About IL Bistro Restaurant

IL Bistro, a family-run steakhouse and brasserie, is the original bistro in the lanes. Right in the heart of the action on Market St, IL Bistro is an easy walk from Brighton beach, the Royal Pavilion, Churchill Square and the Theatre Royal, so it is perfect for an elegant pre-theatre dinner, as well as being a popular breakfast and lunch choice every day of the week. This locally owned and locally loved restaurant is housed in an 18th-century fisherman’s cottage, dating to the reign of George 1, which adds to its atmospheric charm. IL Bistro prides itself on being one of Brighton’s longest serving independent restaurants, and they have worked closely with local food suppliers since 1976. An emphasis on fresh, flavoursome seafood keeps locals constantly coming back for more, while IL Bistro’s dedication to the best available Scottish steaks and prime cut meats, grilled to perfection, are the stuff of legend.

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 11:30 am
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm


IL Bistro Restaurant
6 - 7a Market Street, The Lanes
Brighton BN1 1HH

Menu Highlights



Crêpe Aux Epinards

Our homemade pancake filled with a mixture of prawns and spinach covered in a cheese sauce

Chorizo Sausage, Parma Ham and Salami Board

Our delicious homemade smooth and creamy chicken liver and bacon pâté

Gambas Al Pil Pil

Large peeled king prawns cooked in garlic, extra virgin olive oil, dry sherry and a hint of chilli


Moules Mariniére

Fresh mussels steamed in white wine, garlic, onions and a splash of fresh cream

Côtelettes D'Agneau

Grilled succulent lamb chops in a white wine, and fresh rosemary sauce


8oz Ribeye Steak


8oz Sirloin Steak


7oz Fillet Steak


16oz T-Bone Steak



Banoffee Slice and Fresh Whipped Cream


Chocolate Sponge Gâteau

Filled and covered with fresh orange and chocolate cream served with vanilla ice cream

Warm Butter Pancakes With Black Cherries, Cassis and Red Wine Sauce

Served with ice cream

20 IL Bistro Restaurant Reviews

20 Reviews
Waiting time:Exceptionally good
Noise levels:Pleasant
Value for money:Great value
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Irene B.2 months ago · 1 review

Food was delicious! Portions very generous, we enjoyed every mouthful. Service was friendly, efficient and despite it being a very busy Saturday night, we didn't have to wait long for anything. Perfect! Thanks to all.

Maureen R.2 months ago · 1 review

We had a fabulous night and the food was exceptional (as always). Joe and the staff are so welcoming and attentive . We choose this restaurant because we know we will not be disappointed. Thank you IL Bistro.

Jenny R.3 months ago · 1 review

Good atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff, excellent food. It was nice to find out that we had our table for the evening, rather than in some venues, for a set period. Looking forward to the next time.

Sarah H.4 months ago · 1 review

We had amazing food and the customer service was great. Lovely quaint restaurant. I would highly recommend Il Bistro to anyone. Our advice is: get a steak!

Emily H.4 months ago · 1 review

We turned up early which wasn’t a problem. The food was delicious. The waitress who served us, who had blonde hair (sorry to say I never asked for her name) was amazing, time was left for everything e.g. in between meals and while we were eating we were given enough space to simply enjoy the food. Excellent place would go again.

Simon H.a year ago · 1 review

A perfect lunch - great tasting food, relaxed and informal surroundings and all at an excellent price. The lunch special menu, at just £10 for 2 courses, is one of the best value offers in Brighton's Laines but the quality and selection are not compromised. The staff are attentive and friendly and, all in all, it was an extremely pleasant experience.

Paul M.a year ago · 1 review

A friendly welcome,excellent food,efficient non intrusive service,no wonder we go back there time and time again.There are a choice of menus,we normally eat from one of the set menus for lunch,and indulge in the a la carte for dinner,all represent excellent value for money. The specials board is worth consideration too!

Rebecca B.9 months ago · 1 review

Great meal and very varied and comprehensive menu ! Also lovely welcoming atmosphere , along with fantastic service by very friendly & helpful waiter and waitress ! I would highly recommend going there lunch or evening

Kate J.a year ago · 1 review

Lovely food and excellent service! I would highly recommend to friends. The steak was amazing, just what I needed after the marathon! We will go back next time we are in Brighton.

Mila B.8 months ago · 2 reviews

Delicious food, great atmosphere, super friendly and professional stuff. Highly recommended for either quick lunch or posh dinner with friends or loved ones. Location is a big advantage too!