About Red Cow
Red Cow is Steak Frites in Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood. A classic French brasserie featuring housemade charcuterie, local shellfish, a full bar, and a robust offering of steak to choose from.
Seattle, WA 98122
Northwest, French, Steak
Hours of Operation:
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Sunday through Thursday
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM Friday and Saturday
E Union St
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
Red Cow Ratings and Reviews
Red Cow was a wonderful experience from beginning to end. What a pleasure to have superior service combined with astonishly delicious food. The red wine granita served with the oysters was fabulous. My husband said his filet mignon was simply the best he had ever eaten in a restaurant (and he’s a New Yorker). My daughter, her friend and I all had the scrumptious vol au vent.
The appetizers and dessert were excellent. However the waiter's attitude and the main course were not. The waiter was condescending from the beginning of the meal to the end. Perhaps that was due to the obligatory 20% service fee. The entree was rib eye steak for two. At least 1/3 of it was gristle. When my wife complained to the waiter he said that was due to the cut of meat. That was absurd, but it was pointless to argue with him because of his attitude.
Red Cow is one of our neighborhood restaurants and a mere 5 minutes from home. The menu is excellent and preparation and presentation perfect. The wine list presents excellent selection and reasonable prices. The hostess and wait staff provided excellent service. We will return soon.
Tuesday evening visit for the first time to Red Cow. Decided on this restaurant because of reviews and Ethan Stowell's reputation around Seattle. Ordered items: Tongue charcuterie appetizer, frisee salad with bacon, side of haricot vertes, moules et frites curry style, tomato soup. My friend and I found the food overall, disappointingly, -- mediocre. The service was attentive and polite; not the place for a quiet conversation at all. Don't mind paying the price if I get a "knock your socks" meal. I even read the reviews before making my reservation.
Of course a place called Red Cow knows how to cook a piece of beef, but the pork, fish, and chicken dishes I've had were terrific too - as were the sides. Yes, they also know how to cook green beans and broccoli. The staff knows their menu and make informed recommendations about wine pairings. The wine list always has a mix of PNW standards and interesting new finds. The price point is high enough that we don't eat there every week, but the food and experience are such that it's not a 'special occasion only' spot either.
We sat outside on a warm summer night. The five-piece charcuterie board was a great mix of flavors, and plenty as an appetizer for six. Cocktails were interesting, tasty and strong. Draught beer came in what I assume was a 12oz glass (it was definitely smaller than 16oz), which was a small disappointment. Between us we had three different types of steak and the roast chicken, all excellent. The frites are good but would be even better if twice as thick. The waiter brought me malt vinegar, which is the greatest condiment there is for good fries. For dessert, profiteroles were large, light and fluffy - about as good as I've had anywhere. Dinner for 6 came to about $450, including 20% service charge, which seemed good value for the quality.
The steaks are always perfect, and the burger is one of the best in the area. All the dishes are fresh and seasonal, and exceptionally prepared. The space is clean and inviting, and seeing the open kitchen makes it obvious that everyone is working hard to make the customer's dining experience perfect.
My husband had the Filet Mignon. He likes his steak well done and he said the steak was tender and delicious. I had the Vol Au Vent and it was excellent. The service was great. We had a 6 pm reservation and the restaurant was not yet full. Toward the end of our dinner it began to get a little louder, so I would suggest an earlier reservation if you do not like loud restaurants.
But I would definitely recommend this restaurant. We live close so we walked to dinner. That is one of the nice things about local neighborhood restaurants.
Always interested to find good French food in Seattle, Red Cow is a good restaurant in a cool urban space. Fairly meat heavy, as expected when going French, the courses were abundant and overall seemed reasonably priced by today's standards. One of our group thought the roast 1/2 chicken was good but not a stand-out, the burger was good and juicy, the recommended vol-au-vent tasty but wasn't sure what to say about it to recommend it other than flaky and rich full of delicious mushrooms, the salmon was very nice. Desserts were really good as well. The wine list could use some additional under $50 options...very few to choose from for those of us not inclined to spend a chunk of change on wine. Cocktails were excellent.
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