Everything great except a 20 minute wait for coffee mostly as the one machine is serving takeaway customers..2nd machine or prioritise diners maybe? Still a top spot.
Place has a nice atmosphere but the service and the food could use some work. Service is a little awkward and at times felt a little unwelcoming. Although the food is nice I think the value for money isn’t there.
The view is fabulous, the staff are friendly but their attention to detail and poor service was disappointing. There were 3 in our group for brunch, we all enjoyed the Bathers Breakfast and coffee. It was our second visit to this venue but I doubt we will return again, your service just lets you down.
Good food at above avg prices
Very Very Very Very Very NOISY
friday 8pm booking of 7 adults
restaurant almost empty
took ages to get wine list was looking for a shiraz and asked about one from the barrosa i didnt know
the waiter said " yes ive heard of the barossa, i think it will be good" we ordered a couple of really nice shiraz but sadly the year on thee menu was not what wee were served
we asked for entree soup for x 2 adults to be a main course..........smallest bowl for $40
duck was obviously pre cooked and heated up and dry, also very small along with the eye fillet
entrees were nice but very small portions
The location is great, service was efficient but the food was disappointing, nothing to write about.
Elwood Bathers is fantastic and will become one of those great places of Melbourne. Hard to believe its only been open for 6 months. It always delivers and the setting is always fantastic, rain hail or shine. Its not too fussy but the food is consistently great.
I have been back to Elwood Bathers three times now. Two lunches and one dinner. Food consistently good, service a bit patchy in places (young but pleasant staff) but maitre d terrific on all three occasions.; terrific value for money.
Fabulous food for a special occasion, beautifully presented, made with passion & care!
Come for the view but not the food, drink or service
Dear Sarah, I'm sorry to read that we did not deliver a great experience when you dined with us, if you have any further feedback, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to contact me directly at Elwood Bathers on 9525 6933 Kind Regards Peter Coutet
Fantastic venue that exceeds its reputation. Time and time again the food is exceptional, the atmosphere is relaxing and guarantees a good time! Often visit for lunch and recently Mother's Day, we had dinner with the extended family - everyone was pleased and commented so highly of the the venue choice we made.
Thank you Athena, I'm stoked to hear that our team had taken great care of you and your extended guest on such a special day. I will be sure to pass on your feedback to the team. Kind Regards Peter Coutet
Great extra touch service for mothers day with the giving of orchids to all mum's thanks!
Great atmosphere but pretty average lunch menu. Breakfast menu is better.
While the ambience and food are lovely this is the second time I have been to bathers and experienced very poor service and witnessed the same poor level of service to others in the restaurant. I will not be returning and would warn others about the service before they attended. This is a shame as the view/location is wonderful as is the food.
Everything was lovely excep the wait staff were very slow. I had to ask for water 4 times....thats getting a bit ridiciolous.
One of our favourite restaurants to entertain friends and visitors to Melbourne from interstate and overseas. We have been supporting Elwood Bathers (and its predecessor name) for over twenty years - love the location by the beach and the service & food never disappoints.
Amazing location, great service our waiter picked the perfect wine and the pasta special was amazing. Will be back!!
The food and view were fantastic! The service was outstanding - such friendly, professional and polite staff made the experience. Thank you for ensuring a lovely (long overdue) catch up with a friend. At no stage we’re we hurried or made to feel anything but valued as a customer. So refreshing. Highly recommend!
we had a great family experience. The restaurant surprised my daughter with a cake for her birthday.
Food was great.
I should just cut and paste the other reviews because it's about the dozenth (12th? :) time we've been since they opened and always epic but always intrinsically unique each time as we like to sit in different areas to get a different vibe each time. Joel the Boss Man is always on top of everything ensuring everything is fantastic and you can tell this place will go from strength to strength. Can't wait for a cold wintry night dinner. NB: Tried the dusted friend calamari appetizer for first time and it's brilliant. Enjoy.
Brilliant service, the food was absolutely amazing, and the table with the view was everything we asked for. Do yourself a favour and take your family or loved one there for any occasion. You won’t be disappointed. Has everything!!!! We loved it and will be back.
Elwood Bathers was the setting for a very relaxing Easter Saturday afternoon. Staff were attentive. Booked via Open Table.
The food is great and the staff are consistently good. Beautiful view and always an enjoyable experience. Can’t fault Elwood Bathers - they’ve nailed it!
We have been to this restaurant six times this year and each time including this time was great...great service and welcoming friendly staff who recognized my wife and I.
However we went again Friday May 3, booked by a friend and it had all changed.Completely new staff....
staff who could not mix a standard drink at the bar,....we had to wait for 15 minutes while they asked others an inexperienced wine waiter who got my wine order wrong 3 times bringing out the wrong bottle...he had no idea so I wrote it down for him. Plus poor table service. Current staff have no idea. Can't also believe it had changed so much.No longer our fav local.
We went to Elwood Bathers for a special occasion and requested a window seat. We got a lovely window seat and all our expectations were met that night, we have been raving about the food and service to friends and family all weekend. Thanks for making our special night even more special.
Had a great afternoon, great place to spend some quality time with friends.
Gorgeous location for great food coupled with excellent service !
Great setting and spacious. Service was excellent. Prices fairly high for somewhat small portions (e.g leek tart particularly) though.
We enjoyed our lunch at Elwood Bathers with its spectacular view over beach and Port Phillip Bay.
We sat at a window seat , each of us had interesting views, and the room felt spacious, light and airy.
The staff were welcoming and the table service excellent. The food was very good and the dessert (Panna Cotta) an incredible visual and taste experience. I have dropped by in the past for a mid afternoon coffee and chat with a friend and we found sitting on the deck in the warm sun with protection of well placed umbrellas was delightful too.
The location, food and new fit our is great but we were really disappointed with the service. It took around 20 mins from us sitting to get any service to the table this included bringing water to the table. Then once we ordered we waited at least another 35-40 for the food. Which is not great when you have a toddler with you. There were other tables which were empty and not cleared away for more the 30 mins. It is such a shame and I really hope this feedback is taken on board and more training is provided to staff as there is so much potential for this restaurant.
The location is stunning, the decor is Hamptons Style, very fresh, very nice. The food was delicious but the portion size was small considering the cost of the main course. The staff were casual but attentive. The noise level was appalling. The tables are quite narrow ,there were six of us ,three on one side,three on the other we couldn’t here ourselves speak, so we did not stay for coffee or dessert. I would only recommend to a friend if we could sit outside, but then only on warm days,simply because of the noise level.
Recommend for eating but little bit too $$ and far too noisy for the four of us.
Such a fantastic seaside Melbourne venue!
What a lovely review! Hope to see you back again soon.
Amazing food and service. Waiters were so attentive but not hovering, overheard it was my birthday and brought me a surprise dessert with a candle!
We’re so glad you enjoyed your birthday; our waiters love a good celebration! See you again soon.
We love Date Night.
It’s even more special when you find a restaurant that really gets good service & food combo just right. Makes us want to settle in for a few delightful hours - which we did on Friday night.
Elwood Bathers was a treat for us - from the delicious Negroni’s ( love a bar that gets these right!) to the Swordfish & Gnocchi combo & the perfectly cooked Porterhouse. Yum yum.
We finished with the chocolate fondant & a couple glasses of Pinot noir & left just as the groovy young people were arriving @ around 8:00.
We’ll return & highly recommend.
What a fantastic review to stumble across on a Monday morning! This experience is exactly what we’re striving to achieve for our guests and hearing your comments makes it all worthwhile. Please come again soon, we’ll have a Negroni waiting for you!
Absolutely loved Elwood Bathers, we had a wonderful table in the far corner looking over the bay, which was great and the noise level there was much better as walking through it was very loud. Delicious food and wonderful staff.
We’re thrilled you enjoyed your night in our Private Dining Room. It does have spectacular views and is a great option for those wanting an intimate meal away from the main restaurant. Please come again soon!
What a fresh surprise! I think this is one of the best beach side dining spots in Melbourne. You are literally on the beach when dining, with uninterrupted views of the bay. This restaurant has recently been given a new lease of life and what a fantastic job the team at Elwood Bathers have done. Food fantastic and service too. Casual dining approach with excellent menu and wine list. Love what they have done here.
Be still our beating hearts! This review makes all our hard work worthwhile, we look forward to seeing you again very soon 😁
The staff were absolutely charming and food was good.
Thank you for your kind review, hope to see you again soon : )
Awesome view but I think the restaurant rests on that as a trigger for people to come and unfortunately the food leaves a bit to be desired. Considering what you are paying for your meals and understand that they can charge more because of the spectacular views, I think level of food needs to improve and some dishes need to be bigger or pricing come down a bit. This place has a lot going for it but still got a way to go.
The main positive I can say is they have great staff and the service was exceptional, and this is why people will come back apart from the views so management really need to look after their staff.
Thank you for your comments, feedback is always welcome and taken into consideration. Thrilled that you found the service exceptional – this is fantastic to hear! And we appreciate your comments on the food, we agree that it’s a challenge to find balance but we’re working hard on getting it right. Really hope to see you again soon.
Nice view but too noisey and food expensive for what it is.
Thanks for taking the time to comment, we are aware that the noise levels are a little high at times and we are taking steps to rectify this. There are a couple of tables in the restaurant where the noise levels are lower, if you let the team know on booking we can do our best to get you a quiet spot.