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IL Bistro

4.4
99 reviews
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£25 and under
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Steakhouse
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  • Cosy
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
Locally owned and locally loved, IL Bistro is the original bistro in the lanes.
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Bistro
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Hours of Operation
Mon, Sun: 11:30am - 11:00pm
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 11:30am - 3:00pm, 5:30pm - 11:00pm.
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Phone number
01273 324584
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Additional
Banquet, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Wine
What 99 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.6
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 6 days ago

A brilliant place to catch up. The tables are not too close together so you don't feel hemmed in. The food was excellent and well priced. The staff are all friendly and efficient. I would not hesitiate to recommend Il Bistro and will be back again in the future.

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4.0Dined on 11 April 2018

THe whole experience was worth going to.
Very friendly staff

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4.0Dined on 23 March 2018

Great food, lovely atmosphere and the lady who served us was lovely.
It was a great night and a perfect place for talking and catching up.

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4.0Dined on 17 March 2018

Great meal - fantastically cooked steaks and generous portions. Look forward to going back !

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5.0Dined on 17 March 2018

Second year in a row we have used on our anniversary. The food is outstanding and the service is perfect. I would highly recommend this bistro.

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5.0Dined on 8 March 2018

my wife and myself visited il bistro on a Thursday evening , we had a lovely evening and the food was very good, but we found the staff very good , the manager Joe is a great guy and we had a lovely young waitress from Barcelona. I would recommend IL bistro to anyone

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5.0Dined on 24 February 2018

We had a really lovely meal and the staff were both friendly and welcoming - would definitely recommend. One of our party was a Vegan (albeit that we were in a Steak restaurant, I didn't know) but they offered to make him a special dish - that's what I call excellent customer service!

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5.0Dined on 15 February 2018

Excellent evening .
Food very good.
Nice to be able to choose accompliment to main course
Staff very friendly and took time to chat to you .
Would recommend

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5.0Dined on 15 February 2018

Excellent service from extremely polite members of staff. Ambience was lovely and just the right setting for the occasion. Food was delicious and satisfying. Overall, a lovely place for fine dining. The manager was exceptional with customer care and service. Very polite and friendly and made us feel very welcome and comfortable with the right amount of sincerity. Will definitely be returning.

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5.0Dined on 12 February 2018

Lovely restaurant with excellent food, served by friendly and welcoming hosts.

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5.0Dined on 4 February 2018

Went here with my boyfriend for the first time on a sunday and it was really enjoyable. The staff were great and the food was delicious. I would recommend the mussles. The menu had nice variation and there was a good selection of desserts although we were full from the main meal so decided not to have any. Would definitely come back here.

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5.0Dined on 27 January 2018

2nd visit and loving the food and service here. Really good value.

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5.0Dined on 27 January 2018

Fantastic food as usual. I have been many times over the years and it never fails to impress. Owner and waiting staff are very friendly and helpful. It is an old fisherman's cottage in Brighton Lanes and romantic. I would recommend it and give it 5 stars.

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5.0Dined on 19 January 2018

The menu isn't extensive, but that isn't a criticism as less is often more. Everything we had was great - the steaks were excellent, the fries superb and the spinach just-wilted to perfection. Nice starters too, particularly the sardines from the specials board. Sensibly priced side dishes and decent wine choices make this a very good place for dinner.

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5.0Dined on 16 December 2017

Really good find in the heart of the Lanes. Good food and wine, great staff, not made to feel rushed even though restaurant was packed and we were there early .

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4.0Dined on 2 December 2017

This was our first visit. The menu was varied, although the dish chosen from the blackboard was disappointing. However, we had a good table in a buzzy atmosphere. We will go again.

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4.0Dined on 25 November 2017

A nice meal but it’s always a shame when you are sitting next to a table where manager makes a big fuss of the diners and they get extras like lemoncello !

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1.0Dined on 24 November 2017

Service was very good but unfortunately food was bland and poor quality
French onion soup was an oxo cube with a sprinkle of cheese on top and fish and hips were dry and not cooked fresh

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5.0Dined on 18 November 2017

The food and service was excellent, I will be going back very soon.

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4.0Dined on 29 October 2017

Great attention to detail, it’s the little things that make the difference, great food, good service, nice & interment for different occasions, I would go again & again

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4.0Dined on 27 September 2017

Il Bistro is a little gem tucked away in the lanes. The service is attentive without being intrusive and the food is excellent value. Especially good are the Chicken liver pate for starters and the Fish casserole. So often nowadays fish is over salted or has too much hot spice. Not this traditional dish. It has a well balanced, delicious mixture of fish and seafood. I have enjoyed many other dishes in this restaurant - this was just my latest meal. I always visit when I am in Brighton. Single diners like me will feel comfortable here and couples and small groups will find it agreeable.

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5.0Dined on 26 September 2017

A very good steak restaurant with lovely staff who were more than helpful. Also a very good wine list. A place where you can go with friends or business guests and have a good meal and chat. Also said in the lovely Lanes of Brighton.

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5.0Dined on 23 September 2017

Absolutely gorgeous steaks. Brilliant service - cannot think of any drawbacks. Wish it was in my village

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5.0Dined on 21 September 2017

Fantastic meal, the steak was excellent. The service even better. Great guys, running a great restaurant in a great spot.

This will be my regular spot for dinner in Brighton now! Thanks again for as great meal.

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5.0Dined on 16 September 2017

Had a wonderful supper here to celebrate my graduation. Staff were very friendly and even able accommodate our party of 8 20 minutes early, (pouring with rain outside). Delicious, filling food and not too expensive. Lovely atmosphere. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on 9 September 2017

We came here for our sons 10th Birthday they really couldn't have looked after us better! The food was delicious they went out of their way to make sure our nearly 2 year old was ok and well looked after. Thank you

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4.0Dined on 5 September 2017

It was very welcoming, the atmosphere was nice we enjoyed the evening, very nice

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5.0Dined on 2 September 2017

First visit to Il Bistro and will definitely be going back again. Food was lovely and service was very good.

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5.0Dined on 17 August 2017

We booked this restaurant for dinner during an overnight stay in Brighton. The welcome was warm and the room was full of atmosphere and chatter. I had the liver and bacon special and my husband had the T-bone steak. Both were beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. The wine list was good and at reasonable prices. Excellent service from the friendly staff.

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5.0Dined on 31 July 2017

Excellent original bistro in Brighton. Well worth a visit to this cosy restaurant. The food is delicious and the service is superb. Can't wait to go back. A must for any Brighton weekend.

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5.0Dined on 8 July 2017

Could not fault this restaurant with it's delicious food and friendly lovely staff. Very reasonably priced for "top notch" food. Certainly will revisit ❤️

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4.0Dined on 17 June 2017

A great place that had excellent service and fantastic value for money

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5.0Dined on 10 June 2017

As usual in il bistro it was a lovely relaxed evening, great atmosphere and a steak you'll find hard to beat anywhere in Brighton for quality and value. We've been several times and will certainly be back.

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5.0Dined on 2 June 2017

Fantastic place steak was amazing and the staff were really friendly 👍

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3.0Dined on 29 May 2017

The food was average and the prices are high

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5.0Dined on 28 May 2017

Great menu choice with delicious food. Outstanding service and attentive friendly staff. Good quality. Very reasonably priced. Do not live local but would travel back to the area solely for the restaurant. Hidden gem

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1.0Dined on 20 May 2017

Steak was very bad,it wasn't fried steak, it was boiled. I've never tried before so awful meat.

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4.0Dined on 10 May 2017

Great food, chilled atmosphere and the service was good. Was a relatively quiet night and we had a 3 course meal which took in the region of two hours. Was an easy sit in without the feeling of being rushed

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2017

Food was really tasty and good sized portions.
Friendly staff and a good value set menu
Cosy atmosphere but well spaced out tables
Try the prawn filled crepes with a wonderful creamy filling

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5.0Dined on 30 April 2017

Great experience at elegant restaurant in the heart of the lanes. The waiters were outstanding along with the steak. We had a very romantic meal and special thanks to our waiter Joe.

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