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Chez Dré, South Melbourne, AU-VIC

Chez Dré

4.1
4.1
43 Reviews
$40 and under
Modern Australian

Pastry chef Andrea (Dre) Reiss & business partner Stephen Sam, with the team at Breathe Architecture, spent six months transforming this South Melbourne warehouse into a modern bakery & café with art deco influences that opened in 2011. Chez Dré compliments its rustic, industrial aesthetic with an eclectic mix of marble-topped tables, upcycled/reclaimed timber & green button-tufted banquettes. An original Chez Dré kaleidoscopic motif blankets the polished concrete floor & bespoke ironwork flanks the entrances with the shade of a peppercorn tree providing year-round seating in the courtyard. Divided into various spaces from the intimate banquette seating to large communal tables, Chez Dré offers a different experience to everyone including child friendly high chairs & a dog friendly courtyard.

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Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 8:00 am–4:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 9690 2688

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

Menu

all our delicious bread & pastries are baked & delivered fresh every morning from Q Le Baker

All Day Menu

  • Toast*A$7.50

    sourdough toast with house made jam, vegemite or peanut spread

    • CroissantA$6.00

      served with house made jam & butter plain

      • Spiced Fruit ToastA$8.50

        served with house made jam & butter

        • Chez Dre Granola**A$14.50

          organic Australian oats, seeds, nuts, honey, dried fruit, vanilla yoghurt bavarois & saffron poached pear

          • Eggs Your Way*

            poached, scrambled or fried

            • With Toasted SourdoughA$11.50
            • With CroissantA$14.50
          • Omelette*A$17.50

            2 cheeses, herbs, semidried tomato, topped with mixed leaf salad & served with a toasted baguette

            • French ToastA$17.50

              fried brioche, meringue shards, caramel sauce, mixed berry compote & Bibelot strawberry oat gelato

              • Grand Petit DejéUner*A$21.50

                smoked bacon, toulouse sausage, mushrooms, roast tomato, crispy potatoes, house relish, eggs your way & sourdough

                • Croque MonsieurA$16.00

                  smoked ham, emmental cheese, dijon mustard, béchamel & a side salad

                  • Croque MadameA$17.50

                    with a fried egg

                    • Truffle Mushroom Bruschetta*A$19.50

                      with two poached eggs, scamorza cheese & mushroom ketchup served on sourdough

                      • Smashed Avocado*A$17.50

                        spiced nuts & seeds, pickled red onion, cherry tomato & grilled sourdough

                        • Braised Eggplant Ragu*A$21.50

                          with chickpeas, two poached eggs, labneh & salsa verde, served with a toasted baguette

                          • Wagyu Beef BurgerA$21.50

                            wagyu beef patty, cheese, lettuce, tomato, house pickle, kewpi mayo in a buttermilk bun, served with crispy potatoes

                            • Minute SteakA$22.50

                              180g grass fed scotch fillet, potato fondant, café de paris butter, beef jus, a herb & leaf salad

                              • Panzanella Salad*A$13.50

                                cherry tomatoes, shaved fennel, basil, dried olive crumb, toasted bread, pickled red onion & balsamic dressing

                                • Kale & Grain Salad*A$16.50

                                  crispy kale, quinoa, barley, chargrilled corn, poached eggs & crème fraîche

                                  Sides

                                  • Gluten Free Bread (2 Slices)A$3.00

                                    • Extra Sourdough (1 Slice)A$2.00

                                      • Toulouse SausageA$5.00

                                        • Double Smoked HamA$5.00

                                          • MushroomsA$5.00

                                            • AvocadoA$5.00

                                              • Marinated FetaA$5.00

                                                • Side SaladA$5.00

                                                  • Crispy PotatoesA$5.00

                                                    • Oak Smoked Tasmanian SalmonA$6.00

                                                      • ChorizoA$6.00

                                                        • Smoked BaconA$6.00

                                                          • Grilled ChickenA$6.00

                                                            • Extra EggA$3.00

                                                              • Roast TomatoA$3.00

                                                                • HollandaiseA$3.00

                                                                  • House RelishA$3.00

                                                                    • Vanilla Ice-CreamA$3.00

                                                                      Showcase

                                                                      • Ham & Cheese CroissantA$7.50

                                                                        • Baguettes & SandwichesA$11.50

                                                                          Mon-Fri

                                                                          • Soup of the DayA$10.50

                                                                            served with a toasted Q Le Baker baguette

                                                                            • Sweets & Pastries

                                                                              please see the showcase for our delicious range of house made cakes & slices

                                                                              Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                                                              What 43 people are saying

                                                                              Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                                              4.1
                                                                              4.1 based on recent ratings
                                                                              • 4.1Food
                                                                              • 3.9Service
                                                                              • 4.4Ambience
                                                                              • 3.9Value

                                                                              NoiseModerate

                                                                              Loved For

                                                                              • Melbourne

                                                                                Outdoor Dining

                                                                              • Inner City South

                                                                                Great for Brunch

                                                                              • Inner City South

                                                                                Kid Friendly

                                                                              • Inner City South

                                                                                Good for Groups

                                                                              • Inner City South

                                                                                Outdoor Dining

                                                                              • Inner City South

                                                                                Good Vegetarian Options

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                                                                                Charmzzza

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined 1 day ago

                                                                                overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                                                Super friendly staff and the food was simply divine.

                                                                              2. C

                                                                                Chris

                                                                                Victoria

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined 1 day ago

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                Excellent ambience, food and service. The staff were delightful.

                                                                              3. M

                                                                                Mghl

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                4.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined 2 days ago

                                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                Easy booking process. Nice food & friendly service. Able to sit in once we arrived, no trouble at all.

                                                                              4. CB

                                                                                ChristineB

                                                                                Melbourne

                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                5.0

                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                Always a good experienc; delicious food and fab coffee

                                                                              5. OT

                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                Melbourne

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                3.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                                                overall3food2service1ambience4

                                                                                Been here a number of times. Wait to actually get seated others a reservation was bad. Wait to actually get your food was even more silly. Staff too overwhelmed and by the time I get my Croque Monsieur it was a brick. Go somewhere else!

                                                                              6. C

                                                                                Charly

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                1.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                                                overall1food1service1ambience3

                                                                                Messed up our coffee orders 3 times despite waiting for more than 30 mins for it to arrive. We had to accept the final wrong coffee order as we got sick of waiting for it. Food portion that arrived was measly, we've eaten there prior a few times and were really surprised at how small the avo toast was when it was usually bigger than that. Unfortunately, never coming back again despite being a fan of Chez Dre for many many years.

                                                                              7. AC

                                                                                AngieC

                                                                                Canberra

                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                Great place to catch up with friends and family, in an area where you can continue browsing through the fabulous South Melbourne markets or local speciality stores.

                                                                              8. OT

                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                Victoria

                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                Dined on April 1, 2022

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                Fantastic service!

                                                                              9. LY

                                                                                LingY

                                                                                Melbourne

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                Good place for larger number gathering as well. Very interesting smoothies.

                                                                              10. JM

                                                                                JacquiM

                                                                                Melbourne

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                I recommend this spot in south melbourne, beautiful outdoor space

                                                                              11. NM

                                                                                NatMam

                                                                                Melbourne

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on March 21, 2022

                                                                                overall5food5service3ambience5

                                                                                Fabulous little spot, great atmosphere, the food was delicious, great choices, staff were very friendly, we had a lovely lunch. Will be back.

                                                                              12. OT

                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                Melbourne

                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                5.0

                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                Excellent service and great food.

                                                                              13. TS

                                                                                TimS

                                                                                Melbourne

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on March 17, 2022

                                                                                overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                                                This was a new version of ChezDre which I had not been to since COVID struck. There were fewer people and fewer staff however the standard of the food was very good and all were happy with their meals. The staff were cheerful and accommodating. The speed of food preparation and delivery was excellent as was the meal presentation.

                                                                              14. RT

                                                                                RholandT

                                                                                Melbourne

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                3.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on March 12, 2022

                                                                                overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                                                Food is not that something that you would wanna go back. Chez Dre is somtin that u would wanna experience but not something you would wanna go back for their food.

                                                                              15. MH

                                                                                MartineH

                                                                                Melbourne

                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                3.0

                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                Dined on March 5, 2022

                                                                                overall3food3service2ambience3

                                                                                Very average breakfast. The drink was forgotten, as was that of someone on a nearby table. At $5 for a side of avocado I was expecting smash, instead I got half an Avo whacked on the plate. The toast was cold and when I asked for butter it came out rock hard and unspreadable. The staff seemed disinterested. Overall very disappointing experience. Will not go back.

                                                                              16. JW

                                                                                JaneW

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                2.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on February 25, 2022

                                                                                overall2food2service1ambience4

                                                                                We made a reservation for Friday late lunch but the kitchen closed at 3pm so it was a big of a rush. Perhaps open table should make bookers aware of kitchen closing times. We were the only people there, but our server would not change anything on the menu or make any subs, and failed to bring the coke my dad ordered so we go to chase it up. Disappointing because such a great ambiance.

                                                                              17. GB

                                                                                GabbyB

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                4.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on February 22, 2022

                                                                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                Delightful lunch, lovely and attentive service, attractive space and outside area. Certainly recommend

                                                                              18. F

                                                                                Felicia

                                                                                Melbourne

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                1.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on February 4, 2022

                                                                                overall1food1service3ambience3

                                                                                I feel like the meals in this place are more for Instagram than for eating. My husband's hotcake was covered in flowers and raw seeds, which while visually very pretty the texture and flavour was awful. I had the avocado on toast which was three giant, unseasoned lumps of avo, on thin, hard toast with one poached egg and no burata. My dish also had raw seeds on it. Neither of us finished our dishes. The coffee was also not good.

                                                                              19. T

                                                                                Topher

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                4.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on January 26, 2022

                                                                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                                I had the toasted croissant which I saw on Instagram - that was really yum and the coffee was good. Good outdoor seating as well.

                                                                              20. j

                                                                                janes

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                2.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on January 18, 2022

                                                                                overall2food3service2ambience3

                                                                                Reserved but table not prepared. Hard to get waitress attention. Unable to provide receipt - badly needed to claim back from work.

                                                                              21. E

                                                                                Eispressi

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                3.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on January 15, 2022

                                                                                overall3food3service2ambience4

                                                                                The food was good, service sadly not so much. Already been the second time.

                                                                              22. D

                                                                                Damon

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on January 15, 2022

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                Excellent food beautifully presented. Great decor also. Will definitely return.

                                                                              23. SR

                                                                                SamanthaR

                                                                                New York Area

                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                Dined on January 14, 2022

                                                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                Always amazing food at Che Dre. Beautiful outdoor area and a great vibe

                                                                              24. C

                                                                                Caudex

                                                                                Melbourne

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                1.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on January 2, 2022

                                                                                overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                                                They accepted my booking vianopen table for Monday 3rd Jan but when I arrived it wasn't open. Which made it incredibly stressful to locate a new breakkie spot for me and my guests.

                                                                              25. JM

                                                                                JeremyM

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                1.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on December 30, 2021

                                                                                overall1food3service1ambience3

                                                                                Appalling service. Had to ask three times for our coffees, being told most weren’t available. They all arrived at different times. Poor staff had no idea what they were doing. We thought we’d order from the breakfast cabinet to avoid any further delays and it was still terrible. A “toasted” croissant and ciabatta that were carried through a warm room at best. Absolutely terrible. Will never return.

                                                                              26. SR

                                                                                ScottR

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                3.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on December 22, 2021

                                                                                overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                                                We had been eyeing this cafe for some time and were really looking forward to it. But we were disappointed. Food was very basic and overpriced for what it was. Coffee was luke warm. Wait staff were disinterested even though the place was nearly empty. There is a nice outdoor area though.

                                                                              27. OT

                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                Melbourne

                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                Dined on December 16, 2021

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                A delicious breakfast!

                                                                              28. GF

                                                                                GFog

                                                                                Sydney

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                4.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on December 10, 2021

                                                                                overall4food5service2ambience4

                                                                                Service was friendly but very ‘relaxed’ aka slow - food and coffee was excellent.

                                                                              29. GS

                                                                                GrantS

                                                                                Melbourne

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                2.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on December 3, 2021

                                                                                overall2food3service3ambience3

                                                                                Not the same as it was. Lost its French flavour. Not good when you see pre packaged food in the window. This place is not a deli. Needs to improve.

                                                                              30. L

                                                                                Leanne

                                                                                Victoria

                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                2.0

                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                Dined on December 2, 2021

                                                                                overall2food3service1ambience4

                                                                                The food was good but the service was very disappointing.

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                                                                                anonymous

                                                                                Exclusive

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                2.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on November 24, 2021

                                                                                overall2food2service3ambience2

                                                                                Having not visited for some years, this venue is shadow of its former self. The menu was pedestrian, and gone is the buzzy vibe of a french boulangerie, and with it the delectable pastries and french flair. Although the food and service were acceptable, there are other more interesting cafe options around town.

                                                                              32. M

                                                                                Margi

                                                                                Melbourne

                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                4 reviews

                                                                                Dined on November 23, 2021

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                First time visit at Chez Dre and it didn’t disappoint. The ricotta pancake was delicious. Staff were lovely and very helpful. Will definitely go again.

                                                                              33. OT

                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                Melbourne

                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                4.0

                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                Dined on November 21, 2021

                                                                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                The sourdough bread was tough as if it was 5 days old. Besides fell that, great good and good service

                                                                              34. H

                                                                                Heidi

                                                                                Melbourne

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                2.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on November 19, 2021

                                                                                overall2food4service1ambience2

                                                                                I don't normally write reviews but I felt like I had to for this place. The food is quite tasty (the only good point) but it is a bit pricey for what I am getting compared to other places with similar food quality. I am most disappointed by the service, it is horrible. 1) I don't if it is because it is the weekend, we just got out of lockdown or the day I went the staff are all temporary and not the normal ones, but it wasn't busy when I dined there (only ⅓ of the capacity). 2) The ground staff always had their backs to us, it was hard to get hold of any of them to place an order. 3) No staff gave a damn when we accidentally spilled our drink, normally in other restaurants at least they would offer a table cloth, but even when I asked them they didn't care. I swore when this happened the baristas saw what happened since we were sitting right where they can clearly see us but they didn't even care to tell those ground staff (with their backs to us) who were at that moment all gathered around the bar/drinks area (chatting away). It felt like only one staff was working, and only that person cared to help get me a cloth, when I tried to ask for help. Also, when I wanted to order he was the only one who didn't have his back to customers and could tell the indoor staff to take our order. There was at least 3 ground staff around and most of the time all they were doing was standing around the pay area, having their backs to us and chatting away. The funny thing is I was sitting indoors and that person (who helped us both times) is responsible for the outdoor area.

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                                                                                Alycat

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                2.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on November 7, 2021

                                                                                overall2food2service3ambience5

                                                                                They don’t do substitutions which is annoying if you’re paying $22 for avocado on toast and don’t eat egg.

                                                                              36. JM

                                                                                JacquiM

                                                                                Melbourne

                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                3.0

                                                                                2 reviews

                                                                                Dined on November 7, 2021

                                                                                overall3food2service5ambience5

                                                                                The service was fabulous, prompt, friendly and attentive. The area was clean and the menu was good. I ordered a simple fruit toast, which was so dense and dry I needed water with every mouthful to swallow it. The bread used for my friends meal was also so dry and tough it couldn’t be cut with a knife. The bread seemed to be week old. But this was a huge letdown to our meals. The coffee was good.

                                                                              37. GJ

                                                                                GeorginaJ

                                                                                Melbourne

                                                                                8 reviews

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                8 reviews

                                                                                Dined on November 6, 2021

                                                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                Gorgeous location, very cute walking down the little alley off of bustling Coventry Street. Food absolutely delicious, but serving sizes a bit small for my partner. Highly highly recommend

                                                                              38. OT

                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                4.0

                                                                                1 review

                                                                                Dined on October 31, 2021

                                                                                overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                                Daughters birthday

                                                                              39. CB

                                                                                ChristineB

                                                                                Melbourne

                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                vip
                                                                                5.0

                                                                                3 reviews

                                                                                Dined on October 30, 2021

                                                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                Great coffee and food, fab outdoor set up, will be back soon.

                                                                              40. OT

                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                Melbourne

                                                                                6 reviews

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                6 reviews

                                                                                Dined on October 30, 2021

                                                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                Family brunch with three kids and the staff super attentive, patient and friendly. This place is fantastic!!!

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                                                                              Chez Dré is rated 4.1 stars by 43 OpenTable diners.

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                                                                              Booked 10 times today
                                                                              Google Map for Chez Dré

                                                                              285-287 Coventry Street South Melbourne, AU-VIC 3205

                                                                              Additional information

                                                                              • Neighborhood

                                                                                South Melbourne

                                                                              • Hours of operation

                                                                                Daily 8:00 am–4:00 pm

                                                                              • Cuisines

                                                                                Modern Australian

                                                                              • Dining style

                                                                                Casual Dining

                                                                              • Dress code

                                                                                Casual Dress

                                                                              • Parking details

                                                                                None

                                                                              • Payment options

                                                                                AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

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