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Table Setting - Bistra, Carlton, AU-VIC

Bistra

4.9
4.9
25 Reviews
$41 to $100
Australian
Bistra is an Australian bistro serving quality food and wine; our fare draws its influence predominantly from British, French and Italian cooking and technique, and yet it is quintessentially Australian. You can expect generous, memorable plates championing seasonal ingredients and an extensive list of wines.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Australian, Bistro
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 9000 5607
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
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What 25 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 5Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.8Value

NoiseEnergetic

25 Reviews
  1. Tandil

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They have started so well and with great service and very good food, they will evolve even further. The wine list is great and extensive and the owners and also great to deal with.

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  2. AnnaN

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding little restaurant. Warm, cosy and sophisticated setting. Our waiter was charming and friendly and offered helpful suggestions without overdoing it. Food was excellent - particularly the entre dishes (we had a few entrées to share between us, then the steak to share as the main - the steak was the weakest dish but still quite good). Wines by the glass were delicious and paired well with the various dishes we had. I've given it four for "value" because it's probably not a good restaurant if you're watching your budget carefully, but it wasn't unreasonable. We will definitely be returning.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you so much for hosting us on Friday. The staff were wonderful and the food was delicious. Wine list was extensive, and suggestions made by the staff were great.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic night at Bistra! The food and wine list are amazing and the service was so good. The restaurant is so stylish - we will definitely be back.

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  5. FrancisT

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent new restaurant, good staff. food very good. wine well priced and good selection, ambience high class and good fitout. Very good experience had by all.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant service and excellent food. Highly recommend

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous new place. Very intimate (a wee bit tight) but wonderful food and a top rate wine list. Service was impeccable with Henry a standout. Will be back next week.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect atmosphere and impeccable food. This is fine dining at its best.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was simple and exceptional. Super buttery scollops and prawns. Fresh delicious oysters. Delicate frangipane tart and good quality cheeses. Elegantly designed room with nice touches. Loved the staff too.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    👍 great ………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………….

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding. We had a leisurely girls lunch on a Sunday, and the vibe, service and food was exceptional. Perfect for us to catch up over. Will be back asap!

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  12. marylou

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    absolutely delicious! from the moment we walked in the door, Bistra felt familiar yet special. Am already telling everyone i see how wonderful the food, ambience and service is at Bistra. Well done...

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  13. Maeve

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautifully designed dining space, really thoughtful menu and excellent drinks lists (really loved the manzanilla highball to start and the deserts/digestifs list in particular) and elevated but down-to-earth service from all staff. Adored it and can’t wait to be back again soon.

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  14. DavidR

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved every aspect of the dining experience , food , service and the wines we chose made our lunch even more enjoyable. The four of us left very happy and we all hope this newcomer becomes a regular haunt for everyone to enjoy. Regards Dave

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  15. Manxzilla

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A very clever menu, an excellent wine list with some unusual offerings and skilled, knowledgeable staff. We went for the three-course fixed price lunch option, which was great value, particularly with the complementary bread. It was all delicious but the ricotta dumplings and the gooseberry and rhubarb trifle were standouts. Oddly the tables of two on either side of us ordered soup to share, which I've not seen before (the soup looked great, in a mini tureen) so perhaps that is now a 'thing'. The lovely waiter suggested an unusual wine by the glass to accompany my mussels, described as "textured" and "salty", which it was! A charming room too. Very busy for a Saturday lunch three weeks after opening, which is a promising sign. We will definitely return, and soon.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thoughtful, well executed food - lovely service. Can’t wait to come back.

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  17. HelenM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A beautiful fit out and a warm welcome awaits. Young, enthusiastic and well executed classic dishes with a researched and considered wine list, our new must go to local

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  18. CraigG

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stylish intimate interior & buzzing atmosphere, Bistra really feels like a neighbourhood restaurant that's always been there. From the moment you arrive and push their custom metal branded door handle, you feel special. Attentive and knowledgeable team with great food & and wine. The scallop entree is a must. Highly recommend you give it a try!

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  19. NickK

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food had the steak very good a bit overdone with the gravy

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best new openings in years! Melbs is back baby!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious, service was friendly and they gave me a classy little birthday candle with desert. A lovely experience - will return again!

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  22. KateP

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely beautiful night out. Wonderful service and food with a terrific wine list. Our first date night here but definitely not the last we loved it.

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  23. RoyL

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent , the service was outstanding and welcoming. We had a beautiful , tasty and happy lunch. Thank you Bistra

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  24. JoHo

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Walking into Bistra felt like returning to our favourite local eatery even though it was opening night. It feels it’s always been there. Everything is warm and relaxed. Every detail has been considered with a sense of masterful ease. The interior, the crisp white shirts of the staff and especially the food shine with love and generosity of spirit. It’s our new favourite place.

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  25. EBLebl

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a beautiful restaurant, with a delicious European-driven menu and impeccable wine list.

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FAQs

Bistra is rated 4.9 stars by 25 OpenTable diners.

Bistra does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Bistra

157 Elgin St, Carlton, AU-VIC 3053

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Rathdowne Street
  • Area
    Carlton
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Fri–Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Australian, Bistro
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Private Room, Wheelchair Access
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