IL Bistro

4.5
218 reviews
£25 and under
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 218 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were In Brighton for my wife’s birthday and stumbled across this gem as we were wandering around the lanes. The food was excellent as was the service looking forward to going back next time we are here!

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markd
Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with amazing service
Food was lovely to
Would recommend the Negroni cocktails

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CharlotteR
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were sat upstairs to start with, which wasn’t so nice but then after asking we moved downstairs which was so much better. Much better ambience. We had brilliant food, great service really all very good

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
14 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very comfortable surroundings, excellent service and good food. I would definitely make a return visit.

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Barnes
London
7 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, amazing cocktails and fabulous service.
Had a wonderful evening out.

LB
LindsayB
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and friendly service. I’ll be coming back here again

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ChrisL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service - staff are friendly and fun.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with a really cosy atmosphere. The staff were all so nice and the service was excellent. We had the ribeye steak and grilled salmon, both with seasonal vegetables. We had the banoffee slice with fresh cream for dessert. The food was delicious. We wouldn't hesitate to go again or to recommend.

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NathanW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was really good!!
was really helpful with allergies.

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Zoeg
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fillet steak good.. altho expensive when you add on the extras like chips n sauce. Then 10% tips added to the bill.. :/ that grinds my gears when the meal wasn't cheap

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Jolo
Warwickshire
10 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish the experience was great. We were slightly late for our booking and we were still greeted well by the staff. The service was great, the food fantastic. Will definitely return here when we are next in the area

OT
OpenTable Diner
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. Great service. Food was excellent. We had the steaks. Cooked to perfection. Would highly recommend.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place! wonderful staff made us feel well looked after, and the food was great!

SB
vipSimonB
Oxford
21 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quietly tucked away, good, fresh food, pleasant choice. Worth a visit.

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KevinD
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Afraid to say the only thing Il Bistro gets right is the steak. The rest of the menu is like a journey back to the 70s, when we didn’t know anything about food. Co-op salad with no dressing would be one example. Dreary starters another. And it’s not cheap either. All the sides are extra. £65 a head would get you a lot more at the Coal Shed. Sorry

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LeNaAd
West Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was lovely! The low ceilings with beams and the candle light made for a really warm and cosy atmosphere

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AlisonO
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with friendly staff and atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The management was fantastic he seemed to really enjoying hosting the evening. Made our anniversary a lovely evening to remember.

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RosalynT
North Scotland
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
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
6 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
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.

AC
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
6 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.

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EDHUT
London
6 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.

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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
9 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

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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
3 reviews
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
3 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
2 reviews
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.

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IL Bistro is rated 4.5 stars by 218 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.