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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4.5
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4.5
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4.4
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DF
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

H
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.

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

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

ML
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.

OT
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

PR
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.

L
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.

a
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.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Great ambience. Food was just okay for its price.

LD
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been to Bistro Elba several times and always bring our friends from out of town and interstate. Everything is good. The ambience, the service and of course the food. They also do really good vegan options. Highly recommend it.

SM
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Magnificent food. Outstanding service including great knowledge of local wines. Really enjoyable experience.

GH
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

A pleasant place to visit. Barman had to read how to make a whisky sour and lacked personality. Ordered a medium rare rib eye steak which was sent back as well done. Strange as chef had to carve steak before serving. Wine was very expensive by bottle or glass. Probably affected by high Sorrento overheads. Will try Redhill or Mainridge Restarants next time

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
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
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.