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.
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
We had a nice time and the food was good ...
We had a nice time and the food was good but spendy. It was 4 of us and we had 2 bottles of wine, 2 cocktails, a couple of apps, dinner, no dessert and it was $600 (including mandatory 20% gratuity). I think that is pretty spendy and it better be fantastic for that price. It was good, not great.
Overall the experience was wonderful. I ...
Overall the experience was wonderful. I did not rate it a 5 however, because I scheduled the reservation for a birthday and didn't get the experience I was quite expecting. I was asked if we were coming for a special occasion over the phone when confirming the reservation, and then again mentioned it once when we arrived. We mentioned it to our server and after the entrees a different staff member (not our server), came over to ask if we were there for a special occasion, which we confirmed again. However, there was no acknowledgement other than that, which I found to be pretty strange. No desert, singing, etc. I was pretty disappointed since the reservation confirmer made it a point to ask about it up front.
Been here a few times now. Food is very ...
Been here a few times now. Food is very good. Overall the noise level was a bit too high for my dad, who is in his early 60's and a bit hard of hearing. For my wife and I in our early 30's the noise was totally fine.
Definitely has a casual fine dining feel to it. No need to wear a suit, but you still get a quality dining experience.
This is a great special occasion/intimat ...
This is a great special occasion/intimate/date night type place. The food was amazing - everything from the cocktails, the steak selection, the appetizers, the decor - perfect for couples or small groups. I would have tried the dessert selection but I was too full after a few appetizers, a salad, and a steak plate. I would rank Red Cow as one of the best steak restaurants in Seattle. This restaurant although an Ethan Stowell (which are all amazing) somehow makes a steak dinner out not feel so stuffy/franchise-y. It wasn't an arm and a leg for dinner and the price definitely made it worth it. I also really appreciated the service here. Everyone from the greeting at the door, to being seated, throughout the meal, and even when we left provided amazing service. I already cannot wait to come back here and have already recommended this restaurants to several friends family and colleagues this past week.
Great service from the manager, he even ...
Great service from the manager, he even remembered us from our last time there (well over a year ago when I was still pregnant! This time we brought some new friends with us). However, the service was incredibly slow from our waiter. It was obvious that the manager noticed this too because the manager had to come to service our table multiple times while our server was always missing-in-action. We were given a complimentary carafe of wine without asking for anything. It was also disappointing that the waiter was not only very slow and but also didn't offer us dessert and made the excuse that they were all out....well, maybe if you had been faster with taking our orders then we could've had dessert. This is our first bad service experience from the server at an ESR and if we had the option to tip minimum we probably would have. Regardless, the manager was great and we will be back again but hopefully not with the same waiter---will speak up next time if we get him.
We had an Ethan Stowell gift card so pic ...
We had an Ethan Stowell gift card so picked this as the closest location for us. Pleasantly surprised at the delicious food. We started with the lamb charcuterie and a variety of goat cheese, the a beet salad and we each had a steak. Everything delicious. I'd recommend the filet mignon with bernaise. Yum. The frites are fabulous with the aioli. Will come back and try the cows tongue charcuterie that our waiter raved about.
The service was impeccable. We were ther ...
The service was impeccable. We were there to celebrate my birthday, and they definitely made it special, including writing a happy birthday message on the welcome board outside to surprise me. The food (and wine) was very tasty, and reasonably priced. We'll definitely be back!
Red Cow was good, but not great because ...
Red Cow was good, but not great because of the service. Each of our steaks were well prepared and we found a good bottle of wine on the menu for a reasonable price. No complaints about the food at all.
Regarding the service: upon being seated, we sat for 10 minutes without being acknowledged. We then waited another 10 minutes for drinks. For a small restaurant that only seats 20-30, that wait time seemed excessive. We weren't in an hurry but the flow of the dining experience seemed to lag throughout. At the end of the meal, our table of four was trying to flag down our server to get the check.
The 20 percent service charge is just a tad hard to chew when the dining experience doesn't match the level of cuisine.
Had a fantastic server this evening. She ...
Had a fantastic server this evening. She was so super attentive, never made us feel rushed and only came by when needed, which she seemed to inutiutively know better than most servers in Seattle. She was also just a lot of fun. I wish I'd caught her name, but she was an older lady with a great smile. Made the evening that much better.
The food was fabulous. Ethan Stowell's m ...
The food was fabulous. Ethan Stowell's menu, wine and food are always top notch. I have never had a bad meal. The staff is always knowledgeable and friendly. However I find that his restaurants have at least 1 person too few servicing the tables.
The restaurant itself is very nicely lai ...
The restaurant itself is very nicely laid out for the small space, and the décor is minimal but classy. We really enjoyed the cocktails, appetizers, and the fries!!! Unfortunately my steak was a bit tough (and I ordered the tenderloin!) and under seasoned. For the amount of money I paid for the steak I expected to be wowed.
My husband and I both had burgers. I re ...
My husband and I both had burgers. I requested mine well done. He said "chef's discretion". Mine was perfect, just the way I like it! Oh, we had a sweet little hummus plate appetizer but we didn' have to wait long. The wine list was interesting, and I found a sweet import Riesling that was very agreeable. Sorry, I don't remember which one. My husband only had a coke (he was driving and he follows aviation alcohol rules for all motor vehicles). He said his burger was delicious, and I could see from his plate that the meat was even juicer than mine. He mentioned the fries were extra spicy but nice, not too hot. We felt neither rushed nor delayed, but just right. Highly recommended!
Black Manhattan to start was fantastic. ...
Black Manhattan to start was fantastic. Creative cocktail menu, more approachable than most newer restaurants.
The food, starting with the cheese course was outstanding. One hangar steak, ny steak, grilled salmon and a burger all cooked perfectly. Frites are great. I would serve a few more and on the plate, a little less fussy and a few on the bottom would absorb the natural jus from the steak. Yum.
Any chance you'll add au poivre?
Service was excellent. Johnny was incredibly knowledgeable and not condescending. Only complaint is the 20% fixed tip at ES Restaurants. Perfect for Johnny but not all servers are created equal. I prefer American hustle to European indifference when it comes to service.
Thanks for a great night. We will be back.
We thought everything was overpriced and ...
We thought everything was overpriced and unremarkable. We ordered a carafe of wine
(which according to most every source we have checked says should be a full bottle of wine)
was only a half bottle for $32.00. We assumed we were getting a full bottle for this price and
was told carafes only hold 1/2 of a bottle. We never would have paid $64. for the wine we
were served. Will never return.
Red Cow has never ever let me down. In f ...
Red Cow has never ever let me down. In fact, the only thing I can fault it for is quelling my desire to try new places. I love their moule frites. The frites. OMG. Double fried in duck fat. Derail your diet right now and indulge! I also love mixing and matching the housemade charcuterie. Get three. Or all of them. The tete de cochon is a MUST. Service is always on point. This place will forever grace my list of faves.
My wife and I checked this place out whe ...
My wife and I checked this place out when we were visiting Seattle for our anniversary. We loved it. The food was great but what really made this place stand out was our server, Garrett. He went above and beyond and made us feel right at home. He was the best server we have ever had. We will definitely be making it back the next time we are in town.
Great frites... but meh...
This is an attractive restaurant, with a nice wine list, good cocktails and friendly staff. The food is good, not great. The frites and aioli are delicious, as was the foie gras... but the steak was tough, and the mussels were bland, and the mains, in general, seemed over-priced.
The servers are friendly and attentive, but they each used the "patronizing we" -- as in "have we been to Red Cow before?" and "have we decided on something to drink?" That is a huge pet peeve of mine and it set me on edge for the whole night.
We loved Red Cow...had been there in the ...
We loved Red Cow...had been there in the past when it was a different restaurant. The layout and décor were pretty much the same, but they don't really have a great deal of space to work with. The food was awesome (burger, steak, daily special salad and dessert)! The drinks were great, especially my 2 Black Manhattans! Our waiter was great as well, very helpful in explaining the dishes and making recommendations. We had a great conversation with him about mutual interests. We'll definitely return soon and have already recommended it to friends. This place was a fun find!
So many delicious choices
We enjoyed so many delicious dishes, from olives and cheese plates as an appetizer, to burgers and steak as our main meal. The portions were large and we were too stuffed to eat dessert. My one criticism was that there was too much oil/grease in my meal (from the coating on the olives, to the fries, to the burger) and the totality of that left my stomach feeling off afterward. Next time, I will be more mindful of the combination of foods that I order.
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