Rivers Cafe and Foodstore

4.4
433 reviews
$40 and under
Café

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Afternoon Coffee
We are fully licensed and offer seating indoors and outside. 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.
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.
What 433 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.4
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.1
Value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SueD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyable, friendly eating environment. Highly recommended.

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AndreaD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service as usual and will be back . Great food

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Localfoodie11
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience2

Food was good and we love this cafe. it';s always gorgeous and a lovely day or morning out. We were aware of the 1 hour limit for breakfast when booking, although, our waiter kept reminding us and we felt rushed while we were eating. Luckily we were able to leave and sit outside in another area after our booking. We just didn't like the feeling of being rushed. We all were watching our clocks and knew when we had to be out, we didn't need to be told multiple times - hence my review.

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MrsBarrel
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food. Not a huge menu to choose from but good choices for breakfast, lunch or brunch.

Very friendly service.

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vipLouiseS
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great catch up spot that sadly won’t be seeing again for another while! Always consistently good food

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

The welcome was good. The waiter forgot to order the chips with the eggs and bacon. She brought them 30 minutes late and then at the hour she asked us to leave as the booking was for 1 hour; even though at 11 am the cafe was still empty, one other table occupied. Then we said a warm goodbye and thank you and the reply was so cold and indifferent, it made the whole experience disappointing. The eggs and bacon were fresh but expensive.

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LeahW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Your cafe was wonderful as usual. Always a lovely place to go with family and friends.

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BonnieK
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

always love visiting rivers! our waiter had the best energy and recommended the waffles to me which were amazing!!! he made the experience so lovely

thank you again :)

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JoannaM
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So lovely to be back! Good social distancing and sanitising.

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DeborahL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love rivers and have brought family here for the last 15-16 years
Special occasions and you have always be outstanding
Thank you for sharing
Deb

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ShirleyB
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Brilliant food and service. Staff are super helpful and friendly. Decking area was too cold though. It was a cold day but needed more heating.

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JodeeJ
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great setup, food was lovely
Although we were outdoor the room was lovely & warm on a cold wet day outside

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BarbaraP
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Friendly staff, lovely surroundings and delicious food.

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SueD
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I appreciated that the staff were mindful of self distancing in this pandemic. It was my first meal out. Thankyou for the great service and keeping visitors safe.

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Local
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Stood at the door for nearly 10 mins before we were sat to our table and then reminded that we only have an hour, we need to hurry up and decide what we want to order.
One waitress was extremely rude, wasn’t interested, got annoyed when we asked for a pen to fill out the government form she gave us.
One waitress was lovely and encouraged us to take our time, the next session wasn’t fully booked. Actually bought over a high chair when we asked - the other waitress said she would and then ‘got caught up’, no apologies.

I won’t be sitting down there for a good while. Shame because it’s a beautiful nursery to look at.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Enjoyed the morning tea, very happy staff and great service. Would have been more comfortable if cafe was heated, otherwise a great experience both in the cafe, the garden centre and gift shop. Will be back for sure.
Thankyou to all.

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ANNETTEV
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

the service was amazing
they made us feel very welcome

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Donzi
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great service by a friendly waiter, really nice food and just the right amount. The setting was perfect and the covered outdoor area captured all the winter sunshine and made it lovely and warm.
Perfect!

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KarenW
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice covered outdoor area with good heating. Nice to sit near the window and watch the ducks.Food was tasty and came out in good time the children’s packs are a great idea

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SallyP
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great staff, amazing food, great atmosphere, beautiful place to be at, come regularly. 😁

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NatalieC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was outstanding! Thank you so much for a wonderful experience. Your child friendly atmosphere is amazing.

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MichelleB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious as always. Enjoyed the attention to detail and extra cleaning was great.

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LauraM
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

So much to look at before and after you sit down to eat. Great service and delicious food - really great options for everyone, good place to take your grandmother out for lunch but also the girls out for brunch!

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Evie
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Tasty food, great atmosphere and gorgeous surrounds to look at as you eat. Waiter Craig was a laugh and good value! Would definitely recommend for any occasion 👍🏻

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LisaF
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Not many menu choices for lunch. Wrong coffee delivered - I drank anyway!
Good location

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WendyB
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

As always very good service with friendly staff and excellent quality food

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Koely
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

The scones were delicious but I think on the pricey side. I thought that having a Devonshire tea meant the drink was included but it wasn’t.

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MaureenD
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Terrific service , nice food but $28 for a quiche and tea is a little expensive

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OliviaW
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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CarolT
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful setting. Food is Delicious and well presented. Service excellent. Spoilt for choice. 😊

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Sonj
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Food and Service were fantastic.
We were just felt a little cold on the deck.

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Rachel
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Rivers consistently has beautiful food and a wide selection of things to take home to share.

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SarahJ26
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely food , ambience and extremely friendly service

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Bron
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff were welcoming and efficient, the waffles were to die for and the ambiance was lovely. We will be going back.

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PetaH
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious. Staff were outstanding in coping with Covid protocols. Looking forward to going back soon.

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NicoleC
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful lunch with my daughter at Rivers Cafe - glad they are back!

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NadiaH
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love Rivers and love meeting my friends, family and work colleagues here. Never disappointed.

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RebekahE
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing flavours, awesome atmosphere. Friendly staff

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DeborahW
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great to be having lunch in such a pleasant setting and to celebrate a birthday. Most enjoyable food, good choices and excellent service. Finished off with delicious scones, jam and cream. The surrounding gardens and lake are perfect and can be enjoyed in any weather. A visit to the gift shop is also a must! We’ll be back.

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JessicaA
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I attended the 11-12pm dine in session at Rivers Cafe. The food was great as always the scrambled eggs are soo good. What I liked most about it was that there was not much people around where we were sitting. I know that is because of restrictions, but it made the experience more relaxing as it was nice and quite 😁.

I would totally recommend going to the morning dine in session in the near future ☺️

FAQs

Rivers Cafe and Foodstore offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9436 3210.

Rivers Cafe and Foodstore is rated 4.4 stars by 433 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.