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The Hardware Societe

€€ - €€€Cafe, , Vegetarian Friendly
120 Hardware St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9078 5992
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
120 Hardware St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Last weekend, my wife, my 3 year old son and I had lunch at The Hardware Societe. Upon arriving at the restaurant, we found a queue of about 10 people waiting for a table. Our names were quickly taken by one of the staff and...More

Thank akc2010
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved all the food & drinks I ordered - lobster benedict, duck confit, flat white and matcha. Just be prepared to wait! Trust me, it’s worth it! If only I had more time in Melbourne, I would have gone back again for brunch. Hardware Societe...More

Thank Kaye K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Melbourne continues to deliver with its connection to France. This incredible cafe is located in a small one way street with both indoor and outdoor seating. A popular cafe so expect to wait at least 10 mins for a seat... but it’s worth the small...More

Thank Thomas C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not sure what the hype is about this place. Its nice and the food is above average but the location, atmosphere and ambience lets it down slightly. We sat outside, which is essentially on the pavement on a back alleyway. The menu had lots of...More

1  Thank Angela C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely atmosphere...good service. Quite expensive and food slightly overrated, with limited options on this French menu. Coffees were great.

Thank Kelvin J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Picked this restaurant based on good reviews. We were seated immediately after arriving but options were a private table outside (cold and rainy) or at a communal table. I ordered the Baked eggs Trois (with mushrooms and potato) and my husband ordered the Pain Perdu....More

Thank friscotex
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived 30 minutes after it opened, & waited 10 minutes for our table, which was fine. We both loved our breakfast, I chose Fior de Buratta (see pic) which was absolutely divine. We loved the atmosphere, I especially loved Anthony Bourdain’s quote in the...More

Thank PetaAndy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My partner and I went to Hardware Societe on th erecommendaiton of our hotel and were not disappointed. We didn't have to wait too long and enjoyed being on the community table. Lovely staff and really delicious food. Everything was presented so well and full...More

Thank chloé A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely service at this cafe but I had lukewarm coffee and a very average breakfast. I ordered the chorizo baked eggs and the eggs were fully cooked, very bland and dry. I think the others enjoyed their breakfast, but definitely not worth the wait or...More

Thank LeeParr2727
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We waited for exactly 15 minutes to get a table in this cute cafe that was buzzing with crowd. There was this long wait and we weren't sure if it would be worth it.... Called for Hot Chocolates, Chai Latte, Baked Egg with Chorizo, Lobster...More

Thank Ozzy-Kunnu
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Questions & Answers
28 March 2018|
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Response from hellodi | Property representative |
Yes the brioche is cooled in a seperate clean pan
5 August 2017|
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Response from hellodi | Property representative |
No I'm sorry we don't take any form of bookings Thanks for your enquiry Di
7 January 2015|
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Response from Dayeian | Reviewed this property |
Hunter valley is in NSW, 1.5hrs North of Sydney.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:30 - 14:00
07:30 - 15:00
07:30 - 15:00
07:30 - 15:00
07:30 - 15:00
07:30 - 15:00
08:30 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 120 Hardware St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9078 5992
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