Rivers Cafe & Providore

4.3
236 reviews
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Café
We are fully licensed and offer seating indoors and outside in our enclosed decking area. Enjoy views of our garden and lakeside setting along with resident ducks, turtles and kangaroos! Note the decking area is not airconditioned or heated.
Groups
For bookings over 12 you will likely be on two adjacent tables.
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.

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 236 People Are Saying
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HL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family Easter lunch. Perfect thanks.

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M
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Although the staff were nice the service is really slow! Had to flag down the waitress for everything. Long waits for coffee and food.
Such a long wait for the second coffee we almost left.
So disappointed in the smashed Avocado on toast - it was more smashed feta with a trace of avocado. It looked more white than green and was so cheese and pesto tasting I left half of it.
I booked on line and although I had the confirmation email with me, when we arrived they said they didn’t have a booking for us!

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LM
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Took my 15 year old granddaughter for lunch. We had a nice table in the outer area where it’s not as noisy as inside. Food was lovely. I had wedges with bacon, cheese, spring onions, sour cream and sweet chilli sauce. Service was very good and we had a lovely day. Unfortunately could not say the same for the next day when I took my 10 year old granddaughter. Looked like they had not put enough staff on for the day. Drinks took ages to come (after our meal had arrived) items left off the kids menu, staff very scarce around the tables and so many young children I couldn’t hear myself think.

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KP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Slow service
Forgot our order then asked for scones they came cold
Not impressed

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Too noisy and decor inside was average. Food was fine. I wouldn't travel far to go there.

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JW
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant surroundings, excellent food and service

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T
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at Rivers many times and have taken friends there as well. The food is fresh and yummy and the service is great. We love looking in the gift shop and the nursery and have bought a few items. It's a great place to meet up with friends or celebrate an occasion. Will definitely visit again :)

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J
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

I would probably still reccomend, I have been a few times to rivers and I’ve always loved it maybe this was a busy day but I found that it took a long time for our food to come out almost over an hour.... smashed avocado didn’t have much avocado it was more just feta and also both smashed avocados were supposed to come with toasted pine nuts and they didn’t.
Over all okay experience this time round but if you’re going to set time slots and tell people that need to be out by a certain time then speed up your delivery process of food so that people don’t feel like that have to choke on their food to hurry up and be out. I will say to the young lady waitress who I advised I was told we had to be out by 1.15 she was lovely and apologised for the delay in the meals and told us not to worry about rushing out and that she had changed the table seatings around so we could take our time. So thanks to her - she was great with her service!!!!

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AW
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The cafe is lovely and service good. However there are not many lunch options and nothing vegetarian or vegan. I had trouble choosing a meal. I ended up having a chicken wrap, which was not hot enough and I prefer to not eat meat. I really appreciated being able to split the bill. The wine is reasonably priced and coffee was good. It was comfortable in the outdoor area. The gift shop and nursery make it a good venue to meet friends. It appears to be a good party venue. There were plenty of breakfast options which did look nice, however I prefer more lunch options if eating after 11am. Cakes looked good but there were not many left by the time we were ready for dessert. It did take a while for our wine to be brought to our table and we had to remind the waitress. I would go back but might only have coffeee and cake. My total bill was over $30 which was quite a lot for what I had. A soup option would be good, and even something" simple like a Toastie."........................"........................"............................................................................................".......................................".................".................................................................................................................................................................................................................?........................?.......?............"......................."................................................................................................................................................................?.....................................?.........?...................................."............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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RL
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a lovely venue to discuss up coming wedding plans
We were probably the ones that added to the noise level, thanks for having us

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JA
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is always very good, also I go especially for the Innocent Bystander pink bubbly, it's delicious.

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DM
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

We were disappointed with the food and service this time, we have had very good experiences in the past.

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LT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 2

Friendly service. Lovely atsomphere and nice food. The place is beautifully decorated. Location is very good as well.

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BD
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable lunch. Love the local homemade goods

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JH
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had lovely food and drinks, the staff very very friendly. After lunch we had a stroll around the garden and plants, finishing up in the gift shop. An enjoyable afternoon.

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DG
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great Food delicious. Nothing was a bother. Dined with a 16 month old. High chair provided and kids meal changed to accomadate

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R
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food. Good service. Would have preferred the hamburger in a plate rather than board as was quite messy to eat but delicious

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LB
Surrey
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

As always a trip to Rivers cafe was a delight. The food is alway good, tasty and well presented. I particularly enjoyed the calamari this time. The staff are always delightful. Helpful, pleasant, welcoming and obliging! It’s always a delightful sitting on the verandah, I think though it could be due for a new carpet! Getting very worn. I prefer sitting there as it is not as noisy as the indoors.
Love the pond and the ducks and the whole ambiance.

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SL
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My family and I had a very lovely lunch at Rivers. They have never been out that way and were impressed by the whole surroundings and Rivers itself. The Pinot Gris was very nice as well.

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NC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to many cafes throughout Melbourne and Rivers make the best scones! They’re light, fluffy and generous. The staff are more than happy to give you extra servings of jam and cream! The whole experience, including the beautiful surroundings, is fantastic! Please never change - I will continue to endorse this lovely venue!

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SH
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

Food was lovely service amazing Craig is so lovely. We did book to be seated indoors as I knew it was going to be a hot day but when I arrived they had already seated my friend outdoors. When I asked the young lady said that the online booking doesn’t show seating arrangements on the iPad???? We stayed outdoors but it got terribly hot and uncomfortable.

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KC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this little local gem. They cater for alot of food allergies which is great for me. Great nursery and a beautiful environment.

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EB
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The noise factor was clearly a big factor, that aside the food and service was great. The staff as always was 10/10

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LC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing, the food was delicious however I thought it was a bit expensive.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

My friend and I had a booking for the the outside area which was really an outdoor area. It was enclosed and felt like a sauna. So we actually went outside. We paidthe same amount of money but got pladtic knives and forks and plates. No garnish on our food either. I ordered vietnamese wrap with sweet potato fries. The fries were delicious but the wrap was supposed to have a peanut sauce but I couldn't taste it. My friend ordered calamari and she said it was nice but she didn't get fries and a measly bit of salad which was mainly parsley. For the price it wasn't really good enough. Sitting outside next to the river was lovely it's a shame we weren't happy with rhe rest.

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c
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely food as always and friendly staff. Will come again

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CB
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed lunch. There was a newer menu compared to the last time we were there. Nice food.
Our waiter Craig was magnificent and nothing was too much trouble. we really enjoyed the experience

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SB
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Despite booking, we had to wait 5 minutes at the “Wait here to be seated” sign before anyone came over to us. Otherwise food and drinks superb. Would recommend to others.

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AL
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food as always.
Beautiful setting

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LS
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

What a beautiful set up and location. Loved feeding the ducks with my son. The restaurant was beautiful and staff we lovely however they were to busy trying to make room for more guests than actually waiting on the guests they had, we had to ask for menus, we had to ask to make and order and constantly had to ask for everything because they were to busy rearranging tables and cleaning empty ones.
The food was delicious however the portion sizes were TINY especially for the expensive price. We actually left hungry and that has never happened to us before, total disappointment. Probably wouldn’t recommend the cafe for lunch due to this reason.

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TM
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely afternoon together as a family. The food was fresh and delicious. The ambience was delighful, the ducklings tge highlight for my daughters.

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JW
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and coffee was great, food was delicious aswell. Come to this beautiful cafe regularly and will continue to come.

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great hidden treasure just outside South Morang. Atmosphere is perfect on a sunny morning, sitting outside having breakfast. Only downside is no lactose free milk for your coffee.

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r
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 1

Usually a great place but was so stifling hot in the restaurant had to leave much earlier than planned
Very disappointing

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AP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a local catch up place with friends
Always lovely and inviting worth trying if you haven’t or are thinking of going

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LB
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good but not all that exciting. Had to wait for my drink as they had forgotten about it. I ordered the chicken burger which was just a piece of chicken on a bun with some soggy lettuce and tomato with a tiny bit of fried onion. It tasted ok but was just a burger. Chips were well seasoned. The cheese pot was good but needed more pesto and mayo as it was a bit dry. The orange cake was delicious and coffee was lovely and hot. Overall, I went away feeling satisfied but for the price it was sorely lacking some finesse. I would go back again though to check out new menu.

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MW
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I think the standard of rivers has dropped considerably. The waitress lent across me to havd over the coffee. We got 6 polenta chips for almost $13! The ambience is lovely but the food is getting too expensive

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MC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was lovely and very good service. Always a pleasure to visit this venue.

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NT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I have scones and a cuppa every Saturday after pilates, lovely food and great atmosphere.

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WR
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food choices.
Quite noisey but that seems to be a problem in many places.
Booking was easy.
We will be back.
Nursery and gift shop great range and we always buy something.

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