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Lakeside Cafe

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Australian, International
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Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne, Victoria 3052, Australia (Formerly Lakeside Bistro)
11:00 - 15:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Sat 11:00 - 15:00
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

This place is brilliant if you want to waste your life away waiting for an order, especially if you have a toddler with you! Not quite as much fun as watching paint dry though.

Thank hantaolau
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles 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
1 of 5 bubbles 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
London, England, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2015 via mobile

Literally the worst burger I've had. It was tiny, expensive ($20), the bacon was mainly undercooked fat, the piece of lettuce was smaller than my pinky finger and the Patty was dry and old looking. I can't stress enough that you should never order one! I would've been better off with the $10 burger from the take away store opposite.... More 

Thank Casey S
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2015 via mobile

Had a lovely day at the zoo which is a good meeting point for friends who live some distance away. The big let down yet again was the lakeside bistro. I seriously thought they would have picked up their game by now. I wouldn't feed the fish and chips they dished up to my pets. It smelled disgusting. The first... More 

Thank Danielle G
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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95 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2015

We visited the zoo today, on Easter Sunday and decided to drop into the bistro for lunch. What a mistake that was, the food was terrible. My husband ordered whiting for $19, and I can't even describe what was on his plate. It was something that looked gray, but didn't look anything like fish. It also smelt terrible, so he... More 

Thank Lollyle
Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles 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 Rubies77
Melbourne, Australia
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34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles 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
Melbourne, Australia
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43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2013

Perhaps we went on an "off" day or was it that we were at the end of the lunch session but that's when we went and the venue was open and the food was appalling. Thin, defrosted smelly fish in a batter so thick it masked the mean sliver of what they clearly thought was acceptable fish. Similarly the hamburger... More 

1 Thank Sue W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Australian, International
Drinks, 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
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 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 or a morning or afternoon snack. 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?