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“Not the warmest staff ---”

St. Elmo Dining Room and Bar
Ranked #6 of 190 Restaurants in Byron Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish, Wine Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Fabulous menu featuring traditional Spanish food; courteous, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable wait staff, great atmosphere, reasonable prices. A great venue for any occasion in one of the best spots in the whole of Australia - Byron Bay.
Sao Paulo, SP
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21 reviews
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“Not the warmest staff ---”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2013 via mobile

I thought the second time might be the proverbial "charm", but no such luck. While staying at the attached Apartment Inn, I attempted to have a cocktail here twice and received a less than warm reception from the staff on both occasions. In a town where "laid back" and casual seems to be the norm, I had the feeling I was walking into a NYC bar with attitude from the start. I left the Americas to escape this sort of thing for the holidays. Pass this one by and patronize one of the more local happy staffed places just down the way!

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English first
Sydney, Australia
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77 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Fantastic food that competes with best Spanish down South”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2013

Dined last Sunday night as a family of 4 and found the food quality to be fantastic. The owner Tom is a fabulous host and a local returning with his partner to the area. All of the dishes were delicious, generously sized and well priced tapas. Figs were locally sourced and the freshness was obvious. We enjoyed a great Spanish wine after Tom recommended the Mencia which we plan to hunt down!
Definitely our favourite meal whilst in Byron
Easily competes with the Movida's, Tapavino and Ananda.
Nice atmosphere and professional service top off a great night out.

  • Visited December 2013
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Perth, Australia
2 reviews
“Lovely”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2013

Great selection of tapas, and very friendly and helpful staff. No live music unfortunately on the night we visited. The food we ordered was all delicious but some was quite spicy so be aware if you have sensitive taste buds!

  • Visited December 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews
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“A very good place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2013

Usually I'm not a big fan of tapas restaurant, because they are too pricey and the quality is not always there. St Elmo was a very good surprise: the tapas were elaborated, you can note a lot of research behind each tapas, the quality is here and it's good value for money.
The service was good but could be improved, for example by makling sure that cutomers don't need to ask water several times before being served, and serving the water before pouring the wine.
Overall, a very good place that I would recommend for people who are after quality food without breaking the bank, and don't mind a few mistake in the service.

  • Visited December 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
“Great Cocktails and service to match”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2013

Great Cocktails and service, food was also good. Only bad thing is they close by 10pm on a sunday and call last drinks @ 9.30pm

Visited November 2013
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