The Kettle Black

4.4
162 reviews
$40 and under
Modern Australian
Sophistication meets style ~ The Kettle Black is a multi award-winning venue by the Darling Group where old and new styles merge seamlessly.
What 162 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.2
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4.4
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
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KatB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Overall good food good ambience. However my only complaint is that as part of the menu there is a hot cake which you would imagine is 'like pancake size' and has its toppings. What I got was a huge sponge cake around 20-25cm in diameter with the toppings, really disappointed that the staff did not give us the heads up as to what the dish is and its size. There's no way one can eat a whole sponge cake for breakfast. Perhaps they should put it on the 'to share menu'.

The Kettle Black
Responded 16 hours ago

Hello Kat. Thank you for providing your feedback. We will pass your message along to our team. We hope to have you again soon.

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Rach
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really great. Staff were so helpful. I would recommend.

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FayE
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’ve tried so many cafes in Melbourne I must admit everything was as close to perfect as possible. I definitely recommend this place to everyone I know and will definitely be back there in the foreseeable future.

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CarolineH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A delicious breakfast. We each chose a different item from the menu and were each very happy with our choices. Well done.

The Kettle Black
Responded 16 hours ago

Your excellent feedback is most appreciated. We will make sure to pass your praise along to the team on the floor and in the kitchen.

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JacquiC
Tasmania
2 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2022
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

We had a great brunch here, food was exceptional amd coffee was delish!

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2022
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience4

Unfortunately we found a long hair in the food. Otherwise service was good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The ambiance of the cafe was amazing. The coffee beautiful. I ordered the scrambled eggs with chilli crab. Tasted amazing. Will be back next time.

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VanessaP
Adelaide
2 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I simply love this place, my favorite! Inhave been there for the first time ladt week and went back twice already. Best breakfast I have ever tried in Melbourne.

The Kettle Black
Responded on 9 January 2022

Your excellent feedback is most appreciated. We will make sure to pass your praise along to the team on the floor and in the kitchen. Make sure to pop back into the Kettle Black again soon :D

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LolaP
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience1

I've been wanting to go to Kettle Black for a long time. I was very disappointed. My food was tolerable but no more and the rest of our party of four were unimpressed with their food. The service was very poor but this could possibly be down to lack of trained staff because of Covid. They were out of stock of various drinks. For eg, we wanted a bottle of sparkling wine to celebrate a birthday but it was unavailable.
I will give them the benefit of the doubt because of difficulties due to Covid but I won't go back. There are too many excellent brunch/lunch venues in Melbourne to visit!

The Kettle Black
Responded on 9 January 2022

Thank you for your feedback. Here at the Kettle Black, we strive to provide excellent service to our customers and are disappointed to find, that on this occasion, we have not met that expectation. Your feedback has been passed onto both the front of house and kitchen teams to ensure an improved standard of service.

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VanessaH
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful ambience. Superb food!
I will return.

Thank you!

The Kettle Black
Responded on 9 January 2022

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your experience at The Kettle Black. We are glad to see that yourself and your guests enjoyed the our food and the beautiful venue and ambience we create. We are looking forward to have you again soon.

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jjjzzzz
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

Pricy food with very slow service. Staff wasn’t particularly friendly throughout our dining experience. Good location is the only bonus.

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Cordelia
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

fabulous food, beautiful airy venue. they were super busy, but service was not as good as usual and despite trying twice, it was impossible to get a hot coffee. I am aware some baristas won't steam milk above certain temp, but for those of us who don't like luke warm lattes, its a bit much to be charged twice for two coffees that I did not drink.

The Kettle Black
Responded on 9 January 2022

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your experience at The Kettle Black. We are glad to see that yourself and your guests enjoyed the food and our beautiful venue. We will take on your feedback and pass it along to the team to ensure this issue does not arise in the future. Hopefully this does not dissuade you from returning to the Kettle Black. We would be happy to welcome you back through the doors.

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vipJeremyB
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was great. Highly recommend for a great breakfast

The Kettle Black
Responded on 9 January 2022

The team at the Kettle Black are so happy you had such a great time with us. Please make sure to make a booking with us soon, we would be excited to have you back to dine with us. :D

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food was delicious. Got the noodle salad and it was incredible

The Kettle Black
Responded on 9 January 2022

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your experience at The Kettle Black. Our team is very glad that you enjoyed our noodle salad. We are looking forward to have you again soon and explore our other delicious food and drinks on the menu.

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Ingeborg
4 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2021
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience4

I love kettle black and have been a few times. This is the first time I was disappointed with my dish. I had the cauliflower and kale salad . The cauliflower and broccoli were near raw - it was hard to eat!
Also no loose leaf chai available.:(( Atmosphere and coffee were great and my colleagues meals looked good!

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LisaR
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Bacon undercooked, coffee not hot enough but everything else was great.

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GavanW
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Good food with an imaginary twist. Will
Go back again.

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MadelinC
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great coffee, my partner had his first eggs Benedict here and it was outstanding and delicious.

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AnaS
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall4Food3Service2Ambience4

Quite flexible.
However the timing of the service of the food was slow, and at end before our time was up, about 11:50am, we were ushered out, hence felt a bit rushed!
One of the main meals came quite a bit later than all other meals.

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VanessaG
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic place for a brunch! Coffee and tea were great. The service from the staff was exceptional! Definitely recommend. Thank you :)

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Alister
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Breakfast there early on a weekend, short staffed but the ones who were there were brilliant.

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Hedc
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

A stunning place! lovely environment, nice modern interior decor and colours in a Victorian building. Food was great, something familiar but a good fusion combo-definitely not boring. Had a work lunch, everyone was happy with the place. will visit again for sure :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

KB is our favourite for weekend brunch! It offers an amazing menu with each item carefully considered. The food is outstanding, and so beautifully presented. Friendly staff that go above and beyond. And the coffee…. the BEST!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Nice menu and space!

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11345
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience5

Food was pretty average for such a beautiful restaurant. Eggs were watery not cooked well, toast was really tough and the bacon tasted strange like bacon in Bali

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Nikki
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The crispy skin barramundi was amazing.......and great service from the friendly team

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Xantine
4 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have noticed they did some changes in the menu. New dishes were really great!!! The coffee is divine as usual and the service/staff is on point!! Very happy get we got to eat there on a perfect weather!

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vipSophieT
5 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Lovely venue and lovely mushrooms! Great spot for a summer brunch

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Justin
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Male server at door was rude, and ignored us at first when we arrived. Our female waitress was nice though. Bacon genuinely tasted like cardboard. Not sure how a well regarded cafe can muck up bacon. Essentially bacon and eggs are the most important staples of a cafe. Would not return. Cheers

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JacD
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and very well managed booking system.
Food was amazing, a little pricey but overall so well worth it as it was super delicious. 🥰

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LeonD
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a little slow getting someone to attend me when I first arrived but apart from that the service and food were excellent.

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vipJOJO
21 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience4

The restaurant is so beautiful.
Unfortunately the service was slow, portions were small and they didn't have great options for kids (even the iced chocolate was heavily covered in bitter dark chocolate cocoa and both kids wouldn't touch it.). Food was ok. Nothing special.
The wait staff were not wearing masks properly either.
Won't go back again .

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PedroB
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food and service were great. I was able to get a table before the booked time, which was nice because it was raining badly outside. I found the place a bit noisy inside with loud conversations and music. However, I would definitely come back and recommend the place. Oh, of course, the coffee is amazing!

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CaraC
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best salmon eggs Benedict EVER!!!!!!!

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CourtneyS
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food and coffee. Meals aren’t massive but incredibly tasty. Service was very friendly and fast! Cannot wait to visit again.

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Martin
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience2

Excellent menu and food was well presented.
Not sure if the heating was on?

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WendyM
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a beautiful space to meet up for brunch..the food was divine, gorgeous welcoming staff, lovely wine choice.Has to be one of my favourite spots to dine for a casual lunch heading up to town.Great photo opportunities to take your memories home too!

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Nikki
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

I found the experience pretty disappointing overall.

We arrived 15mins late which is our fault, however, the Matradee made a point of saying ‘how very late we were’ and was not welcoming whatsoever.

My partner ordered a hot breakfast of eggs, bacon, chorizo which came out super cold.

I ordered a seasonal roast vegetable salad with creamy hummus which was a let down. It was mostly made of carrots that were very undercooked.

It’s no denying that the place is beautiful but it is very overrated.

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Julie
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and great atmosphere allowed us to enjoy each other’s company for brunch. Big fan. Look forward to my next visit.

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Xantine
4 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have noticed there were few new and unique dishes in the menu. The food was really really good!!!! The serving seems a bit small but surprisingly it was very filling. Every dish I tried was amazing!!! The staff was very friendly and efficient. The venue is beautiful and cozy! Overall, I will come back to try more dishes! Happy customer here!

FAQs

The Kettle Black does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. The Kettle Black also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9088 0721.

The Kettle Black is rated 4.4 stars by 162 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.