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IL Bistro, Brighton, East Sussex

IL Bistro

4.6
4.6
315 Reviews
£25 and under
Steakhouse
In 1976 Michael Garman returned to Brighton and opened IL Bistro
after being inspired by the Italian and French culture and cuisine
during his travels to the Provence and the western coast of Italy.
His goal was to open Brighton’s first Mediterranean steakhouse.
For the first time, Brightonians were able to order fresh pasta,
arancini, dry aged beef, tiramisu and negronis.

47 years later and now being operated by Michael's son Abe,
IL Bistro still stands by the same principles, using local suppliers
and produce, fresh ingredients and the best available dry
aged British beef. The restaurant is situated in an 18th century
fisherman’s cottage which we find rather fitting after Michael
spent years in Portofino, Livorno and Saint-Tropez, Europe’s
most famous fishing villages.

Booking info:
Since reopening from covid we ask for a £10 per person deposit in our busier times which gets deducted from your bill at the end of your meal.
One of our team will be in touch after your bookings made.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Italian, Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri–Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    01273 324584
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    We have two party rooms on the first floor. One room can accommodate 18 people and the other 10.

What 315 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Brighton

    Best Overall

  • Brighton

    Best Food

  • Brighton

    Best Service

  • Brighton

    Best Ambiance

  • Brighton

    Best Value

  • Brighton

    Neighborhood gem

  • Brighton

    Great for fine wines

  • Brighton

    Romantic

  • Brighton

    Good for special occasions

  • Brighton

    Best Overall

  • Brighton

    Best Food

  • Brighton

    Best Service

  • Brighton

    Best Ambiance

  • Brighton

    Best Value

  • Brighton

    Neighborhood gem

  • Brighton

    Great for fine wines

  • Brighton

    Romantic

  • Brighton

    Good for special occasions

315 Reviews
  1. GeorgiaP

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very cozy, boutique and sophisticated set-up. Fhe service was very attentive. The food - delicious! Just a few improvements are needed, to make this a real top-notch place; for the type of standard it offers with the price we pay, I would expect some bread on the table and water. Also, possibly with the food - a little more work to be put in. My casserole was more a soup, with nothing else presented with it. It is very awkward and difficult to elegantly eat large prawns thrown in a messy soup splashing everywhere. Some extra considerations like that would go a long way. The presentation needs work. The pasta and chicken is very bland. Other than that it is fabulous.

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  2. AndrewS

    Edinburgh

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly and quick service, nice mix of Italian and UK food. Good wine list and range of cocktails. Child friendly too.

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  3. paulc

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, tasty food!!.. what more could you ask for??

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  4. SueH

    Brighton

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Welcoming, excellent service and the food was very good too.

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  5. Jamess

    Bath

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and great service the staff were very attentive and very friendly and helpful the meal we had was cooked just right and full of flavour it’s quite a busy little restaurant which is great to see we would definitely eat there again the only criticism I can give is that it’s a very warm place being a small venue and how busy it gets the body heat from everyone is quite apparent but I would definitely recommend this little gem of a restaurant to everyone.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was mostly excellent … really superb steak … but the desert (tiramisu) was a bit of a let down

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  7. KatieA

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So lovely. We had dinner on a Saturday evening at 5pm before watching a show. We don’t live in Brighton but wish we did after eating here. We didn’t know what to expect but the decor and ambience was gorgeous. Whether it was a candle or an air freshener, it smelt amazing also! The service was lovely and very attentive without being pushy and the food was unreal. A lovely restaurant for a date like us and on the next table was a group of girlfriends having a catch up who were also having a lovely time.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    There was a very noisy group of people celebrating a birthday. So we couldn’t hear each other as it’s a very small space. Service was great, food was disappointing. Also, they put 15% extra on your bill which I thought was a bit excessive. Overall wouldn’t return

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  9. MichaelM

    Surrey

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service with plenty of variety on the menu.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great time. Staff were very accommodating and the food was unreal. Would come again

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FAQs

IL Bistro is rated 4.6 stars by 315 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for IL Bistro

6 - a Market Street, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1HH

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Brighton
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri–Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Italian, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wine
  • Phone number
    01273 324584
  • Private party facilities
    We have two party rooms on the first floor. One room can accommodate 18 people and the other 10.
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