IL Bistro

4.4
112 reviews
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£25 and under
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Steakhouse
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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–Fri 11:30–22:00
Sat, Sun 10:00–22:30
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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
Reviews from verified diners
112 reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
56%
Very Good
33%
Good
5%
Fair
3%
Poor
2%
4.3
food
4.6
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Quiet
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AG
Oxford
5.0Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Amazing service. Couldn’t fault it.

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AH
London
3.0Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Sardine starter was excellent tasting fresh and well presented. Service was good and staff well presented and polite. Sadly the mains were bland and not good at all. The liver and bacon was a sea of brown gravy with the liver being over cooked. My partners chicken again was bland. The meal with a bottle of win was reasonably priced. We both walked away disappointed by the mains, there are so many good restaurants in Brighton and Hove we will not be back.

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OT
5.0Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal, all staff were excellent. Can’t wait for an excuse to go again! Have already recommended it to a couple of friends

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TT
London
5.0Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great steak, very friendly and attentive staff. Reasonably priced. Would go again, thanks for a good experience!

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HI
2.0Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Nice restaurant setting, excellent service but let down by some below average meals. Both starters (soup & bisque) and mains (steak & lamb) were below the quality expected for the prices charged by the restaurant.

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b
5.0Dined on 17 May 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff and good choice of menu - three course of the day very good value

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Essex
5.0Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great welcome, great service & great food

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GW
London
3.0Dined on 9 May 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Quiet mid-week so no ambience but then rushed at every stage. Nice food, wide choice and reasonable wine. Attentive staff.

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N
London
5.0Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant doesn't over-stretch itself on the menu options, so it's able to be excellent at the options that it does offer and for a very good price. Four of us had three different options and everything we had was great. Definitely somewhere to return to.

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OT
London
4.0Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Came for a wedding anniversary. Food was mostly ok. Steaks very nice. Staff very friendly and accommodating.

My gripe with this kind of menu is why serve nothing with a steak. Including just one side would not only not look so ridiculous when the plate is grout to the table, avoid unnecessary clutter of smaller side dishes on an already tiny table but also not appear sneaky on pricing. I’m sure the steaks are worth the price. They were good and well cooked by how much does a potato or some spinach really cost? Just include it!

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RD
5.0Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it! The level of service we received was amazing, and we genuinely felt like valued customers. The general vibe was great too very cosy yet allowed us to have our romantic anniversary meal. The servers were really great too constantly smiling which made us feel more comfortable. 1000% we will be coming back soon!

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OT
5.0Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, great food, very reasonably priced. We had a fantastic night out.

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J
4.0Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very nice and staff were friendly and obliging very nice atmosphere

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AO
4.0Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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s
East Sussex
4.0Dined on 11 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

THe whole experience was worth going to.
Very friendly staff

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LP
London
4.0Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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JG
London
4.0Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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

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MD
5.0Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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j
5.0Dined on 8 March 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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F
London
5.0Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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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CH
Brighton
5.0Dined on 15 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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BS
Brighton
5.0Dined on 15 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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e
London
5.0Dined on 12 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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SM
Brighton
5.0Dined on 4 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Brighton
5.0Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Brighton
5.0Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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N
London
5.0Dined on 19 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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JH
Brighton
5.0Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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DM
London
4.0Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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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J
London
4.0Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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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B
San Francisco
1.0Dined on 24 November 2017
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

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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N
London
5.0Dined on 18 November 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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San Francisco
4.0Dined on 29 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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M
London
4.0Dined on 27 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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SM
London
5.0Dined on 26 September 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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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B
London
5.0Dined on 23 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Surrey
5.0Dined on 21 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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Surrey
5.0Dined on 16 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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j
Hampshire
5.0Dined on 9 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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San Francisco
4.0Dined on 5 September 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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