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6-7A Market Street, Brighton BN1 1HH, England
+44 1273 324584
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Today
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: Tucked away amongst Brighton's famous lanes on Market Street is Il Bistro...
Tucked away amongst Brighton's famous lanes on Market Street is Il Bistro, a charming restaurant set in an old fisherman's cottage only moments from the sea. Specialising in Mediterranean cuisine, using the best available seafood, scotch steaks and prime cut meats. Il Bistro first opened its doors back in 1975 and has been a hit with local foodies ever since. The dining room with whitewashed walls and beamed ceilings is popular for business lunches and family get togethers. Il Bistro offers pre-theatre meals as well as an A La Carte menu featuring classics such as Gambas a la Pil Pil, steaks such as sirloin, rib eye, t-bone and fillet, succulent sussex pork chop and various other meat and seafood dishes.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Nice meal

Nice meal, very nice and very helpful staff, I had the filet steak and my girlfriend had the seabass both very good meal obviously all very fresh.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
daniel m
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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English first
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

We stumbled across this beautiful place, the staff were very attentive but not over nosey! I had the minute steak which was perfectly cooked and the chips were lovely, we also had the lamb which was stunning with black cherry sauce. Great value for money, warm service and beautiful atmosphere! Perfection!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

My 2 teenage boys and I had a really lovely time at il Bistro, the 3 course dinner was excellent value as were the a la carte options. The various seafood starters were very tasty and the Liver and Bacon mains was superb. The wine list was excellent and the whole experience would have not been out of place in... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We went for dinner at Il Bistro at the weekend. The location is great but the food lacks any interest. Everything was warm and well presented but the food lacked any imagination.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Passed this place many times when visiting Brighton but never really thought about going in, last weekend we were looking for somewhere to eat Saturday evening so popped in to book a table. The staff were friendly, Joe came to our table to take our order and advised us on our choices. The food was served very quickly, I had... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

With a miriad of places to choose for lunch, thank goodness for Il Bistro. We opted for the 2 course lunch. My chicken liver pate was lovely, but the fish and chips to follow was gobsmackingly good. So fresh, so moist and boneless, i would insist on having it again on a future visit. Indeed it should be the law... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Nice meal, very nice and very helpful staff, I had the filet steak and my girlfriend had the seabass both very good meal obviously all very fresh.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This is a loverly brasserie in Brighton's Lanes. 18th century quirkiness with great staff who know what there doing with a good menu. Steaks and fish are staples but the liver and bacon was to die for when we visited this week... Some very nice wines as well that won't break the bank for a change... Excellent and we'll be... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

My friend and I came across this lovely restaurant whilst looking to have lunch. We decided to go for the two-course lunch deal priced at £10 per head accompanied by a bottle of Pino Grigio. After devouring a very delicious mozzarella salad, we decided to have the fish and chips for our main course and were not disappointed. We ate... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

We ate here on a Saturday night in July we hadn't booked so we were turned away from Another restaurant. Small restaurant so tables very close to one another however nice ambience.Mainly French cuisine on menu.Service was very professional and friendly . food was however very average.Had king prawns in a hot garlic and chilli infused oil.prawns were ok but... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Ambiance : perfect. Everything was great. If you want a cosy atmosphere, good food and wine then go. I found the place quite romantic as well so I would say it's perfect for a dinner out with your other half.

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Additional Information about Il Bistro Restaurant

Address: 6-7A Market Street, Brighton BN1 1HH, England
Phone Number: +44 1273 324584
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Sussex  >  Brighton and Hove  >  Brighton
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 16 - 47
Cuisine: Steakhouse, Mediterranean

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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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 16 - 47
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Mediterranean

Description

Tucked away amongst Brighton's famous lanes on Market Street is Il Bistro, a charming restaurant set in an old fisherman's cottage only moments from the sea. Specialising in Mediterranean cuisine, using the best available seafood, scotch steaks and prime cut meats. Il Bistro first opened its doors back in 1975 and has been a hit with local foodies ever since. The dining room with whitewashed walls and beamed ceilings is popular for business lunches and family get togethers. Il Bistro offers pre-theatre meals as well as an A La Carte menu featuring classics such as Gambas a la Pil Pil, steaks such as sirloin, rib eye, t-bone and fillet, succulent sussex pork chop and various other meat and seafood dishes.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm

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