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The Cowrie

Certificate of Excellence
Australian, Seafood
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109 Scenic Hwy, Terrigal, New South Wales 2260, Australia
(02) 4384 3016
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The venue is lovely great view but unfortunatly thats where it ends. Service was average, no one asked how our food was or offered tea coffee or desert. Had the seafood platter for two which is basically a cold platter accompanied by a marinara mix minus the pasta. Not what you would expect from a fine dining restaurant and not... More 

1 Thank c_donns91
NSW Central Coast
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62 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was at The Cowrie for a luncheon function. The food, service and ambience were out of this world. And the view over Terrigal beach is spectacular.

Thank Bobeee
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

We enjoyed the ambience of the Cowrie and the panoramic view of Terrigal was impressive. The staff were attentive and obliging. The food was generally of high quality but with limited quantities. Parking is not only limited but in a very dangerous situation.

Thank Peter S
Charmhaven, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

Hubby and I were first time diners to the Cowrie. Loved the food, the service, the wine and the view. Parking a bit nerve wracking but otherwise excellent birthday lunch outing. We will definitely be returning.

1 Thank graylor
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26 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

This was my third visit and I have never been disappointed. The food is always flavourful & beautifully presented with a good choice of seasonal specials. The cocktails are lively & a they offer a good wine selection. The view is perfect on a sunny day.

1 Thank Belinda I
Shelly Beach, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

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

1 Thank Bec F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 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.

1 Thank Mal C
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

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 

Thank Timothy A
Terrigal, Australia
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

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.

2 Thank carageorgia1
Terrigal, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

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,

1 Thank studi082

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Australian, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
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
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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