Top Paddock Cafe

4.6
214 reviews
$40 and under
Café
Epitomising cafe cool, Top Paddock is a multi award-winning venue by the Darling Group and has become a staple of Melbourne’s hospitality scene. ‍Surrounded by lush greenery, rich timber, detailed glass work and distinctive wall panelling, this iconic establishment offers a unique experience on all aspects. The menu is cultivated using locally sourced ingredients, with a paddock-to-table ethos that is organic where possible.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 214 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
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DanC
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Really enjoyed the decor, food is great and service is fine. Pretty cramped seating area during covid but over all great for lunch with a friend

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Coffeeee
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great airy venue with v friendly staff. Large satisfying serves. Coffee could be stronger, but definitely recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

The potato rosti was undercooked and very floury

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Alpha
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food all very fresh and tasty. Great veg options.

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Ally
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Great food and atmosphere. It is a very busy cafe and service was lacking due to this.

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JayneF
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Very noisy and difficult to hear. Food good. Serve staff nice just need to check water and drinks more regularly.

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DanielN
3 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I absolutely love that place! The food is always amazing and the service is normally amazing too, however this time I felt that it wasn’t as good as usual. They never asked us if we were after more food or beverages and just brought the bill straight away when we actually wanted to other more food and also it took them a very long time to clean the table.

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DisyD
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience5

Great service and ambience but I paid $24 for an extreme amount of maple syrup on the much anticipated ricotta cakes. Dish completely ruined by the hot cake swimming in sweet sickly syrup…

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JustinT
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience1

Acoustically challenge, need more staff as service was slow.

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SammyJay
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

I felt like this spot was the emperors new clothes. The food lacked anything special about it and was ridiculously over priced. I paid $6 for a side of avocado and I got half an avocado still in its shell with a spoon and a wedge of lime. Avocados are currently $1 each!
Our toast didn't even come buttered! A child's breakfast was an unbuttered piece of thick dry toast with a poached egg on the side.
The juices and smoothies were nice though.
Also, it was very loud... don't go if you want a nice catch up with someone because it's too loud and your table is only for 75 minutes!
Totally overrated!

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viprebeccak
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

great coffee, food was good but we had to wait a long time for our food to arrive.

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GillD
2 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Always a good choice for a lovely breakfast catch up with friends. My advice is go early to beat the queues and the rising noise level that occurs when it is busy, the noise can make a nice catch up a terrible one.

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FoodFiendMelbourne
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thanks for making my birthdays special! Food was delicious :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love dining here and Kettle Black. Love their ricotta pancakes. I just think they are on the pricier side.

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RobB
London
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great place for breakfast or brunch. Good coffee.

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PhilH
3 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed a “post-lockdown” celebratory brunch at Top Paddock. I had ‘The top paddock’ which is their version of a big breakfast - superb cooking and generously portioned. My wife had the eggs Benedict which she found very tasty. Service was prompt, warm and hospitable. Overall a fantastic way to be done with lockdown 4.0. Thank-you for your hospitality, Top Paddock, we’ll see you guys again sometime.

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SmaroA
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

Beautiful place very attentive staff food was tasty and beautifully presented unfortunately I didn’t finish my food due to discovering a long strand of hair imbed in my food we were offered a small version replacement to take away as I didn’t want to eat any further & at the start of one of our coffees we had a small hair floating on the top. We did alert our waitress and it was handled very well and professionally

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MaryAnneS
2 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, good coffee. Nice ambience and not too busy. Imagine it can get very noisy when really pumping.

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Lizi
London
7 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food (esp the waffles), beautiful cafe, good service

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vipAngela
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Good food, service was a little bit slow - very large dining area.

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Alicia
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful ambiance, excellent service, beautiful food. Thank you for a great experience.

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FionaB
4 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Food + drink was delicious but ambience was a little noisy. The service was a like over zealous..the waitress stood at our table waiting for me to put the last morsel in my mouth and my plate was whisked away...

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KerriL
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Food is good however it is definitely overpriced. $5 for one piece of halloumi!

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StewartC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great tasty interesting fresh food. Friendly service.

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Goli
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Food was very normal, not have much options. Food and coffee were cold

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MishelleD
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and coffee. I would recommend Top Paddock highly

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Julia
3 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Great Ambience. Food was nice but pretty standard. service good.

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Brigitted
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

great food and service - enjoyed the space. Will return for lunch

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Micharl
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

Staff showed us to our seat and then completely ignored us. Had to ask for a coffee after 15mins and to have our order taken.

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Georgina
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Very accommodating when I asked for an extra two seats to be added to my original booking of 8. Service staff tried very hard, only hiccup being one plate being collected before the person was finish - that dish had come last by a fair amount of time and to person in question is a slow eater, so I am sympathetic to why that mistake occurred. In any event, they fixed that issue. I do wish there was more flexibility with booking times as we had to wait around a bit before we could sit down (post yoga class group brunch).

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PeterB
2 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Good as usual. Limited menu. Not much for children. Noisy

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TeddW
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We ordered coffee, egg Benedict and buttermilk hotcake. Both dishes were in good size. Dishes came fast.
I am not a coffee expect but I like the decaf soy latte, very smooth, well balanced to my taste.
Eggs were perfectly cooked. Interesting to find out that the restaurant used a kind of a potato rosti with coconut instead of sourdough or bread in the egg Benedict dish. Personally I prefer bread. The thick bacons were tasty and not dry.
Maybe I am a “sweet” person. I really like the buttermilk hotcake. Visually the dish was filled with color. It had different kind of flavors that blended smoothly, and bite sensations with soft from hotcake, blueberry and ricotta cheese , crunch from grains, nuts, and slightly brown bottom of the hotcake that made the dish more fulfilling. I will order it again though I found it was a bit too sweet.

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SharonG
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Excellent menu. Great ambience - love the light, airy space of Top Paddock. Will definitely return!

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rm123
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

A great menu and good wine selection, I also loved the fit out. Service was a little bit hit and miss but overall a very enjoyable experience!

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was great and the food came out at reasonable time! I had the pork belly and it just melted in the mouth

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Chloe
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely loved the food, excellent customer service and the vibes. Outside was stunning!

Top Paddock Cafe
Responded on 20 March 2021

Hey Chloe, 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. we look forward to seeing you back at Top Paddock soon. Kindly the Team at Top Paddock

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LouLou
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Some lovely food here in this bustling cafe. Great for groups! Though be warned - it does get quite noisy during peak times.
Make sure you talk to the wait staff if you have any allergies or dietary requirements to avoid any confusion at the start.

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ClaireK
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was amazing. We had a great time. The only bad thing was it was noisy.

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MadisonM
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

Coffee wasn’t drinkable! Disgusting very disappointing for a $120 breakfast

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LanceN
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

We were there on a public holiday so a 15% surcharge was added to the bill which is fine if the staff are getting paid penalty rates. But wouldn’t they get that on every Sunday anyway ?
I found the menu restricted in options and could do with 2 or 3 extra items particularly a meat and salad option.
Quality of food and coffee is outstanding.
Service was very friendly and helpful but ran off her feet.
We passed up on a 2nd coffee after lunch as no one came near us while she had a break.

FAQs

Top Paddock Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

Top Paddock Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 214 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.