Bistro Elba

4.6
411 Reviews
$40 and under
French
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 411 people are saying
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SueC
10 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food and service. Look forward to returning in the near future.

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ChrisD
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time in the past week we have been here. Great quality food, very relaxed yet attentive staff, great wine and music also perfect. Very highly recommended for a nice dinner. Good value for what you get.

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never had a bad meal and last night was no exception. Our favorite local !

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KarenF
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this bistro, the food is amazing, the potatoes are the best I have ever had, YUM. Very friendly service, we drive from Melbourne especially to visit for lunch.

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AnnieLocal
10 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Rib Eye was perfectly cooked, we shared this dish with an entre each. I had the prawn entre and would have liked a slice of bread and less prawn heads on the plate but the flavours were well balanced. Our table was comfortable, warm and quiet. Covid management is good. We are locals and will be back again and again. For better dining in Sorrento Elba is the best.

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JeanC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambiance were perfect. I consider myself an oysters officianado and they were excellent 💗

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WilliamD
London
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best restaurants in Victoria. Food and service are excellent and consistent. The wine list is also excellent.

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Tacos
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and many choices on the menu that makes it difficult to choose. We’ll be back again soon.

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SeanS
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I dine in monthly for business meetings. The food is great and the service is excellent.

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MarciaP
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

An expensive night but impressive food - loved the Double baked cheese soufflé as an entrée and superb oysters. Not cheap but worth every penny!
Also loved the Pithivier Forestier - beautifully baked; a sensational course for a vegetarian along with the perfect Crème Brule for desert.
Considering the extremely high cost - expected this to be a 5-star evening in every regard.
A pity the service, which was surprisingly slow throughout the evening, didn't match the quality of the food or wine.

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GerryB
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We think it has about the best dining in Sorrento right now.

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AnnaK
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience. Thankyou Bistro Elba

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Dinesh
London
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been there many times since they opened.
The food has been consistent, high quality and very good value for money.
The wine selection is exceptional.

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PeterB
Singapore
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service on the Peninsula. Just a wonderful place to dine.

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Chris
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Elba never disappoints. Yet another exquisite meal at one of my favourite eateries on the entire Peninsula. Delicious food, a beautiful atmosphere and delightful staff and service make it an experience not to be missed. I couldn't recommend it enough!

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KathyR
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I had oysters and duckling which was superb.
My husband had terrine and swordfish. He did not like the sauce under the swordfish.
The creme brûlée was superb.
The Bistro ambience was just what we expected.
The service from the young lady was exceptional.
Meals were prompt and well presented.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, fabulous food, fun cocktails and beer in an intimate setting. Full house but not over crowded. Little gem in the heart of Sorrento.

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PeterC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

One of the best in Sorrento, for a nice meal with family and friends.

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WilliamD
London
8 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Great food, great wine, faultless service.

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RonF
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked for 12:30 lunch. We were given a quiet corner table at the rear with a view of the garden. My wife opted for the fixed price menu and had an excellent chicken pate followed by swordfish on a leek base. All well presented and good portions and very well priced at $45. I opted for the beef cheek main which was tasty and tender. Finished off with the creme caramel. The wait staff were attentive and engaged and the ambience and warmth of the place completed a very fine dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy Bistro Elba!

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Definitely a go to from now on!!

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slunch
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent - as always.

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SimonG
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was delicious- casual lunch and the staff were friendly and helpful. Recommend the chicken pie and the steak too!

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CatherineS
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Kind and friendly staff. Beef cheeks, steak, chicken pie were delicious! Fish dishes were a bit flat. A lovely night out.

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MarcoS
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second time here and becoming our favourite restaurant of all time!!!
Everything is outstanding, from the service to the fit-out, but obviously food and wine list are why we come back here!!
Grazie mille and see you next time we’re back in Sorrento

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice lunch in Sorrento

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Lizzy
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had been wanting to try Bistro Elba for ages and were not disappointed. Specials menu was delicious and excellent value.

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FelP
London
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently awesome food, each and every time.

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vipallan
London
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Following all of the hype and recommendations, I was disappointed by the whole experience, particularly the average tepid food, and the insincere, 'wooden' service from Meredith.

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JenniferT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

As a local, I can say one of the best restaurants in Sorrento. Food is fresh and local. Atmosphere is gorgeous - recommend to everyone!!

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IreneP
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was delicious and beautifully presented.
Enjoyed the steak tartare and it was comparable to its counterparts in Europe, however I would have preferred the egg mixed in and with the option of a little more horseradish.

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MargaretM
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very nice dining experience. Waiters were very friendly and did not hassle you in relation taking your order too quickly.

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AnneP
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great little restaurant in the heart of Sorento. Could not fault the food it was so delicious. The service was great, not overpowering but very attentive. On the more expensive side but we’ll worth the spend. We will return.

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AmandaF
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, there is not enough words to describe this brilliant eatery .....thank you

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cute spot with fantastic food, wine and service.

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Gricho
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the experience very much indeed and will be back.

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Gravy
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flawless! Don’t know how it could be better, I’m in heaven at this place

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MarieR
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great evening. Different menu so tried a few entrees.
Enjoyed being able to dine out again.

FAQs

Bistro Elba is rated 4.6 stars by 411 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.