Don’t have a cow, try pizza instead
requested to be seated outdoors but were told there were no free tables. As we were in no rush, we offered to wait at a bar next door until a table became available. I’m not sure whether the waitress misunderstood the request but she informed us we would have to order a takeaway if we wanted to do that. Contemplating dining elsewhere, we walked outside and noticed a large table with just two people. As is the long-standing tradition at The Cow, we asked to join them and the couple kindly agreed. We sat with them and ordered some drinks until another table became available a short time later. Our rather prickly waitress seemed unimpressed and grumbled something we couldn’t decipher but we were left feeling as though we should not have moved. We were pleased when another, much friendlier, waitress came out and took care of us for the rest of the night. Our second waitress more than made up for any sub-standard treatment her colleague served up initially and we left feeling we had been well looked after.
Snug and cosy inside with a spacious outdoor seating area, The Cow is the perfect place for a relaxed lunch or dinner, regardless of the weather. The stone building, which is a replica of the original restaurant in Queenstown, is quaint and nicely decorated with relics from a bygone era. The large open fire throws out plenty of heat and adds to the atmosphere as does the open kitchen which enables indoor diners to watch the chefs in action.
Whether you are looking for a nice spot for a quick meal or a leisurely meal with friends, The Cow is the ideal spot to enjoy a pizza or pasta. The restaurant is suitable for groups of all sizes and ages and is family-friendly. Smaller groups are sometimes asked to share tables, which in my experience has resulted in meeting many new acquaintances over the years.
The Cow has long been a dining institution in Queenstown. After opening in Queenstown in 1976, the second restaurant opened in Wanaka and has become popular with locals and visitors. It offers a relaxed atmosphere and good value for money.
Chokka: A heavily garnished pizza from The Cow Pizza and Spaghetti House, Wanaka.