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IL Bistro

6-7A Market Street, Brighton BN1 1HH, England
+44 1273 324584
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good31%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“steak” (53 reviews)
“pate” (16 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 - 23:00All hours
Steakhouse, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
6-7A Market Street, Brighton BN1 1HH, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic local family run restaurant. Food choice and quality excellent. The restaurant was full and buzzing and provided a great atmosphere to celebrate. Well done to the excellent staff who were friendly, welcoming and made the evening very special.

Thank Kevan T
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were celebrating my father in laws 80th birthday and had the private dining room upstairs. It was absolutely wonderful from start to end. Joe had kindly decorated the room with banners and balloons that we had dropped off a couple of days before. Joe...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were looking for a quiet, impromptu, romantic meal, and saw il bistro had plenty of empty tables. We asked if they could accommodate us outside (only 1 of the 6 tables were in use), but before we could finish the question, the dismissive, arrogant,...More

Thank CarteBlanche1217
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food and service, enjoyed by three generations even if the youngest did just have a tomato. Various starters including prawn cocktail, prawn pil pil and a meat platter. Followed by salmon and three steaks - each meal thoroughly enjoyed. Owner/manager and other staff professional...More

Thank Geldiniho
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great welcome, great service, pleasant atmosphere...but the food was VERY average. Overall we were disappointed and will not return. Food was bland, under-seasoned and to be honest we could have done much better at home! Starter: Prawn Pil Pil was OK but we have had...More

Thank DaisySalt
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I ate here last Thursday. We had steak and fish cakes between us and would have returned for the food alone. At the end of our meal the manager came over and introduced himself. His customer care was absolutely first class. Such...More

Thank Stuart N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were walking about and stumbled on this restaurant. We opted for the 3 course fixed price menu but there are specials and other options. We all opted for the fish (trout...I think!) which was delicious and served whole; It came with a generous portion...More

Thank Fran C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came upon it by accident but it was definitley a great accident, the staff are great, cheerful and well mannered. The food was excellent, there were 4 of us and all out meals were excellent. Recommend highly, its not all italian food there is...More

Thank seriouslysunseeking
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a very nice meal at IL Bistro in Brighton. They booked a table for us at short notice and welcomed us for dinner. The food from the À la Carte menu was wonderful and the service was excellent. The restaurant accepts the TasteCard...More

Thank Dr Ali M.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Refreshing to see that breakfast is served until 12.30.... Freshly cooked and very reasonable Another great experience. Noticed that a service charge was automatically added (can't remember if it is at night) but we were happy to pay this.

Thank Goodwoodgirl
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$13 - US$39
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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
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
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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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