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IL Bistro

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6-7A Market Street, Brighton BN1 1HH, England
+44 1273 324584
11:30 - 22:30
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Sun 10:00 - 22:30
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:30
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Spent a very enjoyable evening at Il Bistro. The staff were very friendly and professional and the service was excellent. The meal was good value for money, with plenty of choice for each course. Each diner had a dish of fresh vegetables to accompany their meal. I really enjoyed my white fish with money sauce starter, and had a huge... More 

Thank Diana W
Enniskillen, United Kingdom
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422 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I ate here with the family last week. The staff were very efficient, the food was excellent and the ambience was great. They have a selection of table d'hôte special menus that you are not supposed to swap and change from but the waiter was very good to us and very creative with his interpretation (I sense this is the... More 

Thank John M
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

really enjoyed my meal here, had Chicken in a blue cheese sauce from the specials board and it was great. Staff were attentive without being all over you and everyone in our party enjoyed their meals

Thank Sunshine_Snookums
Enniskillen, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely meal! Had the Fish and chips. Delicious and Fresh. Husband had a pork chop and son had lamb chops. All equally nice!

Thank AnjaIreland
London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Located in the south Lanes, Il Bistro is in a lovely location only a short walk from the pier. Once a fishermans cottage the decor is a mix of traditional and modern. There is a choice of a la carte or 2/3 course set menus. We went for the set menus and weren't disappointed. The table service from the father... More 

Thank Shaun M
Over, Cambridge.
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fabulous bistro, nestled in the west lanes of Brighton. We have eaten here three times, and never been disappointed... Joe, the manager/owner remembered us from our first visit, and is friendly, chatty and courteous all in one go! Nothing too much trouble! Food is excellent,we love everything on the menu, and is excellent value for money! Great service, food and... More 

Thank Car0leP
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a weekend in Brighton, looking for a non chain place to eat and stumbled across il bistro, on arrival we were given a table upstairs which was looked after by Jerry. Nice cosy surroundings Jerry was helpful but not overbearing which is really nice for a change, food arrived quickly and was exactly as ordered. Polished off with a... More 

Thank dagaffa
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

when I went to eat at this restaurant the food was really yummy. the drink was refreshing and the staff were very helpful. overall I like the place and will hopefully.. return soon

Thank Kamyar A
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21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Five of us sat down on the satutday the 21st what a great meal we all had three courses and coffee with complimentary liquor to finish, me I had sardines to start, with Mussles for the main course others had fish casserole and steak, desserts were as you wanted Great place will return in a few weeks, thoughley recommended

Thank Presidentpeter
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked the restaurant for a private party and the service was excellent from the beginning to the end, they treated us amazing and the food is great! This is a great restaurant, very reasonably priced! Joe and his team are simply the best in Brighton. We will definitely come back!

Thank Karina M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$37
Steakhouse, European, British
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Cheap Eats, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6-7A Market Street, Brighton BN1 1HH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Sussex  >  Brighton and Hove  >  Brighton
  • Phone Number: +44 1273 324584
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 scotch steaks, 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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?