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Summary

These “accurate imitations of a well-run French brasserie” have become the survey’s most-mentioned chain, on the strength of the huge army of fans who find them an “always-dependable” standby. The “perfectly acceptable” food “is quite good when you factor in the price”: “stick to their basic menus and you get a quite a good-value meal (although stray onto the more expensive dishes and you are better off going elsewhere)”. The wide range of options – including breakfast and prix-fixe pre-theatre – means there’s “plenty of choice for different appetites”. Unlike some chains there’s no effort to make outlets individual: “every branch is cut from the same cloth, but that’s no bad thing”.

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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“You know what you’re going to get” from this ubiquitous French brasserie chain: a formula that’s “classier than Café Rouge’s”, and whose “easy and convenient, if uninspiring” virtues nowadays make it the survey’s most-mentioned multiple. The “classic bistro fare” is “formulaic but edible” (steak-frites is a popular choice) and while service is “hit or miss” and conditions often “noisy”, the “sensible pricing” especially of lunch or pre-theatre deals underpins its massive popularity.

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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“As a useful port of call”, these “safe” all-day French brasseries remain immensely popular, especially for their “bargain set lunch”, and pre-theatre deals. However, even many fans would concede that the “straightforward” fare is “solid but unspectacular”.

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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“A step up from Café Rouge” – these useful “modern, all-day French brasseries” are nowadays the survey’s most talked-about chain; the cooking will “never win awards” but is “solid”, “affordable” and “pleasant enough”.

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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D A
Still very good for food and value. They ma...
Reviewed 3 months, 9 days ago

"Still very good for food and value. They manage to get all locations to the same standard but some have closed this year"

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Stephen D
This is what Cafe Rouge should be. A relia...
Reviewed 3 months, 29 days ago

"This is what Cafe Rouge should be. A reliable decent French bistro chain. We've tried about four different branches in the London area and always found the service to be very good, the food decent and the prices excellent."

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Clifford B
What all chain restaurants should be - soli...
Reviewed 4 months, 2 days ago

"What all chain restaurants should be - solid, reliable, tasty food served by attentive and properly trained staff. Some of the outlets are a little 'noisy' and cramped."

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Peter C
You always know what to expect at Cote and ...
Reviewed 4 months, 16 days ago

"You always know what to expect at Cote and the formula is a great one. Reliable food if nothing special and usually very good attention from the staff. A great standby which is especially good value when you order from the set menus."

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George b
Surprisingly good for the price....
Reviewed 5 months, 7 days ago

"Surprisingly good for the price."

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Jonathan F
We visited the Chichester restaurant at a S...
Reviewed 7 months, 27 days ago

"We visited the Chichester restaurant at a Saturday lunchtime. Decent food, although a bit formulaic"

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Grace I
Dorking branch - okay food at okay prices b...
Reviewed 10 months, 4 days ago

"Dorking branch - okay food at okay prices but the service is oh so slow - even when we pre-ordered (due to being a large party) & they failed to bring the 3 children's mains with the adult starters. Almost an hour from ordering to starters. Free bread but still."

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Clifford B
Probably the most consistent, good value, e...
Reviewed 10 months, 13 days ago

"Probably the most consistent, good value, eatery chain on the British high-street."

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £12.95 £15.50
Pretheatre £16.95 £19.95

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£7.50 £18.50 £3.50 £5.95
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £19.50
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Bread £2.50
Service 12.50%