Au79

4.5
17 reviews
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$40 and under
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Modern Australian
Top tags:
  • Brunch
  • Casual
  • Sunday Lunch
AU79, a new contemporary space that has been transformed from a former mechanics warehouse into an exciting and impressive Melbourne cafe, sitting within the eclectic suburb of Abbotsford and incorporating a coffee roastery, cafe, bakery and patisserie, offering a unique event space and experience with fantastic food, drinks and atmosphere.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Modern Australian, Café, Breakfast
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Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday 7am - 3pm
Saturday and Sunday 8am - 3pm
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Phone number
(03) 9429 0138
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Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Au79 can accommodate up to 80 guests for seated events during the cafe's operation hours, which is inclusive of a dance area and/or stage. Or 150 guests for cocktail events down the back in a private area.
* The whole venue can also accomodate 200+ guests for cocktail events at night.
For the exclusive use of Au79 a venue hire fee is applicable.

This is inclusive of:
- 2 hour bump-in and out prior to start of event and post conclusion time
- Bose Sound System with 6 stereo speakers and 2 microphones.
- Fully functional bar area
- Lounge booths
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Neighbourhood
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Parking Details
On site 4 hours complimentary parking available during weekday business hour, unlimited parking available after 6pm and weekends, plus underground parking available before 10:30pm next door.
Additional
Beer, Cafe, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wi-Fi available
What 17 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.4
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.1
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ES
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

The first time I visited this place in Nov 2018 we had a very good breakfast
On 9th Dec the food was terrible - the scrambled eggs were bland, the greens were not seasoned the toast pale

I honestly thought this was so disappointing - I suspect they have many chefs and the quality of the meals depends on who is on

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Got seated without a problem. Ordered and all came quite promptly. Food and coffee were very enjoyable. The true service came when one of us left our lunch phone behind. Went back to retrieve it and staff helped to look for it at table with much success! Service and beyond.

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LS
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely venue with a great menu. We were seated up the back and the sun was very bright overhead. If sun sensitive, you may need a hat.
Very loud environment, especially as the music kept getting louder the longer we stayed. AC was blasting and reflecting off windows that made us a little chilled.
However, the staff are attentive, the decor is pleasing, food and option variety is wonderful. This place is great for large groups with easy access.

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CL
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

AU79 was fantastic when it first opened, I have been many times since and unfortunately I am finding each time I go the food quality and choices are slipping. My toast was not toasted, my chorizo almost burnt so very dry and hard to cut, the 2 fried eggs where overcooked and tiny. My fellow diners also complained. One had the salmon and said it was tiny and the 3 arancini balls where over cooked. the side salad as sad, with just a handful of leaves and thinly sliced radish.
I doubt very much I will be returning, 3 Bags Full offers more variety for lunch and quality is better.

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AS
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely brunch food (which came very quickly). Very well made Aperol Spritz. Wait staff friendly but not intrusive.

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MH
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great Venue. Caring and efficient staff. Good menu

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SL
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambience, delicious breakfast options and convenient parking on street or next door car park.

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RZ
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Up market, trying to be super cool and trendy. But does being trendy mean the abandonment of life time breakfast favourites. Apparently yes, it does. Imagine ordering a side of tomato with breakfast to find it is, without warning, a cold tomato salad. Ditto when ordering the salmon - turned out to be salmon moose, quite nice but unexpected and not at all so described on the menu. In fact the new menu (different from the menu on the web the day before upon which we decided to go there) did not even list bacon as a side or as part of any breakfast.

Eggs served rock hard. imagine a place selling breakfasts but does not carry marmalade ! Weird.

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SP
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 5

Went to AU79 with quite a few expectations the food was very bland with the presentation and the seasoning. This spring menu is very uninspiring and not much for vegetarians. The presentation was very lacklustre and at best average. The coffee was decent but the cookies and deserts seemed a day old. What is great about this cafe is it’s beautiful space and decor and good for large groups. Also on a public holiday I agree, charging 10% surcharge but then make sure you are providing service and food for that that values worth. Hope they read this review and take it as a positive criticism and try and get better.

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BJ
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Decor is really lovely, and the presentation of the food is very instagramable! Staff are friendly

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SW
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Delicious food and drinks, highly recommended. Great service and beautiful set up, love the abundant greenery

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ST
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Staff tried to help us and resolve the issues which have been raised with us.There are some room for improvements to become more kids friendly.

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D
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very yummy food, great ambience, great service, love the decor, can't fault anything!

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A
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Came here for a work lunch and the wait was extremely long. Food was ok. Service seems to be faster on a weekend despite it being busier. The waitress allocated to our section requires customer service training. It's not ok to be talking and ranting about people in front of other patrons.

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R
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Friendly staff, connoisseur coffee selections, basic coffee good too!

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MG
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

Lovely place for catchup with friends. Good wheelchair access and nice and quiet in back area. Unfortunately hamburger meat not great.

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B
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 5Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

The ambiance and interior decorations are great, very very photogenic I would say. Love the green plants, they are so beautiful and refreshing. The coffees are amazing... I love cafe's with high quality, good taste coffees. It's unique place for a date or friends get-together. Some foods are conventional which is fare enough (like many cafe's have big breakfast, beef burgers, etc... they do taste good)... the corn polenta cakes are very tasty, do you guys use the secret recipe for that?

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