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MadCowes Cafe

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$$ - $$$
Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options
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17 The Esplanade, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia
+61 3 5952 2560
07:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 16:00
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Hobart, Australia
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110 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went for early breakfast so we could get served before the mad rush, I ordered the eggs benedict and my partner had poached eggs and we sat overlooking the beach on the bench seat. It was perfect. The waiter was friendly and the food came out quick, coffee was delicious, I had to order a second cup.

Thank prozac
Australia, Victoria
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great service well organised, food fantastic. Went for breakfast and it was packed. Finally got a great table outside looking out at the water. Food was Yum Yum Yum

Thank Tiger37
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The Food was average the service was equivalent the word cow definitely came to mind after i had been served . I can say the coffee was pretty good but thats the only positive i have

Thank Brash81
Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Had an early breakfast here....had not been there for a few years (previously was not impressed with food or service). Wow, what a difference.... really friendly staff. Bacon and egg rolls....perfect size (and not massive bread with small/overdone ingredients). Coffee is AMAZING!! Would like to try their curries at lunchtime.

Thank jilly1a
Sydney, Australia
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129 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place buzzes. The coffee is good. The menu is good and the food is as good. I had granola but she who must be obeyed pronounced the eggs benedict good! The local push bike riders gather here so you know it must have something going for it. Second time we've been herd. Great view and it's easy to park.

Thank Cymbid64
Albury, Australia
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230 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a couple of meals here while staying at Cowes and enjoyed both of them. The fish and chips and salad was a really great meal and would recommend it to anyone.

Thank Shirley D
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had coffee on the Saturday and returned on the Sunday for breakfast. Very quick service of which is necessary due to the popularity and the turn around times. Quite noisy but good value for money and friendly service.

Thank Lisa C
Melbourne, Australia
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55 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Yum. Fish and chips and salad. Highly recommend. 2 Fish fillets, crispy and large. Chips, crunchy and tasty. Salad, fresh and tasty. Burger connoisseur enjoyed his kids burger but it didn't have tomato sauce and had to be requested. Kids chicken was dry and overcooked. Dining companions didn't enjoy the service and thought the tartare sauce wasnt up to scratch.... More 

Thank MishkiP
Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took kids there for breakfast on a . Sunday, very busy can be hard to get a table. Meals were good, coffee was great, came out quickly.. family friendly too.

Thank Charli73
Melaka, Malaysia
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's a lovely cafe with a view of the sea. They have indoor n outdoor seating. Friendly helpful service. You can also bring your dog along but if you intend to sit outside . they have the best ever eggs benedict I have had!! Kitchen does close after a certain time though. I know they are open for breakfast n... More 

Thank Christina S L

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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
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, View, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?