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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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Greater Sydney, Australia
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72 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week 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.

Thank Michael O
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago 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 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank Kaye M
Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We got a great table with fantastic views on a Sunday night. The service was very good and the food sensational. It was very expensive.

Thank IainM61
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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220 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is fantastic go for lunch for the best view of Terrigal. It is slightly out of town but DON'T let that put you off. It is advisable to make a reservation to get the gun tables on the outside verandah. They do a special lunch menu $49 for either an entree and main or main and dessert if... More 

Thank DerekCC_12
Newcastle, Australia
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61 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rightly or wrongly, menu prices set expectations for the food you're about to be served. Whilst everything was well presented and pleasing to the eye, the portion sizes were on the meagre side and lacked the wow factor that might justify the prices. There was a long delay between entree and main (which the waitstaff acknowledged) and one of the... More 

Thank ClearyStDiner
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Strange title for a review, I know, but Parking is awful and crossing the road is hazardous. Once inside, it's fine. Sometimes very slow, but quality is always good. A shame really.

Thank Gregory M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, View, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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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