Where to Eat in Olinda: The Best Restaurants and Bars

January 9, 2018 Claudia Navarrete

Discover the best restaurant in Olinda, Australia including Cuckoo Restaurant, Miss Marple's Tea Room, Wild Oak Cafe, SkyHigh Mount Dandenong, Pie In the Sky, Ranges at Olinda, Fortnums, Sassafras Cafe, Seasons Restaurant at Cloudehill, Kelly's Bar and Kitchen
Things to do in Olinda

1. Cuckoo Restaurant

508 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Olinda, Victoria 3788, Australia 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, Accepts Credit Cards German, European, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks HK$165 - HK$392 +61 3 9751 1003
Excellent
31%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
9%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 389 reviews

Cuckoo Restaurant

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. 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. 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 Open for lunch 7 days a week 11.30am - 3.00pm Dinner Friday, Saturday & Sunday 6.30pm - 11.30pm Afternoon Tea Saturday & Sunday 3.30pm-5.30pm

Reviewed By Chookybirdy - Melbourne, Australia

Took a visitor from overseas here, partly because we thought she'd like it, and partly because we hadn't been before despite living locally. We went on a Saturday night for the buffet. Please be aware that if you're vegetarian, they can not cater for you at the Cabaret nights on Fridays. Mainly filled with large family parties and children, you queue at the buffet where there is a large selection of meats, salads, vegetables and seafood. All that was vegetarian as a main was quiche, but my husband filled up on veg and salad. Some traditional German foods, but also mainstream too.There is a large dessert area which seems to be a huge attraction. In the middle of the pre-made desserts that you can choose from there was a cook making fresh pancakes to order. There are no steins to drink from, but they do serve beer. Food was average, at best. Depends on what you like, of course, but it's more quantity over quality, really. Decor was as expected in a Bavarian place named Cuckoo, which was a bit of fun, as were the 2 guys playing traditional music (an older couple were even up dancing). Sadly, I didn't realise there was a seafood section until after I'd eaten, so can't comment on the quality or choice. Kids appeared to love it. Glad we went, but with poor veggie options for my hubby and it being quite costly, I doubt we'll be back.

2. Miss Marple's Tea Room

382 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Sassafras, Victoria 3787, Australia Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available Cafe, British, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Brunch +61 3 9755 1610
Excellent
35%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
8%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 538 reviews

Miss Marple's Tea Room

Reviewed By Mauzie2 - Melbourne, Australia

Great atmosphere. Good service. Very touristy. I regretted ordering scones. They are more like damper than scones. If I return I’ll definitely skip the scones and try something different. Very touristy place and more English than Australian.

3. Wild Oak Cafe

232 Ridge Rd, Olinda, Victoria 3788, Australia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Australian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +61 3 9751 2033
Excellent
53%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 197 reviews

Wild Oak Cafe

Reviewed By Alice B

Staff, polite and helpful, service a little slow but I have been to Wild Oak several times before and service has been good. Food very appropriate for Christmas in July 3 courses $40 plus wine. Roasted pork belly done a treat, Christmas pudding moist.and flavoursome.

4. SkyHigh Mount Dandenong

26 Observatory Rd, Mount Dandenong, Victoria 3767, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$63 - HK$212 +61 3 9751 0443
Excellent
36%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
9%
Terrible
15%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 752 reviews

SkyHigh Mount Dandenong

Get some Perspective & Escape the noise and pressures of the concrete jungle. Less than one hour from the Melbourne CBD you can be SkyHigh – on the uppermost reach of the Dandenong Ranges, amid cool fern glades and lush towering native forest, looking at the big picture, from the Mornington Peninsula across the majestic sweep of Port Phillip Bay, surrounded by Melbourne’s growing urban fringes, to the You Yangs on the southern horizon. After sunset the southern sky, brilliant in the clear mountain night, is imitated by a spectacular carpet of glittering city lights. Highlights include:- Viewing platforms with stunning views that sweep across the Mornington Peninsula and Port Phillip Bay , to the You Yangs on the Southern horizon The picturesque ‘secret garden’ – ideal for wedding ceremonies and private functions SkyHigh garden maze constructed from native flora. Contemporary café and family bistro open for Breakfast & Lunch (Breakfast only available on Weekends) Chic Restaurant available for Dinner A world-class function centre – a wonderful spot for corporate functions, family celebrations or wedding receptions and Xmas parties. English garden and forest walks Open 7 days a week including public holidays Gates open Monday to Friday 9am-10pm Gates open Weekends 8am-10pm Gate fee of $5 per car apply

Reviewed By Robin Y - Gulu, Uganda

Toasted as the top restaurant in Melbourne, there surely isn't one to match the view. You can comfortably see the CBD in the distance, a maze makes the time really enjoyable and drinks as the sun sets are hard to beat, anywhere near Melbourne. The only catch currently is that they seem to be understaffed and food was delayed more than usual. Nevertheless, if you are visiting Melbourne, this will give you a beautiful, brilliant view while you relax.

5. Pie In the Sky

43 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda, Victoria 3788, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Brunch HK$8 +61 3 9751 2128
Excellent
23%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
12%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 359 reviews

Pie In the Sky

Reviewed By storm_cheerleader74 - darwin

Family of 9 of us went on Sunday afternoon. Was busy but they were able to fit us in. Good service. Pies were nice but nothing special l thought. Kids meal expensive for what you got. Nude place to try though

6. Ranges at Olinda

5 Main Street | Corner of Olinda-Monbulk Rd & Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Olinda, Victoria 3788, Australia Takeout, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night +61 3 9751 2133
Excellent
36%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
7%
Terrible
18%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 290 reviews

Ranges at Olinda

Cafe by Day, Restaurant by night, serving some of the hills best local produce. Delicious Homemade Scones baked daily for the last 20 years. Daily Specials, house baked treats to temp everyones tastes, friendly staff and open fires to make you time at Ranges fun and vibrant. Vegetarian & Gluten free options available.

Reviewed By kymnye2014 - Greater Melbourne, Australia

Extensive breakfast and lunch menu with vegan/vegetarian options. Staff extremely friendly and helpful. Outdoor Seating available as well as open fire in winter. Wonderful cake selection. Entertainment book voucher can also be used here for a 25% discount. Highly recommended.

7. Fortnums

395 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Sassafras, Victoria 3787, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Australian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly +61 3 9755 1200
Excellent
50%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 145 reviews

Fortnums

Delightful English Glass Conservatory Style Building at one end of Sassafras Village that did a roast that I really appreciated!

Reviewed By Rebecca W

Visited here for a family lunch on a weekend.
Venue looks lovely, open, elegant and on site parking, which is a bonus in Sassafras. No stairs to enter the restaurant and no stairs to access the toilets which are inside.
Menu was extensive for this area, a specials board and a kids menu.
Staff were friendly, attentive, accurate and kept the cold water flowing on such a hot day.
The negative points, all the seafood was processed and frozen and just fried by the venue. The jam was served in a very small quantity, for $9.90 excluding drink a Devonshire tea needs a generous serve of jam.

8. Sassafras Cafe

391 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Sassafras, Victoria 3787, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch +61 3 9755 3788
Excellent
50%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 109 reviews

Sassafras Cafe

Fantastic homemade scones, light breakfasts and lunches, and great coffee!!

Reviewed By Roadruna - Melbourne

Caught up with friends here on a cold and wet Sunday morning.
As soon as you enter, your greeted with a smile and great service.
Atmosphere was quiet, warm and welcoming.
We had the scones. Soft and fluffy. Jam was delicious. Coffee was good too.
Great place, hard to find parking as the area is very popular and the crowds were out and about, as usual so I was told, even though the weather was pretty ordinary. I'd imagine the area would be very crowded if the weather was more appealing. So I would say to allow for waiting time to be seated.
But I'd recommend this place. If we go back there, I'd be more than happy to eat here again.

9. Seasons Restaurant at Cloudehill

89 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda, Victoria 3788, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible Australian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +61 3 9751 0168
Excellent
59%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 119 reviews

Seasons Restaurant at Cloudehill

Reviewed By Annie W

Enjoyed a relaxed delicious lunch at "Seasons" at Cloudehill. Chicken pie was great, served with garlic bread and salad, followed by delicious hazelnut roulade always a winner. The cakes are always very good here, made in house. Good value for money.
With a wonderful view overlooking the amazing garden of "Cloudehill" every season.

10. Kelly's Bar and Kitchen

1510 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Olinda, Victoria, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, Pub, Australian, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night 97511 05
Excellent
42%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 186 reviews

Kelly's Bar and Kitchen

Reviewed By Cocoremote - Ballarat, Australia

Not really into complaining--if I don't like a place I'll usually just decide not to go back. However, this place calls for an exception. It was my second time at Kelly's (first time was OK; service not great but staff apologetic and meal hearty) and officially my last. Warm welcome from one of the staff members but after that we were served by a terrifyingly gruff woman who was so desperate to get our order that we felt under extreme pressure to decide in a hurry. Tried to order something from the specials menu and she grunted that she didn't have it, so quickly chose an alternative: scotch fillet with chips and salad. Scary lady aside, the food was pretty dreadful. Steak was dry and black on the outside; looked less like a $32 dinner and more like a bit of roadkill. Extremely unimaginative salad (two tomato wedges, red onion and "fancy" lettuce that looked as though it had been plopped on the plate straight from one of those "washed and ready to use" bags at Coles) and a very small handful of less-than-average chips. Being the eternal optimist that I am (and still hungry after ditching the steak), I decided to wait for dessert. Unfortunately, they never came to ask us what we wanted, despite there being plenty of empty tables and the scary waitress having time to complain to some friends about how she'd be in the loony bin by the end of the evening.
Moral of the story: don't order the steak. In fact, "do yourself a favour" and don't go at all!

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