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About IL Bistro

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.

6 - a Market Street
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1HH
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Bistro

Hours of Operation:
Mon, Sun: 11:30am - 11:00pm
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 11:30am - 3:00pm, 5:30pm - 11:00pm.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
£25 and under

Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
01273 324584

Website:
http://www.ilbistro.co.uk/

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Wine

IL Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (12)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Cosy (10)
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Good for Birthdays (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Romance (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Special Occasions (6)
Casual (6)
Group Bookings (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Authentic (4)
Lunch (4)
Neighbourhood Gem (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Seasonal (2)
Business Meals (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Outdoor Eating (2)
People Watching (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Child Friendly (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (London)·Dined on 26 September 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Authentic
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food5
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 23 September 2017

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

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 (Surrey)·Dined on 21 September 2017

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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food5
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·Dined on 16 September 2017

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!

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 9 September 2017

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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·Dined on 2 September 2017

First visit to Il Bistro and will definitely be going back again. Food was lovely and service was very good.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (London)·Dined on 17 August 2017

We booked this restaurant for dinner during an overnight stay in Brighton. The welcome was warm and the room was full of atmosphere and chatter. I had the liver and bacon special and my husband had the T-bone steak. Both were beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. The wine list was good and at reasonable prices. Excellent service from the friendly staff.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 31 July 2017

Excellent original bistro in Brighton. Well worth a visit to this cosy restaurant. The food is delicious and the service is superb. Can't wait to go back. A must for any Brighton weekend.

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food5
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 (Brighton)·Dined on 8 July 2017

Could not fault this restaurant with it's delicious food and friendly lovely staff. Very reasonably priced for "top notch" food. Certainly will revisit ❤️

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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food5
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 (Brighton)·Dined on 10 June 2017

As usual in il bistro it was a lovely relaxed evening, great atmosphere and a steak you'll find hard to beat anywhere in Brighton for quality and value. We've been several times and will certainly be back.

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food5
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 (Brighton)·Dined on 2 June 2017

Fantastic place steak was amazing and the staff were really friendly 👍

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive
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food5
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 (Kent)·Dined on 28 May 2017

Great menu choice with delicious food. Outstanding service and attentive friendly staff. Good quality. Very reasonably priced. Do not live local but would travel back to the area solely for the restaurant. Hidden gem

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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food4
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 (London)·Dined on 5 May 2017

Food was really tasty and good sized portions.
Friendly staff and a good value set menu
Cosy atmosphere but well spaced out tables
Try the prawn filled crepes with a wonderful creamy filling

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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food5
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service5
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 (London)·Dined on 30 April 2017

Great experience at elegant restaurant in the heart of the lanes. The waiters were outstanding along with the steak. We had a very romantic meal and special thanks to our waiter Joe.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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food5
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 (Dorset)·Dined on 30 April 2017

A cosy family-run restaurant with great food and very friendly service

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 28 April 2017

Loved this place so much we ate there againthe next night. Everything from the food, ambience and service was top notch.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot
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food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 23 April 2017

My partner and I went here for early Sunday dinner- around 5pm.
It was very quiet, only us and another table so the atmosphere was lacking a little.
However we were made to feel really welcome, it didn't feel awkward at all.
The service was great and food was also really good!
Would definitely go back and recommend it to anyone :-)

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Romantic, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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food5
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service5
value5

 
 (London)·Dined on 14 April 2017

One of our favourite restaurants in Brighton, great food and service

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (London)·Dined on 1 April 2017

Loved our night here and will be back!
Friendly and excellent food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 22 March 2017

Absolute Gem! Quality food, staff were polite and friendly! Recommended! Steak was fantastic and great value for money!

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 (Brighton)·Dined on 17 March 2017

All I can say is: You need to visit the place. It's a lovely and very cosy restaurant. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. The music selection was amazing. I will definitely go back to Il Bistro when I return to Brighton

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food5
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 (Brighton)·Dined on 13 February 2017

Well cooked food full of flavours! The staff were attentive and offered a great service! Who knew cabbage in mash potato was so lovely!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 11 February 2017

Wonderful restaurant, great service and food have been coming here for over three years now and love it.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Seasonal
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food5
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service4
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 (Brighton)·Dined on 3 February 2017

Couldn't speak more highly of the gaff! Food was superb and service to match..... 10/10

Tags: Good for a Date
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food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on 30 December 2016

Lovely food, service and atmosphere.

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 (London)·Dined on 8 December 2016

Food was excellent the service was attentive and professional.Felt well looked after. Shall be going back again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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food5
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 (London)·Dined on 18 November 2016

A great restaurant and great service. Had a late lunch which was very tasty and great wines. Would definitely recommend and will go again

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Outstanding Value, Great for Lunch
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food5
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 (Hertfordshire)·Dined on 15 October 2016

Staff were really helpful, Resturant was packed brilliant atmosphere and really good food

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food5
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 (Brighton)·Dined on 15 October 2016

Came here for a birthday celebration. Great service and lovely food.
The staff were very good with my 7 year old boy and cooked him something off menu.
Really impressed with IL Bistro.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive
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food5
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 (Brighton)·Dined on 24 September 2016

Friendly,welcoming staff serving really tasty food. Well worth a visit.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (London)·Dined on 8 August 2016

Great customer service and value for money.

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service4
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 (London)·Dined on 22 July 2016

The atmosphere and friendliness of the restaurant was superb and the food was excellent 👍👍

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vip
 (London)·Dined on 2 May 2016

Everything

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 (Dorset)·Dined on 5 March 2016

Visited before a theatre trip and had a table in the window. Chose from the 3 course set menu, was very tasty, well presented and very good value. Service was attentive but not intrusive...ticked all the right boxes for us and would definitely visit again when in Brighton.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Outstanding Value, Pre/post Theatre
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food5
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service5
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 (Brighton)·Dined on 28 July 2015

The staff was so friendly . the choice on the menu was very good. It was hard to choose it all sound so good.They did not rush you, so you got a chance to eat your food in a relaxed atmosphere.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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food4
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 (Brighton)·Dined on 31 December 2013

I booked this restaurant curious about the restaurants around Brighton. Admittedly it was hard to find the restaurant at first but once we had found it, it turned out it wasnt that hard to find! The restaurant its self had a very homely feeling and we were greeted by friendly staff despite nearly missing our booking. The food was extremely nice and was well worth the price even though it was a bit pricey, i felt that the quality of the food was worth the money and did not regret paying what i did for the bill. If you're looking a nice homely feeling restaurant which quality food this is definitely the restaurant to go to!

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 (Surrey)·Dined on 13 September 2013

The restaurant has a cosy feel and the staff were friendly and attentive. The food was excellent, we especially liked the lobster bisque. We would definitely return to try more dishes.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (London)·Dined on 2 March 2013

Il Bistro has special rooms upstairs that are perfect for private parties. Mike called us in advance to discuss arrangements and to ensure that the elderly people in our group could climb the stairs to the first floor. Really happy that we chose Il Bistro to celebrate our special occasion!

Tags: Good for Groups
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food3
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 (London)·Dined on 26 January 2013

Last minute booking. Good food and very patient staff particularly as we were the last to leave by a long shot.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Outstanding Value
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 (Cornwall)·Dined on 13 October 2010

A return visit and an excellent meal with polite service. Lovely lemon sole and homemade tiramisu were a delight at Il bistro.

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