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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
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch

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  • 35
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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
What no Bacon and Eggs!

What no Bacon and Eggs!, well not really.What a great way to start the day! The French themed food is awesome, mixed with a great vibe and excellent service, this the place to go for a great breakfast/brunch Do miss it when in Melbourne

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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English first
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

What no Bacon and Eggs!, well not really.What a great way to start the day! The French themed food is awesome, mixed with a great vibe and excellent service, this the place to go for a great breakfast/brunch Do miss it when in Melbourne

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Bendigo, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We had brunch at the Society today and yes you had to wait... even during the week.... but it was worth it... great service from staff... meals arrived quickly and pleasantly... the mushrooms on walnut bread.... absolutely beautiful... its worth the wait... well recommended......

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Eltham, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The Hardware Societe deserves its title as best breakfast in Melbourne. Food is five star, the atmosphere is amazing, the staff are great. Go early, or during the week as the lines can be long. But worth it, so worth it. As a local, this is my pick for breakfast

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Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Visited for brunch and had to wait 45 minutes for a table, there were that many people waiting. But it was worth it. Ordered the baked eggs and brioche. The baked eggs were moreish and hearty for a cold winter's day and the brioche with raspberries and lychees was delightful. Great coffee was also had and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This place ticks all your bosses. A unique French restaurant tucked away in Melbourne's CBD. Everything on the menu has a uniqueness about it- offering an element of French cuisine from the sauces to the composition. Watch as the chefs compose the dishes like masterpieces. You know that the food will be amazing when seating is tight, lines are out... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

My friend who recommended this place had told me about the wait but little did we expect a line at 10:30 in the morning on a weekday! It was well worth it, though. After about 15 minutes we were shown to our table where there was space for a pram (yes we had a toddler with us). We ordered baked... More 

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Very busy and would need to queue if one doesn't turn up early on a weekend. Worth the wait though. Love the fried brioche and also the baked eggs. Coffee really good too. Service could be a bit patchy at times

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We knew that we would have to wait to eat here and it was well worth it. Arrived about 10:00 and had a coffee by 10:30. Food came very quickly. Staff were great too, highly recommended.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Good food, fast service, great coffee. Had bacon and eggs, great spicy tomato chutney, nice clean and friendly staff.

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Heard a lot of hype about this cafe. The queue IS long. Went around 11 and had a 20+ minute wait. The drinks menu is favorable, iced mocha is one of the best iced coffee's ive ever had. Food was...above average at best. Lacked a fair bit of salt and seasoning. Plating does look pretty however. Bill came up to... More 

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Additional Information about The Hardware Societe

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

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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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