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“Left Waiting for Poor Home Cooking” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Buffs Bistro - CLOSED

Buffs Bistro
51 Great Ocean Rd, Apollo Bay, Victoria 3233, Australia
(03) 5237 6403
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Left Waiting for Poor Home Cooking”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

After being left to wait for almost an hour to be served I was then confronted with a very bland and overcooked piece of salmon and a side serve of vegetables that reminded me of those 'meat and three vege' days whilst living with my parents. Or you might think of those side serves that often accompany flight meals. Not something you want to pay around thirty dollars for.

When the owner was informed about our disappointing meal, a friend of mine ordered the same dish, he merely stated they have never had any complaints before.

He later returned the money, only to my friend, when we visited the restaurant the next day when she explained how she'd vomited several times in the night following the meal.

Next time I visit Apollo Bay I will be dining at the small fish and chip shop on the main street. Fish was very fresh, perfectly cooked and non greasy, and was a lot cheaper.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
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English first
Melbourne
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“An old favorite in Apollo Bay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

We always gravitate back to this place when we stay in Apollo Bay which we do whenever possible each year. The decor and environment is a blend of informal and rustic and just formal enough for it to feel like a night out as opposed to a casual bite. Staff/management are friendly and polite. Menu represents good value for money - 40% better value than other more overpriced restaurants we have tried in the town. Seafood chowder is a great longtime favorite here. We'll always gravitate back.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne
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35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Bistro Disappointment”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

Location is great. Food was average. Service was abrupt and not very friendly. My friend had slow cooked lamb, it was not. It was tough and so was the service when we mentioned it!!! So many other lovely places to go in Apollo Bay. This was overpriced and overated.

Visited December 2011
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Shanghai, China
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“very nice pie”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

Closed at around 9:30. We arrived just at this time. And we could not order by that time. So we take away two pies. Could be heated in the microven. And esp the apple pie very nice. The service is also very good which makes you feel at home and warm in your stomach.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Brisbane, Australia
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119 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
“Perfect seafood chowder”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

We enjoyed dinner at this restaurant on a chilly night. The seafood chowder with local ingredients was delicious. The other dishes were good too (generous serving of pork belly) but this was the stand out. Great service and quaint decor added to the experience. Unfortunately we were too full to be tempted by the numerous desserts on offer. Maybe next time as we will definitely be back.

Visited April 2012
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