Bistro Elba

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$40 and under
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Previously known as Cakes and Ale Bistro, set in the main street of Sorrento, Bistro Elba is the creative work of close and successful restaurateur friends, who skipped the big city to bring their urban edge to this beautiful place by the sea.

As it should be, the season’s harvest informs the menu. Cooking here is skillfully simple, using superb produce grown close by including from the Bistro Elba's kitchen garden, alongside foraged ingredients, organic meat, hand made cheeses, and daily fresh fish sourced from the best, ethical fisheries and cleanest oceans in the world.
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GM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was lovely. Really nice setting. Great ability to split credit card bill

MC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I bought my dad here for a celebratory lunch and it was perfect. Food was super delicious, wine was perfect and the staff were attentive and helpful.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Steer clear if you are looking for a half decent beer offering.Only one craft beer which was nothing special and which they ran out of soon after we got there.Most of the rest of the beer offer was Eurocentric,no idea why .Very disappointing for a joint that used to stock some good beers.Won't be getting me back there unlit they offer an acceptable beer selection.

EY
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and interesting wine list coupled with expert service

r
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holy cow this place is great - quality, good value and professional service
try the sides they are excellent
actually try everything is it great cost 130pp 3 courses

B
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We had attended on a previous occasion and it was excellent, amazing food . This time we were disappointed . The steak was over cooked and a small portion for $70 with 2servings . The fish also was over cooked and the potatoes which were a specialty were not cooked freshly but appeared reheated we had 3serves , were amazing on a previous occasion.
Although the sweet menu looks amazing did not indulge .

AI
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The people and the food are wonderful. There is always something new to try or an old favourite to remember.

RF
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, excellent service, good atmosphere. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting great food & excellent service

PB
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was our first visit since the name change
We enjoyed our visit and the food was excellent
It was not overly busy and noise level was minimal
We look forward to our next visit

KE
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love it here! Food is creative, tasty and very well sourced!

AA
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, really nice atmosphere and great service!

RO
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Elba was a delightful place for a birthday lunch, from the interesting drinks menu to the creative food, beautiful environment and caring and professional service. Will definitely be back.

DH
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service. Wine list very good but prices excessive particularly by the glass.

AA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Our table wasn't ready when we arrived, despite having a reservation. We did have to wait approximately 20 minutes at the bar until our table was ready. In instances like this it is usual practice the restaurant makes amends by offering a complimentary drink- unfortunately nothing was offered.
The food - there were four of us, did not look as appetising as it has on previous occasions. The Coq au Vin, looked tired and was a small portion according to one of our guests and the signature fish pie was watery and very little fish/seafood contained within.
Overall, an ok dining experience but not as good as it has been in the past. I did notice new wait staff on the floor.

KM
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bistro Elba has a great menu featuring local produce. The service and food are always excellent

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food and music

K
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding — can’t stop raving about it!

FS
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious fresh food. Good selection of dishes on the menu to meet most dietary requirements also easily found a wine we liked. Staff were very welcoming & we would recommend and definitely go back.

CM
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Looking for a different lunch experience in Sorrento and found it! Good advice on wines and the was great. My three guests had the Fisherman’s Pie, I had the whiting. We were all impressed and are spreading the word to our Mornington Peninsula friends.

SS
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delicious food
service and ambience was fantastic. will certainly return

SM
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Bistro Elba is centrally located in Sorento and the interior is warm and inviting. It has a menu that changes daily, but there is a wide variety of dishes to choose from. The food was tasty however it is a bit on the expensive side for what you get. I had a prawn entree ($14 for 3 prawns) and I think this could have been a bit more generous in serve size. The fisherman's
pie was tasty but I was disappointed with the filling which was watery and bland. Expect to pay at least $14/glass for wine, and you have to order side serves if you want extra vegetables as some dishes come without. The desert of spiced rhubarb and ginger clafoutis with Mornington Peninsula honey and ricotta ice cream was stunning and I'd recommend this bistro for that alone. Waiting staff were friendly and attentive.

DS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and great service, the atmosphere was great and the whole restaurant had lovely artwork and views.

SC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and quality service. Everybody wins.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The meal was tasty but very very small serving!

PD
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food brilliant staff excellent value. Well done. Will be back

DL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was particularly good and delicious and the service was excellent. A nice ambiance made our food experience great.

JP
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about Bistro Elba and look forward to dining there again soon.
Thank you!

RJ
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place, food and wine. Perfectly balanced, but still hearty and just excellently cooked. What a great find. Thoroughly recommend to anyone on the peninsula, well worth the trip.

MS
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely beautiful late Sunday lunch at Bistro Elba after a morning at the Peninsula Hot Springs. The food was outstanding, service impeccable and the wine was perfect! Very well priced for the quality of the dishes and wine.

GS
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food ! Delicious lunch on a wet winters day. What could be better !

PT
Melbourne / VIC
11 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly bistro in main Street of Sorrento. Food always interesting and usually with a twist. Lunch time menu particularly good value. Surprised that on Sunday lunchtime there were not more people dining. Try it.

SK
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was great and so was the food. Great potatoes & yummy coleslaw. We all had great mains. The only thing that we could complain about was the ice cream was icy and not creamy that came with the orange cake. But overall it was great.

KF
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Four of us had dinner and everyone except me really enjoyed their meal. I has fish and felt the flavours were too strong. The side dishes were all delicious.

MF
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, ambiance and service spot on and a good selection of wines.

BB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner and staff we're lovely and the food was outstanding. Our steaks and sides were delicious as well as our entrees and desserts.

MS
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. We had the preset menu for lunch and it was stunning. The wine was well paired and my companions fish was cooked perfectly

DL
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, exceptional, service. Very relaxed atmosphere, I'm going to have to make this place a regular

LG
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Four of us went for a mother's Day dinner. It looked nice, reviews looked good.
Spent the rest of the weekend apologising for my choice of restaurant. The food was expensive as you needed to order sides with your meal, so approximately $50 plus, for a main, and the food was way below par.
Three of us ordered entrees one of which was ok. The mains we're all a disappointment the garfish in particular was nothing short of a joke. We're not sure how this place has been open for such a period of time when the food is so ordinary, unfortunately, huge disappointment, we won't be back.

KF
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We have been before and the food is consistently good although a little pricey given the serving size.

PR
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Bistro Elba. It's one of the few places on the Peninsula where the quality of food and service is of a consistently of high standard, irrespective of whether you're dining on a quiet weeknight during mid-winter or 'in the thick of it all' during the Easter holidays.