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Cote - Kensington
Cote - Kensington

Cote - Kensington Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cote-restaurants.co.uk/Cote_HSK.html
  • Phone: 0207 938 4147
  • 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

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  • 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. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Value
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutstanding Value
Diner Reviews
  • "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"
    dined on 11/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 09/08/2014
  • "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"
    dined on 02/08/2014
  • "The best prix fixe meal in London. The food is good and it has a real French bistro feeling."
    dined on 30/07/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 27/07/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 15/07/2014
  • "Great wholesome French fare with good service. Strongly recommended for a casual night out or a weekend lunch."
    dined on 07/07/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "Lovely meal at Cote we all had steak or chicken and no problem swapping the sauces. Very nice"
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "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. "
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "Another excellent Sunday lunch - good food, wines and service. There is a real French ambience to the restaurant. Thoroughly recommended."
    dined on 11/05/2014
  • "Very good service, good food and value for money. Always happy to return and to recommend!"
    dined on 07/05/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 05/05/2014
  • "Average food, cheap prices. Nothing special but the value for money."
    dined on 29/04/2014
  • "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. "
    dined on 27/04/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 16/04/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 11/04/2014
  • "Lovely to sit in the sun for pre lunch drink. And then a delightful meal afterwards with good service."
    dined on 11/04/2014
  • "Fantastic food, great service, very good value for money. We liked it so much that we went back the next day."
    dined on 07/04/2014
  • "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. "
    dined on 30/03/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 30/03/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 23/03/2014
  • "Thoroughly recommend this restaurant for an excellent Sunday lunch - good service, food, wine and ambience. Well done!"
    dined on 23/03/2014
  • "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)"
    dined on 21/03/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 11/03/2014
  • "Last Sunday 6 of ate at Cte- Kensington before going to La Boheme at the RAH. The ambience, food and service was very good and the meal was excellent value. We will definitely go there again."
    dined on 09/03/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed out meal at the cote Kensington, booked through top table, attentive staff who looked after us throughout the meal, would definitely recommend for both food and service and hope to return when net in london"
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "We had dinner for five for a friend's birthday. The food was delicious and the staff were fun and accommodating. Would certainly recommend and go again."
    dined on 28/02/2014
  • "We went pre theatre, service was fantastic as was the food."
    dined on 28/02/2014
  • "Food predictable and good value, but, having booked in advance, I was surprised and disappointed to be shown initially to a table in a decidedly undesirable location, tho' there were then plenty of other tables available."
    dined on 21/02/2014
  • "Just off the main High St but like the tardis inside, this restaurant just kept going on back, yet separated into distinct areas each seeming small and intimate. We enjoyed an excellent meal, the scallops were absolutely fantastic, cooked perfectly and our steaks were spot on how we wanted them too. The sauces finished them off great too. Presentation was excellent and service remained attentive without becoming overbearing. A lovely bottle of Chablis rounded off the meal a treat. I am nota fan of service charges automatically added on the bill but this was one occasion where the amount was justified."
    dined on 18/02/2014
  • "We were Staying at the Royal Garden Hotel and ate at Cote on our second night having ate at The Min Jiang (excellent Chinese in the Royal Garden)on our first night.Everything about Cote was superb,from the warm welcome through to the really good service and excellent food.Cote is opposite the Royal Garden and is a relaxed and enjoyable experience at half the price of the Min Jiang."
    dined on 15/02/2014
  • "Went here with friends before the theatre. Nice food, kind staff and very reasonably priced. Only about a 10 mins walk from Royal Albert Hall."
    dined on 08/02/2014
  • "LOVED this place! service excellent, food really tasty, great for a romantic dinner. I dont have anything bad to say. i really loved it, and would recommend to anyone..."
    dined on 08/02/2014
  • "In the past week I have eaten twice at Cote - Kensington. It offers excellent value, but it does get a bit crowded, with tables quite close to one another. The food is good and wholesome. The wines offer a great selection and start at about £15 a bottle. Attentive service."
    dined on 04/02/2014
  • "You know what you're going to get at Cote - and invariably you get it. This was a rare opportunity for my wife and I to leave the kids behind and get to a restaurant. We wanted nice food in a good and romantic atmosphere and this is what we got. We both had the Crab with Sourdough bread which was a good start. I had the cassoulet which was rich and delicious; my wife had the classic steak frite. The service was attentive but not intrusive and we both left full without too big a hole in my wallet."
    dined on 30/01/2014
  • "My husband and I went here before a show at The Royal Albert Hall. We arrived for an early dinner and ordered from the pre theatre menu, which was small but choice enough. The food was great and I would definitely recommend if you're looking for a quick bite to eat. Service was fantastic and food promptly delivered so we could get to the show."
    dined on 30/01/2014
  • "My friends and I had the pre theatre menu before going to the Royal Albert Hall. There was a lot of choice for the set menu - 2 courses for £9.95! Food was lovely and so was the atmosphere. I will definately be back!"
    dined on 29/01/2014
  • "I've been to both the Kensington & Eser restaurants and both were fantastic. The prices are moderate but it's definitely worth paying a little more as the food is amazing. I'd certainly pick this restaurant of Pizza Express / Prezzo etc. Service was friendly & fast considering how busy they always are. Thank you for a lovely meal!"
    dined on 25/01/2014
  • "We went to Cote prior to going to going to the Royal Albert Hall. It was a smart inviting restaurant and very good value for both food and drink. Service was quick and efficient even though they were fully booked."
    dined on 24/01/2014