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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Andrea
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We've been here several times and it's usually pretty decent. This time however left something to be desired. Not sure if it was just an off night, or if this place is going down hill. A few things to note that made the experience less than stellar - We visited on a Saturday at 6 p.m. This is generally not a very busy time but it took about 20 minutes to get our drinks from the time we sat down, which is too long. The avocado on the tuna tartar was rock hard which is unfortunate since it's avocado season. It's hard to imagine the chef wouldn't notice that and would send it out anyway. We ordered the Honey Badger pizza, which tasted OK but was in no way spicy, had way too many onions, and was drizzled in way too much sauce and left the pizza soggy. It sounded delicious, but probably not assembled in the way it was meant to be. Just felt like not much attention to detail was given that night. Granted it's not a high end restaurant, but with its prime location under the downtown skyscrapers and so close to the music center, you would hope for a slightly better experience. I hope this was just an off-night as I would like to go back, but hopefully have a better experience.

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Wrestlewhat
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great and the waiter was outstanding.

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ChristyU
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blue Cow was great for our girl's night out! Good food at a great price.

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vipLindaC
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food is quite good. However, I would like to see a few more vegetarian options.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining pre play at Mark Taper Forum

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Maria
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We've eaten here before, but it's been awhile, so time to revisit. The food was very tasty - well seasoned but not overly seasoned. We thought the previous menus were more diverse; this latest one had fewer non-fried items and many did not include any salad or vegetables (which we prefer to adding a side dish.)

The service was poor. Our server immediately asked us for drink choices before we had a chance to review the drink menu. And the same happened with ordering food. Once we ordered the food, we weren't served for another 20 minutes. The server did not reappear throughout our meal for drink refills. And when we asked for the check, it took another 10 minutes.

We will return and make sure we get a different server.

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MaryM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing value for the area. Friendly service and would definitely come back!

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vipGaryG
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Valentines dinner before seeing a play at the Ahmanson.

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DeanB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed our time. Happy hour menu has a good food selection and value.

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Unknown
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you come here ask for Grant! Not only was he an excellent server and very attentive Grant made sure we had outstanding food and service before we return home!

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vipTinaB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

BBQ chicken salad and BBQ chicken pizza were bom'!

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Legalhound
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Need to get updated outdoor heaters that work for patrons that get seated outdoors in cooler days. Makes for a very annoying lunch time when you have to keep asking waiter to turn heater on because it keeps shutting off and they tell you can’t do anything about it because they are too old.

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MaggieC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great, my boss asked me to book it again next week!

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GigP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had a very good lunch at Blue Cow yesterday. The food was good, the service excellent, and the ambiance pretty nice. I do plan to dine there again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous vegan food! Lovely and thoughtful waitstaff and hostess. Can’t wait to go back

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AudreyK
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

enjoyed our visit. Food was excellent except sauce for chicken wings was too thick for dipping.

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DonaldH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Well, the wine was good. Overpriced, but good. The house salad was just lettuce pulled from a bag and dressed. That's all. Ok, but beyond basic. The pizza came too early, so we had them bring it back. They said they would keep it warm until we were ready for it. They didn't. The pizza itself, was a bit heavy on the dough, and was ultimately unsatisfying. Service was very uneven, the waitstaff was very young, and spent time just standing around chatting. We had been here twice before and enjoyed it. It seems like something, management perhaps, has changed. Overall, not a happy vibe in here anymore.

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SandieB
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food, great service, reasonably priced, and super convenient to Disney Hall and Ahmanson!

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MissyA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our wait person was great - he and I had a bit of a chat over my knowing about the Minor League Baseball team from his hometown of Dayton, Ohio. He did add to the enjoyment of the evening.

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MindyC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super find before the Disney Concert Hall performance. Super meal and wonderful warm service and atmosphere. I struggled to find a place that wouldn't blow the budget and within walking distance - Blue Cow ticked both boxes. We had a great meal ('Staff Tony's Pasta') and a lovely bottle of Mer Soleil. I highly recommend. Thanks Blue Cow!!

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LMGary
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great spot to sit outside and have a yummy bite. Portions are quite big on the salads. Service was excellent.

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vipMMack
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Skimpy on the protein in the salads and really loud at lunch!

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DanielF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food in a well-decorated setting with good ambiance, well-prepared cocktails, and a variety of options that accommodated dietary restrictions.

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BoyJohnnyBoy
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Kitchen and service was slow, but food was tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food, delicious drinks. Off the street so it’s not too loud for dinner. In a food court-type area, so may be noisier during the day (other restaurants were closed for dinner).

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ElizabethV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant experience all around if you’re looking for a casual dining experience. I’ll be going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Can't be downtown without having their brussel sprouts, elote pizza and buttermilk cake!

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JennaK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Blue Cow was a great place to meet someone in DTLA for a work lunch. I was offered indoor or outdoor seating, and I selected outdoor because it seemed like a nice environment. It wasn't too hot when I got there and the seats were all in the shade. As we got closer to 2 pm, our seats were more exposed to the sun, which made it slightly uncomfortable and sweaty. I'd consider sitting inside the next time I eat there.

The food was good, but nothing so amazing that I immediately need to make plans to return. It was a solid meal with good salad options for a lunch meeting. The Blue Cow Cobb Salad and the Grand Caesar Salad (add chicken) were pretty standard, but the Cobb salad was served with a mustard vinaigrette, which was a nice option. I saw other people order bread to eat with their salad, which I would potentially consider in the future. I would also consider getting a meat entree or pizza the next time I go depending on the setting. The Sugarbird Iced Tea was refreshing and unsweetened.

Service was attentive, but not overbearing. The bill was conveniently split by seat, but it wasn't necessary as it was a business lunch.

I parked in the California Plaza Garage based on OpenTable's profile of Blue Cow, and they said that self-parking was full when I got there. However, the valet took my car and I was able to use Blue Cow's validation for it. In the end, it cost $3 after the validation, and I was there for less than 2 hours. Don't forget to bring cash if you plan on parking in the garage and want to leave a tip.

Overall, I'd recommend for a good, standard meal.

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vipEskimo
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

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JoannaL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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vipZeni
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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DeborahH
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

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.

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LACyclist
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service

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vipFrankO
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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.)

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MarcusV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience1

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!

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HerbG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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MaryKayG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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JoeNick
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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!