“The set lunch here is a bargain”
– Good Food GuideAward-winning restaurant Côte Brasserie has cemented itself all over the United Kingdom as the go-to spot for relaxed, all-day French dining, and this, the St Albans location is testament. Here, a highly trained and dedicated team have created a dining experience that has acquired rather a strong following in this Hertfordshire city. Situated along High Street in the city centre, Côte Brasserie St Albans makes you feel like you’ve been transported to the rustic French countryside as you relax in the cosy restaurant or out on the terrace under a grand old tree best observed in full bloom during the spring and summer months. Book your table to avoid missing out.
With polished wooden floorboards and a cosy fireplace, Côte Brasserie in St Albans is the epitome of elegant and relaxed dining. Located in a charming space that resembles a country manor – along High Street in the city centre – Côte Brasserie St Albans also has a stunning terrace perfect for outdoor dining. Offering brasserie-style French cuisine and an extensive wine list with many bottles sourced from regional wineries in France, it’s not difficult to see how Côte has become a winner among the St Albans locals.
We recommend trying the steak tartare for an appetiser, finely chopped raw beef mixed with shallots, capers, cornichons, egg yolk and cognac, before following with the delicious risotto vert for a fresh and tasty second course. Dessert is a must, and the tarte fine aux pommes, a crisp puff pastry with finely layered apples and vanilla ice-cream is our pick of the bunch, paired, of course, with a damn good glass of wine. Whether you’re in the mood for an indulgent evening out, a wholesome breakfast or just in for French sweet treats and coffee, Côte Brasserie St Albans has something to satisfy any casual diner.
We really enjoyed dining at Cote' brasserie, food and service were at top. Although it is a very busy we didn't have to wait long for drinks and food to be served
A nice atmosphere, friendly staff and good food served in a timely manner. We never felt rushed during the time we spent there which made for a pleasant evening.
The team was very friendly, much better than at most restaurant that you find, very genuine. It was great to come in on a sunny weekend and be well looked after.
Great as usual, bit quiet, but at least Cote is still open. Hope it doesn't go the way of other chains. We do love going there.
The restaurant was spotlessley clean and welcoming. We were greeted by Laura who was extremely friendly and made us feel very welcome. No rush to order and helpful advice given by her. All our plates werre excellent - my Breton chicken really outstanding. We ordered a couple of sides, creamed spinach and galazed carrots. Easy to overlook such dishes and just serve some "vegetables". But both of these were excellent and very moorish! Same can be said for deserts. Reasonably priced Merlot and chilled complimentary water flagons completed the clean sweep for a 5 star dinner at this Cote. I have eatrebn here on several occasions and the consistancy is outstanding, particularly in terms of inter-personal communuication between servers and customers. Well done to all, especially the management team - your friendliness and positivity filters down!
This was our first time at Cote in St Albans. A beautiful large restaurant with outside space too. We were welcomed immediately and shown to our table . We explained we needed to eat quickly as we only had 1 hour . I had sea bream with a side order of frite . My mum ordered The Breton chicken we had to wait a while for the food . When it arrived we both agreed it was delicious we then ordered the Tart fine aux pommes which was outstanding as ever . Would recommend this to everyone I love Cote as I've never had a bad meal in any of its restaurants. Great food , great service.
Went to COTE in St Albans with wife and friends. We received a warm welcome, with immediate drinks and nibbles while we chose our preferred dishes. We had a 3 course meal with wine and coffee. The food was excellent, and arrived promptly and carefully served. The bottle of house white wine was very pleasant and suited our choice of meals. We spent nearly 3 hours there, and yet we never felt rushed, in fact the service was attentive and first class. We have always enjoyed eating in Cote restaurants, and this one certainly maintained their high reputation in our opinion.
The manager was excellent and resolved all our problems. My tuna starter was just like the tinned tuna I have at home with mayonnaise but in a "posh" container. It could have done with a layer of butter on the top. My chicken main course was swimming in oil, I asked for serviettes to mop it up. One of our party did the same and said her starter was very oily. My mashed potato didn't taste of real potato, more like powdered potato. I could have done with twice the amount of hot chocolate sauce with my frozen berries. Three of our party said they would have the apple crumble but were then told there was only one portion left. If it wasn't for the manager giving us all our drinks and coffee free our party of four would not have been at all happy.
This was my third visit to a Cote restaurant . The food was good, but initial welcome poor. The waiter was very abrupt , the request for a brandy and dry ginger was met with a gruff "we dont have any dry ginger ." When asked what sort of brandy I liked I was then told they only had courvoisier anyway. My daughter in law asked for a Pinot Grigio and was rudely reminded that this was a French restaurant and they did not keep Italian wine. The restaurant was extremely noisy and the bill pretty pricey bearing mind the lack of vegetables with all dishes except potatoes. I resent paying nearly three pounds for a small side dish of undercooked beans . I don' t think I will be returning to Cote.Back to good old Italian with a smile for me .
The staff are polite and reasonably efficient. You are never waiting too long which is important to me. Don't like the fact that they automatically add 12.5% on to the bill, but I asked them to remove it and they did promptly. I paid a tip separately,Food is always nice and tasty - we went for the light and early and had a lovely meal. I had the pear and goats cheese salad - very tasty but only a small amount. For main, I had the chicken and couscous - small portion, but at the end I was completely satisfied. My husband said he would have liked a little more, but it was fine.