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Bistro Elba Restaurant Sorrento Mornington Pen. - Bistro Elba, Sorrento, AU-VIC

Bistro Elba

4.6
4.6
882 Reviews
$40 and under
French
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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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    French, Seafood, Australian
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 5984 4995
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Sam Van der Leeuw
  • Private party contact
    info@cakes-and-ale.com.au: (03) 5984 4995
  • Area
    Sorrento
  • Cross Street
    Nepean Highway
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Entertainment
    Join us for lunch or dinner after pampering yourself at the Peninsula Hot Springs, just a 10 minute drive away.
  • Additional
    Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

What 882 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

882 Reviews
  1. Henry

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always, a wonderful dinner there. This was the second time we dined at Bistro Elba. We wanted to come back because the food was very good and the service, too. We were not dissappointed; glad that we made the right decision

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  2. Bancroft

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Best eye fillet I have eaten for a very long time.

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  3. UnderwhelmingDinner

    Melbourne

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 19 August 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Unfortunately we were very underwhelmed with our visit to Bistro Elba on Sat evening 19/8. We were a group of 4 ladies away for a weekend in Sorrento & after a beautiful meal out on the Sat night. Mostly the meals were ok? After reading the reviews, we were expecting a lot more - especially for the price. The prawn entree was tasteless & the prawns were chalky? The cheese soufflé was ok? Our cocktails were not great, which was disappointing. The service was ok, our waitress was friendly. We had a staff “service” station placed on a bench behind our table & 1 of my guests was being continually jostled & bumped by the staff coming in & out for cutlery & glasses?? She was being apologised to every time but seriously? It was a bit of a joke. We ended up moving our table & chairs over towards the wall more to stop it. Steaks were good…. But I’ve had much better. I’m not sure I would recommend after our experience, especially when you’re paying $$$$

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  4. Wattise

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cafe Elba is a favourite and we enjoy returning for many family events. The service is always spot on and the food delicious. We will be back again very soon.

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  5. AngusM

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great meal. Staff were very friendly and attentive. Will be returning.

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  6. AnaS

    Victoria

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed our meal at Bistro Elba. Would definitely recommend. We plan to dine here again.

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  7. KimR

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, lovely wine and stunning ambience. The noise level did increase when the Matilda’s won the quarter finals!! Overall great experience

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  8. LINDSAYC

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good except for the celery/apple salad that accompanied our soufflés which was way too salty ! Wine list was extensive but expensive.

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  9. MichelleH

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our host for the night was absolutely amazing. The food was cooked to perfection. A perfect anniversary dinner.

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  10. MeganK

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely superb, world class food. The beef Bourgogne was to die for. Service was excellent and attentive, authentic and warm. This place is a hidden gem of outstanding quality.

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  11. LewisB

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Live it at. Bistro Elba. Great food servcie and ambience

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service great wine list and ambiance

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  13. Amra

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    In the past the food was always delicious, but unfortunately this time we were bit disappointed with our meals. I had the beef cheeks and it was lacking some vegetables, at least a potato. The eye fillet was bit dry and very small for$60! The staff should smile more.

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  14. Foodie

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Tastless cheese souffle, expensive chicken pie with no side dish. Very expensive wine list

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  15. Griff

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful, classic, exquisitely prepared food. Excellent service. Third visit yesterday. Always sensational.

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  16. DavidP

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect as always thank you for a brilliant luncheon

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 1 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Very expensive. Staff not very interested. Wine list expensive.

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  18. LizB

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful friendly service. Great food - but got too full for yummy desserts! Next time!

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  19. MalcolmS

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and wine selection awesome night out with my wife

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  20. LarryC

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Regular client if Bistro Elba. Food always excellent. Not a fan of these one and a half hour sittings that not only Elba but many other like establishments have developed. I understand the economics of the move but!!!!. Staff always happy and helpful.

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  21. BeverleyH

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We dine at Elba frequently and are never disappointed . Staff are always willing to oblige And very friendly.

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  22. WarrenD

    Canberra

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A Sorrento and MP 5-star Gem. Fantasic French food, and several superb Coravin elite wine options by the glass. Whole wine list leans towards sustainable growers, especially their champagnes. Do you like duck fat roast potatoes? Take that love to another level with their sublime horseradish and mustard butter chats.

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  23. MichaelE

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and the service was fantastic. I went with her recommendations and was not disappointed. I will be back soon.

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  24. Mickey

    Victoria

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great little secret hidden away in Sorrento for the discerning foodie Fantastic

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  25. TonyR

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great!

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  26. AndrewC

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was very friendly and enjoyable lunch. Great food. Excellent crème brûlée. Amazing French wine and big range of options.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were recommended this restaurant by the reception staff at the Mantra, we have never experienced French cuisine and seeing it was our 45th wedding anniversary we wanted something special and it was, from the moment we entered the establishment a friendly face welcomed us, showed us our seat, from that moment on we were well looked after. The food was spectacular, a little rich but that was expected, we totally enjoyed every bite, unfortunately we did not experience dessert we were way too full. Definitely will visit again.

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  28. SophieR

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our evening at Bistro Elba. We were sitting at the bar and it was great. The food was delicious. The service was outstanding. Highly recommended. And we will definitely come back.

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  29. alistairb

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice food, staff very helpful will go back again

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  30. KerryL

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was superb, though pricey but that was expected and not a problem. Waitstaff were rushed, maybe short staffed? But very nice anyway. The only thing we could fault really was that the oysters hadn't been shucked properly - still stuck on their shells which was a bit awkward. Overall a lovely place to have a special dinner

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  31. GlenK

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service - definitely will be going back!

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  32. lync

    New York City

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 8 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    King prawns on a bed of white bean puree.. tasteless..mane course...duck on big serve of black lentils.. also very average and special beef and burgandy same.. expensive eating out these days so one expects. Better

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  33. Robo

    Victoria

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 7 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are experienced food lovers and enjoyed all parts of our dinning at Bistro Elba, especially the friendly service.

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  34. Michael

    Victoria

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing dinner last night with the highlight being the best bouillabaisse I have had outside of France. Oysters, souffle, and crepe dessert also magnificant. 5 Stars

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  35. YikholW

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was such a beautiful experience, the food was divine and can’t wait to come back 🥰

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  36. MicheleM

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were great. Huge wine selection.

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  37. MurrayK

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Innovative menu, excellent seafood, great wine list, excellent and knowledgeable server. pleasant ambience, what more do you want

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  38. Kathryn11

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Can’t wait to go again, absolutely delightful. Very interesting menu with the potatoes, fresh bread and the duck being the standouts.

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  39. PattiB

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bistro Elba is one of the few good restaurants in Sorrento. Our lunch was excellent as usual.

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  40. MalcolmJ

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic little spot, so glad we found it. Food and service were exceptional. Will be going back

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Bistro Elba is rated 4.6 stars by 882 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Bistro Elba

100 - 102 Ocean Beach road, Sorrento, AU-VIC 3943

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Nepean Highway
  • Area
    Sorrento
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    French, Seafood, Australian
  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Sam Van der Leeuw
  • Entertainment
    Join us for lunch or dinner after pampering yourself at the Peninsula Hot Springs, just a 10 minute drive away.
  • Additional
    Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine
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