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“Super different restaurant ”
Review of Cuckoo Restaurant

Cuckoo Restaurant
Ranked #9 of 28 Restaurants in Olinda
Price range: USD 21 - USD 50
Cuisines: European
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: 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
Reviewed 13 August 2017 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 husband also had desserts. Everything is included in that price but drinks. The drinks menu is good and prices are reasonable.

The staff was great and really helpful. I did the booking in the morning and arrived there at 1pm. The restaurant opens at 11:30am and I would recommend go earlier than we did if you are with a group of friends.

They started the entertainment at 1pm and it was really nice. I just would make it bigger so they customers would enjoy more.

I saw on their telly that the place is 100 years old and I loved the pictures and decorations. Definitely, a restaurant which is part of history in Olinda. Also, easy to park and an amazing view around the windows.

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Reviewed 9 August 2017 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 good 10 years since my previous visit and I found the entertainment nowhere near as entertaining as in the past. Not really interested in returning .

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Reviewed 5 August 2017

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 performances were very good, asked their guests of different nationalities to participate in singing. Overall very nice

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1  Thank 13cherrie
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Reviewed 31 July 2017 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 quality at the Cuckoo was poor and not worth the investment. Also the table service was so busy on a Sunday that the staff couldn't even offer a glass of water. Note: table service is the only way you can get a drink.
A positive, the staff were all really nice.

2  Thank SingBee
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Management response:Responded 2 August 2017

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 given our location.
This restaurant is for the family for all ages with a warm inviting atmosphere - of which you noted. Not sure what you were expecting but if it was beer swilling and leering then the beer halls are for you as WE do not pretend to cater to that type of demand from this demographic. Our restaurant must appeal to all ages AND it does.
The $55 amount for food is all courses included with unlimited - All you can eat policy. This coupled with a floor show and entertainment for a Sunday afternoon is WHY the place was so busy even though you did not think the food was worth much and too expensive. How much does it cost usually for an entree, main, dessert as many times as you want else where? And as to the quality of the food - we are sorry you didn't like what was offered. Thankfully many, many people disagree!

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Reviewed 26 July 2017

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 by the window, as daughter requested and it was not long before we had to eat, of course there is a line, but used to that so many times before.
A lady suggested we try the other buffet area which we did and hardly any there.

Needless to say we filled our plates to overflowing with delicious food, some of past eras and of course some to cater for the new cuisine people.

Whatever, to us we could find no fault. Piping hot, tasty, great variety and we all so pleased to see some of our favourites.

We had a glass of champagne, daughter and I were mothers, but our grand adults were given some too, much to their delight.

Our eyes were too big for our tummies, so had to rest for a while, before we chose desserts. So many to choose from, mine are cheesecake and lemon meringue pie so of course they were on my plate, but young ones can eat a lot more sweets.

So after their tastings, I asked which was best, after discussion, none could be reached, they were all good. Oh and the ice cream of course!

We had the Bavarian entertainment, bringing all the children to the front, which we thought was a nice touch, they had a lovely lady leading them around, singing and doing arms movements, such a joy to watch them all.

The ringing bells and of course the yodeller, we can do that a little now. We did the chicken and hokey pokey, yes old as I am we were up there having so much fun together. Singing and dancing. Other tables were singing and lots of photos taken of littlies. A memorable Mother's Day.

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Thank elinas
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Management response:Responded 28 July 2017

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 THE busiest day of the year for us on our social calendar. Given this, we strive to provide the best on this day and we thank you for discussing what was offered with such favorable enthusiasm. This is very motivational and pleasing to our staff who work so tirelessly, to give the best to our customers.

We sincerely hope you will be back for our Mothers Day next year as it is going to be a very special one for the Cuckoo. It is our 60th year of trading and our owner who will be 84 years of age, wants to make this even more so.
Thank you again for the awesome review! It means a lot to us here!

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