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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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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a hidden little gem! Probably the nicest Italian food I have ever eaten. The restaurant itself is great too, lots of history and a beautiful fire to warm up near. Very friendly staff and very reasonably priced.

Thank Cassie H
London, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Were there for a big group meal. Delicious pizza and garlic bread, got to try a bit of everything. Awesome setting, big roaring fire. Try not to sit too close to the door during winter as it can get pretty cold when people enter through the split barn door.

Thank Jay_French_FRNZ
Canberra, Australia
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95 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

Really like the feel of this place. It was really cosy inside with mood lighting and candles. The fire was roaring and the staff are friendly. The menu is fairly basic spaghetti with different sauces or pizza with different toppings. The garlic loaf was great as a starter. Good drinks list including a mulled wine. It's a little tucked away... More 

Thank Harmanator85
Silkeborg, Danmark
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

Down to earth serving and room but fine service and reasonable prices. Both possibilities to eat in and outside.

Thank Doris F
Cromwell, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

Had a great meal at The Cow - fantastic pizza, garlic bread and mulled wine. Cheerful staff, rustic and cosy setting. Recommend for a casual night out.

Thank Cazbar1
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

Off the beaten path, great pizza and spaghetti options for adults and kids, and the rustic atmosphere makes you want to curl up and stay awhile. It may be a little too warm with their fireplace, so dress appropriately.

Thank Amber P
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

The pizza was excellent, bolognaise pasta was average, but overpriced-just like most things in Wanaka.

Thank Alex C
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

No bookings so you have to wait for a table at busy times. This is worth the wait - best bolognese I've ever had and the garlic loaf tastes like it was baked just for you. Great atmosphere and lovely staff. Would eat here every night if we could.

Thank HannArdy
Warwick, Australia
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381 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

We thought this Cow was better than it's sister Cow in Queenstown. Great staff and a great fire. Same great pizza and pasta. Delightful on a cold gray day

Thank Ross H
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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

On our first day in wanaka we stopped into the cow and we instantly fell in love. The atmosphere, food and staff. We ended up visiting this place 3 times. The staff were so friendly and after our third visit they even remembered our names and what drinks we would want. They were even happy to change the menu and... More 

Thank Aleisha K

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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, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids, Large groups, 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 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?