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The Hardware Societe

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120 Hardware Lane, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9078 5992
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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: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast

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  • 37
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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
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I had the best brunch at melbourne here! Love the decorations, with lovely staff! It's not too big but homy. I ordered scramble eggs. It consists of scramvled eggs, bun (love it), and bacon!! It was huge with wonderful taste. Don't forget to order the coffee, and also the hot chocolate... Both are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Indonesian first
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  • Korean first
  • Spanish first
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I had the best brunch at melbourne here! Love the decorations, with lovely staff! It's not too big but homy. I ordered scramble eggs. It consists of scramvled eggs, bun (love it), and bacon!! It was huge with wonderful taste. Don't forget to order the coffee, and also the hot chocolate... Both are great beverages!! You can also try the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We dined twice here in the 5 days we were in Melbourne. The Croque Madame and Lobster Benedict are an absolute must, they sent my taste bubs in a frenzy! Great atmosphere and food is top notch. The hardest thing is picking something from the amazing menu! get in early so you don't have to que

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

No wait at all. Really nice food and great staff. Small place and loud at times. When we left there was a line of 9 people waiting to get in. And its a monday. So weekends id say it would be packed. Coffee was a little warm.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Loved this place so much we had to go twice. Food and Coffee excellent. Standout presentation of dishes and the menu is deliciously different from anywhere else. My only gripe would be the owner/manager berating staff, on both my visits, during a busy service time. Not a good look. Lining up for breakfast is annoying and staff should remember the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We had breakfast here one raining morning and the food and service was superb. The venue is rather small and it was very busy when we were there which is what you expect from a great cafe. Slightly cramped but the food made up for that!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

My second experience of brunch in Melbourne. I recommend getting here a little earlier than originally planned as it is clearly a VERY popular spot. Although, we were seated immediately, there was no indoor seating left and shortly after, queues started emerging. Our waiter kindly switched on the outdoor heating for us as soon as we arrived. We received excellent... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

I can not believe that I actually waited 45 minutes to get a table for breakfast. I was surprised to see a queue for breakfast. I had the pork belly and fried eggs - heavenly!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

I was impressed with the service - Loved the duck confit, tender with crispy skin. The coffee was good as well. Overall it was a great experience. Need to come a bit early in the morning to avoid queue.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Everything eggs, everything fantastic. I'd recommend the baked eggs with chorizo above everything. Next it'll be the lobster egg benedict. Come early to avoid long Q, especially on weekend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Love the food and coffee there, we had the best breakfast in Melbourne, get there early to avoid the queue.

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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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