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Côte Brasserie - Covent Garden - Tavistock Street

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About Côte Brasserie - Covent Garden - Tavistock Street


Cote is fantastic
– Michael Winner, The Sunday Times


It’s likely you’ve heard of Côte Brasserie because it’s the go-to restaurant in the UK – and particularly in London – if you want fair-priced, well-cooked and authentic French cuisine. And with this particular branch, located on Tavistock Street as one of two Côte Brasseries in Covent Garden, you can expect only the best. Here is relaxed all-day dining in an elegant restaurant that’s surrounded by the buzz of one of the most happening areas of London. As groups of restaurants go, Côte Brasserie is one of the most dedicated and, of course, delicious of all of them. You will not be disappointed.

Opening Hours

  • 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
Côte Brasserie - Covent Garden - Tavistock Street, 17 - 21 Tavistock Street, WC2E 7PA London

Further Information

In the heart of London on Tavistock Street in Covent Garden, this Côte Brasserie makes for perfect pre-theatre or post-museum dining. A stone’s throw from the London Transport Museum, the London Film Museum and several theatres, including the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane, dining at this classic French restaurant is the best way to complement any day out in the West End. That said, the authentic food and dedication to service you’ll find at this Côte Brasserie – one of two in Covent Garden – make a trip to this part of the capital worth it on their own.

The decor at this Covent Garden location is typically French, complemented by a wonderful atmosphere and menu. If you’re stopping by for dinner (breakfast and lunch are available), consider starting with classic calamari or chicken liver parfait, then move on to rump of lamb, cassoulet de Toulouse, or a delightfully fresh Breton fish stew. The selection of steaks is fresh and varied, and you can pair any of them with a classic French Béarnaise, a simple garlic butter, or other delightful sauces. Ah, and we should also add that Côte Brasserie on Tavistock Street serves one of London’s favourite post-theatre menus from 10pm daily.

View Côte 10 Year Anniversary Set Menu

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CHEF'S CHOICE

999 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 999 Reviews
Food: delicious
Waiting Time: short
Quality/Price: great value
Atmosphere: entertaining
Service: friendly
Noise: quiet
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J T.
1 review so far 6
22.09.2017 09:11

Great value pre-show dinner lovely three course meal and nice bottle of wine for four came in well under £100 including the service charge which was well deserved by the friendly and attentive staff. Well done to all at Cote.

Vicky T.
1 review so far 6
21.09.2017 07:27

Perfect, lovely friendly staff. Food great, as only to be expected from Cote. Very glad I made reservation as people were waiting when we arrived.

Charles W.
1 review so far 6
21.09.2017 06:38

Food always good for the price, and consistent amongst the branches. Handy place to eat behind a show in the immediate vicinity (this review was in respect of a booking at the Covent Garden branch).

Janet H.
2 reviews so far 6
21.09.2017 00:29

Great has always food service , from the ones I have been to all the same high stannard ....

Reg H.
28 reviews so far 6
02.07.2017 06:29

As a regular visitor to this branch of Cote in Tavistock Street I decided to have my birthday party here. I realized as this was a Saturday afternoon the restaurant would be incredibly busy because of the pre theatre crowd so booked in advance. The staff were absolutely magnificent and as each guest arrived they were welcomed with a glass of Kir Royale. Both the waiting staff and kitchen staff deserve a medal with 11 people ordering difference starters and main courses etc. and each requiring their own personal preferences as to what they did and did not want. I can honestly say everything was absolutely perfect. The synchronicity which all starters and main courses arrived at the table was fantastic, and I can only complement both the waiting and kitchen staff for the fantastic service. The food as always @ Cote was par excellence both in presentation and taste overall this was one of the most memorable birthdays I’ve had everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves and said how fantastic the restaurant is. Once again a thank you to all the staff both kitchen and waiting for making this such a special day. This review is the consensus of all 11 people in the party

Reg H.
28 reviews so far 6
02.07.2017 06:33

As a regular visitor to this branch of Cote in Tavistock Street I decided to have my birthday party here. I realized as this was a Saturday afternoon the restaurant would be incredibly busy because of the pre theatre crowd so booked in advance. The staff were absolutely magnificent and as each guest arrived they were welcomed with a glass of Kir Royale. Both the waiting staff and kitchen staff deserve a medal with 11 people ordering difference starters and main courses etc. and each requiring their own personal preferences as to what they did and did not want. I can honestly say everything was absolutely perfect. The synchronicity which all starters and main courses arrived at the table was fantastic, and I can only complement both the waiting and kitchen staff for the fantastic service. The food as always @ Cote was par excellence both in presentation and taste overall this was one of the most memorable birthdays I’ve had everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves and said how fantastic the restaurant is. Once again a thank you to all the staff both kitchen and waiting for making this such a special day. This review is the consensus of all 11 people in the party

Reg H.
28 reviews so far 6
23.08.2017 18:12

We dined at the Tavistock Street branch of cote this evening. I had booked in advance and as it was a special occasion. We chose that special 10 year anniversary menu, I can only say how delighted we were by the exquisite food on offer. For starters I chose the charcuterie board, my colleagues had a crab mayonnaise, Baked Crottin, respectively. For the main course I chose the Roast Duck Breast my colleagues one had the Roast Pork Belly, the other had the Breton Fish Stew. We all finished with the crepe Grand Marnier. The comments that went round the table regarding the food from my friends was they had not had such exquisite food apart from when they dined in Paris. As per usual the service was exemplary and I would like to pass my congratulations on to the kitchen staff as all the dishes were exceptionally well presented and absolutely delicious. I can highly recommend the anniversary menu and as always at cote it is exceptional value for money

Ronald D.
2 reviews so far 6
10.07.2017 18:29

We were advised by a friend to book in advance as the Restaurant was popular. We booked for Saturday the 8th of July at 17:30 hrs. When we arrived there were a few people in front of us who had not booked and had to be turned away. We were then immediately shown to our table by the window. Food was very good indeed. Service was efficient and fast. One very small niggle - it was a very warm day but the heating was on by the window! We mildly complained and it was promised that it would be seen too. This was a first visit to Cote Brasserie. The price was very reasonable for the West End. I like the fact that a small percentage (lower than 10%, I think) was added to the bill and a notice given that the gratuity all goes to the staff. We intend to book Charlotte Street branch for next Wednesday we we go to 'An American in Paris'.

Reg H.
28 reviews so far 6
30.07.2017 15:32

Myself and a friend went for a meal after going to a matinee on Saturday afternoon, knowing the restaurant would be busy we pre booked a table for 5.30pm. And despite the fact the restaurant was extremely busy, the waiting staff were extremely attentive, the food and service was up to the excellent standard I have come to expect at this branch of cote. I was quite sad to learn that many of the regular waiting staff that I have come to know over the last four years as a regular customer at this branch of cote are leaving, and I do hope the new waiting staff that are replacing them, will be an improvement on our experience of last week when it appears the regular waiting staff were off duty. I think the upper management need to keep a close eye on the service because restaurants can lose their excellent reputation overnight by poor service.

Martin R.
1 review so far 5
22.03.2017 16:59

We had the 3-course pre-theatre lunch. Excellent value at £13.95. Whitebait for two, sea bream (could have been served with some potatoes!) and steak frites, creme caramel and apple crumble - all dishes first-rate ingredients and very well cooked. A glass of muscadet and one of chinon were very good. Total bill for two including service was £43. Service was friendly and efficient, and we enjoyed a relaxing hour and a half lunch before going to our theatre showing. The one jarring note was that when we arrived we were given the choice of three 2-tops - one beside an occupied 4-top, the other two intruded upon by a pillar. We asked if we could sit at an adjacent 4-top (the restaurant was almost empty) but that was refused, so we chose the least uncomfortable 2-top. By the time we left, the restaurant was half full, and we might easily have been given any of half a dozen vacant 4-tops. We won't go back to this restaurant as a couple just because there are so many (TOO many) uncomfortable 2-tops.

Ann-Sophie W.
1 review so far 5
02.05.2017 21:19

We reserved a table for 2 for 1.15pm, got there at 1pm and only had to wait about 5 minutes to get our table. The menu is great, do ask for Pre-Theatre or Weekly Lunch/Early Dinner Menu (depending on where you are, it's the same menu but called differently) as they offer 2 or 3 courses for exceptional price. We ordered all 3 courses at the same time, which might have been a mistake - we got our starters (overly delicious, really great!) and then waited 30 minutes before our server went down to the kitchen and realised they must have not seen our order. We did get offered free drinks on the house as compensation, which was great. Mains were again good food, but we waited an extra 10 minutes on our dessert due to the kitchen having not seen that either - which got us a coffee/tea on the house each. So overall great food, decent portion sizes for the price and amazing customer service - only next time we wouldn't mind getting the food quicker.

Reg H.
28 reviews so far 6
05.06.2017 05:28

As a regular at THIS branch of cote I was pleasantly surprised by the new June set menu, we went for a late lunch after visiting the opera house and decided upon the set lunch menu we both had the avocado crab salad to start which was absolutely delicious a fresh crab and the creaminess of the avocado was absolutely mouthwatering. The main course I had the pan fried chicken breast and my partner had the fish cakes on a bed of spinach with poached egg on top. We selected a very pleasant wine from the menu to accompany the meal the whole meal was exceptional value and the service was exemplary. From the moment we arrived at the restaurant to the moment we left the service was absolutely fault less, It made a perfect conclusion to a perfect day,

Jean Marc A.
1 review so far 4
23.04.2017 17:26

For the first time, we had a negative experience with regard to the onion soup that one of us had ordered.The cheese and the bread did not taste right. After eating the soup, my friend felt warm and nauseous. We did not know why but when he went to the lavatory, he threw up the soup. This means that his body rejected something that had gone bad. There must have been a bacteria in the soup or it was not prepared in a hygienic way. We complained to the manager. At first he did not believe that the soup was the problem, as it happened too soon after eating it but after my friend had thrown up, he realised that he was wrong. He talked to the chef and he solved the situation in a satisfactory manner. The soup and the main course that my friend had ordered were deducted from the bill and the coffee was on the house. We were pleased with the way the manager handled the matter, burwe hope that in future, the cooks and the chef will be more careful with the way they handle food and with hygiene . Yours sincerely Jean Marc Asso

Valerie H.
1 review so far 2
12.03.2017 17:14

Arrived at 14. 15, as booked in advance, for a meal prior to going to the Royal Opera House for a performance at 16.00. Didn't seem to be very busy - plenty of tables available unlike when we book for a n early evening meal. Service was slow from the start and at first that was not a matter of concern as we had allowed plenty of time. Waiter was however unsmiling and surly when we declined wine - not wanting to fall asleep in the theatre. We waited ages for each course and two of the meals were cool by the time they arrived, but by now it was getting too late to complain. We had to find the waiter for the dessert menu which was given with bad grace, but at 15.40 had to ask for the bill and decline the puddings which were rushed up the stairs by the manager who tried to persuade us to eat them. We had ordered chocolate pot, Creme caramel and berries- so why on earth it took so long to produce them, heaven only knows. We had by now made it plain that we were attending a theatre performance but there didn't seem to be any understanding that you will not be admitted once a performance has started - and you are serving meals in an area surrounded by theatres. Manager realised they had been careless and offered us free desserts on the next visit. Realise now that we also paid the 'voluntary 'service charge which was not in the least deserved. This is a system we deplore but reluctantly accede to when food, service etc is excellent as it generally is at this restaurant. Given the fact I had booked for the three of us several days in advance, the experience was a shambles and we arrived for the performance feeling rushed, and having no time, either to deposit coats in the cloakroom so we sat with them bundled aroun us in a hot auditorium, or to enjoy the pre- performance atmosphere, or to reserve interval drinks. I would also add that two of us are well past the first flush of youth so prefer not to have to rush. Very disappointing, Cote, particularly when we have tended to prefer you from the many restaurants around.

Linda K.
2 reviews so far 5
13.07.2017 00:08

Visited this restaurant pre theatre on what was a very wet evening. We were allocated a table near the door but immediately felt we were in a strong draught. We asked for an alternative table and were immediately moved to a table in the window which was much better - no draught and nice to watch the world go by. Our drinks arrived quickly as did our food order. Menu choice was good and our meals were tasty and good value for money. Only real complaint was the ladies toilet facilities - only two cubicles both very small and right next to the kitchen. The toilet seat in one cubicle was incorrectly fitted so the lid fell forwards and hit you on the back as you sat down. The toilet in the other cubicle was blocked and unusable. A queue quickly built up for the one usable toilet. Otherwise a lovely restaurant experience.

Kate H.
1 review so far 5
14.05.2017 17:19

We ate off the lunch fixed price menu which is good value for money. Two of us had the Pissaladière Camembert which they said was good but would have liked a tiny bit more camembert on it. I had smoked mackerel which was delicious and would have again. For mains 1 of us had cod gourjons which looked really nice, two of us almost had food envy. She said they were really fresh and not greasy at all. We had steak frites. The steak was cooked really well. But if you’d like some greens or salad I’d recommend ordering a side or 2 between you. For desserts we had berries with white chocolate sauce, crème caramel and apple crumble and all were yummy. Service was also very good. I have been to the restaurant before but my two guests had not and were very impressed and would make a return visit.

Reg H.
28 reviews so far 6
16.04.2017 16:19

We went for the pre theatre menu which is certainly excellent value for money. We were impressed by the wide variety of choice of starters and main courses on offer. We had pre booked a table because being Easter Saturday we knew the restaurant would be busy. However from the moment we arrived the service given by all the staff was excellent. Our waitress was friendly, helpful, and efficient. The food was delightful, I had the tuna rillettes with sour dough bread, my partner the pear and endive salad for starters, followed by the steak and the chicken breast for main course both of which were well presented and delicious. The wine we chose to accompany the meal was really good and very reasonably priced.

Diana T.
1 review so far 5
07.07.2017 16:17

Service and food as consistent as it is in any other Cote...that is what I like about your restaurants..you can rely on it being a pleasant experience. The one problem at the Tavistock restaurant is the 'Ladies Loo'. It is down steep stairs, it is VERY small...difficult to get in to especially if someone else is waiting... and you have to wait outside in the way of staff carrying food from the kitchen upstairs to the restaurant. Yesterday one of the two loos was out of order and the other one had a very faulty loo seat and no loo paper. !! The restaurant was very busy with people waiting for tables which didn't make things easier. I understand that it is problem of space and location in that restaurant but what you do have does need to be greatly improved and MONITERED regularly.

Nicola W.
1 review so far 4
29.06.2017 16:33

Booked pre theatre menu on a Wednesday evening with my husband for 6pm. I arrived a little late & the restaurant was almost full - very busy! Seems like the pre theatre menu is very popular! I ordered the tuna starter & my husband ordered the crab & avocado. We shared & preferred the tuna. For main, I ordered the veggie risotto & my husband ordered the steak frites. I found that the mains were better than the starters however, all food was good for the price - 2 courses for £12.50. The service was good - our waiter cleared plates away promptly & brought extra bits when asked. There was a nice buzz in the restaurant as it was so busy. Toilets could have done with a bit more attention - there was no loo roll but thankfully, there were napkins by the sink. All in all a good dinner for the price but nothing wow. Would definitely revisit if I had a show to go to in the evening again because of the convenience & price.

Craig S.
6 reviews so far 5
12.09.2017 17:01

Out of all the Côte restaurants I've been to, this is by far the BEST. Staff are always very warm and welcoming and I always get recognition from regular on duty staff. That is what makes me come back time and time again. Some staff know what I drink without having to ask. That is something you don't get everywhere, especially how busy they can be at times. Food was amazing as always, however did not give 6 point rating from me, because tables were too close for comfort. I sat close so to the table next to me, I was basically in the lady's face because my chair was adjacent in the middle of their table. Guests arriving later also declined to sit so close. Maybe something that should be looked at. Other than that, EXCELLENT!!