Rivers Cafe and Foodstore

4.4
517 reviews
$40 and under
Cafe Dining
We are fully licensed and offer seating indoors and outside. Enjoy views of our garden and lakeside setting along with resident ducks, turtles and kangaroos! Note the decking area is semi heated and we can not guarantee a spot within this area if you select to be seated here within your booking.
Celebration Cakes
We do not allow cakes to be brought in, however we can make one for you with a minimum of 48 hours’ notice. Just call us on 9436 3210.

About Us
Located within the iconic Rivers of Yarrambat Lifestyle Centre, we are known locally and regionally for our truly unique offer. Expect quality food, friendly service, health inspired dishes and home grown produce from our kitchen garden. Star dishes include our pot breads, Berry crepes and Belgian lemon teacake.
Dietary
We cater for vegetarian, gluten free, vegan and dairy free diets.
What 517 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ShirleyS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My only complaint would be that the steak was very fatty in the steak sandwich, the waffle chips were very tasty.

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JuneS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to be back!
Always fantastic and was on Friday too!

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AlexandraC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a great experience at Rivers, especially for the kids. But today’s highlight was the service, couldn’t fault it. Was a pleasure.

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love everything about this gorgeous place, the food, wonderful waitress/waiter
I really enjoy coming here.
I would recommend u

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Elyas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was welcoming, calming and friendly. The fresh flowers and plants around the cafe made our experience much more exciting. Will definitely invite more of my friends here.

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DonnaC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Didn’t have a very good table was shoved in corner , very busy but lovely at the same time

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Jenny
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service. Very easy to book. Love the new setup!

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LisaC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service and food was amazing! Will definitely be going back

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MaryJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our lunch at Rivers very much, it proved to be a great venue for a catch up with friends. We didn't feel hurried or too close to other diners. It was also a great opportunity to do a bit of shopping afterwards.

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DeniseW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Sandwiches were delicious and very good value . Service was good as they were very busy .

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AlliC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food, easy to order, friendly staff and a beautiful nursery and gift shop to explore. Gorgeous spot for brunch. Thank you.

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EliseR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, food and atmosphere as always! So happy to be back :)

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SHIRLEYG
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rivers has the best ambience in this part of the world. Love visiting and lunching there. It is a living art gallery. Food is just right and service is always extremely good.

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SandyO
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

I don't think social distancing rules were in place, very long line to enter. Everyone bunched together. No one counting customers.
Food was average. Staff were very friendly.

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LisaZ
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

First time I. Six months as a family dining out. It was sooo exciting.
Thankyou

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Kaylee
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to the nursery and gift shop for years - That was our first time eating in the cafe - Amazing. The staff are friendly and fun and the atmosphere they have created is glorious. I will be bringing all friendship groups, very soon!! Loved it

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GailT
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The cafe food was lovely and the ambience was beautiful, but, the waitress brought our scones, jam and cream to us straight after we were served the main meal and squeezed them on our table of three. She told us that we should have told them that we didn't want the scones before the main meal!!!! I think that would naturally be common sense. They do run a cafe.

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KerryA
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff very friendly. They were also very accommodating to our small dog. Enjoyed shopping in the nursery afterwards

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BeetaT
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as usual.
The food quality the staff and the service amazing amazing amazing

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JeanetteD
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Firstly I was disappointed where we were seated as it was quite hot 🥵
(Not your Fault)
Had to compete with Flies all the time .
Food has always been expensive but enjoyable..
Iced coffee tasteless no Ice-cream
Just Cream and was WARM ..

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PamW
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Rivers of Yarrambat is normally a great place for lunch. Today's experience not so great. Veggie burger was overpowered by Coriander making it most unpleasant. Coffee cold. The staff at Rivers are always pleasant. Hopefully better next time.

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primrose
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always brings joy to our day. Beautiful gardens, shop and little lake. No where nicer to have a coffee

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RaffA
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved every bit of it. Thanks for the great service and great food.

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Blue
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booking was easy and we were taken to a table enabling plenty of room and shade for the pram....5 week old baby. He didn’t stir until end.
Service was quick and extremely friendly. Food was yum and all 3 enjoyed their meal.
Thank you

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Celeste
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Good food but menu was limited .
Good atmosphere and great coffee

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JessicaW
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Beautiful place and views.. staff polite and helpful.. the kids lunch box is a great idea but keeping it simple with plain sausage rolls ( no vegetables) and no pineapple on pizzas... just not a huge variety of food

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WilliamR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful setting and friendly service. Husband was disappointed there was no big breakfast on the menu.

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BrunaG
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful setting and ambiance. Food is delicious and service is friendly and efficient.

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Zombette
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience5

I definitely left very unhappy with this place Rivers. Would not reccommend to anyone. I made a booking for 2. When I arrived, the table was not cleaned, yes waitress apologised but then they got our teas all wrong. Rivers is way to pricy, my quiche I ordered was way to small for $22 this is not right. I then ordered an omelette beause the quiche was small and I was still hungry and they did not tell me it had salmon. I'm allergic to salmon. I could not eat the omelette and could not order anything else as the kitchen was closed. I was left hungry. I was told I will not get my money back for the omelette because it says clearly on the menu it has salmon. I was not given a menu due to covid, understandable, but I was told I can either do it on my app which I had no access to or go up to the front to order. So I went up to the front to order the omelette where they then should of told me it had salmon as they knew I was there to order as I could not go on the app but they did not reimbursed me for the salmon I payed for. The menu on the website is way to faint in colour and very small to be able to read. I was having difficulties for a person who cannot see well. I lost $19.50 and how pricy is that for an omelette. Usually cafe's or restaurants give us a 10 minute warning before closing. We did not get a warning and was told they were closed and we need to leave. I had not finished my tea and had to leave. All I wanted is to enjoy my day at the café as I don't often go there because it is to expensive and I am a single mother not working and it completely all went wrong. I also took a friend for the first time and wanted her to experience a good day but this whole thing was a very bad business practice. I am not a happy customer

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BasilR
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It’s a great setting amongst attractive plants and is a great place to browse before and/or after a meal. Food quality was great.

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LaraineF
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I attended with two friends I had not seen for several months and as always we had a lovely meal, and a great catch up in very pleasant surroundings. The service has always been friendly and efficient and our visit Tuesday was no exception. Thank you for a jolly afternoon. Laraine

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Flick
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I was a little disappointed compared to pervious experience at Rivers, the staff sat us at our table and that was the last we heard from them the ordering system
was not explained and we wait 20mins before asking, what the covid procedure was!

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JoyS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had a lovely morning tea at Rivers. The Lemon Tart was delicious, and the ambiance at the outdoor tables made the experience very enjoyable.

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EmilyA
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience5

Menu has changed we had been prior to lockdown and couldn’t fault anything, this time round however was very different the food was basic and not much to choose from quite disappointed when we sat down to the menu and when the food was brought out we had definitely noticed a change in quality

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Brekky
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was nice service excellent and friendly good day

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RogerC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Long wait at Reception. Staff good, system needs some work

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RebeccaM
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

A couple of things I picked up on one was my girlfriend ordered through the app her order didn’t get through to the kitchen and had to wait, while myself and my other girlfriend ordered at the counter and got our orders without any problem.
The other was I had the steak sandwich but while it said modified gluten free and dairy free I could only see the dairy free option on the app.
It also would have been good to have water placed at the table as we sat down like what used to happen we also found it hard to get the attention of staff when we needed more water

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Gayle
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have really missed lunching at Rivers Cafe. Food is great and the staff are amazing especially Craig,he goes out of his way to make sure everybody is happy.

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GlenysE
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick check in, great friendly service, good food & touchless ordering & payment option

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JoanneA
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breakfast at Rivers was a treat - Ducks a great entertainment for our grandson too. Will definitely be back.

FAQs

Rivers Cafe and Foodstore offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9436 3210.

Rivers Cafe and Foodstore is rated 4.4 stars by 517 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 bookings at the moment.