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Cafe, Australian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
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0.6 km from Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic selection of delicious dishes. Good atmosphere and there’s lots of space inside and out. Management were very professional and attentive.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came here starving and opted for the beef brisker burgers, they filled a gap, tasted pretty good, but I don’t think we’d hurry back. The burger was packed with exciting things, however the main part, the beef brisket, was pretty dry unfortunately. The fries...were nice. We got a cinnamon roll with caramel on top, it was really dense and not particularly enjoyable. It’s a lovely cafe with great staff, but we weren’t blown away by the food.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 15 December 2023

This is a little gem of a cafe where we had a lovely breakfast. It's a local spot so few tourists and close to Albert Park (you can walk along the F1 route!)

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 30 April 2023 via mobile

This cafe is in a beautiful building and the decor is great. The menu was quite pricey but we had heard good things so wanted to check it out. Staff weren’t particularly friendly at all - extremely strict on rules (not removing an item from...a dish, no split bills, no substitutions) that just made the experience a bit yuck. Dishes weren’t served hot either. Wouldn’t be back.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 10 April 2023

John & Ann from Tasmania are on business with my wife staying local to Kettle Black , whilst convenient for me to have coffee & snack it also has the best coffee ,great breakfast food with the best friendly staff , can be busy at...certain times but handled professionally with friendly text . We have a couple more weeks in Albert road so they will see us again .More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 15 February 2023 via mobile

Delicious smashed avo brunch - great ambiance in the cafe too, and staff really friendly. Lots of ppl from surrounding offices coming in for their coffee too which is definitely a good sign!

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 21 December 2022 via mobile

This cafe/restaurant is my local. I enjoyed a relaxed summer afternoon sitting on the outdoor patio with a glass of Rose - a very nice environment. I haven’t eaten here yet, but the dishes I saw being served to others looked really good. I definitely...will come back to sample more. The menu is not extensive but looks good, to suit a range of tastes and different sized appetites. Service is very good, that’s a big drawcard for me to return. Thank you.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 27 June 2022

This place is gorgeous. You will be dining in the cutest heritage listed cottage that has been wedged in between two massive high rise office blocks. The menu is small but what is on it is really, really good. I had the most perfect blueberry...hotcake. It was HUGE, full of blueberries and absolutely delicious. It was so big I couldn't finish it, which is massive for someone like me because I love my pancakes, waffles and hotcakes! The coffee was excellent. Service was efficient without being particularly friendly. The table next to us had to crab scramble which also looked amazing. I would love to come back here again next time I'm in Melbourne.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 14 March 2022

Tucked amongst the high rise offices and apartment blocks near the Domain, Kettle Black is a popular and nice place. Not a huge variety of meals on its menu but what is on offer is very very tasty and a piece of artwork a shame...to eat. Prices a little on the upper side but attentive service, as mentioned beautifully cooked food and pleasant atmosphere.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 4 March 2022 via mobile

I am an expat visiting and have had the pleasure of ding here twice in the last two weeks. I was looked after and not rushed. The omelette with crab was divine! Great coffee! Keep up the good service!

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 13 February 2022 via mobile

Heritage listed terrace house . Beautiful frontage . Sunday brunch so very busy and had to wait a bit before ordering . Menus did look haggard . In these current times probably would do with newer ones as you don’t want to touch. Probably not...enough smiles . Service can be improved . Ordered the avocado toast, barramundi, chicken burger and miso pork noodles . Presentation was photogenic and colourful. Taste wise was good . However barramundi was on the small side and potatoes were hard not cooked through snd skin was not crispy.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 28 December 2021 via mobile

Although table service was an area of opportunity on the day, the chilli crab scrambled eggs were absolutely sensational and overrode any negative I experienced. Good amount of heat and reasonable portion. I’ll definitely have again!

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 24 November 2021 via mobile

No customer service. Arrogant and dismissive. Waited 20 minutes to buy pre made sandwich whilst there were several staff free and available to serve. When politely asked - apathetic & dismissive. Just walked across the road where serving customers is still a thing. Don’t bother...unless you have the luxury of waiting half hour to be served for takeaway PRE- MADE stuff and feel like your customer doesn’t matter.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 27 October 2021

I have lived in the area for years and supported this venue when it opened but stopped going there when the service went downhill. I tried to give them another chance recently and pre-ordered online coffees and noted the 40 min delay, I turned up...5 mins before the order time and was still waiting 15mins. I asked the staff where my coffee order was and was told that they were "waiting until 11:25 am to process the order" (by that stage it was 11:35 am). The coffees were good but not hot. Because of inconsistent service at Kettle Black, I now prefer to go across the road to The Crux & Co.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 3 April 2021

Great food and service. My friend recommended me this place for brunch and I was impressed. I ordered avo on toast with poached egg abd goat cheese and was amazing. Melbourne does something else even with a simple avo on toast. Exceeded my expectations. Also,...the decoration is beautiful and it is very close to Botanical Gardens, perfect for a walk after brunch.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Cup of coffee yes. Work not really, it’s pretty crowded when we were there and there were people waiting for seats.
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Yes, The Kettle Black offers takeaway services.

The Kettle Black is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5