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Cuckoo Restaurant

508 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Olinda, Victoria 3788, Australia
03 9751 1432
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good35%
  • Average19%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“goulash” (5 reviews)
“roast meats” (4 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 15:30All hours
German, European, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
508 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Olinda, Victoria 3788, Australia
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1 - 10 of 353 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Cuckoo to have lunch on a Sunday. It was a good atmosphere and worth the price that we paid for the food. The buffet cost $54 per person and I think it has plenty of options. We ate two plates each and my...More

Thank lucianar100
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been to the cuckoo a few times over the last 40 years. Always a bit of fun with friends but this time I found it a bit disappointing. The buffet was small and not really worth the money we paid. It's been a...More

Thank Sue M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked for high afternoon tea ☕️ in Easter holidays. Nice ambience, lot of food varieties. You can see lot of wall cuckoo clocks nicely decorated in the restaurant and even they sell these clocks too. They have singer and musicians for entertaining guests, their...More

1  Thank 13cherrie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a family place catering in entertainment for kids. Walking in is a great atmosphere but young people don't be fooled, it's no German beer hall or Munich bar. Cringed at $55 a head buffet. Being used to Melbourne cafe standard of food, the...More

1  Thank SingBee
Management response:Responded 3 weeks ago

Hi SingBee and thanks for your feedback and the kinds words about our staff! No, we don't pretend to be a drinking hall which then attracts heightened security measures coupled with the need for public transport that a city location can offer but is difficult...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We always as a family have been to The Cuckoo for various events in our lives. We have enjoyed their food and entertainment as well. We didn't know what to expect as now eating habits have changed so much. We were shown to our table...More

Thank elinas
Management response:Responded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for this kind review elinas! We are always thrilled for any feedback but especially when we have satisfied all expectations for our dearest customers. Mothers Day - as you are well aware, is very busy at the Cuckoo as it is...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food was not up to the standard we had experienced in the past nor was the entertainment.The singers and host in the past, were fantastic. Bell ringing and a Christmas atmosphere was what we expected,The drums we great but not what I would expect in...More

2  Thank Catie L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wow what happened to this place?? Growing up the cuckoo had the best food and amazing atmosphere, and was somewhere we looked forward to going to on a fairly regular basis. It was always full and you'd often have to book over a month in...More

3  Thank Robert W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went to the Cuckoo Restaurant on Sunday 23 July, 2017 after not having been there for 12 years and was truly disappointed. Other than a few German food items in the Smorgasbord, the rest of the food could be had at an RSL Club...More

3  Thank Anne L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Cuckoo used to be amazing but those days are long gone. Salad bar now consists of bowls of salad ingredients rather than interesting salads. Don't imagine slices of succulent roasted meats. There was a dish of thinly sliced pork roll, battered fish, chicken thighs,...More

4  Thank SandraTripper
Reviewed 16 July 2017

Went last night to the Cuckoo and left disappointed :( I was really looking forward to the fried potatoes but they only have chips now. Lovely female who entertained us in the lower dining room and she did a fantastic job but we missed the...More

1  Thank wolfsushi
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Response from Partlyblonde | Reviewed this property |
Also we didn't pay a price per head, we paid for what we ordered and so could control how much we spent.
Russell K
31 May 2015|
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16 March 2015|
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Response from Michael C | Reviewed this property |
Not really. The nearest caravan park would be Wantirna Caravan Park. i hope this is helpful to you.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 21 - USD 52
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids, View
Open Hours
18:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 17:30
11:30 - 15:30
11:30 - 15:30
11:30 - 15:30
11:30 - 15:30
11:30 - 15:30
18:30 - 23:00
18:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 17:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 508 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Olinda, Victoria 3788, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Olinda
  • Phone Number: 03 9751 1432
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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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