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Best Cafes in Australia

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated October 11, 2019

Looking to grab a hot cup of joe with a date or meet up with friends for some chai tea? We've rounded up some of the best cafes on OpenTable according to our diners.

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3.5
3.5 (129)
$A41 to $A100
Modern Australian
Melbourne CBD
About the restaurant
Nestled between the historic Rialto and Winfield buildings, Alluvial Restaurant effortlessly melds a mix of old and new, all imbued with the culinary and cultural charms of Melbourne. Alluvial Restaurant, named after Alluvial gold deposits in honour of the gold rush, when Melbourne was the richest city in the world.

Situated under our iconic glass atrium, is the perfect setting to try our international buffet breakfast, all day dining menu or simply enjoy a coffee or wine in Bluestone Lounge Bar, for a more casual option. Sample modern Melbourne cuisine with the best local produce and flavours Melbourne has to offer. Melbourne’s electric dining scene offers a startling array of the world’s greatest cuisines, the hotel amplifies these diverse cultures that make Melbourne eating so unique.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Good quality but small portions. Reasonable service but I had to find staff to order another drink
A photo of Au79 restaurant
4.8
4.8 (132)
$A40 and under
Modern Australian
Abbotsford
About the restaurant
AU79, a new contemporary space that has been transformed from a former mechanics warehouse into an exciting and impressive Melbourne cafe, sitting within the eclectic suburb of Abbotsford and incorporating a coffee roastery, cafe, bakery and patisserie, offering a unique event space and experience with fantastic food, drinks and atmosphere.
Top review
Olivia
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Beautiful venue with great food and coffee! Service was also excellent. I will definitely be visiting again!
A photo of Boiler House Restaurant at The Hydro Majestic Blue Mountains restaurant
4.4
4.4 (687)
$A40 and under
Australian
Blue Mountains
About the restaurant
Featuring majestic and panoramic views overlooking the Megalong Valley the Hydro Majestic is one of Australia’s most iconic historical hotels. The former boiler house, which generated electricity for the Hydro Majestic, has been transformed into a casual set in a unique heritage space. With dining on 2 levels, the Boiler House Cafe will offer a casual dining menu for lunch along with take-away options for guests to consume at the new Majestic Point lookout overlooking the Megalong Valley.
Top review
ChristineW
Dined on Apr 14, 2024
We dined here before our stay at the Hydro Majestic. We shared the seafood hot pot. Food is expensive, but very nice. The views are stunning and the atmosphere great. Make sure you walk outside to the edge of the escarpment.
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4.5
4.5 (390)
$A40 and under
Modern Australian
Pakenham
About the restaurant
Copper and Fox is only taking Phone Reservations

Copper and Fox is a beautiful two-story building with a large open plan dining room and outdoor courtyard, two incredible New York inspired bars, a friendly sidewalk café servery, an intimate function room, and impressive surrounding balcony.

We offer craft beer taps with both local and imported beers, wines from some of Australia's best regions, and cocktails from all over the world.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Very tasty food. Polite staff. Only slight criticism is it was a bit loud. Overall, pretty phenomenal experience.
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4.5
4.5 (1561)
$A41 to $A100
Bistro
Elwood
About the restaurant
Bayside restaurant and event venue open daily from 9:00am for takeaway coffees & pastries, and from 11:30am onwards for dine in. Passionate about friends, family and community.
Top review
GWF0vip
Dined 5 days ago
Beautiful views of the beach and the sea from large windows that allow the impression that you yourself are part of the view. Friendly and accommodating staff who make the enjoyment of fine wine and excellent food a very relaxing experience Special thanks to Daniela and Joel this time.
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4.1
4.1 (69)
$A40 and under
Café
Brookvale
About the restaurant
A wicker wonderland nestled in the heart of Warringah mall by the iconic dolphin fountain. The perfect location for a dreamy dining oasis.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
My friend and I always meet at Flower Child, Warringah, because the staff are always lovely and the food very good. We've been meeting for years. Love the place.
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4.3
4.3 (430)
$A40 and under
Breakfast
Mornington
About the restaurant
We are a casual and bustling cafe in the heart of Main street, Mornington. With an emphasis on local produce, beer and wine and we serve breakfast all day and lunch from 11am.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
The food was fantastic great service noise was a bit much
A photo of Optus Stadium - City View Café restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1163)
$A40 and under
Café
Burswood
About the restaurant
Enjoy coffee, breakfast or lunch against the stunning backdrop of the Swan River and Perth city.

The City View Café is located on the river side of Optus Stadium near Gate D and is accessible via a lift, if required.

Open daily from 7am to 3pm (kitchen closes at 2.30pm), unless the Stadium is being used for a major event.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Great spot for a pre-game lunch, nice quiet atmosphere would recommend absolutely
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4.5
4.5 (363)
$A41 to $A100
Italian
Richmond
About the restaurant
Inspired by our Northern Italian roots, we bring the traditionally casual, regional osteria into an urban setting. And shake it up a bit.
Unfussy local food & wine hosted in a warm neighbourhood eatery. Strictly seasonal produce, championing regional growers & artisans.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
We’ve eaten here a few times and loved it. Food is excellent and the 3 course fixed price weekday menu is great value and delicious (and plentiful). BYO wines Tue-Thu just adds to make it a very high standard experience.
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4.6
4.6 (1816)
$A40 and under
Italian
St Kilda
About the restaurant
Rococo St Kilda's atmosphere is both seductive and vibrant, bustling and intimate. The place where Rococo’s signature antipasti boards and simple Italian flavours first came to be, it continues to attract diners from all over Melbourne some 10 years later. Set amongst some of Melbourne’s most loved sites – The Palais, The National Theatre and St Kilda beach to name a few – our expanded restaurant space is bigger than ever, yet remains cosy and flexible, with various spaces available for functions and plenty of nooks for private dining or close conversations.
Join us for a meal of many courses; a hearty breakfast to start the day, a jovial work lunch, a family get together or just a glass of wine to celebrate the end of a day. Oh and our Wood Fire Pizzas are a must. Enjoy the authenticity, quality and warm hospitality of modern Italy right here in Melbourne.
Al fresco outside seating also available.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Beautiful restaurant! Great food, staff, ambience. Couldn’t fault it and will be back.
A photo of Rococo Hawthorn restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1144)
$A40 and under
Italian
Hawthorn
About the restaurant
Rococo provides the freshest of ingredients, delivering guests high quality foods with many options available from such a large menu. The la carte menu is offered throughout the whole week and a lunch special from Monday to Friday. Consisting of, Italian traditional dishes that make this restaurant a haven for delicious classics. Located only moments away from Glenferrie Road’s shopping district, the classy suburb of Hawthorn is well suited to Rococo. Understandably from the packed crowds, they cater for a variety of individuals and even large quantities of guests. Rococo has generous spaces both indoor with candle lit lights for that friendly setting and outdoors for those lovely summer nights. Rococo is accessible by transport such as the number 16 tram, and parking on Glenferrie road and other side street options in the area. If it’s a business meeting with colleagues or a last minute catch up with some friends, Rococo is the perfect choice.
Top review
PetulaL
Dined 7 days ago
Great food and service Host and waiters were very attentive had a great experience and the food was delicious
A photo of Sir Duke restaurant
4.3
4.3 (148)
$A40 and under
Modern Australian
Moonee Ponds
About the restaurant
Sir Duke is a cafe located in Melbourne's North West, Moonee Ponds serving an exceptional array of locally grown produce and seasonally paired with the finest specialty coffee, fresh juices, cocktails, beers and wines.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 23, 2024
Friendly and helpful service provided which elevated our experience
A photo of The European restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1237)
$A41 to $A100
European
Melbourne CBD
About the restaurant
Open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner, The European offers a welcoming ambience with warm, generous and knowledgeable hospitality - a beacon of Melbourne dining at its finest. Located on Spring Street near the Princess Theatre, we offer classic bistro fare with substance and character to perfectly complement our extensive collection of wines, old and new world, available to enjoy with your meal.

We also welcome you on a walk-in basis next door at The City Wine Shop any day of the week, where you may simply pop in for a seat at the bar or grab a spot outside overlooking Parliament House.

We take the best seasonal produce available, cooking simple, classic foods. Nose-to-tail offal dishes are centred within our menu, utilising every part of the animal products in our kitchen. Drawing on our own in-house butcher and farmhouse cheeses matured by our friends at Spring Street Cheese Cellar, there is always something new to try on the menu at The European and City Wine Shop.

Top review
SallyF
Dined 2 days ago
Fabulous service, great food and fantastic atmosphere- we will be back!
A photo of The Grounds of Alexandria Cafe restaurant
4.0
4 (2594)
$A40 and under
Café
Alexandria
About the restaurant
The Cafe food and drinks menu is bursting with fresh flavour, made with the finest quality ingredients and created with The Grounds own grown and locally sourced produce. The Cafe at The Grounds has team of chefs who constantly push the boundaries and reinvents the classics in order to deliver you perfect flavour combinations that will make you want to come back time and time again.

NOTE: At The Cafe, to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to dine in, we operate on a walk-in only basis for smaller tables during peak hours. If no tables are available on arrival, we will add you to an electronic waiting list and text you when your table is ready, leaving you free to explore the rest of The Grounds. Rest assured, all groups on the wait list will be able to dine-in on the day.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Eating at The Grounds Cafe was fantastic! The vibe was cozy, and the service was top-notch. I absolutely loved their coffee—it was so rich and flavourful. Can't wait to go back for more!
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