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Attentive waitress. Great service and great food. Always a nice place to eat
Great venue, beautiful building. The food was excellent as always even though they had unfortunately sold out of my favourite pork belly...will just have to visit again soon!
Excellent food and excellent house red wine with good service.
Had the mushroom starter that was fantastic followed by the amazing tasty chicken then creme caramel .Just perfection
We had a great time at Cote last night. The food was delicious and the staff were friendly and efficient. We arrived at 8.00pm having booked a table for three people. Although the restaurant was very busy we were quickly shown to our table and given menus. We ordered flatbreads to share whilst we ordered our starters and main courses. We were very happy with our choice of food. I had the onion soup as a starter and my wife and friend shared the smoked salmon dish. Both tasted delicious. Our friend ordered the sea bass as her main course and my wife and I had the fish parmentier. These were again very tasty. We finished off the meal with two creme caramels. Throughout our meal the staff were very attentive. We were given just the right amount of time between the courses to make the evening relaxed and not rushed. We were given a free bottle of wine as I had previously opted to join their email list. I think there are quite a few good offers available online and in local publications if you look out for them. A friend of mine often enjoys the pre-theatre menu. We had a really good time. We don’t often eat in ‘chain’ restaurants but Cote is definitely our favourite. We will return.
Dear Sirs It is with regret that the service my wife and I received was poor. on arrival we were shown to our table and the evening appeared to be starting well. Our first course followed which was enjoyable and it was from this point on that the evening went regrettably down hill. We noted that the table next to ours had received their main course even though they had arrived some 30 minutes after we had. My wife's meal followed after some time without mine. When her meal was delivered the manager then had to ask me "what had I ordered as there was a mix up in the kitchen even though it was him that took the order in the first place. My wife then asked whether the fries could be re-heated as they were very cold. The manager then took away her fries and then left her the plate of food to go cold instead of taking it back to the kitchen. At this point I was still without my main course. He shortly returned with the fries heated and I was then told that "there had been a mix up in the kitchen and my meal would arrive shortly, which it did although some 15 minutes had now gone by and the birthday dinner was now ruined. I have to say that this is not the first, second or even third time that this has happened to us and only last year our anniversary was again ruined by very poor service which resulted in Cotes sending me a £100.00 voucher. Talking to friends this now appears to be common practice in Cote's in that when friends arrive for dinner one person is left out and has to wait for their food whilst everyone else is eating theirs. It is so common in fact that our close friend who drove us to Cote's had been in with five friends for lunch and again one of them was forgotten and had to eat her meal on her own as by the time hers arrived everyone else had finished. The other issue that appears to be very common is 'cold food'. It does strike me as quite odd in that we observed the food being brought up from the kitchen and the guy then standing around for many minutes waiting for a manager to deliver the food to the table. We observed in one case a wait of 6 minute for the manager to take the food to the table, and yet again a short while later the table complained that their food was cold and had to be taken back to the kitchen. What is a worrying trend for Cote's is that the same mistakes appear to be happening time and time again and no one is actually getting to grips with the problem. That said our waiter was "absolutely fabulous" however regrettably we did not manage to take his name, although we know he is from Porto in Portugal and dealt with our issues in an extremely efficient professional way. Our opinion of the management (and other regulars feel the it to) is not the same. They appear cold, aloof and when the wheels are coming off they are no where to be seen and stand by the bar and let the floor staff deal with the issues even though they are the ones taking the orders and then not supporting the waiters and waitresses. Yes we are very disappointed in that for the fourth time Cote's have let us down on an important day be it, birthdays, anniversaries or graduations and regrettably it will be while before we return.
Disappointed this time round. The last time I had the Breton chicken and the duck it was cooked perfectly and the service was good too. However, this time round it was not so pleasant. We requested a table not near the door or directly in front. Although, it was a quiet evening only a third of the tables were taken up however we were given a table right next to the door. Although, there was the curtain to divide it was what we had requested not to have but was given. We accepted to be polite like you do at times. We ordered the calamari and steak tartare. The calamari was soaked in oil and didnt taste all that fresh. For mains the Breton chicken and the belly pork was not cooked well either. The last time I came which was during the day the Breton chicken was cooked perfectly. It smelt, looked and tasted fresh and cooked well glistening a golden brown. This time it was completely flat, no nice aroma and smaller in size. When it came to the table the lady said the weekend chicken. I told her we had ordered the Breton chicken from the a la carte menu and not the weekend chicken on the specials menu. She merely said it's the Breton chicken without any further explanation. The garlic butter was missing from the plate. So we asked for it. When it came to us no apology was given for it being missing. The fries from both Breton chicken dishes were fried more than once and were hard. It was visibly obvious. The pork belly was burnt and overdone. This meant it was hard and chewy rather than crispy and tender. I could not cut it even with the knife given. We didn't want to make a scene thinking maybe the chef may be having a bad day. Day chefs and night chefs were obviously different people. And being a sunday evening. The creme brulee was served cold. Not nice at all. It was obvious that things being slack was present in the restaurant aswell as in the kitchen. The high standards which you usually get on this particular evening were simply not there. At the end of the meaL we did mention it to the waiting staff but they didn't seem to care. Maybe thinking we were after a discount. We were not. We enjoy this place but sadly tonight was a let down. One thing I find rather deceiving is on the bill. The total inclusive of service which is optional is highlighted and larger in size and the total without service charge is small like the rest of the bill. As the service is optional you would think it only fair and right that this is highlighted in the correct way eg without the service charge added being larger as the service is optional. Many probably would not look at the bill and simply pay the larger amount because its bigger. Perhaps, this is why they have highlighted it this way. It's very deceptive and sneaky. The last time we paid the manager at the till he put in the inclusive service charge on the card terminal without even asking us whether we would like it included! If it's optional then it's our choice not his so were not impressed that he did it automatically without asking and without notifying us that he did so. Rather sneaky. Not impressed and most likely will not return at all. So sad.
Côte has consistently good bistro food and offers it at a very attractive price point. It's not Brasserie Flo, but neither are the prices. I've always been impressed and visit Côte in Brighton whenever it makes sense. (I've never been to any other branch - and feel that one of its qualities is that there is no sense of eating in a chain restaurant.) The first time I came was 2-3 dats after the branch opened, together with several colleagues - one of whom is a former district manager for Café Rouge. We were knocked out by the interior, the food and the attentive service from staff who were clearly well trained. And that's a positive review not just from my but also from a professional in the field who has run one of Côte's competitors. But this time, while the food and atmosphere was unchanged, the service was inattentive and the bar staff seemed to prioritise chatting over serving beverages- I had to work quite hard to get attention; my Ricard took almost a quarter of an hour to arrive. I'll leave it to the management to figure out whether they have demotivated the staff or whether the training needs a tweak - but in the context of what Côte CAN do, this was disappointing.
Reserved a table and was seated immediately upon entering restaurant. Requested champagne on arrival for my parent's anniversary and the staff brought it over fairly quickly after seating us without any reminder. Service was excellent and food was to a very high standard. The only problem was my mum's fish main course, which arrived barely warm and bone dry - it looked to have been sitting under a hot lamp for a long long time. However when this was raised, our waiter apologised and quickly ordered a new one. He even brought over some complimentary olives while she waited and fairly soon after the manager personally brought over a freshly cooked replacement which was piping hot and delicious, and they even took it off the final bill. All in all a very good meal for good value. Very grateful to our waiter for sorting out the fish so quickly and professionally. Also grateful for taking it off the bill along with gifting the champagne. Will definitely be back in the near future.
The cote Brasserie Brighton. Very friendly staff and great well cooked food. This has become my regular first choice pick of 'restaurants' in Brighton and Hove. My recommendation is make sure you leave space for a desert as the crumble is so good! If you fancy something a little different then why not do what I do; On a warm summers day I wake early in the morning skip breakfast to take a walk along the seafront. Weave through the lanes where the shops are setting up for the day. Then finish of at Côte where I take a morning seat in the window and enjoy crepes with fruit, ice cream and a fresh cup of coffee while watching Brighton wake up for the day. Maybe if you do I will see you there, so a good morning to you. But please leave a space for me in the window. Bx