Readers Choice 2017 - European

03 9751 10...03 9751 100303 9751 1003

508 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd,
Olinda VIC

Type
Licensed Restaurants in Stylish Surrounds
Price
$$$$$
Cuisine
European Style Buffet & mid week set menu option
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We had an unexpected delight to meet the amazing people at Cuckoo, due to being stuck without a place to change and feed a baby somewhere out of the rain! Despite closing for the day, Karin made sure we were comfortably set up in a cosy corner so we could feed baby, and set us up with some hot drinks. We can't wait to return to enjoy the food and more of their warm hospitality!

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  • 4/4 Stars
Setting
  • 4/4 Stars
Service
  • 4/4 Stars
Value
  • 4/4 Stars

Christmas day dinner at the Cuckoo was the best! The owners/hosts were warm, friendly, and hospitable. The staff were all excellent and absolutely gorgeous in their traditional dress. They worked tirelessly to serve us. The food was abundant and there was huge selections of everything. Salads, hot vegetables, soups, seafood, meats, sausages, roasts, yummy desserts, fresh fruit, with chocolate, nuts, bread rolls and butter on the table. Great entertainment and all set in a lovely traditional Bavarian decor creating a very nice ambience. We felt like we were part of an extended Bavarian family Christmas gathering. Priceless experience. Great value for money spent. Will be back again. This place is a treasure worth keeping. Bravo Cuckoo!

Food
  • 4/4 Stars
Setting
  • 4/4 Stars
Service
  • 4/4 Stars
Value
  • 4/4 Stars

Wonderful experience every time we have visited, people who work there truely love their job as you can see from the service you are given.The food is to good to put into words especially the dessert. entertainment you can never get sick of. we have also have had christmas Lunch at the cuckoo and it was fantastic. Always love coming up in july for the christmas in July. we will be back time and time again!!! And always tell our friends how good it is.

Food
  • 4/4 Stars
Setting
  • 4/4 Stars
Service
  • 4/4 Stars
Value
  • 4/4 Stars

The world famous Cuckoo Restaurant is an Australian icon located in the magnificent Dandenong Ranges just a short drive from Melbourne. Beginning in 1914 as the Quamby, a refreshment stop famous for its strawberry and cream teas, it was extended in 1935 to operate as a restaurant and bed and breakfast. In 1958 the restaurant was purchased by a young German couple who named it the Cuckoo after hearing the call of a Cuckoo in the bush at night. This marked the beginning of an era that has continued on into the 21st century under the constant guidance of Karin Koeppen. The restaurant is situated in Olinda, one of the pretty villages of the Dandenong Ranges, surrounded by beautiful Mountain Ash forest. The decor is in Bavarian style with the staff wearing colourful traditional costume. Being the first restaurant in Australia to offer a smorgasbord, it has become world renowned and constantly receives visitors from around the globe. Lunching at the restaurant we enjoyed choices from an amazing smorgasbord. We began with Soup of the Day followed by an entre´e selection of seafood and European delicacies. The main buffet included Roast of the Day, various meat dishes, German sausages, traditional dishes, vegetarian selections, cold platters, salad bar and much more. There was a delectable dessert buffet with continental cakes and pastries, fresh fruit and Pancakes with a choice of toppings. A comprehensive wine list is available, filtered coffee and tea are included. With our fellow diners we enjoyed a unique Bavarian floor show which included cowbells, yodeling and traditional songs. Special events run throughout the year with the Oktoberfest a highlight. The visit was an experience we will never forget. Inquiries are welcome and bookings are advisable.

Food
  • 3/4 Stars
Setting
  • 3/4 Stars
Service
  • 3/4 Stars
Value
  • 3/4 Stars
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Cuckoo Restaurant Overview

Once upon a time in the pretty town of Olinda, there opened The Cuckoo Restaurant. Since 1958 it’s enchanted people from far and wide, and continues to do so … largely, no doubt, because it’s like something straight out of a Bavarian fairy tale. Designed like a German chalet with frilly gables, ornate window shutters, traditional décor and the largest freestanding cuckoo clock in the world, this iconic restaurant oozes warmth and charm. On top of that the atmosphere’s always lively, thanks to friendly staff in folk dress and Bavarian style musicians, dancers, yodellers and bell ringers performing nearly every day. The Cuckoo Restaurant’s famous smorgasbord offers a staggering array of hot and cold, sweet and savoury dishes, so no matter your taste there’s bound to be a happy ending.

Cuckoo Restaurant Menu Sample

Our world famous goulash and dumplings, soup of the day, fresh seafood, salads, cold meat platters, roasts, German sausages, snitzels, goulash, rouladen, sauerkraut, fish, rice, steamed vegetables, cabbage rolls, pork knuckle, fresh fruit, continental cakes and pastries, desserts, pancakes (made fresh to order).

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A few words from Cuckoo Restaurant

THE CUCKOO RESTAURANT
Wunderbar!

Cuckoo Culture
The Cuckoo Restaurant is a little mad, magical and brilliantly bizarre! A unique party venue, the Cuckoo brings people together to share the best celebrations in life. With 450 seats, it's perfect for birthdays, hen's parties and anniversaries of all kinds. Corporate, social, and international groups are easily catered for.

We Entertain
The quirky Bavarian Floor Show is a must see for Aussies and curious visitors from all over the globe. Free your yearn to yodel. Link arms with the best of mates and schunkel to the beat. Put your hand up to ring the cow bells and if you're lucky you may get to slap dance! A little different every day, it's always a highlight.

Cuckoo Curiosities
Staff offer friendly service in traditional costume and are part of the wunderbar atmosphere created by wood carvings, cuckoo clocks, and curiosities from yesteryear and the largest free standing operational cuckoo clock in the world.

Cuckoo Cuisine
The buffet fills every appetite with soup, entrée, main buffet and a wondrous range of indulgent desserts. Yum! Set menu options are available Tuesday to Friday and don't forget our scrumptious weekend High Tea or midweek delightful Devonshire Teas and Coffee & Cake.

Bookings are essential on 9751 1003

Cuckoo Restaurant Menus/Downloads

Cuckoo Restaurant Functions

Caters for up to 400 Guests
  Wedding, Conference, Corporate Function, Product Launch, Dinner Party, Cocktail Party, Birthday Party, Christmas Party, Engagement Party, Hens & Bucks Night, Charity Event
  Finger Food, Canapes, Buffets, Set Menu
Open nearly every day of the year, the Cuckoo offers a delectable smorgasbord in a warm and welcoming family atmosphere with quality entertainment. Decorated in the style of a Bavarian chalet and with staff dressed in traditional costume, The Cuckoo has been attracting visitors from all over the world for fifty four years!

Cuckoo Restaurant Chef

Steve Bless

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Cuckoo Restaurant Opening Hours

 MTWTFSS
Bfast       
Lunch
Dinner    
Late       

Seasonal variations may occur.

Cuckoo Restaurant Features & Facilities

Seats: 400

  • Bush Views
  • Customer Carpark
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Live Music
  • Fully Licensed
  • Private Dining
  • Functions
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Disabled Access
  • Gluten Free Options
  • Bar
  • Child Friendly
  • Romantic

Payments Accepted

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • EftPos