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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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3 reviews
Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Me and my partner went for dinner and had one of the worst dining experiences we've ever had. We went for a sirloin and a fillet steak, both medium rare, with colcannon and spinach on the side and a peppercorn sauce. We were going to order wine as well, but the list looked terrible, with very little information about the... More 

Thank Jade H
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited this bistro as a 'tastecard' option and were pleased with the choice. On a sunny day it added to the atmosphere to sit outside and watch the world go by. Whilst advertised as a steak house, it does a variety of dishes across three menus : £10 two course menu, à la carte and specials menu. Fishes cakes... More 

Thank Christopher_Heaney
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79 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Recently visited the IL BISTRO a couple of weeks ago when on a day trip to Brighton. I knew the lanes from my university days but stumbled upon this fabulous restaurant due to their lunchtime set menu. The restaurant itself is lovely and inviting, and the food was terrific. Especially for two courses for £10. I enjoyed the French Onion... More 

Thank TeddingtonAudiTT
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Probably the best fillet steak I have had. Reasonably priced, lovely wine. Tucked away in The Lanes in Brighton... Perfect for a romantic evening :)

1 Thank Sarah B
Cheadle Hulme, United Kingdom
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111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Dined here with a group of people, overall group was very positive on food and service. I had the fish cakes to start which were a little bland and lacking taste although hot, for mains I tried the mussels from what is a very nice menu. A number of the mussels on the top were bordering on cold and they... More 

Thank MinecraftSteve
Staines, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent meal and friendly service. Will come again! Prawns and smoked salmon starter was superb as was steak and tiramasu for afters!

Thank RuthFogg
Burgess Hill
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came upon this gem by chance and what a fantastic little restaurant in the heart of Brighton. The food was extremely well cooked and presented, calamari, lamb chops, liver and bacon. Generous portions and taste heavenly. (They also do set menus at great prices too). Service was great and friendly, made you feel at home We will be back

Thank Graeme80
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I were umming and aahing about where to eat as we walked around the lanes in Brighton. The amount of restaurants to choose from is unbelievable, but in the end we settled for IL Bistro, a small family run Bistro in the heart of The Lanes. We went for the two courses for £10.00 menu. My wife... More 

Thank Michael N
London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came for a dinner with my partner. He had a tomato and red pepper chicken dish and I had a chicken and blue sauce dish from the specials menu. Both enjoyed our dinner, the blue cheese sauce was lacking on the blue cheese side but was still nice. I had colcannon rather than new potatoes and that was also delicious.... More 

Thank Kathryn S
Essex, UK
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a lovely late lunch here, with beautifully cooked steaks. We'll definitely go back one evening next time we are in the area. Highly recommend the lunch time deal of two courses for £10 too. Also enjoyed the French Onion Soup and amazing Tiramisu.

Thank KECEssex

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 13 - US$ 39
Steakhouse, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
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?