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The Cowrie

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109 Scenic Hwy, Terrigal, New South Wales 2260, Australia
+61 2 4384 3016
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Terrigal, Australia
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We have visited this award winning restaurant many times , so when friends came from interstate we naturally enjoy all that this great restaurant has to offer. Fabulous seafood or modern Australian cuisine complemented with great Australian wines , what more could we ask for. The panoramic ocean views add to its wonderful ambience. Friendly helpful staff make the experience... More 

Thank Jeni F
Avoca Beach, Australia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked a table the week prior for my partner's birthday, specifically requesting an outside table, as I had checked the weather and saw that it was forecast to be a nice day. When I made the booking, I was surprised that the woman who I spoke to on the phone didn't make the usual comment of 'come up on... More 

Thank K C
Canberra, Australia
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The prime location is all about the panoramic view and poetry on a plate. I wouldn't go if I was not able to book one of the five tables with a a real chance of enjoying the view. It was awesome at lunch time. Don't expect a big plate of food.

Thank Owen D
Adelaide, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This must be the best restaurant food I have tasted in a long time. The four of us were at a table on the balcony at The Cowrie in Terrigal. Beautiful views and a mild late April evening made it spectacular. The members of the staff were genuinely nice and very helpful. Each dish was amazing. Thankyou to all at... More 

Thank veraandcezar
Greater Sydney, Australia
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72 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful dinner experience at Terrigal. Unfortunately parking was a bit difficult. No stopping along the road so we were late and couldn't contact the restaurant as it was on answering machine. Entrees and main were delicious although quite expensive for central coast. The soufflé was disappointing as it was more chocolate fondant without the soft chocolate. On the pricey side.

1 Thank Michael O
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Never Disappoints. Delicious Menu. Fabulous Views And Attentive Staff Excellent Dining Experience :))

Thank Margaret S
Gosford, Australia
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79 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

My wife and I stopped off here for dinner with my sister-in-law and her partner on their recent visit to NSW. The staff were efficient, friendly and entertaining. They gave a strong impression of loving what they do, loving the food and also the location. The view out across Terrigal is stunning, but the food is also amazing. My wife... More 

Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Have eaten at the Cowrie several times and have not been disappointed with the food, this is a restaurant to go to for a special occasion. The Cowrie is located on the top of Scenic Drive with views over Terrigal; even at night there is something to see. The decor is good with soft lighting. There is also an outside... More 

Thank robynsuttonmail
Sydney, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 10 April 2017

We attended last Saturday night with our children (aged 7 & 5). We specifically booked and advised the restaurant that we would be bringing children and we went early at 6 PM. We were greeted very frostily by the waitress who made us feel very unwelcome throughout our time at the restaurant. My husband opened the door to look the... More 

Thank janebulter
Warners Bay, Australia
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Visited Cowrie Restaurant for lunch. The food was exceptional. As an Entree I had the Roast pumpkin, fig, walnut, goats cheese and Japanese vegetables. It was superb - although I only found one very small piece of fig. As the Main I had the Lachlan Valley Lamb. It was delicious. Service was mainly exceptional however our friends ordered a Cheese... More 

1 Thank Kaye M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Seafood, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, View
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 109 Scenic Hwy, Terrigal, New South Wales 2260, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Terrigal
  • Phone Number: +61 2 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?