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The Dove Cafe

61 Hargraves St, Castlemaine, Victoria 3450, Australia
+61 3 5470 5888
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good33%
  • Average5%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible0%
5 Jun 2017
“Full of Character and whimsical charm”
13 Feb 2017
“Never lets us down!”
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Cafe, Australian
61 Hargraves St, Castlemaine, Victoria 3450, Australia
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Reviewed 5 June 2017

Many yummy options on the menu, get small and large rooms to dine in or outside in the gardens. A small range of unusual items for sale too.

Thank Karen L
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Have eaten here since discovering this little haven several years ago! It seems only locals seem to know about this quirky little retro eatery secreted away from Castlemaine's main drag.

Thank Quirindi282016
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Very good food and excellent coffee to very high standard. Staff are very welcoming and friendly, service is great. Courtyard setting for outside dinning. The food is excellent and plentiful. It's great to find a cafe in Castlemaine where the coffee is excellent and to...More

Thank deepblue3036
Reviewed 2 June 2016

I keep going back to The Dove because of the friendly staff, great food and they make my coffee how I like it! The little rooms allow for privacy and peace if that's what you desire or you can be accommodated in the larger room...More

Thank Marg D
TanagerAU, Online Marketing at The Dove Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2016

Thanks Marg! We do our best to impress everyone—but it's the people who keep coming back that show us we're doing something right.

Reviewed 25 April 2016

lovely ambience, lovely staff, lovely food, lovely food, actually completley lovely. You can sit outside or inside, you can sit in a side room for quiet, lots of alternatives, great coffee.

Thank Carol J
TanagerAU, Online Marketing at The Dove Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2016

Thanks a lot, Carol. So glad you like what we've done with the place, and the staff will be rapt to hear your praise. Lovely and cool sums them up nicely!

Reviewed 20 April 2016

I attended a seminar near to this place, and called in for coffee prior, two days in a row. Greeted warmly, my preferences for milk, strength etc were carefully established and then remembered the next day. I was impressed ! And my coffee was perfect....More

Thank Robyn
TanagerAU, Online Marketing at The Dove Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2016

Thanks for your review, Robyn. The Dove's staff are a smart bunch and they take great pride in their coffee-making. Your detailed feedback is sure to make them smile.

Reviewed 1 April 2016

A local treasure, not in the Castlemaine CBD, but situated in a residential street. A former corner milk bar, turned into a groovy cafe, selling great coffee and home cooked fresh food. Great cakes too. This cafe boasts a fantastic outdoor area wich is huge,...More

Thank Miktorts
TanagerAU, Online marketing at The Dove Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2016

Thanks for your review, Miktorts, Deb, Donna and the team have made a lot of improvements over the last year. Its great to hear your take on the results of their efforts.

Reviewed 13 August 2015

This cafe is bright , cheery and comfortable. Lots of room and garden out the back. Breakfast till 3pm and great cakes and meals. Even non vegetarians love the sweet potatoe and kidney bean pie!! Special occasion cakes and catering, and take home meals also...More

Thank Anna T
Reviewed 1 July 2015

Great coffee, herbal teas and a good selection of light meals and cakes. Everything is freshly made. Very friendly staff.

Thank ASTAustralia2013
Reviewed 9 May 2015

The Dove, as we locals call it, has been taken over by Deborah Lea Cakes. So - you may not find the old signature tomato tart, but there are lots of interesting things in a rather thick and heavy pastry, including vegetarian and gluten free...More

2  Thank olderromantic
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Restaurant Details

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Cafe, Australian
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
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Open Hours
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 17:00
07:30 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 61 Hargraves St, Castlemaine, Victoria 3450, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Castlemaine
  • Phone Number: +61 3 5470 5888
The Dove Cafe is a local institution. The old sign still reads 'The Doveton Corner Store', but locals have been calling it 'The Dove' for years. Now we do too. Sure, you can still drop in for the days newspaper, but there's plenty here for foodies too. Take a seat, indoors or outdoors. Get comfortable and enjoy a quality coffee and great feed. Now that the kitchen is being run by the team from Deborah Lea's, the scrumptious food is set to impress everyone from breakfast feasters to pie gourmands. And if you think dessert is dandy, there are plenty of tasty treats to try.
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