Blue Cow kitchen & bar
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Blue Cow kitchen & bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bluecowkitchen.com/
  • Phone: 2136212249
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:30 - 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Joshua Smith
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd street
  • Public Transit: One block north of the Pershing Square stop on the Red Line.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Blue Cow offers valet parking directly in front of the building daily beginning at 5:00 pm for $9. Validated parking is also available in the building's self park garage (350 S Olive St).
A word from Blue Cow kitchen & bar
Blue Cow is an upscale, full-service New-American restaurant serving innovative sandwiches, seasonal cocktails, craft beers, small plates and entrees that showcase local farming and artisan products, inspired by taking the approachable and giving it a modern interpretation.
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Blue Cow kitchen & bar reviews from OpenTable diners
  • I actually had a hard time
    JoycevVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2013
    I actually had a hard time deciding what to order; everything sounded good. In the end I finally ordered the Burger "Mario Style" w/ the candied jalapeños, bacon and aged cheddar. I also added the mini baked then fried potatoes for an extra $2.00. Let me tell you, these burgers are huge and a challenge to eat but I was up for the challenge. Wow! A juicy tasty burger with a nice spicy twist. I'll have to bring my friend Claudia here since the burgers come standard with lettuce and tomato. The potatoes, although a big portion were so crunchy and tasty that I ate them all. I did only eat half my burger and boxed the rest to go. Service was great and I'm definitely coming back w/ the hubby to try the rest of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere and great
    andrew
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Great atmosphere and great food in downtown LA. Love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The ambience outside was a
    dnsse1979
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    The ambience outside was a young professionals scene from downtown, pretty much all looking to unwind after work. Several large groups. Seemed fun and energetic. The i nside was a little more romantic, but the noise level was still comparable to the outside. Food was ok, nothing crazy special, but not bad either
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food but noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    The food here is delicious. Unfortunately the acoustics are poor so one has to shout across the table. And the loud music does not help. Make it a better dining experience by turning off the "music" and allowing diners to enjoy their lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food to shout about
    NearbyWorker
    Dined on 5/7/2013
    In fact, you have to shout because it's so incredibly loud inside this restaurant, but the food is delicious! I eat here regularly and am always pleased with everything. The chef and bar folks take such care with ingredients and combinations; it's always a wonderful meal. If you don't like spicy food, be sure to ask before ordering as there is sometimes a kick to unexpected plates. Also, be aware that the pickling craze has definitely hit Blue Cow. Love that there's somewhere yummy to go in this area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Difficult Blue Cow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    We made a group reservation for outside for happy hour. When we got there, we were told that we couldn't sit outside as there was an event and then they proceeded to make us wait before walking us to our table inside and tell us happy hour was over. I had to push to at least see the menu. Cut to our table of eight eating dinner inside. Then, when we left, we noticed multiple tables open outside and no sign of an event. None. The hostess was difficult and rude and honestly, there are a number of places that would've seen the value in our large party, honored the request and that are more accessible (this place you have to go into a parking garage for). Forget Blue Cow. It's not worth it.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blue Cow
    Portcom
    Dined on 5/2/2013
    Our group ( 4) went to Blue Cow for dinner prior to a concert @ Disney Hall. Great location, 2 blocks from the theatre. Excellent service; sensitive to our time constraints. Took server's recommendations and loved them ( flatbread app, great roasted veggie salad, pork and bacon sandwich. Only negative: pricey drinks were tiny; I expect a good pour for $$$. Would definitely go back, but would drink beer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice, not hot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/2/2013
    started out in the middle of the patio at lunch and ended up having to move to the shade. lovely place, and excellent food. just watch the reflection of all those windows.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Place
    Greg
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    This could be the best food in LA, though that is hard to prove. Still, for fresh, clean food, ambiance, and service, this is the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the food. Something different
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Love the food. Something different and very tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had heard about Blue Cow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    I had heard about Blue Cow from friends so naturally I was curious. I am a regular at their sandwich shop, Mendocino Farms. I previewed the menu beforehand, thinking I'd find some gems. I was shocked at how small the menu was. None-the-less, I thought perhaps the small menu meant they did small, but did it right. To be fair and completely honest, I thought it was just okay. The staff was friendly enough, but no one seemed particularly stoked to be working. We dined early, at 5:15, because we were catching a 7:30 show and needed driving and parking time. We ordered a few appetizers and immediately commented on their small size. I ordered the curried culliflower. Now, I'm not a wimp when it comes to spices by any means, but that sh@t was hot!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Must go!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/24/2013
    This place was packed went I arrived for lunch and I loved the vibe. I like restaurants that serve food with tons of flavors, sauces and ingenuity. I never eat french fries but their Baked Then Fried Potatoes were OUTSTANDING. I could not get enough of them. I shared the Turkey Club and the Short Rib roll and they were delicious. I loved the gruyere and the horseradish crème fraiche. There is so much more on the menu I must try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I came here for a business
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/24/2013
    I came here for a business lunch and thought the food was very good. It was very noisy inside and it was a little hard to hear. The waitress nice, but the service was slow. They validate parking at the California Plaza for two hours ($3), but I went over 21 minutes and had to pay almost $16 for parking. I wish I would've known how expensive it would be and that the food hadn't taken so long to come out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The location in Downtown is
    La1960VIP
    Dined on 4/22/2013
    The location in Downtown is nice. It's interesting to be among the tall buildings. Sitting outside was very comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Came here on a Saturday night,
    Pinky00000VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Came here on a Saturday night, it seems that this would be a better after-work type of place. Service was adequate, but slow.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food and bar drinks are
    Cathy
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    The food and bar drinks are particular good and great for the whole family. My twenty-something 'grown-up kids' enjoyed the food & drink selections as much as I did. It was a first for all of us, we'll go back for sure. Booking this dinner reservation via open table was quite convenient too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was our first time at
    aminlaVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    This was our first time at Blue Cow. Food was great and the service attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great view of downtowns cityscape
    GabbysDado
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    Great view of downtowns cityscape . Food is great sustainable farmed and creative.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blue Cow is fine for a quick
    OpenDiner
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    Blue Cow is fine for a quick get-together after work, I think, for those working right around there. It was pretty crowded. There's good outdoor space, and the indoor space opens out onto it, which is nice. There's a full bar. The food was good but nothing really special, our server was very nice and took good care of us. Really, though, it's more like a cafeteria in feel than a restaurant. I guess I would recommend it to people who are looking for that kind of experience, but we weren't and so were kind of surprised.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great location to just sit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    Great location to just sit with friends to catch up during lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved this place. Maybe my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/17/2013
    Loved this place. Maybe my new favorite place in LA. Amazing, smart food. Great cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food and fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/15/2013
    Delicious food and fabulous service. A little too much of the happy-hour scene for our purposes this visit, but that's not the restaurant's fault. Decor was a little contrived for me. Very much a downtown resto.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Where is the service?
    Brothers
    Dined on 4/15/2013
    I have been to Blue Cow Kitchen many times for dinner. The food is always reliable and good. This time the service was poor. It took a while to get our waitress to take our order, it took a while to get our drinks and we were never checked on once by our waitress. I like going to Blue Cow when going to events at Disney, Dorthy Chandler, MOCA, etc.. because it is a nice alternative to Patina and CPK. I left this visit feeling disappointed.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun place with limited menu
    SmmphdVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Fun place with limited menu (more for light meals) and great drink menu. Definitely a fun find in downtown LA. All the food was excellent. Service was casual, friendly and fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a surprise! Great food...fast
    Thleen
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    What a surprise! Great food...fast service...fun atmosphere...perfect before the theatre!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food with unusual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Excellent food with unusual combinations of tastes. Excellent and prompt service. Great place to catch a bite before the theatre.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very popular place with unusual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/11/2013
    Very popular place with unusual menu items. Lots of people there enjoying Happy Hour when we arrived. Has items for vegans and vegetarians as well as omnivores like me. I had a great hamburger. Our appetizer was grilled purple cauliflower. We were having dinner before a play at the Ahmanson. I made our waitress aware of our time constraint and she accommodated us perfectly. The noise level might not work for everyone but I would certainly go there again. It was great!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to try
    Kimbo
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    The menu is pretty small, but I was there with a group of 6 and everyone really enjoyed their food. The curried cauliflower was especially yummy. Our server was spot on. I loved the energy inside the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OMG the burger! I order mine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    OMG the burger! I order mine with a fried egg & fries. A burger & fries may sound pedestrian, but I'm hooked on it. The bun is not "all bread"--the perfectly seasoned meat remains juicy & you can actually taste something besides carbs. It's spread with a spicy remoulade, the butter lettuce & tomato are fresh, & the fried overeasy egg gilds the lily. (You can also order aged cheddar, avocado, grilled onions or mushrooms on your burger.) The tasty fries are baked, then fried, & seasoned with something other than just salt, with smoky garlic ketchup and ranch dressing for dipping. The whole thing costs $17, so for salad-eater me, this is a decadent treat which doesn't break the bank. Oh, & the service is friendly and quick.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The specialty old fashioned
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    The specialty old fashioned was superb. The duck wings app was out of this world. The beet & burrata salad was excellent.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It is very good, but very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    It is very good, but very loud (and dark). My I suggest being seated outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the Blue Cow. It was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    Love the Blue Cow. It was a nice surprise to find a gem like this downtown with good food and service. I will be back!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blue Cow Kitchen is a fun
    anne
    Dined on 4/3/2013
    Blue Cow Kitchen is a fun place in downtown LA. Nice for an after work drink and eats.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vegans and Carnivores Rejoice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    There is something wonderful for everyone. Not too many places can give you a great steak sandwich as well as great vegan offerings but Blue Cow does it. And to top it off they make perfect cocktails at less than average prices for downtown. It took us way too long to try them out but since we live in the neighborhood I know we'll be back often. A great spot!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Contemporary, ecelctic setting,
    KatK
    Dined on 3/25/2013
    Contemporary, ecelctic setting, nice outdoor seating. Food is good and fresh, nice variety, healthy size portions. Had a nice time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was absolutely delicious.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    The food was absolutely delicious. Duck wings are a must, the twice fried french fries were a bit too crispy for me, but the dipping sauces were amazing. The steak dish was phenomenal. I recommend the Old Fashioned. Service felt rushed to the point where my dining partner and I didn't have time to order another drink, however, the food was outstanding. I would go back and specify longer wait times on food delivery.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Broccoli side dish was awesome,
    BaltoLad
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Broccoli side dish was awesome, chicken very good, fish of the day was dry without a lot of flavor. We ate at the bar and the service was horrible. To her credit, she seemed to be managing all drinks and customers at two bars by herself. She was friendly, just too busy to take care of us.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I appreciate their two-page
    Booked2DineVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    I appreciate their two-page menu as I don't like to read a book while trying to decide what to eat. We took the waiter's recommendation and had the Blue Cow version of a French Dip. Delicious! Highly recommend the kale salad and the braised Brussels sprouts. Very limited but adequate wine list.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic seasonal food. Please
    sdr1066
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    Fantastic seasonal food. Please keep the short rib putine.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blue Cow Kitchen & Bar is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/7/2013
    Blue Cow Kitchen & Bar is a nice addition to 2 Cal Plaza: healthy food, nice prices, good quality. My one surprise as a vegetarian is they don't have more/better options for us, given their attention to healthful choices. No vegetarian protein alternatives are available (i.e. veggie burger, tofu, tempeh), which is a miss. Hopefully they will add a few in the future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate