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Elwood Bathers

4.2
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314 reviews
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$41 to $100
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  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Contactless payment available
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  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 314 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.2
Service
4.3
Ambience
3.8
Value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LeanneA
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favourite places for excellent service, fantastic food and calming view over the water. Highly recommended.

Elwood Bathers
Responded on 13 July 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words, we really appreciate the support! Hope to see you for a takeaway soon

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BecH
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Outstanding. Its is a pleasure to dine at Elwood Bathers.
We are always made to feel so welcome.
Joel has created the best team. The service is impeccable.
Gorgeous to sit and absorb the views.
5 star. Love it.

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jowas
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My daughter wanted to eat at Bathers.
We loved the experience.
Food was delicious.
View was gorgeous.
Service was sensational.
Glad we visit - will go back again.

Elwood Bathers
Responded on 13 July 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words, we really appreciate the support!

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JenniC
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Prior comms were friendly and clear. We were greeted in a very pleasant and efficient manner. Drinks orders were taken promptly. Food was quite quick to arrive, was hot and requested extra chilli and lemon on the side were remembered. Tables were well spaced and all was clean and well maintained. Thank you.

Elwood Bathers
Responded on 4 July 2020

Dear Jenni, Thank you for taking the time to review our business and sharing on open table. I am stoked that you had a great experience, the team have been working hard to deliver great experiences during this challenging time, please know that I will share your feedback with them. Regards Peter Coutet

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SamC
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Brilliant Food, great service and a magnificent ever changing view.

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BecH
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I just feel so welcome when at Elwood Bathers. It’s is an incredible family of staff who are super at servicing the customer. The view - incredible. The food delicious. I love it there - too much :) xx

Elwood Bathers
Responded on 4 July 2020

Thanks’ Bec, The team work really hard to provide a consistent service delivery to our guest and I’m pleased that you love the restaurant. Please Know I will be sure to share your feedback with all of our team members, they will be over the moon. Kind Regards Peter Coutet

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Vandyke
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Stunning setting. Excellent food. Great service. Brilliant way to restart dining after COVID.

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

Loved the new fixed price menu, loved the quietness of the place, a great night

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JoGards
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Even mid-covid 19 it was excellent! Tables well spaced, drinks and wine list very good and the food was delicious! Portions very good too. Would highly recommend. Often restaurants with a view rely too much on that view but not here. Something for everyone here. Will be back.

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FayeF
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

A very pleasant way to spend a Sunday Morning. Service was excellent and food good.

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MaxS
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are regulars at Elwood Bathers because we find that the service levels and the care shown to us as guests is exceptional. The venue is superb, with uninterrupted sea views, and it has been our venue of choice for some time.

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AnneM
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, stunning views, and great food. A little on the expensive side esp the wines.

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RobynE
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Love it- good food and service and excellent location

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Very good!

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BruceC
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Food was very good, but noise was a bit disruptive

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AnthonyM
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Yes just a little expensive if you are a regular otherwise pricing is acceptable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Very noisy, but overall a good lunch venue. More vegetarian options please?

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DannyC
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

Great spot, nice busy atmosphere.... but
- food was average for prices asked
- acoustics are poor in there, simply too loud when busy.
- it’s one of the few true beach view restaurants around but need to pick up the food and noise game a bit. When they do they will be a hit.
I am sure they will get things together. Nice manners with all wait staff, nice and friendly.

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JuhaniR
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was genuinely friendly with a smile. The place is airy with floor to ceiling windows overlooking Port Philip Bay giving a magnificent view. I can honestly recommend it as a place to dine at. I took my wife there after work on our way home on a Friday night having pre-booked a table online. It was a totally pleasant experience.

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DianneH
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

My friend and I had a lovely evening. Food was good and service was very good to start with but after finishing our drink we were not asked if we wanted anything else to drink. We both had soft drinks as we are doing Febfast but the staff did not know that. Towards the end of the evening, at approx 9pm, the staff were moving tables, and furniture around us. They may have had a function on the next day but this should either been done after all customers had left or we should have been asked if we would like to move to another table for our coffee, and an apology would have been nice.
We still had a lovely evening and I would certainly return, but staff need to be a little more aware of customers.

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GordonS
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

What a fantastic setting and atmosphere and very tastefully decorated in a nautical theme . Food and service was very good, our waiter was so friendly and very funny. Great choices for drinks as well . We loved it. !!!!

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TracyM
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

The view was incredible. The service was poor (had to ask for our orders of coffee several times before they arrived). The food was good but the avocado on toast was a tiny portion and very over priced considering. The coffee's were terrible especially considering it took so long to get to us. I would go again but it would be for the view.

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PaulC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great food, great view, great ambience. The noise level is a problem. It was quieter previously when there were "sails" on the roof.

I have not been to the venue for several years when it was a different restaurant. I will be back!

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SusanT
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food & excellent service.

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GaryF
London
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

The wine list was far too expensive. $80 for NV Chandon which is $20 at dans. Insulting. The food was at best average and pricing well above average. Great view but the noise was unbearable. Won’t be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

My fiancé and I used to come here when it was Sails on the bay. It’s more casual now and has more of a family vibe as to a fine dining and romantic vibe before. The service is impeccable so I’ll give them that. I agree to most people that it can be very noisy when its packed. The food is nice and the ambience is perfect! Thank you!

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ChrisK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

had to follow up drinks orders with waiters a couple of times but otherwise food and service was very good

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JanB
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Unbelievably noisy. Thankfully nice waiter moved us to a quieter end of the restaurant so at least we could hear each other speak !!!! But we won't be going back unless weather permitting one can sit outside. A great pity because the decor is great, food and service good but seriously suggest attention needs to rectifying the noise problem

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AlisonB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always enjoy our visits to Elwood bathers! Just wish they could do something about the noise level!
Our waiter was terrific!!

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PatW
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

I'd recommend Elwood Bathers for the beautiful setting and wonderful view. The staff are extremely charming too.
The menu is a little inflexible for breakfast.
Maybe I'm getting spoilt by all the breakfast options out there.
But extras such as mushrooms, herb tomatoes and even crispy bacon all add to a delicious plate.
And when they only put avo on one slice of toast, you feel a little let down.
The bread, by the way, is tremendous.

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LuciH
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Firstly, let's start with the location - right on the foreshore in Elwood. That does mean fairly pricey parking but feeling like you're on the sand watching the sunset is worth it. The room is freshly decorated - think bright and white, tan cushioned banquettes, blue and white French cafe chairs, it's a lovely space and suits its location.
Service is friendly and warm and efficient - all the staff we engaged with were great. Drinks quickly on arrival, everything delivered with a smile, checked in on a few times during the meal.
Good wine list with a lean to italian choices. We chose the Pizzini pinot grigio and it was lovely. Not badly priced (fairly typical of Melbourne restaurants).
The menu is a solid length with lots of different choices. Think modern Australian cuisine. Lots of vegetarian options. Lots of seafood but also great burgers. We chose calamari, chicken liver parfait and the walnut/parmesan/rocket salad to share as starters - all were great quality, decent servings. The salad was especially generous and dressed well.
For mains we had chicken with puy lentils (not dry, well cooked, great serving), zucchini flowers on salad (a bit mean given the price point but well prepared), the burger (mince meat should be cooked well done but the flavour was great).
Desserts ordered were chocolate parfait and creme brulee. Neither were great especially given the $18 price point.
We had a lovely evening - we were able to sit and relax (we had a post 7pm sitting which doesn't require an early departure). The sunset was magical and it really does make the evening.
The food is very good quality but I'm not entirely sold on the value for money.....
It's hardly a cheap local (although there really is no such thing bayside in Melbourne).
We will be returning :)

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AntoinetteD
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience4

Took a while to be seated as the manager was busy talking to someone. Was warned strictly not to vape inside in a a serious and demeaning manner as I just put it onto the table. And when I left was told sarcastically to hole my card on the payWave and wait for it to beep. Ruined my whole experience. Don’t think I’ll be back anytime soon.

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DSFoodie
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Beautiful views and buzzing atmosphere. Food is a little pricey so probably paying for the view/location and the restaurant charges for standard items like aioli, which is a bit mean spirited. However, overall a good spot for a nice lunch/drinks near the beach on a summery day.

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Nett
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great atmosphere, relaxed and beautiful view! Is great for kids!!

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place
Great food and service is always outstanding

Elwood Bathers
Responded on 4 July 2020

Thanks Anonymous for your five-star review. We really appreciate the support. Kind Regards Peter Coutet

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SuzieScribbles
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Elwood Bathers was a last minute choice for us as our first (and second) choice restaurants were closed, and we are so glad they were.

Staff could not have been more accommodating from the moment we arrived and I was blown away by the service and the stunning venue. It’s worth it for the views alone.

There’s a great choice of dishes on the menu, and it’s the first time I think I’ve ever dined our and every single member of the table cleared their plates for every course, without exception. While there’s a two hour time limit on the table for early bookings we didn’t feel rushed at all, and the prompt service meant that we still had plenty of time to enjoy dinner and drinks afterwards within the time limit. There’s also the option to move over to the bar area if you do want to continue your night further.

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AndreaB
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience5

I took a friend for her birthday but we were both very disappointed in the meal. I had the chicken burger which had very little chicken, it seemed to be all batter and bread, not much else. My friend had the heirloom tomato salad that was just large chunks of tomato that were quite old, with the buratta on top.
The location and setting is great and the service was quite good, but the food was just not up to scratch.

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KarenB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Some staff were professional but most were not,the boys that DROPPED our food at the table were scruffy and scratched there face also had open cuts on there hands,.

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JenniferS
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Will definitely return. Really nice food ( Brunch) and service was great. A little noisy for me as I have a hearing impairment, but understand that the noise is unavoidable.

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BobbyB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal and overall experience. Outdoor patio had a bit of a wait, but was well worth it. Seemed like a popular destination for brunch and an afternoon glass of rose or bubbles . Great people watching Location if you’re into that.

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Elwood Bathers offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9525 6933.

Elwood Bathers is rated 4.2 stars by 314 OpenTable diners.

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