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The Cow

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33 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
+64 3-443 4269
12:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped in for a drink. It's located in the post office district which has a few nice unique restaurants. Had a few glasses of wine and met some of the staff that were friendly. Came back later for some amazing pizza and more good Pinot Noir.

Thank Jason P
Wanaka, New Zealand
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53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lovely atmosphere, something different and gets you talking. Pizzas were fantastic. We ordered too much but no worries, we could take the uneaten bits home. Can't wait to try the pastas.

Thank Vonny-Russ2001
Exmouth, Australia
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate here twice whilst in a Wanaka - once in house & the other takeaway! Located in Post office Alley - its has excellent food, reasonably priced with friendly staff - the ambience is created with earthy wooden furniture; some "quirky" collectible pieces & the feel you are dark safe place lit by candlelight - we will return next... More 

1 Thank YardieCreekBoatTours
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The service is great. Very casual and friendly. They don't take bookings, so you have a real chance of getting in here as people come and go quite quickly.

2 Thank Suzanne S
Wellington, New Zealand
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49 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came for dinner and if you want pizza and pasta then this is the place the portions are large so if you are not a big eater then I suggest you get the half portion of pasta. Unfortunately our visit was marred by the service. One of our party ordered soup as a starter and this didn't arrive with... More 

Thank Goblynears
Seattle, Washington, United States
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

I had heard this was the best pizza in town so we were looking forward to trying it out. We did get right in and got a table for 6 which was promising. We sat for a few minutes and then had to request water as no one retruned to the table initially. After the water came we ordered 3... More 

Thank Scott M
Rosenheim, Germany
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120 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

We celebrated here my 30th Birthday... Had some pizza and wine and a wonderful evening in The Cow...

Thank Monkehhh
Featherston, New Zealand
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

A small but delicious menu focused on flavourful food and great tomato base sauce. Good variety and a selection of things you can add on (pineapple, anchovies etc). A small sized pizza (which is actually quite big) will fill you up or there are pasta options. We sat outside in the courtyard, which was sheltered enough for our tastes. The... More 

Thank emmamccleary
Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

If you ever come to Wanaka New Zealand to see the lake you should also go to the Cow restaurant because they have homemade garlic bread! It was amazing. Also they have probably the best pizza and pasta in Wanaka. The pasta bolognese was great and when I tried the spicy salami pizza it was just perfect with the great... More 

Thank Hotcase101
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

We found The Cow by accident. We were headed elsewhere but saw the pizza someone was eating and decided to try. The pizza is thin and tasty. Their garlic bread is unconventional in that it is a loaf of bread with butter and garlic poured on top of it. The pasta was good. If hankering for Italian in Wanaka, this... More 

Thank Cynthia M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$25
Italian, Pizza, European, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 33 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Wanaka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-443 4269
Come down to Post Office Lane Wanaka for some delicious pizza or spaghetti! We have rustic dining inside or a fantastic courtyard too enjoy the sun! If you would prefer takeaway give us a call.

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