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The Cowrie

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109 Scenic Hwy, Terrigal, New South Wales 2260, Australia
(02) 4384 3016
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Shelly Beach, Australia
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had the most exquisite lunch yesterday - couldn't fault a thing. The food in particular was outstanding.

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Thank Bec F
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We have been to The Cowrie before and the food was wonderful.bit is very difficult to find a fine dining restaurant on the coast that is open for lunch. Bu The Cowrie is still there providing an excellent quality and standard of food. We loved it and will return again soon.

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Thank Mal C
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The meal was superb. The views of Terrigal and Terrigal bay were magnificent. The food was prepared exactly as ordered. I had the Kobe Beef prepared blue. They gave me a steak knife but I didn't need it as a butter knife would cut this wonderful taste bud invigorating meal. Wine selection was good and the after coffee went down... More 

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Thank Timothy A
Terrigal, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Returned to The Cowrie with some friends from interstate. To say that they were impressed with the staff and the food , along with the view is an understatement. To top it off, I received a surprise birthday plate for dessert, delivered by the chef. Will definitely be returning.

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1 Thank carageorgia1
Terrigal, Australia
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The wonderful view over Terrigal really added to the atmosphere. The service was great, the food excellent and we all voted it was a great day out,

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1 Thank studi082
Adelaide, Australia
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Firstly, the view is spectacular. Secondly, the food is first class. And thirdly, the service is something you don't get anymore at most establishments. Went there for a 90th birthday celebration and had the set menu - an exceptional value for money experience. I hope to eat here again every time I visit Terrigal. Wouldn't even think about going anywhere... More 

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3 Thank Lesley W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

Excellent restaurant for that special occasion, cozy, fantastic views over terrigal and food is great just like onda used to be!!

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1 Thank PNMO1978
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

If this restaurant was in Sydney, you would pay double. The most amazing flavours on a plate- on their own and complimenting the main dish. Ask them for the wine recommendation for your food, you won't be disappointed. From the right glass to even serving it at the perfect temperature, every detail has been thought through. Save room for dessert-... More 

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Wyong Creek
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

We were lucky to have an inside table with the best view, whales & dolphins made distant appearances. The set price $49 two course lunch (with a glass of wine) was great value, we added an extra salad that was fresh & delicious. Service was excellent. As a person with a disability the entry into the restaurant from the road... More 

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1 Thank Pippy F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary dinner at the Cowrie and how special it was! The food was absolutely exquiside and the service, outstanding. Would highly, highly recommend for a very special occasion.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Australian, Gluten Free Options, Seafood
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Scenic view, Business meetings, Local cuisine, 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: (02) 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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