IL Bistro

4.4
127 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–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
What 127 People Are Saying
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DM
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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
4 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
3 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
6 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
3 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
3 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
3 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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b
1 review
Dined 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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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great welcome, great service & great food

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GW
London
69 reviews
Dined 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
129 reviews
Dined 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
3 reviews
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
2 reviews
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
19 reviews
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
3 reviews
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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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