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MadCowes Cafe

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17 The Esplanade, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria VIC 3922, Australia
03-5952 2560
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7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Coffee & Tea, Breakfast, Brunch

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  • 65
    Excellent
  • 71
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Mad for the Cowes

Great coffee & Chai with the option of lactose free milk which was a bonus! So many great options on the menu (as well as specials) so it was very hard to choose. In the end my husband ordered the cheesy calf burger with fries & I had the veggie stack. Both meals were flavoursome & plentiful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
GizmoMC
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We had breakfast here. The food was good and was served very quick considering this place was packed, and this was at about 10.30am. But the service was crap. We had multiple staff walk past us who didn't say anything while we stood and waited. I went up to the counter to ask for a table and was told to... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Great coffee & Chai with the option of lactose free milk which was a bonus! So many great options on the menu (as well as specials) so it was very hard to choose. In the end my husband ordered the cheesy calf burger with fries & I had the veggie stack. Both meals were flavoursome & plentiful & definitely worth... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

down to visit friends in cowes . this is a great place for reasonably priced food and good coffee but you must get in early for breakfast or you will miss out on getting a seat.i would not hesitate in saying that it is a must try

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Gisborne, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The best Big Breakfast we've had and the poached eggs were perfectly poached. Coffee was up there too!

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Their muffin is to die for, I think it's home made it soooo delicious I had raspberry with white chocolate. Highly recommended! The place is pretty small but we didn't have trouble getting a sit. Friendly and relax environment you won't feel out of place.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We had a nice family lunch here. The food was great and the service and wait time were good. We thought that this was easily the best place we ate at in out time at Cowes. Would happily come back.

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Western Australia
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

This was the perfect 10 of coffee. I'm the world's most fussy coffee drinker and I'm fed up with mediocre coffee. What a delight to have a perfect cup. They also serve a delicious array of (presumably) home cooked fare. Great views, friendly staff. Worth moving to the island just to be a regular!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Epic breakfast and cool staff! Was great value for money as my dish was bigger than expected, and the coffee was some of the best I had all weekend in Phillip Island

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Greater Hobart, Australia
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This was just an amazing place to eat and have a beautiful hot chocolate. The staff were great as was the little local resident a little bird that kept flying in and out just a little bird. Was great to see the bird wasn't thrown out. The views over looking the bay were just breath taking and the meals huge.... More 

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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

The coffe was great. Atmosphere and view worth the stop. One of the best coffee shops on the island. We had the chocolate brownie and very nice. Staff helpful and friendly

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Additional Information about MadCowes Cafe

Address: 17 The Esplanade, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria VIC 3922, Australia
Phone Number: 03-5952 2560
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Phillip Island  >  Cowes
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cuisine: Australian

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 17 The Esplanade, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria VIC 3922, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Phillip Island  >  Cowes
  • Phone Number: 03-5952 2560

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Australian
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 4:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?