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6-7A Market Street, Brighton BN1 1HH, England
01273 324 584
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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 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Tucked away amongst Brighton's famous laneways on Market Street is Il...
Tucked away amongst Brighton's famous laneways on Market Street is Il Bistro, a charming restaurant set in an old fisherman's cottage only moments from the sea. Specialising in Mediterranean fare and fresh fish, 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, beamed ceilings and potted plants – is popular for business lunches and family get-togethers, and Il Bistro offers pre-theatre meals as well as a down-to-earth a la carte menu featuring classics such as Gambas a la Pil Pil – king prawns cooked in garlic, olive oil and chilli; and the Aubergine al Forno – baked layers of fresh aubergine filled with mozzarella, Parmesan and tomatoes.
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Visitor rating
  • 36
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Valentines Meal

I've been meaning to write this review for a while but have literally only just got round to do it! My partner and I were told about this little 'goldmine' and decided to give it a go......we were pleasantly surprised! We were shown to our table by Joe which was a table in the window and given... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
MazzaMc1
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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132 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

I've been meaning to write this review for a while but have literally only just got round to do it! My partner and I were told about this little 'goldmine' and decided to give it a go......we were pleasantly surprised! We were shown to our table by Joe which was a table in the window and given our menus. We... More 

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I went here for lunch with my two kids, 12 and 14. The service was fantastic and the food was glorious. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. The price was great too. We shall be back!!

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west midlands
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99 reviews 99 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We were staying in Eastbourne and on a day trip to Brighton found this lovely little place for lunch, the food was very good as was the atmosphere the waiter or owner(not sure which) was very pleasant and helpful if in Brighton again we will be back and would certainly recommend it.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We have just one back from this Resturant as a last minute hp ice on a very wet and windy evening in Brighton. Made welcome and seated quickly . We chose the set menu, 3 courses for £15.00. Good choice and arrived quickly . I has chicken liver pate, fish and chips then profiteroles and cream. My husband had leek... More 

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Luton, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Good honest and straightforward food, old style venue and music. Certainly left with a full tummy and thinking I had a good value meal.

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Not tried before, took the family for lunch. Great food, the meatballs were very nice! Not very expensive, would come again

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Have lived in Brighton 8 years and never noticed this little place before. Visited for lunch on valentines day as the set menu looked good (and there was a free table!). Whilst the bistro itself reminded me of an old style tea room, we were both surprised at the quality of the food. My fish starter was delicious and the... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Great food, great service, great evening. Thank you for taking care of us. The steaks were amazing as was the Eton mess.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

I had lunch here...very tasty light fish served and friendly service too...only thing missing is that maybe a few more veggie options available on the menu? Would go there again :)

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 via mobile

Have lived in the area for many years. Went to Il Bistro with my wife a couple of nights ago, as we couldn't get in anywhere else, foolishly not having booked. The ease with which we got a table on Saturday eve should have immediately set alarm bells ringing, but as it was freezing outside and we were both starving... More 

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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: 01273 324 584

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 38 - 54
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Description

Tucked away amongst Brighton's famous laneways on Market Street is Il Bistro, a charming restaurant set in an old fisherman's cottage only moments from the sea. Specialising in Mediterranean fare and fresh fish, 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, beamed ceilings and potted plants – is popular for business lunches and family get-togethers, and Il Bistro offers pre-theatre meals as well as a down-to-earth a la carte menu featuring classics such as Gambas a la Pil Pil – king prawns cooked in garlic, olive oil and chilli; and the Aubergine al Forno – baked layers of fresh aubergine filled with mozzarella, Parmesan and tomatoes.
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
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?