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Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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All reviews lamb sardines barramundi prawns fresh seafood greek restaurant great atmosphere last saturday central coast greece mains paul dips paintings waterfront ferry patrons
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Reviewed 17 January 2024 via mobile

The food was amazing got the Greek feast but the service could have been a bit better. I had to go up and order a baklava by myself and took them ages to come up and ask what I wanted. Other than that restaurant was...great and is a definite comeback.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 13 January 2024

Good food and plenty however music too loud for conversation and despite requests to tone it down owner refused. For this reason my friends and I wont be back.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 17 November 2023

Third time lucky...No! This time my husband and I invited a female friend to dinner at this Greek restaurant. Jennie loves lamb so we didn't hesitate to order, passing on the entree just got some bread for the table. The slow roasted lamb dishes themselves...were very nice the meat tender the sauce flavorsome but served with soggy chips as an accompaniment with nothing else seems very strange -we asked why not vegetables, is this a Greek tradition? Our waiter suggested a bottle of Greek white wine (not retsina), told us it was superb and would go nicely with our food choice. We found the wine to be both overpriced at somewhere over $60 a bottle and very forgettable. The menu remains stagnant, the decor out of date, there are no truly wonderful things to say about this restaurant, won't be back & sadly, that further narrows the food options on this part of the coast.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 22 April 2023 via mobile

We enjoyed our lunch -- the John Dory was perfectly cooked and the lamb souvlaki was pleasingly medium rare. The venue was strictly no-frills, which was fine, but it was also rundown, which was not -- the table top was sticky and the overall feeling...was rickety. Since the prices are a bit on the high side, management should be able to clean and spruce the place up without losing what they hope is its old-world charm.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 13 April 2023

Ela Mesa offers fabulous authentic Greek dishes, wine, beer and spirits. I find it hard to go past the char-grilled Moreton Bay bugs and prawns, and also the dips and pita bread to share. But there is a broad selection of Greek dishes to choose...from. Their Greek wines are fabulous, carefully selected by the owner, Paul (we are especially partial to the reds). The restaurant interior is graced with paintings and photographs of Greece and traditional Greek instruments (which I believe are sometimes played on Friday or Saturday evenings). And there is an outdoor patio which is refreshing in fine weather. One of our favourite places on the Central Coast. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 5 April 2023

The food was bland. The outdoor garden area is quite run down. The owner was grumpy. Overpriced in my opinion

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 22 December 2022 via mobile

The food is average the owner is arrogant our friends wont go there for this reason have been there before thought id give another go nothing has changed.Only friendly when you pay bill.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 17 December 2022 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed the food and atmosphere of the restaurant. My friends and I had a great night and I would highly recommend Ela Mesa.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 4 November 2022

We were staying near Gosford & had the ferry trip across to Woy Woy recommended. After getting off the ferry and wanting some lunch, we walked near the back of this Greek restaurant. Looked like we had landed on a Greek Is & as we...love Greek food, we went in. The restaurant looks like you are actually in Greece in one of the waterfront cafes. We had amazing Baby Squid & Sardines and both dishes were superb. We also had their local Greek white wine - very drinkable! And fantastic staff looking after us. If seen from the front of the restaurant, it looks like nothing much of a cafe, but walk past the back of it and you are sold! Can't recommend highly enough.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 25 September 2022

We had lunch at Ela Mesa on 24 Sept 2022. The atmosphere was amazing, the service was excellent and the food was superb; the meat tender, the fish cooked beautifully and the Greek dips were delicious. Well worth the visit.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 13 April 2022

A group of four last Saturday night , were very impressed by the dips and pita as the starters (Pita a little light so needed to order more) but the 4 variety dips was excellent. The two of us who had lamb found not only...was it not succulent, it was tough and not easy to enjoy even though the meat was the cause. The kitchen got one sent back, we were offered another dish but by the time it came out the others in the group would have finished their meals so it was declined a dessert ordered instead. Of course happens, the staff told the friend who was paying they'd been sent a tough batch of meat, in this case the patrons have been told that lamb was off the menu tonight as it should have been obvious to those cooking it and there's no point in tarnishing the restaurants reputation offering by inferior quality. Apart from that we did enjoy the evening, will return as we've been before and found it was fantastic. We do enjoy the music here on Saturday evenings (although it's a little loud to allow much dinner discussion unless you strain to yell over the top). Perhaps it would be best to reserve the louder music until later in the evening when coffee and desserts are coming out.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 4 February 2022

First time at Ela Mesa tonight for our wedding anniversary. We did not have reservation but they were very accommodating. We had the baby octopus and chilli prawns with rice for entree - fabulous. Mains we selected were the barramundi and the slow cooked lamb...- both delicious and cooked to perfection. The wait staff were welcoming, friendly and attentive. Thank you making our night special. We will definitely returnMore

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 26 January 2022 via mobile

Great atmosphere, lovely food, excellent service. Have walked past a few times and finally tried lunch. Glad we did. Very enjoyable. Will be back.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 3 January 2022 via mobile

On a last minute booking we came here for a NYE dinner as a bit of a treat. We made some online enquiries and got really quick and helpful responses from the restaurant and so committed to the fixed price NYE banquet. We were excited...about a NYE Greek feast. It didn’t turn out like that. We walked into the restaurant almost unacknowledged and whilst the staff were courteous they were not attentive. For the price, the food serving was stingy and - apart from the seafood which was quite nice - the food was average. We also paid a fixed price for the kids on the understanding we would all be sharing the same banquet dishes but then found the kids only got a choice of pretty average chicken or lamb skewers with chips after we had shared some entree dishes. Can’t recommend and will not return.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 22 December 2021

Before Covid my friend and I had been to Ela Mesa several times. This time we caught up with two other friends who were first timers there. Food was excellent as usual, however service wasn't great and at times none existent. There was a lag...in bringing several of the drinks and one drink altogether forgotten. The music started around 6:45, right when customers were trying to have a conversation, and was so loud for such a small venue, we couldn’t even hear the person sitting beside us. They didn’t turn the music down or take a break, even the waitress basically put her ear against my friends mouth just to hear her. My first timer friends aren’t keen on rushing back.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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hmm I'm not sure what this is all about. I am also from the Central Coast and gave a positive review of ela mesa.
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Ela Mesa is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4