A family run steakhouse brasserie that specialises in the best available British beef, prime cut meats and seafood dishes.
IL Bistro has worked with local food suppliers since 1976
and prides itself on being one of the longest serving independent restaurants in Brighton.
Set in a fisherman's cottage which dates back to the 18th century in the reign of George I the restaurant is situated in the heart of the lanes in Market street and is within walking distance from the beach, Churchill square, the Royal Pavilion and the Theatre Royal and is open for pre theatre dining, breakfast and lunches seven days a week.
Had booked IL Bistro because of recommendation so had high expectations. We had reserved a table for 9.00pm and we're sat in a small table in the corner next to the stairs, not the best start. Next we were informed that they had run out of 4 of the dishes available...including the fillet steak which we definitely wanted. For 9pm on a weekend this seems a bit crazy.
We order the seafood bisque which was just good and french onion soup which was average. For mains we had seafood rice was was huge and had a lot of seafood in it. This was good value for the price. We also had the chicken of the specials menu which was tasty but nothing unique
Service was great and very attentive, there was also a good wine list that was reasonably priced.
In conclusion we had a good night and some good value food. However with so many other options around I probably won't go back.
Other than the slightly odd bread basket with prepackaged butter and enormous slabs of bread, the food was delicious. We had amazing steaks here and excellent wine. Pudding was also very good, although I was left disappointed that the restaurant completely ignored my request to put a candle in it, as it was my boyfriend’s 30th birthday. A little acknowledgment would have been nice, as most other good restaurants listen to birthday requests, especially big ones. I had asked prior to our meal as well. Food and ambience were very good but wish I’d taken him somewhere else for the special occasion.
Great service and food and wine! Would return for sure.
My wife could NOT chew the Lamb
I host a dining group called Brighton Dining with Friends and I was conducting a recce to see if Il Bistro was good enough to introduce to my members. The best way to describe the restaurant is good but not very good or great or excellent.
The staff were very nice and the ambience was good. The price was all right for what we had. I gather that it is a family-run restaurant. However, the food was average. My friend and I tried butterflied sardines to start. They weren't bad but lacked the gutsy flavour that sardines usually have. This may because they were frozen. They had been sourced in Scotland so it is likely that they were stored for a while and frozen.
As a main course I chose a seafood stew. Again, it was edible but didn't excite my palate. The tomato base tasted a bit like a tinned tomato soup. My friend had Riso seafood and felt the same about it. In fact, he thought that the sauce tasted remarkably like the soup base of my dish. We had a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc which was all right.
In short, and whilst it wasn't bad, it isn't up to the standard that our members expect and we won't be putting this restaurant on the list in this year. This is disappointing. I generally review restaurants and will try it again next year to see if it has improved.
Went to IL Bistro for a early evening meal for mothers day. The whole family enjoyed the meal. A relatively simple menu, with every thing very tasty and cooked very well. The servers were friendly and helpful. A enjoyable experience.
Lovely little restaurant, excellent food at a reasonable price and very good service, would definitely recommended but make sure you book in advance, will 100% use this little gem again.
Staff amazing and accommodating
4 years on a row
Really good food at a reasonable price and very good service. Staff attentive and efficient whilst being friendly and welcoming.
Excellent service and welcoming atmosphere. Food excellent
A cracking restaraunt that I could sit in for ages Staff are extremly friendly and professional Food is amazing will be going back
Lovely food at reasonable price. Great service in a nice venue.
Delicious food and outstanding service. Highly recommend!
Good food and service - bustling popular place
Good food and friendly service. This was a one-off visit for us as we were visiting Brighton, but we would definitely consider Il Bistro again if we were back in Brighton.
Good find for a pre theatre meal. I chose the set menu which was really good food and value for money. Large portions for tomato and mozzarella salad and lasagne. Very friendly staff and good atmosphere.
Wonderful food, atmosphere and excellent management.
Fantastic night with friends. Service was friendly and attentive. Food was nice and came quickly. We will be returning.
Met a friend here for lunch. The food was good and menu was ambitious. I had pâté for first course, fish cakes for second course and skipped dessert or cheese. I can recommend both options, although I felt the fish cakes served with sweet chilli dipping sauce was simplistic and would have been better with a more interesting purée. However I felt that the dining experience let down this restaurant. The interior was drab and the chairs were worn. There was no ambience and the experience felt akin to a harvester or chain pub. I did not feel this befitting of the quality of food served which was very good to outstanding, if perhaps lacking some creativity. I would definitely visit again but only if the interior is refreshed and experience improved.
Food excellent service caring and excellent . A comfortable experience
very good service. good food if you order steak order one doness level up from what you would normally would be my recoomendation.
We were in Brighton for a couple of days to celebrate my wife's birthday, while walking through the lanes we spotted the bill board outside following our visit to the pavilion. We liked the fixed meal option but then checked out further menu options on line. We booked for the evening and were very happy with all aspects of the restaurant. Will definately recommend to others, and visit again on future visits to Brighton
Lovely food, nice ambiance, friendly and helpful staff
We visit Il Bistro every time we come to Brighton. The food is excellent, especially the steaks and the service is outstanding.
Restaurant is great, friedly service, good food and nice atmosphere.
I enjoyed my night over there with my girlfriend
Brilliant, good service, good and amazing food - 3rd time in a row
Cosy bistro style restaurant in the heart of Brighton's Laines area. Excellent service and good quality food.
Steaks are the main focus but there are good fish options as well as daily specials.
Would recommend to anyone looking for good food in Brighton.
Absolutely amazing we will defo be going back as soon as we visit Brighton again, can’t fault it food was superb staff were lovely too
We went here for my partner's birthday and she was very pleased. The food was really good and we opted for the set menu which provides really good value for money. Staff was friendly and the patron was a very interesting chap to talk to. Will definitely go again and take more people there.
Was lovely meal and service by the staff. Seafood was really good and the steak was cooked to perfection. If you're looking for a nice smallish restaurant in the Lanes area if highly recommended this restaurant.
We had 2 T Bone steaks which were OK not fantastic. The rest of the meals were good.
The staff were great, friendly and efficient.
THE DOWNSIDE. They added gratuities to the bill!!
This is the UK not USA and I DO give depending on the quality of food & level of service.
I always avoid restaurants who automatically add gratuities.
I realise I could have asked for it to be removed, however, I was with other family members and didn't want to seem to be awkward.
Found this little gem on TA and so glad we booked a table. The steaks were superb and the deserts were on the very generous side.
Will be going back when next in Brighton
Excellent lunchtime set menu, good service, value for money, and perfectly cooked food. Will definately visit again when next in Brighton.
1st time in Brighton book restaurant on line good steak for me and good fish for my wife was in on Saturday call on Sunday night again 1st class service and good food. Would call again Regards John H
Great front of house, very friendly and engaging. The interior could do with a little update however the food was excellent value.
we were visiting Brighton for the weekend and booked in advance. we would certainly visit again the food was excellent and the service implacable. Booking was clearly the right thing to do as the restaurant was not surprisingly popular.
Lovely place with great service. Staff were keen to accommodate some food allergies and managed to produce some nice alternatives. Unfortunately the calamari fritti was bland and ‘doughy’.
Overall a very nice experience
Amazing food and Jo made our night! Will definitely being returning when next in Brighton!! Fantastic!!
We had a lovely meal for my birthday, would recommend this restaurant
Good value and felt valued by the staff. Would defo go again