We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ratings and reviews



Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
View all details
meals, features, about
Reviews (525)
Filter reviews
523 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Traveller rating
Show reviews that mention
All reviews seafood platter tasting menu pork three course meal glass of wine gulf prawns fish of the day special occasion central coast set menu window table wedding anniversary two courses lovely lunch terrigal beach view sydney
Selected filters
Updating list...
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had lunch here today. What a delightful restaurant. Stunning views and great food. It is a small place so bookings are necessary. Set 2 or 3 course meals with a glass of wine included. Lovely food and great service. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 16 April 2021 via mobile

Drove up from Sydney for a Day trip and took a punt on this restaurant based on the menu and the promise of views. My husband cooks as well as a chef, so we always feel disappointed if the meal isn’t better than what he...can serve up. This place didn’t disappoint. The twice-baked Gorgonzola soufflé was a standout, as was the liquorice semi-Fredo with caramelised pineapple dessert. Along with the jumping mullet at Point Frederick, it was overall a memorable day.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 7 April 2021

If you don’t want to do it, don’t do it. Clearly serving people stresses you, life’s to short. Go and do something You enjoy. Because hospitality if you aren’t enjoying It, becomes a slippery slope

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 6 April 2021

Although the food was flavorful, mine and one others meat came out over cooked. We had a vegan and vegetarian on our table and there was no meal options for them apart from the pork belly main without the pork which was extremely lack luster...for them both! Our waitress was quite rude and seem frustrated that we had dietary requirements around the table even though we called in a head of time to make sure that there would be options for those requirements. This will most definitely be our last visit to the Cowrie.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 8 March 2021 via mobile

Have been twice. Once with my girlfriend and once with my wife (they are the same person, we want on a date, then got married and went back. lol). The staff are amazing. The food is always incredible. The view is to die for. Parking...can be a frustration, and I wish they were open for dinner on Sunday, but otherwise, perfect.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 21 February 2021

The food was good and the restaurant has beautiful views, BUT the air conditioning spoilt the atmosphere. The aircon wasn't cooling the area where we were seated and it was a very humid day. The staff saw me fanning myself but did not care that...we were uncomfortable. We had to ask repeatedly if the aircon was working. Had we not asked, they would not have done anything about it. There was a lack of proper customer service as the staff showed no consideration for this elderly couple. This ruined our experience of an otherwise lovely restaurant.More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 16 February 2021

This is a restaurant that I take my friends to when they come to visit. There is always something for everyone, the meals are amazing, the service always excellent but relaxed. The setting and views overlooking Terrigal are lovely. Last weekend though, I became unwell...suddenly after ordering. The table staff went out of their way to help me. I could not be more happy with the way I was treated.More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 20 January 2021 via mobile

My wife and I had dinner and the food was amazing. The view is also great and the set menu has plenty of options. My wife is coeliac and they were happy to tweak dishes where required. Highly recommended

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 31 December 2020

This is the second time we're visiting the Cowrie, after many years, and it was even better than our memory. Very pleasant and efficient staff, subdued atmosphere, spectacular bay view, all put us in the right mood. The food was delicious, from beginning to end,...and I actually disagree with other reviewers claiming it's expensive: the meal was excellent value for its quality. If you're a lover of good and fine food, this place is for you.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 6 December 2020 via mobile

I/We have been a few times over but the last 20 years and last time the service was extremely poor boarding on rude. There seemed to be some in fighting between the floor staff. Our waitress basically told us to hurry up and order because...she was busy. The food is always good but nothing outstanding and the deco is dated. The whole place needs a refresh and staff training.More

Date of visit: September 2020
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
Terrigal Pacific Coastal Retreat
303 reviews
1.60 km away
Terrigal Hotel
53 reviews
1.97 km away
The Clan Terrigal
176 reviews
2.07 km away
Terrigal Sails Serviced Apartments
203 reviews
2.93 km away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
153 reviews
1.13 km away
Glee Coffee Roasters
54 reviews
1.11 km away
Kew Dining
12 reviews
1.61 km away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
Breakers Golf Course Wamberal
15 reviews
1.62 km away
Distillery Botanica
78 reviews
1.67 km away
Terrigal Beach
620 reviews
2.61 km away
Firescreek Fruit Wines
26 reviews
3.48 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Jeanette W
30 July 2019|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
Response from Jeanette W |
Thank you for all the answers. I love the food at the Cowrie, but agree it is probably not a great place to take young children.
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing
Frequently Asked Questions about The Cowrie

The Cowrie is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4