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The Hardware Societe

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120 Hardware Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9078 5992
Today
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Just Awesome

What a great little tucked away french inspired restaurant. The food is delicious, the decor eclectic and warming and the coffee is the best. I would have eaten here everyday if I could. So worth a stop

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
cndihrtrn
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Bakersfield, California
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547 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Bakersfield, California
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

What a great little tucked away french inspired restaurant. The food is delicious, the decor eclectic and warming and the coffee is the best. I would have eaten here everyday if I could. So worth a stop

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Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I ordered the red pepper and peas (without chorizo). The first few bites were okay, but soon the omelette turned out to be too creamy. Definitely overrated and not worth for the long queue at all.

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

i was there at the cafe around 9am on a weekend and it was a already packed, but managed to grab a seat at the bar counter. i ordered the baked eggs right away because it was one of the most popular dishes the cafe is known for. it comes in 2 flavours - vegetarian (pumpkin and pureed cauliflower) and... More 

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Geelong, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This has to be one of the best cafe's that we have been too if not THE BEST! I had read reviews that that there was generally a long waiting period to get in - I can completely understand why. We were lucky to grab a seat inside straight away for breakfast and all the seats outside were full even... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Quiet a noisy place, lot of people coming in and out, much like a macdonald's, but the overall experience was pleasant with quality products and tasty food, perfect for a brunch. They also sell lots of good french products.

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Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Sensational food, the coffee is on the weak side,but I came here for breakfast and it did not disappoint me at all. Be prepare to queue.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015 via mobile

really warm interior and bubbly staffs. Coffee is always served well and the food never disappoints me. the wait is sometimes overly long but definately worth the wait.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Food wasnt as good as I expected and coffee wasnt the way I like it. I ordered the vegen mushroom breakky, lucky I don't eat much for breakky coz potion isn't big. Coffee did not have much coffee taste but milk taste. Visited around 1130 and only waited for less than 30mins to be seated. Service is okay.

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Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I've been here numerous times, try to go early on weekends to avoid the line, but it is worth the wait. I've always had great service and food!

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Adelaide, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Melbourne Sunday morning cold , wet and my team lost. Recommended to go for breakfast to cheer up. 9.30 am and it was full and buzzing inside. Took the last table outside which was warm enough. Great, friendly staff, flavoursome well-presented food and excellent coffee all at a very reasonable price.Highly recommend it. Note that by 9.45 there was a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 120 Hardware Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9078 5992

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French, Spanish
Open Hours
Sunday
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
8:30 am - 2:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?