IL Bistro

4.6
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201 reviews
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£25 and under
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Steakhouse
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.
What 201 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.8
service
4.4
ambience
4.5
value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t say enough about our my sister in law and myself experience with Il Bistro .

They phoned us to confirm our booking earlier in the day ..

On our way to the restaurant we were lost as it was our first visit to Brighton.

On route we phoned the restaurant to let them know we were lost but hoped to be with them soon ..

What should have taking 15 minutes to walk ,ended up taking us 1 hr 5mins .

It was a very windy night with torrential rain.

We were soaked through and all but giving up ever finding the place when the restaurant called us again,

They asked us where we where , told us to stay where we were and they would come and get us .

The manager came and got us in his uniform,no coat on and took us to the restaurant.

Now ,you might think that the restaurant wasn’t very busy with his kind gesture but when we arrived,the restaurant is over two floors and was full to capacity...

That kind of service was above and beyond, exceptional...

Once we got dried off a bit , we had thee most amazing,delicious food and service.

Couldn’t fault anything about Il Bistro ..

Will definitely be visiting again when back in Brighton..

Thank you ...

Rosalyn & Morag.
Xx

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RD24
Hampshire
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed Avery pleasant meal here. The location is great and the food was good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, lovely food.

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AnitaC
Hertfordshire
6 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food, great service. Small menu covers all bases.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The welcome from the staff was so friendly from the moment we arrived. The food was sensational and the cocktails to finish were great as well! No bad words for Il Bistro, 10/10 would recommend!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First trip to Brighton with my partner and we were pleasantly surprised! The cosy feel with the stoned walls and beamed ceiling - candles adding to the ambience. It was a fantastic evening & the staff were lovely. I believe it’s family owned which added to the experience and service we received. 10/10 would recommend!

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SteveP
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant .The waiter made us very welcome even though we were quite a bit earlier than our booking time. Food was very good and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

ED
EDHUT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice cosy restaurant. Good food and to complement that, fantastic service. Really really good service! Portions are a good size too although I thought the steak should come with chips or salad given the price. But aside from that, it was great.

PG
PhilG
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Ordered calamari which was abit thick and chewy, Arancini were sloppy, I'm scilian so I know a good Arancini! Had the ribeye steak which was poor and sent it back so had the fish and chips as did my partner which was fantastic. Service was very good and understanding. Maybe just unlucky but overall just very average for my visit.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Lovely food and the staff are brilliant. The owner is great fun and it deserves to be fully booked every night. Go it’s a great restaurant.

JS
JacquiS
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was just so perfect. Such lovely attentive, fun waiters. Gorgeous ambience and the food is just divine. So glad to be able to be back dining at Il Bistro X

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LyndaR
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Very relaxed. Great food.

AS
AndrewS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely relaxed and safe environment t9 enjoy great local food on a warm balmy evening .
Great friendly helpful staff
Wine list isn’t extensive but very good

SH
vipStaceyH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Restaurant was nice but extremely hot with no air con or fans

AH
AliciaH
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing... food had full flavour and great timings... definitely book as it is very popular!

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Bethan
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience1

Food was overpriced and average and service was slow, wouldn’t recommend

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food and well located

DT
DandTSJ
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, lovely food. Very attentive & friendly staff. Would definitely book again next time we’re in Brighton

KS
KarenS
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Lovely welcome and knowledgeable staff. Cosy and we saw some regulars being warmly greeted, so they do understand about making customers feel valued. Food was nice enough.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had a lovely meal and the staff were really nice and friendly. It was our first visit and we will go back!

BE
BeckyE
London
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really tasty food and a really nice atmosphere. I would recommend

OT
OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty well presented food with helpful and unintrusive service. Well worth a revisit next time we are in Brighton.

MR
MarkR
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s was prefect for a quite meal with my girlfriend and the food was beautiful

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steak.

MB
MichelleB
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, servers were great considering the large party they had in.
Thank you

HH
HelenH
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food and the lunch time set menu is excellent value. Generous portions, cooked to perfection. Shame the restaurant was quiet but then again it was a rainy Monday !! Would definitely recommend and will be returning soon.

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vipHammy
London
16 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I had a lovely meal here. Food was great. The staff were friendly, approachable and efficient. The ambiance was really good too. I definitely recommend this place.

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Bjsee
London
83 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

what a lovely little restaurant in the Lanes - food was exceptional and the owner's welcome and service was excellent - will definitely go back when in Brighton

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eatwell
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another delicious meal at Il Bistro in Friday. Fantastic food in a lovely restaurant and a special mention has to go out to Joe as he is a great host. Thank you.

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SueO
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and were disappointed. The price-£74 for 2 courses, a beer and a glass of wine we thought very expensive. The garlic bread was stale but the steak was good. The sea bass was also good, but paying extra for vegetables is not on. We live in London and expect better value for our money

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Helenl
Hertfordshire
11 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go every year to celebrate my birthday and anniversary alsway welcome and amazing foog

HM
HelenM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very nice, but don't seem to understand how OpenTable works...

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AdamB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All I can say is fantastic highly recommended for any occasion
Loved it

FB
FrancescaB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great steak in a great little restaurant. Will definitely go here again next time I'm in Brighton.

PH
PHILH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and service. Unfortunately they had run out of Barolo.

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Sabrina
Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was nice, simple drinks request got mixed up and the starter wasn’t what we thought however overall food was nice

SL
StevenL
Nottingham
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

The waitress was rude and when asked to make recommendations she was sarcastic and short tempered.

We did however make an order and the meat quality was very poor. More fat and cartilage rather than meat.

My partners meal was the same, not worth the money paid. I would not recommend this place.

The front of house manager was nice and polite but didn't solve problems just danced around them.

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Yunlong
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very welcoming and relaxing vibe and food was amazing.

HH
HHOUDEN
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good meat/food. The price is not low because you have to order seperate things.

AH
vipAndreaH
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We really enjoyed our meal here. The steaks were cooked well and the meal choices varied. Would definitely recommend.

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IL Bistro is rated 4.6 stars by 201 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.