IL Bistro

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147 reviews
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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.
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EB
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really good food at a reasonable price and very good service. Staff attentive and efficient whilst being friendly and welcoming.

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SH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and welcoming atmosphere. Food excellent

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MW
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A cracking restaraunt that I could sit in for ages Staff are extremly friendly and professional Food is amazing will be going back

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KS
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food at reasonable price. Great service in a nice venue.

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LH
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and outstanding service. Highly recommend!

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KD
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good food and service - bustling popular place

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KH
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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LF
Hertfordshire
95 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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AB
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, atmosphere and excellent management.

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OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic night with friends. Service was friendly and attentive. Food was nice and came quickly. We will be returning.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

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.

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SW
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food excellent service caring and excellent . A comfortable experience

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TJ
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very good service. good food if you order steak order one doness level up from what you would normally would be my recoomendation.

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PC
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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CM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food, nice ambiance, friendly and helpful staff

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e
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit Il Bistro every time we come to Brighton. The food is excellent, especially the steaks and the service is outstanding.

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AH
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant is great, friedly service, good food and nice atmosphere.
I enjoyed my night over there with my girlfriend

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H
Hertfordshire
6 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant, good service, good and amazing food - 3rd time in a row

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WH
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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EH
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DM
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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MG
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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GR
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

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JM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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J
London
11 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lunchtime set menu, good service, value for money, and perfectly cooked food. Will definately visit again when next in Brighton.

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H
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great front of house, very friendly and engaging. The interior could do with a little update however the food was excellent value.

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j
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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PE
London
7 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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

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PH
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and Jo made our night! Will definitely being returning when next in Brighton!! Fantastic!!

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B
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely meal for my birthday, would recommend this restaurant

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MT
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good value and felt valued by the staff. Would defo go again

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TB
Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A cute little setting in an old building with an excellent choice. I would definitely come back here for a special occasion. They treated our party well especially as we had a birthday within the group

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NB
London
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The set menu is great value. Staff are friendly and can't do enough. We escaped the hubbub of Pride and enjoyed delicious fish and chips.

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GP
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Graduation lunch was perfect! The prosecco is gorgeous

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AG
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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AH
London
3 reviews
Dined 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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J
Brighton
5 reviews
Dined 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
4 reviews
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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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