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Reviewed April 27, 2024 via mobile

Excellent restaurant and top quality food at reasonable prices.Well worth a visit you will not be disappointed. I opted for the crab soup and then the beef bourguignon and they were well presented and top quality. Good varied menu and the vodka sorbet was amazing.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed March 30, 2024

Sunny day called in after seaside walk to sit outside for a lite snack. Limited to around 16 seats outside. All food made by owner chef Frank. Freshly prepared I had a lovely cool salad Nicoise with white wine. Cash only no plastic!

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed March 27, 2024

Been going to Bistro Gourmand (otherwise known as Chez Franck) for some years and it's consistently excellent - don't know how he manages it. Since the beginning of February the Bistro's been closed for freshening-up but is reopening in time for the Easter weekend; and...after a peek the other day I was reassured to see the authentic French ambiance has been well preserved. It's friendly, with wonderful food at very reasonable prices. Franck is tolerant of clients practising our poor French, and well-behaved dogs are welcome!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed June 18, 2023

A remarkably consistent degree of excellence in food and service within a genuine French environment. Very wide choice of menu and wines. The tender steak surpasses expectations and the dessert ice creams and sorbets are first class.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed April 27, 2023 via mobile

What a fantastic restaurant! I actually forgot how to really enjoy a restaurant with no time limits. On Saturday night, we had the table for as long as we wanted with no rush or pressure to eat and get out. The ambience really was to...sit, eat, drink and enjoy the night and we certainly did. It is not very often oxtail is on the menu and it proved a fantastic choice. It was cooked to perfection and the meat fell off the bone. Our friend’s veal chop was amazing and again cooked to perfection. There so much good variety in this restaurant, it is difficult to chose but know what I will be trying the next time or then again, who knows what great specials will be on offer. Food and the service was excellent and the recommendations were spot on. Looking forward to the next visit.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed April 8, 2023

Excellent food freshly cooked Vibrant atmosphere Traditional French cuisine personal service from staff who care about your enjoyment of the food.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed February 25, 2023

We have been to this restaurant a number of times either for lunch or dinner. We can say without any exception that the food delivered has always been top quality along with the service, an excellent menu and drinks list and a very relaxed ambience....My wife and I booked for a Friday evening table for 2. We both chose crayfish and avocado as a starter and then for mains lamb shank and braised oxtail in red wine. I will highly recommended the lamb shank but everything was top class. All washed down with a quality bottle of house red +. The restaurant was full which is always a good sign considering the current climate. This is not a fast food establishment so you will need to set aside a few precious hours. Please note - you will need to book.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed January 14, 2023

I had a very tall order as my Wife really wanted Coq Au Vin and living near Haywards Heath after searching I very quickly found that I had very little chance of making her wish come true! Naturally I started looking across the Brighton area...as it is close by to us. After an extensive search I broadened my search area and came across what can only be described as an absolute gem!! Not only was my Wife's Coq Au Vin to her absolute delight, so was my Rib Eye Steak, as were our Mussels for starter and then our absolutely delicious deserts. The service was nothing short of exceptional for the entire meal. We will be returning for sure as we both now would like to work our way through the menu. Absolutely exceptional!! Thank you so much.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed November 8, 2022 via mobile

Seems as though the owner doesn't want custom, rude dismissive, seems to select his customers. Typical of this place, Rottingdean. So no I haven't tried it, tried to book a couple of times, the owner put me off. Better off getting the Chinese next door...at least they smile are courteous etc. Sorry not sorry.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed November 3, 2022 via mobile

Authentic style family run bistro with the chef Franck cooking up a delicious evening meal. No set menu but a la carte dishes were reasonably priced. We enjoyed the atmosphere and the housewine was excellent. Shared our starters of baked camembert and ratatouille tart which...helped the wait for the main courses of pheasant, magret of duck and halibut. Vegetables minimal. Desserts were amazing. Service personable but slightly slow due to the fact everyone arrived at 7 30pm so we were the last to be served. Obviously frequented by locals. We will definitely return.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed October 30, 2022 via mobile

Great food, great service and lovely ambiance. Central Rottingdean location with A varied, interesting menu. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 27, 2022 via mobile

One of the best restaurants we have ever been too and certainly the best French restaurant. We were warmly welcomed by Sue, who has worked for Franck (owner and chef) for several years. We were able to choose where we sat as we arrived early...enough. The evening did not disappoint. Freshly cooked, local and well presented food accompanied with a very good French red wine. Very good value for money. Three courses and a bottle of wine and still change under a £100! (note, cash only). This was our first visit and certainly won't be our last.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 15, 2022

Approx 2 miles out of Brighton city centre on the main coast road you will find Rottingdean , just off the Main Street you will find this magnificent restaurant , the food is cooked to order and you will not find anything frozen its all...fresh , I had the veal Chop and my friend had the monkfish it was excellent, the wines are very good and the service is faultless , we will be back and very soon .More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed March 20, 2022

This restaurant is definitely an absolutely hidden local favourite. It is small, the atmosphere charming and food completely authentically French and absolutely delicious. We were both surprised and delighted by our visit and look forward to coming back.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 11, 2022

Four of us dined here last night, it was a lovely experience. All the tables were booked for 7:30 and I wondered how the chef & staff would cope with all the parties arriving at once. They did - very efficiently, clearly a very well...organised operation. Our waitress was friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. The menu was up on the blackboard and was extensive - we all had different starters and mains and all were beautifully presented, piping hot and delicious. All our dishes arrived simultaneously. Dessert options were listed by our waitress and we shared two. The profiteroles were lovely, the raspberry slice looked divine. A very enjoyable evening with delicious food and good company. We will be back!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Hi, I think it probably is. Sine you must book in advance to eat there then you might as well ask the owner.
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I have never seen a dog in the restaurant, but neither do I recall a sign to say that they are not allowed. Generally the French do allow dogs in bistros. I would give them a call.
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