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C W Cowling's Restaurant

1278 Smithfield Shopping Plz, Smithfield, VA 23430
(757) 357-0044
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Ranked #20 of 28 restaurants in Smithfield
Most recent review
- Jun 19, 2014
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12 reviews from our community

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English first
Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Always had good and food and service. Missed by many "regulars" and drop ins alike. We hated to see it close.

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Smithfield, Virginia
Top Contributor
213 reviews 213 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This restaurant went downhill after it was purchased from a couple several years before. The last time I went in it was dirty, carpets threads loose, booths not attached to wall and stuck out in walkway. Service okay but menus changed to cheap looking. Some food the same but others not good. Was not surprised when it closed. No one... More

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Smithfield, Virginia, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Used to be very good. Went down hill under new owners. Food was slow coming out of the kitchen; bland, over-cooked (or microwaved), and tasteless. This place would serve as a good case study on how to kill a restaurant. Closed down, and for good reason.

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Smithfield, Virginia
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Their food quality began declining, and suddenly they were closed. Too bad that Smithfield lost another restaurant but, in this case we are better off.

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Nashville, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Food took forever. My salad was bitter and had obviously been sitting out for a while. My sons nachos we just chips with what seemed to be microwaved cheese on them. Hard and tasteless. The rest had burgers which were fine.

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Smithfield, Virginia
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Tried this place a decade ago and then more recently when asked by associates to join them. Food is OK only if you have low expectations.

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Suffolk, Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

I am surprised at the earlier reviews that state the restaurant was getting a remodel a couple of years ago because you certainly can't tell. I hate to think of what it looked like BEFORE the remodel. It is dark, dingy and dirty. Wallpaper was dirty, booths were dusty, dirt all over the carpet and looked like it hadn't been... More

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Colonial Heights, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

Service was fine. Staff was nice. We always stopped here on the way home from VA BEACH. The BBQ is not the same as it was maybe 5 years ago? Not sure what was different, but it is not the same.

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Isle of Wight County, Virginia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

My family and I decided to give Cowling's another try on a Friday night. After hearing from several people that at times the incompetence of the kitchen staff was making customers leave, I decided to wait awhile before coming back. I didn't wait long enough. Now the dining room is mostly unchanged, as the fake plants still hang from the... More

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Smithfield, Virginia
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213 reviews 213 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

They are getting ready to remodel as they really need new carpet etc. place had dirty walls and unfinished booths stuck out in the room. Carpet was dirty, strings near door and needed to be vaccuumed. However, food was good and service good. When they remodel it should be better atmosphere.

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