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The Cow

33 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
+64 3-443 4269
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good34%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“garlic bread” (35 reviews)
“spaghetti” (20 reviews)
“pizza” (150 reviews)
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Italian, Pizza, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
33 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
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Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

The pizzas were amazing & were a healthy serving - even the small pizzas were filling. The spot has a great atmosphere and the service was great. I can't recommend this place enough.

Thank wanderbot
Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

This was voted the best food memory of our holiday by all four us. The pizzas are so tasty and the bolognese a winner too. We would recommend this place for sure.

Thank RobPWhite
Reviewed 24 December 2017

We were a little gun shy after several disappointing food experiences in southern NZ. This is an excellent eatery in a great little town. They provide large meals with an engaging staff. The ambiance is excellent. I highly recommend this place.

Thank Curtis S
Reviewed 20 December 2017 via mobile

We stopped here after reading some great reviews. The service was great and my partner had a pizza which he said was amazing. The seafood pasta was sadly pretty average and needed a bit of salt and cheese added.

Thank daniib84
Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

Cute little Italian restaurant down Cow Lane off one of the main roads. Restaurant is only small with about 10 tables inside and a few outside. An open fire is on which would be lovely in winter but whilst providing lovely character was a little...More

Thank 67TravelBug67
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Lovely rustic decor greeted us on a Monday evening. Service was prompt and friendly. We ordered the garlic bread which arrives as a piping hot whole loaf smothered in crushed garlic and garlic oil. Slice it yourself and put on your own butter. It’s a...More

Thank Cameron S
Reviewed 29 September 2017

Staff were stand-offish and you have to queue for a table whilst putting up with lots of noisy families (imagine a busy all-you-can-eat diner). The range of pizzas is small with minimal toppings and is very overpriced (the prices have increased compared to the menu...More

Thank AnnonymousTraveller9
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Instantly loved the atmosphere of The Cow as soon as we walked in the door. Fire was going, stone walls and wooden beams all dimly lit, place looks really inviting and quaint. Settled ourselves into one of the booths and had a few beers to...More

Thank MatchstickTraveller
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

I dined here with friends on a busy Saturday night and was impressed by the friendly efficient service of the staff who were flat out busy. The pizzas were a fantastic kiwi take on the traditional Italian style and the 'cut your own' homemade garlic...More

Thank Natasha D
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

Very cosy and private dining experience Loved the fire place, the little bar, the candles on the table. Watching the chef cook our pizza while having a drink was really cool Sat for hours here enjoying the calm relaxing atmosphere and great food and service

Thank littlechiddle
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$26
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Kids
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
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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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