Black Cow Bistro

Black Cow Bistro

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Hours
Mon
5:30 pm - 11:59 pm
Tue
5:30 pm - 11:59 pm
Wed
5:30 pm - 11:59 pm
Thu
5:30 pm - 11:59 pm
Fri
5:30 pm - 11:59 pm
Sat
5:30 pm - 11:59 pm
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About
“Tasmanian Beef Specialist” Located in the historic art deco Luck’s Butchery shop in Launceston, Tasmania, Black Cow showcases grass fed, free range, hormone free, dry aged, premium Tasmanian beef including brands from Cape Grim, Robbins Island Wagyu, Great Southern Pinnacle amongst others. A flexible pricing structure and side dishes designed around fresh, local produce allow guests to create the dining experience they desire. Also sporting a well-priced wine list with a heavy emphasis on local Tasmanian wines with some full-bodied reds thrown in for good measure. An energetic atmosphere and friendly professional service completes the Black Cow offering. This casual Bistro style has been a hit with the local community as well as visitors so reservations are essential. A private wine room offers dining for up to 12 guests for those important dinners and negotiations. Open Tuesday - Saturday from 5:30pm to late.
PRICE RANGE
$1.00 – $1.00
CUISINES
Steakhouse
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
FEATURES
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles1,378 reviews
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297
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happysoyboy
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 couples
We have been to many foodie restaurants in our Tassie trip and Black Cow serves the best meat! Zach was the server at our table and he had a great feel for our tempo. Excellent food and service overall! Ps. The meat came with a crispy potato stack per person. We ordered two sides (pumpkin and cauliflower) and felt like we order too much. All of the sides were great though!
Written 13 January 2020
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John L
74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 business
Nothing could change my mind on that! Having dined at all of the great steak houses around our big brown country (and a bunch overseas as well) the Black Cow is up there, and the Robbins Island marble score 12 is, if you can handle the price (I wasn’t paying... it was a present), the best thing I have eaten in my life. I bring every interstate and overseas business guest to the black cow. One visitor from Hong Kong saw “served with fresh wasabi” on the menu and asked to see it - the staff presented a real wasabi root that was being ground for the evening’s condiment. No jars here! Good range of beers and wines too. Prices are on the steep side for Launceston but this is every bit as good as Rockpool Bar & Grill in Syd or Mel, or any other of the big city top-end steak joints, ‘cept the steak is better and the service is Tasmanian - friendly, relaxed and down to earth. 5 stars from me!
Written 12 February 2020
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Munro1984
Melbourne207 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
Returned here after about 7 years on our visit to Tasmania. It was as good as we remembered. The steak was excellent although we probably could have gone for the 300 gram eye fillet rather than 200 gram. Sauces and side of carrots were great. I had the creme brulee for dessert and it was fantastic. My husband had the frozen caramel slice which was also excellent.
Written 3 January 2020
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Katelyn M
Launceston78 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
We were extremely disappointed with our experience here. I really don't have much good to say about it other than it wasn't inedible. I avoid restaurants like this as I have a lot of experience waitressing at high end restaurants and it is hard not to be too critical of the service, but it was my birthday so we indulged ourselves. Our waitress immediately lost points when she poured the bubbles into my glass while resting the neck of the bottle on the lip of my glass, she must be new in the industry. The service throughout the night was impersonal and unremarkable. When our waitress proceeded to talk us through the menu in a professional way, she pointed out that the share portion of the Wagyu was precut to 400/450g (it is charged by 100g) .. I thought to myself that didnt seem excessive as my partner could eat 250/300 himself. When we ordered this with another waitress she repeated it was a 600g steak - I thought I must have misheard and I had heard these steaks were worth it so we rolled with it. I then heard our original waitress tell another table that the cut was 400/450g - a difference of $70. This would not have been a problem had the steak been good, but it was poor, and we would not have chosen this cut for that price. We ordered it medium rare and some of the bits on the side were cooked completely through and overall it was probably more of a medium. It was flavourless and poor quality. Ive cooked better from woolworths. My partner voiced my thoughts when he said there was more flavour in the sides. I was embarrassed I had chosen this venue. Our total bill was in excess of $350 and I would have been more satisifed with a $10 RSL meal and put $300 in the pokies with no return... The pork belly entree is fatty and salty. They charge $3 for bread. At that price it might as well be free (especially when you charge $210 for a steak) and should have come with dukkah or salt or herbs to add flavour to the butter. If you are looking for a quality meal in Launceston this is not it. We will be driving to Devonport to eat at Mrs Jones next time we want a quality meal.
Written 25 February 2020
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Sue S
Hobart138 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 none
As visitors to Launceston, we went with very good friends, as a birthday treat, on a Friday night. We had previously thoroughly enjoyed a meal at this highly rated restaurant. Yes the atmosphere was good, social distancing was well done, although only one end of the restaurant was being occupied by all diners, the other end completely empty. Our waitresses seemed to have some knowledge of the food but did not seem to be very interested in our choice of food or wines, given the prices, perhaps more training would be valuable. We began with bread, which was satisfactory. Then the main courses, two Wagyu beef, slow cooked, why?? It was very, very ordinary, large pieces of beef but why cook this beef this way? As far as our friends were concerned it ruined the Wagyu effect which they normally like very much. My fillet steak was very good and I enjoyed it. The remaining diner also quite enjoyed his scotch fillet, albeit cooked more than medium rare. We ordered mushrooms which were very good. But the potato galette was awful, not sure what oil it was cooked in this night, but it had a terrible almost rancid oily flavour, totally ruined the dish, or the potato may not have been cooked right through, it was horrible. We each had one piece of broccoli also on the plate. I often wonder why restaurants do not put say potato + 2 other pieces of vegs on the plate beside the meat, surely not too expensive especially with the price of the beef dishes. The sauces were well made and very flavoursome. We were all so disappointed, we decided to not bother with dessert. We will not be in a hurry to rush back to Black Cow after this very ordinary meal, not up to the standard of a first-class restaurant at all.
Written 17 September 2020
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Carl J
7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
Had a meal at The Black Cow on Thursday (26/2/2020) with the Scotch Fillet as the main. It was superb - like with the other eight times I had been. Took my wife there for our anniversary on Saturday night 29/02/2020 ordered the same. My steak was overcooked and my wife's was disappointingly chewy. I commented on the discrepancy and was told by the owner that maybe it was because the animal had been stressed. I would have thought that it was probably an issue between him and his butcher and should not be an issue for us in the restaurant given we paid $300 No sense of any apology was forthcoming - perhaps they need to be careful because small expensive restaurants not delivering fail no matter their history
Written 2 March 2020
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Tommy
Hong Kong70 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 friends
A professional steakhouse but nothing spectacular. What I want to highlight is the service from the waitress. I ordered a beef tartare as an appetizer and it tasted quite nice and refreshing. However when being asked about it, I said it was a spicy. To my surprising, the reply I got was "Really? Wasn't it?" and nothing further. The reply I got showed the restaurant did not really value the view of its customers. Nonetheless, it is a nice place to visit if you want steak in town.
Written 3 January 2020
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doglover002
Hobart95 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 none
My husband and I went to this restaurant. We are foodies and felt the food offered was extremely average and seriously overpriced. I had a streak, with a slice of a potato dish and 1 piece of a green vegetable. Quite frankly it was a shame and a disgrace to serve such little food and with a slice of sourdough bread at $3.50 is beyond a joke. We ate at their other restaurant Stillwater which was excellent. Also the service here is poor, not interested and only wanting to make money .Bistro style uncomfortable chairs and in a corner overlooking the street. We could not wait to leave. Sorry but there are better restaurants around.
Written 21 September 2020
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Li L
Sydney1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 family
Entree(Fish and Pork) Well decorated,but very very salty. Beef Rib Eye - meat very normal, doesn’t taste like dry age steak, even we can do better with $10 Steak from Coles and Whole family agreed. Very Expensive too, have expected much better quality food with this price and reviews. Not worth it at all.
Written 1 February 2020
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TheQueenslander
Brisbane328 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 couples
The atmosphere in this converted butcher shop is charming, with our Argentinian waitress, charming. But for $50+ for 300g of steak and not much else on the plate, one would expect perfection; instead, nicely done but not melt-in-mouth. Everything is extra: $2/slice of bread, $2 extra sauce etc. Wine pricing was commensurate. Not usually have to spit out food at this price point, but baby asparagus ends were bitter and fibrous, green peppercorn sauce sour to the point of unpleasant pairing with steak. I was offered a far better truffled béarnaise as replacement. This place gets 3 sittings a night, so it’s obviously popular enough.
Written 31 December 2020
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Poguie
Sydney59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 friends
Had the loveliest meal at The Black Cow Bistro last night. Previously I judged all steaks against one that I had in Florence many years ago… I still talk about it with reverence… “remember that steak? It was sensational…” etc. etc. Well that steak can now be replaced by the one I had at The Black Cow Bistro. The whole evening from start to finish was just lovely… From the welcome we received from the staff when we arrived, the friendly, unobtrusive service throughout the meal, to the subtle lighting and decor within the restaurant itself. The restaurant is small but very atmospheric. We started with some local oysters presented in three different styles, natural, wasabi vinegar dressing and last but not least, the old favorite Kirkpatrick with bacon and Worcester sauce. These were washed down with a lovely Tasmanian sparkling wine, can’t remember which vineyard it came from but it was as nice as any French champagne I’ve ever had. I can never really go past the freshness of the natural oysters, however it was still nice to try the other varieties for a change. Then, the main event… the steaks. I chose a Porterhouse ($55 400g) and my friend decided on an eye fillet ($75 300g). My wife decided on the fish option, Hapuka which she loved (can’t remember the price on this). Our steaks were quite simply, perfect. Generous in size and although meat for me is a luxury item these days I really enjoy it once in a while. With the steaks we had a great bottle of local red recommended by the sommelier and full credit to her she could easily have recommended a much more expensive bottle but the one we ended up with was sensational. The vegetable accompaniments and sauces were also delicious. We did manage to leave room for a ‘little something’ of course and the deserts also were spectacular with a glass of sticky desert wine. All up… I have never enjoyed a nicer meal anywhere, it wasn’t cheap but there is truth in the old saying “you get what you pay for” and sometimes especially, like last night, for birthdays… well you just have to hang the expense. I can’t recommend The Black Cow Bistro highly enough. Thank you for the great evening everyone.
Written 12 May 2022
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Jeannie V
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
This restaurant was amazing. They squeezed us in as walk off the street, had to finish in a hour which limited a couple of dishes due to time, but we were not disappointed in the rest of the menu. Steaks were cooked to our liking, wine list was amazing and the recommended Pinot complimented our meal. The potato galette was stunning. Will be back after booking again to give us more time to include dessert from the tantalising list which we didn’t quite have enough time for!
Written 17 January 2020
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Stephen R
Sydney1952 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 none
I visited the Black Cow Bistro for dinner on my last night in Launceston and it didn't disappoint! Had a loverly night from start to finish. I had a booking and was glad I did, as the restaurant was packed and a few walk-ins during the night had to be turned away! Natalie was my waitress for the evening and she was brilliant; super friendly and helpful with suggestions! For an entree I ordered the Rannoch Farm quail with cauliflower cheese sauce, grilled broccolini and garlic and herb oil. For the main course I ordered the 300g Cape Grim eye fillet with truffled béarnaise sauce and wholegrain mustard. For a side, at Natalie's recommendation I ordered the roasted pumpkin and sweet potato with preserved lemon tahini yoghurt. To drink I started with a Du Cane pilsner and had a glass of Rivulet pinot noir with the main course. The food was out of this world, everything was cooked to perfection and showcased local ingredients. The eye fillet was easily one of the best steaks I've had anywhere in the world, and the sauce and mustard I chose complimented it well. The pumpkin and sweet potato side I ordered was vibrant and delicious but honestly what was even better was the potato galette that comes with each steak, that thing is divine! After such a stunning entree and main I couldn't help but order dessert, so went for the frozen caramel slice with salted hazelnut caramel, chocolate soil and tonka bean cream, I also ordered a glass of the MV Freycinet Botrytis dessert wine. I had heard great things about the frozen caramel slice and it definitely lived up to expectations, and the local dessert wine paired very well with it! I loved the ambience of the restaurant; it feels very cosy and although the lighting was a bit dim for photos, it was absolutely perfect for setting the mood and enjoying the meal. As a solo diner, I found it a really nice touch that they had laid out a selection of gourmet food and wine magazines on the table for me to peruse while waiting for my meal. All in all, this was a truly unforgettable dinner and I would recommend the BCB for anyone visiting Launceston!
Written 8 May 2022
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Michael P
Melbourne11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 none
My wife had a wonderufl glass of Tasmanian red wine and I had a dirty martini which was blissfully dry, we didn't do entree or dessert here but we just were not as hungry unfortunately as the entree/dessert we saw come out, looked fantastic and it was always empty plates. They served us some complimentary paprika smoked papetas, which were very nice. My wife had the set size Waygu beef 300gms and I had the eye fillet which was 18- gms and we both love the steak, they were cooked as requested and we just savoured as much as we could and it was combined with the potato galete and we had sides of beans and carrots, we referred the beans to the carrots. We also had the bernaice sauce and horseradish and hot english mustard. Over we loved the food, service and atmosphere of the bistro.
Written 29 April 2021
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Gary W
Brisbane3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 couples
Waitress are extremely impatient and not genuine. Customer service for restaurant at this price level shouldn't be like this. The king fish sashimi looks and tasted disgusting. Steaks are supposed to be their signature dish, but it's dried and tough like well done as we ordered for medium rare. Check the restaurants negative review before you plan to go.
Written 9 May 2022
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