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Cuckoo Restaurant

4.3
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730 reviews
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$41 to $100
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German
Wunderbar! Situated in the stunning Dandenong Ranges, just 50 minutes from Melbourne, the Cuckoo is close to popular tourist destinations like Puffing Billy Railway; Healesville Sanctuary. This extraordinary restaurant offers a delectable selection of set menus in a warm & welcoming family atmosphere. Decorated in the style of a Bavarian chalet with staff dressed in traditional costume, The Cuckoo has been attracting locals & visitors from all over the world for over 60 years.

For getaway couples, a family day out or large festive party groups the Cuckoo offers the beauty of the Dandenong’s, sumptuous; generous set menu options plus entertaining events throughout the year at very competitive rates.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 730 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
4.5
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DarrenP
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience3

Had voucher and arrived expecting smorgasbord but it was set menu.
Food was shocking for value and bland.

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soniam
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great value , cosy fire, entertainment, enjoyable night.

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BeverleyC
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the 3 course meal for $39.00 each! It was great! Pumpkin soup and a roll, chicken schnitzel and vegetables, salad , plus 2 vanilla slices for dessert! Lovely! Highly recommend! 👍👍

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AlyssaK
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place highly recommend and the food is amazing

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Nathan
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was a very relaxed atmosphere, food was great. COVID restrictions handled very well and a little music that matched the great German vibe.

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JaimeeP
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a great experience. The staff had adapted amazingly to the change from buffet style to a set menu. They were positive and jovial, and made us feel very welcome. The food was AMAZING, we ordered ‘The Queen’ which I would highly reccomend (the Goulasch was to die for).

All round, awesome experience!

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MariaA
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2020
Overall1Food3Service2Ambience2

$65 for buffet and floor show, food was ok but the floor show was very disappointing, a lot of money to watch one person yodel and customers ringing cow bells, would I return, probably not

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AparnaR
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and entertainment. Love this place. Highly recommended!

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Milkman
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience1

Overpriced but something to do in the area. Misleading in the pricing. We ended up paying over $160 for standard buffet and 1 drink each

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StanI
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our fifth visit to the Cuckoo. We took along some friends for their first visit. They absolutely loved everything about the experience.

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Merm
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great selection of food. Fresh & tasty. Great table service. Entertainment was fun but not the same without the full band. Would definitely recommend for a great German experience.

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CharlotteS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is absolutely beautiful. From the food all the way through to the service and ambience. Overall amazing experience and an entertaining and delicious night for all ages. Thanks for all the work you guys put into making it such a lovely time :)

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KimP
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the most excellent time. It was my 60th birthday and we have been dining at the cuckoo as a family since I was 10years old and love it just as much. Great food, great people, worth every cent and more. A must go to place.

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KylieA
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience2

Food was beautiful when we visited 9 years ago. It was not nice at all, no taste this visit and there wasn’t as much variety.
We were in the empty section of the restaurant, we understand it was a last minute booking but being the only people in that section there was no atmosphere.
Staff were very friendly and attentive.
Sorry this couldn’t be a better comment,

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MaryN
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience5

Have always loved the Cuckoo restaurant but was disappointed with the food this time..
Overall was a great night.

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Gladys
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been coming to the cuckoo for years, but the real tester was my mum who was visiting from the UK. She absolutely loved it. She could not stop commenting on what a beautiful place it is. She is not usually a big eater due to gastric problems. However, on the day, gastric problems be damned. She took a huge plateful and enjoyed every morsel. This is a real testament to what a great place The Cuckoo is.

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GlennD
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Good food, great atmosphere and exceptional service.
Highly recommended Cuckoo

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AgnesK
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

We have been coming here for 15 years, I think that the entertainment repertoire has changed much but I still find it fun and engaging, however the food is not good at all. The best things from the whole Buffett were the chicken schnitzel, rhe red cabbage and the pasta sundries tomatoes cold salad. We are Europeans and there is so much more options in providing close to German, Bavarian dishes but what was presented was lacking good flavours and a little bit of creativity. Way overpriced for what was available in the Buffett. I feel the customers who return to the restaurant are the ones who love the atmosphere and the idea of a great meal. Improve the buffett menu and tourists and your regulars return on every ocassion. Still love you though. A Polish customer xx

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AlexH
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience4

I love the Cuckoo. The desserts could be fresher, some of the food like the oysters with sweet chilli sauce need improving, and the house Sauvignon Blanc is beyond horrendous but I’m sure we’ll be back at some stage, as we love the feel and the entertainment.

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DebB
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

This place has a beautiful decor with amazing cuckoo clock collection. Very good food spread with a good balance of hot and cold food. Would definitely like to visit again.

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DaleV
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Wonderful time, food was tasty and very filling.
Very friendly staff inclusive of children. I still can't yodel but I can't wait to have another go.

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MarionK
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Enjoyed the atmosphere. Great for family occasions. An evening of fun, sing along, dance and laughter.

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DawnM
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

The food was well presented, the Waitresses tried their hardest in busy conditions and we enjoyed the presentation of singing and the bell ringing especially. I will be bringing my daughter from Interstate to the Cuckoo next time she is in Melbourne

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GORDANA5
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

This is our 1st time here for Christmas dinner as we have been going to SkyHigh for nearly 7 years and
thought to try a different venue.
The waitress that served us during the evening was amazing, great customer service, friendly and always smiling. I think (apology for misspelling her name Dnong or Dnang) was the reason why we enjoyed the night and would like this passed on to her.
As far as the food (hot) could have been better as asked for some turkey and was asked to take the pieces from the baine marie which were tiny broken pieces that other patrons didn't want and were sitting there for some time.
The seating was tight and we felt cramped as there were 6 of us. The bill came for the whole amount which luckily i checked as the deposit was taken out of my account but not reflecting. The entertainment was enjoyable and we liked the fact diners were able to join in. Overall, I wouldn't recommend it to my friend as it's not value for money and won't be going back.

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fleurl
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service2Ambience4

Had a wonderful experience. Thank you very much. Drinks service could have been a bit more efficient

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MarkH
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service. Plenty of food. Don’t get a table near the food area. We were right on the buffet.

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SwartFamily
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thanks Cuckoo
Best time with family again this year and the most beautiful songs for Jesus from the lovely ladies that has Angel voices.
See you again next year.
:-)

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Sarah
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We went for a family atmosphere to celebrate Christmas Eve in a European way ... and that’s exactly what we got. Just what we were hoping for and we went home happy

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GlendaN
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We love The Cuckoo, even though we live more than an hour away. Staff are friendly and efficient; nothing is too much trouble. The noise level was very loud but that would seem unavoidable given the number of people there. The only issue we had was a young family sitting behind us. As I am disabled, getting in and out of my place was difficult given their reluctance to ask their children to move. If we were to go again! Iguess the sensible thing would be to let staff know when booking.

All in all we enjoyed ourselves and ate too much beautiful food.

Glenda Noetzel

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Queenie
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, friendly and attentive service. Warm and inviting environment. The only criticism I would have is there could be a few more hot vegetarian options for the buffet.

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Auntylee
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

This iconic restaurant is in need of a revamp. The food is reasonable the chicken snitzel and battered fish good although the beef and pork were tough.The veges were predictable, boiled baked steamed with little flavour and--sorry guys - the sourkraut was tasteless. The cakes and cookies would make afternoon tea at the Cuckoo worthwhile.

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MridulaC
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My daughter and I had a fabulous time! There was such a variety of of food and it was all so delicious!! And the customer service was just outstanding..everyone we interacted with were warm, kind and friendly and so hospitable. The whole team at the restaurant was so welcoming and professional. And the restaurant was just beautiful with such a wonderful ambience. And what was the cherry on the cake, were the musicians and the yodeller..they engaged the patrons in such an entertaining way! It was so much fun and made the night so memorable! Thank you for such a marvellous time!

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SeanD
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a fantastic time staff were so friendly made you feel really welcome and part of the
Family , couldn’t fault one thing .
👍👍👍

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JeliaG
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

For a buffet restaurant, the food is ok. What made me give a 5 star rating was really the service and entertainment. The staff were brilliant and so kind towards my children and really made sure we were comfortable and welcomed.

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Louie
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Nice atmosphere, a good variety of food was on offer. The restaurant is outdated, could do with a renovation. The roast a bit dry, goulash will go nicely with mash potatoes.

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DianeB
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Have been going to the Cuckoo from time to time over the years and found the food to be very good. All the favorite dishes were still there. The ambiance and show was excellent there was even a couple of chinese songs for some international visitors, very entertaining. It was a good night out.

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CathyC
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely loved the whole experience of the Cuckoo. Haven't been for about 15 years and was so happy to see that it was still the same wth delicious food and great service. Will definitely be back soon.

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Anonymous
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

I always enjoy my dining experience at the Cuckoo restaurant. My extended family has been coming here for years and while it's not cheap, the food is always plentiful and tasty.

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IgorR
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

It has an atmosphere that does not change for decades, and our boy liked it a lot - the music, the engagement, yet the prices keep climbing and the food is OK, but without major highlights. Also arriving at 2pm I missed on some dishes - cleaning and changing begins at 2:30.

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CarolynA
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

The Cuckoo is a fun experience with the music and singing and old school setting. The kids loved it. Where I felt it was a let down was the food and the rush that was on you to eat it. The variety was ok without being vast and quite delicious. By 1.15pm they were already clearing away the savoury food and wiping down the servery. You felt pushed onto desserts pretty quickly, and tables were being turned over and reset in order to get their afternoon tea session (3.30) ready.
The desserts were ok and some of the cake based ones were stale, and small cookies were burnt.
Overall, I felt the whole process was rushed and it was about turning you over as quickly and efficiently as possible. I would not rush back.

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