Where to Eat in Cowes: The Best Restaurants and Bars

August 9, 2017 Brain Ambrose

Discover the best restaurant in Cowes, Australia including Fig & Olive, Isola di Capri, Pino's Trattoria, Rusty Water Brewery Restaurant & Bar, MadCowes Cafe, Thai on the Island, Sherwoods, Cafe Lugano, The Goat in the Boat, Island Whole Foods
Things to do in Cowes

1. Fig & Olive

115 Thompson Ave, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$31 - HK$212 +61 3 5952 2655
Excellent
41%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 332 reviews

Fig & Olive

Fig & Olive at Cowes is a popular, friendly restaurant delivering high quality service and a wide variety of food ranging from Wood-Fired Oven Pizzas, Steak, Seafood & Much more. We are open for Lunch, Dinner & Dessert Monday through to Saturday. During the off-season we are Closed on Sundays; however throughout Summer we are Open 7 days a week. Children friendly - Gluten Free Menu Available - Vegetarian & Vegan Options - Pram Space & Wheelchair accessible. Reservations essential

Reviewed By KTCarroll05 - Melbourne, Australia

Was looking forward to the meal however it was average sat best. Mixed shades entree was the highlight. Paella looked great, was well presented but lacked flavour. Pork belly was also very average.

2. Isola di Capri

2 Thompson Ave, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +61 3 5952 2435
Excellent
36%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
6%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 425 reviews

Isola di Capri

Reviewed By maryado - Bulli, Australia

We ate here on. Saturday night for dinner after a motorcycle race meeting at the circuit. It was a busy night at the restaurant so we had a small wait. As request visitors to the island I have eaten here quite a few times. Although it is not cheap, it is always good, portions sizes could be increased though

3. Pino's Trattoria

29 Thompson Ave, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia Parking Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$63 - HK$181 +61 3 5952 2808
Excellent
47%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 721 reviews

Pino's Trattoria

Established in 1991 family run restaurant with the love of good food and service, with big open spaces, different levels for enjoying Traditional Italian Cuisine. Great for small large family groups.

Reviewed By KiwiLynda15 - Wellington, New Zealand

Pinos is a real institution on the Island. We dined or got takeaways numerous times during our 10-night stay in Cowes in mid-late February.
We come here every year for World Superbikes, and always dine several times at Pino’s. It’s run by the lovely Rosa and her daughters. Rosa and her late husband used to sponsor teams and be very involved in racing, helped by the fact that they are Italian. There is the most amazing display of Superbike riders memorabilia around the walls of the restaurant – boots, gloves, helmets, leathers and of course photos. Amazing.
Our first meal (on our first night in Cowes) we shared arancini for entrée, then I had the veal saltimbocca, Hamish had t-bone steak. Both were very nice.
The following night we got a takeaway pizza – lovely.
One day mid morning we treated ourselves to some gelati. Pino’s have a little cart out the front and you can pick from various sizes. You can choose different flavours if you wish. Hamish chose chocolate, and lemon and basil. I chose hazelnut, pistachio, and raspberry ripple. They were all really lovely. It was lovely sitting in the shade with a cool breeze blowing (the temperature was about 20 degrees, but very warm when you were in direct sunlight) so we sat there for a while longer and ordered some coffee and bruschetta. Very nice.
We dined with a group of friends on another night, and as always we had a lovely meal. A couple of us had lasagne (delish!), some had pasta of the day, others had a pizza. All was very nice.
We had takeaway pizza from Pino's each night for the last three nights of our holiday – we get meatlovers with pineapple and mushroom as extra. We never get sick of it.
Already looking forward to next February and our food at Pino’s!

4. Rusty Water Brewery Restaurant & Bar

1821 Phillip Island Rd | Phillip Island, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Pub, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$63 - HK$196 +61 3 5952 1666
Excellent
51%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 440 reviews

Rusty Water Brewery Restaurant & Bar

Rusty Water Brewery Restaurant & Bar is home to Phillip Island's only handcrafted ales plus a selection of ales from other like minded craft Breweries. We are sure to have an ale to tempt you.Our team of Internationally trained Chef's will amaze you with the variety of dishes they create, using the freshest,locally sourced products and ingredients wherever possible. Our menu changes with the seasons and is complemented by a variety of special dishes using seasonal produce. Gluten Free & Vegetarian Dining Options are available.Whether it's enjoying the relaxed atmosphere on the outside decking or warming yourself in front of the cosy wood fires, The Team at Rusty Water will make you feel most welcome.

Reviewed By Anne F - Berowra Waters, Australia

Had dinner here before penguin parade. Staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was amazing. It was fresh, nicely presented and really good. Our party had main meals of barrmundi fillets & seafood paella. We all had desserts. Highly recommended, family friendly and comfortable.

5. MadCowes Cafe

17 The Esplanade, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +61 3 5952 2560
Excellent
51%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 630 reviews

MadCowes Cafe

Reviewed By Barb v - Cape Woolamai, Australia

Excellent choice of breakfast on offer, very tasty & beautifully presented. A must do on the island with beach view across the road you can go for a leisurely stroll afterwards. Both inside & outside dining but can get quite busy. Great coffee too!

6. Thai on the Island

U 1 14 the Esplanade, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch +61 3 5952 1000
Excellent
42%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 221 reviews

Thai on the Island

http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/346/1618927/restaurant/Victoria/Phillip-Island/Thai-on-the-Island-Cowes#all_reviews

Reviewed By nanabronwyn - Sydney, Australia

Lucked in for a table for 2. As we are not big chilli eaters,and the heat of a dish could not be adjusted,we chose to share. 2 entrees[sate chicken sticks and curry puffs] and a fried rice dish with chicken,beef and prawns. All were enjoyable.Waitress was helpful in answering questions about the menu,although the lady owner interrupted her explanations. Bit embarrassing to the waitress!
Nice touch was the tips given go to support an orphanage? in Thailand.

7. Sherwoods

5 Thompson Ave, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$94 - HK$243 6159523773
Excellent
44%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 190 reviews

Sherwoods

Reviewed By Hannah S

Very long wait for our 7pm booking for 5 people - 15 mins for menus, 30 for drinks and over an hour for food. The lamb linguini was very nice but the fish & chips had two small pieces and chips. The service was good but the meal sizes were far too small for the prices (approx $30 for a main).

8. Cafe Lugano

71 Thompson Ave, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +61 3 5952 5636
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 146 reviews

Cafe Lugano

Reviewed By LC888 - Melbourne, Australia

The place is tight & with long queue for counter order but food is decent enough. I had the egg, bacon & cheese roll on a very fresh Turkish bread.

9. The Goat in the Boat

69 Thompson Ave, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mediterranean, Greek, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Late Night +61 3 5952 3939
Excellent
59%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 197 reviews

The Goat in the Boat

Reviewed By Deb A

We visited for dinner and ordered meze (tapas) to start with more meze plates and a larger plate for main. The meze portions were tasty and generous and would highly recommend these if visiting as they’re great value for money. I had the duck, which was unfortunately a bit of a disappointment as the skin wasn’t particularly crispy or the meat tender. Given the quality the dish was overpriced at almost $40. There was also only one waitress working who seemed over-worked and as a result came across as surly and rude (even though we were early for our reservation); she seemed more interested in hurrying us into deciding what to order and getting us out of the restaurant.

10. Island Whole Foods

U 4 75 Chapel St, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia Outdoor Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Healthy, Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$78 - HK$157 +61 400 000 000
Excellent
79%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 84 reviews

Island Whole Foods

Island Whole Foods is a totally unique and innovative plant based café based in Cowes, Phillip Island. The food offering consists of an all-day breakfast and lunch menu focused on wholesome plant based ingredients with specialty DUKES coffee, house made raw treats, the popular vegan COCOWHIP soft serve and superfood smoothies. The menu is dairy free and can be accommodated for the gluten intolerant!

Reviewed By lbiscuit - Melbourne

I went to this cafe with some fussy eaters (not the vegans who are fussy) but they both ordered the pancakes. I ordered the vegan nachos and my partner had the jackfruit tacos. All of these were delicious. Everything tasted fresh and were good serving sizes. I also had a cocowhip ice cream with chocolate sauce. Will definitely visit again. Great service too.

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