Top Paddock Cafe

4.6
193 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 193 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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
1 review
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 27 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
1 review
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 14 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 8 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.

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CocoD
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Generous serves of delicious brunch food with optional extras.

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Missy
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience5

Service was poor. After we were sat on a table and got our coffee orders, nobody attended to take our food orders for atleast 25 minutes. Waiters just walked past and avoided us despite seeing that we still have the menu sheets on our table. We had to initiate to look for a waiter to get our orders. Also, when I asked for the bill the waiter just literally gave us the bill receipt and immediately walked away without any instructions where and how to pay. Food is average, too expensive for its worth but hands down to presentation. Ambience is fantastic, too especially the outside area.

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VictoriaP
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I highly recommend the hotcakes, they are incredible. Best hotcakes ever. Really good food and service. I come here like every week, its my favourite little spot.

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HelenK
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Was hoping for a 2 hr sitting, was only given a 75 min sitting.. asked that we had to leave

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ChamlyR
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I really like the atmosphere ,good coffee and food.

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LaneC
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, prompt service, would definitely book in to go again.

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OpenTable Diner
5 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Waffles are amazing and gluten free!

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SonyaW
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

This was a lovely place for a late lunch with family. We sat outside, it was gorgeous and the food delicious with a twist. They didn't have a kids menu but the front of house staff were very obliging and happy to organise the waffles, hotcakes or eggs and bacon to kids size.... We had a really nice time

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vipOpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2021
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience1

The waitress was extremely rude and abrupt, she had terrible service and manners.

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RyanM
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, fantastic service and unbelievable coffee

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DebraS
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Caught up with friends, food was great, service was excellent. Highly recommend.

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Glenn
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Top paddock is great across the board, great food, cocktails, aesthetic and set up of the cafe, the staff are really friendly and very COVID safe. It was really welcoming and would definitely visit again.

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Rach
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Lovely staff, great food, good vibes! We'll definitely keep coming back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great services

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TheonieB
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was very good. They make great coffee and staff is very friendly

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RemiA
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious and staff were so lovely. Would come back again any time!

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vipCharlesH
13 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food and loved the outdoor dining idea. Coffee wasn’t as good as I remember from last time but still worth the visit for the meal!

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CourtneyM
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Good food. Nice place. Nothing to outstanding. But still good to visit and have brunch/breakfast here and there.

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Joard7
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best. Will definitely recommend and coming back again

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RarT
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Good value. Would go back.

I has a nice outdoor area too, which looks great for sunny days.

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KenM
3 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great experience with lovely ambiance and great food and coffee.

FAQs

Top Paddock Cafe does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

Top Paddock Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 193 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.