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508 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Olinda, Victoria 3788, Australia
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Mon 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Sun 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sun 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Melbourne, Australia
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112 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

we invited our Family for a Sunday Lunch celebration. Service was good, loved the dressed up staff. They were happy to accommodate a few special requests and our drinks arrived in a timely manner. There was plenty of food on the buffets for everyone, especially German favorites such as rollmops and pickled herring salad, followed by beef rouladen and cabbage... More 

Thank silkroad_12
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A little pricey at $65. But a great selection and quality of food. Staff were very welcoming (left ours a tip). Entertainment was interactive and fun. I was dragged into Slapdancing and got a peach Schnapps for my time. Cocktails were delicious and well done. Left my coat behind. Voicemail left from staff immediately after and they kept it safe... More 

Thank Ben A
Attleboro, Massachusetts
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220 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We came here with some friends and could not belive we had not wondered into Germany. From the moment you enter you get that feeling. The waitresses are all in period costumes. Then you here the band playing and are entertained by two very talented performers. Then you find out about the buffet which has all kinds homemade German foods... More 

Thank bkpoud2
ManagerAtCuckoo, Guest Relations Manager at Cuckoo Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi bkpoud2 and thanks for the great review - so thrilled that you stepped off the planet for a while to visit us in our wunderbar venue and have a great time - that's what we're all about <3 More 

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Soooooo much food, and soooo little room in my jeans. What a great localty and atmosphere. ?...wish it were cliser to home.

Thank Blueydecat
ManagerAtCuckoo, Guest Relations Manager at Cuckoo Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi and thanks for the great review - hope the waistline has recovered ;) More 

Melbourne, Australia
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been to the Cuckoo a few times a few years ago for their buffet lunch but hadn't been back because of the distance. We thought we will try the High Tea today (Sunday) to check out if it is good enough to have a function there in a few weeks time, The selection of food weren't bad. There... More 

Thank Essendon52
ManagerAtCuckoo, Guest Relations Manager at Cuckoo Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Essendon52 and thanks for the review. I'm not sure how you have missed the pancakes however. The giant pancake pan (3.5 feet across) is situated in the middle of the dessert buffet with an attendant making them at every session (plus giving ice-cream scoops). The only thing I can think of is that the attendant may have stepped off... More 

Kangaroo Flat, Australia
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77 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you go to the Cuckoo expecting high-class German fare, you'll be disappointed. Face it, all-you-can-eat buffets are not renowned for their culinary sophistication. The Cuckoo is filled to the gills with tchotchkes that you'd see for sale at Teutonic tourist traps. The music and "let's all be jolly! emcee'ing by the owner at Christmas in July was what I'd... More 

Thank Bukko_Canukko
ManagerAtCuckoo, Guest Relations Manager at Cuckoo Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Bukko - I absolutely love your review; it's fun, it's fair and you have absolutely encapsulated the whole purpose of what we aim top achieve here - just a good old communal celebration in a place a little out of this world where you can leave the daily stresses behind and, as you put it, just have a 'larf'.... More 

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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A generous buffet with a selection to please all tastes. The Cuckoo has a special ambiance which takes you out of time and place into the woods of the old fairytales. Whether you are looking out the window at the treetops or basking in the warmth of the fire, the folksy old tunes and hearty food will lift your spirits.... More 

Thank ProfFelix
ManagerAtCuckoo, Guest Relations Manager at Cuckoo Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Prof Felix and thanks for the great review - we should get you to write our ads - you have caught the atmosphere perfectly ;) Thanks for coming and we'll see you next time you need to step into another world x Cheers! More 

Maffra, Australia
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59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dropped in on the way home from a day out in Melbourne. No booking but the went out of their way to fit us in once we told them we lived three hours away. Great service, great food,

Thank Balifreakfromaussie
ManagerAtCuckoo, Guest Relations Manager at Cuckoo Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi BaliFreak.... thanks for your enthusiastic review - we're so glad to have fit you in on a busy day and made your day :) Cheers. More 

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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94 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been to the Cuckoo Restaurant three times in probably ten years and have always enjoyed the experience. It helps that I also love Olinda and never just do the restaurant. This year I incorporated it with a visit to Cloudehill and other times I do the shops. For $52 I was happy with the food and the entertainment.... More 

Thank Sue J
ManagerAtCuckoo, Guest Relations Manager at Cuckoo Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Sue and thank you for your reasonable and well thought out review. As you have pointed out, a buffet provides people with something to suit many different taste preferences. We do have a new line up of entertainers but at this stage have stayed with the tried and tested selection of songs, yodelling and cow bells that people love... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Like many other people, I used to go to the Cuckoo years ago. Perhaps we were not so fussy about food then, but I found the buffet very ordinary last night. The steamed veg looked like it was out of a packet. The roast beef was overcooked and two small pieces were put on my plate begrudgingly. The beef olives... More 

Thank valb584
ManagerAtCuckoo, Guest Relations Manager at Cuckoo Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Val and thanks for taking the time to write of your experience. I believe you are right in your comment that we were not so fussy about our food experience in the past. I'm sure that the hospitality industry struggles to keep up with the expectation cultivated by the many cooking shows on television in recent years. For a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $49
German, Fast Food, European, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 508 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Olinda, Victoria 3788, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Olinda
  • Phone Number: 61397511003
THE CUCKOO RESTAURANT Wunderbar! Situated in the stunning Dandenong Ranges, just 50 minutes from Melbourne, the Cuckoo is close to popular tourist destinations like Puffing Billy Railway and Healesville Sanctuary. This buzzing 400 seat restaurant offers a delectable smorgasbord in a warm and welcoming family atmosphere. Convenient set menu options are now available Tuesday to Friday. Decorated in the style of a Bavarian chalet and with staff dressed in traditional costume, The Cuckoo has been attracting locals and visitors from all over the world for nearly sixty years. With an abundance of food to satisfy all, the delicious international smorgasbord is prepared by first class chefs and the amazing range of cakes and pastries are made fresh daily. Most dietary needs can be catered for. The set menu changes monthly and offers Soup of the Day with a selection of German breads, a choice of 4 mains, a dessert and includes a glass of wine, beer or soft drink. Live entertainment at each session includes music and a floor show, cow bell ringing and yodelling equal to any in Bavaria The Cuckoo also offers wedding celebrations with receptions planned and staged beautifully with views of the surrounding mountain ash forest. For getaway couples, a family day out or large festive party groups the Cuckoo Restaurant offers the beauty of the Dandenong's, sumptuous and generous meals plus entertaining events throughout the year at very competitive rates. Bookings are essential

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