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5.2 /6 Excellent 276 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.

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276 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 276 Reviews
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Service: extraordinary
Quality/Price: great value
Noise: quiet
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1 review so far 6
21.06.2017 23:34

Excellent as always and good value. Steak excellent chips excellent peas excellent crab starter excellent free kir royale service efficient fast free water all make for first choice in Oxford

2 reviews so far 6
20.06.2017 22:54

As always a warm welcome. Very good service and delicious meal. Air conditioning working well and a very hot evening. What more can you ask.

1 review so far 6
20.06.2017 22:10

Friendly staff and great food make this a great place to eat any time. Complementary bubbly was the unexpected icing on the cake for our Graduation celebration!

1 review so far 6
20.06.2017 09:27

Good tasty food from the 'Rapide' menu, speedily served with a minimum of fuss. Excellent service, and excellent value. Better than the comparable restaurant groups..

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 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 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.

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
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

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 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 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 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.

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 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.

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
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 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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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 5
24.02.2017 18:12

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Cote Brasserie, Oxford, the only annoyance being the extremely noisy group on the adjoining table to us. However, the food and service were excellent with a good choice in all courses and all reasonably priced. We will certainly visit again the next time we come to Oxford.

1 review so far 5
26.05.2017 21:52

There is only one thing I do not enjoy which is the range of soft drinks. I do not drink alcohol and always have to drink water as you do not have the drink of my choice which is ginger ale. I tolerate this because both the food and service are excellent!

1 review so far 5
07.06.2017 15:56

It's delicious food and friendly atmosphere. Not 6 because the waiter lost our order, and after 30 mins they realised. They did bring us another glass of sparkling wine to compensate and didn't charge for coffees either so they did try. We won't hold it against them and be back soon

2 reviews so far 5
04.03.2017 19:07

The branch is very busy but the food served quickly. Space is always an issue , but food and staff are great as always. Finally receiving more information on reward system. Although still no idea about how the points work , at least start to see points building toward my bookings.

1 review so far 6
20.04.2017 19:21

The service was first rate and the food excellent. We were made very welcome and nothing was too much trouble for us. The early evening menu was excellent and very good value for money. We will certainly go back again and again.

1 review so far 6
05.03.2017 11:17

Great food, very good price and excellent service. We chose from the early bird menu. The staff were attentive the atmosphere was busy but you didn't feel rushed. I would recommend the restaurant to all my friends if they are visiting Oxford.

1 review so far 6
23.04.2017 08:24

We went for brunch on a Saturday morning. The atmosphere was buzzing and the staff couldn't do anymore to help. I had the Eggs Royale and the others had the Full English, absolutely superb! One of the best breakfasts we've ever had!!

1 review so far 5
06.05.2017 06:31

The restaurant was busy but we were greeted and shown to a table quickly. When I gave the name on our booking the waiter remembered that one of our group wanted a vegan menu. As always at Cote the food was delicious and the fixed price menu is excellent value.

3 reviews so far 5
06.04.2017 18:00

Not a good table considering we had booked in advance. Very crowded with insufficient staff. Had to be reminded to bring the wine ordered. Friendly service if slow. Good value set lunch and food appetising and well cooked. Good selection of mid priced wines. Great desserts. Coffee served lukewarm.

3 reviews so far 6
09.03.2017 18:47

My friends and I always have lunch at Cote before going to the theatre. The service is excellent, the food is excellent, the atmosphere is excellent, the prices are excellent. As we eat there so often we are becoming regulars.

1 review so far 6
08.04.2017 09:21

We Booked On line and our table was ready for us to go strait to. Which I excellent as I don't like to be kept waiting in a door way!. The Service was Very Good, and the food was marvellous.