Cuisine: A La Carte, Barbeque, Grill
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+

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 11:30 am - 3:30 pm // 4:30 pm - 9pm

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

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The Fat Cow
Location: Mount Maunganui
Cuisine: A La Carte, Barbeque, Grill
Mains: $25 - $35+

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Amazing as usual! Always our favourite place! Took the kids with us for the first time, they were given a colouring and activity page on arrival- so good! Service was incredible. helpful and friendly staff and the new-look restaurant is awesome! Meals 10/10 as always! Thank you!

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AWESOME renovation. It great to be able to see the chefs cook on the fire. The smell is fantastic. We will be back!!! Food was amazing and the Pecan Pie was the best we've ever eaten!!!

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Stephanie Prendergast

What.A.Restaurant!

This place is a must when in Mt Maunganui. The atmosphere, the menu and the craft beers were top quality and the staff were friendly and knowledgeable on their products. The food and beverage menu itself was wheeled over on a blackboard, which was a novelty in itself, and the craft beers were presented in large milk bottles which was a nice point of difference!

As we were dining as a group of 4, we went with a platter style menu with a selection of meats and side dishes, including a tasty mac 'n' cheese and a smokey baked bean dish. The meal was beautifully presented for our party, with the pork belly & salmon being personal highlights.

We thankfully managed to make room for desserts, enjoying pecan & bourbon pie, churros and chocolate fudge brownie. Unfortunately I did not get to sample any of the delicious sounding cocktails from the menu, but I will certainly be back here again when in the area.

Thanks team for a great night - highlight of our trip to the Bay of Plenty :)

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Eleanor Moore

We had a shared platter for 2 and 10 wings which was more than enough. On the platter we really enjoyed the steak and crunchy chicken in particular from the meats, Sausage and pork were fine, smaller portions. Hot chips were perfect, huge and super crunchy mmmmm. Beans ok but not as richly flavoured as the first time I ate here. Buffalo flavour were the best of the wings, I love the acidity, barbecue flavour were fine. Have heard great things about the desserts here too, sadly we were too full!

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Samuel Orr

Awesome as. Polite and helpful staff, loved the chicken wings compliments to the chef, drinks were tasty and overall delightful dining experience.

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Oriwa Callaghan

My partner and I love the welcome, positive, amazing vibe and service that we received whilst dining at The Fat Cow. The food is so amazing, portioned well, presented even better, and fulls the belly quick! The atmosphere is amazing, also the way they roll the menu board and show us how to order is so different and amazing, I love it. I highly recommend dining at The Fat Cow. THANK YOU!

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Carolynne Masson

So many times we have looked in on First Table to find Fat Cow fully booked...now we know why! The food, the service, everything is a definite 10 out of 10! We both opted for steak, oh my word, it looked amazing and the steak literally melts in your mouth! Great selection of beer/cider on tap and a comprehensive menu, Fat Cow is a Must-try at the Mount. We will certainly go back again and again!

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Awesome experience. Beware the portion sizes are amazing. Cooked to perfection and excellent and attentive waiting service.
We had the special full side of ribs (15) and a 450gm scotch fillet.
Yummy and well presented.
Highly recommended for those with a good appetite!

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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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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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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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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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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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Geraldine Tawa

Delicious experience, I loved that the menu was ever changing, so kind of a surprise as you didn't know what you were going to get. The platter was scrumptious, never seen such fat fries, and the brisket was melt in your mouth goodness! If you were ever hesitating to have a bourbon pecan pie for dessert, just do it! Right up there with 1 of the most amazing desserts ever! Will be back for the ribs

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Evey Dickson

Food was amazing meat melts in ur mouth the sides were delicious as well those fries best fries ever big chunky and crispy we totally enjoyed ourselves high recommend this place have shared to my personal facebook page so all my friends and whanau know about this place and will try it out for themselves..

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Love how welcoming the staff are at Fat Cow. Great food, great atmosphere and love the new look and menu

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Jon Keate

Wow wow wow!
Great friendly service and spectacular cusine (aka MEAT!)
Get down here peeps, you won't be disappointed..!

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Our dining experience with Fat Cow was great. We ordered a large sharing platter and many sides and were very satisfied. We enjoyed test tasting the beers before ordering one.

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We have eaten here about 5-6 times now and each time the food and service is impeccable!!!
Definite value for money with decent portion sizes. We will be going back again and again...

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perfect

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Amazing as usual! Always our favourite place! Took the kids with us for the first time, they were given a colouring and activity page on arrival- so good! Service was incredible. helpful and friendly staff and the new-look restaurant is awesome! Meals 10/10 as always! Thank you!

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Nikita Murphy-Ninness

Me and my parter absolutely adore this place - since their refit I personally feel the food is of higher presentation standard and the staff seem more welcoming. Our go to is the share platter (the meat selection on this platter seems to get better with every visit!). Also, their mac n cheese is our no. 1 favourite side dish

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From the door being held open for us as we came in,the service here was amazing, the best we've experienced anywhere. It was great being able to see the steaks as they cooked, and the steaks when they arrived at our table were tender, well cooked, and fantastic - definitely the highlight of our meals. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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We haven’t been out for dinner for ages and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the service- staff were very friendly and accommodating. We took friends who also enjoyed their dinner and were pleasantly surprised. Thank you, We’ll be back

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AWESOME renovation. It great to be able to see the chefs cook on the fire. The smell is fantastic. We will be back!!! Food was amazing and the Pecan Pie was the best we've ever eaten!!!

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Steve Bell

Great deal, enjoyed the food and atmosphere - thanks

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Donelle Moore

Awesome Experience! Very enjoyable meal. The food was divine and the portions are huuuge! Definitely coming back!

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Thomas Zoetman

Food and the service (Sunny) where simply amazing. Love the meat and the pecan pie!

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Stephanie Prendergast

What.A.Restaurant!

This place is a must when in Mt Maunganui. The atmosphere, the menu and the craft beers were top quality and the staff were friendly and knowledgeable on their products. The food and beverage menu itself was wheeled over on a blackboard, which was a novelty in itself, and the craft beers were presented in large milk bottles which was a nice point of difference!

As we were dining as a group of 4, we went with a platter style menu with a selection of meats and side dishes, including a tasty mac 'n' cheese and a smokey baked bean dish. The meal was beautifully presented for our party, with the pork belly & salmon being personal highlights.

We thankfully managed to make room for desserts, enjoying pecan & bourbon pie, churros and chocolate fudge brownie. Unfortunately I did not get to sample any of the delicious sounding cocktails from the menu, but I will certainly be back here again when in the area.

Thanks team for a great night - highlight of our trip to the Bay of Plenty :)

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Eleanor Moore

We had a shared platter for 2 and 10 wings which was more than enough. On the platter we really enjoyed the steak and crunchy chicken in particular from the meats, Sausage and pork were fine, smaller portions. Hot chips were perfect, huge and super crunchy mmmmm. Beans ok but not as richly flavoured as the first time I ate here. Buffalo flavour were the best of the wings, I love the acidity, barbecue flavour were fine. Have heard great things about the desserts here too, sadly we were too full!

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Emma Wilson

Always a treat coming here we love the food suits both a meat lover and a vegan which is usually a nightmare. Vegan Mac n cheese is the best I have had hubby loved his meal he had the platter for 2 which he just about managed to eat himself. I helped with the chips =]

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Luke Boys

Awesome food, excellent service. Really nice atmosphere

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The food was fabulous...my partner said it was best medium/rare steak he had whilst eating out in years. I had the fried chicken which was very nice and tastiest roast vegetables I have ever had. definitely will be going there again.

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Melody King

Really enjoyable evening celebrating our daughters birthday. We shared three meats and three sides between us and found that to be more than enough. The pork belly, brisket and buttermilk chicken were all cooked and presented well with the smoked meats having a really nice flavour. Sides of green salad, Kumara fries, and roasted vegetables complimented the meats. Service was friendly and not in your face, meals arrived quickly. We will definitely book again.

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Samuel Orr

Awesome as. Polite and helpful staff, loved the chicken wings compliments to the chef, drinks were tasty and overall delightful dining experience.

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Fab food.Meat cooked to perfection.A tip.
Try the take on Irish coffee,s.
Peter Hemi (Regular )

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Oriwa Callaghan

My partner and I love the welcome, positive, amazing vibe and service that we received whilst dining at The Fat Cow. The food is so amazing, portioned well, presented even better, and fulls the belly quick! The atmosphere is amazing, also the way they roll the menu board and show us how to order is so different and amazing, I love it. I highly recommend dining at The Fat Cow. THANK YOU!

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Gloria Hyung Suk Song

Awesome! Nice atmosphere with good servers. We went FATCOW for ma hubby's birthday, food was just right. Sharing platters were yummy and kids meals were good. Oh, the location is so good for family, playground for kids is just cross the road. Kids finished their meal and ran to the playground, I and hubby could have nice cocktail&beer time together at last :)

P.s drinks not go with firsttable. We should've known this before :( Haha

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This is the third time we have been to fat cow, we order the shared platter for two, it is enough for the both of us and as always the food was delicious

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Carolynne Masson

So many times we have looked in on First Table to find Fat Cow fully booked...now we know why! The food, the service, everything is a definite 10 out of 10! We both opted for steak, oh my word, it looked amazing and the steak literally melts in your mouth! Great selection of beer/cider on tap and a comprehensive menu, Fat Cow is a Must-try at the Mount. We will certainly go back again and again!

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Elaine Dixon

Good atmosphere and nice food. We had the sharing plate which is a great way to sample the menu for a first visit.

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Paul Fenwick

Second experience. Just as good. Great food had scotch fillet and salmon. Nice friendly and attentive staff.
Highly recommended

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Janelle Smith

Fab food and service, will def be back

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Melanie Fisher

Lovely food and lovely service, thanks team :)

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Joy Webster

Visited for hubbys birthday. Sharing platter for 2 didn't look alot however was very filling. Meats well cooked and tasteful, venison sausage nice spices. Waiter recommended sangria, good flavours, very refreshing. Have recommended to others, would return. Music was a just a smidge loud.

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Awesome experience. Beware the portion sizes are amazing. Cooked to perfection and excellent and attentive waiting service.
We had the special full side of ribs (15) and a 450gm scotch fillet.
Yummy and well presented.
Highly recommended for those with a good appetite!

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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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Jon Keate

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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Sarah Astwood

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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