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The General Food Store

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377 Belgrave-Gembrook Road, Emerald, Victoria, Australia
+61 3 5968 3580
07:30 - 16:00
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

The food here is exceptional and they have many vegetarian options. We have been a few times now. The last time the cafe was packed full and we got a table outside. Expecting them to be so busy they woudlnt notice us straight away, we were surprised they came out within 2 minutes! Exceptional service and smiling happy staff. Definitely... More 

Thank Olivia C
Melbourne, Australia
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287 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

We enjoyed Sunday brunch at The General Food Store. Arrived at about 12.45 pm and had a choice of table either inside or out back under cover. The latter is a pleasant outdoor area but I found the bench seats a little uncomfortable so we chose an indoor table. The staff were very prompt and friendly. It's only a small... More 

Thank LindsayMann
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

We visited this small cafe last week and coffee was good. Food was even better. Great little backyard which I love and rarely see in Melbourne.

1 Thank Sinh L
Emerald, Australia
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62 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Had a brunch at this restaurant with some friends and found ourselves out back where it was a bit drafty until the heating kicked in. The only drawback for the venue is that it lacks space, not that it seems to bother most people who come here. You can feel like a sardine in a tin at times but the... More 

1 Thank Rooboy2014
Gembrook, Australia
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

I have eaten many times at this little cafe. The coffee is great, as are the cakes. However for me the highlight are the vegetarian baguettes. They change the fillings regularly and they are always fresh and delicious. Everything is cooked and made in house in the tiny kitchen. The service from the young staff is friendly and professional and... More 

Thank Claire A
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

We keep coming back here for breakfast or lunch. Good salads, burgers, very good desserts and coffee too. Service is friendly and helpful. Prices reasonable. Toilet is clean, but built like a temporary outhouse with scrap wood for flooring. But that's not why one goes to a cafe anyway. We shall keep going back to see how they adapt the... More 

Thank Chi T
Berwick, Australia
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

You can`t go wrong the staff are friendly give great service. The food is excellent and they have the best coffee in the area

Thank Andrew4PAR
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51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

The General Store, gets a 10/10 from me every time I go... Simple fresh seasonal food prepared with care and attention to detail, friendly staff... The menu has some dishes that change monthly and there is often something new to try..

Thank MelbourneSS
Cranbourne, Australia
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78 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Seasonal menu fresh yummy meals limited menu however plenty to chose from even for the fussiest eaters. Staff are always so friendly and accommodating. Open kitchen so you can watch them prepare you meal. Glass case of baked goodies takeaway wonderful coffee and hot chocolate comes with hand made marshmallows. Recycled and environmentally friendly decor right down to the plates.... More 

Thank Katdav1960
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

I finally got to try The General and have now been on two occasions. Whilst the food is good and they make a great coffee,I myself like a little less intimacy when I'm eating and chatting.Personally I have felt rushed both times as it is quite small and there often seems to be people waiting for your seat, looking to... More 

Thank Lynne H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
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Open Hours
08:00 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
07:30 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 377 Belgrave-Gembrook Road, Emerald, Victoria, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Yarra Valley  >  Emerald
  • Phone Number: +61 3 5968 3580

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