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Cuckoo Restaurant

508 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Olinda, Victoria 3788, Australia
+61 3 9751 1003
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good36%
  • Average18%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible7%
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“mussels” (10 reviews)
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German, European, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
508 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Olinda, Victoria 3788, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

5 out of 5..our family went regularly 30 years ago so we went back for the old days.. Great service..top food with real German sauertkraut..knackwurst and more..A huge desert range and best of all great umpa music and a beautifull young lady with her yodel...More

Thank Karl A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I and my family, 9 people together had a fantastic night at Cuckoo, lots of tasty food, lovely live music and performance. I highly recommend this restaurant, especially its Bountiful buffet. The buffet is available at every session including lunch, afternoon tea and dinner :-)

Thank Bahar Z
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A timeless institution with an excellent buffet. Make sure you visit with an empty stomach and be ready to be entertained.

Thank Ric N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Since when is bread and butter pudding German? Oh that’s right, it’s not!! No German desserts, no apple strudel, Black Forest cake etc etc, cheap frozen cakes, fake mock cream.Mains, no dumplings, no Spätzle, sauerbraten, red cabbage etc etc... The man who opened this establishment,...More

3  Thank Vivian Yvonne M... H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

good atmosphere, good food, however there are a few key things to note: 1. Buffet = ALL YOU CAN EAT. By definition, that means if you run out of something and people are still eating, you refill more. I noted that the seafood (oysters, mussels,...More

1  Thank hungryfizzio
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

We came for afternoon tea with the Cudo voucher so it was very cheap at just $15 pp with a drink included. It was very busy. The food was ok. It was mainly bread type things, sausages potatoes etc. the cake display was quite large....More

Thank N H
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

Lots of options, the desserts were varied. The venue was a little tacky but overall good. Most suited to novelty value.

Thank Scott M
Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

We had such a fun and tasty experience at the Cuckoo. The food reminded me of what my Austrian mum used to cook. Oh the schnitzel were so, so yum. I couldn't leave without trying something sweet. The layered cakes and strudel were the perfect...More

Thank saffy1870
Reviewed 18 September 2018

We bought groupons for afternoon tea for four ($110). Our booking was for 3.30pm,and we arrived just after 3pm. Lunch apparently finished by 3pm,giving the staff 30 mins to clean and reset tables,and stock the buffet. The food was very good for an afternoon tea..see...More

Thank brimichBassCoast
Reviewed 18 September 2018

Been going here for years. Came here from Brisbane to show our German friend the German atmosphere, food & entertainment plus beers. He absolutely loved it & enjoyed meeting the lovely owner. This was classed as one of his best Birthday's ever We always bring...More

Thank KKB000
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21 September 2018|
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Response from MelbourneLaura | Reviewed this property |
No, I did not see a playground.
Minh Tâm L
10 August 2018|
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Response from SarahW123456 | Reviewed this property |
No. That photo I would imagine is as old as there dining experience was. Lol.
Richard S
13 November 2017|
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Response from SimoneG3667 | Property representative |
Hi there, We are indeed open for Xmas but it is almost fully booked out for the lunch session and the dinner is almost full as well. Please give our reservations a call on 03 9751 1003 7 days a week 9-5pm to get more... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 19 - USD 47
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, View, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
Open Hours
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 5:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 508 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Olinda, Victoria 3788, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Olinda
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9751 1003
  • E-mail
THE CUCKOO RESTAURANT Wunderbar! Situated in the stunning Dandenong Ranges, just 50 minutes from Melbourne, the Cuckoo is close to popular tourist destinations like Puffing Billy Railway and Healesville Sanctuary. This buzzing 400 seat restaurant offers a delectable smorgasbord in a warm and welcoming family atmosphere. Decorated in the style of a Bavarian chalet and with staff dressed in traditional costume, The Cuckoo has been attracting locals and visitors from all over the world for nearly sixty years. With an abundance of food to satisfy all, the delicious international smorgasbord is prepared by first class chefs and the amazing range of cakes and pastries are made fresh daily. Most dietary needs can be catered for. Live entertainment at each session includes music and a floor show, cow bell ringing and yodelling equal to any in Bavaria The Cuckoo also offers wedding celebrations with receptions planned and staged beautifully with views of the surrounding mountain ash forest. For getaway couples, a family day out or large festive party groups the Cuckoo Restaurant offers the beauty of the Dandenong's, sumptuous and generous meals plus entertaining events throughout the year at very competitive rates. Bookings are essential Open for lunch 7 days a week 11.30am - 3.00pm Dinner Friday, Saturday & Sunday 6.30pm - 11.30pm Afternoon Tea Saturday & Sunday 3.30pm-5.30pm
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