Blue Cow kitchen & bar

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$30 and under
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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.
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Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our first time at Blue Cow so we didn't know that the outdoor seating is best. Although we had a reservation which would have been indoors, we chose to sit outdoors at the bar because it was a beautiful night and the interior space is less appealing. There wasn't an available table outdoors unfortunately. If we go back we will definitely request patio seating. We had two glasses of nice red wine, the short rib pappardelle pasta and a delicious shredded kale salad with shrimp on top. The food was great and the location is very convenient to Disney Hall where we had tickets to the LA Phil that night.

JL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I thought the food was good but not memorable. It's a pleasant, place for a quick bite and it's a quick walk to the music center. My salmon was tasty and reasonable priced. The food service was friendly and quick, but the bar service was sluggish. Drinks were a little pricey. I would return for the convenience and location.

Z
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were a party of eight during lunch time- our waitress was great, we got our food in a timely manner once we let her know and the food was delicious.

DH
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Very disappointing. The only IPA they had was a very cheap and tastless one for $9. The $18 dollar burger was ordinary and not very good and the fries were thick and a!most inedible. The beet and arugula salad was way over dressed and was a soggy mess.

LA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food is 3.5, add .5 for atmosphere = 4.0.

No Blue Cows on the premises, in fact no cows. Not sure where the cows are?

Check it out, just don't expect incredible food. Go for the scenery.

Good for a date, before a show, business meeting, friends, really any occasion.

Service fine, they won't baby you, be ready to order.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service

FO
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

A great idea- a sit-down version of some of the wonderful Mendocino Farms food.

The BBQ Chicken Salad was nicely done with generous pieces of chicken, and delicious crunchy things. The burger was moist and cooked perfectly. French fries were cold, wilted and soggy, and the butter cake was underwhelming and cloyingly sweet.

The service was the real problem. Our server was just not interested. At all. It was like pulling teeth. Long disappearances, slow returns, little interaction. (It felt like we had grabbed sandwiches at Mendocino Farms and were eating outside on our own, and every time she passed by we were bothering her because she had other things to do.)

MV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 1

Noise level is way out of control - you cannot hear the person in front of you. Our waitress was spectacular - perfect amount of attention, very pleasant, quick in an out experience. But seriously, you have to do something about that noise level. Whew!

HG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. The wait staff were attentive and provided suggestions about the menu based on our requests. A fun, lively crowd contributed to making a fun evening.

MK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We like everything we ordered. Thought charging corkage after each of us have two cocktails was poor customer service and just bad business.

JN
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Always have a great time at Blue Cow! The only blemish in this visit was when we mentioned that one of our group is vegan. The waitress said they could make the Brussels sprout dish vegan, and we eagerly accepted (cause it's delicious!). Unfortunately, we didn't notice until the end that there was, in fact, pork in the Brussels sprouts. Just a warning for anyone who requests something for allergy reasons!

Z
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Pasta was over cooked. Disappointing.

l
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food in nice setting (we sat outdoors). We got there quite early when there were very few other people, but as we ate it "filled up". Our only issue was the loud music, which I think they turned down when we asked about it. Salmon was great as was the salad we split, and my partner loved the pasta in jalapeno cream sauce.

SF
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great for a pre theatre bite or after work drink!

VL
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was bad. Our server did not even check if we wanted refills on our drink. It was understandable that our food got so delayed because their computer was down, according to our lady server. But for us to call other servers for what we needed, because we can't find our server, that's not good. We got our check from another person and on our way out, we found our lady server standing outside by the bar. ☹️

WF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had several dishes that were outstanding. And it is close enough to Disney Hall and the Center theaters that we could enjoy dinner beforehand. Reservations are good but probably not essential.

B
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

Yes, as there are very few pre-theatre places to dine.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place! My brother and I loved it, except they were all out of most of their beers on tap and bottles. But overall great food and drinks!

P
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun spot. And food was delicious. Thoroughly enjoyed the salmon.

BA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service! Everyone is super friendly.

SM
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

3 appetizers were all excellent, and more than enough for a two person lunch. Really an excellent lunch experience.

i
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Just ok. With the multitude of dining options in DTLA, this is not anything other than ordinary.

AB
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were to see the ballet at the DCP, so parked at the Music Center parking which turned over to event parking right at 1630 for $9 cash. Walked about 10 mins to the Blue Cow and sat right down. We had the Cobb Salad, the Arugula&Prosciutto Pizza, and the Potato and Short Rib Pizza. Very tasty, good flavors, and adequate portions. Our server was fast, on the mark, never intrusive but always available. Ambiance was quiet, tasteful and fresh. After a yummy meal that felt so relaxed and never rushed. We walked back to the Music Center in time for the Pre-show talk at 1830. In all a 1645 reservation gave us a leisurely amount of time to park, walk, enjoy our meal and walk back in time for a 1830 pre show talk and then a 1930 show. Perfect evening (minus the earthquake) We will be back!!!

OT
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice outdoor seating for a casual meal. Food is mediocre. Service was attentive. Worked well for a pre-concert meal before going to Disney Hall.

RB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice food and service. The outside sofa wasn't that clean, and inside the noise level was very high, inherent in the design.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

We were there at the end of the night and as we were filling out the check they turned off the lights I understand the restaurant was closed but it was rude to just kick us out when we were already leaving. Ultimately never going back.

GD
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were promptly greeted and seated, in a nice outdoor area that, although it faces Grand Avenue, is set below street level, which keeps down some of the noise. Our waiter, Grant, was very enthusiastic. I don’t think there’s an item on the menu that isn’t his “favorite.”
We tried the short rib pizza with, at Grant’s suggestion, the gluten free crust. It was extremely tasty, but I’m not at all sure that the special dough added anything to it. Next time we’ll try the regular dough. With that, we had the Asian Spring Roll salad, which was very good. I especially liked the cashews and the fried shallot in the salad.
For the two of us, it made a nicely filling meal. It appears that they have happy hour specials during the week. We’ll have to wait to see what those are like.
The staff was extremely friendly and it seemed as though they knew almost everyone coming in.
We’ll definitely try it again. It’s a great location for any of the museums and theaters nearby.

ML
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

manager's quick remedy and response to negative comments on food was outstanding.
waiter's service was very good and overall very good. Definitely going back again.

FB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place for dinner before a concert at the Disney or a play at the Mark Taper. Service is consistently excellent. The food is always good and inventive. If you get there for Happy Hour, the prices are brilliant. (And the house chardonnay is a definite price performer.)

FR
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Easy place for dining before a show at Disney hall or Center Theatre Group. Food was good and prompt and an easy 10 min. walk to theatre.

D
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fun atmosphere, a bit noisy inside. We liked the vegan choices, even though we aren't vegan.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Try the sangria!

SR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun and easy!!! Needed to get to Disney Hall for a show and our terrific server Sarah made sure that we were in and out in about 50 minutes.....and we never felt rushed!!!
And the food was tasty and although served quickly this was not fast food!!!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday Lunch was great. Very accommodating with reservation modifications.

A
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal. Ahi very good as was the quinoa salad. Excellent “Casa Margarita!”

T
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great pre-theatre place.
Dependable—affordable—and good energy

BH
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent. Don't forget their happy hour during weekdays.

MS
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my first visit and I was very impressed. I will definitely be back.

JS
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

Good food but way, way too loud with patrons screaming over each other. Going out for me and my friends is mostly a social experience. It really doesn't matter how good the food is if we strain to hear each other making for a pretty unpleasant experience.

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