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wild-caught salmon, warm spinach farro saut, Grana Padano, salsa verde
pork belly, lemon vinaigrette
Impossible Vegan Chorizo
ground chorizo-seasoned caramelized plant-based Impossible burger, vegan southwest cashew ranch, spicy Chao cheese, Daiya mozzarella, caramelized onion, rajas, green onion, cilantro, avocado, salsa verde
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.
It was great and the waiter was outstanding.
Blue Cow was great for our girl's night out! Good food at a great price.
The food is quite good. However, I would like to see a few more vegetarian options.
Dining pre play at Mark Taper Forum
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.
Amazing value for the area. Friendly service and would definitely come back!
Valentines dinner before seeing a play at the Ahmanson.
Enjoyed our time. Happy hour menu has a good food selection and value.
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!
BBQ chicken salad and BBQ chicken pizza were bom'!
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.
So great, my boss asked me to book it again next week!
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.
Fabulous vegan food! Lovely and thoughtful waitstaff and hostess. Can’t wait to go back
enjoyed our visit. Food was excellent except sauce for chicken wings was too thick for dipping.
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.
Good food, great service, reasonably priced, and super convenient to Disney Hall and Ahmanson!
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.
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!!
Great spot to sit outside and have a yummy bite. Portions are quite big on the salads. Service was excellent.
Skimpy on the protein in the salads and really loud at lunch!
Great food in a well-decorated setting with good ambiance, well-prepared cocktails, and a variety of options that accommodated dietary restrictions.
Kitchen and service was slow, but food was tasty.
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).
Very pleasant experience all around if you’re looking for a casual dining experience. I’ll be going back.
Can't be downtown without having their brussel sprouts, elote pizza and buttermilk cake!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great service and food
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.)
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!
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.
We like everything we ordered. Thought charging corkage after each of us have two cocktails was poor customer service and just bad business.
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!
Permanently Closed - Blue Cow kitchen & bar is rated 4.3 stars by 365 OpenTable diners.