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.
Sat, Sun 10:00–22:30
Delicious food. Amazing service. Couldn’t fault it.
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.
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
Great steak, very friendly and attentive staff. Reasonably priced. Would go again, thanks for a good experience!
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.
Very friendly staff and good choice of menu - three course of the day very good value
Great welcome, great service & great food
Quiet mid-week so no ambience but then rushed at every stage. Nice food, wide choice and reasonable wine. Attentive staff.
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.
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!
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!
Great service, great food, very reasonably priced. We had a fantastic night out.
Food was very nice and staff were friendly and obliging very nice atmosphere
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.
THe whole experience was worth going to.
Very friendly staff
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.
Great meal - fantastically cooked steaks and generous portions. Look forward to going back !
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.
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
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!
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 .
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.
Lovely restaurant with excellent food, served by friendly and welcoming hosts.
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.
2nd visit and loving the food and service here. Really good value.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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 !
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
The food and service was excellent, I will be going back very soon.
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
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.
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.
Absolutely gorgeous steaks. Brilliant service - cannot think of any drawbacks. Wish it was in my village
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.
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!
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
It was very welcoming, the atmosphere was nice we enjoyed the evening, very nice