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Reviewed 3 March 2024 via mobile

Lovely hotel surprising from the outside Meal amazing and good size Drinks delicious had wine and mojito Staff impeccable Best in BowenMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Hakfoort Group, General Manager at Bowen Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2024

We're thrilled to hear that you had a great experience Mickykev, thank you so much for taking the time to provide your review. We'll be sure to share your kind words with the team and it would be our pleasure to serve you again soon,...More

Reviewed 18 February 2024 via mobile

5th time we’ve had lunch here and again suprise suprise Bowen COOKS can’t handle steaks.. $20 lunch rump and every time we’ve asked for it rare and well not even close, not once, I know hiring the cheap labour is easy but the foods horrendous....The free chicken wings they offer as a poor amuse bouche are comical, they are horribly overcooked than deep fried till jerkey, and served in burnt Kecap that is caramelising on the pass, yuck.. have you tried them they are actually inedible which baffles me how you stuff up wings.. The salad is meh, chips over seasoned and woeful, steaks no where near cooked properly.. Tried to wash it down with a lemon lime bitters that burnt my throat worse than the putrid wings, way to much bitters we all tried and no one could stomach it.. There is honestly nothing good here, they’ve given up, as has the pub scene in Bowen it’s woeful.. Free munchies in the gaming room and drinks to entice you to never leave is dodgy.. Who’s running this circus? Try your food. Bet you won’t eat it..More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 10 February 2024 via mobile

Visited for lunch on our travels through. Got steak special which were both cooked perfect and a nice cut. Salad fresh and tasty. Staff were very friendly and the decor was new and inviting.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Hakfoort Group, General Manager at Bowen Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2024

Thank you for your wonderful review Jessie, we are delighted to hear that you both enjoyed your steak for lunch. We'll be sure to give your compliments to the team and it would be our pleasure to serve you again soon. Thank you!

Reviewed 29 July 2023 via mobile

The Bowen hotel had a major renovation last year. Job well done. Nice atmosphere. Had the lunch special calamari chips salad The calamari melted in your mouth, chips really good salad quite nice except for tomato DONT think it was local had no flavour. Pity...as tomatoes are grown in Bowen. Husband has steak was good. Great value lunch. Will be back.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Hakfoort Group, General Manager at Bowen Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2023

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dining experience Cate054, we really appreciate your feedback and are thrilled to hear that you had an enjoyable dining experience. It would be our pleasure to serve you and your husband again soon,...More

Reviewed 8 July 2023 via mobile

I know "pub grub" not supposed to be haute cuisine, but sometimes you just want a simple meal that's fresh, not reheated and nicely cooked - especially when you've been on the road for weeks. Having recently had a unsatisfactory chicken schnitzel, and having previously...had a nice lunch here last year, we thought may as well try a schnitty based on your menu description. I was very pleased, in first appearances the schnitzel at Bowen Hotel looked freshly fried - then on first cut, the meat was thick, white and not dry. Crumbing was crispy and tasted freshly fried. It may have been just a basic piece of chicken breast, but the meal on the plate looked fresh. To add to my pleasure of getting a decent schnitzel was the lovely fresh corn on the cob, broccoli floret, carrots, cauliflower floret and coleslaw - because I didn't have to have potato - any two sides could be chosen. My only issue on this occasion, is that the chicken portion for me is too big - 2/3 would have been enough. Good on you Bowen Hotel. Please keep it up the quality, do not change so that when I return next year, I won't be disappointed.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Hakfoort Group, General Manager at Bowen Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2023

Thank you for taking the time to write your review Stark T, we're greatly appreciative of your lovely feedback. We are absolutely thrilled to hear that our Chicken Schnitzel was a hit and we'll be sure to share your kind words with the team. It...More

Reviewed 7 January 2023 via mobile

Very disappointing. I ordered a prawn dish $31.90 expecting local prawns . Correct me if I am wrong they were frozen foreign cocktail prawns ,they came out in a little pot in a plastic sauce With a square of rice and a little salad and...2 bits of pita bread . My husband ordered pizza The pizza base was out of a box topping was average. Not much happening in Bowen at this time of year so dining is very limited. I did see wood fired pizza advertised in another hotel on the way home . Maybe they even had local prawns .More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 21 July 2022 via mobile

Wow. What a way to end the night! Had to wait half hour for my take away but it was all worth the while. Highly recommended! Compliments to the chef, Ken. Well done guys, keep up the great work! Will definitely be coming back.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Hgroup, Public Relations Manager at Bowen Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2022

Thank you, Mark for your fantastic review. We are delighted to hear that you had a great experience and enjoyed the Garlic Chicken & Bacon - we will certainly give your compliments to the chef. We appreciate your great review Mark and we look forward...More

Reviewed 27 June 2022 via mobile

The hotel has recently been refurbished. The staff are friendly enough but two of five meals were wrong (uncooked pizza and chicken that was dry to the point of jerky) All after a 90 minute wait in a Monday night. The table next to us...had two meals ready 30 minutes after the rest of the table. Another table came up to us and said their meals were wrong as well. We were told they were down two staff but there were 5 cooks in the kitchen. The bar could not provide a basic gin and tonic. This place should have stayed closed a few more weeks to train their staff and get their act in order.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Hgroup, Public Relations Manager at Bowen Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2022

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback about your dining experience, ozdma2017. You have our sincerest apologies for the delays and issues with your meals that evening. I would like to assure you that Hotel Management have looked into and addressed your concerns...More

Reviewed 28 July 2021

The food was delicious and plentiful. The staff were courteous.and very pleasant. Bear in mind its a pub, so don’t expect fancy decor or mood lighting.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Hgroup, Public Relations Manager at Bowen Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2021

We appreciate your fantastic feedback Susan, thank you for taking the time to write your review. We're glad to hear that you had an enjoyable experience and we look forward to serving you again soon.

Reviewed 28 July 2021 via mobile

Great good and service. Full menu including local seafood. Complimentary chicken wings for starters including pocketed wipes for fingers! Don’t be put off by the decor outside or inside. This is a great place to eat!

Date of visit: June 2021
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Hgroup, Public Relations Manager at Bowen Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2021

Thank you for your fantastic feedback, Nigel! We're thrilled to hear that you had an enjoyable experience at the Bowen, we'll be sure to share your compliments with the Chefs and we look forward to your next visit.

Reviewed 24 May 2021

Popped into Bowen hotel for a drink and a play on the pokies with my husband.I was taken back by the excellent service of all the girls there. Kathleen was very good at making us at home and happy. Much better then the other local...venues.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Hgroup, Public Relations Manager at Bowen Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2021

We are delighted to hear that you had an enjoyable experience at the Bowen, Karen. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us, we will be sure to pass your kind words onto the team and we look forward to serving...More

Reviewed 12 January 2021 via mobile

What a modest pub, but what a great meal and fabulous, friendly service. We were after a good pub meal when we got to Bowen after a long, wet drive. The Bowen Hotel had all the pub standards and some great specials. Our daughter had...the beef burger and it went down without touching the sides. Lots of chips too. We also had the catch of the day (red throated emperor) which was perfectly cooked and obviously fresh, and the main size serve of calamari, which was also super fresh and perfectly cooked. Generous salad and chips on the side too. The staff were warm and friendly and really took their COVID safety obligations seriously. The place was spotlessly clean. When we’re back in Bowen we’ll be headed there for sure.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Hgroup, Public Relations Manager at Bowen Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2021

Thank you for your excellent review PDMM_Gourmands, we are delighted to hear that you and your family enjoyed your meals. We will be sure to share your kind words with our team and are greatly appreciative for your fantastic feedback. We look forward to serving...More

Reviewed 6 January 2021 via mobile

We arrived in town after 8 on a week night and were pleased this restaurant kitchen is open to 9 pm. Unassuming from the outside, inside is pleasant, family friendly, pub-style dining. Staff were very friendly and efficient but we did not feel rushed. Meals...were served quickly. The steaks were very tender cuts of meat and cooked very well - two were perfect, and the other was just slightly over cooked. There were three steak size options and all were good value for money - the largest size was enormous! The calamari was good pub meal quality and tender. The vege and mash or chips was the pick of the sides, with fresh broccoli, carrot, zucchini and chunks of pumpkin. The small side salad based on red cabbage was tasty - but go the vegetables!! Excellent value for money and family friendly. A good place to eat out in Bowen.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Hgroup, Public Relations Manager at Bowen Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2021

We are happy to hear that you all enjoyed your meals, Rattyos. Thank you for taking the time to write your review, we are grateful for your excellent feedback and will be sure to pass your compliments onto our chefs and the team. We hope...More

Reviewed 5 January 2021 via mobile

On a recent stop over in Bowen our motel recommended Bowen Hotel for a good local pub meal at a decent price. They weren’t wrong! We had the best meal in ages (small rumps cooked to perfection) and such value for money. The staff are...just lovely making you feel very welcome and special. While we were waiting for our meal they even brought sample wings complimentary to each table and they were delicious also. If I lived in Bowen I would definitely be a regular and we can’t wait to visit again next time we are travelling.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Hgroup, Public Relations Manager at Bowen Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2021

We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience at our venue, Luv2travel. Thank you for taking the time to write your review, we are greatly appreciative of your feedback and will be sure to share your kind words with our team. We...More

Reviewed 4 January 2021 via mobile

Came to visit Bowen and thought we’d try this nice little pub after seeing the good reviews. We got the 1kg buffalo wings which were only $13.90 !! (Only on Mondays) which were very tasty. And the small rump steak which was cooked to perfection...(med-rare). The staff were lovely making it an even better experience, if we find ourselves in Bowen again, will definitely come back rather then overspending at fancy restaurants as the quality was just as good. Only negative was the interior and exterior could do with some work.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Hgroup, Public Relations Manager at Bowen Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2021

Thank you for taking the time to write your review Jackie, we are thrilled to hear that you had an enjoyable dining experience at the Bowen Hotel and will be sure to pass your compliments onto our chefs. We're greatly appreciative of your feedback -...More

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