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The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar

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Florida Center
0.6 km from Universal Studios Florida
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The Cowfish(R) is a one-of-a-kind dining experience, thriving on its ability to fuse two niche products seamlessly on the same menu. Fresh, innovative and delicious, the sushi segment of the menu is far beyond what you're accustomed to. All natural, creative and hearty, the burgers entice with fresh, never frozen, ingredients and bold flavors. Spiked hand-spun milkshakes, premium sakes, craft beers, wine and 10oz exotic martinis round out a huge bar menu that is sure to please. The Cowfish(R) aims to offer something for the entire family. Scrumptious appetizers for sharing, entree-sized salads, homemade desserts and a fun kid's menu. If you can't make up your mind, try a bento box to sample
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Japanese, American, Seafood, Sushi, Asian
FEATURES
Parking Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We had 2 nights at City Walk and chose Cowfish and Vivo for our evening meals. The experiences could not have been any more contrasting. We had a 7:30pm reservation at Cowfish on a Thursday evening and at 8:15 were still waiting to get seated...- Perhaps management does not understand the concept of a R-E-S-E-R-V-A-T-I-O-N. It was only when I insisted on speaking to a manager that we were "magically" offered a table. Hummmm...... The food was decent but nothing special like we had heard. We had both sushi and burgers. I wanted to be adventurous and get something I could not get anywhere else, so I stepped out and tried the "Cowfish Has Officially Left The Building" burger but was not a fan. The rest of the family thought theirs was pretty good but definitely no WOW factor. For the same cost (or a little more) you can dine next door at Vivo in a much nicer atmosphere, with really good authentic Italian (homemade pasta noodles) and where they actually honor your reservation time. Too many other good options to settle for Cowfish's overpriced menu and poor management.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It’s a shame to give this place 1 star because we’ve dined here a few years back and had an excellent experience. However, our recent visit has completely changed our view of the restaurant. To start, our waitress was distracted by other people in the...restaurant dressed up as theme park characters instead of taking our order. We had to beg for silverware. There was 5 people total, and at first the waitress brought over only 3 sets of silverware. Upon further request for two more settings, she reluctantly gave us two more. It took us over 2 hours to receive our food at the table. This would’ve been fine if we waited for food that was actually good, but it wasn’t. Everyone ordered a burger, 4 of the burgers being meat and one a veggie burger. All of the burgers were undercooked, raw meat and cold. Including the fries. One of the meat burgers was the Swiss Burger which had hair in the actual meat patty which was completely unacceptable. Even the milkshakes that 2/5 of our party ordered for dinner were more like chocolate milk by the time they came to the table. For how much money it costs to eat at this restaurant, the food that they put out should be of better standards. I understand that it’s a holiday weekend and it may be busy, but it should always be quality over quantity. This restaurant is not of the same quality it once was years ago. We will not be returning if we ever return to Universal.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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UOGuestServices, Guest Relations Manager at The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi there! Thank you for your review. I'm sorry to hear about the experience you described at The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar. We strive to provide our Guests with delicious meals and excellent service, so I apologize if your visit did not reflect these values....More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We decided to book a reservation for a non traditional Thanksgiving meal and went with Cowfish! It was easy to reserve a table on Open Table, and we got a text precisely at our reservation time, with directions on where to go. Ashley was our...server and she immediately let us know she was working the bar and the bar seating area. However, this had no impact on the level of customer service we received! She came back several times to take our order in waves as we navigated the menu and decided on regular drinks, milkshakes, kids meals and regular meals. The bento boxes were amazing!! The burger was a little smaller than I imagined (think small slider), but it was so filling- I couldn’t finish! We had our check in a timely manner and walked back To our hotel for a nap. A perfect Thanksgiving!More

Date of visit: November 2021
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UOGuestServices, Guest Relations Manager at The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello, Thanks for your review. I am so happy to hear you and your family enjoyed your Holiday meal while here; I have shared your feedback with the proper leadership teams. I recommend trying the Spicy Tuna Roll, on your next visit! We hope to...More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My only hope mid dinner was not getting food poisoning:( I’ve enjoyed Cowfish in NC this location needs to be renovated or closed.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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UOGuestServices, Guest Relations Manager at The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello, Thank you for your review. I am very sorry to learn of your disappointment with your dining experience, as this is never how we want our Guests to feel. I have started a documentation of your concerns, so they can be shared with the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am sorry to say that. The service was alright. The hostess Gabriela was really welcome, the waitress Alice was so kind. I went to eat sushi, and it was the worse Japanese food that I ever had. We ask for a portion of tuna...and avocado and it was pretty much an avocado portion. Also, the rolls were really bad, we ate only 2 pieces and that's it. I don't if the burger and meet are good. But I am really disappointed because I saw the stars and thought it was a nice place with good food.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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UOGuestServices, Guest Relations Manager at The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello, Thank you for your review. I am saddened to learn that your meal failed to meet your expectations, though I am glad to hear that Gabriela and Alice were so kind and welcoming! I will definitely make sure that all of your feedback is...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I had booked this restaurant for my husband and I several months before our Universal trip and was very excited to try it. We arrived 10 minutes early for our 7:30 midweek reservation to see many people waiting. Almost an hour later we still weren't...seated. When I inquired about a timeframe, I was told there were 2 other parties still ahead of us and that it was the fault of a host earlier who "booked too many walk-ins for the same time". Shouldn't those with reservations be prioritized, or is it all about the almighty dollar? Once finally seated, the service was extremely slow. We attempted to order their famous version of a scorpion bowl for 2, but was told "we are out of the bowls". I asked if it could instead be split into 2 separate glasses, but the response was "it would come in a tall water glass with 2 straws". Needless to say we did not order that. The drinks we did order took about 15 minutes to arrive. For food, my husband did like his spicy burger. I got a bento box...really great concept and fun to look at, but I have had much better sushi and the edamame seemed stale. Server never came back to check on us. Definitely wouldn't go here again. Try Bigfire or Antojitos instead - fantastic food & service!More

Date of visit: November 2021
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UOGuestServices, Guest Relations Manager at The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave this review. I'm saddened to hear that your visit was not what you'd anticipated. We train our Team Members to assist our Guests in an efficient and proactive manner. Additionally, we strive to provide our...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't get seated until more than an hour after our reservation time, despite arriving early... but after that the service was good and we liked the food.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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UOGuestServices, Guest Relations Manager at The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave this review! I'm glad to hear that, overall, you enjoyed your meal. I hope you were able to try The Boursin Bacon Burger, one of my favorite dishes. That said, I apologize for any inconvenience...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great menu - you want sushi, you want burger, you want to throw some pulled pork on that and put it all in a bento box, they can do it. Wine list was serviceable, my wife had the Rising Sun Margarita and loved it.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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UOGuestServices, Guest Relations Manager at The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello, Thank you so much for your review. It makes me so happy to know that you had an incredible experience dining with us and enjoyed the options available. I hope you had the chance to try one of my favorite appetizers, the Crab Rangoon...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first visit to Cowfish. The atmosphere is modern and cold. The menu is eclectic for sure and we ordered across burgers and sushi categories. The burgers are good, but not amazing and all else was fairly average if not below average, including...service. Everyone in our party agreed we would not return.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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UOGuestServices, Guest Relations Manager at The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there! Thank you for your review! I'm sorry to hear that your visit to The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar was not what you had hoped for. We strive to provide delicious meals and excellent service, so I apologize if your visit did not reflect...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I think three things make a restaurant decor, server and food. Our family of five had lunch there Wed. Our server, Grace of Leeds, was excellent. She was efficient, prompt and a delight. The Long Horn burger my wife and I split was very tasty...cooked perfect, med well slightly pink. Our son got burger too, ordered medium and it was appropriately pinker. The Parmesean fries were great for an appetizer and split five ways we finished all of them. Our drinks were good - me Cadillac her strawberry margarita both very nice. Decor is interesting, food fairly quick out and tasty, and our super great server. A lunch to remember. Thanks.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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UOGuestServices, Guest Relations Manager at The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave this review! I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal so much. On your next visit, make sure you try the Boursin Bacon Burger, as it's one of my favorite things on the...More

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Connie F
1 August 2021|
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Hi Connie! You do not need to purchase admission to visit The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar. You will only need to pay to park, which will be $26.00 for self parking. Samantha
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It's better to make reservations a day or 2 in advance. They book up very quickly. They usually turn away walk ups on Saturday afternoons, if you're lucky a walk up wait could be 45 minutes to an hour, but will usually... More
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Pretty much all FL restaurants say that but most waiters and/or waitresses don’t abide by it. Not sure if they do there or not because if you have a party the tip is automatically included which is also illegal in FL so now... More
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The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5