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Scallywags is a fresh new pop up cafe located just minutes from the marina in Nelly Bay. We specialize in vibrant colorful and fresh healthy food served amidst our pirate themed, theatrical, lush, tropical courtyard setting. We also serve spectacular organic fair trade coffee and offer a range of free range and locally sourced meats, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. We operate between the months of May -Oct in Nelly Bay and are otherwise trading nationally at festivals. Come on down to Scallywags cafe for a family friendly fun feast, coffee, smoothie or snack!!
US$6 - US$17
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Cafe, Australian
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food, friendly staff, fabulous decor, and well priced. We ate here a few times. One of our favourites at Magnetic Island.

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here recently and got 2 burgers. The food and service was excellent, 5 star. It is a little pricey and then there was a 10% surcharge on Saturdays and Sundays, which is very odd (4 star). Overall we would definetly recommend and we...would return.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food, service and ambience are 10/10 Dropped in for a coffee and was treated so well I went back for lunch. The coffee is fantastic and the food was even better. Do yourself a favour have breakfast, Lunch or dinner at this place.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fun place, with lots of character. The staff were friendly and efficient, and the meal came in good time. We both ordered the fish with salad. The latter was beautifully prepared, fresh and tasty, with toasted nuts and seeds on top, and...looked most appetising. The fish was none of the above. I originally thought the small, hard flat object on top of the salad was a thin slice of wood, employed to hold the toothpick and slice of lime. However, it was the fish. It was over cooked, hard and most unenjoyable. It was a great pity, as the staff even lent us a Bottle-O push bike to buy wine down the road. We feel bad about it, but we won’t be back.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came here the first time as it was one of the few places open on a Monday night. What a great experience! We loved the eclectic decor, the fabulous staff and the pirate theme. In fact we returned several times because we had such...a fun night. There's a special kids' corner and various seating options. I loved my baked sweet potato so much that I had it twice. The burgers were amazing and the cakes delicious. Vegans and vegetarians would also love this place. It has a BYO licence and also does takeaways.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 25 June 2021 via mobile

The baked potatoes. Worth it. Had breakfast here also, was pretty good. Coffee was good also so we went back after a day of adventure for dinner. My partner had the halloumi burger and I had a spud. Both were delicious! The baked spud had...great flavours and was crispy on the outside, just perfect. They have vegan and vegetarian options which is also great. Would recommend. They decor is also funky and funMore

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 22 June 2021 via mobile

We visited daily fir our chai latte - it is Melbourne worthy . Food is generous and fresh really delicious Thank you Scallywags

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 12 June 2021

Sometimes it takes a few days, or even weeks, to find such a hidden gem. After many recommendations, we finally chose the right moment in our Journey to dine at Scallywags at Nelly Bay on Magnetic Island. Wishing we had dined at Scallywags sooner! Wishing...I could extend our trip further, just to dine another time at this special place! Will travel here again, to Magnetic Island, even just for one day, just to dine here. It would be a fantastic day trip from Townsville, on the ferry. Next time we visit, it will be our first point of call. They are open for breakfast until 8pm. There is a super kids play area, which is so rare. For people (like myself) who have special food requirements, please let them know as soon as you walk in. They will make sure you are looked after, as any five star restaurant would. They will make your minds and tummies feel well. If I could rate an extra sixth green circle rating, would have no hesitation in doing so! Thank you to everyone at Scallywags on Magnetic Island! We totally look forward to returning again!More

Date of visit: June 2021
Kristal P, Owner at Scallywags Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2021

Thats such kind words- thank you so much!!! We love what we do and are glad you love it too!!

Reviewed 5 June 2021 via mobile

Dropped in for breakfast on a whim while visiting the island and loved not only the food but also the atmosphere. Meals were fantastic, the vibe was eclectic and the staff friendly, happy and welcoming. Absolutely recommend if looking for fun while you dine

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 1 June 2021

Awesome burgers and salads along with friendly staff and a relaxed environment make this a gtreat little place to eat. I highly recomend.

Date of visit: May 2021
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18 December 2020|
Response from ChickenMOO | Reviewed this property |
Yes they are
23 July 2018|
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Response from Kristal P | Property representative |
Sorry you will miss us!! We are open from May-oct... maybe catch us next year, thanks for your support!!
23 July 2018|
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Response from SallyM2060 | Reviewed this property |
I don't own the cafe but have heard they travel at certain times of the year.
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Yes, Scallywags Cafe offers takeaway services.

Yes, Scallywags Cafe offers delivery services.

Scallywags Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5