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The Hardware Societe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Central Business District
Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options
As featured in Complete Melbourne and 1 other guide
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120 Hardware St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9078 5992
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A short wait and then a shared table but nevertheless the quality of the food and drinks were excellent with good service and next to no waiting time for food order to arrive. Baked eggs with mushrooms were amazing.

Thank Jayne D
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went on a weekday morning at ard 10am and the queue was about 20mins. I like it that menu was not over extensive but had all the breakfast essentials. We had the ham hock Benedict and continental breakfast. Both were tasty and portions were not too overwhelming. Love the bread there by the way. Please of course try the... More 

Thank graciepapa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The food here is amazing. Visited with friends had the bircher, salmon and roasted mushrooms. When in melbourne it's great to share food so you can taste everything and still pay a decent amount around 25 per head. The roasted mushrooms not that great, it's not a taste I personally enjoy had this weird herb in it which tasted like... More 

Thank TheDandelion24
Whangamata, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here for my birthday breakfast. Were there when it opened. Service was quick and attentive. I had brioche with fruit and pannacotta, it was divine. Coffee was lukewarm and weak. We would definitely return

Thank HappyTraveller656920
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

OH MY GOD! this place is pure magic! my favourite dishes are definitely the lobster benedict, and the coquilles saint jacques served with a tuna millefeuilles. Needless to say the coffee is amazing, recently I tried a matcha latte, it was so delicious. definitely, best breakfast place in Melbourne!

Thank Samia E
San Francisco, California
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179 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

WOW WOW WOW 3 words that describe how I feel about this place. Excellent and its really popular but worth it. My friend had whatever special they had for that day - something to do with poached eggs and what did I have, scrambled eggs - OMG heaven heaven heaven. Service was extremely good, and the location, yes .... If... More 

Thank Neema46664
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing service by all! The guy at the front actually remembered my name after me giving it to him 30 mins ago on the waiting list. When we were seated we sat at a share table which was perfectly fine as we chatted to everyone. Our waiter was amazing! Think his name was jay? I say listen to the staff... More 

Thank Belinda G
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

How can you not dine at this iconic cafe? It's expensive but the food, and service will make you forger it quickly. ..just tighten on the other meals!. Baked eggs are very filling...does not look much but it is. The wagyu steak was very good...larger then I expected . We ordered the eggs, wagyu steak and two orders of lobster... More 

Thank Howie1976
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Yip, it's a perfect brunch. The place is super popular so expect to wait in the street for a bit - there is a sign to wait by - make sure you do to get your name on the list. The system is a little brutal - if you aren't there when your name is called, you won't be called... More 

Thank NickLanigan
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Did not disappoint! Excellent fresh food, good variety of choices. Friendly attentive staff, a must when in Melbourne. Love the little donut with coffee..

Thank Jo-Anne N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 am - 3:00 pm
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 120 Hardware St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9078 5992

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Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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