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Ground Floor, Crown Towers lobby | 8 Whiteman St, Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia
+61 3 9292 5777
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11:00 - 00:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 00:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 00:00
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Melbourne Australia
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very stylish and elegant Excellent snack meals Full bar Situated inside the main lobby area Excellent service AUD$14 for Brooklyn beer But you get a heap of nuts and nibbles included Nice if you want to impress someone

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Thank David S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Lovely location inside this excellent hotel and truly exquisite cakes!!! This is a lovely little coffee and cake place - as well as serving alcohol and champagne for those who want to indulge further. The presentation of the cakes is exceptional. Well worth a trip.

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Thank Craigandjiffy
Melbourne, Australia
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525 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Had our afternoon tea here & lucky enough to spot a couple D grade celebrities - meshel Laurie & danii Minogue. The cakes are only $9 & great value for money. Soy chai latte: 5/5 Chocolate cremaux: 4/5 Cassis sponge: 4/5 Service: 5/5 Value: 4.5/5 Overall: 4.5/5

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Thank LC888
Melbourne, Australia
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

I have visited The Waiting Room several times and enjoyed their High Tea a couple of times. I highly recommend taking someone special here for the High tea or an afternoon aperitif or just a sandwich and hot chips. Take a seat outside and watch the people come and go into the marvellous Crown complex or sit inside and while... More 

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Thank Thepurplegirls
Southbank Victoria
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4 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

This place is great and the staff are very accomodating, been here for high tea but I can't go past without having their beef sliders, omg when I took the first bite. Oh the little biscotti you get with your coffee is really yum.

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Thank N6093YZsuel
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

This was the 2nd time we have gone to the The Waiting Room for HIgh Tea and have to say was very disappointed. The sandwiches was very small and even the savoury dishes. I think for the money we spent the sandwich should have been much larger. I will not be going back again

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

We spent an enjoyable sunday afternoon having High Tea at "The Waiting Room". From the moment we arrived to when we left the service was excellent. The menu options were clearly explained to us and we decided that the standard offering was what we wanted. This comprised savouries, sandwiches and sweet pastries with bottomless cups of tea, coffee or hot... More 

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Thank ThePaperMan
The Entrance, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

Considering you'll need to take out a second mortgage on your home to visit here, the food was bland, small and McDondalds quality. Eat somewhere else. The Pinot is good, should be for $13 a glass.

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Thank Christie J
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

Impeccable service, tasty bite size food and array of haute cuisine desserts is just the thing for weary travellers to Melbourne. This well priced cafe is situated inside the foyer of the hotel at the Melbourne casino and is handy if waiting for casino goers, hotel guests or simply to duck in for a treat. My mother is appreciative of... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

We were seated only to be told 20 minutes (yes that is how long it took for us to be offered even drinks and I know this because I set my timer) later that high tea must be pre booked and they do not take walk in and "any way they were all sold out for the day" a fact... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 9 - US$ 55
Cuisine
Australian, International, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 00:00
Monday
07:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 00:00
Thursday
07:00 - 00:00
Friday
07:00 - 00:00
Saturday
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ground Floor, Crown Towers lobby | 8 Whiteman St, Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9292 5777
Description
The Waiting Room is one of Melbourne's most luxurious lobby bars, where old world grace and glamour meets new world contemporary opulence and style.

Inspired by the elegance of the 1940s, The Waiting Room bestows not only a classic cocktail and wine list, but also an exquisite small plates menu which has been tailored to tempt and delight any palate.

The Waiting Room offers an afternoon tea experience daily. A quintessentially British tradition since the 1800s, afternoon tea was created as a mid-afternoon meal to satisfy hunger created between early lunch and late dinner.

Served on a three-tiered silver stand, the tea services include a delectable selection of assorted sandwiches, savouries and sweet things, served with Jing Tea and Vittoria Coffee.

Afternoon tea at The Waiting Room is served daily from 12-5pm.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?