Red Cow

4.5
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454 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Northwest

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Red Cow is Steak Frites in Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood. A classic French brasserie featuring housemade charcuterie, local shellfish, a full bar, and a robust offering of steak to choose from.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Northwest, French, Steak
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Hours of operation
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Sunday through Thursday
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM Friday and Saturday
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Phone number
(206) 454-7932
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
E Union St
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
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4.5based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.1
ambience
4.0
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JJ
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Love the feel of this little neighborhood restaurant but was very disappointed with the food. It’s exactly the restaurant I want to love but the food was really sub par.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quaint restaurant in a cute part of town. From the moment I walked in the door the service was exceptional. The menu offered a lot of variety. We started with the steak tartare, followed by the filet mignon and the hangar steak. All were delicious. Definitely want to come back to try the burger and French onion soup.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very average for above average price. Very disappointing for an Ethan Stowell restaurant.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great atmosphere. Like a quaint French Bistro.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Red Cow was absolutely delicious and our server was lovely. I just want to sound a note of caution for fellow celiacs. I was assured the steaks + sauces were safe but I was sick for two days immediately after eating here. The food was amazing and absolutely worth a visit, but triple check with the kitchen that what you’re ordering is ok for celiacs.

PV
Seattle
52 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Red Cow’s food is not complex - what you order is what you get - which means they have to do it right, and they do. We decided to test whether Ethan Stowell’s steakhouse could hit . . . not steak: yes. Oysters with a thoughtful mignonette; French Onion soup packed with flavor presented well; a juicy burger (this could have used some greens for bitterness or some acidic component to brighten it up); and a perfectly-cooked pork shank that rode the razor’s edge of too salty but had celery root purée, squash, and pomegranate seeds for balance. Service was exceptional - pleasant and timely. The atmosphere was both casual but adaptable to a couple looking for a romantic date; this is not a corporate business lunch hole-in-the-wall, just a good time. Red Cow is also an excellent value with an ultimate sticker about 60% of what I would expect from comparable cuisine at any “big box” steakhouse.

e
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food exceeded expectations and the service was excellent.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best restaurant I’ve been to on a date in Seattle. We got taken care of so well and it doesn’t compare to other places.

f
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is just an awesome place Johnny is terrific and all of the waitstaff are as well. And the best burger in all of Seattle, beyond any doubt. All other food is really really good as welll⛄️🎅🎄😀😀😀

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food was excellent and service exceeded both. We would definitely recommend and come back as well.

NB
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place so much. The wait staff is warm and welcoming, the drinks and delicious and strong and the food is just wonderful. Duck fat fries!! My GOD. I went for dinner with a group of friends before the holidays and it was just lovely. Thank you. Ethan is the best.

P
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was not my first visit to Red Cow, certainly not my last... The steaks here are excellent and cooked to exactly the temperature (redness) you request. Each of the sauces for the steak is incredible, you really can't go wrong - there were four of us so we each got a different one. The frites and aioli were also excellent. Highly recommend if you want a steak and want a pretty homey environment.

OT
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful menu. Unique cocktails. Pleasurable service. Lovely meal.

o
Seattle
54 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our "go to" steakhouse in Seattle. Must try the marrow bones complete with marrow spoons designed specifically for this one dish. The frisee salad with lardons and the beet salad were excellent, as were the pommes frites. Of course, the main reason to go is for the steak. They do it right with perfect execution and just the right amount of char, cooked exactly to order. Very reasonably priced including a good selection of French Bordeaux.

JL
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Sunday night dinner with family visiting from out of town. Delicious from start to finish.

MQ
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and just what I would expect from a ESB restaurant. Little loud but an awesome place.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good overall steak place.

p
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Have been a fan for a while. Cozy neighborhood steakhouse, simple but well curated menu and casual but professional service. Food not quite as good as on previous visits - one of our steaks was a little overcooked, the tartar was kind of dry - but very minor miscues overall. Price has edged up a little, and is comparable to other similar places, but no bargain.

HD
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yet another excellent and distinctive Seattle neighborhood restaurant. A quite commendable facsimile of a typical local brasserie in Northern France or Belgium (great frites) - missing only the nostalgic aroma of Gauloise.

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious steak & the horseradish is top-notch. Went for a birthday dinner and the ambiance was perfect for the occasion.

MM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I am exclusively a 20% tipper when meal/service deserve. When charge is laid out I think incentive to keep meal/service top notch. A restaurant like this should do better - 100%. Visited another Seattle restaurant this week - same issues. Really too bad.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Red Cow was a wonderful experience from beginning to end. What a pleasure to have superior service combined with astonishly delicious food. The red wine granita served with the oysters was fabulous. My husband said his filet mignon was simply the best he had ever eaten in a restaurant (and he’s a New Yorker). My daughter, her friend and I all had the scrumptious vol au vent.

VR
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Steak was delicious .

SL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

We expected a nice, moderatly quiet dining experience. It was very noisy. It was expensive for the environment and the food served. If we return, it would be to sit in the bar for Happy Hour.

OT
Montana
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best steaks I have ever ordered! Will definitely be back.

KK
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I made a mistake on my reservation and Johnny (the manager) moved mountains to accommodate us on a very busy night. You can't get better service than that!
Steak was awesome, but the frites were really out of this world. A truly decadent and sublime dinner.

N
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, ambiance, food. What’s not to like?

M
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and very good service. Only downside was the noise - as it filled up the noise level was very high.

t
Seattle
77 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent neighborhood gem. Delicious food, nice selection and nicely priced wine list, friendly and efficient service made it an enjoyable evening. Will be back.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Went here for restaurant week and they ran out of ribeye steak. That is great for a steak house but the meat they gave me was very poor in taste. They won’t not make accommodations. I had a horrible date night and I would not go back.

e
Los Angeles
116 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was of good quality but all items lacked flavor or dustinction. Best item of the $246.00 meal for the four of us were the frites. Everything else was bleh.

KT
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit based on a recommendation by friends. Food was really good, especially the bone marrow, and the service was friendly and great.

H
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Server wasn’t attentive. Lucky they have runners serving food and drinks.

CK
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Red Cow for restaurant week. The food was amazing! I ordered the chicken as my main - the chicken was in the top 3 chicken dishes I have ordered in a restaurant. I would definitely recommend Red Cow for a nice dinner/date night meal out.

NB
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came with girlfriends for restaurant week! It was delicious and we were able to try things we've never eaten before with the starters. All around great meal.

R
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food. Nice neighborhood feel. Great service. We'll be back!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, the service was great, and the restaurant itself was cozy but not cramped.

Definitely recommend the steak frites and bone marrow to everyone!

EL
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took part in restaurant week and had a very good meal. Highly recommend it and will be back.

R
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The appetizers and dessert were excellent. However the waiter's attitude and the main course were not. The waiter was condescending from the beginning of the meal to the end. Perhaps that was due to the obligatory 20% service fee. The entree was rib eye steak for two. At least 1/3 of it was gristle. When my wife complained to the waiter he said that was due to the cut of meat. That was absurd, but it was pointless to argue with him because of his attitude.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s sinole, love great food and a place that cares about diners and atmosphere? Go here! YUM!

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