Cowfish
Cowfish

Cowfish

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://cowfishlander.com/
  • Phone: 3073328227
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Contemporary American, Brewery
  • Executive Chef: Chris McDonald
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have two private dining rooms and a private outdoor deck. We can accommodate parties from 10-60 people. Rooms must be reserved in advance and special menus are available.
  • Private Party Contact: Caitlin Hereford 3073328227

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 1st
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have our own private parking lot next to the restaurant.
A word from Cowfish
Located inside a historic and beautifully restored 100 year old brick building, Cowfish offers a fun and lively atmosphere paired with excellent food and knowledgeable service. Our menu features hand cut steaks, local grass fed burgers, fresh fish and our innovative pastas and salads. All our beers are brewed on site by the Lander Brewing Co. Its popular lineup of refreshing, made from scratch microbrews includes beers that have won awards at the Great American Beer festival, the World Beer Cup and other competitions. Enjoy a romantic dinner in our candlelit dining room or a more casual dining experience in our pub. In the summer, we offer the added attraction of dining on our outdoor patio under a trellis of wild Cascade hops.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Cowfish reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (20)neighborhood gem (19)special occasion (15)good for groups (15)fit for foodies (14)hot spot (11)vibrant bar scene (6)notable wine list (5)romantic (5)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (3)scenic view (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Has it all
    LanderGuy
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    With a reservation, these guys are really accommodating to just about anything. Inside can be intimate and quite, the back room is great for groups, and the patio is great if you have kids. Food is phenomenal, and there's plenty of variety on their menu for just about anyone. The owner is also really active and supportive of the community.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    WYPinecone
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Codfish is my favorite restaurant in Lander. Dinner was great that night and we had a good time. My only complaint would be we asked for a spot that was somewhat private and quiet and we were placed in the dining room. I would have preferred a room on the alternative dinning area. Otherwise it was great as usual!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • COWFISH DOES NOT HONOR OPEN TABLE
    NorthHillsian
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    CowFish does not accept reservations made with opentable even though open table allows you to make them. Please fix that ASAP.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • surprising find in small town
    Treet2eat
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    A real gem in a small town. The food is fantastic. We have been there several times in the past two years and the menu has new dishes every time. Service has always been great,with attentive and knowledgeable staff. Great wine list and bar service. They use local ingredients when possible and great craft beer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent & Yet Innovative
    Landerite
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Expanded outdoor dining enhances the summer appeal of this solid restaurant. It has become a Lander favorite. Specials always add a touch of interesting and the regular menu continues to innovate. One of Wyoming's best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    Foodlover
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The Cowfish is a local favorite! Great food and fun atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cowfish blows our minds once again
    amdee1979
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My wife and I only have a couple opportunities every so often to take advantage of a date night with having a small child. When we do get the opportunity, we choose Cowfish! This was only our second time visiting and just like the first time, this place delivered another amazing dinner. Enough cannot be said about the quality of the sushi, wine, staff and atmosphere of this restaurant. Our waitress took the time to investigate what kinds of wine and sushi we liked and made strong suggestions which we obliged to try. This place is just absurd... absurdly delicious! Oh, and don't ever try the parmesan cheese fries because you will never be able to stop eating them!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a trip to Lander
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We had a party of 10, and received attentive but discrete service, great recommendations for our entree choices and tasty food! Steaks were a bit overdone, but everything else was delicious! Worth a visit to Lander, and deserving of it's great reputation!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Diner
    shirll60
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We all enjoyed our experience of dining at Cowfish very much. The food was good, the service good, and the all around experience of dining at the Cowfish was very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday supper
    tomandsuzi
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The food was very good. The service was excellent. The beer was outstanding. I especially liked the barleywine. We will definitely visit this restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Charliebrown
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great food, great service. I love the beer and appetizer's keep up the good work and quality of food
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced/Overrated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This restaurant is trying to be a big city trendy restaurant in the small town of Lander Wyoming. It is way overpriced and the food was marginal. I ordered the sirloin steak with 3 schrimp kabob on top and garlic mashed potatoes, they call this dish something that I don't recall. The steak was a bit over cooked as I ordered it medium rare and was cold. The shrimp was way over cooked and cold. I did not receive the garlic mashed potatoes but something else, although it was tasty.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, good beer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Eight of us ate dinner at the cowfish. The food was very good and the beer was very good as we'll. I was surprised by the menu options. You can eat for a reasonable price from the pub menu or pay a little more money and order from the dinner menu. Our group ordered items from both menus and everyone was very happy with the food. I would definitely recommend and go back there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brewery find
    steamboatflyer
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Found shortly after our afternoon arrival in town with large group bike ride through its vibrant yellow color and interesting name and graphic, we ate lunch at the adjacent Gannett Grill also run by the brewery and thoroughly enjoyed it and headed back with a group of 10 for dinner. They were unable to accommodate the time requested but called and suggested options. Interesting menu which includes pub food as well as more elaborate mains and appetizers. I thoroughly enjoyed my baby kale Caesar salad and crisped Brussels sprouts spaghetti carbonara which was perfectly cooked. Service was good under very busy conditions. Based in what was formerly a brick car repair shop, the interiors are modern and industrial.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was great
    Wyocuban
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Our server was so attentive to our needs and the food as a so tasty
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Excellent, Service Not so Much
    jusi
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We had a reservation for 8 pm. I checked in at the host stand at 7:55 pm and then watched several groups of people get seated before us. I finally intervened with the host at 8:15 pm as he was about to seat 2 more people in front of us. I told him we had a reservation and he sat us down right away and offered us a free cocktail. I'm pretty sure the host was one of the owners so it was disappointing that the owner didn't acknowledge our reservation, especially after I checked in with him before our reservation time. But that aside, the food was outstanding and so was the free mojito. It was the best mojito I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • June 11, 2014
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Our reserved table was waiting. The service was prompt (but not rushed) and cordial. The entrées met our expectations. We sat in the dining room which was only partially occupied during our visit but the noise level was still more than desired.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something new to try
    slowloris
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    It's always a pleasure to eat here; the menu offers a deep variety and the specials are special. This time we sampled the Brussels Sprouts appetizer and were quite taken by their crisp deliciousness. Staff are helpful, friendly and informative. It's a great choice for locals to take their out-of-towners as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 57 reviews are from the Cowfish reviews archive.
  • If the service matched the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The food is always amazing at Cowfish. The place is a family favorite when we are craving a great night out. The service is touch and go but won't prevent a future visit.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Enjoy My Visits
    wyominggirl
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We live in Farson and every time we have to go through Lander we will eat here and sometimes even make a special trip for the good food. This is the nicest restaurant we have found in Wyoming. Service is always pleasant and food is great. I even saw the bartender check the glasses before she sat them back on the rack to reuse, today it's hard to find a place to eat that cares about serving clean glassware!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good night out
    rodeobellewy
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I eat here once or twice a month with friends. I usually order steak or shrimp because this is not what I cook at home. Both dishes are always so good. Staff is always pleasant.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great.
    Leslie
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We are never disappointed in this this restaurant and will always return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time, loved it
    NorthHillsian
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    It looks cool and the food is great! I was surprised by the price. It was lower than I expected!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved our dinner!!! The food
    Sportygirl77VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Loved our dinner!!! The food is amazing and so was our waiter Jeff!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Food But Crowded
    Cowgirl6
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Cowfish has become a very popular place in our little town and it can be difficult to even eat there unless you have reservations. The food was delicious and exquisite, everything was sanitary, and our waitress Heather was friendly and accomodating. However, they have jam-packed as many people as can humanly fit into the restaurant and you can barely walk to your seat. I could hear everything the people around us were saying as they were all about 3 feet away, which didn't lend itself to a romantic, private dinner. A heavy-set person would have a hard time just squeezing through the chairs to get to a seat. I would love to see Cowfish expand their space so they can fit more people and so that it is more comfortable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Went for our 30th anniversary. It's been very good and previous experiences. We both got rib eye steaks which turned out to be so tough and stringy we couldn't eat much. We ended up leaving most of it on the plate.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 20th Anniversary Treat
    Pickymom
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Our family of 4 adult eaters came away extraordinarily satisfied with each of our meals. A salmon, 2 steaks and a meatloaf all prepared to perfection, with ample quantity and excellent quality. The Cowfish didn't disappoint in the least. Steaks cooked MR just right, salmon flavorful and moist with unique but yummy polenta and grilled asparagus. You don't get meatloaf in a fine-dining restaurant everyday, but this was tasty, moist with enough to save as tomorrow's lunch. It's spendy but worth it if you're going to take the plunge. March Madness 2 for 1 entrees helps.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in the Area
    Givemelocal
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    It's hard to find good food in a rural area, but Cowfish makes it possible. They have great specials and deals, like BOGO for the month of March. The calamari was a odd blend of flavors, but props for originality. The entrees and dessert were fantastic. I had the salmon, while my fiance had the ribs, both were cooked perfectly. We both greatly enjoyed dinner with very generous portions and decided to try dessert. We had the chocolate cake, we were warned by our waitress that it is cooked to order and takes 15 minutes. We had the time and are very thankful we waited. Delicious! Food, service and ambience were great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Appreciate March madness
    RKNRJM
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    This restaurant runs a special on entrees through out March. Gives us an opportunity to try some new dishes. The staff is very friendly and accommodates as best they can those without reservations.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still can't sit in the restaurant
    WantedMore
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Made reservations for my anniversary. Under special remarks, I put down, restaurant only, do NOT want the bar/lounge. They stuck us in the bar again. (My wife encourgaged me not to make a scene and just eat in there). Server was great, she was really busy but still did a good job and always had a smile. Ordered a steak medium. It came out medium rare. I have a policy, never to send food back to the kitchen. So I had it med rare. Overall we enjoyed ourselves. However, this is the second time I have requested not to sit in the bar and they seat me there. Not sure if I will eat there again since I detest being in bars.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Extras!!!
    landeagogal
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Be aware that all offerings, soup or salad? will add $$ to the ticket. A wedge salad $9 becomes $10 if split in the kitchen. It's as if each offer has a cost attached. Once you catch on...it's manageable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor service.
    Alona
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Yesterday was the first time I dined out at your restaurant. The interior was great. Food was outstanding! However our service was lacking. We never got the bread we ordered. Our steak was served first, followed by the salads 2 minutes after, and our appetizer another 5 minutes later. As you can imagine our table was overcrowded with plates, not to mention we did not appreciate getting our food out of order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice evening.
    goodfood
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    My husband and I went out on a date and enjoyed our time very much. We appreciated the discount with March Madness! Food was yummy, although I wish there were veges served with main dishes. Ambiance great, and enjoyed that kids were in the restaurant and not shunned. Casual feel, but you can dress up a bit and enjoy that, too. Our waitress was super nice and friendly. One of the best we have ever had. She works as a teacher, but is working at the Cowfish for now.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never a let down.
    OneHappyRose
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I have been to the Cowfish multiple times and have never had a bad experience. Always a friendly wait staff and know the products and services Cowfish offers. I would say to make a reservation becuase this place is the place to be!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forced 18%grat
    Afan
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Wasn't happy about forced to pay 18% gratuity . That should be a choice based on service. The service was great don't get me wrong But I don't like to not have a choice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Open table
    dartbrenda
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    While my experience at the cow fish in raleigh was outstanding, opentable actually made the reservation at cow fish in Wyoming? Why? I live in nc. The manager at the cow fish at north hills actually honored the reservation after we finally realized the mistake since they do not use opentable. He was great, but I am seriously upset with opentable. This could have ruined a celebration night for our group!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice restaurant, fair food
    JDCF
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This restaurant was recommended to my husband and I due to its reputation for great steaks. We had reservations and were seated in a prompt manner (within 5 minutes). The atmosphere was very nice and service was great. However, we really did not enjoy our meal. The steaks (dry rub ribeye) were dry (cooked medium-well) and the rub gave the steaks a burnt flavor. I enjoyed the roasted potatoes. However, my husband wanted to get french fries and the waiter told him that the chefs put together the choices as they should be eaten. Both my husband and I really enjoyed the fried leeks. The wine was reasonably priced. My husband ordered soda and it was really flat tasting. Overall, it just wasn't the experience we expected for a $100 meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I caught you a delicious bass
    Mpeep
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The server talked us into the Sea Bass over ratatouille, and it was amazing. I asked her if they had the fish flown in and she said yes, just that morning. So great to be able to get excellent dining in such a small Wyoming town. Keep it up Cowfish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Great Experience
    Kitty
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Terrific steak dinners--among the very best we have ever had! A tip of the hat to all involved; enjoyed the evening very much and will definitely eat ther again whenever we happen to pass through Lander.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must stop in Lander, Wyoming
    sky1
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We were a party of six and chose the Cowfish for a great night out or a special occasion. This was Valentines dinner and they did a superb job both in terms of food and service. There staff is always three steps above most places. Well trained, very attentive and spot on for quality service. The food at the Cowfish is tops every time. The presentation, preparation, quality are consistently excellent. This restaurant is a real gem for our community and for folks coming through town it is a "not to miss" part of the Wyoming experience. You will be going home saying "we had dinner at a restaurant with a funny name that was better than 95% of the restaurants we have ever eaten at anywhere."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.