The Stables of Como

3.6
128 reviews
$40 and under
Modern Australian
Blending an elegant fusion of past and present, ‘The Stables of Como’ is Melbourne’s best kept secret. The converted horse stables bring an architectural charm to our cafe, where we pride ourselves on knowing our guests and how they like it.

PLEASE NOTE - Standard Seating does not guarantee an inside table. During peak periods, trying to socially distance all our bookings while remaining compliant with Covid density limits can be like playing Tetris. As such we will make every effort to fulfil special seating requests, however they are strictly subject to availability on the day.

Due to the limited capacity and social distancing requirements, it is not always possible to accommodate prams in the main dining room. Please advise in the Booking Notes if you require a High Chair.

Bookings from 3-5pm are for our High Tea services only.

Credit card payments attract a 1.5% charge. Sunday and Public Holiday surcharges apply.

We do not permit balloons, confetti or displays.

Support The Stables of Como during COVID-19

Experiences

  • Mother’s Day 2022

    A$85.00 per personPrepaid

    May 8, 2022 only

    Spoil mum like you’ve never been able to before. Our chef’s will be creating a very special experience that focuses on celebrating Mum’s everywhere. Bookings essential as this is sure to be a sellout event. Menu to be advised close to the time.
  • High Tea, Guy Tea and Kids High Tea

    A$65.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Please detail how many of each you would like in the 'special requests' box at the end of the booking process. High Tea | $65, Guy Tea | $75, Kids High Tea | $40* Free flowing Mimosas, Peroni Red or Hot Chocolate for the kids paired with a robust selection mini treats from finger sandwiches in the high tea to sliders for the guy tea for our afternoon sitting of 3pm-5pm. See full menu on our website. *Please note for Kids High Tea, there must be a minimum of 1 Full Paying Adult High Tea per Kids High Tea.
  • Picnic In The Grounds of Como

    A$49.50 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Encapsulating the inspiring and aristocratic history of the 180 year old Como property, The Stables has become a much-needed refuge from the hectic Melbourne city lifestyle, without needing to travel outside of the city fringe. Our gourmet picnic hampers are stacked and piled high with a delectable menu to be devoured amongst 5 acres of manicured gardens.
  • The Stables Set Menu

    A$49.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    All Day Brunch Menu - Non-Alcoholic Version - $49pp - Alcohol Version - $69pp FOR THE TABLE - Sparkling or Still Mineral Water - Platter of Mini Buttermilk Pancakes with Berries & Chantilly Cream (Oct to Mar) - Platter of Mini Pastries & Mini Muffins (Apr to Sep) MAINS Select One (1) of the following Mains - FRENCH TOAST - CORN AND COURGETTE FRITTERS - COUNTRY STYLE BACON & EGGS - MUSHROOM & FONTINA RISOTTO - GRAIN SALAD - PASTA - COMO STEAK SANDWICH (available after midday only) FREE FLOWING DRINKS - Barista Coffee or Tea - Organic Orange or Apple Juice - Mimosa or Bellini (with Alcohol version only) - Peroni Red Label (with Alcohol version only)

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 128 People Are Saying
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3.8
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3.5
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ChristinaG
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

I went to The stable of Como a few years ago for a birthday party and thought it was gorgeous. I have been looking forward to going back. This time, unfortunately, the service was terrible. The staff did not know what was included in the high tea, kept asking the kitchen and could not explain. I ordered gluten-free, and the food was not good. I asked to speak to the manager, who completely ignored us. Very disappointed with an expensive lousy experience.

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AmandaB
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

The service was terrible. Had to ask someone to take an order and then waited 40 minutes for coffees. Food came out faster but was still a long wait. It was also very hot outside. There is no cool air and on a moderately hot day the radiant heat from the roof was very hot and uncomfortable. Food was Ok but nothing special. Not a cafe I would go back to.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

The experience was really great! Had brunch with my girlfriends last Sunday. Was just a bit bummed since I was looking forward to order the wood fired pizza and then the server informed me it’s no longer available. Would be nice to remove it on the menu - update it, at least, so customers won’t expect and have to change their minds at the last minute. But other than that, great service from Staff and lovely place!

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RachelB
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing setting and delicious picnic hamper! Friendly staff. Have a lovely afternoon :)

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HelenK
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff could not have been more helpful. Managed a difficult situation for me without any hassles. Food lovely. A little hot under the outside area, but overall a lovely experience.

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SuzanneK
4 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Lovely to be able to view the exhibition and finish with lunch onsite! Nice food, sweet waitress and a good experience!

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KateH
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Attentive service, delicious fresh food in a lovely environment. The perfect place to catch up with friends!

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SuzanneT
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere with wonderful food . Highly recommend.

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Babs
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

It appeared that no one was in charge and they were flying by the seat of their pants. There was nothing to recommend this cafe except the setting.

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HeatherR
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A very pleasant cafe and the scones were delicious.

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MadisonM
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

I've never been anywhere where the service, organisation and initiative of the staff was that poor. I've dined in shacks in developing countries who offer better service and are more organised than the chaos we experienced at the como. And it wasn't even busy in comparison.

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FoodieEF
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful experience on Melbourne Cup day. The staff were delightful and some of the food wasn’t quite ready but they brought it over to us when it was. There was ample delicious food for the 4 of us who all have a decent appetite. Highly recommended!

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AmandaB
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

The Service was a bit slow and i had to ask for my Orange Juice, which had been forgotten.
also, we were not asked for our vaccination certificates.

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JohnK
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

We attended your restaurant on Sunday 24th October and it was brilliant. Sadly we were there yesterday 31st October and it was very disappointing. We took friends of of which it was their 80th birthday. He ordered Eggs Florentine and it came with some ghastly patty type thing that he could not eat. I had eggs Royale and whilst the eggs were cooked perfectly, they were stone motherless cold. Our wives had a hamburger and they were fine. Sadly it left a poor impression and we are both reluctant to return again. Also we understand staff is hard to find however yesterday compared to the previous SUNDAY the service was miles apart .

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MehrK
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Great food but the service was average. We didn’t get served for 10-15 minutes and the staff didn’t seem to know what they were doing ( didn’t know the menu, seemed a bit lost, etc)

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MichaelC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

It was quite a hot afternoon under the polycarbonate roof outside, but we managed to get the fan to blow over us so it was OK in the end. Might have to reinstate the shade cloth when summer finally arrives.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was absolutely amazing! The food was wonderful and the staff very friendly!
The location is beautiful and romantic!
The only downside was a 30 minute wait for coffee while we were having our picnic!

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GavinG
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The ambience was fantastic and the day glorious. Just watch out if you have hay fever as you are surrounded by wonderful gardens.

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JenniferD
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A birthday picnic in lockdown was perfect! Many thanks to The Stables for an excellent basket of food that catered to everyone’s needs. The setting was beautiful and the weather was perfect. Couldn’t have asked for a better day! Would highly recommend

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AnneW
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Four of us each ordered a different meal and all four dishes were thoroughly enjoyed, so order whatever sounds interesting.

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VeraS
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

The service was not very good.
Food took 50min to arrive.
The Menu is not very exiting.
Mostly breakfast type of food.
Wouldn't go again😏

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AnnieQ
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The stables is a lovely place to eat. So nice to be in a cafe surrounded by gardens and not streets.

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Paddytoorak
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

We had to wait two hours for our lunch. Our lunch order was wrong. I had to ask so many times for water. This is the first time I have ever filled out a restaurant review in a negative way. I certainly will not be returning to The Stables of Como.

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12379
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience4

Service unfortunately lets this place down big time. Waited 45 minutes for a coffee and had to follow it up 4 times. Wait staff is rude and incompetent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience5

Food was good, however service was unsatisfactory. It was strange and unprofessional that they took half of our table’s orders, took off and didn’t take ours. No explanation whatsoever why he what he did. And then when we said we’re ready for our order, he said he’ll get back to us and it took them more than 15 mins to get back to us for our orders. The scones took more than 20mins to arrive. Our table reservations was only 75mins so it was quite disappointing that it took them so long to get our orders and to get back to us, to get our food to our table, giving us very limited time to eat and enjoy it.

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LeanneL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

An enjoyable birthday lunch for my daughter and friends. Service a little slow that day. The cafe was full and we all seemed to have to wait a while for our food. When it did come it was as ordered, plentiful and delicious. I feel the service was slow due to lack of staff that day. Mimosas and coffee were delicious. Thanks for making it a memorable day.

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MissySY
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

We had been coming to this café for the last 10 years, not daily but once or twice a month—the food's good and service was always fabulous. But not this last time nor the previous week, it felt like it'd been taken over by new management? The service was pretty bad. We booked an outside table and was told that there are none available and when my friends pointed out the two empty ones on the side, the manager said they were already reserved for others. We obliged thinking that they really need those tables for a larger group.

But because the service was so slow, our eggs on toast breakfast took close to two hours and we noticed that those outside tables sat empty the entire time. It's obvious they want to cash in but why give us a choice to have an inside/outside option during booking if they are not going to honour it and most importantly, there's no need to lie about about the availability. And there is clearly no need to max out the capacity when they can't even handle the current flow.

There was much more that contributed to me actually writing a review but that last experience left a very bad taste, I don't think we will be returning at all.

MB
MelissaB
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

everything about our experience was TERRIBLE so much so that we wont be returning. Service, food, price....terrible!

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LuciH
7 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

This is such a gorgeous setting and on a Sunday morning it was sunny and lovely.
The menu offers lots of choices and initial service was prompt.
But, then we waited over 45 minutes for our brunch.
Food was great - good portions, good choices and well prepared.
And then we tried to leave. And it took over 15 minutes to pay. Staff wondering around not making eye contact. A queue with nobody attending it. And how exactly does a manager skip the first person in a queue and go to the second?!

Ridiculously enough, even on booking our group had discussed that the service would be terrible. It always is. Every time we've been we are disappointed.

This is a gorgeous location with great food. But it is let down by service time and time again.

So be prepared for the moment of annoyance and try to enjoy the rest of the time :)

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AMum
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

Disappointed that the owners of this cafe tell their staff to not welcome kids inside, you’ll be seated outside in the cold even if you book online and specify you don’t want an outside table. Shockingly poor customer experience and discrimination against parents with kids as they assume kids will not order a full meal. Had an uncomfortable argument with the owner after requesting multiple times to be moved inside (2 adults 3 kids) where there were at least 3 empty tables, and to make matters worst we realise there were 2 large tables inside with 1 child (so the policy is waived by table spend). We ended up ordering 5 main meals, sides and drinks as 5 adults would and should not have been treated impartially just because we had children.

I do not recommend this place for families and to anyone just on principle. It is disappointing to see business owners don’t return the gratitude towards customers who choose to come and support them. This includes customers with children who frequent the establishment and throw big birthday parties. Whilst the owner rectified the problem by seating us inside in the end and gave us two glasses of champagne, the incident has left us (kids included) a bad experience to remember.

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Dias5
London
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Nice venue, the staff looked to be doing their best but may have been under staffed which in the current climate is understandable. Had the Rueben which was ordinary compared to many other’s I’ve had. Coffee was good

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AndreaD
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

While I realised the restaurant was very busy I felt the service was quite slow. It took some time for our order to be taken.

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Catie6
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Our lunch at the Stables was an extremely disappointing experience from start to finish. I had made a booking, and was looking forward to lunch with my grand-daughter before visiting the exhibition at Como House. However, my grand-daughter and I were ignored as we dutifully stood waiting to be seated; it took a long time to be seated and even longer to be served; the wait-staff were all clearly frazzled; none of the milk-shakes on the menu were available, because the restaurant had 'run out' of some vital ingredient - surely not milk. Neither was I able to order a decaf coffee, because they had run out of decaf. There was no menu for children, and no healthy salad options were offered. I opted for a toasted vegetable sandwich, which when it finally arrived, a good twenty minutes after my grand-daughter's meal, was greasy and unappetising. The whole experience was totally unsatisfactory.
The new manager explained that they were very short staffed, which I find difficult to understand, given that there was an exhibition on at Como House and it was lunchtime. Many other visitors would have made bookings for the exhibition, so it would not take great management skills to work out that the only restaurant option nearby would be in some demand.
The Stables needs to do better to be worthy of its location.

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WiseOne
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience4

We booked a table especially at The Stables following a visit to the Dolls House exhibit at Como House. Our daughter is gluten free so checked the menu which looked fine for her as it stated GF bread and GF pasta available. Unfortunately after we’d ordered a mimosa each and the waitress stood waiting for our order, it became apparent there was NO gluten free bread and NO gluten free pasta! This left her with basically salad, or nothing! The waitress just shrugged her shoulders and seemed a bit apologetic but basically that was it. Obviously this was extremely disappointing so we left, and enjoyed a very nice brunch in a very helpful cafe in Toorak Rd (Monkey Bean).
Why couldn’t someone have nipped to Coles or Woolies and got some? In this day and age, we expect better!

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OpenTable Diner
5 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

This is my go to place when I feel fancy. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve rated low this time and you will read why, but that doesn’t mean I will stop going.

Yesterday was just a bad day for them. Messed up the dish, still put it in the bill, then took it off and forgot to add the right dish to the bill so I reminded them to add it in. Too much drama, I’ve only listed half.

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Molly
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience2

Service slow for tables with more than four people. Menu is fine...nothing outstanding. Chefs set menu starts from $45, expensive for what itvis. Coffee service fast. Nice array of cakes and sweets. Best seating inside where it is cosy. Good wine selection and cocktails...Bellinis, Blood Marys etc. Split bills allowed. Nice location in grounds and gardens of Como House. Bathrooms need a serious clean.

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Bruna
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience2

Birds fly over your head and towards your food 24/7.
Even though we had a booking we were placed outstside - way too cold.
Service was poor, for every single order we had to get waiters attention because no one would check on us.
Savoury food was alright, french toast was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Staff appeared very busy, long wait for service and the food was ordinary and some of it cold. Disappointed as I had been there before and always enjoyed my time.

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EmVee
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

I have been to The Stables at Como on three occasions. Each time the food has been very good, but the service is not up to standard.
For example: One meal did not arrive and after trying to catch wait staff attention for some time, eventually was asked if everything was ok. We said we were still waiting for one meal, as the others had nearly finished eating. The waitperson said she would check and went straight to the next table, checked with them, brought back water for them and then went into the cafe. It was at least 10 minutes before the Como Junior sandwich arrived. No apology or explanation.
In a previous occasion, the same thing happened and the meal came cold.
I would recommend The Stables, with proviso re service.

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RobinJ
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

The atmosphere was lovely. Nice vibe, but noisy. Staff were very nice, but food and coffee both took a good while to come, and food was brought by a distacted older man in a suit, who was not waiting tables generally, so i think our meals were temporarily overlooked. Not as hot as they should have been as a result, but very nice food, beautifully presented.

FAQs

The Stables of Como offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9827 6886 ext. 1.

The Stables of Como is rated 3.6 stars by 128 OpenTable diners.

The Stables of Como does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.thestablesofcomo.com.au/product/gift-vouchers/.

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.