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John Gorilla

) #103 of 118 Coffee & Tea in Melbourne #2,690 of 3,626 Places to Eat in Melbourne €€ - €€€ Cafe,
49 Pearson Street | Brunswick West, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good39%
  • Average18%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible7%
2 weeks ago
“Breakfast with Socrates”
13 Jun 2017
“Always lovely, great coffee.”
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Cafe, Australian
€€ - €€€
49 Pearson Street | Brunswick West, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There must be a connection between philosophy and gorillas. It may be just that they are both interesting! There is a rather lovely piece of art of a gorilla in her Sunday Best, and Socrates (and all his philosophical mates) takes the form of a...More

Thank Linda H
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

The staff at John Gorilla are always lovely and they make delicious coffee. Usually at least one dog around when I visit which is an added bonus.

1  Thank Emily B
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

Living round the corner from this cafe and a supporter of small establishments, i was very happy with the food and service here for over 2 years. The last visits though, the place has gone down dramatically with Manager's negative demeaning comments to staff in...More

2  Thank MadamBrussels
Reviewed 25 April 2017

At first I fell in love with this place. I must admit- I am a breakfast lover. At first sight their menu and the interior are amazing. The team is friendly and helpful but ... the owner is the least pleasant part of the place....More

3  Thank Karolina U
Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

I went to JG because it is only a walking distance from our place. We had a brunch there. The food is a ok. The coffee is not for my liking, but they serve baby cino so my toddler can have a drink similar to...More

Thank hastin h
Reviewed 3 November 2016

If only they put the effort into menu and not overcharging plus at least trying to be pleasant to customers that they put into the original styling? Thankfully there are plenty of alternatives in the area.

2  Thank Mick M
Reviewed 8 July 2016

It took me a while to make up my mind what to eat, as the vegetarian choices were meagre and the menu said: "no changes". Anyway, I was happy in the end. Perhaps the cafe is too hipster for me. At the next table a...More

Thank platypus150
Reviewed 11 February 2016

I love wandering up here whenever I am in Melbourne. The service is always good, the staff friendly and the coffee great!

1  Thank Danielle G
Reviewed 25 January 2016 via mobile

I really wanted to like this cafe as it was my local and so gave them quite a few opportunities but always left with that feeling of having over paid for something mediocre. The food menu is to be honest boring and over priced. The...More

Thank Lisa L
Reviewed 20 January 2016 via mobile

The food is a bit steep, but not totally unreasonable. You get what you pay for. Coffees are well-made and I can say with confidence that everything I have tried in my more than five visits has been exquisite.

1  Thank Neil H
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Cafe, Australian
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
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Open Hours
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 49 Pearson Street | Brunswick West, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne
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