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“A really nice breakfast” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sandbar Cafe & Kiosk

Sandbar Cafe & Kiosk
26 The Esplanade | Bulcock Beach, Caloundra, Queensland 4551, Australia
0754910800
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Ranked #25 of 157 Restaurants in Caloundra
Price range: $7 - $25
Cuisines: Fish & Chips, Coffee Shop, Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Nth of Brizzy
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“A really nice breakfast”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

We had breakfast here after checking out of our unit at 9.30am - we were glad we arrived here early as just after 10am the rush was on. Being the last day of a long weekend (Monday) not a lot was open but this place was ... perhaps it was a last minute decision because they only had three staff; an inexperienced waitress who was well out of her depth once the crowd arrived, the chef and a guy helping who needed instructions on how to make a milkshake so we guessed he wasn't a regular staff member and a fourth guy who got called in as we were leaving. That said we got great service, others who arrived after us didn't appear to though and we saw at least two tables leave without ordering.

We ordered two lots of bacon & eggs, one with sausages & one eggs benedict ... all were cooked to order and arrived very timely. The coffees were very nice.

We enjoyed our breakfast here and would return.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Maroochydore, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Good food, poor service!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013 via mobile

We went there between lunch and dinner, there were 2 tables sat including ourselves. We asked for water and were told to get ourselves, We had our order taken and then when food was brought out it was just dumped and the server walked off, no questions can I get you anything else i.e condiments extra drinks, we then didn't see the server again, no check to make sure everything was ok. We had the fish and chips which although was a little pricey was pretty good (no frozen chips) the service here let it down... If you are going to offer table service, (and having worked in this industry for many years it only takes 2 seconds to do these little things) then this needs to be given - the service is no better than a coffee shop where you order at the counter and take a number.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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SandbarCafekiosk, Owner at Sandbar Cafe & Kiosk, responded to this review, June 7, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post your review and comments. I am very sorry to hear that your experience with us was not good. We always strive to provide a very friendly, professional & courteous service and I sincerely apologise that you didn't experience our usual standard of service on your visit this week. Although it is true that we operate a self service water station I completely agree that the little things make a big difference and from your comments it sounds like the standard of service you received was not up to our normal high standard. We held a staff meeting today to reiterate the importance of "service" no matter how quiet or busy we are and went through your review in much detail. In finishing here, I would like to encourage you to contact us (if you have time), as i would really appreciate the chance to have a quick discussion on your visit in more detail.
Our phone number is 07 5491 0800 and please ask for Richard
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Caloundra, Australia
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Great food, atmosphere and view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Went to Sandbar for Mothers Day and again the following week. The food is always good and the staff are attentive and friendly without being pushy. Prices are reasonable and it is good value for money. A very pleasant atmosphere and would have no hesitation in recommending this restaurant. Well done Sandbar!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ballarat, Australia
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93 reviews 93 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“great food great service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

In sleepy Caloundra along the boardwalk at Bulcocks Beach is a great little cafe well worth a visit. I had an excellent Maleny special...toast and spinach and perfectly cooked free range eggs.
And might go back for the friday night oyster and prawns!
Good staff, very helpful.
Even take away fish and chips in wrapping!!
good view and the pick of the bunch along the boardwalk.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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UK
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243 reviews 243 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 72 cities Reviews in 72 cities
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
“Acceptable fish and chips”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

The fish and chips was OK, nothing amazing. You have to pay a supplement for ketchup etc, which is unacceptable in my view and terribly stingy. The coffee was nice, the staff were nice as well and seemed to be doing their best to expedite service despite the crowd.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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