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
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.
Such a lovely place. I can't say enough nice things about this restaurant. The food is delicious (I would eat my own hand if it had their Béarnaise sauce on it). The staff, particularly the host, are charming, professional and attentive. It is a great place to go to.
We always enjoy going here for special occasions or just for a GREAT consistent Meal! Johnny is a great host and manager and always accommodates us and takes great care of us each and every time! I highly recommend the split pea soup when in season as well as the Beet salad and the steaks! Also they have a great wine as well as tequila selection! We have never left disappointed. Thanks RED COW for being consistent and always delivering. We will see you soon!
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!
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