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MadCowes Cafe

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17 The Esplanade, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia
+61 3 5952 2560
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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San Remo, Australia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After trying three other places trying to find gluten free food for breakfast we discovered Madcowes. Service was quick, staff friendly and food good. Large helping and gluten free French toast tasted as "normal" as is possible with gluten free food.

Thank al5656au
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Not sure why this is the top cafe on Trip Advisor for this area maybe they up vote themselves. Coffee was average obviously can't work with soy milk it was quite lumpy and the coffee tasted burnt. Food took forever to arrive and the place wasn't overly busy. The chicken tenders we ordered were so over fried and not edible.... More 

Thank Craig B
Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My go to favourite for great coffee on the Island. I usually have the 'Mad Cow chicken salad' low carb and comes with beautiful salad and nuts and seeds. It's huge so you can take half of it home in a doggie bag. It's a do it yourself pay at the counter service but food generally comes very promptly, the... More 

Thank foodie196156
Bendigo, Australia
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55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Best location. Best breakfast I've ever had. Tasty, plenty and was definitely not over priced. All the staff were wonderful. Do yourself a favour and don't listen to any negatives about this place. It was perfect!

Thank Vickie M
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to MadCowes today after reading all these wonderful reviews, I had the spinach and ricotta roll with wholemeal pastry, have to say pretty ordinary to say the least. The meal came with salad and what looked to be relish, salad was good however the relish tasted like tinned tomatoes with some herbs and spices mixed in. Just curious, did... More 

Thank Sarah D
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90 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place. Im back home and Im still dreaming about their cheesecake!! And what about their almond and pear tart? And the poached eggs? We stayed in Phillip Island for 3 days, and for 3 days we had lunch here! This is how much we loved this place!!!!!! Glutenfree, delicious, yummy food!!!!!! You must try it!!!!

Thank thefoodchannel
Padua, Italy
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74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We found this place casually... we were going to the fish restaurant at the 1st floor, when we saw "MadCowes" in front of us. We instantly changed idea, was much more attractive. We spent just a couple of days in Phillip Island and we came at MadCowes like everyday. Full of Glutenfree options from cakes to main plates! The staff... More 

Thank TheFoodCourt
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food, excellent coffee and great staff I had Tempura Squid with salad, the squid was tender and salad fresh. My friend had the Tom Yum soup with seafood it was excellent. Voted the 'best' ever had. Pretty big statement

Thank Judith W
Frankfurt, Germany
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62 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had tasty fish and chips for lunch. It was very good, good portion size and served piping hot. It was the first time I have ever eaten flake. Staff were very friendly. Restaurant was spotlessly clean despite being very busy. Great seafront location.

Thank Liesl132015
Melbourne, Australia
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120 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Service is great. We didn't have to wait for long. Food is beautiful. Lovely to sit outside right in front of the beach. Will always visit each time we come to Cowes.

Thank Pedro_Collins68

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Special occasions
Open Hours
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 The Esplanade, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Phillip Island  >  Cowes
  • Phone Number: +61 3 5952 2560

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?