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My sister had been telling me about a great little cafe on the beach in Seaford that she had visited with a friend. Both had no idea it was even there until they went for a stroll on the pier.
Fast forward a few weeks and we decide on meeting each other half way for our daughter's belated birthday and choose Beach Cafe. With its amazing uninterrupted views of the pier and bay all the way from Arthurs Seat to the city it would be hard to find a better view.
The cafe itself is a mostly timber constructed building offering an architectural/contemporary dining space, with outside open-roofed sitting area.
The inside sitting area is compact and would probably not seat much more than 30 people. Outside there are 5 small dining tables and chairs.
With a group of 3 adults and four children we decided on the outdoor option as nobody else was dining outdoors and we wanted to keep the noise of the children away from other diners.
Unfortunately we could not put two tables together to create a bigger table. We were told tables outdoors were not to be moved but we could have as many chairs as we liked around the little table.
So, crammed around the little tables the friendly wait staff offered us a lunch menu. The menu is limited and noted "no changes to menu". I think it's fair. It's a small place so obviously don't have the space to cater for a big menu, however I do think it lets it down greatly with the lack of variety. The three main lunch choices are focaccia, toasted sandwiches and salad.
I chose the focaccia with smoked ham, semi dried tomatoes, ricotta & salsa verde with side salad priced at $14.
It was nicely cooked and tasty. The children had cheese toast, it looked yum; sour dough bread with melted cheese was reasonable value at $6 but the toast is way too hard for toddlers, and a little surprising to have sour dough toast on the children's menu. It would be fine with soup to soften the toast.
I think this cafe has unlimited potential with the view and design of the building. It has a great relaxed feel to it, a very modern, great hidden away spot. It just needs to be unlocked with a better menu range.
This place should be at capacity all day every day with such an amazing spot.
I asked if I could take some photos of the interior for Weekend Notes, but my request was declined as they don't like to advertise.
Friendly staff had the meals arrive in good time. I wouldn't suggest it as a spot for young children. Although they are welcome, I feel it's a little small and does not have room for high chairs. I would suggest it as a lovely spot to read the weekend papers and enjoy coffee or a late lunch.
Give the beach cafe a miss, we have been there a couple times and have always found the staff very rude and the food boring and overpriced. I would recommend that you try Crackerjacks cafe down the road at the Carrum Bowling Club. The view is better, the food is nicer and the staff are lovely. Crackerjacks is child friendly, sells delicious homemade ice-cream and is next to Keast Park so the kids can have a play.
I've been there and the views are great and the coffee ok. Their inflexibility and poor service are a problem though. And who wouldn't want free advertising? They don't seem to have much of an idea abut running a business. Life your game guys. Get some customer service training and have a 'can do' attitude and you'll have a great tile business.
Moved to Seaford months ago and didn't know this place existed. Sounds (and looks) gorgeous with the view etc. Would be just as lovely in wintertime (if they can stretch to putting soup on the menu). I wonder who manages it and why they are so anti making money. Such a shame when that happens. I think Seaford is crying out for some quality places to dine. maybe they just rent the place or maybe it belongs to the Council or something. Maybe they want to keep the ferrals away. Whatever, seems strange though and a big shame. I'd love to run the place, particularly in winter.
Hot chocolate & flat white served over 5 minutes apart. Husband unable to order a ham & cheese focaccia because he was older than 10 years. Adults have to have bacon and cheese!!!! If they have ham on the premises what the f$*&. I asked for sourdough toast instead of croutons with my soup ($14 for SOUP) and got the thinnest piece possible and was charged $2.50 extra for the privilege. Cake @ $8 serve was old and dry. Couldn't eat it. The ONLY thing this cafe has in it's favour is the location. Which you can get for FREE by packing your own thermos of coffee and using the public benches on the decking area. You can smile watching the fools who are paying $50 for soup, sandwich, coffee and crap service.
I agree with the comments already made. Been once myself and wouldn't go again. I can't see how they can survive with such a lack of repeat business. I was told they are under some constraints due to council conditions but I'm not sure if that's true. All up a really disappointing menu and experience for a location that has great potential.