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“A tourist trap!” 2 of 5 stars
Review of zila govs

zila govs
meistaru 21, Riga 1050, Latvia
+371 67 223 307
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Ranked #176 of 614 Restaurants in Riga
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Seafood, Latvian, Eastern European
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: "Blue Cow" is a new steak and fish restaurant, located on one side of Riga's most popular Old Town squares, Livu laukums Latvian modern cuisine in a warm atmosphere ,in a historical building dated from 1235.
Tel Aviv, Israel
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A tourist trap!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

avoid this tourist trap!
the service was terrible: the waiter LIED to us and charged the service as "a tax" (what made us leave way more money than needed). Moreover, he didn't give us water - saying they dont have just tap water.
The food was ok, but way overpriced. the pepper steak was ok. the turkey was awful.
STAY AWAY!! don't go to a place where they lie to tourists.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Carnikava, Rigas, Latvia
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Excellent overall experience!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Zila Govs was a great surprise! We took customers there the other night and WOW! Our starters were fresh and very tasty! Then the MEAT came out! It was so tender it really did fall to pieces when we tried to cut it! All the steaks were served on a solid granite stone that somehow kept the steak the perfect temperature without continuing to cook it. Then we all had the Crème brûlée...another fantastic treat! It was divine! We had the chef come out and thanked him for his skills which was warmly received.
The only thing stopping me from giving a 5 star rating was the wine list. It was an excellent list BUT, they have the vintages listed as well. When you list the dates you have to be certain that you HAVE those dates. Anyone who knows wine knows that if you list a 2006 Amarone for a certain price and you only have a 2008 which was an inferior year people will not buy it. Maybe I am just nit picking but this was how I saw it so just my 2 cents worth.

I also must say that the service was perfect. OUr waitress was knowledgeable, courteous and showed the right amount of attention.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Stavanger, Norway
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best steaks in Riga”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Ate here a couple of times. They serve excellent lunches and dinners. And the steaks... The steaks are perfect as they age the meat to perfection. I've never had a steak like theirs in Norway, nowhere similar... Great ambiance! Great service!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Indonesia
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68 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great food and good service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013 via mobile

We got there in the afternoon when it wasn't meal time, so we were the only customer there. The waiter was nice and helpful. Food was really good..very happy with the steak we ordered. A bit on the expensive side especially for the drinks, but overall a satisfying experience.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Milan, Italy
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Amazing food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

Really excellent and amazing food as usual. I've been there many times and always eat very well. The choices available is the menu are numerous and different. I suggest to taste at least one of their lovely cuts of meat with one of many available sauces. Price is a little above the average but absolutely worth every single lat.

Visited December 2012
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