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Bowled Over Bistro

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Australian, Gluten Free Options
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129 Charlotte St, Cooktown, Queensland 4895, Australia
+61 7 4069 5829
17:30 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 17:30 - 20:00
Wed - Fri 12:00 - 14:00
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Excellent bistro food. Reliable and tasty. Good portion sizes. Good service and wide variety of beers on tap. Menu changes from time to time. Lots of local options available. Limited healthy / salad options. Love this place. Eat here regularly.

Thank Joshua M
Kimberley S, Owner at Bowled Over Bistro, responded to this review

Hi Joshua M and thanks for your review. We always value honest constructive feedback and appreciate you pointing out that our salad options were limited. As such we've recently introduced a new Calamari Caesar Salad and a Panzanella (Italian bread salad) as well as a new pasta range with both creamy and napoli based sauces. We hope to see you... More 

Warwick, Australia
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500 reviews
270 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017

Didn't get to play bowls but did get a chance to try the bistro for lunch. All good. Service quick and efficient

Thank Ross H
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73 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

I stoped passed the Cooktown Bowls Club with a friend of mine to pass a bit of time through a particularly hot day. We were both really glad we did. Staff were friendly, there was lots of things to do and the bowling green was under cover and managed by a group of great people who were welcoming and patient... More 

Thank cashluce
Forbes, Australia
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5 reviews
Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

A very popular venue with both tourists and the locals. A well above average feed at a good price , and ice cold beer. Even what would seem to be an over crowded establishment the meals are cooked and your buzzer flashes not long after , can't ask for much more. Great. The missus and I will be visiting again

Thank migswool
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

We visited on our first night in Cooktown. Steak was cooked perfectly and so was the fish my parents ate. Staff were very accomodating and friendly. A must place to visit and dine when you're in Cooktown.

Thank wentis69
Perth, Australia
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2016

Ate here our first night in Cooktown. Excellent value and the serving size made my wife's eyes bug out. Friendly staff and nice laidback country feel to the place in a modern setting. Would definitely eat there again.

Thank roskoedj
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90 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

We had an evening meal at this restaurant and there was a good selection to choose from. The food arrived quickly and was nicely presented. Nice atmosphere.

1 Thank Deblonay
Adelaide, Australia
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Always have to visit the local bowls club when travelling & this one did not disappoint. Good price drinks & menu choice was great. Good sized meals. Value for money & great position near water.

Thank Viv4839
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Stayed in Cooktown for 4 night. Went and ate at most restaurant's there. The best was this place hands down. Even the natural oysters were fresh!

1 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Melbourne, Australia
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016

The chef was particulary helpful and ensured that my food was completely gluten free and I enjoyed the meal and did not get sick! As a celiac this is very important to me!

Thank DebbieAltona
Kimberley S, Owner at Bowled Over Bistro, responded to this review

Hi DebbieAltona, Being able to cater for a variety of dietary requirements is essential in the restaurant industry today. We are pleased our gluten-free preparation of your meal met all expectations and look forward to serving you again some day. Regards, Kimberley More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$25
Bar, Australian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:30 - 20:00
17:30 - 20:00
17:30 - 20:00
17:30 - 20:00
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 20:00
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 20:00
12:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 129 Charlotte St, Cooktown, Queensland 4895, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Cooktown
  • Phone Number: +61 7 4069 5829
The Cooktown Bowls Club has new restaurant operators. Our large menu with nightly specials is sure to please everyone. Options for special dietary requirements. Open for lunch Wed to Fri and dinner 7 nights. Family friendly.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?