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5.4 /6 Excellent 265 Reviews

Le Mistral

City Centre French £££ +100
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About Le Mistral

Few dining destinations can be more romantic than a French bistro, and at Le Mistral, you can feel the love in Nottingham city centre. Enjoy a candle-lit dinner hidden in a secluded courtyard down Wheelers Gate, with a menu that takes the best of rural French cuisine, crafted from fresh seasonal and local ingredients, as well as products that brought directly from Rungis Market in Paris. Book a table now for a meal you won’t forget.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 21:30
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 21:30
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 21:30
  • Thursday 12:00 - 21:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 21:30
  • Saturday 12:00 - 21:30
  • Sunday 12:00 - 20:00
Le Mistral, 2-3 Eldon Chambers, Wheeler Gate, NG1 2NS Nottingham

Further Information

France is known for plenty of things: stripey shirts, the Eiffel Tower, poor military performances...and, of course, food. The bistro is one of the icons of French culture, and at Le Mistral on Wheelers Gate in the city centre of Nottingham is an outpost of this tradition in the UK. Their decor is made from exposed brick and the restaurant is lit by candlelight, so you can be sure of a romantic encounter, and their menu will have you fluent in the language of love.

The food at Le Mistral will recall you of any rural French bistro. When you enter their Wheelers Gate address in Nottingham city centre, you will be transported to the Dordogne or the Loire: their starters include daily changing pates and soups, as well as sharing assiette sharing plates of cheeses, olives, fish and meats. Poisson is also present on the mains menu, as are steaks and the iconic Moule Frites. We can’t promise frog’s legs or escargots – but we can promise everything else you would expect from a top-quality French restaurant. Book a table now.

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265 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 265 Reviews
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: great value
Atmosphere: excellent
Noise: quiet
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2 reviews so far 6
12.08.2017 16:09

Beautiful 'homely' setting, the service was excellent, the food was wonderful and the coffe the best I've tasted in a long while, very smooth. Set in a lovely location.

1 review so far 6
08.08.2017 10:25

Lovely French atmosphere in the middle of Nottingham. There were three choices of vegetarian dishes which was good for a French restaurant. The waiter was charming and helpful and the food was perfect.

2 reviews so far 6
03.08.2017 19:36

I came here with my cousin as we needed somewhere for a late lunch. We really enjoyed our meal. The food was tasty and fresh and the staff were friendly and helpful. We had the lunchtime special menu, which is very good value for money. I'm sure we will return.

3 reviews so far 6
02.08.2017 09:11

Lovely mussels and nice atmosphere. The service was good, Paola was very nice and she helped us to choose. The only thing I would feedback on are the toilets. Very outdated and don't seem very clean. The food and service is lovely

4 reviews so far 6
05.07.2017 18:48

Have been meaning to try Le Mistral in Nottingham City Centre for ages, and when we finally got there one recent midweek evening we weren't disappointed, it is a very authentic French-style bistro. The four of us had the two "sharing platters" (Baked Herby Camembert and Meats/Fishes) between us as starters, followed by a crispy pork belly, a moules frites and two rabbit casseroles, each of which were delicious and plentiful. Regrettably we had little room left for desserts, but those on neighbouring tables looked great. Service was very well-paced, and attentive without being overly so. Our bill for food, house wine and a round of pre-meal drinks was about £25p.p. Probably the only downside is that the location is in a slightly rundown little courtyard just off the main shopping area, which would maybe discourage a casual drop-in customer from trying it; that would be your loss though!

1 review so far 6
02.09.2016 08:49

Le Mistral is set in a quiet location within the city centre. We received a very warm welcome and were impressed with the menu. The food arrived in decent time, was hot, good quality and generous portions. I would recommend this restaurant if you are entertaining business clients and want somewhere to impress, rather than a chain restaurant. Also I would recommend as a romantic location for couples. I would also like to give thanks to the waitress, who was very friendly and smiled. It always adds to the ambience of a place.

1 review so far 6
17.04.2017 06:47

Been before and decided to take my partner here again for a celebratory meal. This lovely little place never fails to impress. Beautiful restaurant decorated perfectly, the service was fantastic we were looked after all night and never left wanting for anything and the food is second to none. We both had the Moules Frites which is possibly the best meal I've eaten in my entire life followed by a lemon tart for me (best I've ever had) and a tart tatin for my partner (even though he insisted he wouldn't like it it's now a firm favourite). The best part though is how shocked we are when we receive the bill, three courses for two people and a bottle of wine and we were double checking to make sure they hasn't missed anything. You won't find the same quality for a better price anyway. Safe to say we always end up making up the difference with a 12-15% tip (well warranted). Would definitely recommend to anyone and will be going back myself as soon as possible.

1 review so far 4
04.02.2017 19:50

We were seated by the window downstairs, which was nice except when customers came in the door and we kept getting a blast of cold air from outside. Also, we were near the bar where the staff were mainly standing around, and felt that that there was quite a lot of activity and footfall around us. Another time, we would request to sit upstairs, or away from the door. However, the staff were extremely attentive and efficient and we never had to wait long to order or have the plates cleared, or to pay. The food was very good and tasted freshly cooked. The portions were not that large, but adequate. The dishes we had were very rich and creamy (Fricassee do Poulet, Linguine au Poulet et Chorizo) so we were glad we ordered extra vegetable portions as side dishes. The desserts were good, but we were surprised to be charged an extra £2 for a scoop of ice cream instead of the crème fraiche with one dessert. Overall we enjoyed the experience and will come again. Good value with the fixed price lunch.

1 review so far 6
11.06.2017 11:34

What a fantastic night we had we were a little late but we were shown to our table with no fuss.Our waitress was the delightful Molly who was so friendly and really helpful we were given a free glass of bubbly it was the wife's birthday. We eat out slot and in our opinion this is the best restaurant in Nottingham .We weren't rushed to eat our meals the tables aren't on top of each other so you can hear what the people next to you are saying and the service was second to none and price wise very good .We recommend this lovely restaurant

1 review so far 6
03.05.2016 19:25

Had a lovely birthday meal at Le Mistral - the menu was great, so many choices it was so hard to decide. The food was delicious with my all time favourite dessert creme brûlée to finish - perfect! Service was good and the prices are very reasonable. Will be back again soon!!

1 review so far 6
30.05.2017 07:23

Visited Le Mistral bistro for my birthday. Food exquisite, wonderful ambience, staff friendly and accommodating without intruding into our privacy. My wife and I had a magical time (we could almost imagine we were in a Restuarant in Paris). Well done to all of the staff for giving us an unforgettable experience.

1 review so far 6
25.03.2017 06:53

Le Mistral is a convenient place for us to meet friends, as we were coming from Leeds and our friends from south Leicestershire. We had a lovely meal, in a relaxing atmosphere and were not rushed to vacate the table. Thanks to the staff who made it a great experience.

1 review so far 6
20.04.2017 12:10

From arriving to leaving, replenished and happy, the experience at Le Mistral, Nottingham, was first class. The staff were attentive without pressure; the food was excellent - rarely has a medium steak been so perfectly medium - and the ambience perfect for the occasion. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

1 review so far 5
08.07.2016 09:45

Conveniently in the centre of Nottingham. Made very welcome at the restaurant. Service attentive although there was a slight mix-up over the main courses for two of my guests. However the food was very good as was the wine. Good value for money. Would recommend Le Mistral as a good place to meet and eat.

1 review so far 6
23.01.2017 08:26

We had a wonderful time at Le Mistral. The food was absolutely brilliant and cooked to perfection. We started with Champagne, just because we could. The staff were extremely polite and helpful. There was no rush and the atmosphere was perfect for a relaxed day.

1 review so far 6
15.01.2017 13:47

This was our first visit to Le Mistral. The food was delicious, the staff were amazing, very friendy, great atmosphere. Excellent value for money. I wish we found this place sooner. We will definitely be going back. Chris & Aga.

1 review so far 6
08.05.2017 16:57

We had a wonderful time on Saturday night at Le Mistral in Nottingham. The food was as delicious as ever, the wine flowed and we really enjoyed ourselves. Our waitress was Neus and she was lovely,laughing and joking with us.

1 review so far 4
12.05.2017 15:45

I often do dinners at Le Mistral and always make reservations through Quandoo. You never know ! there's no tables available. They're really busy over the peak time once I couldn't make it cause it was full. Food, wine and service are always pleasant. Very cozy atmosphere and French deco make it more unique. Definitely visit again, (&again).

1 review so far 6
17.01.2016 08:18

The service was prompt and attentive. The menu had a very good selection and the food was excellent. I found Le Mistral using reviews (I didn't know it there beforehand) and was very pleased with my choice.

1 review so far 5
04.03.2017 18:42

Booking made for 6 people but 5 people on the day, change of table to suit restaurant which was not a problem. We were a group meeting up and the staff gave us plenty of time to chat, we were not hurried. Service very good, attentive but not overly so. We got all we requested straight away. No waiting or forgetting. Food very good had 2 course lunch offer. Very tasty, well presented and very much enjoyed. We have been before and will be back again. Very good.

2 reviews so far 5
30.07.2017 20:38

Had another lovely evening at Le Mistral, tonight I tried the steak with peppercorn sauce it was really nice. Also had the chocolate crepe with ice cream to finish fab! All washed down with a nice glass of wine 👍🏻

5 reviews so far 6
23.07.2017 20:44

We are starting to be regulars at Le Mistral because each time we have visited the food has been very good, a good selection of wines and very friendly staff. Also good value.

1 review so far 5
09.01.2017 11:09

Overall a nice lunch but there was a long wait from starter to the main course this is the only reason I have marked five. Le Mistral is definatley worth visiting and is good food and good value.

1 review so far 5
24.08.2016 17:05

Friendly staff in rustic, relaxed surroundings; nothing pretentious about Le Mistral. This was a birthday treat for my wife who knows good french cuisine. The food was excellent and we will visit again in the near future!

1 review so far 6
14.05.2017 22:17

Went for a date with my girlfriend. Everything we expected and more. The onion soup, though not traditional, was very flavourful. The steak was simply the juiciest and most tender I have ever eaten. The duck confit was accompanied beautifully by delicious dauphinoise potatoes. No room for desert unfortunately. Bought a bottle of well discounted house wine as well. Simply délicieux.

2 reviews so far 6
16.02.2017 08:03

As usual, it was good. I always go to Le Mistral if I am meeting anyone for lunch in Nottingham. Food and service are excellent and the atmosphere is lovely.

1 review so far 6
23.06.2016 17:33

First time we have used this restaurant and it didn't disappoint. Will certainly revisit and recommend Le Mistral to friends. Looking forward to trying other items on the menu.

2 reviews so far 6
02.06.2016 21:43

Food was AMAZING, ambience was lovely and cosy, and the service was impeccable. Our waitress was so sweet, attentive and professional - she knew when to ask us for our orders and when we wanted to settle the bill, plus she was the only waitress working! It was truly one of my best dining experiences. Thank you!

1 review so far 6
24.09.2016 18:23

Lovely little French restaurant with excellent food, lots of choice and the service was spot on for a busy Saturday lunchtime. Thankyou Le Mistral! I hope to return.

2 reviews so far 6
26.04.2016 00:50

Great service and food was excellent as always. Really love it here as well as the branch in Sherwood. Can definitely recommend Le Mistral for a great meal.

1 review so far 3
04.02.2016 11:08

Nice restaurant great service good food and friend Staff. We Booked for Sunday Lunch but they had run out of both beef and Chicken, so just pork left. If we hadn't pre- booked we could understand this. Neither taste cards nor Gourmet cards were accepted on the day even though we had been told they would be when we booked and it was clearly noted on their booking system. If discount cards are not accepted on the sunday set menus staff should know the policy and not take bookings. The Gourmet and tast Card web sites should also be updated to point out that they are not accepted on Sundays

2 reviews so far 6
01.05.2017 11:01

Le Mistral is a lovely cozy restaurant which I visited in April 2017, the staff are all really nice & the food was absolutely delicious. Highly recommended!

1 review so far 6
15.02.2017 10:58

Fantastic venue, flawless service by personable staff and the best food I've ever had. I cannot recommend Le Mistral higher! Also, much cheaper than you might expect.

1 review so far 6
20.08.2016 10:08

Went for a pre theatre dinner. Staff helpful, menu good choice for each of three courses. Food delicious. We started with some of the best calamari we have ever eaten. The seafood linguine and the confit de canard were delicious and creme brûlée to finish with was superb. Will be going again!

1 review so far 5
10.11.2016 16:48

The meal was very good and it was a good price, because we had the special deal of 2 mains and wine for £29. However, we did feel a little misled, as the deal portrays a bottle of wine, when in fact its a 50cl carafe. Still okay, but they shouldn't picture a bottle, when that is not what you are getting.

1 review so far 5
31.07.2017 18:55

Had an amazing meal here at Le Mistral. Great food and lovely atmosphere - will definitely be back! Hidden away down a little alley way, it is definitely worth a visit.

2 reviews so far 6
01.01.2017 09:11

I had duck and orange starter, fella had calamari; delicious! Mains: I had beef berginoff (can't spell, but you know what I mean!) ,fella had mussels with cream. He said it was the best ever! Excellent food and service. I highly recommend this restaurant and will visit again shortly. Thank you

1 review so far 3
21.03.2017 14:41

Disappointing visit! Food was fairly good. On arrival it took conversations with 3 members of staff to confirm our booking and seat us at a table. Service was slow throughout, to the point we had to ask for dessert menus, although once ordered food was reasonably prompt. After our initial order we were not asked if we wanted any further drinks at any point during our meal. There were a good number of empty tables and staff around so no excuse that they were too busy to attend to our table. I can't see that we would return again any time soon.

1 review so far 6
05.08.2016 11:42

We really enjoyed our meal, as well as the ambience and service. Thank you! It is such great value for money, although, in recent visits I have sensed a reduction in the use of fresh ingredients in sauces etc. but that is a minor gripe! Thanks for the wonderful meal.

1 review so far 6
29.03.2016 16:57

Just had delicious lunch at Le Mistral. Food fantastic with so much choice. The welcome, service and food made for a perfect lunch. Thank you.

1 review so far 6
26.04.2017 08:04

Love this restaurant. Went for lunch on Saturday 22nd April with a friend. She had the two course set lunch which is great value and I had coq au vin off the specials board which was divine. The staff are lovely and I thoroughly recommend this little corner of France.

1 review so far 6
19.07.2017 17:48

Very good food with a fine selection of wines in a relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff. I'd recommend Le Mistral and would definitely go back.

1 review so far 6
14.02.2016 18:15

Deliciousness varied menu. Prices were reasonable and we were served good sized portions. The waiters were especially attentive to the fact that one of us is vegetarian. We were twenty minutes earlier than our reservation time but that wasn't a problem for them at all. Overall, a great meal!

1 review so far 5
15.02.2017 16:43

Me and my girlfriend went there on Valentine's Day, and it was fantastic! The mood was just right (with some cracking French music), the food was delicious, and the service great! (Particularly as my girlfriend has a nut allergy and they were really helpful and quick in finding out which foods were alright to eat). Would highly recommend!

1 review so far 6
20.03.2017 13:28

I ate here a few months ago and was so impressed that I decided to take my parents as an early Mothers Day treat for them both. The staff are really nice and the Sunday lunch menu is one of the roasts I've ever had. Definitely a favourite!

3 reviews so far 6
07.05.2017 14:32

Definitely one of the best restaurants I've ever been to. I can't recommend it highly enough. Can't wait for my next visit. The food was amazing, staff were friendly and helpful and the ambiance was quite nice. Definitely 10/10 for food, service and quality of experience. 😆😆

1 review so far 5
16.07.2016 11:01

We had a lovely late lunch at Le Mistral, the food was very good and we were served by a very friendly, helpful waiter. Would certainly re visit.

1 review so far 6
18.03.2017 21:48

Food was great, portions were excellent and the service was also very good. I would recommmend emailing your customers when they have to leave or when their table is booked for next instead of telling them when they arrive. Other than that. I'm very pleased

1 review so far 6
23.04.2016 09:29

The staff were very attentive and helpful and the food and drink were excellent. Even though we stayed quite late and were the last ones in the restaurant, there was no attempt to make us feel uncomfortable or rush us out of the door.

2 reviews so far 5
20.10.2016 11:36

Le Mistral is a very friendly place with a lovely atmosphere and good service. The fish was slightly overcooked but apart from that everything was delicious.