Cuisine: A La Carte, Barbeque, Grill
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #1 of 17 restaurants in Bay Of Plenty

This funky BBQ joint in the heart of the Mount Maunganui is a little utopia where carnivores and vegans can feast together in happy harmony. Detail is king here. The quirky concept is carried through from the cowbell that is tinkled when food is ready to the local craft beers served in milk bottles.

Mexican Chef Jorge Sahagun Arizaga believes that animals who have lived happy lives result in better quality meat, which is why his chalkboard menus are sourced from free range farms and change daily to showcase the juiciest cuts.

Dishes draw inspiration from the length and breadth of America. The jackfruit ‘pulled pork’ tacos alongside triple cooked chips will have vegans’ mouths watering, particularly alongside a generous helping of dairy-free mac’n’cheese.

Slow cooked beef brisket, sticky chicken wings and beef burgers are just some of the barbecued meats available, all utterly delicious. Up your side game with sweet, yet spicy baked beans and a selection of slaws.

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The Fat Cow
70 Maunganui Road
Mount Maunganui 3116

Open Hours:
Everyday 7am - 3pm // 11am - 9pm

Phone: 07 572 0020
Website: www.thefatcow.co.nz

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Ranked: #1 of 17 restaurants in Bay Of Plenty 1
The Fat Cow
Location: Mount Maunganui
Cuisine: A La Carte, Barbeque, Grill
Mains: $25 - $35+

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We had a lovely meal, attentive staff and really yummy food. Favorites were the fried chicken and the pulled pork! Good options for young kids too. Would recommend!

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Great restaurant with delicious steaks cooked perfectly.

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Marelize Tempelhoff

We had a great time at The Fat Cow. It always has an awesome vibe. The service was great. I had a few difficult requests that were met with a smile. I was very pleased with that. The food was fantastic. We had the sharing platter the previous time so we opted for the ribs and wings this time. The ribs fell off the bone and the person who had the wings said it was amazing! I love the dressing on the green salad. The portion size is huge, we did not leave hungry. We also had the pecan pie and a chocolate brownie. Both were delicious! I can't wait to go back. Absolutely fantastic evening.

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Jo McIntosh

Great restaurant for a point of difference, the platter was excellent as we could taste a few different dishes. Nice bbq flavours, would definitely go again.

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Hamish McMorran

Fantastic food as always

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Corné Potgieter

The food was exceptional. We had 3 steaks - all was cooked to perfection. Even the very well done steak was tender as! The pork ribs was finger licking and the chips (both potato and kumara) was crispy and delicious. Lovely salads!

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Angela Lumby

Amazing food with great service. Would recommend the tasting platter to allow you to sample lots of different items!

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Wes Green

Incredible as always, thank you so much. We'll be back soon :-)

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Delicious once again! Thank you

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MIchael Harris

great service from beginning to end. greeted at the door and menu promptly wheeled to us. drinks service was fast, and great knowledge of wines from staff. Steaks were thick and juicy. we left very full and happy. cheers!

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Amazing food!

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Lisa Dangen

Really enjoyed the meal and the fun atmosphere at the Fat Cow. Thanks Team :)

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Jillayne Boffa

Unique... in a good way! The brisket was insane, Id go back again for that alone! The side salads were interesting and tasty too.. only one gripe, the tide was out in my wine glass, not even to the marked line.. which is annoying when you pay $12 for a tiny serve anyway but otherwise a great night out!

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Well worth the trip through heavy traffic!

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We more than enjoyed our dinner at Fat Cow. Everything was great from the excellent service, perfect drinks and outstanding meals. Would definitely recommend to everyone who loves a beautiful meal.

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Hineruia Dickson

We were immediately greeted by friendly staff who gave us a run down of the menu. We totally underestimated the size of the share platter as it probably would have been enough for both of us and we are big eaters. We also got the t-bone which was cooked rare exactly to our liking and had great flavours. Craft beers were ok if you are prepared to try something different.. walked out full and happy. Will definitely be back

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The four of us had a really good time ! great drinks & food selection- was quite novel having the menu on a moving huge blackboard ! Good to have the food menu stay while our drinks order went through. Waitress and manager were very friendly and warm. A fun night out eating sharing platter - much enjoyed.

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Oriwa Callaghan

My partner & I loved our experience at The Fat Cow. Is was an amazing and different experience when they bought/rolled the menus over to us, we thought that was soo cool which made the visit even better. The food was AMAZING, valued at a great price, EXCELLENT service by staff and a friendly welcoming. We will deffs go back there again, and I strongly recommend this place :) Thank you!

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Anna Campbell

Absolutely awesome dining experience, food was OMG delicious and the meat had a lovely smokey flavour, portions were huge. Staff really lovely. I would definitely recommend it to everybody and will be going back again soon. Thanks Fat Cow and First Table for the experience

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Trisha McKenzie

After ready the reviews we were excited over the food but the food just wasn't good, we only ate to be polite. The service was awesome, great looking atmosphere but unfortunately it's bit a restaurant we would return to.

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Anita Guthrie

Love this place! Awesome service and the food was amazing. Mac cheese is pretty special - as is all the meats.

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Wow! Our first time dining here and we will definitely be back. Everything was spot on ✅

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Brittany Larsen

Great!
We had been here before when it first opened and we weren't impressed but after giving it another try with first table we were much more impressed!
The food was delicious and the waiters helpful. I felt a bit sorry for them having to explain that ridiculous black board menu though
But overall, really good. Thanks

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Marelize Tempelhoff

Our dining experience at FAT COW was awesome! We received exceptional service from the moment we entered. We were taken care of by several staff and all of them were very friendly and polite. It had a great vibe with the restaurant being basically full, surprising for a Wed evening. My husband opted for the beer tasting, which consisted of 6 different beers. He really enjoyed it and found a few favourites among the 6 for next time. I had a decaf Laté which was perfect. The best I've had in Tauranga so far: smooth, strong and hot until my last sip. We shared a platter for 2: 4 Meats and 4 sides, Absolutely delicious! The fries were chunky, crispy and fresh; Meat was done perfectly, even the salads were great! Portion sizes are huge, we couldn't finish the platter between the two of us. We shared a slice of bourbon pecan pie. Delicious! The crust was so yum, I was happy with just eating the crust and my husband ate the filling. I had a peek at the dishes that went out to the other tables and all of them seemed so yum! Such an awesome evening out. This is our new favourite restaurant. There are so many dishes tha I still need to try here. Next time we are bringing friends along!

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I was very impressed with our experience at the Fat Cow. The staff were friendly and professional, and what can I say about the food - it was great.

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In my opinion, this is the best restaurant in Tauranga. Food, Service and Atmosphere is top notch. We had the beef brisket and pork belly which was tender and juicy...and the buttermilk fried chicken which was super crispy and packed with flavours. The coleslaw and roasted vegetables were perfect complements. Perfect night with my wife!

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Omg this place is so amazing the quality of the food is on point the service was extraordinary attentive and very helpful with explaining the menu. The food was melt in your mouth material.the atmosphere was great highly recommend and will definitely be back in the future.

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From our first moment in the restaurant we were amazed with the attentive and friendly staff . They worked well as a team and delivered perfect service . The food arrived quickly and was stunning in presentation and taste .. wish we lived closer but will definitely be back !! Thank you first table !!

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Nicky Lusby

Love this place took my 13 yr old daughter with my partner and I this time and we eyed up some yummy looking desserts but the mains were so nice and filling we couldn't fit any in! Great atmosphere and friendly staff would recommend to all

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Melody Wehipeihana

Incredible food. Ribs to die for in a delicious sauce. Brisket was a fave as was the coleslaw and yummy corn bread PLUS you gotta try the BBQ wings, moorish and tasty. Great prices and the customer service was brilliant. We will DEFINITELY be going back and recommend checking these guys out.

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Kelly Carswell

Brilliant night... Great food and service. Would definitely recommend.

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Hellen Heron

My husband and I had the best experience dining at The Fat Cow last night ❤️ The service was top notch and the food was absolutely amazing.. we will definitely be back and will be recommending this place to our friends

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Wes Green

Utterly fantastic.
Amazing staff, food was fast and the bbq ribs change people's lives for the better!
Thank you again, we will be back :-)

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Justin Kahotea

upon entering Fat Cow we felt the atmosphere created by the staff was amazing. Great customer service. Was our first experience with both first table and Fat cow and we absolutely loved it. The pork belly was to die for and the kids meals were by far the stand out for us. Our tamariki are our pride an joy and they found the beef burger chips and ice cream to be the best the have had in town. Highly recommend using first table and having a beautiful, delicious night out at fat cow.

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Always nice to dine out with friends on a winters night. Enjoyed the atmosphere and brisket was delicious!

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Courtney Ashton

Wonderful experience from the moment we walked in! Amazing decor, friendly staff, and plenty of blackboards with the menu on it. Such a creative way of displaying the menu! The food came out quite quickly, and presented on big trays. I’d recommend the wings to start with (especially the bbq). Next time I would opt for the selection of food shared between 2 or more, to sample more of their food! Dessert was AMAZING! I had the bourbon and pecan pie - I could eat that all day! Will be going back again for sure!

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the food was AMAZING!!! and the service was OUTSTANDING!!! we will definitely be back with the rest of the family next time. Our faves were the chicken wings and the pecan and bourbon dessert.

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Always great food and service at The Fat Cow. Such a great place to spend family time with a great atmosphere and warmth from the fire!

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Adriana Summers

What a lovely evening we've had! Fantastic food (delicious smokey ribs was our choice), friendly staff and nice ambience, layout. The pecan & bourbon pie with vanilla ice cream was divine :)
Thank you, we will return for sure!

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Hinerua Gear

Mean kai! Awesome atmosphere and staff were very attentive. Will deffs go back :)

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Natalia Tomonaga

Great place for sharing platter. Food, service and ambience were spot on :)

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Nicky Lusby

Would highly recommend to all, The atmosphere was awesome,the food lovely staff very friendly and the menu was presented personally to to each table on a big board and explained by the waitress/ waiter will definitely be booking her again thanks Nicky and Kyle

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Daniella Rottier

It's a brilliant restaurant with delicious food, fun atmosphere and lovely staff. I will be going back and back again with friends and family!

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Jess Paterson

Fun casual restaurant with great flavoursome meat. The sharing platter for two is definitely worth it.

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Arthur LeComte

Very yummy kai. Lovely atmosphere and great customer service. Would definitely be going again. Love those shared platters and buttermilk chicken.

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David Hayward

Had a great night. We booked for 4 people and we all enjoyed everything. The Mac and cheese was a hit all around.

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Bernie Roodt

If you like a loud,Smokey dinner experience then this restaurant will tick your boxes.The pulled meat was tender and very enjoyable. Unfortunately our kumara fries and roast veggies were way overdone.The whole experience wasn't the group's cup of tea but we could see many others would enjoy it.

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Excellent food and service. Best gourmet barbeque in town!

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We had a lovely meal. Our 2 year old loves the sharing platter. The pecan pie was exceptional.

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Helen Armistead

Excellent friendly service and the food was divine. We will be back again and again

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