Cuckoo Restaurant

4.3
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693 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 buzzing 400 seat restaurant offers a delectable smorgasbord 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 55 years.

With an abundance of food to satisfy all, the delicious international smorgasbord is prepared by first class chefs & the amazing range of cakes & pastries are made fresh daily. Most dietary needs can be catered for. Set menu options are also available for weekday lunches.

For getaway couples, a family day out or large festive party groups the Cuckoo offers the beauty of the Dandenong’s, sumptuous & generous buffet meals plus entertaining events throughout the year at very competitive rates.
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Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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.

IR
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.

CA
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.

FC
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Cuckoo never disappoints. Entertainment brilliant. Staff make you feel welcome. Hope it will continue for many more years,

JP
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was sensational,
The waitresses were very friendly and helpful
The music was entertaining
Beautiful ambiance
Love Cuckoo Restaurant, not my first time there nor my last time!

JY
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the atmosphere walking in the door. Food was magnificent. Wait staff were right on the ball. Once plates were empty-a wait staff took them straight away.Entertainment was out of this world-interactive and very enjoyable

LC
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Had a lovely lunch, the food was enjoyable and having Caulfielld Grammar "entertaining" us was a bonus.

RJ
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

We have visited first in 1975 and appears the food is basically similar , entertainment almost the same apart from new faces performing on stage.
Lovely to see and hear person playing piano accordian .
Needs more fresh items to be included to keep diners alive and exited,walking around the room and chat to clients introduce a asian intertener ( is bavarian type of restaurant) but trow in asian impersonator to lite excitement among new type of customers.
Great customers at the entry door.
Hope that helps and we wish all the best for future
See you

JS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous night out.. Great food.. Fun entertainment and excellent service!

IC
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

As a couple, we visited for lunch to celebrate a wedding anniversary. Sadly, the entertainment was delivered for 2 busloads of Taiwanese tourists with Taiwanese singing songs.
We went for the Bavarian experience which was limited to one female yodeler and some cowbells.
The food was standard fare and the only real Bavarian food appeared to be a few sausages and saurkraut. No pickled fish or similar as was available when I was last there 10 years ago. The food available was okay but not worth the amount paid. Not likely to return.

AO
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

As a customer of many years, mainly for special events such as birthdays I feel this restaurant still has its charm, great food, very good service and a versatile and entertaining floor show with great singers. I especially appreciate the friendly, multicultural attitude of the entertainers; singing songs from the countries of all visitors and encouraging the audience to join in the dances, music and clapping to the beat. The food was plentiful and a good variety. The specialties were the sourcrout and the pancakes and other delicious cake slices. The salad bar is always good and nice meat, fish and vegetable dishes. I would suggest to add the cooked red cabbage (my favourite which you used to have), the trifle, and perhaps a vegetarian pasta dish (once you even had pizzas). The cauliflower/cheese soup was tasty but we were disappointed you did not provide any European whole wheat, seed or rye breads or at least some wholemeal rolls to have with the soup or salads.
In all, a lovely experience, warm and friendly atmosphere, great food and even greater entertainment. Prices are reasonable too!

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Unique & Quaint
Staff were engaging and friendly
Variety of food that was also tasty and well cooked
Can get a little noisy with the entertainment at times
An Olinda gem worth visiting

SB
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What an awesome place. Food was amazing and service superb. Music was just at a right noise level, we could enjoy it, but also hold a conversation. Just fantastic

J
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My name is Jeffrey, I am from Taiwan. This is the best restaurant I have ever had since I was working in Australia. I have the opportunity to bring my family to experience this restaurant again. Thank you very much.

PG
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

It was great but we were out in a corner and it was Mum bday she didn’t see much of the show just heard it.

MD
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Great place with delicious food, views and entertainment. Felt a little rushed around 3pm thinking they needed to set up for afternoon tea which wasnt even on that day. Staff were friendly enough and polite, would definatley go again.

M
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

food for everyone likes, love the entertainment, excellent service , the cake was lovely.

l
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

There are good food,good view,and nice stuffs.
i will come again.

A
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I took my family here for afternoon tea. It was a lot of fun! The live music/entertainment went for longer and was much better than I expected. Yodeling and music from the sound of music isn't exactly 'cool', but it was a really fun experience.

I really enjoyed the variety of food and some more unique types of food available at the buffet too.

Would love to go back again!

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience3

Whole experience was good except at the end when it came to paying the bill. Girl at the register was extremely rude when asked if the restaurant split bills (which apparently you don't but do if there is no other option).

JD
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, service and ambient. Will come back for sure!

JD
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A truly unique experience. Fantastic atmosphere and entertainment. Food was delicious. Friendly staff.

F
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience3

Yes and no for the Bavaria experience yes but food was dissapointing

I
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmophere, great crow, great service and great food at a great price, simply great!

M
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Food was very average especially for the price you pay. Had to wait quite a while to place our drinks order, as none of the waiting staff were attentive.
Best part was the yodelling and fun atmosphere the entertainment created.
This is by way far not the cuckoo's I remember. Disappointing...

S
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing staff and variety of food. You will not be disappointed and you will leave in a food coma!

BB
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful day at the Cuckoo with our young family. The kids loved getting up and playing with the cowbell as well as the pancakes! The beer is great too...

DG
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Exactly what I expected, hasn’t changed in the 30years since I was there last. The food was a smorgasbord with a carvary. German food, sausages and sauerkraut. Nice desserts. The pancakes were good.
Entertainment was a lot of fun. Lots of hand clapping and yodeling. I very enjoyable night

E
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall1Food2Service3Ambience3

I wouldn't call a couple of fella's playing instrumental music for 40min a "floor show". The food was OK but nothing special. The desserts were particularly disappointing and the promised pancakes were not even there. For the price I would expect either a decent floor show and normal food or no floor show and very good food, but we got no floor show and OK food. Overall the Cuckoo did not live up to what the glossy brochure promised and seems to be geared towards satisfying mass tourism (i.e. buses) rather than a unique experience of German food culture.

HJ
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my second time been in this restaurant. My first visit was nearly 10 years ago and still in my mind that I have to visit this place again, best food , best staff , best location my friends were very grateful that I took them there because it is really worth it.

s
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience4

first time I have ever been there. Must admit it was great, good food, great atmosphere, female singer was fabulous, { what a voice }. We were in a group of 8 and it was a very good afternoon lunch experience. The noise was a bit much though.
Would highly recommend to all ages above 8.

I
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I moved to Melbourne with my family about 10 months ago. We then wanted to explore new dining places.
We initially found out about the Cuckoo Restaurant in Groupon, we tried and what we found is an amazing place for the family, with great value for money, great service and a magic location.
I love all menu items, from German beef casserole to the wide range of salads and sides, fresh Oysters or large selection of desserts.
the price, $50-$60 depending the day and time you go, is more than reasonable. but that doesn't matter, because the experience is priceless.
We've made our visits to Cuckoo Restaurant a fortnightly one - It's Monday afternoon and I'm thinking of our next visit already.
Ivan L.

C
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The most fun night wonderful atmosphere top quality food and the best staff. One of the best evenings we have had in a long time bravo

JW
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Enjoyable experience. Waitress Heidi was very attentive and made our visit very pleasant. Food was yummy

DJ
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The Cuckoo is good for a special occasion. It would be more value for money if kids could have free drinks and a drinks special for adults or buy one get one free if you have more than four in a party. Overall good we had a good afternoon.

JO
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5Food3Service4Ambience5

Great day out, food selection good. Entertainment excellent drink service a little slow.

M
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Great nite...great service...highly recommend!.....
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LA
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place. The food is good, service is good, can't fault.

JM
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our family all had a wonderful time at the Cuckoo. Delicious food, great atmosphere, fun entertainment and lovely staff. My two daughters (6 and 9 years) had a fantastic time and were thrilled to be part of the cow bell ringing act. Of course being kids they loved eating lots of dessert as well!!

SL
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Enjoyable lunch with fun floorshow. Good ambience. Service was very good and had a nice view out of the window of the restaurant.