Bistro Elba

4.5
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$40 and under
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European
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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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.5
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4.3
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4.1
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CW
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Always enjoy our lunches there. Best around. However dinner a little disappointing as we feel selection could be greater

DW
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great experience. Service was excellent it’s one of our favourite restaurants

BM
Melbourne / VIC
27 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

An absolute gem of a place. Traditional French inspired food with an Australian twist. Everything just works. The menu and wine list are brimming with great choices that will leave few wanting. The food list covers all choices all the way to vegetarian. The wine list is brilliant with even some half-bottles of very, very good wine. I've been a few times now and has become my favourite place at that end of the peninsula. As just one example of attention to detail, they make their own duck leg confit in-house. And it's just as good as anything from Dordogne. Well worth it on every level.

MG
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I live locally and it's definitely the best in town

A
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambience, delicious food, a most convivial evening in all!

JM
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good atmosphere, great food and wine. Service excellent. Highly recommend Jane

GM
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

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

MC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 November 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 2 November 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 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food and interesting wine list coupled with expert service

r
1 review
Dined on 17 October 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 12 October 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 11 October 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 30 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

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

PB
1 review
Dined on 28 September 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 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

AA
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, really nice atmosphere and great service!

RO
1 review
Dined on 22 September 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 15 September 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 14 September 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 31 August 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 30 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Amazing food and music

K
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely outstanding — can’t stop raving about it!

FS
1 review
Dined on 10 August 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 9 August 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 2 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

delicious food
service and ambience was fantastic. will certainly return

SM
1 review
Dined on 1 August 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 30 July 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 27 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and quality service. Everybody wins.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

The meal was tasty but very very small serving!

PD
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

DL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 3 July 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 29 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

RJ
1 review
Dined on 26 June 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 23 June 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 20 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

PT
Melbourne / VIC
11 reviews
Dined on 16 June 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 10 June 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 8 June 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 7 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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