The Cowford Chophouse

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Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Overpriced and the steak was way too fatty. A disappointment all in all.

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service and delicious food for a birthday dinner. This isn’t my first trip & won’t be my last.

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Full dinner service and a great server. Awesome drinks and food. Steak was so yummy and cooked perfectly. Grouper was outstanding and flavorful. Thanks for the great birthday!

D
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This was our first visit to the Cowford Chophouse. It's an upscale, high-end, beautifully decorated 3 story restaurant with roof-top bar that is good spot for special occasions and/or dates. The service was good, but once it started to get a little crowded our server was stretched over several tables. Took 10 minutes to get some salt & pepper to the table. Food was acceptable, but I wouldn't say exceptional. The $12 "side" baked potato was nothing special. The side mushrooms were tasty. The wedge salad was a good portion and worth the $12. The $55 rib-eye steak was just OK, definitely not worth the price. Nice touch is the complimentary dessert for your birthday. I'd go back, but would be more selective with what I order.

OT
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great exceptional service

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

We got to the restaurant early, hoping to get a drink beforehand at the bar upstairs, unfortunately it was closed due to a special event. So, we were going to stay and get a drink at the downstairs bar, but were told that it was full, so we had to go down the street to another place to kill time, but that wasn’t a big deal. We were told they could seat us early, so we could come back before our reservation and get seated. So, we did. We were seated in the downstairs bar area, which was loud and the sun was shining through the window so my husband couldn’t see for half of our dinner. We asked if we came back later at our actual reservation time, if we could get a better table, and they said probably not. Not exactly the ambiance I was expecting for a $250 dinner. The food was good, and the waiter was courteous and attentive. I think my main take away was that I guess I expected something like a Orsay atmosphere, but it was more of a Cheesecake Factory at a Ruth Chris price.

LM
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall good
Fish special was a little on the dry side ..
Steak was amazing

S
Jacksonville
16 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The place is beautiful and the service was good. I had the salmon burger and it was ok. I thought it was a salmon filet, but it was more like a salmon cake with a bunch of filler. I asked the waitress what was in it and she had to check with the chef and then I got a vague answer. I will probably go back but I will ask more questions prior to ordering.

OT
Jacksonville
14 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We have a very good service but the only thing I did not enjoy is my steak. Too much rosemary seasoning and the meat is not tender for the price I paid for. May be I ordered the wrong thing.

OT
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual!

We love Cowford Chophouse for date nights!

S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!

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K
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Special of the day was a salmon burger that the waiter recommended. it was more like leftover salmon re-purposed into a dry tasteless burger

W
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top Notch dining experience. From drinks at the rooftop bar prior to dining, to promptly being seated at our reservation time. The hospitality was amazing, everyone from the hostess to our server to the servers assistants were unbelievable. Now let me get to the best part. The food. I ordered the wagyu spinalis at the recommendation of our server. I have been to many upscale steak houses around the country and this was hands down the best steak I have had at a restaurant to date. It was pricey however for the service, food quality, and modern ambiance I’d say it was well worth it. Will be back again... VERY SOON. A1!

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 3

This was our first time dining at Cowford. Our reservation was at 6:00pm and we were sat along the west wall. My chair faced directly into the sun, needless to say it was blinding. Since the sun sets in this direction every day, I assume management does not care. The open booth seating is not one of my favorites. No privacy since our neighbors to the left and right felt like we were eating family style. That’s the negative, the good food and service, but for $100 per person you would expect good food and service. I don’t believe I will ever go back!

OT
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and even better service!1

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect evening. I'm already planning our next meal there

PA
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Five star service, five dollar signs. Great place for steaks. The restaurant is noisy - conversation can be challenged if you have difficulty hearing in noisy environments. There is a rooftop bar. They serve the full menu up there, but the tables looked small.

HD
Jacksonville
16 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Charlotte, our server was one of the BEST we’ve ever had anywhere. Pleasant, knowledgeable, timely, and appropriate conversation. Food was delicious; cooked to perfection.

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Parking is handled by valet since there is no self parking due to the location. My first visit was less than spectacular. I was seated promptly on the second floor. Being a steak lover, I know my cuts and temps very well. I ordered a bone in ribeye prepared to medium well.., a Caesar salad and an Arnold Palmer. The steak came to the table cooked Over well..... I mean burnt to a crisp as of though my uncle Pete cooked it in the grill in our family’s back yard....the Caesar salad which was not a Caesar but rather a garden salad with vinegar on top was not appetizing at all. The service is the only thing that saved this meal. My server was very interested in my satisfaction and I would only return because of that.

GR
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Will highly recommend.

WB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Our evening started off with a drink at the bar on the first floor. Almost immediately we noticed the noise level was so loud we couldn’t hear each other speaking. People were rudely coming up to the bar and standing uncomfortably close and making body contact while trying to enjoy your beverage. The big issue with Cowford was the food. I gave 3 stars only because the wagyu steak was delicious. I ordered a bone in filet which I wanted medium rare. However, the waiter informed me that due to the bone it’s best to order it medium so I concurred. When my steak arrived, I cut into it looking for signs of a pink steak. The outer portions were well done and over cooked. I cut into the middle and still no sign of a medium to medium rare steak. The steak lacked flavor and was extremely dry. I sent the food back and was informed they no longer had any more cuts of the bone in filet. I was disappointed and at this time my girlfriend was nearly finished with her food which made me feel awkward just watching her eat. I ordered the porkchop which was actually really good. The sides ordered were potato’s au gratin and haricot verts. The sides lacked flavor and were dry. Seems to be a pattern. Soon after the manager came by with a $25 comp card which was nice. Even though the steak was way pricier I wasn’t expecting to get anything out of sending it back. I honestly wanted better food and a much better experience. I’ll be spending my money at Capital Grille from now on. They have a bone in filet that’s cooked just right, sides that taste well and service is impeccable.

OT
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was a great dining experience! The food was very good. The service was excellent. They remembered our anniversary. The roof top bar needs some outdoor fans for the summer and maybe a mister too. But the bar atmosphere was fine.

NI
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing. We had the best service I’ve had in a long time thanks to our amazing waiter! The whole evening was just a blast :)

TV
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was superb, the steak was juicy and cooked to our liking and the ambiance was nice. Great place for dinner date or working lunch/dinner since you can hear each other.

OT
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Three of us ordered the tuna appetizer, and it was too spicy to eat. And we all like spicy food. Our salads were.kind of bland. No salt and pepper on the table, so it was disappointing too. Also we had to ask for bread because they didnt bring us any. It wasn't too crowded, so I'm not sure why all this happened.

k
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a major wedding anniversary with our son. We had a wonderful dinner and attended a show at the Florida Theatre afterwards. The hostess asked if we were going to the show and what time we would like to be finished with dinner. We were done in time for a leisurely, short walk to the FT. This restaurant is a great addition to downtown.

a
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The restaurant is great, our server was beyond wonderful and the food was very high-quality. However it took over an hour for appetizer to even arrive which our server explained was due to a very large party on the second floor. I’m quite sure that large party had reservations in advance as I did and they should have staff the kitchen accordingly. Other than that everything was great but because of the length of time We waited we missed our After dinner plans.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fantastic meal at Cowford. Still wins over Ruth’s Chris, Capital Grille, and Morton’s for the best steak in town.

JF
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Overpriced, undercooked food. tables too close together. Good place for a business event, that’s about it. Overrated, if u want expensive food that actually taste good go to Ruth Chris

PE
Jacksonville
44 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Daughter’s 30th birthday. Acknowledged with a sweet card but nothing else. A complimentary glass of champagne or dessert has always been provided by others.

LH
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Pretty great experience. Very clean bathrooms, excellent service, VERY good drinks (the old fashioned was amazing), steak was great as expected (maybe a tad overcooked), Mac n cheese was good, Ratatouille was good, cinnamon roll was just okay.

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Food and service is 5 star! The sides are very big and can easily feed three people.

P
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, service and location. Our waiter very knowledgeable of the entrées. We will return for special occasions.

TW
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Our waiter was not attentive! Our food was not hot, which was surprising. We were not made to feel comfortable, our waiter seemed very standoffish. It was our 27th wedding anniversary. This part of the day sucked!

g
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful dining rooms. Very spacious and comfortable. Dining chairs are the best we've encountered in Jacksonville. Bar is accommodating - got here around 4pm, so less traffic obviously translates. Our bartender was especially helpful and friendly. Though the double-story room can initially seem warehouse-like, the overall effect is stylish and cozy enough. With a few inevitable exceptions, guests view this destination as a dress-up opportunity and the effect is very civilized and refreshing in this flip-flop town.
Staff was confident, friendly and focused on customer service. Third time this summer and we've been impressed each time. All the beef and lamb dishes have been typical of the high-end steak houses, which means excellent across the board. Opted for the roasted seafood tower and server easily accommodated our special request. Everything was well prepared and tasty. Nothing to complain about and much to rave about: quality of meats and sides, professionalism of staff, comfort of dining tables and chairs, valet parking. An outstanding addition to downtown and probably the top destination on the northbank.

V
Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Food is always good. Finished off the evening with a drink at the rooftop bar.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Steak I’ve ever had. Was done to perfection.

MM
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great, ambiance was ok as we were on the first floor by the bar and I prefer the second floor. The price is definitely higher than it should be.

RV
Savannah
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our first time eating at Cowford Chophouse. I didn't know how big the bar was so I made a reservation at a table. Next time, I would probably sit at the bar as I tend to enjoy eating that way as a dinner date. Really enjoyed our server Jenny, who nicely answered my questions and gave recommendations. Nothing negative about the food and service, but not entirely blown away either. I felt like I could have had just as good a meal at some of my go to favorites, Town Hall and Taverna, with less of a bill. I look forward to coming back and taking advantage of their happy hour!

HM
Jacksonville
35 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our reservation was the same night as the Rolling Stones concert, so the restaurant and its various bars were pretty full, and the wait staff and kitchen were obviously working hard. The concert bound crowd that was there pushed the dress code, but everyone understood. I don't understand why men are not asked to remove their hats. It is unfortunate the offenders don't seem to know any better.

We arrived about 30 minutes early and found the seating area at the second floor to be perfect for enjoying our drinks from the 2nd floor bar. TWe were seated a few minutes prior to our reservation on the second floor, overlooking Bay Street. The table next to us was a bit loud, but not to the point of distraction. Thankfully the piped in music did not add to the din (much too common too many places these days).

Our waiter was Matt, and he was pleasant and attentive throughout the night. Despite having already been swamped by people, the wait team working hard to make sure they were taking good care of us.

The wine list had several good options, at mark-ups that were on-par or slightly below what I have seen at comparable restaurants.

The food was excellent! Everyone at our table had one of the filets. Delicious and pleasantly different from Ruth Chris's. Both are terrific, but CC's is distinctly different. Some at the table said it was smoky flavored (in a good way). All I can say is it was wonderful, without the buttery heaviness I get at RC's. Nor the peppery-ness I note at III Forks. CC has their own flavor and I like it quite a lot. The asparagus, usually visually excellent, but often tasting mediocre was really well one here. The salads were enjoyed.

Expresso and the cinnamon roll like creation were our dessert choices, and well enjoyed.

It was a great night. It was expensive, but it was just what I wanted. I look forward to returning before too much time passes.

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