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The Cowrie

Certificate of Excellence
Australian, Gluten Free, Seafood
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109 Scenic Highway, Terrigal, New South Wales 2260, Australia
(02) 4384 3016
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Terrigal, Australia
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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,

Thank studi082
Adelaide, Australia
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 

1 Thank Lesley W
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48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

Thank PNMO1978
Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

Thank Lisa S
Wyong Creek
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Pippy F
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

Thank Emma M
Terrigal, Australia
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great venue for a family celebration. Service was efficient and friendly, the food was excellent and they helped celebrate our anniversary by giving us a private setting and an additional entree'.

Thank Narelle S
Sydney, Australia
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44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife recently had her 50th Birthday so we celebrated by having lunch with friends over two days at the Cowrie. We had the lunchtime special both days & the food and service was brilliant. Both days I had the Empire Bay Oysters which were fantastic, fish of the day & the chocolate pudding which I thoroughly enjoyed. As part... More 

Thank samjmx
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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194 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

We were invited here for a 50 birthday lunch with some long time friends and really enjoyed the 3 course lunch menu. Had the local oysters from Empire Bay which were fresh and plump, the fish of the day had an amazing sauce in the base, perhaps some mild mustard. To finish enjoyed the mandarin empire pudding. The view was... More 

Thank Mark U
Terrigal, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

I have eaten here many times. This visit was no different from the others. As always the chefs provided excellent food and the service was second to none. Grant was attentive and professional and well familiar with wine matching to the meals. I had the Slipper Lobster for starter and the Fish of the Day for main all of which... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Australian, Gluten Free, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Scenic view, Business meetings, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 109 Scenic Highway, 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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