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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (23)
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Fun (9)
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Creative Cuisine (8)
Cozy (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Romantic (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Authentic (4)
Business Meals (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Seasonal (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Hot Spot (2)
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Disabled Access (1)
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Great Beer (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 7, 2018

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

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 19, 2017

The food exceeded expectations and the service was excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 18, 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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⛄️🎅🎄😀😀😀

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 4, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Good overall steak place.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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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