Cote - Kensington
Cote - Kensington

Cote - Kensington

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cote-restaurants.co.uk/Cote_HSK.html
  • Phone: 02079384147
  • Hours of Operation:

    Monday: 9am - 10:30pm
    Tuesday - Saturday: 8am - 11pm
    Sunday: 9am - 11pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Cote - Kensington
Recently voted 'Best Value restaurant in the UK' by the Good Food Guide 2009, this branch of Cote near the Royal Albert Hall has received rave reviews from professional critics and local gourmets alike. The inspiration for the fuss-free French food and the stylish interior comes from the traditional bistros of Paris, and both are proving a big hit with Kensington’s demanding foodies. The emphasis is on simply, reasonably priced dishes and the menu includes familiar Gallic favourites like moules marinières; steak haché with skinny frites; duck confit; and naughty-but-nice tarte tatin with Calvados cream. Cote is ideal for laid-back lunches and mid-week dinners with friends. We guarantee you’ll come back time after time.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Value
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutstanding Value
  • Diners' Choice WinnerPre/post Theatre
Cote - Kensington reviews from OpenTable diners
135 reviews since 21 October 2013
Average Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambience3.8
    Value4.2
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
pre/post theatre (65)outstanding value (50)business meals (35)fit for foodies (33)special occasions (30)brunch (27)group bookings (25)sunday lunch (24)good vegetarian options (18)romance (16)outdoor eating (14)child friendly (13)afternoon tea (6)disabled access (3)Show More
  • unpretentious but pretty good
    pff1804VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I went to Cote for lunch with a friend. Although the set menus offer a pretty good selection, we both opted for the al la carte. The dining room is pleasant enough, the food and service pretty good and all in all Cote is a reasonably priced, unpretentious and reliable choice especially for lunch or pre-theatre. I go fairly often for lunch and will certainly continue to do so.
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, child friendly, good vegetarian options, group bookings, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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  • Musiclover
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    An ideal place to meet friends to eat before a show at the Royal Albert Hall. One of our party was late and the staff were really helpful in keeping her food warm for her and serving it as soon as she arrived so that we were not late.
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded all expectations
    CheshireSage
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Visited Cote in Kensington for a pre-concert (James Taylor) meal due to its proximity to Royal Albert Hall and the favourable open table reviews. Food and service were superb. I had steak tartare to start, pork belly for main and creme caramel for dessert. All were absolutely faultless and the efficient and attentive waitress recommended a delicious bottle of Beaujolais. Probably the best meal I have had in London and would definitely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre
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  • A nice experience
    triplecrown
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We found all of the waiters very nice with a warm welcome to all clients that were dining that evening. The food was very good for the price of the 3 course evening special. I would certainly choose this restaurant again,as well as other venues in the chain. Outstanding value !!!!
    Special Features:
    outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food,excellent value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Booked a table for lunch for 4 people.Lots to choose on the menu to suit everyone.Table was booked for 12.15,it was not busy when we arrived but it got busier as the lunchtime went on,so I'm glad I booked.We all ended up ordering from the set lunch menu.There were quite a few choices and such excellent value.The restaurant is just off Kensington High Street,so it seems a little more relaxed and off the beaten path,but of course it is very easy to get to. I was hosting friends and was quite nervous about choosing a place for our lunch as I don't live in London but I could not have been more pleased with my choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner pre-theatre
    Maria
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    We treated our guests to an early dinner prior to going to the Royal Albert Hall. Perfect food, nice atmosphere, ticked all the boxes.
    Special Features:
    business meals, child friendly, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Excellent Sunday Lunch
    Septimus2012
    Dined on 21/9/2014
    Again the restaurant provided an excellent Sunday lunch. The food was very good and service excellent; delivered with just the right touch. Well done!
    Special Features:
    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful breakfast
    Duff
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    We enjoyed a lovely breakfast here on 20th September. All food served was beautifully prepared and served by friendly, efficient staff. I'd made a special request on my OpenTable booking and although this must have taken some effort on their part, it had been fully attended to. Thanks, I appreciated it! Will be returning soon.
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, group bookings, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre Prom supper
    PreProms
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We dined outside, light heating quite sufficient, and it was very pleasant to people watch. Supper excellent, and wine very acceptable. Good waiter.
    Special Features:
    outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Côte Kensington
    GrannyJ
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We went to Cote Kensington after a Sunday afternoon Proms concert. It was relatively quiet when we arrived but it was soon busy. The staff were excellent - friendly, attentive and helpful. The food was good and we had a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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  • Exceptional service
    Samrez
    Dined on 28/8/2014
    We are frequent visitors to this excellent establishment. - we are always warmly welcomed and looked after with friendly efficiency. The food is of top quality, well and quickly cooked. The wine list is imaginative and reasonable value. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • promlover
    Dined on 27/8/2014
    The service was quick and very cordial. The staff were all very welcoming. My meal was delicious, but my friend was put off choosing the mussels because there was no bread included - really? How much does a chunk of bread cost? You wouldn't get that in France!
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    mrcerec
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    Went with high expectations due to previous reviews. Pre-theatre meal - though be warned no pre-theatre menu at weekend. Food was ok, but given the cost of the food (1 course and 1 beer each for 4 people) of nearly £80, I would not return.
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre
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  • Excellent Service with a smile!
    happyfromEaling
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    The food was good as always and the service was exceptional. All of the waiters were really helpful, polite and fun. I would definately go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cote in Kensington
    JudiVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great and friendly service, combined with a fantastic and very varied menu and excellently cooked food in a really fun atmosphere once again made this a very successful business evening. You can only book for 6 online but a request for them to provide for 12 was picked up on the booking. Always reliable
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • such a great find
    kevdrwg
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Went based on recommendations here and on trip advisor for pre Albert Hall meal. The food is good and the service is fantastic. Felt very welcome and attended to throughout. And the best thing we paid only £50 or so for two including wine. Best value for money in Kensington. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, child friendly, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    • Ambience
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    FoodJunkie
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Restaurant wasn't too busy when we arrived for pre show dinner but filled within the hour. As it became busier service tailed off a bit. Overall it was nice place to have dinner, food was good although it seems mine was better than my wife's 😉 the Creme Caramel was absolutely delicious, I can understand why it's their speciality
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, disabled access, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, value for money
    motownVIP
    Dined on 30/7/2014
    The best prix fixe meal in London. The food is good and it has a real French bistro feeling.
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    brunch
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  • A staple
    SKHANVIP
    Dined on 27/7/2014
    I usually love Cote but found the service to be lacking in this branch. It took an inordinately long amount of time to be seated and for someone to take our order. I am pregnant and ordered tap water while waiting on a hot day - which took over 15 minutes to arrive. Generally shoddy service and also the mushroom crepe was abysmal. Swimming in an artery clogging VAT of cream and gruyere cheese. Mushrooms were tasteless and the whole sordid affair was completely at odds with food and service at other branches of this usually slick operation.
    Special Features:
    brunch, outdoor eating, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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  • good value for money
    pff1804VIP
    Dined on 15/7/2014
    I meet my brother for lunch fairly regularly and we often go t to Cote in Kensington. The food is pretty decent and good value for money, the dining room is pleasant and service fairly good. Cote is an unpretentious restaurant and an ideal lunch-time venue and I'm sure we will continue going there.
    Special Features:
    business meals, child friendly, good vegetarian options, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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  • Fantastic value for money
    Kensington
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Great wholesome French fare with good service. Strongly recommended for a casual night out or a weekend lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • celebratory meal
    happyeater
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Having eaten here before a few years ago having chanced upon this gem, I booked for a celebration meal. I was not disappointed and neither were the other guests as we were welcomed wholeheartedly and looked after extremely well throughout our visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, special occasions
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  • JillVIP
    Dined on 14/6/2014
    Lovely meal at Cote we all had steak or chicken and no problem swapping the sauces. Very nice
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another good meal at Cote
    jeremymangu
    Dined on 30/5/2014
    Usually pop here every couple of weeks or so - good space, outdoor seating for smokers, normal Cote menu with food that's good and good value (£10 for a main, £10 two course specials) - wine list good/cheap, friendly service.
    Special Features:
    outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Lunch
    Septimus2012
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Another excellent Sunday lunch - good food, wines and service. There is a real French ambience to the restaurant. Thoroughly recommended.
    Special Features:
    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good as always!
    Newlyweds
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Very good service, good food and value for money. Always happy to return and to recommend!
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rude staff and poor service
    IanHarry
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    The staff were really rude and the food was average at best. The asparagus starter had not been cooked through properly so it was raw in places, while the quality of the beef for the steak frites was extremely low.
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    outdoor eating
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  • average food
    Aurora
    Dined on 29/4/2014
    Average food, cheap prices. Nothing special but the value for money.
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    outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sadly not good
    unhappy
    Dined on 27/4/2014
    3 of us went for dinner and I couldn't eat my steak as it smelt off and was clearly past it's sell by date. I had an upset stomach the next day.
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    brunch
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  • lunch
    urbanchild
    Dined on 16/4/2014
    The service is very efficient and I have to say the quality of the food is outstanding. Having been there a number of times I am always pleasantly surprised that the restaurant maintains high standards.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Taste of France
    BDay
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Great choice for our early evening supper. They do a very good value 2 or 3 course set menu but I decided to have one of their 'quick dishes' which was delicious. The restaurant was very busy yet the service was quick and attentive. They also have a very good wine list.
    Special Features:
    business meals, brunch, outstanding value, Sunday lunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always
    CavyVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Lovely to sit in the sun for pre lunch drink. And then a delightful meal afterwards with good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't fault it
    sidney
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Fantastic food, great service, very good value for money. We liked it so much that we went back the next day.
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, child friendly, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mothers' day lunch
    Mar1
    Dined on 30/3/2014
    Great venue, tucked away from High Street Kensington, serving lovely French food. Transport yourself to a southern French bistro, the food is great quality and all at a reasonable price. I have eaten at Cote in a number of different venues and this chain of restaurants puts all the others to shame. Well worth a visit for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    child friendly, group bookings, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely food and great atmosphere!
    Luvfood
    Dined on 30/3/2014
    We came here for Mother's Day and weren't disappointed - all our food was delicious (I would recommend the pisaladier and poulet grille) and we were all given a kir royal on the house! My 5 year old daughter came with us and our waitress was very good with her. Overall, the service was good, food great and very good value for money.
    Special Features:
    child friendly, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    Rozi
    Dined on 23/3/2014
    What a great little find tucked away just off Kensington High Street. Lovely staff very helpful and attentive. Nice relaxed atmosphere, cosy and romantic. Food was fabulous my partner is still talking about his excellent steak which was cooked to perfection. Wine reasonably priced and good choice. Excellent evening out ...we were the last to leave but didn't feel hurried and staff were really appreciative of our comments on an enjoyable evening ...will definitely return! Have been to Cote in Windsor which is also very good but this restaurant has a much cosier feel probably because it is smaller and the staff are more friendly.
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT
    Septimus2012
    Dined on 23/3/2014
    Thoroughly recommend this restaurant for an excellent Sunday lunch - good service, food, wine and ambience. Well done!
    Special Features:
    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    James
    Dined on 21/3/2014
    I looked on Google for a restaurant to have a meal before a show at Royal Albert hall. Cote's came up as being just 10 mins stroll away and they had the bonus of a pre theatre special menu. Let's not beat around the bush, this was the best customer service I've ever experienced in 20 years of visiting restaurants: a front of house master class. Such a warm and friendly welcome - but that's not all. The menu, price, quality of food and ambiance were all similarly excellent. Next time we're in London we'll make a point of jumping on the tube here again ( a short walk from Kensington High street tube)
    Special Features:
    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely as usual
    Romy
    Dined on 20/3/2014
    A friend and I popped in here prior to attending a show. The food was delicious, service was friendly and the meal was excellent value!
    Special Features:
    group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance
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  • Great food service could be better
    BirthdayBoy
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We were on a tight schedule pre theatre, and this has been remarked on in the booking notes with Top Table. Service was relaxed and friendly, which we would not have minded normally. Unfortunately we perhaps had not left enough time to totally enjoy the experience, and had to find someone to take our order after 30 mins of arriving. The food was as excellent as usual, and just to the standards expected. Overall good, but a little stressful. Certainly we will return when we have a couple of hours to savour the experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasions, pre/post theatre
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