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Lakeside Cafe

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Australian, Cafe, International
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Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne, Victoria 3052, Australia (Formerly Lakeside Bistro)
09:00 - 15:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 15:00
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Melbourne, Australia
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39 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

A good cafe, almost an oasis at the Botanic Gardens. This is a very pleasant place to meet with people, or take a break after walking through the beautiful gardens. Not open for evening meals, but has a very good lunch menu.

Thank Dennis W
CompassVictoriaZoo, Guest Relations Manager at Lakeside Cafe, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you for your lovely review. Our Japanese Garden is quite famous and so beautiful that we host a few weddings there. We don't do dinner due to the hours the Zoo is open however we now do breakfast on weekends and hope to see you there. Thank you More 

Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

I am a zoo member so I go to the zoo quite often and now that they have changed to the Lakeside Cafe it has totally transformed and I almost always stop here for lunch. I normally get one of the salads as they are super cheap and quite fresh and every now and then I will get something larger... More 

1 Thank ashleycwolfe
CompassVictoriaZoo, Guest Relations Manager at Lakeside Cafe, responded to this review

Fantastic to hear! We are so glad you enjoy the new Lakeside Cafe so much that you are now a regular at the cafe. The changes to the cafe in the past few months have been dramatic and are clearly working well. We look forward to seeing you around. Thank you More 

Brisbane, Australia
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74 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2016

I would not rush back and would recommend bringing your own food if possible as it was not that great but it was eatable. The place was a bit grotty, the coffee was okay. The menu was okay but service was not so great either.

Thank AussieCGS
CompassVictoriaZoo, Guest Relations Manager at Lakeside Cafe, responded to this review

Hi, I'm sorry to hear you were not the biggest fan of our food. We have been going through a lot of changes recently including a new menu and also a new chef! We would love to have you back and experience our upgrades and I believe your visit will be more enjoyable. Thank you More 

Melbourne, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 15 July 2015

I had gone to the Zoo yesterday on 14/07/2015 and stopped by the bistro for coffee and chips. I was visiting the Zoo with my sister’s family who were from overseas. We were at the bistro in the mid-afternoon. My brother in law and I were queuing up to order and when it came to our turn my brother in... More 

Thank Passionate3010
1 review
Reviewed 21 June 2015 via mobile

Stopped by for some lunch as the outside kiosk areas were crowded. Went inside the bistro and the floor was filthy with food litter, tables vacant but dirty plates remained there for ages. We ordered 2 coffees and 2 meals. After 30 mins we realised those who ordered after us had all received their food. We went and asked about... More 

Thank Amy B
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2014

My family and I went to the zoo on Saturday and it was an amazing time until we went to the bistro! It started with a small rumble of an error when the waitress bought our coffees over and didn't give us the correct ones.. Normally that is okay, mistakes happen, but the waitress was aloof and blamed US for... More 

Thank Lami M
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
41 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2014

Visiting the zoo with two small children on a drizzly afternoon, we thought we would try the Lakeside Bistro, rather than take our chances with the bakery takeaway and swarming seagulls in the couryard. As zoo members we also thought it a good way to further support the zoo. Unfortunately we left extremely disappointed. The place was quite full and... More 

Thank FifiDZure
Canterbury, Australia
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2013

Wanting to eat after a lovely morning at the zoo we walked in an walked straight out. Empty tables full of food scraps and rubbish . Very disappointed and a missed opportunity to support the zoo by eating there .

1 Thank trav54828487

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 15
Australian, Cafe, International
Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
09:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
09:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne, Victoria 3052, Australia (Formerly Lakeside Bistro)
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne
The new Lakeside Café overlooks the Japanese garden and lake, and offers casual dining for lunch, morning or afternoon tea and a delicious breakfast on weekends. The family friendly menu includes a range of gourmet salads, sandwiches, croque's and soups served with Zoo bakery rolls. For something more substantial, you might like a handmade pulled pork burgers, po 'boy or pastas to just name a few as well as our tasty daily specials. There are also a number of vegetarian and gluten-free options and a kids menu with a variety of healthy meals and universal favourites. If you're after something to drink, we serve coffee, hot chocolate, soft drinks and a selection of handpicked wines and beer. Function hire available.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?