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Reviewed 29 February 2020 via mobile

Unfortunately not many patrons for a Friday lunch due to the covid19 travel bans for tourists , but wow amazing experience still . Numbers are down apparently by 50-70% but this does not impact the eating options available . So much fresh choice, awesome selections...of seafood too incl NZ green lip muscles. Heaps of German style food and incredible number of cakes and desserts!! Very friendly and helpful staff. Even with reduced numbers their is live music with singing , audience participation , and German bell sing demonstration . I’m really looking forward to going again soon. It’s a lovely scenic drive as well to the cuckoo so make the day of it, lovely part of the world . If you haven’t got time for lunch try the afternoon tea or dinner option too.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 23 February 2020 via mobile

Such a wonderful evening spent today to indulge in the beautiful afternoon tea buffet feast! After a sitting from 3:30pm-5:00pm we literally rolled out of there! . The buffet features a few main options: 1. Hot Savouries (hot chips, potato rosti, chicken wings, pizza, sausages,...sauerkraut, garlic bread and pumpkin soup) 2. Cold Savouries (salmon baguettes, tuna baguettes, roast beef sandwiches, bread rolls & cheese) 3. Hot Sweets (apple strudel, scones with jam and cream and fresh pancakes with ice cream) 4. Cold Sweets (blackforest cake, apple tea cake, cheesecake, vanilla slice, vanilla coffee sponge, mint slice, banana cake, poppyseed & orange slice, poppyseed cake, bee sting & chocolate cake) 5. Fruit & Biscuits (gingerbread, oat cookies, choc chip cookies, grapes, strawberries, watermelon, rockmelon, strawberry & lime jelly, custard & chocolate mousse) 6. Tea & Coffee (percolated) The venue was lovely with German singing and entertainment throughout with pleasant staff in traditional costumes. Some of the dishes were pretty basic (seemed like McCain’s frozen pizzas, aeroplane packer jelly, Paul’s custard and some of the cakes and slices were a little dry, but for the price ($25pp with Groupon) it really can’t be beaten! The winners for me were the pumpkin soup, salmon baguette, roast beef sandwich, scones (which were huge) pancake, coffee sponge, banana cake and vanilla slice (all shares of course, otherwise far too much!)More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 15 February 2020

this restaurant is nestled in the heart of Mount Dandenong. Nice atmosphere, staff are friendly and entertainment fun.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 9 February 2020

entree looked crap,soup was tasteless,salads were boring,meats\main meals were greasy and desserts were dry as a bone..............$65 down the drain!

Date of visit: February 2020
Helpful?6  
Reviewed 5 February 2020 via mobile

Went there for a ‘cream tea’ as was clearly advertised outside, only to be to very abruptly by some rude old woman when we went inside ‘ we are only serving buffet! very misleading and as far as I am concerned a total con! The...car park was virtually empty, now I know why.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Helpful?3  
thecuckoorestaurant, Owner at Cuckoo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2020

Hi Billybrian8265, looks like we caught you on a bad day. We don't advertise or serve 'cream tea' and our staff are neither abrupt, old or rude, so you probably have us confused with another venue. Your headline is offensive and misleading. In fact it...More

Reviewed 23 January 2020

Sad shadow of it's former heyday. Buffets was largely inedible. Looked like it had been sitting for hours and was not hot. Nice dinner roll. That was my lunch. Not many people were there. Have a look how many cars are in the car park...before you go in. Always a clue to whether a place is worth going. My advice would be to keep going and call into one of the many other yummy eateries in the area.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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thecuckoorestaurant, Owner at Cuckoo Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2020

Thanks for your review Jennifer, you have certainly been busy with your uninformed criticism on various public platforms. Your comments are offensive and untrue. As it happens, the owners overheard your engagement with the Chef and you declined offers to have your meal prepared extra-hot....More

Reviewed 9 January 2020

My wife and I spent Christmas dinner here and were thoroughly entertained and walked away full. It was a great decision to book here. The food was good, the service was good. The singing was good too. The only criticism was that they ran out...of some staple Christmas desserts quite early in the piece. We'd like to return if we're in Brisbane again.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 26 December 2019

We went to The Cuckoo for Christmas lunch. It is a buffet or smorgasbord. The staff were excellent. We were offered a hot roll. They had been in the basket too long and were now room temperature. The soup was seafood chowder. There were small...broken pieces of shell in the soup. My husband had no whole cockles in his serve - there were none left. I had one and our daughter 2 whole cockles. The entree was mostly shell fish. There were a few very large prawns and many medium sized prawns. I was looking forward to the blue swimmer crabs. They were cut in half. I have enjoyed blue swimmer crabs since a child. It was easy to get the crab meat from the body of the crab but it was almost impossible to get the best meat from the legs. I asked for a nut cracker or similar to break open the legs. The waitress was not able to help me and had not heard of anything to open up the legs. There was no bowl to wash our fingers after breaking open the crab or taking the shell of the prawns. This is the first time we have not had a finger bowl. It meant going to the bathroom to wash our hands. The main course was almost the same as they usually serve. It was very disappointing. We all had a little turkey. Mine was very dry. Our daughter said some of hers was good but another priece was good. She enjoyed the beef. The hot vegetables tasted good but I had difficulty getting them as they were behind a taller container of food. We did not have the salads. There was the usual wide selection of sweets. I had what I assumed was Christmas pudding. It tasted similar. There was very little fruit. The custard was reasonable. My husband hoped for pavlova. There was none until he found some after we had finished. We had a little cheese with our coffee. We had to cut it with the edge of the tongs. There was no knife. There were bread rolls instead of cracker biscuits. We enjoyed most of the singing. At the other end was dancing. Unless we walked to the other end of the restaurant we could not see it. I think the people paid the same amount as us.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 7 December 2019

For those who do not get to taste German fare, it’s quite ok. The restaurant itself is quite pretty but the food rather average and what you would expect. Not fantastic in taste.

Date of visit: December 2019
Helpful?5  
Reviewed 25 November 2019

Went for the Sunday arvo 'tea'. Never had been before. Food was on a steam table and included salad, a bland sandwich (partly my fault for not adding sauces from those on offer), smoked salmon on bread, wings, pizza, hot chips, a sausage, kraut, and...an array of desserts and pancakes. Note this was 'afternoon tea' not a meal time service. Everything was timely refilled. It was very pleasant. Being fully licensed the wine list is quite basic. Entertainment was an accordionist and young lady who sang and yodelled and was quite entertaining. The staff were all very lovely, some engaging, and all helpful. If you want a bit of fun, good service, smiles, and as much as you can eat, this would be your place to stop. It was a very happy fun afternoon.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Cuckoo Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5