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
The service was fine, and that's the problem if your going to place a service charge upfront, which I agree with, I expect the service to be better than places that don't or can't place service charges. The waiter wasn't my cup of tea personality wise he was a hard read, and treated us like we didn't belong or were out of place. We go to Red Cow about twice a year, given all of the other options in the city both brand new and established I think twice is a lot for people who live in West Seattle and eat out about six times a month. I was never relaxed and that makes me feel bad
The term "neighborhood gem" could not be more appropriate for this great place. Everyone should have a place like this to walk to a couple times a week. It has the sophistication and humble charm I now see as a trademark Ethan Stowell restaurant experience. How they get such great people to staff this place in crazy boom town Seattle is a real feat in itself. Highly recommended.
I have eaten at Red Cow many times. It is the restaurant I took my nephew to the night my father died. It was therefore a natural selection when I returned from my new home in Denver and wanted to take my nephew and niece out to a special meal.
The male waiter ruined the experience. While the food was fantastic, the horrible servixe destroyed any memory of it. He was abrupt when he was rarely present, and when he finally attempted to take our order in the empty restaurant, viewing myself and my young family members didn't inquire about our order but instead said, "so, are we just having burgers tonight?"
We ordered bread, the frisée salad the $55 ribeye, and several other items.
It took nearly a full hour for our order to be taken, again, in an empty restaurant. I could see and hear the male waiter and the female hostess talking about our table and seemingly purposefully choosing to ignore us after I curtly told the waiter we would be ordering more than just burgers.
The female waitress who eventually took over was kind but damage was done. I may not dine at Red Cow again because of this experience.
We have been to Red Cow a few times our last trip for my fiancé's birthday was very disappointing. Our past visits were amazing. This time we got poor service, long wait for our food, and food came out luke warm. I used to rave how this was such a great place for steak however we might switch back to going to Daniels. I was even more upset when we got the bill and there was a 20% service charge and it all made sense. I am normally a 20% tipper and I was ready to leave nearly 0% for the service we received. We won't be visiting this again restaurant again for a while. Extremely disappointed.
I was shocked when they charged $4 for 6 quarter-inch slices of a baguettes (1/4 loaf). The food was good but lacked any wow factor. The creme brûlée was burned and tasted charred rather than caramelized. This was my third visit to red cow, and the first two times were awesome. Less than impressed this time around.
Absolutely delicious!! We started with the grilled calamari which was a great choice and then both had two different cuts of steak. Both were delicious although I selected medium and mine was more on the rare side. We also had the mushrooms on the side which were amazing!
We love Red Cow and keep going back- But for the amazing service and atmosphere, not for the steak. Unfortunately, they need to change their meat supplier (or something), because our $47 (!!!) NY Strip last night was really really lacking. Although cooked correctly, medium rate, was tough, flavorless meat. :(
We will be back because we love the service and atmosphere, but please please change your meat supplier if you want to charge those prices!
I don't mind the 20% service charge included on our bill, however service was lacking the night we dined. Service was friendly, but our server was not very attentive for such a small space restaurant. Ordered the Roasted Bone Marrow and Hanger Steak and it was cooked perfectly. I would try this place again and hopefully service will improve.
Overall good meal, but on a Saturday night they were out of "anything with a bone in it" which was 5 out of the 8 steak options they had. The restaurant did try to make up for it, especially after the were out of the wine we ordered and out of the short ribs.
Went for Valentines day. Nearly everything that was served was undercooked (Including mussels that made me sick for the rest of the night). The food overall was mediocre and bland and for the price we paid I expected much better. Seattle has so many wonderful fine dining establishments, don't waste your time with Ethan Stowell's. This is the second of his restaurants we have been to and have been completely underwhelmed both times.
Staff is excellent and beyond accommodating. Cocktails were spot on with fresh ingredients. Frites addicting. Steaks were cooked as a work of art. Only negative to speak of was poached egg in salad way undercooked for my taste. That may be how it's supposed to be done, but i did not care for it. I love soft poached eggs in ramen. This was liquid. Just saying! Would definitely come back and happy hour the heck out of this little gem...
Dinner was delicious! We ordered the beet salad, parsnip soup, Brussels sprouts, steak and frites, and crime brûlée. The salad and brussel sprouts were soooo good! I could have just had those for an entire meal ;). The fries are amazing as well. Creme brûlée was great, much larger then we expected. Overall meal was amazing!
I don't mind 20% tips (22% since it includes tax) but you really expect the service to be at least mediocre for that sum. Waitress did not know a red wine from the whites - when looking at her own wine menu - didn't know the specials, etc. Maybe it was her first day...
One of my personal favorite restaurants in Seattle but for some reason on 2/2/17, while absolutely delicious, all main meals and side dishes arrived at the table cold. Vegetables were served in cast iron skillets which were stone cold. All extremely odd for an otherwise first class restaurant. The staff were apologetic and chef said he was sorry too. We did not make a fuss and preferred not to send any of it back. There were some mutterings about how if we wanted anything just to ask. Of course all we wanted was for the food to have been served hot in the first place which was now impossible. I don't run or own a restaurant but given the obvious faux pas, our lack of complaint, and no additional hassle caused by us sending food back I thought that would have been an ideal moment to make a kind gesture with an offer to comp some of the food or a bottle of wine or something like that but that was not forthcoming. Red Cow is far too good for me to boycott it . I just hope they can forgive me every time I come in from now on I'm going to be very annoying and ask that hot food be served hot but I believe I have earned the right to ask.
Spending half of what you would at the Net for the same or better quality, this killer Ethan Stowell steakhouse is in a nice neighborhood and a very cozy atmosphere. I could bathe in the aioli with the fries. Brussels are a must. Mushrooms good too. Get the oversized ribeye and eat the fat. Roll yourself home.
The food was excellent. Portions are perfect - not so large that you're overstuffed when you leave but not so small that you're still hungry. One thing that was a little frustrating was that they were out of several items that we wanted to order (marrow bones, trout almondine, fromage frais). When we got to the third item, the fromage frais, the waitress kindly offered another one on the house. All the more reason for us to go back, I suppose.
The only downside was we attempted to substitute the fries for the side salad. We received the salad before the dinner and then fries with the dinner. And we were charged for the salads. I did eat the fries too, so did not want to complain. But there was a misstep in communication in regards to the substitution. The menu does indicate that a side salad can be substituted, and a neighboring table did just that.
Really other than that it was a very nice place and I would go back.
Our dinner was delicious and the service outstanding. My only objection was the closeness of the tables. The couple next to us was very interested in our conversation and even "contributed" a few times with some rather personal comments. Could have done without that although we got a good laugh out of it as we walked back to the car.
The oysters are small, usually I like mine a bit plump. Smoked trout and bone marrow are delicious. Steaks are tender and cooked perfectly. However, a bit more salt would be more flavorful. We finish with the coffee ice cream. The ice-cream is good, but the pastries are plain dried. This restaurant has an automatic 20% tip. At first, I was afraid of bad service but our server is very attentive and I love both the red and white wine that she recommended.
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