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6-7A Market Street, Brighton BN1 1HH, England
+44 1273 324584
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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, Brunch, Lunch, Breakfast, 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
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We stopped here for lunch whilst shopping. Had an italian meat platter to share folloeed by Fishcakes and Fish & Chips. The Fishcakes were made of Salmon, Crab and White fish. They were delicious. Fish & Chips were to die for! A nice thin batter and so light. Generous portions and good value... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 17, 2015
Kirstie R
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Telford, United Kingdom
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farnham
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We came across this little restaurant by chance as I am not keen on large franchised ones. All started well until the waiter brought our drinks, he dropped the bottle of soda water on the floor which bounced up and covered my face eyes hair and top. He laughed and said sorry but no offer of a cloth was made... More 

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Telford, United Kingdom
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10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We stopped here for lunch whilst shopping. Had an italian meat platter to share folloeed by Fishcakes and Fish & Chips. The Fishcakes were made of Salmon, Crab and White fish. They were delicious. Fish & Chips were to die for! A nice thin batter and so light. Generous portions and good value for money.

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Recife, PE
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76 reviews 76 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We enjoyed our visit to this restaurant, located in The Lanes in Brighton. It offers very good food at reasonable prices (try the excellent set lunch). the service was friendly and helpful throughout and the food well presented. Avoid the house wine, though!!

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Dagenham, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

We popped into this restaurant whilst on a weekend visit to Brighton. I had the set menu and my husband had a T Bone steak. The set menu was very good value and had quite a lot of choice on the three courses. The t Bone steak was enormous, even other diners were looking at it when it was put... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

We chose this restaurant last night on the basis of the set menu board outside. 3 courses for £15.95, a good range of choices in the starters and mains more limited for desserts. There were few if any choices for vegetarians (fortunately we didn't have our daughter with us so not a problem) The service was a little slow (there... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Called in with a group for some dinner. The food was fantastic and matched by excellent service. A gem of an independent eatery.

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London
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47 reviews 47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Stopped for breakfast, sitting outside on the lane. Excellent scrambled eggs, we had with smoked salmon as well. Also very good coffee! Limited breakfast menu but worked for us. Friendly staff.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

we have been to Il Bistro on a couple of occasions now we found it by chance one evening, the food menu is a variety of choice and on both occasions the food was delicious, we did not have to book and were seated straight away, the waiter service is also very good I would definitely recommend and have to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Super top knotch breakfast with excellent well trained staff would come back for dinner next time clean and simple decor it could be a little gem

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eastney
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Fish soup was excellent, could have eaten 2 portions! Risotto good flavour but made with ordinary rice, not risotto rice, strange. The flour in the seafood crepe tasted a little underdone? Wine was pretty poor, had a few sips of the merlot but it was the type that upsets stomach, quite acidic; vapolicello was slightly better but very thin; italian... More 

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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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Restaurant Details

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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