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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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Gosford, Australia
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Amazing in all respects but I really like lunch best. $50 for two courses and a glass of wine plus you can see the amazing view up the coast. A special place for a romantic anniversary dinner but too expensive for a family celebration.

Thank Saratoga2251
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice restaurant up on top of the hill can see all of Terrigal from the restaurant the ocean and the beach the food was excellent would recommend this place highly to anybody prices are reasonable

1 Thank Karl G
Gosford, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The perfect venue for a lunch with friends. The service was excellent..perfectly timed and gauged allowing us time to chat. The menu uncomplicated..the food exceptional. ..I mean exceptional! Did I mention the view? Well..it doesn't get better! Wonderful overall experience. Thank you.

Thank jennyhall2016
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Saturday night dinner, it was after sunset so can't say much about the views but I imagine it would be quite good. Food was relatively good, but to be honest, if you're paying around $100 a head you would want a good experience to come along with it. Service was pretty woeful, got seated and given menus, but it took... More 

2 Thank estaci12
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As a couple from Sydney, we are spoiled for choice and good food. The Cowrie was excellent - lovely ambience. Carpeted venue keeps the noise down, although we dined on a Thursday night. Seafood and meat very well cooked.

Thank AMcClu
Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Absolutely perfect night. It's a Favourite of ours. Food is exceptional. No rushing . Enough time between courses to sit and savior. Service very attentive without being intrusive. Love this restaurant .

1 Thank Sinead L
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Just average due to the customer service For fine dining experience and with the prices charged it was underwhelming. Venue: Great decor and view. Food: excellent Service rude and indifferent Would not go back which is a pity.

Thank Rob d
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

The venue is lovely great view but unfortunatly thats where it ends. Service was average, no one asked how our food was or offered tea coffee or desert. Had the seafood platter for two which is basically a cold platter accompanied by a marinara mix minus the pasta. Not what you would expect from a fine dining restaurant and not... More 

1 Thank c_donns91
NSW Central Coast
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82 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

I was at The Cowrie for a luncheon function. The food, service and ambience were out of this world. And the view over Terrigal beach is spectacular.

Thank Bobeee
Sydney, Australia
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49 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

We enjoyed the ambience of the Cowrie and the panoramic view of Terrigal was impressive. The staff were attentive and obliging. The food was generally of high quality but with limited quantities. Parking is not only limited but in a very dangerous situation.

Thank Peter S

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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
Australian, Seafood, 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, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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