Blue Cow kitchen & bar

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$30 and under
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American

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Pre/post Theatre
Blue Cow is an upscale, full-service New-American restaurant serving innovative sandwiches, seasonal cocktails, craft beers, small plates and entrees that showcase local farming and artisan products, inspired by taking the approachable and giving it a modern interpretation.
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.4
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.1
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MC
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!!

LM
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great spot to sit outside and have a yummy bite. Portions are quite big on the salads. Service was excellent.

MM
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Skimpy on the protein in the salads and really loud at lunch!

DF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food in a well-decorated setting with good ambiance, well-prepared cocktails, and a variety of options that accommodated dietary restrictions.

BJ
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Kitchen and service was slow, but food was tasty.

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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).

EV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very pleasant experience all around if you’re looking for a casual dining experience. I’ll be going back.

OT
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Can't be downtown without having their brussel sprouts, elote pizza and buttermilk cake!

JK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

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.

E
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

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.

JL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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.

Z
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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.

DH
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

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.

LA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and food

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service

FO
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

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.)

MV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience1

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!

HG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

MK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We like everything we ordered. Thought charging corkage after each of us have two cocktails was poor customer service and just bad business.

JN
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

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!

Z
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Pasta was over cooked. Disappointing.

l
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food in nice setting (we sat outdoors). We got there quite early when there were very few other people, but as we ate it "filled up". Our only issue was the loud music, which I think they turned down when we asked about it. Salmon was great as was the salad we split, and my partner loved the pasta in jalapeno cream sauce.

SF
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great for a pre theatre bite or after work drink!

VL
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Service was bad. Our server did not even check if we wanted refills on our drink. It was understandable that our food got so delayed because their computer was down, according to our lady server. But for us to call other servers for what we needed, because we can't find our server, that's not good. We got our check from another person and on our way out, we found our lady server standing outside by the bar. ☹️

WF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We had several dishes that were outstanding. And it is close enough to Disney Hall and the Center theaters that we could enjoy dinner beforehand. Reservations are good but probably not essential.

B
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall4Food2Service3Ambience4

Yes, as there are very few pre-theatre places to dine.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved this place! My brother and I loved it, except they were all out of most of their beers on tap and bottles. But overall great food and drinks!

P
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fun spot. And food was delicious. Thoroughly enjoyed the salmon.

BA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service! Everyone is super friendly.

SM
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

3 appetizers were all excellent, and more than enough for a two person lunch. Really an excellent lunch experience.

i
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

Just ok. With the multitude of dining options in DTLA, this is not anything other than ordinary.

AB
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were to see the ballet at the DCP, so parked at the Music Center parking which turned over to event parking right at 1630 for $9 cash. Walked about 10 mins to the Blue Cow and sat right down. We had the Cobb Salad, the Arugula&Prosciutto Pizza, and the Potato and Short Rib Pizza. Very tasty, good flavors, and adequate portions. Our server was fast, on the mark, never intrusive but always available. Ambiance was quiet, tasteful and fresh. After a yummy meal that felt so relaxed and never rushed. We walked back to the Music Center in time for the Pre-show talk at 1830. In all a 1645 reservation gave us a leisurely amount of time to park, walk, enjoy our meal and walk back in time for a 1830 pre show talk and then a 1930 show. Perfect evening (minus the earthquake) We will be back!!!

OT
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

Nice outdoor seating for a casual meal. Food is mediocre. Service was attentive. Worked well for a pre-concert meal before going to Disney Hall.

RB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Nice food and service. The outside sofa wasn't that clean, and inside the noise level was very high, inherent in the design.

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

We were there at the end of the night and as we were filling out the check they turned off the lights I understand the restaurant was closed but it was rude to just kick us out when we were already leaving. Ultimately never going back.

GD
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We were promptly greeted and seated, in a nice outdoor area that, although it faces Grand Avenue, is set below street level, which keeps down some of the noise. Our waiter, Grant, was very enthusiastic. I don’t think there’s an item on the menu that isn’t his “favorite.”
We tried the short rib pizza with, at Grant’s suggestion, the gluten free crust. It was extremely tasty, but I’m not at all sure that the special dough added anything to it. Next time we’ll try the regular dough. With that, we had the Asian Spring Roll salad, which was very good. I especially liked the cashews and the fried shallot in the salad.
For the two of us, it made a nicely filling meal. It appears that they have happy hour specials during the week. We’ll have to wait to see what those are like.
The staff was extremely friendly and it seemed as though they knew almost everyone coming in.
We’ll definitely try it again. It’s a great location for any of the museums and theaters nearby.

ML
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

manager's quick remedy and response to negative comments on food was outstanding.
waiter's service was very good and overall very good. Definitely going back again.

FB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Our favorite place for dinner before a concert at the Disney or a play at the Mark Taper. Service is consistently excellent. The food is always good and inventive. If you get there for Happy Hour, the prices are brilliant. (And the house chardonnay is a definite price performer.)

FR
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Easy place for dining before a show at Disney hall or Center Theatre Group. Food was good and prompt and an easy 10 min. walk to theatre.