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The Cowrie

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109 Scenic Hwy, Terrigal, New South Wales 2260, Australia
+61 2 4384 3016
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Charlestown, Australia
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52 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had the pleasure of Sunday lunch at The Cowrie on Sunday 15th of January. We decided to book lunch here after reading the reviews on Trip Advisor. The booking process was easy with leaving a message and we received a phone call back. We were allocated a table on the veranda with uninterrupted views of the ocean. The menu... More 

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Thank Tony W
Sydney, Australia
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have visited the Cowrie on numerous occasions and it always impresses. The food is excellent and the detail to attention is faultless. Cannot go past the set menu 2 or 3 course for value when you just want an inexpensive lunch with friends or loved ones.

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Thank Phil Cook
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited the cowrie restaurant for my birthday with our kids , i found the staff professional and helpful. The seafood was very fresh , they even picked us up with their courtesy bus. This is a quality restaurant worth a visit for those special occasions.

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Australia
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48 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I like this restaurant. We don't live far away from this restaurant and we've eaten here several times over the years and have never had a bad experience or had food that wasn't up to scratch. It's in a residential area overlooking all of Terrigal / Wamberal beaches and most of the tables (especially the ones on the balcony) get... More 

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Thank dokken
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Superb food well presented and although those who had the seafood platters said it lacked a bit of flavour this was made up for in the service and the quality of the cooling for the other dishes.

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Thank Robert S
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fabulous location, was able to book table at short notice and welcoming entrance. We had the tasting menu, which was a great mix of flavours. Prawns and slipper lobster were overcooked but still very tasty. Beef option was superb, would go back just for the beef. Service needs some refining for such an establishment. We had to asked 3 times... More 

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Thank Jo B
Hunters Hill, Sydney, N.S.W. Australia
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A globe was missing immediately above one of our diners and, because of 'ambient' lighting made it impossible to read the menu. When questioned, we were told that 'the globe was out, it had been like that for 3 days'. Clearly if they'd known that, why had it not been attended to? No regard for diners comfort. The food was... More 

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Thank RAP1608
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

4 of us here. Never been here. View nice. Expectations very high from what I've heard. Waitresses lovely. The other 3 had seafood tasting dish and loved it. I had the duck, bloody hell magnificent. Others had various red meat dishes and loved it. I had fish of the day, seared salmon. Again bloody hell magnificent. The warm salad and... More 

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Thank Gordon M
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123 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We booked the 12pm seating for eight people. What an amazing view and atmosphere. The table was the best position. The Family party was of 3 well matured ladies in their mid to late 80s and the rest where younger and dine out regularly. The Lunch Menu are of La carte 2 courses $49 3 courses $59 With a complimentary... More 

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Thank Karen M
Gosford, Australia
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149 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Cowrie is almost an institution in Terrigal, and for many years has been THE place to eat. Considered superior in terms of fine dining, and location, it was disappointing recently, to find that it seems to no longer deliver. The service was ok, a little slow, the food while nice and presented well, seemed to lack flavour overall. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Australian, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, View, Business meetings, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 109 Scenic Hwy, Terrigal, New South Wales 2260, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Terrigal
  • Phone Number: +61 2 4384 3016
Description
The Cowrie RestaurantThe Cowrie Restaurant in Terrigal provides fine dining service and has earned award winnning status for the past 35 years.Renowned as one of the finest seafood restaurants in New South Wales, it consistently delights guests with a truly unique dining experience and is open 7 days for lunch from 12pm and dinner from 6pm.The Cowrie offers a spectacular location, set high in the hills of Terrigal, with panoramic views over Terrigal Beach and the Pacific Ocean.Combining professional service and a menu specialising in fresh local seafood, we have created a very special ambience.We offer many facilities and services that appeal to a diverse visitor market, including complimentary shuttle service and function facilities

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