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The Cow

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33 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
+64 3-443 4269
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Exmouth, Australia
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We ate here twice whilst in a Wanaka - once in house & the other takeaway! Located in Post office Alley - its has excellent food, reasonably priced with friendly staff - the ambience is created with earthy wooden furniture; some "quirky" collectible pieces & the feel you are dark safe place lit by candlelight - we will return next... More 

Thank YardieCreekBoatTours
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The service is great. Very casual and friendly. They don't take bookings, so you have a real chance of getting in here as people come and go quite quickly.

Thank Suzanne S
Wellington, New Zealand
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49 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came for dinner and if you want pizza and pasta then this is the place the portions are large so if you are not a big eater then I suggest you get the half portion of pasta. Unfortunately our visit was marred by the service. One of our party ordered soup as a starter and this didn't arrive with... More 

Thank Goblynears
Seattle, Washington, United States
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

I had heard this was the best pizza in town so we were looking forward to trying it out. We did get right in and got a table for 6 which was promising. We sat for a few minutes and then had to request water as no one retruned to the table initially. After the water came we ordered 3... More 

Thank Scott M
Rosenheim, Germany
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120 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

We celebrated here my 30th Birthday... Had some pizza and wine and a wonderful evening in The Cow...

Thank Monkehhh
Featherston, New Zealand
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

A small but delicious menu focused on flavourful food and great tomato base sauce. Good variety and a selection of things you can add on (pineapple, anchovies etc). A small sized pizza (which is actually quite big) will fill you up or there are pasta options. We sat outside in the courtyard, which was sheltered enough for our tastes. The... More 

Thank emmamccleary
Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016 via mobile

If you ever come to Wanaka New Zealand to see the lake you should also go to the Cow restaurant because they have homemade garlic bread! It was amazing. Also they have probably the best pizza and pasta in Wanaka. The pasta bolognese was great and when I tried the spicy salami pizza it was just perfect with the great... More 

Thank Hotcase101
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

We found The Cow by accident. We were headed elsewhere but saw the pizza someone was eating and decided to try. The pizza is thin and tasty. Their garlic bread is unconventional in that it is a loaf of bread with butter and garlic poured on top of it. The pasta was good. If hankering for Italian in Wanaka, this... More 

Thank Cynthia M
Auckland, New Zealand
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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016 via mobile

Excellent food, had a pizza and pasta with the garlic bread as an entree. Staff were attentive and helpful. Dog friendly outside. Excellent value for money.

Thank Durry-357
Hyderabad, India
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62 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

Vegetarian Pizza was delicious. The ambience is antique. Wooden bench and table gives different look.

Thank Bhaskarbvr

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $25
Italian, Pizza, European, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Dining on a budget
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 Street, 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?