About Côte Brasserie - Covent Garden - St Martin's Lane
– Good Food Guide
A name that’s synonymous with exquisite French dining in London, Côte Brasserie has made its mark on the UK’s culinary scene. Widely known for their authentic French specialities and fantastic service, the restaurant has a reputation that’s hard to surpass. From inside Côte Brasserie’s charming location on St Martin’s Lane in the heart of Covent Garden, the team at this acclaimed French restaurant bring decades of expertise to bear on Côte’s distinctive brand of continental dining. If you’d like to treat yourself to an enchanting meal at Côte Brasserie, be sure to reserve your table well in advance.
- Monday 08:00 - 23:00
- Tuesday 08:00 - 23:00
- Wednesday 08:00 - 00:00
- Thursday 08:00 - 00:00
- Friday 08:00 - 00:00
- Saturday 09:00 - 00:00
- Sunday 09:00 - 22:30
It’s without any wonder that Côte Brasserie has become the huge success it is today. With a reputation that’s known both in London and throughout the UK, Côte Brasserie has consistently earned the highest marks in presentation, taste and service since the restaurant’s establishment back in 2007. Despite the restaurant’s commitment to only using the best gourmet ingredients, Côte Brasserie’s prices remain affordable, making it the ideal destination right in the centre of London’s Covent Garden for those who enjoy dining without exorbitant price tags.
The offerings at Côte Brasserie on Covent Garden’s St Martin’s Lane are classically French, ranging from hearty favourites like beef bourguignon to seafood specialities including mussels with white wine sauce. We recommend beginning with Côte Brasserie’s tuna carpaccio before diving into mains like the seasonal rump of lamb with Jersey Royal potatoes, English asparagus and mint Hollandaise. If you like a good cut of beef, you can’t go wrong with their 30-day aged 10oz rib-eye cooked to perfection with a side of bearnaise sauce or roquefort butter. Open for breakfast every day of the week and also offering a variety of fantastic desserts, Côte Brasserie sets the stage for any occasion – let yourself be whisked away from London to France at this charming Covent Garden brasserie.
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Very good experience. Quick service, good food, cheerful atmosphere. Noisy, but have yet to find an affordable London restaurant that still has carpets & soft furnishings.
Lovely food, excellent service and a couple of complimentary treats - what's not to like?! Only problem is that restaurant was particularly noisy with some very thoughtless people on the next table making unnecessary noise. You can't help this of course - we will be back! Thanks for a GREAT EVENING
It's a six! We had lovely food and excellent service. And the staff sang to me ( Happy Birthday - it was my birthday, they don't do it randomly!)
We are great fans of Cote and frequent one whenever we can. We were visiting London for so it was the obviously choice. The staff were brilliant as always, there was only one disappointment with one main but apart from that the food, drinks and ambience were very good.
WE went for a pre-theatre dinner so that is very different from a more leisurely dinner. Cote has a set menu with about half a dozen choices for each course. It was £12.50 for two and £13.95 for three courses. I had a very nice starter of smooth duck pate on toasted sourbread and my wife had a sort of pancake with melted camembert (both of which were very nice) which we both followed with the typically French steak frites. It was a minute steak cooked med-rare, which it really was. The steak was fine but the portion of frites was for me a bit mean. It came in one of those now apparently compulsory tiny buckets which I must say I find rather annoying as they sit awkwardly on the plate and reduce portion size. The frites I had however were hot and crispy. I think some sort of vegetable or salad in addition would be appropriate but there was none. We drank a couple of glasses of their Cote du Rhone, very pleasant. For pud my wife had crème caramel which she enjoyed and I had ice cream. My wife liked the crème caramel. I felt the ice cream was a bit ordinary. It wouldn't cost that much more to have a luxury ice cream of which there are plenty these days. The staff were pleasant though very busy. There was one exciting and amusing incident when one waitress was bumped into by another waiter and the glass of wine she was carrying was spilt. She was so annoyed that she through the empty glass on the floor smashing it. All was cleared up quickly! So all in all it did what it said on the tine. We fed perfectly well and in good time for our show and at a very reasonable cost for central London. As an adjunct to a theatre trip I would certainly go there again but would need to try the main menu to see if it was what I wanted for an evening out in its own right..
We were warmly welcomed on our arrival at this restaurant & shown to our table by a very friendly member of staff. Service was excellent & our waiter kindly brought me a basket of bread with my soup when I mentioned I'd had this at another branch of Cote. The 3 courses my husband & I had were excellent value for money at £13.95 each ( especially as many tourists rate London so expensive for eating out ). We spent a leisurely 2 hours there prior to our theatre outing & I would not hesitate to visit this branch again in the future. If I had to mention a downside, it would be to say this restaurant is very busy pre-theatre, & therefore becomes very noisy with customers talking, but that goes to show how popular Cote is.
Having enjoyed Cote meals locally I booked here for a pre theatre meal for my companion and me. I had already downloaded the menu and we discussed it. We had assumed the pre-theatre menu would be unattractive and chose accordingly! How wrong could we have been? The welcome was warm and friendly and despite the restaurant buzzing with around 160 guests we were treated as if we were the only ones. The fixed price menu shook us by the variety of choice and great dishes, but we stuck to our original choices! My veal escalope was very large but beautifully cooked thin, tender and delicious whilst the tuna steak was perfection. Looking at the dishes at neighbouring tables the fixed price menu offerings looked equally appealing.
My friend and I had a lovely meal at Cote,St Martins Lane. I had booked a table online and glad I did as it was very busy. When we arrived I mentioned to the member of staff who greeted us that I had a problem with my knee following a recent fracture and could we have a slightly bigger table so I could elevate my leg if necessary. Even though it was busy and space was at a premium they were very accommodating and brought another chair for me to rest my leg. This made a huge difference to my comfort and enjoyment of dining at Cote. I have dined in a few branches of Cote and have always enjoyed good food and service.
Fine as always, great service and superb value. I come from a place where they also know what good food is, however at a much higher price. My colleagues and I are totally into Cote. Never a glitch. This time I have a suggestion. To change from the eternal Sauvignon blanc we had a Macon Villages; not faulty but rather bland; in fact unbecoming to what we are used to at Cote. It can be removed from the wine list. That said, it is a minor critique; one can always find something and my suggestion does not diminish in any way the great value, good food and friendly service we are privileged to receive at Cote.
This was our second visit in 5 days - so you know that it must have been good. Food and value very good. Eveyone found their meals delicious. Service was fine, albeit slow because they are so busy. On the second occasion I watched our waiter rushing around, never having a moment to spare, even to talk to us at the table. When we went up for more more water the manager/ person in charge always seemed to anticipate with complete air of relaxation and charm. I suppose that comes with experience and why he has the job he has! But THEY ARE BUSY - so, if you are going for a theatre performance, would recommend at least 2 hours. Long queue for ladies' toilets added to the stress of having to get somewhere on time.
Reliably good fare, attentive service and decent value as you'd expect from Cote - we had the lunch pre theatre menu which offered plenty of choice - only complaints were the acoustics in this particular branch are awful (low ceilings and no soft furnishings to soak up any noise) and as it was packed it was very noisy indeed and not a relaxing lunch as a result - small comments on the food - my father's omelette was overcooked - not at all how it would be served in a french restaurant and the tomatoes in the tomato salad came straight out of the fridge - i never understand way restaurants do this as they should be served at room temperature to get the best flavour they also seem to serve cheese straight from the fridge too which is also disappointing...overall though not a bad experience - i will return to Cote, but would not return to this branch in view of the noise levels...
Nice food though some of dishes could have been better, nice window seat, food criticism included underseasoned chicken, roast pork crackling was not crispy but soft so not nice to eat and was left which is a shame as that is the treat of ordering roast pork, also icecream in chocolate sauce dessert only came as single scoop which seemed stingy for £4.95 price so more sauce than ice cream! My creme brulee however was perfect and best one I've had to date. Service after our main courses were cleared was slow-we seemed to have been forgotten and had to ask twice for dessert menu and left lot later than planed with so much waiting around. Noone came to deal with bill and my friend didn't like to leave cash unattended but didn't want another long wait so had to go find someone to give it to. I had a nice evening there but some aspects could have been better.
It was our first visit to Cote Brasserie, but it certainly will not be our last. It is so nice to be greeted when entering a restaurant instead of looking for somebody to see where you should be seated, or wandering aimlessly around. Your meet and greet was excellent. The restaurant was busy, but nonetheless we received excellent prompt and welcoming service, again without having to try and attract the attention of a waiter/waitress. The food was excellent - well prepared, with a wide choice, hot and well presented, with good crockery and cutlery. All in all an excellent experience and one we will definitely repeat.
For the first time ever in a Côte we had an English waitress, and it happened to be her first day. But she was magnifique! Thanks, Melody, for a gracious and attentive evening of service. I bet you are exhausted. You worked hard but made it look easy. It's really marvellous at Côte how everyone helps each other out. The food is absolutely delicious, always, but tonight Melody gave us tips on the wine, and she was spot-on in her advice. I will certainly return to this restaurant and will hope to congratulate them again on the superb dining experience.
Disappointing. Had reservation at 18:00, arrived 5 minutes earlier. There were several empty tables for 2 at the front and I asked for one of them. They said there were all reserved. Never mind. I was taken to a table downstairs, took my seat and a couple of minutes later I'm told that that was the wrong table and they needed to take me to upstairs again. Really?!! Upstairs again to the back of the restaurant to finally get a table. Food was good as usual but it took a long time to get served and we ended up rushing to make it to the theatre. Our waitress did her best, she was the only one in our area and had to handle lots of tables. They were obviously sort of staff and the whole thing was a bit messy, chaotic and disorganised. Pity as this has always been my favourite Cote in the West End. Hope this was a one off. Also we left at 19:15 and at least 2 of the tables that we were denied at the front were still empty.
Arrived early and table available, staff suggested we move to one in the window as there was a family with a high chair near our original table. Had the pre theatre menu. Chose the mackerel and beetroot salad- delicious! This was followed by the grilled chicken, also tasty. Recent dieting meant that the portions were just right for us-not too overfacing. Ended with ice cream. Impressed by the complimentary offer of a kir royale on producing our theatre tickets! All in all a very pleasant experience. Would definitely eat here again.
We were given a very warm welcome on arrival, and everyone was exceptionally efficient, even though it was during a very busy post matinee/pre evening theatre time-slot. The meal we chose was, as always, excellent , nicely cooked, and presented, 'and' served 'hot', as it should be. The staff at St.Martin's are always bright, and breezy, giving the restaurant a very good atmosphere. Well Done! 10/10! (ps Why do all the Cote's I visit, mostly the London ones, not serve their White Wine (I usually have the house wine) really chilled?)
Excellent food, polite, prompt and unobtrusive service. Clean cutlery and a proper tablecloth - details make it a pleasant experience. We were going to a show and came early so that we could enjoy the meal without clock-watching. Côte never disappoints. My only gripe is the automatic service charge: I can understand why you do it, but sometimes I would like to decide if someone has been particularly nice. You might as well just add it on to the original price on the menu. Essential to book, especially in theatreland.
I eat here regularly because the food is good but it isn't too formal. The pre-Theatre menu is *okay*, and good value, but I prefer the (not too expensive) a la carte offerings. You'll have to wait 20 minutes if you opt to dodge the starters, but that's fine if you aren't rushing to get anywhere. Staff are keen, pleasant, and helpful, of the standard that you expect in central London these days. It might be me, but the last three times I have been here, one of the staff has broken something. Dread to think what their crockery and glasses bill comes to every month.
Very pleasant buzz about the restaurant. Nicely situated table for two. I normally like someone to ask what we would like to drink before we order food, and I had to say can we order drinks please. Ordered food and waiter asked if we would like bread and olives which we did, that came with the starters. All the food we ordered was very good and when we paid the bill we thought we had very good value for money in London. Staff appeared to be non stop but remained very pleasant throughout the night. Going back to London in early August and will book again.