in the future.

4 reviews so far 2
06.06.2017 09:04

We've been to Cote before and my wife's parents are big fans but our meal on Friday evening was dreadful. We ordered the rib eye steak and eventually, after about 30 minutes after the starter had been cleared away it turned up. The steak was dry and tasted as if it had been cooked 15 minutes previously and left under a hot lamp in between. When we asked for more water it never turned up even though the other drinks we ordered at the same time did. We were asked how the meal was and were not glowing in our response but I guess we weren't obvious enough as nothing was done. When the bill came a 12.5% service charge had been added which we asked to be removed as we had not had good service, the waitress couldn't have been more obvious in her displeasure. Needless to say when there are so many restaurants to choose from we won't be choosing Cote again.

1 review so far 6
02.07.2017 07:27

Very nice service and the menu was varied. Food was fresh and tasty. what the hell else is anyone interested in? Oh, yes, the view out of the window is the worst view (of a huge wall of an industrial something or other) in all of Oxford. There - reached the minimum word count.

1 review so far 4
17.06.2017 07:52

The food and service were both good. They missed the offer that I had booked - the kir royales on arrival to celebrate the restaurant's 10th anniversary. I asked for the drink and it was then added to our bill. We had to ask to have this removed which they did without quibble. The system doesn't seem to know that you have booked an offer or is the restaurant? I will still go back though as I like the food.

1 review so far 4
11.04.2017 23:23

Slow service, good food, some set menu choices are not ideal as not a complete meal. Would improve if side dishes were be offered on the set menu (salad, potatoes, wilted spinach, seasonal greens), at additional cost. Staff good but not friendly. Ordinarily I would expect some comments from the staff as to the seasonal choice, or similar. Up selling is annoying but I am happy for the waiter/waitress to let me know that the additional options are available. J

1 review so far 5
07.04.2017 07:16

My dinner with 5 colleagues went very well last night. It was easy to make and change my reservation. Each of us were quite happy with our food varying from risotto to steak. The noise level was fine for making conversation. The waiters were too busy and so the ordering and waiting for orders did take too long. But happy to go back.

1 review so far 6
15.08.2017 19:02

Very good value and very good food in a city of mediocre service and quality. Young, enthusiastic staff provided good quality food in very fair portions with a wine list that catered for a wide range of tastes and budgets. Definitely a step above the average chain and a really good feel.

1 review so far 5
23.07.2017 16:54

The food was fine and also the service for the drinks and main courses. However, after receiving the menu for desserts...we felt they had forgotten us. We had to make a sign to have someone taking the order and the restaurant was not full anymore. The dessert was delicious. 12% of imposed service is a bit too expensive. Overall, a good experience.

2 reviews so far 6
22.03.2017 09:46

We have been to Cote Brasserie on several occasions and have always received excellent service and fine food. The staff are very attentive without being over-bearing and the atmosphere, without background music, is enjoyable. Excellent Gluten-free menu for those who need it for health reasons. Will definitely book a return visit.

2 reviews so far 6
28.06.2017 09:26

Cote Brasserie in Oxford has excellent service and excellent food. We were going to the theatre, and arrived at the restaurant late due to traffic problems in Oxford. However the staff brought all our drinks and food very quickly, and we were finished in plenty of time for the performance.

3 reviews so far 6
12.04.2017 08:48

Restaurant was very good and we are regulars. Quandoo did not help by sending an e mail at 6pm indicating our reservation at 10pm had been cancelled by the restaurant. I called the manager and that was not the case. Very inconvenient and no explanation or apology yet from Quandoo.

2 reviews so far 5
26.04.2017 08:39

We had a lovely friendly welcome at the door even though we were a bit late, (parking in Oxford). We were served promptly with drinks and ordered from the A la carte menu. I had the warm goats cheese salad which was a very generous portion. We had theatre tickets so decided not to have dessert. Enjoyable time.

1 review so far 6
24.06.2017 13:07

My family's favourite restaurant in Oxford. Consistently good food and service. We always eat here before The Theatre so have the choice of an early birds menu. Top tip....try the calamari, delicious. The steak and chips is also lovely, in fact never had a below par meal here!!!

1 review so far 3
30.03.2017 09:57

we arrived early. place was very busy. lots dirty tables so seemed understaffed. bad layout. no where to stand at entrance and food being brought out right past people standing at the door - not hygienic. Friendly manager and waitress. Food was ok - chicken and walnut salad lacked beans and walnuts Desserts were poor. Had never been before and really wouldn't go again. Work dinner for 6. No atmosphere. Tables too close - beside us was table of 2 and they may as well have been part of our group as they were so close.

1 review so far 6
26.03.2017 21:29

Great restaurant. Made to welcome and the service was prompt and patient while we all made up our mind. The food was enjoyed by all of us including the two children. The bill was reasonable considering the quality and quantity we consumed? Thoroughly recommend Cotes of Oxford.

1 review so far 6
03.03.2017 18:53

Had a lovely meal at Cote oxford - this time added spinach to our steak frites and it was delicious. My pea and mint soup was yummy and my husband's whitebait was good. The service is always pleasant and efficient - in all a really good experience.

2 reviews so far 4
12.04.2017 19:36

We were a party of 6 in for a pre-theatre dinner on a Saturday night. My partner's steak, cooked rare, was stone cold in the middle, but they were very good about doing a new one. It was cooked beautifully and arrived quite quickly, considering how busy they were. And they didn't charge us for it. Couldn't have done any more to make amends. All the other food was great.

2 reviews so far 5
08.03.2017 10:18

Been there twice now. Very good food and service. Don't know if there are disabled toilets, but is a poor place for accessibility generally, which leads me to the other point. It is so very popular and always busy, but everyone in there is cheek by jowl as tables are so close together and crammed in.

1 review so far 6
07.03.2017 06:53

Had a lovely lunch with my partner and his mum and dad. Beautifully cooked food at reasonable prices. Friendly attentative staff who were welcoming and accommodating. This is my second time here will definitely be eating and bringing friends and family here in the future 10/10

1 review so far 4
03.05.2017 09:03

Big fan of this restaurant but felt disappointed with the goats cheese salad ...especially the presentation ..did not like the large glass bowl to much lettuce only one round of goats cheese which seemed swamped by all the other stuff ..would have been better seved on a flatter dish witk rocket and leaf salad maybe beetroot ???? Other dishes were superb and the service was excellent ..thank you

1 review so far 5
11.04.2017 09:45

Called in for a pre-theatre supper and took advantage of the two-course meal offer. There was a good selection. Service was a little slow at the start - we waited ten minutes to place a drink order, by staff were friendly, food was well cooked and nicely presented. We were happy with our meal.

1 review so far 6
31.07.2017 13:00

Absolutely outstanding food - I had the mussels followed by the pork belly and both were simply sensational. There were lots of other patrons so its obviously a well appreciated restaurant but what luck for a first time visitor to Oxford to eat there !!