Cowboy Star
Cowboy Star

Cowboy Star

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thecowboystar.com/
  • Phone: (619) 450-5880
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Happy Hour Tuesday - Friday 4:00pm-6:00pm in Bar Area
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Victor Jimenez
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Cowboy Star offers an intimate, private dining room available for a maximum of 20 seated guests. This room accommodates additional guests for a cocktail reception.

    Features of this room include exclusive audio/visual capabilities, a fireplace, and sliding doors for complete privacy.
  • Private Party Contact: Natalie Perry 8887780275

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Market and G Street
  • Public Transit: San Diego Trolley Blue Line and Orange Line: exit "Park and Market"

    Public Buses 5, 901, and 929 stop half a block from our front door on 10th Avenue.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking is readily available before 6pm. We invite evening dining guests to park in several public lots located within easy walking distance of Cowboy Star. These lots include garage parking located on 7th and Market and a surface lot located a block away from Cowboy Star on the east side of 11th and Market.

A word from Cowboy Star
As a new addition to the East Village neighborhood of San Diego, Cowboy Star is dedicated to providing an unmatched attention to detail and a level of service that immediately sets us apart. Cowboy Star guests are the number one priority and guest satisfaction is the base upon which our entire concept is built.

Our level of service is only matched by our celebration of regional American heirloom recipes offered with genuine neighborly hospitality. We are committed to supporting local and regional farmers, fishers and producers by cooking food that recaptures the simple and pure tastes found in locally grown, natural and organic ingredients. We strive to raise awareness of a more sustainable food future, while helping to restore a sense of community that brings us back to a more homegrown time.

The Cowboy Star Menu features the finest in select natural products including Niman Ranch all natural beef from the nation's leading Certified Humane Angus herd.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Cowboy Star reviews from OpenTable diners
142 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (95)fit for foodies (89)romantic (64)neighborhood gem (58)notable wine list (35)good for groups (31)hot spot (24)vibrant bar scene (10)great for lunch (9)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Prices have increased
    BlakeVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Still a great place however it used to be more affordable. The skirt, which is delicious, used to be $29, now it's $44.
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  • prices are high but the quality isn't
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I love steaks. Been to all the big houses..Ruth's, Fleming's, the Palm, Chicago chop house. I heard from a local cowboy star was a top shelf place. The staff was super friendly, the atmosphere is cozy and classy. It's downhill from there. Should have known when I saw spaghetti on the menu... The wait for food was far longer then should be expected. You have no options for sides with your steak. Mine came with mash potatoes and baby asparagus. My appetizer was muscles, way too salty. Steak was cold along with the mash. The butter on my steak didn't even melt. And still, it was bland. So, the atmosphere and staff were nice but the food was poor and over priced. If you want a good cut of meat stick with the big names and get what you pay for
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  • Excellent!
    jrsandiegoVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Great service! Great food! Nice decor. The total package!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has potential
    pcfchickVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    I want to start by saying that the serve was wonderful. The staff in general were wonderful. I took main issue with the food. Everything we ordered was moderately warm. Not hot. The dishes they were served on were hot. But the food itself was not. The inside of our mac and cheese was grainy and chilled. My scallops were not properly seared so were a bit chilled on the inside. The bread pudding was warm on the top and edges, but again, was chilled in the middle. It was all around a little disappointing for the cost.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Get the rib eye
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    You won't go wrong with this phenomenal cut of meat.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Original and quality food. Attetion to detail and the best service. Steaks are amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost perfect
    LustForFood
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Superior meats. Perfectly cooked. Mistakes: Server said steamed broccoli included, but green beans arrived. Charging $2.50 for a finger bowl of sauce is low class gouge. Just include the sauce and don't turn menu into nit pick a la carte menu. Specials offerings described, but not the price, so a bit of sticker shock when bill arrived. Management should print a small specials insert for the menu daily.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    excellent service, steaks were cooked perfectly every single steak at the table was done right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friday night at the conference...
    Dale
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We stumbled upon Cowboy Star a year ago, and we made it a point to return during this year's conference in San Diego. Cowboy Star is, hands down, our favorite steak house in California. The staff is impeccably trained, the folks on the line are so willing to answer questions about the food, and the food is, without question, of the highest caliber. Good job! On a specific note, who knew that corn ice cream would be so delicious...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A special occasion kind of place
    Luv2dineout
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I chose this restaurant after reading the reviews on their food, service and the special things they do for birthdays. Our experience was: great service, not a good beer or wine selection, we ordered the porterhouse for two, and two additional sides which for a pary of four and that was plenty. My husband enjoyed celebrating his birthday here; they give you a personalized menu on your b-day! Everything was delicious although quite pricey, but their service is the best!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grab an Old Fashion at the Bar
    Juella
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Love the atmosphere, craft cocktails and perfectly prepared steaks. Parking can be a hassle, so have your man drop you at the door.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my Favorite Steak Houses
    rigosd
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    One of the fav steak houses in San Diego. Cool, modern vibe with a cowboy feel. The cuts of meat are the best you will find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressive but might go back
    PickyPalateVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    They had oysters on their special. It was great! In fact, my favorite part of the meal. The lamb sweetbreads was too salty. The wagyu filet was serve cool. We had to send it back to be heated to warm, atleast. The chocolate bread pudding was also excellent. I really like the open kitchen as well as the dining atmosphere so I think I will give it another chance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointing!
    clab
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We've been here already a couple of times, as we live in the close neighborhood. This time, we had a friend from Germany here for a visit, and as he wanted to enjoy a good steak, we took him here. Food was excellent, as well as the service. My favourite is definetely the bread pudding, I even skipped the starter to make sure that there is room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    CS. Is a cool place and the food is very fresh and higher end for steaks. Cool atmosphere have had a rude waiter last visit but normally food service
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 35 day dry aged beef
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Nee I say more , it was awesome. The ambiance was amazing for our special occasion the the wait staff level was also top notch! We got excellent service without realizing it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Night! Thanks so much.
    catnlar
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    It was our first anniversary and they made it a memorable one. Great service to go along with the wine list, cocktails and unbelievable steaks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Loved the ambiance!
    Mom2
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We came here to celebrate my son's 17th birthday with our family. We loved the whole old-school cowboy theme! It was so nice to be able to talk to each other and listen to the fun music! Food and service were also awesome! We will for sure be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    Eric
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I still don't understand why cowboy star doesn't get the same attention as some of the other steakhouse in San Diego. The food is good and the service is always outstanding. Give it a try. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Great Ambiance
    maninblack
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The food is as good as anywhere in San Diego- wonderful combinations of flavor, texture and presentation Waiters friendly, knowledgeable and helpful Great for a treat for oneself or with a special friend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Perfection
    YumYum
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Well worth the visit. Service was excellent, everyone was attentive but not overbearing. Loved the decor and the overall feeling of the place. Food was FABULOUS. I admit to being a steak snob, that said, my New York Steak was not only cooked to perfection, it was a beautiful cut of meat . Felt the price was in line for the entree we got. The salad and dessert, although delicious, were a bit overpriced. Although it was an open kitchen, the noise from pots and pans was not distinguishable. Next time, and there WILL be a next time, I would either request a booth or to sit at the counter as to watch the final food prep. Only negative is our waiter would not remove our plates, instead he left them for the busser to handle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great 30th birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We went for my boyfriends 30th birthday and they wrote happy 30th on our menus. The foods was spectacular!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cowboy Star
    ChicCowboy
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    It has a great, low key atmotsphere. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and services.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Nice and welcoming experience. The steak was cooked and cut just the way I like it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taryn
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Came here for my birthday! My boyfriend actually called ahead and had happy birthday with my name on the menu, which was really fun! Great good, knowledgable server, will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Welcoming
    OpenTable15000VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We made a reservation and requested a booth. We were seated at a small booth that was within 2 feet of a busboy's station and had a table that was smaller than a cocktail lounge table so we asked to be seated at another booth. We were told "sorry, we are all booked tonight and that is all we had" by what looked to be a manager in a suit. Finally seated at a "4 top" that was not a booth thanks to a caring hostess. Ordered the special hors d'oeuvre and it came out cold. Ordered the house special steak cut and it was chewy. My spouse's meal came with the wrong side. Server was excellent and tried to overcome the management flaws and substandard food and performance from the kitchen. Not our first bad experience here but our last.
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  • Great food and excellent service
    brandonnn
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Had a very good experience at cowboy star. Excellent reco from our waiter on steaks, and good cocktails.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Experience
    CityGirl
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    As always, dinner at Cowboy Star was amazing. The food, drinks, and ambiance were on point. Our waiter, Jeremy, really helped enhance our dining experience. I can't wait to dine here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disapointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Started with Round Table reservations mix up....and had to send steak back, medium rare order came to table blue rare...not good at a pricey steak house. Rib eye didn't stand out as a cut that I could buy and grill at home. Service was very good.
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  • Not great if no steak
    localnerd
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had the fish and lamb dishes. There not not nearly as good as similar items at Cafe Chloe, Bice, Candellas, or even Gang. This a great place for steak but the other proteins did seemed below par. Staff was very nice and the decor interesting
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Our son recommended we take his father, my husband, to Cowboy Star for his birthday because he had eaten there previously and enjoyed it. From the moment the four of us entered, we were well cared for. Our server was delightful, informative, not pushy and genuinely appeared to be having as much fun as we were. The restaurant prepared special menus with a Happy Birthday message to my husband that we later took home. The food was delicious and the presentation had a lot of eye appeal. We look forward to the next time.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    Food4me
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We went here for restaurant week and we thought the food was delicious, but the great service is really what made this place stand out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed Cowboy Star
    Steaklover
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Cowboy Star was very good. My son and I went because we had heard that they had excellent Rib-eye steaks there. The steaks were very good. The cooks made a mistake on our order and cooked my sons steak the way I wanted it and my steak the way he wanted it. Other than that we were very satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This was good but very very overpriced!! Not worth it. And sitting in a booth, all we heard was the cackly lady behind us talking.
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    special occasion
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  • Steak lover
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I am a total steak lover. Been to many steakhouses but I have to say this would be by far my favorite! Would definitely revisit!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Best!
    best4u
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Best steak in the State! What an exceptional dinner. Well presented, perfectly prepared, artistic and very ample portions. We split the rib-eye, had room for the fabulous sweet corn chowder with salad and dessert! We had our 3 year old grandson and he was welcome and well fed. This place can be elegant and friendly at the same time. Hats off to Chef Victor for putting together a wonderful dinning experience with all the right touches, people and food. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great Steak, Fun Time
    englishmuffet
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Fun place if you're looking for a 'date' night out. Had to wait a few mins to get our reserved table but it was just enough time to start a cocktail at the bar. Steak was very good. Service was friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best steak and bread pudding!
    FoodieSailor
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We LOVE Cowboy Star! The bar menu is great for smaller meals and the bread pudding is to-die-for!! Actually everything we have tried as been amazing.... Go there and you will not be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    IsabellaVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This is a really cool spot, the decor is modern western - very interesting but completely works. Booked this as a work dinner while in San Diego for a conference. They easily accommodated the large group, great service and the steaks were delicious. If I am in the GasLamp area again I will be back.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good & bad
    honestfoodie
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    If we weren't literally sweating from the heat, we would have been happier. The almost $50 aged rib-eye was NOT up to par at all, but the tartare appetizer was deicious as were the moule frites. Great service and great atmosphere. Get the air fixed and don't send out sub-par steaks and we might be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet