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Chez Dré, South Melbourne, AU-VIC

Chez Dré

4.1
4.1
48 Reviews
$40 and under
Modern Australian
Pastry chef Andrea (Dre) Reiss & business partner Stephen Sam, with the team at Breathe Architecture, spent six months transforming this South Melbourne warehouse into a modern bakery & café with art deco influences that opened in 2011. Chez Dré compliments its rustic, industrial aesthetic with an eclectic mix of marble-topped tables, upcycled/reclaimed timber & green button-tufted banquettes. An original Chez Dré kaleidoscopic motif blankets the polished concrete floor & bespoke ironwork flanks the entrances with the shade of a peppercorn tree providing year-round seating in the courtyard. Divided into various spaces from the intimate banquette seating to large communal tables, Chez Dré offers a different experience to everyone including child friendly high chairs & a dog friendly courtyard.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 8:00 am–4:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 9690 2688

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

What 48 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. f

    foodie88

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Good location, however, its not the best brunch spot in Melbourne.
  2. BF

    BeaF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 May 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Overpriced for a cold brunch. Over cooked eggs and dried sausages and not so good food pairing. Destroyed the essence of an eggs Benedict and a sin to burn a brioche bread. Chez Dre’s food before was amazing and happy to pay for what it’s worth but very disappointing to come back to somewhat below average brunch.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here- good service, great menu and ambience.
  4. C

    Charmzzza

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Super friendly staff and the food was simply divine.
  5. C

    Chris

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent ambience, food and service. The staff were delightful.
  6. A

    Adjam

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Was a nice time; unfortunately we were seated by the door which was a little uncomfortable with a queue of people looming over you while eating. We were hoping to book for 7, but only for 6 available. Then seated on a table that would have fitted 8. Food was good, especially the croque madame. Servers were a little slow to take second rounds of coffee, but were very helpful.
  7. M

    Mghl

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Easy booking process. Nice food & friendly service. Able to sit in once we arrived, no trouble at all.
  8. C

    Chelz

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Need more variety of food and options. Otherwise it's quite basic.
  9. CB

    ChristineB

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a good experienc; delicious food and fab coffee
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience4
    Been here a number of times. Wait to actually get seated others a reservation was bad. Wait to actually get your food was even more silly. Staff too overwhelmed and by the time I get my Croque Monsieur it was a brick. Go somewhere else!
  11. C

    Charly

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Messed up our coffee orders 3 times despite waiting for more than 30 mins for it to arrive. We had to accept the final wrong coffee order as we got sick of waiting for it. Food portion that arrived was measly, we've eaten there prior a few times and were really surprised at how small the avo toast was when it was usually bigger than that. Unfortunately, never coming back again despite being a fan of Chez Dre for many many years.
  12. AC

    AngieC

    Canberra

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to catch up with friends and family, in an area where you can continue browsing through the fabulous South Melbourne markets or local speciality stores.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service!
  14. LY

    LingY

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good place for larger number gathering as well. Very interesting smoothies.
  15. JM

    JacquiM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I recommend this spot in south melbourne, beautiful outdoor space
  16. NM

    NatMam

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 March 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Fabulous little spot, great atmosphere, the food was delicious, great choices, staff were very friendly, we had a lovely lunch. Will be back.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and great food.
  18. TS

    TimS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 March 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    This was a new version of ChezDre which I had not been to since COVID struck. There were fewer people and fewer staff however the standard of the food was very good and all were happy with their meals. The staff were cheerful and accommodating. The speed of food preparation and delivery was excellent as was the meal presentation.
  19. RT

    RholandT

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food is not that something that you would wanna go back. Chez Dre is somtin that u would wanna experience but not something you would wanna go back for their food.
  20. MH

    MartineH

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Very average breakfast. The drink was forgotten, as was that of someone on a nearby table. At $5 for a side of avocado I was expecting smash, instead I got half an Avo whacked on the plate. The toast was cold and when I asked for butter it came out rock hard and unspreadable. The staff seemed disinterested. Overall very disappointing experience. Will not go back.
  21. JW

    JaneW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    We made a reservation for Friday late lunch but the kitchen closed at 3pm so it was a big of a rush. Perhaps open table should make bookers aware of kitchen closing times. We were the only people there, but our server would not change anything on the menu or make any subs, and failed to bring the coke my dad ordered so we go to chase it up. Disappointing because such a great ambiance.
  22. GB

    GabbyB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 February 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Delightful lunch, lovely and attentive service, attractive space and outside area. Certainly recommend
  23. F

    Felicia

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    I feel like the meals in this place are more for Instagram than for eating. My husband's hotcake was covered in flowers and raw seeds, which while visually very pretty the texture and flavour was awful. I had the avocado on toast which was three giant, unseasoned lumps of avo, on thin, hard toast with one poached egg and no burata. My dish also had raw seeds on it. Neither of us finished our dishes. The coffee was also not good.
  24. T

    Topher

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I had the toasted croissant which I saw on Instagram - that was really yum and the coffee was good. Good outdoor seating as well.
  25. j

    janes

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 January 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Reserved but table not prepared. Hard to get waitress attention. Unable to provide receipt - badly needed to claim back from work.
  26. E

    Eispressi

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The food was good, service sadly not so much. Already been the second time.
  27. D

    Damon

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food beautifully presented. Great decor also. Will definitely return.
  28. SR

    SamanthaR

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always amazing food at Che Dre. Beautiful outdoor area and a great vibe
  29. C

    Caudex

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    They accepted my booking vianopen table for Monday 3rd Jan but when I arrived it wasn't open. Which made it incredibly stressful to locate a new breakkie spot for me and my guests.
  30. JM

    JeremyM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Appalling service. Had to ask three times for our coffees, being told most weren’t available. They all arrived at different times. Poor staff had no idea what they were doing. We thought we’d order from the breakfast cabinet to avoid any further delays and it was still terrible. A “toasted” croissant and ciabatta that were carried through a warm room at best. Absolutely terrible. Will never return.
  31. SR

    ScottR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We had been eyeing this cafe for some time and were really looking forward to it. But we were disappointed. Food was very basic and overpriced for what it was. Coffee was luke warm. Wait staff were disinterested even though the place was nearly empty. There is a nice outdoor area though.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A delicious breakfast!
  33. GF

    GFog

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2021

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Service was friendly but very ‘relaxed’ aka slow - food and coffee was excellent.
  34. GS

    GrantS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2021

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    Not the same as it was. Lost its French flavour. Not good when you see pre packaged food in the window. This place is not a deli. Needs to improve.
  35. L

    Leanne

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 December 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    The food was good but the service was very disappointing.
  36. a

    anonymous

    Exclusive

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Having not visited for some years, this venue is shadow of its former self. The menu was pedestrian, and gone is the buzzy vibe of a french boulangerie, and with it the delectable pastries and french flair. Although the food and service were acceptable, there are other more interesting cafe options around town.
  37. M

    Margi

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visit at Chez Dre and it didn’t disappoint. The ricotta pancake was delicious. Staff were lovely and very helpful. Will definitely go again.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The sourdough bread was tough as if it was 5 days old. Besides fell that, great good and good service
  39. H

    Heidi

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2021

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    I don't normally write reviews but I felt like I had to for this place. The food is quite tasty (the only good point) but it is a bit pricey for what I am getting compared to other places with similar food quality. I am most disappointed by the service, it is horrible. 1) I don't if it is because it is the weekend, we just got out of lockdown or the day I went the staff are all temporary and not the normal ones, but it wasn't busy when I dined there (only ⅓ of the capacity). 2) The ground staff always had their backs to us, it was hard to get hold of any of them to place an order. 3) No staff gave a damn when we accidentally spilled our drink, normally in other restaurants at least they would offer a table cloth, but even when I asked them they didn't care. I swore when this happened the baristas saw what happened since we were sitting right where they can clearly see us but they didn't even care to tell those ground staff (with their backs to us) who were at that moment all gathered around the bar/drinks area (chatting away). It felt like only one staff was working, and only that person cared to help get me a cloth, when I tried to ask for help. Also, when I wanted to order he was the only one who didn't have his back to customers and could tell the indoor staff to take our order. There was at least 3 ground staff around and most of the time all they were doing was standing around the pay area, having their backs to us and chatting away. The funny thing is I was sitting indoors and that person (who helped us both times) is responsible for the outdoor area.
  40. A

    Alycat

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 November 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience5
    They don’t do substitutions which is annoying if you’re paying $22 for avocado on toast and don’t eat egg.

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Chez Dré is rated 4.1 stars by 48 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Area

    South Melbourne

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 8:00 am–4:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

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