Cuckoo Restaurant

4.1
521 reviews
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$41 to $100
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German
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
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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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PM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

We went for the Russian New Year and it was advertised as Vodka and Caviar. It was expensive and the food was not real good

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PL
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Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We have been coming for the last 40 years, I would not go again until full buffet opens. The sweets area was not manned all the times and my overseas guest didn't get any pancakes.😡

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MA
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Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Once again another fantastic night at the Cuckoo, love the food, service and atmosphere. Thank you again and Im sure we will be back again soon

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S
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great for all ages, birthdays, anniversaries or just a family gathering in authentic German style

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EM
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Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Was a fantastic night out, great vibes and lovely service.

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T
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Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I first visited the Cuckoo as a teenager, now in my 50's, I returned for a visit and it was fantastic. The food was great and endless, the staff were always checking to see if we needed drinks or any assistance, the entertainment was lovely, we had a great lunch. I would recommend getting there early to slowly graze. We booked for 1.30pm and arrived early at 11.30am, our seat was waiting and we were able to enjoy our lunch slowly and had access to the smorgasbord before they got busy. This restaurant will attract larger groups and tour buses. Worth the visit.

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LL
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Roast beef was pre carved sitting there, it would of been nice to have someone cutting it fresh like we had on 18th dec for our work break up, also no pancakes were being cooked, service was slow to order drinks. Atmosphere was Great & the Service was Very Friendly.

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MP
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had so much fun the Saturday night we went. The food was delicious, the staff were attentive and caring and the floor show was entertaining. Thankyou we will come again. Great for a birthday or special occasion too.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great to have dinner. Our first time and very nostalgic with old style music and entertainment

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l
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love dining at the cuckoo. The atmosphere is homely and great for any occasion. This is the place to come when you want a family atmosphere truly fantastic. It has it all, food and lots of it, entertainment and a great vibe. Perfect for any occasion. Well done Cuckoo.... very happy. Thanks for making the evening special. Keep up the great work 5/5

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B
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 1

A lot of food wasn’t ready for the 12 noon sitting. No prawns where served even though we where told they would be. Shoved in a corner behind 4 tables of children that kept screaming and running around us . Made for a very unpleasant experience. Disappointed is to nice a word to describe our day here.

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NM
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

Not much buffet variety, no prawns 🦐.
Go for the atmosphere more then tasty food.
One type of sausage in a German restaurant, cheese kransky, thought they are famous for sausages, expecting more variety of sausages.
They should also named the food they have. I have no idea what I am eating 😅
Quite disappointing with the food, guess we have paid for the environment there.
Hope they realised that we are visiting a restaurant, not a theme park.

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C
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Didnt realise there was no entertainment during the day and it needed that
Enjoyed meeting the daughter and staff were very friendly

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant still going strong after 60 years. Great service, entertainment and selection of food.

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BK
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Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Have been going to this resturaunt for 20+ years and am always humbled by the presence of the old building. very authentic and enjoyable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

The place is nice.
However the food was awful... absolutely nothing special!
To improve you need fresh seafood.. nothing look fresh!
I don’t mind paying top price for a buffet but needs to be worth the food.
Please owners you guys should pay a visit to the following venues so you guys can improve in every area.
New Quay Docklands 👍
The Conservatory at the crown.

Would I recommend your restaurant to my friends or family my answer will be a totally NO.

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H
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food and entertainment was great,easy disabled access and good seating although some of the drinks i ordered were warm and pricey.
Overall my wife and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves for our 39th wedding Anniversary.

Judy and Gary

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GB
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, lots of options, and a fun experience! Would definitely go back.

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K
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Not at all disapointed great food and entertainment

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JR
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Venue is special, have always loved it, food was fantastic. Drink service very slow, then after drinks were delivered to the table and partly consumed, the waitress came back and moved the drinks to other people telling them she had given them the wrong drinks OMG!! very disappointing

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AP
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

The entertainment was seriously lacking on previous experience. The restaurant is in a need of some injection of energy to keep it appealing.

As always, the food was moderate but acceptable considering it is a buffet.

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KD
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

The hot food was cool. The cold food was tepid. The beverages were a joke with a lemon squash (with very little lemon and a lot of soda water) as fruit cocktail. My wife and I are slightly disables but initially were offered a table in the far corner and after a request for a re-location we were seated on a six-plece tables despite two empty tables for two being within three metres. We could not believe that the restaurant had slipped so far backwards since we were last there years ago. Never again.

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DM
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 2Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

I and my family have been regulars for over 30 years. However, the last twice I’ve found it to becoming expensive because of lack of entertainment which was a huge part in the past for the value for money. Food is still good!

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SW
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

The price you pay for the viarity of food available doesnt seem to add up. Disappointed i dont think ill ever come back.

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WY
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Nice environment and friendly staff;

The desserts have wider range and taste better than formal meal~

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TV
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

We made a reservation for 7 pm. By the time we started the buffet, we noticed it took a while for the chafing dishes to be refilled. Further, there is different staff for ordering drinks and collecting dishes. Unfortunately I took us a fair well just to order a jug of coke.

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JZ
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We hadn't been for a while and took some New Zealand friends for their first time and we all loved it. The atmosphere was great. The music and yodeling was fun and engaging, and the food (and German beer) was really good too! Great!

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Z
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great service. And great performances by the musicians and wait staff, especially Heidi ☺

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B
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Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Entertainment and food were of excellent value.Attended the Cuckoo many times over the last 40 years and have never been disappointed. 😁

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DD
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

we and my husband went there for our wedding anniversary it was a good night and worth the drive would go back again and tell friends and family about it

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AK
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Great place. Like I remembered as a kid. Will visit again.

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PB
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Kids enjoy the singing of entertainment .
Foot is good. But not much choice and not hot enough .
The pancakes cooked in order is fresh .

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BW
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Had a wonderful time Over 50 years we were last there.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Overall it was good, except the time allocated for afternoon tea was to short, it should be at least two to two and a half hours not the 90 minutes.

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A
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Bit hard to justify paying an adult price for a 13 yo child who ate soup and desert.

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LD
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Unfortunately I found the meal far too expensive for the price. The service was outstanding I could not fault that and the food was pretty good but compared to other all you can eat venues it was far to overpriced for me. Sorry.

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ML
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The lunch was very tasty the service absolutely top notch and the prices were very affordable. The music was very engaging and overall very entertaining. Will definitely be back soon.

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SA
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 1

Very disappointed, overpriced and definitely not value for money. Food was very average and it was very tacky and overrated. It did not live up to my previous experience 20 years earlier. I would not recommend this place to anyone and I felt embarrassed to take my husband there.

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R
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Our reservation was 4pm because this was the earliest option from Opentable. The place was packed and few choices of food left. Should be there from 3pm. Food was ordinary.

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TD
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

The entertainment was good and provided a couple of laughs. The singer was excellent and was the highlight for me. The food was plentiful but was, unfortunately, a bit on the mediocre side for the cost and wasn’t enjoyed by the whole family.

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