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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: Breakfast/Brunch

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  • 48
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    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
great food and views!

we had lunch with friends overlooking the water - what a delightful way to spend a lovely afternoon in Cowes. We all had sandwiches - really great fresh bread and huge serves - the BLT and smoked salmon were equally delicious! Coffees were excellent too, and good friendly service!

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
sandrapeter63
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Melbourne, Australia
via mobile
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  • Breakfast/Brunch
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123 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

we had lunch with friends overlooking the water - what a delightful way to spend a lovely afternoon in Cowes. We all had sandwiches - really great fresh bread and huge serves - the BLT and smoked salmon were equally delicious! Coffees were excellent too, and good friendly service!

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Melbourne
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Sit at the side walk tables with a view of Westernport Bay and enjoy a coffee and breakfast or a snack.

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Lake Macquarie
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Opposite the beachfront is this trendy cafe which is very popular. Great food and coffee. We passed many cafes which were quite empty. Food is served quickly and is very fresh.

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Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

As a local, I am proud to say this is one of my favourite cafés on the island, combining quality food with a casual dining experience. Their breakfast menu is extensive - about fifteen choices. However, about half these dishes include egg, and thus wouldn't be suitable for those with allergies (or those who simply don't like egg). Lunch is... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Yes this isn't the cheapest place to go. But you would be mad not to. Food is fresh well cooked and served piping hot. The eggs were perfectly cooked and the hollandaise was delicious. My partner ordered avocado smash and raved about how delicious it was. Staff and friendly and attentive. It's packed and a testament to a fantastic fresh... More 

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MadCowes C, Owner at MadCowes Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent visit to our café we appreciate your feed back. We pride ourselves on producing consistent quality meals using fresh handpicked ingredients. Hope you can visit again in the future. More 

Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 via mobile

Great to sit outside for a burger and salad. You do have to order at the counter which is a little slow (it wasn't that busy when we were there) but it is brought to your table. A little pricy for non table service but the food was delicious

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MadCowes C, Owner at MadCowes Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to visit our café and write a review, We are glad that you were able to utilise our outdoor area and enjoy the wonderful vista on our doorstep. We take the time to visit local growers for our fresh produce which we believe enhances the flavours and quality of our menu items. We hope... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Ok it's holiday time...ok the population trebles but really, you can't set up an extra register? It was the cafe of choice for my teenage child whose birthday it was and who wanted breakfast (even though I'd eaten mine a good 5 hours before!!). We have been going there for maybe 10 years but with the line snaking to the... More 

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MadCowes C, Owner at MadCowes Cafe, responded to this review

We would like to thank you for your loyalty over the past 10 years you have been visiting us and we hope your son enjoyed his birthday. We take pride in each coffee that is served and are pleased to here that you thoroughly enjoyed it. We appreciate your feedback in regards to the extra register and is an idea... More 

Perth, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Popped in here for breakfast as arrived in cowes early. Bit pricey but was a great breakfast although not a huge amount of variety for more simple breakfast at a reasonable cost. Great coffee which is a plus

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MadCowes C, Owner at MadCowes Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review and visiting us whilst on your holiday. Our team work very hard to provide each customer with a memorable experience and we are glad your visit was an enjoyable one. If you happen to be back on the Island and visit us again we also have daily specials which includes breakfast items. More 

Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

The best coffee I have had on "the island" bar none. And "boy oh boy" do I like my coffee had the "Big Breakfast". Came out promptly, hot and delicious My friend had the Muesli...I must say that was awesome!!!!.......Yes, I did try it!!! Overall, a really terrific experience and the Ladies running the show are a blast and really... More 

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MadCowes C, Owner at MadCowes Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your fantastic review we appreciate you taking the time to visit our café. We are very lucky to have such a positive and friendly team that all rally together to make each customer feel special and welcome. We take the time and effort with each coffee that is delivered to the tables and are glad... More 

south africa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Went for breakfast at this casual eatery and had a great meal, good, fast service and a lovely view of the ocean to boot. Super shops to browse nearby and well worth a visit.

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Restaurant Details

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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