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.
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
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
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.
Graduation lunch was perfect! The prosecco is gorgeous
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