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Cafe, Healthy, Australian, Contemporary
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best cafes I have visited. Really nice staff, amazing menu and good coffee. Very accommodating as they were busy, advised us of a ‘long wait’ but it was only 30 mins which was not bad considering how busy they were. The food...was worth the wait, well presented and very tastyMore

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 20 January 2024

Turns out eating with your eyes isn’t enough. Our experience at king of the castle cafe started positively, the food looked grand when it arrived, however upon our first mouthfuls my partner and I agreed the quality was poor and tasted horrible almost inedible (brunch...menu - salmon hollandaise and the avocado smash), the coffee was also very underwhelming. We really don’t like to complain but what happened afterwards was disappointing communication from the team. The waitress upon seeing our barely touched meals asked what the issue was with the food, when we explained she was genuinely very apologetic and said “of course you will not be charged for it” she spoke with a man - presumably the floor supervisor/manager who came and spoke with us, we again explained that the food ingredients were just not up to standard for what they were charging. He said it was rare they got complaints and asked if we were local to try food again with them. We were just passing through Geelong after getting back to the main land from Tasmania. When my partner went to pay at the till the same guy we spoke with said, sorry you were disappointed today we have taken off the price of the coffees for you, which although was a kind gesture didn’t really compensate for the fact that we hadn’t eaten breakfast. Save your money.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 30 December 2023

Omg! The Summer Smashed Avocado Toast was a revelation. Just divine. This is world class fare. We were just passing through Geelong but now I think we’ll make special trips from Sydney to this special gem! So good.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 19 August 2023

Amazing food and service. We came for breakfast last minute as a group of 11 and they accommodated us no problem which we were so grateful for :)

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 27 July 2023

This spot has a great dynamic vibe with lots of coming’s and going’s. The cafe seems to have a busy takeaway element. We took the precaution of booking a table and asked for chairs with backs as one of our party has trouble with stool-type...seating. One of our party was late due to unexpected roadworks and phoned to warn the cafe. We were seated a the end of a large table. The wait staff were very attentive and our order came in a timely manner even though the cafe was full. I had Thai eggs, scrambled instead of poached, delicious chilli jam, very tasty meal. One of the party had avocado toast and was satisfied with size of the meal. The third person had the Mexican pulled pork bagel which is served with well cooked sweet potato fries. All in all well cooked meals tasty and complemented by very good coffee.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 2 October 2022 via mobile

King of the Castle used to be talked about one of top cafes down Pako, so I finally gave it a go. From the start, the customer service was very average and the environment is loud, busy and there’s a lot going on. It is...a suitable environment for groups due to the great space but not a spot for a more quiet breakfast or if you want to linger and talk. The food was decent enough and the menu catered for vegans and vegetarians which was awesome! Unfortunately the customer service did not improve across the visit and staff appeared quite unfriendly, abrupt and rushed. It might be due to the busy nature of the cafe (I know there’s lots of staff shortages after covid) however it did leave a poor taste across our visit. In comparison to the countless cafes down Pakington St and in Geelong, customer service really does need to match the venue. The chefs seemed to be the only ones who were smiling and appeared to be in good spirits…More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 6 June 2022

From being regular customers we now refuse to return after being treated extremely rudely by three different staff members on three different occasions. Obviously this establishment has become too busy and the staff can’t cope with the pressure - we grew tired of making allowances...for the lack of hospitality and would recommend taking your business elsewhere like we did.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 1 April 2022 via mobile

Lovely welcoming staff. Great coffee and awesome quality food. I normally have a meat breakfast but change my mind when saw the vegetarian option. Presented lovely and hot. Really tasty and well seasoned.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 20 May 2021 via mobile

Had an amazing lunch here yesterday! Great dog friendly venue and lovely staff and service. Thank you!

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 14 May 2021 via mobile

Service was good, drinks were good, food was alright. Clearly popular among the locals and has a nice family vibe.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 11 April 2021

We waited over 20 minutes while waiters were running around ignoring a long line of people waiting to be seated, looking ‘busy’ when there was a half full cafe of people and no one ordering takeaway. The three baristas completely ignored us and went on...chatting while the long line of people waiting to be seated continued to grow. When we finally got to the front of the line we asked for an outdoor table as we have a little dog. The waitress then said “you really want to sit outside?!” Because despite it being sunny at the moment, there was a slight chance of rain. They are turning away business here. Really bad service. Might look like a good menu but it’s not worth your time. Look elsewhere, especially if you’re on a road trip with your pet dog...More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 25 January 2021

We visited 3 times over 2 days recently and weren’t disappointed. Friendly staff, great coffee, reasonable prices and efficient service. Inside can be noisy but since the back deck has been closed recently, outside at the front is shady and comfortable. Even when busy, service...is prompt and efficient. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 1 December 2020

Coffee catch-up with a friend on the outside deck was very enjoyable. Service was friendly and knowledgeable, coffee was excellent and our shared local fruit loaf was delicious and a perfect choice for “elevenses”. Will definitely return. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 28 October 2020 via mobile

If you enjoy loud thumping music while you dine, you will enjoy this Cafe. Excellent food, friendly service this is a popular venue with the younger brigade. There is outdoor dining on a rear balcony, so on a lovely day this is the area to...choose if you wish to escape the deafening musicMore

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 4 October 2020 via mobile

Absolutely cracking breakfast had by all! The Thai chilli jam on the Thai eggs is amazing and our girls loved their hotcakes. Great little gem we’ve discovered and we’ll definitely be back.

Date of visit: October 2020
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King of the Castle Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5