Bistro Elba

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187 reviews
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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.
What 187 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.4
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.0
Value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LynneS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dinner. Lamb shoulder was melt in your mouth. Thank you

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peter
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Fantastic night out, service was amazing And food was delicious
Thank you to the waiting staff for an awesome dinner.

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Leon
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience1

Very unwelcoming and unfriendly staff. Fish pie was bland but the quail and the poached pears were quite nice. Wouldn't return.

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TrinetteC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous dining experience made even better by ur wonderful waitress!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My second PERFECT experience at this amazing restaurant...loved it

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Kewin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

Most of the food was good but nothing you can't get at other venue in the area. We ordered a scotch fillet however which tasted badly burned and very under-seasoned which was quite unpleasant and probably the least desirable steak I've ever had. Worse was when I sent the steak back. Our waitress sent the manager over who was very rude and difficult about the situation which really ruined the experience for us. There are so many good restaurants out there so no need to return here.

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Cacau
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very cool space for a small town! I felt like I was dining in Melbourne

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JacintaB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Absolutely wonderful - could have eaten everything on the menu. Wine list just as good!

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MarionW
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent foods, good wines, reasonable and respectable service

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zainw
London
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The atmosphere and the service was great but the food needed a bit more seasoning.

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Zopo
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely food, ambience and service. Salads particularly nice.

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Angus
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A wonderful menu to select from, a very tasty and high quality meal and friendly service. I'd happily go back.

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ChonW
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I highly recommend the Humpty Doo Barramundi as well as the Rib Eye , both were outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had dinner at cafe Elba this week for my birthday and it was fabulous! Great food and wine, lively atmosphere and attentive but laid back service. Thanks for a terrific night!

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GeorgeA
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

always with the drive from Melbourne to Sorrento for this excellent food and atmosphere ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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CameronM
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic french cuisine, in a great environment and the service is always friendly and courteous. Always a pleasure when in Sorrento. Highly recommended.

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Beverly
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

We went to Elba for an afternoon lunch and found the staff to be very rude and unwelcoming, we ordered cocktails and noticed the staff rolling their eyes at each other. We were the only 2 tables in the restaurant you would think we would get impeccable service being the only ones in the restaurant. We were very disappointed.

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AudreyC
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Decisions on menu choice was made easier when we decided to share delicious starters and a fine bottle of wine.
The sun streamed through the window making a relaxing ambience.
The owner in attendance service was efficient and caring. A very relaxing lunch.

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Annette
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bistro Elba has become my husband and my favourite place to eat in Sorrento. The food is always delicious and the service is excellent.

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StephenE
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Exquisite French dishes (the bourride and the hapuka with brandade were exceptional), beautifully presented and accompanied by fine Peninsula and Victorian wines by the glass. This was an outstanding experience and we can't wait to return as soon as possible.

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MeganB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful evening. Good food, friendly, helpful service and an intimate, warm ambience. Will go again!

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CatherineC
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My partner and I agree it was the best meal we have enjoyed in a very long time. Thank you to all the staff at Bistro Elba. The steak was unbelievably mouth watering, the seafood stew was reminiscent of the wonderful chowders I loved in Ireland and the thrice cooked potatoes were heaven! The service was friendly and informed. Cocktails went down a treat and we had a thoroughly wonderful night. Really looking forward to a return visit. Thanks guys

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MargotF
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food, great wine/ expensive wine. Accommodating staff. Thoroughly enjoyed!

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TerryG
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

The decor could be improved with a more cosy ambience.

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AllyC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had heard great reviews and it did not disappoint. The food was exceptional as well as the wine and the service was great too. I’ll be going back again.

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ZaraH
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A wonderful night out. Exceptional food and a great wine list. Good service and ambience. Highly recommend.

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DainS
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favourite dining experiences. 1/2 price oysters, great bread, wine, entree and mains. Potato is to die for.

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Kylie
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Over all enjoyed the experience and appreciated being able to make table arrangements

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LyndonA
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Recommended; good food; good service...............
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ZiggyBear
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent all round....can have a few more selections for vegetarian diners....we would ohterwise go more often....as the vegatarian often leaves still feeling hungry. The non vegetarian dishes were exceptional....wine alway spectacular...dersert scrumptious...Bugs a little on the tiny side...

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DeniseR
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The combination of friendly, professional service, an interesting and extensive wine list and excellent food means that Bistro Elba should not be missed.

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DavidF
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and great service. Looking forward to dining there again!

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Hachimitsu
London
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

It’s a charming bistro atmosphere as we expected. We loved their wine, Pino Noir Bistro Elba. Chicken dish was delicious, nice sauce! We’ll come back again.

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AnnaK
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love Bistro Elba. That's why we come back again and again.

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MichaelL
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really delicious food, great atmosphere and good service. We were happy to pay the prices, but considering only one of us drank alcohol we felt it was a little over priced at $100 a head. We will definitely go back though on the occasion.

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JacintaK
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

Really disappointed with our dining experience at Bistro Elba. We came here when it was Cakes and Ale and it was such a treat - the food was delicious, made with such care and the service was warm and comfortable. What we returned was the opposite - indifferent customer service, overpriced food and wine that was really average in execution. We ended up feeling really ripped off. This place has lost it's soul.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

3rd visit to Bistrot Elba in as many weeks. Food and staff excellent. Only the coffee let them down. Outstanding fish dishes

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PeterR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service at Bistro Elba are excellent. And it doesn't matter whether you go there mid-week during the winter months, or in the peak holiday season, the quality remains consistent.

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Lizzie47
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant is the best dining in Sorrento. Friendly service, delicious food and varied wine list.

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annet
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience1

On our first visit to Bistro Elba the food was sensational, the noise level not too high being towards the rear of the restaurant, our party of 9 had a most enjoyable time. Since then I have recommended Bistro Elba to many.

On our second visit last Saturday everything about our dining experience of entree and mains were mainly disappointing. The seafood pie was the only good meal, steak was over done (which they graciously did not charge us) and two others at the table did not enjoy their meals at all. To add being in the front of the restaurant the noise was too loud to talk. The four of us were disappointed leaving us wondering if head chef was away that night? I don't feel comfortable recommending Bistro Elba after this evening but am willing to try it again at another time when not so busy.

FAQs

Bistro Elba offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 5984 4995.

Bistro Elba is rated 4.4 stars by 187 OpenTable diners.

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