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Cove Cafe, Sanctuary Cove, AU-QLD

Cove Cafe

4.4
4.4
351 Reviews
$41 to $100
Afternoon Tea
Enter into InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort’s iconic breakfast & high tea destination, recently reimagined with a tropic-inspired aesthetic reflecting the natural beauty of Sanctuary Cove. Reinvigorated with natural oak panelling and olive-hued velvets that set off the venue’s original emerald stained-glass window features.

As the first Australian hotel to feature Tea Forté, Resort Executive Chef Hamish Watt and his team have expertly designed an elegant High Tea Immersion menu brimming with new interpretations of their globally renowned tea flavours.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Afternoon Tea, Breakfast, Australian

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 6:30 am–10:30 am Afternoon Tea Sat, Sun 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (07) 5530 1234

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Executive chef

    Hamish Watt

  • Private party facilities

    Guests can utilise inside and outside dining.

  • Private party contact

    Emma Heath: (07) 5530 1234

  • Neighborhood

    Hope Island

  • Parking details

    Free Hotel Parking

  • Entertainment

    Kick start your day with a delicious buffet serving up seasonal fruits with local Queensland yoghurt, gourmet bakery baskets, Sunny Queen farm eggs, freshly blended juices and vibrant tapas plates.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • HIGH TEA IMMERSION

    A$57.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort honours the exceptional ritual of High Tea with a new immersive experience, crafted alongside the fine teamakers of Tea Forté. As the first Australian hotel to feature Tea Forté, Resort Executive Chef Hamish Watt and his team have expertly designed an elegant High Tea Immersion menu brimming with new interpretations of their globally renowned tea flavours. Treat your senses to three tiers of sweet and savoury delights, each boasting unique flavour profiles of a contemporary artisanal brew and designed to pair perfectly with your beverage choice. Bookings and Pre payments essential upon booking Any Food allergies please enter details in 'special request' field upon booking.

What 351 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. MM

    MargaretM

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience1
    Very disappointed in overall experience. Very expensive for very average food .
  2. j

    janineh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience5
    Food was ok - sweets were good savoury was very average . I paid the locals price , which am glad about as the food was not worth $89.
  3. D

    Downunder

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    Went for high tea where the food and service were great. However the Cove Cafe lacks ambience and could do with some updating; furniture was very utilitarian and just sitting in the middle of a large dining room, doesn't matter how much the staff try will feel flat
  4. LB

    LindaB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Not worth $89 per person this gave you 8 items and a glass of champagne...not that nice thr staff were lovely though
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Gold Coast

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    High tea was so lovely
  6. TJ

    TJW29

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    For the price of the three of us dining it was horrifically under value food wise, ambience wise. Yes, it was high tea and the portions are small but there were three of us and really has not enough food for the price.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tropical North Queensland

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Breakfast- Great value but not a huge breakfast range. The space was perfect for Breakfast, food hot and fresh . Great coffee.
  8. MH

    MarkH

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    Buffet has really gone down hill over the years
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very happy with everything
  10. L

    Lisa

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    have stayed many times in a club room and this was the first time we were required to book into cove for breakfast food and cutlery were not kept restocked as there seemed not to be enough staff and too many people as the overflow were seated in the fireplace restaurant. they know the numbers in advanced so should be able to adjust as necessary. on seating we ordered coffee which took about 15 mins to arrive and when it did it was lukewarm. We ordered an omlette that never arrived even after waiting for half an hour by that time we decided to leave We stayed in November 2021 and were able to use the club facilities for breakfast but was told this time "due to covid we cant use it for breakfast" ?? I understand that it can be trying in these times but by having people book you should be able to know how many people are going to be coming through and adjust the food and staff accordingly
  11. AW

    AshW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fresh. Service and is amazing. Good selection of food. Best Tea we had in a while.
  12. PN

    PhilippeN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Selection of food for the buffet breakfast was outstanding! But the service from the staff was above and beyond. Can easily say the Cove Cafe is in my top 2 of all t ime.
  13. GR

    GordonR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was very good. Not fatty and very clean and fresh. Your on-request food eg. eggs or omelettes will take approx 10mins so if you order them wait a good 5mins before plating the rest of your meal if you want to eat it all together. My poached eggs were perfectly medium which I was impressed with. Coffee was good, not too hot or too cold and you can be in and out in 30mins if you’re on a schedule.
  14. JL

    JohnL

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Breakfast was freshly made, abundant and delicious.
  15. GC

    GCLocal

    Brisbane

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    service is excellent, pastries are great, great coffee
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good selection of foods
  17. KW

    KarlW

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Buffet breakfast had a good selection of cereal, fruit, bread, pastries and pre cooked hot food. One point to note, in you came later in the breakfast seating some of the food selection was cold and not fresh ie pancakes and bacon.
  18. LO

    LorraineO

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous breakfast. Excellent food and service was 5 star. Will definitely be back. Absolutely beautiful place.
  19. RS

    RoseS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fire place was fantastic food and very good service
  20. RB

    RikeB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed the breakfast buffet as usual. Unfortunately the breakfast quiches weren' t available anymore. Porridge would have been a nice addition as well. Overall still a great experience with friendly staff and nice surroundings.
  21. AP

    AlexP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    A pleasant greeting from the maître ‘d. Table was nice a away from lots of people table 83z breakfast had plenty to choose from and was nicely presented. Table service of hot drinks was fantastic and to our liking. Come back again? Definitely 😃👏
  22. JR

    JordanR

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience1
    We tried out the buffet after seeing mixed reviews but the food was all infact dry and didn’t taste fresh. Wasn’t worth the price and probably wouldn’t bother coming back
  23. TD

    TimmyD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food is good but very limited choices. $45 per head is overpriced.
  24. JA

    JackieA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was very good. Buffet was good. Coffee was served a little cold. $45 is a lot to pay for a 15yo. Overall was v good. Would eat there again.
  25. r

    rosiem

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The only thing I can fault was the staff attention to clearing tables. Otherwise perfect
  26. l

    lisak

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    we enjoyed the breakfast buffet and a good variety available to try - service was friendly
  27. JD

    JulieD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We had breakfast each morning. Great range of choice. Quality of food was very good. On the last day about a dozen young children all at the buffet unsupervised which made getting what you wanted a little difficult.
  28. RP

    RobertP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good service, good food and very good venue. Great staff,
  29. BS

    BenS

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service staff are welcoming, friendly and efficient.
  30. AH

    AliciaH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Need more staff - bit wait for table even though booked. Not enough staff to help with food allergies. Not enough staff to make/ order coffees from
  31. BS

    BenS

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service, from friendly and attentive staff.
  32. SM

    SaraM

    Brisbane

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Food selection was ok. Quality of food wasn’t great. Staff were lovely and helpful but covid meant there were not enough staff.
  33. SS

    ShanthaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice buffet breakfast. Lot of choice and spacious restaurant. Good ambiance.
  34. H

    Holidaying

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    An excellent selection of breakfast items with cooked to order eggs and lovely coffee. Very attentive and friendly staff.
  35. BL

    BenL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Pretty good for a hotel breakfast buffet. Weird booking system meant that we booked a table for a time when the kitchen had already closed so the selection was pretty limited.
  36. R

    Rosemary

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    I am slightly disappointed that Cove Cafe does not serve my all time favorite of Bircher muesli. The service is good and very accommodating for our large family of 9.
  37. LT

    LilianT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yuzo is so helpful and amazing! Very hardworking as well. Thank you so much!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff are very accomodating and there is a wide selection of food for us to choose from. Hubby and i enjoyed our daily breakfast at the cove
  39. AS

    AmberS

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great selection of food and prompt service from the wait staff.
  40. DO

    DianneO

    Gold Coast

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I appreciated being able to choose the vegan, non-dairy ingredients for my omelettes. I enjoyed the change of daily varied treats, e.g. dim sims, Thai boiled egg & fried rice. I would have appreciated non-gluten cereal & non-dairy yoghurt. Being able to order a variety of hot drinks, e.g. decaf Almond Chinnos & hot chocolate was a treat.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Cove Cafe is rated 4.4 stars by 351 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Cove Cafe

Manor Circle, Sanctuary Cove, AU-QLD 4212

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Hope Island

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 6:30 am–10:30 am Afternoon Tea Sat, Sun 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Afternoon Tea, Breakfast, Australian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Parking details

    Free Hotel Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Hamish Watt

  • Entertainment

    Kick start your day with a delicious buffet serving up seasonal fruits with local Queensland yoghurt, gourmet bakery baskets, Sunny Queen farm eggs, freshly blended juices and vibrant tapas plates.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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