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Blue Cow kitchen & bar

4.5
176 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top Tags:
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm

Dinner: Monday - Friday 4:30pm - 10:00 pm, Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(213) 621-2249
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Brandon Shane Pritchett
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Private party facilities
Semi Private Catering Packages Available.
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Private party contact
Martinique Spaich: (213) 621-2249
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
3rd street
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Parking details
We validate parking for the Two California Plaza parking. Entrance is located at 350 S. Olive Street.
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Public transit
Pershing Square. Metro Red and Purple Lines.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 176 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.2
ambience
4.1
value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We sat outside and it was so nice with the sun, trees and the downtown ambience. My friends had pizza, burger & fries and cobb salad, respectively. They said all were excellent. I had a Caesar salad with chicken and it was delicious. Our waitress was friendly and attentive. We will return!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great lunch on the patio. Share a pizza and a salad, and both were delicious. Always find something tasty to eat.

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3.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Food was great. Service not so much. Took at least 10 minutes for a server to even welcome us and when you’re on a lunch hour that’s not good.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Long time before took lunch order. Fortunately food came shortly thereafter. Asked for no onions in my salad, had to pick them out. No comment from server when took dish away with all the onions on it. Otherwise food good.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The service was a bit slow and the food took forever to come out. Food was tasty but the service took away from the experience.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Busy, cute environment with a loud buzz. Food was great - simple menu; quickly prepared at happy hour time.

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We chose this place because it was close to our concert venue and advertised gluten free pizza. We were real bummed that they ran out of gluten free dough at 6pm on a Saturday. Tri Tip was so-so

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great food! Daniel is a wonderful server, so personable and attentive. Thank you.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Concise menu has enough variety for occasional visits. Best value for full service dining (with full bar) easy 10-minute walk to the left Music Center, MOCA, and the Broad. Hearty, unsophisticated fare featuring fresh & seasonal ingredients (owners are the Mendocino Farms people). Economical validated parking — 2 hours free, $7.50 maximum. Skilled bartenders.

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3.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Looking for a good/ enjoyable dinnervthat wasn’t too pricey and was walking distance from the Music Center. This fit the bill! Enjoyed food and service. But it’s REALLY noisy! We’ll wait for good weather, go back and sit on their patio!

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3.0Dined on February 22, 2018

The quinoa salad was ordered by 3 of our party of 4. More quinoa than salad. The restaurant made up for our complaint by bringing banana ice cream to share. I had been here before but ate outside. I won’t come back in cold weather because one can’t have a conversation at a small table for 4 because the noise level is so high.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

This is our favorite spot for grabbing a bit before going to The Disney or The Music Center. The prices are great, the food fresh and local, the service great (Daniel is the best). My favorite is probably The Butcher Board: three amazing dips served with amazing veggies like watermelon radishes, endive, and radicchio as well as grape tomatoes and carrots sliced lengthwise.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

I love this place! I've been there many times with my husband and/or with friends before performances at The Music Center. The food is always good, the prices are beyond reasonable and the serving staff couldn't be better. I've already recommended Blue Cow Kitchen to a number of people and they've all had positive experiences there. Good stuff!

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Consistently good food and service.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Went for a pre- theater meal at the Opera. Was perfect for that: short walk, good service, small but adequate selection. One of 3 people did not like her meal choice; the other 2 did. Prices were quite fair.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

We enjoyed a very nice dinner on a Friday night. We have eaten here many times as we frequent the music center regularly. Their Dine LA menu was GREAT!!!!

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5.0Dined on January 2, 2018

Wife & I enjoyed an early lunch. We both enjoyed the Steak & Noodle salad-excellent. Glad we made a reservation, as things got busy in a hurry. Racer 5 IPA on tap-good choice. Service was good.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Pleasant ambiance, friendly service and great tasting food - especially the Billionaire's sandwich and caesar salad with chicken.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

The burgers here are outstanding. The shrimp and grits were just okay-- it was a very sweet sauce and the grits were a consistency that I am not used to- a more solid and bready texture than is usual for that dish. But the burgers and fries are truly excellent.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Really delighted by all the food. The pink eggs and the taquitos were so flavorful, the burger juicy and perfectly cooked.

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Went with friends before an LA Phil concert. Service was friendly and prompt, food was good, and while there was plenty of lively activity in the restaurant, we were able to have a nice conversation without feeling that it was too noisy.

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Enjoyed a nice dinner outside (a warm, winter evening), with attentive service and very good food. The inside seemed a bit noisy and crowded, but would definitely give it a try. Very convenient to Disney Hall, Music Center, etc.

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4.0Dined on November 25, 2017

We sat outside on a chilly evening in late November. Staff was not able to start eutger of 2 space heaters next to abaikable tables.

Inside was way too lous even though itvwas quite empty.

Seevice was charming if inaccurate.

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3.0Dined on November 18, 2017

We had requested an outside table, as we wanted to sit outside under the city lights, but when we got there we were told there was a private party outside. There were only two choices of red wine and the one I wanted wasn't available. Our meal was not starting off that great. It was also very noisy inside. We could hardly hear each other. (Another reason we wanted an outside table!). The food was good and we had a nice waiter. But I wouldn't return.

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4.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Blue Cow is a great find. It's within a short walk of Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Broad and Ahmanson. The food is great and reasonably priced and higher quality (organic) than the higher priced restaurants on Grand. They have big comfortable booths, as well as tables. We were seated in a booth with big soft throw pillows - so comfy. It's casual and fun and the menu is changed with the seasons, which I love because I get bored with the menu if it doesn't change. You can sit outside too, and we were told that there are live concerts in the summer. We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2017

We had the best experience here! My husband and I share a bday and they gave us each our own dessert with candle. The food was amazing- we love bacon and pork belly! The biscuits were delish. We can't wait to come back again!

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4.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Too loud and too cold with the door to outside open. We asked to move somewhere warmer but were not obliged, in spite of having a reservation. Waitress was amazing. Food was O.K. but not worth what it cost.

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Food was orgasmic! Customer service was exceptional.

We sat outside and even though there was a television and bar and lots of people, it was still quiet enough to have our conversation without any issues.

LOVE that it's farm to table. Food was fresh and absolutely flavorful.

I'd love to introduce more people to this place.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Great food and service. Beautiful outdoor seating and view. Great spot to eat and short walk to the Ahmanson.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Great food. The service was outstanding.

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4.0Dined on October 3, 2017

A very interesting twist on comfort food. This was a good find for a small business meal which allowed us to enjoy the unusual menu and have a private conversation.

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5.0Dined on September 27, 2017

We really enjoyed the Happy Hour menu, and the service was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

We always enjoy Blue Cow before or after a show. The food is delicious.

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4.0Dined on September 20, 2017

Great sharing plates. Good burgers and salads. Loved the Brussel sprouts.

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3.0Dined on September 14, 2017

Took about 40 minutes to be served. This was a working lunch and it made me late for a meeting. That was not good.

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4.0Dined on September 5, 2017

great happy hour food; service slow; they kept forgetting about us

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5.0Dined on September 5, 2017

Great food and drink at good prices during happy hour, 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Close to museums and Theatres in downtown Los Angeles. So how come Open Table doesn't give points for eating at this terrific, centrally located place?

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5.0Dined on September 1, 2017

My husband and I want to Blue Cow for dinner before a show at the music Center. We ended up ordering mostly from the happy hour menu. The flautas were crispy and well seasoned, and the Brussels sprouts were delish. I also loved the sangria! Such a large portion, too. The servers were friendly and after our meal the walk to the center was perfect.

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4.0Dined on August 28, 2017

I have been here many times, the food is always solid. I ordered the avocado quinoa salad. It came without avocado, but no problem, our waiter was super nice and went to get some from the kitchen. My friend oredered the steak noodle salad. We were so busy talking that she did not realize there was no steak on the salad. No problem, our friendly waiter took care of it. He said there was a new cook in the kitchen. The food was fresh and light.

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2017

Organic food cooked well. Could have better salads

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