Rivers Cafe and Foodstore

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$40 and under
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Sunday Lunch
We are fully licensed and offer seating indoors and outside in our enclosed decking area. Enjoy views of our garden and lakeside setting along with resident ducks, turtles and kangaroos! Note the decking area is semi heated and we can not guarantee a spot within this area if you select to be seated here within your booking.
Groups
For bookings over 12 you will likely be on two adjacent tables.
Celebration Cakes
We do not allow cakes to be brought in, however we can make one for you with a minimum of 48 hours’ notice. Just call us on 9436 3210.

About Us
Located within the iconic Rivers of Yarrambat Lifestyle Centre, we are known locally and regionally for our truly unique offer. Expect quality food, friendly service, health inspired dishes and home grown produce from our kitchen garden. Star dishes include our pot breads, Berry crepes and Belgian lemon teacake.
Dietary
We cater for vegetarian, gluten free, vegan and dairy free diets.

Special Offers

Jingle and Mingle - Christmas Bottomless Brunch $65

Nov 9th – Dec 22nd 2019

11.30am-2.30pm Daily

TREAT YOURSELF TO FREE-FLOWING MIMOSAS, PROSECCO, MOSCATO, APEROL SPRITZ, AND ONE BRUNCH ITEM FROM OUR CHRISTMAS Bottomless Brunch MENU. INCLUDES A CHRISTMAS BON-BON, MIXED NUTS AND A SPECIAL WELCOME DRINK ON ARRIVAL!

Terms and Conditions: Bookings essential

Valid For: 2 - 20 people

Starts: 9 November 2019

Ends: 22 December 2019

Availability: Daily 11:30-14:30

What 316 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.4
Service
4.4
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4.1
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

there was 11 of us and every one enjoyed there meal and the service was excellent

BS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Noisy outdoor area overlooking the lake. Asked to be moved inside where it was quieter and had a much better experience.

AP
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service2Ambience4

Service could improve it took 15-20 minutes from seating to take any orders but only 1-2 people heard so we needed to reorder
Slow in coming out but food was good

JS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Vegan food quite expensive for the quantity that was served. It was tasty 🙂 Only small vegan menu, especially compared to the other menu.
Staff friendly and helpful. Did have to ask for water.
Great ambiance and cosy table overlooking the pond.

A
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Had a most pleasant lunch with friends, all our meals were delicious, staff attentive without being overly so. Would go again.

KB
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere, friendly staff and delicious food, can’t wait to go back!

LA
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Food was delicious but service a bit slow. There were quite a few tables waiting a while for food to come out of the kitchen- including us. Once it arrived we were very happy with our choices. Fresh and tasty food.

S
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

We have been there lots of times, but my husband said that if this was his first time he wouldn’t go again

NF
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Lovely service. Beautiful atmosphere. We love coming here. Easy to book online too

CS
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food was very nice. The waitress was efficient and friendly. Will be returning

LS
Perth / WA
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food, lovely coffee and great setting. Nursery, shop, food store are all awesome additions to check out.

GS
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our food was lovely, homemade and so fresh. There was a great selection to choose from the menu. The girl who served us was very personable, helpful and efficient.

DR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely beautiful place. Great food great staff and absolutely beautiful amazing atmosphere

HL
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Overall experience with family was excellent. Thank you

DR
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful place amazing food great staff and absolutely beautiful day

T
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a lovely place to visit! The food is so beautifully presented and importantly, delicious too. All meals were enjoyed, ambience very welcoming, we will definitely return.
We alsobought some duck food and fed the happy ducks in the pond. The homewares shop was so pretty with much to look at, along with gorgeous plants in the nursery.
You can easily spend your entire afternoon and leave feeling relaxed and very content.
Thank you so much for the pleasant experience!!

R
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Service was outstanding. Poached eggs were not cooked through, had to mix in with avo to eat them. Would like to see more options for those of us who are totally gluten free. Cakes, conserves and condiments were beautifully displayed and we were pleased to see flourless orange cake offered. Thank you for a lovely place to meet with friends.

A
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a fantastic time, the kids meal deal is such great value for money!! Our waiter was so good with the kids too ( didn’t get his name but think he is the only male working)
Very quick service even though it was busy

RT
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The food and service at Rivers is always outstanding. It keeps us coming back again and again.

PC
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Been coming for many years, good food, nice outlook over duck pond and gardens

MD
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Been going to Rivers for over 15 years it was my mother’s favorite when she would visit Melbourne ....Awesome food & great service as Usual we will be back again!! Thank you

SO
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love coming to Rivers to look around the nursery and enjoy a very nice lunch. Particularly like the outdoor dining option and will prob do that next time.

DC
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Must mention the super service from Craig on our visit on Wednesday. My autistic granddaughter was with me, and Craig looked after us so well, with no fuss. Rivers is my favourite place for coffee or lunch.
Thank you Rivers!

R
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Always a pretty landscape. I had the bacon and eggs and it was ok, bread was tough, serving was not very generous considering the price.

AH
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

Unfortunately our server was either learning or having a bad day - we didn’t receive all of our order, table water was not offered, nor was the option of coffee/dessert after our lunch so we went elsewhere. My mum also asked about the chutney she had on her meal and the server clearly knew nothing about it but did say they sell it- mum was hoping to purchase but we gave up trying to ascertain which one it was
Normally love the experience at Rivers so we will be back

TM
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My birthday breakfast was lovely. Food was awesone and service was great. Definitely will return!

T
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love dining at Rivers with my friends, be it a Birthday or just a day out with my children. I absolutely love being served by Craig. He is always polite, courteous, happy and always goes out of his way to provide excellent service. Other staff members are fabulous too but I personally believe Craig is the BEST. I always recommend Rivers to my family and friends. A few Birthdays are coming up so I will definitely be there with bells on LOL. Kindest Regards Trish :)

j
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Yummy meal and excellent service there were four of us and we all enjoyed our meals the staff were friendly and the services was great, will definitely be back .We had lunch at 12.30 on a Tuesday I would book if there is a large number of you as it was quite busy

DT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service and setting was lovely, even perfect with weather

EF
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I took my mum here for her birthday brunch. She absolutely loved the atmosphere which was great for anyone with kids. The staff went the extra mile to put a candle in a slice of cake and bring it to my mum.

PL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I would absolutely recommend Rivers Cafe, the food is excellent, as is the service. Please keep it up!

JB
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had the pleasure of enjoying the cafe dining over many years ... always to be recommended!

NB
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall2Food5Service2Ambience4

It's a lovely spot, the staff are professional and the food is great. However, they were very understaffed on the day and we were unable to get a second drink with our meal (30 minute wait) so we needed to cancel. And were not able to order coffees, desserts etc, again at least a 30 minute wait. The staff were stressed, and as a result not as attentive as usual. Yes, it was an unusually sunny day, but I work in hospitality and you can always check the forecast before finalising the roster, that's what casuals are for.

JW
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We enjoyed the lunch .... food well presented and yummy. Service a little slow at times but acknowledge was very busy. Staff very approachable and helpful. A great venue .. could have a conversation with each other and did feel that we were shouting even though numerous children and families there as well.
We shared the calamari and crepes and both very appetising and well presented.
Thank you to all staff on the day for a delightful time.

E
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely love Rivers. Me and my mum come here regularly, it is our favourite place to catch up. The whole atmosphere is so beautiful and the staff are always lovely. The food never fails to impress, both taste and appearance.

MC
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Food was delicious and reasonably priced, the staff were friendly and attentive and the venue was stunning as ever. We were seated outside by the water and it was quiet and we enjoyed a lovely view. Look forward to coming back!

K
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were a large group with kids. We booked two tables and were able to pay individually. The kids were able to go and feed the ducks and there was enough space for a few high chairs. The staff were friendly and efficient.

T
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dear Rivers, I have been coming to your restaurant for a while now and every time I do I have a fabulous time. All the staff are friendly and the service is excellent. The food is fresh, tasty, always presented perfectly. I just wanted to commend one of your staff members who always makes me extra happy when I visit. His name is Craig. He is just fantastic in everything he does. He remembers my name, super friendly not to mention super handsome and very caring. Every now and then I do like to have lunch or dinner out but I have never received service like I do at Rivers. Congratulations to all the wonderful staff that work at Rivers especially Craig. I look forward to visiting again soon, Kindest regards Trish Verde :)

KM
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Chicken white wine pie was heavy pastry with very little filling....dissapointing

R
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly staff who were knowledgeable about their menu. Ducks for the kids to enjoy, and gorgeous landscaping. We will be back!