Red Cow
Red Cow

Red Cow

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ethanstowellrestaurants.com/locations/red-cow/
  • Phone: 2064547932x
  • Hours of Operation:
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Sunday through Thursday
    5:00 PM - 11:00 PM Friday and Saturday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, French, Northwest
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E Union St
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from 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.
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Red Cow reviews from OpenTable diners
121 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (91)fit for foodies (80)special occasion (35)romantic (26)notable wine list (24)hot spot (19)vibrant bar scene (9)good for groups (7)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (3)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Great meal
    KKandKKVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This was our first visit to Red Cow and we took out of town guests, one of whom is quite particular. Everyone enjoyed their meal very much. Service was very good. Decor is modern; there are mostly hard surfaces so once the dinner hour was in full swing it was quite noisy and it's a bit stuffy inside. Our steaks were perfectly prepared; two of us had the melt-in-your-mouth filets, and one couple shared the boneless rib-eye, which was plenty of food since we started with the chacuterrie and lamb tongue salad. We brought our own wine -- the $25 corkage fee is a little high but the wine glasses were good quality, so made the wine drinking more pleasurable! For dessert we shared the peach sorbet - 3 big luscious scoops!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Authentic and wonderful French bistro food -- high quality, direct preparations, full of assurance and distinction, really hits the mark. Casual atmosphere but with plenty of style. The addition of Red Cow marks Madrona more than ever as a great restaurant neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Phenomenal Meal at Red Cow
    RayKay
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My husband and I went to Red Cow for my birthday dinner, and it was just outstandingly good. We started with the house made charcuterie (we went with chicken liver mouse, foie gras, and pork rilletes), and were amazed at how delicate and flavorful they all were. The mousse and foie just melted in your mouth. We followed that up with steaks. I went with the eye of ribeye, and I'm glad I did- it was just perfectly cooked. The marbling made the cut so flavorful and so tender, I think it might be the best steak I've ever had. To top it off, the server was attentive and helpful, and the atmosphere was friendly, welcoming, and just the right amount of hip. Dinner at Red Cow was just the perfect way to spend a summer evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    discerningdiner2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Service was attentive, but not obsequious. The gazpacho was less gazpacho than a delectable, complex, cold cucumber cream (creme fraiche?) soup, wonderfully seasoned, with half cherry tomatoes afloat. The half chicken and pork tenderloin were otw, beautifully sauced and presented. My birthday guest loved the chocolate mousse, although I was not enthralled with my taste of it. The fig tart with creme fraiche ice was utter perfection. Hated my red wine choice (first on red wine-by-the-glass list). Very bitter. I look forward to returning soon for another lovely dinner out, but I'll be more careful in my wine selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great appetizers and charcuterie
    Rybinder
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We split 3 of the charcuterie and they were fantastic. The frisee and bacon salad was great too. I had the 16oz boneless ribeye and unfortunately that left much to be desired, especially for a steak frites restaurant. It wasn't a bad steak but it lacked flavor. The char on the outside was weak and it needed more salt. It wasn't dry but it also wasn't nearly as juicy as you'd expect a $38 ribeye to be. I would definitely go back for the charcuterie and appetizers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maybe Trying Too Hard
    Allie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The first thing that indicated to me that this restaurant might have been trying to hard was that you needed to be bilingual French-English to understand the menu. Fortunately, a few in our party were so we could translate the parts of the menu that weren't in English. Things like "haricots verts" (a.k.a. green beans) seems a little unnecessary to be in French. The food was decent. The base quality was good and the preparation was also well done but in several dishes they were heavy handed with the spices. The bearnaise sauce and terrine where overwhelmingly seasoned. You definitely needed to have something strong to drink to wash it down. They didn't have much beer but they did have a local favorite, Rachel's Ginger Beer, and wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's about the steak...?
    atemperenceofchefs
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Red Cow was to be my "meat relapse" as my dining partner put it, after 2mo of no meat. Martinis, great. Charcuterie amazing:pork rilletes, foie gras & pate de champagne, wow! Next, bone marrow also delicious, however to me needed a little parsley salad & some salt. She had the hanger MR, it was juicy and perfectly cooked, very tasty, tarragon-y béarnaise, although a little thin. My ribeye MR, was not as good. The lip was fatty and tasty, but the center of the steak was very overcooked and really tough, nowhere near MR. I was told it was sous vide and then pan seared..only on one side? Truly disappointing. They took it off my bill. I will try again, as overall we really enjoyed ourselves. Call it Red Cow...give me red cow. Attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Already planning a second trip
    MikasatVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I was excited to try Red Cow, but now I am even more excited to go back! From the moment we first walked in the door, every single employee was courteous and accommodating right through the end of the meal. The restaurant is very nicely done, but we opted to sit on their patio because it was cooler. We ordered the burger (one of the best I've ever had) and the steak sirloin frites, and finished off with homemade peach sorbet - it was all fabulous, which was evident by our clean plates. The food was excellent, but the service is what I'll be returning for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a glorious carnivorous feast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This cozy restaurant was ultra accomodating and the service was excellent. Our party of four did include one guest whom does not consume red meat who was quiet happy with the halibut. The steaks were very nice and the charcuterie was fantastic. The smoked beef tongue was a hit as well. I would certainly recommend this place. Of note, it was the middle of summer and I don't think there was air conditioning as the interior was extremely warm and muggy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • $22 steak was chewy
    kgdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The salt cod appetizer was the highlight. I got the least expensive steak, cooked medium, and it was a bit rubbery.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Reaon to Go To Madrona
    aphoag
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Red Cow was fantastic and a real neighborhood find.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    Bruss
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Our new favorite place? We had a great time -- started with a half dozen perfect shigoku oysters, an amazing salade Lyonnaisse, and a really fine bucket of mussels -- every one in the pot was firm, meaty and delicious. Also one of their amazing hamburgers -- holy cow (pun intended). Rapture.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    FoodieDoc
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    It was our first time at Red Cow. Made a reservation here as a surprise dinner for my husband's birthday. He ordered the lamb tongue appetizer, and I ordered the gazpacho. The lambs tongue was delightful; practically melted in your mouth, and the gazpacho was bursting with flavor and very refreshing. We both ordered the filet and frites, and both ordered our steaks medium rare. His was cooked perfectly, however mine was definitely a overcooked at medium. Nevertheless, they were both lovely cuts of meat and very good. The foie gras add-on was a real treat! We will definitely return for another special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Some great dishes
    Sherlock
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Go for the chicken liver mouse - great. Muscles also great. Frites not crunchy like in France. Didn't try any beef.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummmm....
    JmeK
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    This was my second visit to Red Cow, I love the curry muscles ... but the frites are to die for. The first time I visited it was in a large group for Restaurant Week and this time I took my cousin in from out of town. It was lovely both times!!! I have still yet to have beef at a restaurant that has cow in the name... maybe next time :) Oh and they make a wonderful French 75 - not too sweet
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tvlNdine
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Red Cow is a fabulous restaurant for foodies and definitely a neighborhood gem. Fabulous food and remarkable service! If noise level is not a concern......GO! If you're looking for a restaurant to have a good conversation in during your meal, would not recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious French
    ZagMac
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Both steaks and French food dominate the options (I suppose the steaks are considered French, too, given the "Frites" attached to each) at Red Cow. We went with French finding both specials and standards that suited us. Great food and it came quickly. Staff was attentive and knowledgeable about ingredients and preparation. Prices very reasonable, with result being we want to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RED COW
    FOODIE56VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    ORDERED RIBEYE FOR TWO, FOR MY SON AND MYSELF. HIS GIRLFRIEND ORDERED THE BURGER. WE ORDERED BOTH MED. "RARE". BOTH WERE SERVED MEDIUM, BARELY PINK.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I will be BACK
    homechefvincent
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I love the foie gras torchon for my appetizer.Of course, the smoked Beef tongue an duck terrine are declious too. The 16 oz. boneless Rye eye steaks (Medium Rare) is awesome.It was not overcooked. The service was just unbelievably wonderful! The hostesses and our servers greeted us appropriately. The service was friendly and phenomenal. I will be returning to Red Cow in a very short time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant experience!
    Ilya2193
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    What a delightful little place this is! I came here with a buddy of mine for an early dinner. We had reservations at 5pm and we arrived shortly after. Since it was a nice day and happy hour, the hostess asked us if we wanted to sit at a regular table, the bar, or the patio. We decided to sit at the patio since we could still participate in happy hour without sitting at the bar. The interior decor is contemporary yet cozy. Everything is very clean but something about it just seem homey. For food, we had charcuterie, the pork loin (not pork chop), a hanger steak with frites, and coffee ice cream. All of the food was very flavorful and had a pleasant aroma/appearance. Everything is made "in shop" adding to the unique character of this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Madrona restaurant
    Pablito
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This spot has turned over numerous times, but it just hasn't worked in the past. It's been a bit too hip and a bit too expensive, but Red Cow might make it---the menu is interesting and the prices are reasonable. The steak frites are excellent and the wine list is good with reasonable prices. The atmosphere is great---made for Madrona not Capitol Hill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    WallasweetVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The food and steaks, frites and sides were great. The biggest drawback is the uncomfortable seats (sat in the bar) and the noise level. Energetic is not the right word. They need to work on this aspect of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Red Cow Good!
    karen
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Red Cow does a great bistro meal. We had their black manhattan cocktail, oysters with a glass of bubbly, frisee salad and steak frites, all of which was beautifully prepared and served by a knowledgeable and efficient staff. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sevrin
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This is a carnivore's paradise, leave your inhibitions at the door and just let the waiter decide, you won't be sorry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really Solid Neighborhood Spot
    sep631
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I wouldn't want to go all the way across town for this restaurant as I would for some other ES restaurants but it was super good and I would definitely recommend it. It's only about 7 mins from my house so I expect that I will be going here frequently. The ambiance was perfect for dinner with a good friend and I think it would be perfect for a date too. It was fairly lively but we could definitely hear each other easily too. I got a burger and fries and it was great. We also shared some vegetables, which were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fries were good!!!
    ShaunaJ
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Steak was completely unseasoned and not cooked properly. It was really good meat which saved the experience. The fries and steak tartar were delicious!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • k98122VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    good service, great frites, very loud, small place so make sure you make reservations
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Father's Day
    rbwwsu
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We went to Red Cow for Father's Day ( because steak and Fathers go together), the meal was good (not in the class of Staple and Fancey's) I guess we missed the char on the steak ( Red Cow has its own method of preparing the meat) sauces were great, frittes were awesome, salad with egg was great, deserts okay. Some good deals on the wine list.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    It's impossible to hear your dinner mates speaking. They really need some soft surfaces.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good times, but loud
    Chrismichael
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Went with a group of 5 for a birthday. Service was excellent. One issue, two ordered the ribeye for two and had to send it back because it was a poor cut of meat. The new piece came back an wasn't much different. Note, the waiter did everything possible to get things right, sounds like an unlucky piece of meat. Cocktails were great, as were the marrow bones and thy oysters were good but not life changing. The fries were amazing. Extremely good. Good place for a nice steak dinner with friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    daveinsea
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The steak was poorly cooked, which is disappointing considering it was $35. The fries were great, as well as the salads and the charcuterie board. Cocktails were fresh and fun, but the wine was too warm (stored openly near the kitchen). Cremant was a far superior restaurant when it occupied that space.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cannot wait to go back
    Toogood
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Great that they take reservations but we ended up sitting in the bar by choice. The service was extraordinary, we immediately felt like we have Ben going there for years instead of this being our first visit. Everything was excellent, the pace, the food, menu the options but again so much comes back to the service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, High Decibal
    Gaishea
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Love the food and service at this Ethan Stowell outpost, BUT the noise level makes it impossible to carry on a conversation unless you sit NEXT TO not across from your companion. I wouldn't not go because of this, but because of this I can't recommend it for a romantic dining experience, nor would I take anyone even slightly hard of hearing. A simple soft wall covering would do the trick and make the whole experience 5 star.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mmm... beef
    Columbia
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Red Cow is great. I had The New York strip with steak frites and my friend had the most delicious burger ever. If you are looking for a place to come and have a beautiful steal with a friend, this is your spot. If you would prefer a quiet date, it's not the best, though, as the noise wall hit us as soon as we stepped through the door. It's not a wonder that Red Cow is popular, though; with a selection as tasty as this, I would expect a line out the door.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good but some attitude
    Outoftown1VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Love the food. don't like the attitude of the front end. Also asked for a particular wait person and they would not accommodate me, even though that person was there and waited on another table the same size at the same time. So that is something that I will remember next time I think about going there. But the food is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as usual
    Parker
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    This is our neighborhood restaurant. We usually sit by/at the bar. We tried the dining room this time; way too noisy since the space is all flat hard surfaces. (In fairness this has always been a challenge in this space). Which only made the wait more painful since it took about 45mn from our arrival to our entrees (there was a shared appetizer in the middle but still). We'll come back but will stick to the bar area from now on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Darn Good Neiborhood Addition
    Andrea
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Friday night dining ran at a brisk hum and many folks were talking on the loud side to be heard. Menu selection very good; included offerings for a more traditional man's palate: wonderful selection of cuts of beef, sides and potatoes, making Red Cow a destination fit for a foodie and a traditional eater. The food was pretty darn good; of the salad, cold pea soup, half chicken, NY strip, sautéed beans and mouse for dessert, all impressive, however, with so many wonderful dining choices in Seattle, I do not feel the need to return. The staff were among the best, though a note to the matre d' made through Open Table was overlooked. Something missing to make this an outstanding dining experience- either the comfort factor or food up a notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and Staff
    runnerstu
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Red Cow is a fun energetic space. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and fun. The meat was top quality and prepared perfectly. We had a great time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining in madrona
    munchabunch
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Went to the Red Cow in madrona with my wife while the kids were away at a sleepover. Clean, simple, elegant space, and the service was excellent. Started with a refreshing beet salad which was tasty (but could have used a tad more dressing/acidity) and we each had a steak. The hangar steak with béarnaise sauce was really good, but the ribeye was phenomenal - great flavor and texture, well cooked. Tried both the roasted potatoes and the frites - the fries are REALLY good. Great wine selection too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • More than just Steak
    YourTravelDesigner
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    New spot in Madrona (taking over for Cremant & June). We shared the chicken liver mousse (amazing!), split a salad and since the filet was 9oz split that as well and got a side and it was more than enough for two. You can really "over order" here as the portion sizes are large and there are a lot of options to choose from. The server was great in directing us...we sat in the bar area which seemed a little bit less noisy as the noise level can tend to be high per the design of the restaurant. He was super and paired some wines that went well with the different courses since we weren't really in the mood for an entire bottle of wine. NB-Bottlehouse across the street great place to grab a drink before hand as the bar at Red Cow very small
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic