About Red Cow

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.

1423 34th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Northwest, French, Steak

Hours of Operation:
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Sunday through Thursday
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM Friday and Saturday

Cross Street:
E Union St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(206) 454-7932

Website:
http://www.ethanstowellrestaurants.com/locations/red-cow/

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine

Red Cow Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (33)
Good for a Date (27)
Fit for Foodies (23)
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Special Occasion (22)
Local Ingredients (19)
Casual (17)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Cozy (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Fun (10)
Romantic (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Authentic (7)
Seasonal (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Business Meals (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Healthy (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Great Beer (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

Good overall steak place.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Steak was delicious .

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 3, 2017

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

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 2, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 31, 2017

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

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·Dined on October 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 25, 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 25, 2017

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

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 19, 2017

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Casual, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 18, 2017

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

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Disabled Access
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Red Cow is one of our neighborhood restaurants and a mere 5 minutes from home. The menu is excellent and preparation and presentation perfect. The wine list presents excellent selection and reasonable prices. The hostess and wait staff provided excellent service. We will return soon.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 13, 2017

2nd time here. A little disappointed with the food this time. Steak was a bit tough. Service was excellent though. Overall it was just ok but still would go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Tuesday evening visit for the first time to Red Cow. Decided on this restaurant because of reviews and Ethan Stowell's reputation around Seattle. Ordered items: Tongue charcuterie appetizer, frisee salad with bacon, side of haricot vertes, moules et frites curry style, tomato soup. My friend and I found the food overall, disappointingly, -- mediocre. The service was attentive and polite; not the place for a quiet conversation at all. Don't mind paying the price if I get a "knock your socks" meal. I even read the reviews before making my reservation.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Everything was perfect! The food tasted great and service was on point.

It was a bit noisy as the restaurant filled out but it wasn’t too bad.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Amazing food! We will be back!

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

I love red cow and I would recommend this place to everyone. The atmosphere is more for a special occasion during dinner times. I really liked our server and the food was great! There is no other place like this one and I am going to come back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Very good steaks and burgers. Consider splitting entrees to make room for delicious sides! Bread and butter top notch.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Of course a place called Red Cow knows how to cook a piece of beef, but the pork, fish, and chicken dishes I've had were terrific too - as were the sides. Yes, they also know how to cook green beans and broccoli. The staff knows their menu and make informed recommendations about wine pairings. The wine list always has a mix of PNW standards and interesting new finds. The price point is high enough that we don't eat there every week, but the food and experience are such that it's not a 'special occasion only' spot either.

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Red Cow never disappoints. The steaks are always impeccably prepared and the service is fantastic.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Probably my favorite restaurant. Been there for two anniversaries and have never been disappointed - and we are unashamed foodies. I think everyone should give this place a try!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fun, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 30, 2017

We sat outside on a warm summer night. The five-piece charcuterie board was a great mix of flavors, and plenty as an appetizer for six. Cocktails were interesting, tasty and strong. Draught beer came in what I assume was a 12oz glass (it was definitely smaller than 16oz), which was a small disappointment. Between us we had three different types of steak and the roast chicken, all excellent. The frites are good but would be even better if twice as thick. The waiter brought me malt vinegar, which is the greatest condiment there is for good fries. For dessert, profiteroles were large, light and fluffy - about as good as I've had anywhere. Dinner for 6 came to about $450, including 20% service charge, which seemed good value for the quality.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner, but it is a very loud restaurant. Have to be in the mood for noisy energy...FANTASTIC BEEF MARROW!!!!!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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·Dined on August 14, 2017

Cozy neighborhood bistro. Recommended to us as a local option near where we were staying in Madrona. Good steaks, great service, cozy ambiance, but a bit overpriced.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Nice location, good steak, nice atmosphere, tasty cocktails

Tags: Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Excellent food but Red Cow is one more Seattle restaurant that's too loud. It's a drag to have to shout to have a conversation.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 13, 2017

The steaks are always perfect, and the burger is one of the best in the area. All the dishes are fresh and seasonal, and exceptionally prepared. The space is clean and inviting, and seeing the open kitchen makes it obvious that everyone is working hard to make the customer's dining experience perfect.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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