Rivers Cafe and Foodstore

4.5
697 reviews
$40 and under
Café
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 697 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.4
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JadeC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Lovely place for a breakfast or lunch, food is nice but pricey.
Scones are a little doughy

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JenP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The atmosphere was lovely, the service was very good and the food was delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Is always wonderful every time. Thank you for your customer service 🌺🌻🌷

JB
JoeB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Friendly and courteous staff, the café had relaxing and warm atmosphere. Enjoyed the food and coffee.

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Lizmora
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The service and the food were great. Was more noisier than the usual because the restaurant was full, but that’s all.

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EmmaD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Started a new thing where you can order off the QR code which is great. Has the full menu with description and ordered a second coffee from my table.

Food yummy and coffee is always great!

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sues
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved everything about Rivers. The waiter was outstanding.

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Patricia
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I would recommend.
Under cover near pond was very hot as hot day. May need some fans to disperse heat.

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CherylM
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely & relaxing location with extremely friendly & accomodating staff . Great healthy food choices and many optional places to sit and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere !! Will definitely be booking again !
Thanks Cheryl

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MarionB
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food and great service in a beautiful relaxing setting. Wonderful place for a girlfriends lunch. We will be back. 😊

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JosieC
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

It was a little muggy on the deck. All windows were shut and cooler not cool enough but other then that great

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Rhirhi
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely outdoor set up on a nice day, very friendly staff. Love the app to order to keep contact to minmum, very covid safe

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne
3 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service, this is my favourite place to visit and have a quick bite, I love it
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐♥️♥️

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Ross
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

A great lunchtime eatery just out of Melbourne (northern suburbs).

The chicken burger was a great choice and everyone around our table seemed to be having a great time.

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KarenB
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Delicious food, great inside and outside eating. Outside under cover

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LilangaB
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The atmosphere was beautiful and relaxing especially in the outside dining area.

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PATTYCONDA
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was scrumptious as was the service by all waitresses and staff. Highly recommend this cafe.

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Gweneth
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friend and I love the ambience of Rivers, we chose an outside table and it was just fabulous. We are gradually working through the menu with our visits and this time chose Posh Cheese (light lunch) which was superb.

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AnuArora
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely time at Rivers cafe. Ambience and the service was really amazing. Food was delicious. We are going to be regulars from now on ☺️

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Amazinggrace
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great friendly staff and the food is amazing !!!!! Definitely will come back!!

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Sharon
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Lovely atmosphere to meet a friend or two for casual lunch. Nice menu items to choose from and gluten free options. The smashed avocado is very tasty.
Suggest sitting outside when the weather is good and overlook the duck & turtle pond! The nursery has some great plant and gift ideas to see while strolling to and from the cafe. Highly recommend a visit 😊

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DebbieM
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Great venue to enjoy a brunch with friends.. ordering was different as had two options.. 1st option was to order & pay by phone from our table or option 2 was to walk up to the counter.. either way was a great Covid safe environment..
Food was quick to our table & very friendly staff out front..
Highly recommend

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vipLouiseS
Melbourne
4 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Allways a great catch up spot

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SuburbanFoodie69
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Gardeners grazing table for two was absolutely delicious

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EdwardP
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, friendly service! Who could want more?!!!

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Paula
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I had booked an outside table expecting sunshine however it was a little too cool outside. We requested if we could move inside and the staff were very accommodating
Food was great as usual.

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EmmaZ
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was very nice atmosphere was good. Will definitely go back again.

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PamW
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I thought I had booked for inside but was outside. A lovely girl changed us to inside Not a fan of ordering through the phone to have the option to order in person is great.

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Amandaleegee
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience5

Scones have changed since our last visit. Not as nice and if I remember there was less jam and cream. Coffee was not nice. Bitter.
Crepes were lovely

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ThelmaH
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere.Friendly staff.Excellent service.Pleasant surroundings.

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Timeout
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Very nice atmosphere staff very polite.

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GordonA
Melbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always we thoroughly enjoyed the setting and the meal. We usually sit inside but were placed out on the veranda - it was perfect for the day.

We were a group of six and everyone had a great day.

Well done Rivers!

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MariaA
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really beautiful place with the garden centre, gift shop and the cafe. Always very friendly staff. Kids enjoy feeding the ducks.

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johnh
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

This was a much better visit than our previous time. Ambience was great, food was excellent and the service provided by Helen and Grace was outstanding. Well done.

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SandraD
Melbourne
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2021
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience3

I won’t be going back as I feel there are better choices of places to eat and catch up with friends.

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JennyS
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Loved the the restaurant and great sitting out doors food delicious coffee a 10 out of 10
Staff great
Overall a beautiful lunch and time we had
We will be back

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KateH
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

My breakfast was delicious. Service was prompt and professional. Surroundings were lovely.

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KellyR
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice environment and great homely food. Can’t wait to go back. Love that they have extended the outdoor seating

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RoslynM
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great, quiet enough to talk easily. Service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

It was a birthday lunch with my mum after both of us have experience a very isolated 2020. It was overall a nice lunch in terms of the food but disrupted by me having to try to order, then confirm that the app wasn’t working with a staff member (I couldn’t get any of 4 separate staff members attention to ask a brief question). The table wait staff seemed very hurried and not very attentive which I felt was not very representative of the prices paid for the food. As a result we preferred to take our tea and cake somewhere else. The food ordering app didn’t work, I needed to go inside the restaurant to order and collect some water and glassware. I don’t think this is due to COVID precautions, just some lax service attitudes creeping in to the hospitality sector. Perhaps more staff or remote eftpos terminals are required?

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 4.5 stars by 697 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.