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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

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  • 310
    Excellent
  • 147
    Very good
  • 26
    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
Great food

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
21ARC
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
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English first
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 NEW

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
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

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
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 via mobile

Its a funky cafe with lots of buzz. You get the feeling that everyone here is delighted to be here and didnt just turn up to this place, they sought it out purposely. I really enjoyed breakfast at this cafe, it's quiet a small cafe but the turnover is very quick, we recieved our meals within maybe 15 mins of... More 

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George Town, Malaysia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Come early if you hate to queue. The omelette is top-notch. Best I ever had in my life. Coffee was above average; in fact better than what I expected after hearing the reviews from buddies. Overall it was a decent dining experience despite being alone amongst the round table of lovely couples. I'll queue for it again if I need... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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117 reviews 117 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Be prepared for long queues at this place. The place is tucked inside one of Melbourne's many back street lanes. Arrived here bright and early and still had a 20 minute wait (by the time we finished we estimated the wait for the new joiners to be 1 hour+). On Saturdays this place only offers the brunch menu which is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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42 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

A great brunch option in Melbourne. We had to wait about 15 minutes for a table on a weekday so would imagine the wait at the weekend is longer. I had the fried brioche with salted caramel - it was delicious but I couldn't eat the whole thing. My partner had the baked eggs with chorizo and was very pleased... More 

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Senior Contributor
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

After seeing great reviews we came here for a late breakfast. There was a 15 minute wait for a table of four and double that for a table outside. We waited as the restaurant was full and the food looked amazing. Best breakfast ive had so far in Australia. There is a wide selection of well presented food and it... More 

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Brisbane
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67 reviews 67 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We thoroughly recommend the Hardware Societe. The food was great and the staff attentive. The ambience was quirky and suited the vibe they're aiming for.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Go early and put your name on a list. And make sure you're not hungry when you get there! We waiting an hour for a table. The food comes out really fast though.

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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?