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“Is the view worth the extra cost?”
Review of The Baths Upstairs

The Baths Upstairs
Ranked #8 of 137 Restaurants in Brighton
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Australian
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Baths overlooks Melbourne’s only remaining sea baths, offering fine cuisine and unbeatable service amidst magnificent panoramic views of the city and Port Phillip Bay. The Baths Middle Brighton is a restaurant, cafe and bar that also specialises in individually tailored functions, offering many different experiences within one venue. The Baths is perfect for weddings, cocktail parties, birthdays, anniversaries, conferences, product launches, corporate entertaining.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

The Baths is a good restaurant. The issue is whether the cost meets the standard. My view is probably not. I think you are probably paying an 10% to 15% for the view - and it you end up near a pillar, that can be a little restricted!
The food was good. We shared an entree of the Tasting Board for 2 - our 3rd guest did not want entree. Essentially, for $40, you got a serve of cold cuts and some garnishes along with some thinly sliced raw tuna. The price was about right. Most of the other entrees were over $20 and in some cases over $25.
For mains, we had barramundi, the duck and a porterhouse. The average cost of these dishes was about $35. All of the dishes were tasty, adequate in size but probably closer to the $30 mark.
We skipped desert and the wine, which we consumed by the glass (5 glasses all up) was around the $12 to $15 mark - again, not expensive, but not cheap.
In the end, we averaged out at $100 per person and that was without a dessert (although we did order tea and coffee). Had we included dessert we would have hit the $350 mark.
Overall, a good meal but just that little more expensive than I thought it should have been. Interestingly, for a Thursday night, there were only 4 tables occupied - I know it is school holidays and that the Brighton set head away on holidays, but a restaurant with a view of the beach (and city skyline) with only 4 tables occupied at 7.30 to 8 pm on a Thursday night must have some drawback; I suspect it is the price. Even people in Brighton know what is and isn't good value; this is on the cusp which probably explains the low customer turnout.

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Thank LeoGuy60
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Went here for a last minute dinner..staff were so accommodating as we didn’t make any reservations..bit expensive but I think you pay for the place..nice view of the beach.

Thank zella p
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TheBaths1, Manager at The Baths Upstairs, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Thanks Zella P for the review, we hope to see you again soon!

Kind regards,
The Baths Management

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Reviewed 21 March 2018

Invited friends here for Sunday lunch hoping that the food and service would match the fabulous views, unfortunately we left feeling a little let down.
The Good; venue was clean and well presented, we were taken to our table which was along the window as we'd requested at time of booking. Entree's were all acceptable, the group enjoyed the sharing plate, baby squid and zucchini flowers. For mains our friends said the Salmon and Duck was pleasant and the Eton mess dessert was the pick of the day and absolutely delicious.
The Bad; waiter was difficult to understand due to his accent and not helped by the high volume of noise even though the restaurant didn't appear to be full. This also made discussion between us more difficult. The seafood platter was dreadful! 4 prawns, 2 sliced scallops, a couple of slices of salmon and kingfish each and the rest of the platter was pippies, mussels and clams all in shell and tasting salty as though they hadn't been cleaned properly.
The Ugly; The bill was way too expensive for the quality of the food and the service.

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Reviewed 12 March 2018

Used to be a classy restaurant with sophisticated quiet plush atmosphere. Has now completely changed down-market, with hard floors making it extremely noisy. Full of yobbos in t-shirt, shorts and thongs.

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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

In summary, a very expensive dinner with very average service experienced inside a cloudy fish bowl.

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Taking visitors out from overseas and having been to cafe downstairs with varying success, we thought the restaurant upstairs would be a great way to showcase our beach front.

Bums.

Basically, it was the perfect weather night and sunset was insane - but we had to go outside to enjoy because the windows were so filthy you couldn’t appreciate the view. Given week had been sensational weather and this was a Saturday night, we would have thought the one thing that separates Baths from other restaurants (the view) would be kept pristine.

Took an hour between ordering and service, with one meal arriving even later - a small apology but no offer of any compensation.

Menu was limited - main beef dish cost $85, no chicken option.

The one thing you have is the view - and it’s not given the respect it deserves.

Thank Karen A
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TheBaths1, Manager at The Baths Upstairs, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2018

Hi Karen,

I'm sorry to hear about your experience, could you please email events@middlebrightonbaths.com.au so we can investigate.

Kind regards,
The Baths Management

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