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Cranky Cafe

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33 Ocean Dr, Merimbula, New South Wales 2548, Australia
+61 2 6495 2736
07:00 - 17:00
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Bega, Australia
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45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is worth visiting. Coffee is always reliable, and I regularly have the eggs benedict, which is yum! Service can sometimes reflect the name of the cafe, but I sense this is somewhat deliberate! There is definitely a quirky feel to the place, and this adds to the enjoyment. Recommended.

Thank Alec M
Canberra, Australia
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104 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Small cafe next to our weekend accommodation. Fast friendly service and best of all - great food. Buckwheat pancakes were divine.

Thank Roger P
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I was too ill to eat, so that gave me plenty of time to study everyone else's breakfast. OJ was reported to be lovely. The bacon sarni was so mammoth it couldn't be finished. The vegetarian big breakfast made the fussiest of eaters demolish the whole thing The French toast looked like it came out of a 5 star restaurant.... More 

Thank Karen H
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Terrible scallops from frozen pkt, potato cake small and over cooked,fish was ok but very small serve. Definitely won't go back

Thank Sandra O
Merimbula, Australia
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Why did they call it Crankys? This restaurant is great for breakfast and lunch and its just opposite Main Beach. So you can go for a surf and then head there for brekkie. Great value.

Thank Rik S
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85 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While in Merimbula for a holiday, I came here and ordered a coffee. When the lady asked for my name I said Kevin. She replied you don't look like a Kevin (being Asian). After a giggle she said we'll give you an Australian name. Wow....

3 Thank kevvie6
CrankyCafe, Manager at Cranky Cafe, responded to this review

I'm sorry but you took that comment all in the wrong context... If you have a problem with your ethnicity that is your problem. NO way was I referring to your "Asian" looks.. with the name Kevin. For a young man in this day and age it seemed an old fashioned name - that is what i was referring to... More 

Victoria, Australia
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had fish and chips which for the price we paid felt it was average. Chips were lovely but the calamari batter was a bit heavy for us and a little stringy. We may have higher expectations from the reviews but found it average. Staff were friendly however and as I said we loved the chips

Thank emily01133
East Maitland, Australia
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34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Looked around for a great brekkie location and stumbled across the gem. From the moment you entered you knew you liked the place. The staff were wonderful, the specials awesome and the menu great. Had the lambs fry and bacon big brekkie with a great coffee. Sensationally prepared food.

Thank cchb55
Canberra, Australia
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Staying in Merimbula for a couple of days and we are in search for the best coffee in town. This was our first coffee stop. We had cappuccino and toasted fruit bread. The coffee was fine and the homemade fruit bread was really nice. The fixed outside seating can be a bit awkward, but not much they can do about... More 

Thank FareGo
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good gluten free options and tasty 'home cooked' meals nachos were great and t he staff were very friendly.

Thank Princess Charmi... W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 17:00
07:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 33 Ocean Dr, Merimbula, New South Wales 2548, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Merimbula
  • Phone Number: +61 2 6495 2736

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