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The Cow

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33 Ardmore St, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
+64 3-443 4269
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed the food I ate at The Cow, the two times I ate there. The pasta and pizza were delicious, especially while enjoyed inside near the warm roaring fire in the center of the restaurant. The one item that fell below expectations was the garlic bread. The middle of the bread was cold and I was disappointed that there... More 

Thank Emma K
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pizzas were great if a little pricy. Customer service needs some work though. Atmosphere is great with interesting decor and a cracking fire.

Thank Camhealy
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great dinner at The Cow tonight. Awesome atmosphere and food. We as a family were impressed by the food and the wait stuff.

Thank Danial S
Munnar, India
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6 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

The pizza was horrible, no tasty, the base i think was frozen and just put in the owen for defrozen and try to cook some tips. My parter is italian and he knows.

Thank Kerry M
Auckland, New Zealand
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

I could've eaten till all of me, right down to my calves, were as swollen and tender as the cow's sweet udder. If I was T-boned one day and sent to heaven then I hope that celestial home would be akin to being put out to pasture on The Cow's pasteurised pizza mozzarella.

Thank RYDouglas
Auckland, New Zealand
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Slightly off the beaten track, we would not have found this place without some local knowledge. For heartwarming food this is the place to go! Pizza and Pasta can be so ordinary, and there are so many options. The COW has what could be considered a limited choice of each, but you will NOT be disappointed. The Pizzas are hand... More 

Thank Nick F
Christchurch, New Zealand
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Couldn't believe how similar this was to the one in Queenstown, even has the same smells!! Thought the service was average (the guy seemed to not care at all and was not overly friendly to us) but the food was fantastic.

Thank Sammynicholls
Brisbane, Australia
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

Always try to stop in and have diner here when I visit Wanaka. The food is great and the pricing is not too expensive. The staff are very friendly.

Thank Wim S
Wanaka, New Zealand
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145 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

I last reviewed the cow in 2012. It hasn't changed. The cow is located in a replica old stone building in Post Office Lane. It's a casual, inexpensive restaurant with seating in booths - nothing flash, but it has a cosy atmosphere thanks to the open fire. It's small and they don't accept bookings so you may need to wait... More 

Thank Sally A
Wanaka, New Zealand
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96 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

Love the stone building, feels like it's been there for ages. Great to sit outside too if the sun's out. Staff seemed rushed but attentive. Expensive for pizza. Love the garlic bread to start.

Thank snowlightbox

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $24
Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 33 Ardmore St, 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?