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The Hardware Societe

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

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  • 313
    Excellent
  • 150
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
Everyone who visits us from SE Asia has read a review & wants to got there, never let us down.

I go every 4 or 5 months since it reopened, great food, great service, always a big crowd, always a buzz. If you are trying to get away from people you know in Singapore, HK or think again. There is a couple of big tables for larger groups which is nice, good balance of items on the menu & staff... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
Kabwe
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Australia
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
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501 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Australia
Top Contributor
149 reviews 149 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I go every 4 or 5 months since it reopened, great food, great service, always a big crowd, always a buzz. If you are trying to get away from people you know in Singapore, HK or think again. There is a couple of big tables for larger groups which is nice, good balance of items on the menu & staff... More 

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Auckland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We rocked up fairly early on a Friday morning, it was busy but it didn't take too long a wait before we got a table. Sitting one end of a communal table it was cosy but fun. Great menu with interesting choices. My latte was fab and my shredded pork brioche with pickled beetroot and slaw on the side was... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Went by myself, had to share a table which was fine. Had to wait 10 minutes in the queue but well worth it. Had the best BLT ever! Have to go back someday soon"

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Singapore
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Visited Melbourne on business trip and found ourselves there on a Sunday for brunch. The line was about a dozen people long, but we used the time to peruse the menu since this was our first time. The staff were very efficient, you have to be given how busy this place is. The four of us ordered six dishes because... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Great choice. Food was excellent. I suggest the baked eggs. Awesome atmosphere. Very busy, but fast service. Only one problem, the waitress said my friends choice of meal a bit "common" and I found this a bit awkward. Other than that great experience.

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Australia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Be prepared to arrive early if you don't want to wait. We ate here on Saturday morning, arrived about 9.00am and only had to wait a couple mins for a table - the place was packed already! (the line was 20 deep when we left about an hour later). The breakfasts are divine and considering how busy it is they... More 

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Bern, Switzerland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant was a bit too touristic for us. Long queues and waiting times in combination with average food. The ranking is too high for that place. What we really liked were the coffee and the selfmade limonades.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Arrived at half 10 and waited all of 2 minutes! Sat down on ordered a latte with the girl. Super friendly service from all the staff. Sat right in front of then chef and the kitchen. Loved watching them cook away and make the dishes. The baked eggs were amazing! Full of flavours!! Will return when next in Melbourne!

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Baked eggs Duex Eggs, bacon, potato, spinach and magic all combined for a fantastic breakfast. You'll need to wait for a table but it's well worth it.

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Perth, Australia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Loved the food here. Came back twice and both times the food didn't disappoint. Coffee was above average too. That being said, it gets very crowded and be prepared to wait for a table as well as share it with others. Pleasant staff too!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 120 Hardware Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Melbourne CBD
  • Neighborhood: Melbourne CBD
  • 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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