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Black Cow Bistro

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70 George Street, Launceston, Tasmania 7250, Australia
+61 3 6331 9333
17:30 - 00:00
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were lucky to get in on short notice. The Portehouse and Eye fillett were cooked to perfection, side dishes were tasty and creative. Deserts were enjoyable. Staff were helpfull and pleasant.

Thank Andrew N
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Going by Black Cow's ranking I expected a lot more. Food was pretty good - not great, Service was good...and bad. We received a bottle of wine, in a carafe, Nice touch. The glasses arrived, but were different glasses for the same wine. Both nice glasses, but a bit odd that they were different sizes. You expect that in a... More 

1 Thank Biff5911
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our third trip to Launceston and our third time to the Black Cow. Undoubtably the best steak I've ever had. J ordered the Porterhouse New York Cut and my partner ordered the Eye Fillet. We also ordered sweet potato and baby corn as sides and shared it. Cannot fault the meals here. Always enjoy having a meal at... More 

Thank Wogaridginee
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to Black Cow to have Cape Grim steak ( good quality beef produced in Tasmania). Steak was delicious and perfectly cooked. On the top of that, service was great, side dishes delicious ( brown mushroom and carrots) and dessert (frozen caramel slice) was to die for! Definitely a worthwhile dinner in Launceston.

1 Thank Maria F
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our main was wrong (ordered wagyu, got scotch fillet), dessert was also wrong, hence cancelled. Poor service.

2 Thank Frog_Singap
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were disappointed with the quality of steak (3 out of our 4 diners said they wouldn't order steak again)...our server was attentive although new... the potato gratin that came with the steak was bland ... the highlight of the evening was the Dawson and James wine... We were also asked three times to pay the bill ( we paid... More 

2 Thank msgoldenhaIr
Bundaberg Aust
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We visited this restaurant for dinner. I am not sure what it wants to be. If it is a steak house it is price wise at the tope of the pile. Table settings suggest it is a Steak House. Couldn't fault the steak or my oyster entrée but the wine list is another story. $18.5 for a glass of sinapius... More 

2 Thank david O
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I really wanted to love this restaurant as much as others who have reviewed before me. The steaks - fabulous, the sides also fabulous, wine list - fabulous. However for a expensive, fine dining restaurant I expected more. Firstly, I expected tablecloths of some description, I also expect little touches like complimentary bread, and finally I expect very good service... More 

Thank Tanya D
Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you feel like a steak this is the place in Launceston. Had a booking for a party of 6, we were meet on arrival and escorted to the private dinning room where the wine is stored. The staff were excellent and very knowledgable about the food and wine matching. None of us could fault either the service or the... More 

Thank Dodgerlong
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For the price the food is over rated The oysters were small & tastless The meat was ok but certainly not worth the price of $272 for 2 entres 2 mains and a bottle of white wine I do not understand the hype around this place !!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Steakhouse, Australian, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:30 - 00:00
17:30 - 00:00
17:30 - 00:00
17:30 - 00:00
17:30 - 00:00
17:30 - 00:00
17:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 70 George Street, Launceston, Tasmania 7250, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Tasmania  >  Launceston
  • Phone Number: +61 3 6331 9333
“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, Greenhams, Clover Country, King Island and Flinders Island amongst others. Legislation in Tasmania against the use of hormone growth promotants and antibiotics in red meat production combined with Tasmanian graziers’ focus on free-range grass fed cattle produces happy animals and superior quality meat.

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 7 nights a week from 5:30pm to late.

The Black Cow logo has been inspired by the amazing ancient artworks in the Lascaux Caves in France. Carbon dating indicates that these paintings are more than 17,000 years old.

Black Cow, the name, is a tribute to the Bos Genus… Historically the cow has been important to many cultures. It has been seen and worshiped as a symbol of contentedness, fecundity, the passive yet creative and generative powers of nature, patience, nourishment, abundance, fertility and equifinality.

It is also, of course, an excellent source of protein.

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