The Hatter and the Hare

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$40 and under
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High Tea
Opened in March 2017, the Hatter & the Hare is a food emporium like no other. Situated in the midst of Bayswater’s industrial strip on Scoresby Road, it is a café, patisserie and event venue, offering a variety of gastronomic experiences that inspire patrons to unleash their wild imaginations.
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.4
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4.5
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4.1
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SC
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing. Will definitely be grabbing some take away whilst your restaurant is closed

B
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Very good place to have brunch. Just parking is not that straight forward.

CM
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

This a very relaxed place to come and chill out, there is a lot to look at and even more food to choose from
The staff were very friendly at all times
This has been my third time coming here with a bus load of ladies each time

HB
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place! Food is always yummy and the coffee, chai lattes and desserts are scrumptious. Love how they decorate the place too perfect for instagram pics hehe

SD
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food easily found, parking not great but worth the walk.

The Hatter and the Hare
Responded on 14 March 2020

Thanks for sharing your review Silvana! We are glad you enjoyed your time at the cafe.

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CW
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Awesome place for brunch! Love the share platter. You get the best of both sweet and savory!

LM
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Looking forward to going back with family & friends

The Hatter and the Hare
Responded on 14 March 2020

Thanks for the 5-star review Leanne!

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VC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Coffee and desserts to take home were great, but the dine-in menu is really out there. Not my cup of tea!

The Hatter and the Hare
Responded on 5 March 2020

Hi Vanessa Thanks for taking the time to review our cafe. We are glad you enjoyed your coffee and desserts! Yes, the menu is a little quirky, but each dish is carefully thought out and developed by our Chefs. If you decide to try something but are not sure what, please just ask a staff member and they will be more than happy to assist you to order something not too out there!

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W
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff member was extremely welcoming and helpful ☺️

The Hatter and the Hare
Responded on 5 March 2020

Thanks for the review Wasan! We are very happy to hear you had a good experience at the cafe and that our staff were able to help you! We will see you again soon.

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AD
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

You have to go there to experience this place, it is not the norm, it is amazing.

The Hatter and the Hare
Responded on 27 February 2020

Thanks for the review Andrew! We're glad to hear you loved the cafe :)

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JS
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hatter and Hare provides a lovely ambience with food that tastes great and is well presented. Our friend has special dietary requirements and the waitress went back and forth to the chef to work out a special order for her. Then of course there are the cakes! These are just amazing and they taste as good as they look.

The Hatter and the Hare
Responded on 27 February 2020

Thanks so much for the wonderfull review Joy! We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit, and your friend was able to get a special order. We hope to see you again soon :)

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BC
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Delightful food presentation and reasonable price, however few car park space available

BS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

When we first went there, we found the food and coffee delicious... and different. So when we had visitors from overseas we brought them there. They like everything in your restaurant the way I and my family did: from the moment we were welcomed by your courteous staff, the moment someone got our order by another courteous staff upto the time we sipped the drink and bit the food. By the way, it was my youngest daughter who endorsed the restaurant to us. Thanks.

KW
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had a lovely experience great staff and wonderful menu selection

The Hatter and the Hare
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thanks for the review Karen! We love to hear that you had a good experience with us!

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CA
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waitress was really awesome and gave us great recommendations. I didn’t catch her name but we were there on Tuesday 11th of February at 1:15 pm and she recommended the curry and the toastie for our table which was really delicious

The Hatter and the Hare
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thanks for the 5-star review Chloe! We will pass on the feedback to our wait staff. We are glad you loved the food, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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b
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The only issue was the music was too loud. Other than that, top knotch!

The Hatter and the Hare
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thanks for the review Bronwyn. We are glad you enjoyed your experience with us. We will be sure to pass this feedback on to staff so music will be kept at an appropriate level.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

I have been before but just had cake & coffee it was good we sat outside, this time we ate a meal I had ribs & my husband had a breakfast it certainly wasn’t anything I would order again & my husband wasn’t keen on some sort of pork sausage, our service was poor i was wanting to order another coffee and some dessert! I had too ask could they please clear our table after waiting for some time. Unfortunately it just looked tired and dull , we were disappointed as last time the service was great, love the cakes and will probably just stick too that next time!

O
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed the casual setting and ease to chat. Food was delicious and value for money. Variety of desserts main attraction.

FH
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved it! Thank you for making our meal & dessert so special.

The Hatter and the Hare
Responded on 31 January 2020

You are so welcome Fiona! We are glad you enjoyed your meal and dessert. We hope to see you again soon!

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KC
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

Disappointed on quality of food. The menu looks great but the taste of food is very ordinary.

The Hatter and the Hare
Responded on 23 January 2020

Hi Kris. We are very sorry that you didn't enjoy your food. If at any time you are unsatisfied with something you have ordered, please advise one of our staff members, and they will happily replace the item. We would love to know about any dissatisfaction while you are in the cafe so we can help you then and there. We do hope you try us out again :)

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HZ
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Good cafe in general. The Chase the white rabbit was little bit oily. Otherwise we were quite happy with our last visit.

EH
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was sensational and the cakes superb. The kitchen runs like a well oiled machine and the food comes out altogether and quickly. The overall standard was very high and we will be back. Thank you also for allowing a booking of 10 which was much appreciated.

The Hatter and the Hare
Responded on 23 January 2020

We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit with us Elizabeth! Thanks for leaving us a great review, and we are glad that you are going to come back and dine with us!

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TB
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Booking was easy, service was great and the food very good.

The Hatter and the Hare
Responded on 31 January 2020

Thanks Tim for the review! We are so happy you enjoyed your visit! :)

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LB
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Brunch with friends, great menu - lots of very flavourful choices.
Quite noisy, and being there on a very hot day, cooling struggled.

L
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

We were there for my sisters birthday. Group booking for 8 people. Our waiter didn’t return to table beyond initial drinks and lunch order. We surely would have loved to try some cakes and coffees to finish the celebrations but were never offered.
Most of the food was good with the exception of my daughters white king toastie - so much fat on bacon, not appetizing for a young teenager. She barely touched her lunch.

The Hatter and the Hare
Responded on 23 January 2020

Hi Lisa. We're sorry your waiter didn't return to take your cake & coffee order. This is something that we will feed back to wait-staff to ensure that this is always done so our customers can try our desserts and coffees too! We're glad to hear most of the food was good. In regards to the toastie, if at anytime you are not satisfied with a meal, then please do not hesitate to speak to a staff member and they will look in to getting the meal replaced for you. We hope to see you again soon!

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b
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Will go back and take others for High Tea, food is superb, and is worth another visit 🙂

The Hatter and the Hare
Responded on 17 January 2020

Hi there. Thanks for taking the time to leave a great review. We are so glad you loved the High Tea! Make sure you come along to another High Tea in Autumn when the menu changes, and you will be in fr a real treat!

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TD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience and excellent food. Different seasonal produce mean the menu is changed regularly. Tried the specialty cakes. They look and taste amazing. Worth the visit.

SW
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Was beautiful, food was amazing. Bit disappointed that there wasn’t a big variety of cakes but that was my own fault in the timing (left my run too late) it is that popular. Been a number of times and it never disappoints.

The Hatter and the Hare
Responded on 10 January 2020

Thanks for the lovely review, Sue. Yes, the cakes are so popular! Hopefully next time, you have your choice of all the cakes! See you again soon.

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JW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and happy vibe which matched the wonderful tasty food. I came with my two adult sons and we all loved it.

The Hatter and the Hare
Responded on 10 January 2020

Hi Jenny! We love to hear about your positive experience with us. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review. We hope to see you again soon!

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KC
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed our latest lunch at Hatter and the Hare. The new menu is fantastic and so much fun. And the cakes are simply beautiful it’s almost a shame to eat them! Highly recommend the Hatter and the Hare For breakfast, lunch or just coffee and cake.

The Hatter and the Hare
Responded on 10 January 2020

Hi Karen. Thank you very much for the 5-star review. We love changing up the menu seasonally, and glad you love the new Summer menu! The cakes are definitely delicious! Hope you dine with us again soon.

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GL
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

I'm going again on Monday and very happy about that. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.
Cheers

The Hatter and the Hare
Responded on 10 January 2020

Hi Gwenda. Thanks for taking the time to provide us with a positive review. We are very happy that you had a great experience, and it sounds like you are becoming one of our regulars! See you soon!

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MK
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Lovely food and very well presented, however I felt I needed another piece of sourdough with my eggs. Overall, the food tastes wonderful and definitely a good place to eat.

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The fried chicken burger was the bomb! Still thinking about it!! Was lovely to sit outside! Always my fave local place!

The Hatter and the Hare
Responded on 30 December 2019

Thank you for the lovely review! The chicken burger is a favourite! We hope to see you again soon so you can try something else from the new Summer menu.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service & quality.

RL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is the third time I have been to The Hatter and The Hare in 2 weeks! I think that says it all! Absolutely fabulous.

The Hatter and the Hare
Responded on 30 December 2019

Thank you for the review! We love to have people come back again and again! See you next week? 😜

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CH
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first time at this establishment and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Thank you.

C
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consider it was 40+ degrees and the fridges & air con was struggling, the staff were fantastic, helpful and the Xmas decorations were beautiful.

The Hatter and the Hare
Responded on 30 December 2019

Thank you for the 5-star review! We are glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you join us again soon!

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ER
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came for a late lunch for my birthday and I have to say I was extremely impressed!! I had wanted to go for awhile and it definitely lived up to the hype!! Food was to die for and loved the atmosphere.
Thanks Hatter & Hare for making my birthday lunch awesome xxxx

The Hatter and the Hare
Responded on 30 December 2019

Thanks so much for the review! We are so glad you enjoyed your birthday with us! We hope to see you again soon :)

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IR
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Party of four had been there in the past and it was OK this time food was very ordinary, three didn't finish their meals, overcooked tasteless fish, tasteless pork rib again overcooked. Desserts ok, the highlight was the waffle chips for starters. we won't be going back.

The Hatter and the Hare
Responded on 30 December 2019

Hi Ivan. Thanks for your review. We are very sorry that you didn't enjoy your meal. We encourage customers to let us know right away if they find anything wrong with the food or drink so we are able to do something about it strait away. We understand that some dishes work for some customers but not for others. We'd rather hear about your honest feedback than let you leave feeling like you were cheated out of an experience you were hoping to be great.

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TS
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great venue for our team's relaxed end of year Christmas lunch, interesting food, lively atmosphere, little gem in the midst of Bayswater. Proud to see the team from a small factory in Gatwick Rd move onto something so impressive.