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All reviews pancakes blt salad across the road great little cafe take away coffee takeaway brekky milkshakes chips yum
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When we booked accommodation, I looked to see where we could walk for brekkie. Loved the name and it was super close. They were busy both mornings we stayed, but the food and coffee was very quick. Food and coffee were great. Kids even loved...their food too. Wish I could have the smashed avo with eggs every morning. The only thing I could suggest is please sell some merchandise 😀 I definitely would of bought a keep cup and t-shirt 😊More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious coffee! I ordered 2 cappuccinos, one full cream and the other skim. I was told they only do coffee with 2% milk. I’ve heard of this from American TV, but was not sure what it meant here in Aus. I thought mainstream milks were...full cream and skim. I said okay and waited with curiosity, looking at the well worn concrete tables patrons use. I thoroughly enjoyed my coffee! So did my partner (probably because she was expecting watery milk in her cuppa). We have bought two cappuccinos from the Cranky Cafe everyday during our short break! A great caffeine hit!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 22 November 2023 via mobile

Great food delicious. Great coffee. Well priced. Friendly Staff. They were very busy but we didn’t have to wait long for food or service. Dog friendly.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 18 November 2023

Three pieces of battered flathead (quite small) and small chips, plus a banana smoothie and a doughnut was almost $38. Rather expensive I thought.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Patrick Cornthwaite, Owner at Cranky Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2023

Hi Jane, Patrick responding. Our flat head tail fillets are all fresh local flat head and are very expensive to buy in. We are now paying $49 per kilo. The portion size is approximately 200g which equates to $9.80 for the fish not including, our...More

Reviewed 11 November 2023

Amazing fish and chips. Nice people! Good food, good attention. Nice place close to the beach. 100% recommended.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 6 November 2023 via mobile

Lovely cafe Situated near the back beach Friendly and helpful staff Quite a variety of food and drink Especially for me gluten free options Very popular with locals and visitors Welcoming atmosphere Nice place to stop for a coffee after a walk along the beach...Highly recommendedMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 17 October 2023

We ate here twice- delicious food, great location, excellent coffee, friendly staff. Can sit undercover, outside or across the road at the park or beach. We had Cranky pancakes, Granola, eggs benny. Highly reccommended

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 16 October 2023

Delicious inexpensive food at the beach, open for lunch not sure about dinner. Best focaccia I've had in my life.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 16 September 2023

Cranky Café is definitely the perfect place to start your day and they are opened 7 days a week (from 7am to 3pm). The staff were super friendly, happy and very welcoming. The menu is not short of delicious brekkie / lunch meals to choose...from and you get to enjoy your brunch (in our case) with breathtaking views of Merimbula Main Beach, eating alfresco… what more can you ask for, to start your day? Or you can simply have your meal on the go. Oh… plenty free parking across the road if you want to make it a fun day for kids, Ford Park is situated across the road as well. Our first time in Merimbula and mind you, stopping at Cranky Café was not by chance, our friend, who is a regular customer there, highly recommended this place and I’m glad he did – the staff there knows his routine, he drops off his coffee cup, goes for a swim and returns with his coffee waiting for him… well timed of course, not cold coffee. I had Canadian Style Pancakes (Bacon; Maple Syrup and Whipped Butter), pancakes were of generous size, with lashings of bacon and cooked to perfection. My wife had Smoked Salmon-Bagel (Fresh House Cured Salmon; with Herby Lemon Cream Cheese, Rocket and Red Onion on a House Made Bagel) – she highly recommends this, not only is it a healthy start for the day but she said the salmon was “delicious and tasty” and definitely the herby lemon cream cheese was what made the bagel complete. They also have a plethora of good quality beverages to choose from. I had a cup of coffee, the aroma so inviting and the coffee blend exceptional for that perfect pick-my-up I was looking for to start my day – cheers to the barista. We had 4.5 hours of drive ahead of us and I can assure you, we weren’t hungry during our travels back home – their meals are totally satisfying and our experience there was beyond our expectations! My only regret is, not buying their doughnuts to take home with us, didn’t think of it then but an excellent excuse to return to Merimbula. Highly recommend this place, staff are excellent and helpful, their café has very welcoming, casual vibes and their ingredients were fresh and flavoursome and lovely views to go with it… we will definitely go back to Cranky Café.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 15 August 2023

Lovely little café right on the beach. Food was great, generous sized serving and prompt service. Good range for breakfast and a variety of options for those with allergy requirements. Table available in & out side, or 2 mins to walk to eat on the...beach.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 11 July 2023 via mobile

We decided on the Reuben roll each and it was incredible 10/10. $16.50 each but worth every cent. The flavour combinations of the dressing, cheese, pickles, meat and roll was perfection…. I should know I make a darn good Reuben myself and order it at...every place that has it on their menu. 🤣🤣 Their coffee though not a strong brew (single shot) had a very good caramel flavour to the beans. We will be back in Merimbula next month on our way back to melbourne and guess where we will be stopping for a meal? ….. ‘cranky cafe’More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 15 June 2023 via mobile

Loved the laid back charm of this little café near the main surf beach at Merimbula. Service was quick and friendly, egg n bacon rolls for brekky hit the spot !

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 9 June 2023

I dont know where the very happy customers ate, but it couldnt have been here. We had lunch there today ... Flake and Chips and 2 potato cakes. The fish was excellent, the potato cakes were poor and the chips we ordered and paid for...were not in the package. The fish and potato cakes were dripping with oil. I would go elsewhere next time, really pretty ordinary.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Patrick Cornthwaite, Owner at Cranky Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2023

Carina, thanks for the heads up on the purchase. Had you have asked and been polite our staff would have immediately without question rectified the problem. We sell literally tons of fish and chips every year. We do occasionally make mistakes. We try our very...More

Reviewed 27 March 2023 via mobile

In my life I’ve never paid $8.50 for bog standard savoury meat pie. No matter the filling, in this day and age, in a popular town and location anywhere, have I paid more $5.50. What’s going on here?????More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Patrick C, Owner at Cranky Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2023

HI, the first thing that comes to my mind is you could have saved yourself a lot of angst by taking the sensible decision as a consumer and not bought the pie. We did not force you to make that decision. So your public (electronic)...More

Reviewed 8 February 2023 via mobile

Had lunch here and it was great. Friendly staff and great burgers across the road from the beach. The fish burger was great with lots of salad and fresh fish burger

Date of visit: February 2023
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Cranky Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4