Cowboy Star
Cowboy Star

Cowboy Star

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thecowboystar.com/
  • Phone: 6194505880x
  • 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: Andrea McLenon 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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Cowboy Star reviews from OpenTable diners
133 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (94)fit for foodies (79)romantic (64)neighborhood gem (52)notable wine list (40)good for groups (31)hot spot (19)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (7)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    wonderful meal...steaks were good. oysters were outstanding as was the lobster salad...omg on the peanut butter dessert...nice room with plenty of space..staff was very attentive and helpful with the wine selection....would recommend this place and will be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good as always
    ETAFoodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I've been here numerous times and the food & service are always spot on. Love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with a customer
    Petelaserfist
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food and service were excellent. Parking was a bit of a challenge, but Cowboy Star is located downtown.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Steaks
    Sheaster
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    What a find. Visited San Diego and hotel recommended. Awesome steaks. Perfect portions. Great customer service. They were out of their so called "aged meat" which was supposed to be aged for 35 days. That represented 4 out of 8 steaks that weren't available.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Here45
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Ambiance much nicer than expected, without feeling pretentious. The filets we're perfectly cooked and not too small. The wagyu beef was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Each came with a side of mashed potatoes, which were exceptional. The veggie was a couple of stalks of broccollini, wish there was more, the portion was a bit skimpy. Same goes for the salad-- way overpriced for what was received. A starter salad for $12 is crazy to start, and then when it's a few pieces of lettuce and a slice of radish, it's just comical. Wine was also more over-priced than usual. Bottles that I know are $20ish dollars were listed in the triple-digits.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neil Hopwood
    Boza2211
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    On vacation from the UK, we have visited CStar before and this visit did not disappoint. Great steaks, good choice of wines and fine ambience make for a really enjoyable dining experience. Would we visit again? Yes!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • teddysmom
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I was very disappointed in the rib eye steak that I had. It is my favorite cut if meat and I am happy to pay a premium for quality any time. This was not quality. I am not comfortable complaining so I did not inform the waiter. There are many great restaurants in San Diego to eat and I will not go back to this one.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Couldn't Be Better !
    luckibob
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This place is amazing ! Everyone treated us with respect and professionalism fit for a great restaurant like this. They all went the "extra mile" to make our dining experience one we will not forget. Every single thing we put in our mouths was a culinary masterpiece, a wealth of flavors, and a satisfying experience. Please treat yourself to this truly great place to eat in San Diego!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing steak!
    OhmanVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Went for our boy's birthday dinner. They personalized our menu with a birthday wish. That was v nice. Ordered d Caesar salad and crab cakes n those were too salty! However, the New York steak with mash potatoes n broccolini were AMAZING! The bacon mac and cheese were a little over cooked. Overall, nice restaurant with gd service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food & Atmosphere
    Mykandn
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Enjoyed our whole experience here. The steaks were very good, the mac & cheese divine and the Ceasar salad, excellent! Service was pleasant & not overbearing. We liked that it was not a chain steak-place because attention to detail prevailed. On a side note, it was fun to see many of the foods featured were from my state of Washington & I'm confident of their superior quality. Will return, for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fav no more
    foodie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This has been our go-to restaurant for all special occasions for a few years now. We love the all-natural steaks, plus the other items have always been very tasty. We've always felt that it was expensive but worth it for a splurge. However, on our most recent visit, we noticed the prices had gone up, plus they now charge $4 if you want extra veggies instead of mashed potatoes. I realize $4 is nothing when you're already spending $45-60 for a steak or fish, plus $12-15 for a salad or starter, plus $12 or so for dessert, and a few bucks for an iced tea. But it makes me feel ripped off. I don't like feeling that way, so we're now looking for new places to try.
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  • I am not impressed.
    FIVEO
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I was really looking forward to dine at this restaurant, since I have a good friend that highly recommended , all I can said is that the service was good and friendly, however did not care much about the taste of the food since our stakes were flavorless, It tasted like the meat has been under water for a long time. Believed or not Outback Restaurant cooks a more tasty steaks for $20.00 and that is disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Steaks!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We were taken into our table without any wait. Service was attentive. Our busboy had a good sense of humor and we really enjoyed him! We had crab cakes and scallop and lobster mushrooms as an appetizer. The crab cakes were FABULOUS, the mushroom dish was very good but not over the top. The 6oz Wagyu cut, rib eye and filet were all excellent, very flavorful. We really liked that they all came with garlic potatoes and greens, so we did not have to order separate sides. However, we did try the mac and cheese and bone marrow which were also very tasty. The creme brule and strawberry shortcake were a perfect ending to the meal. Overall, we will come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best steak in SoCal
    EastVillage
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Best kept secret for a great dining experience - it's all about the steak.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastique!
    Lovefood
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    GREAT restaurant! A must in San Diego! Will return for sure! I have spent a week in San Diego and this is the only great place I had..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • one of the best
    kresta
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Celebrated our 1st yr wedding anniversary at cowboys stars. It was our 1st time there and we will surely come back. The staff and servers are really nice. And the complimentary cucumber salad from the chef was really refreshing. We ordered filet mignon and dry aged beef. One of the best steaks we had and my crab cake is really good. And the best thing about the dinner is that our server really knows their food because we will ask him about the good ones and the dessert that he recommended was really good that even though i was sooo full i cannot stop from eating their Chocolate bread pudding. We will definitely come back and try chef tasting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • opentablefanVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The hostesses, busboy and Manager, Luke Elms, were wonderful. Unfortunately our server, Joshua, was awful, rude, surly, inattentive and the reason we will not return. There are too many steak houses in San Diego with delightful service, too bad this wasn't one of them.
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  • Really nice place
    TheHubVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I have dinned twice now at Cowboy Star and both times I have really enjoyed the friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating staff. Food is great, I really enjoyed the dried meat and cheese appetizer plate. I have had the Rib eye and the skirt steak, both where fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Steak or no steak
    scooter
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Cowboy star is known for their steaks. My husband said it was one of the best steaks he has ever had. I don't eat steak and unfortunately they were out of the fish dish I wanted, but Jeremy was attune to my needs and made sure my dinner was just as good as the rest of our party. I think he was the best part of our meal, very personable and very attentive, but not hovering. Thanks for a great night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth It!
    DiscerningDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Finally tried this great restaurant for my friend's Birthday. We loved that they put his name on our menus and remembered his name at the end of dinner. Our table was very cozy near the fireplace, although the table itself was a bit too small and awkward. The fresh oysters were gorgeous and delicious; the crab cake was very good; the drinks were all very tasty. THEN there were the steaks! My friend had the Waygu New York which was incredible, not like any other New York I have ever tasted. I had the special bone-in dry aged rib-eye, which may have been a bit rare (my fault), but the Oscar topping was indescribably yummy! $$$$ but worth it for a special occasion. I will go there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    SDFoodiesVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We dines here for my father's birthday and it was exquisite.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We had two servers, Josh and Veronica, and they both were exceptional. The food was incredible the atmosphere was wonderful for a birthday celebration for my friend. Everything was great, but most of all I have to commend Josh and Veronica for making our experience that much more special. Well done Cowboy Star. Thank You
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This is not your fathers steak house......the best in San Diego. Very cool space, great food .
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • best steak ever
    disappointed
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Steak was cooked to perfection. Sides were great. Service was excellent. I will make a special trip to San Diego just to eat again at this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Impeccable service and service. You will enjoy your dinner here. Don't miss this great restarant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Cowboy star is one of my husband and I favorite restaurant. I'm not a steak person, but my husband is, and states that Cowboy Star's is the best one he's had so far. He also loves their mixed drinks, the Smoking Gun in particular. I love their salads, bread and their specials vegetarian or poultry dishes they have during the season, always unique, different and very delicious. Their service is the best. Our waiter always treats us well. They're also honest when asked for their opinion. Surprisingly, unlike most waiters who states that everything in the menu is their favorite. Try the chocolate bread pudding, its the best bread pudding I've ever had.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WONDERFUL!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    A local Bartender recommended this restaurant since we are "from-out-of-town" and it was absolutely DELICIOUS!! The food, service and ambience were all 5 STARS. WE have never eaten a steak so tender and perfectly cooked at a restaurant. This restaurant was such a great suggestion, we will be back here on our next visit to San Diego!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    Upinflames
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Once again we had an amazing meal. We had family visiting from out of town and did not think twice when we decided to take them here for dinner. Best steaks in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wow!
    Roddro
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We are always pleased with the food here. This time, we ordered the oyster special and we were floored by how good they were. We actually had to order some more! Throw in a TBone and a filet with black truffles, and it was a great meal. We will be back again.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CubanSonia
    CubanSonia
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The food and ambiance were fantastic. The service was impeccable without being obsequious. I would like to see the menu expanded. I am not a big meat eater but my spouse is. I felt that my choices were limited but what I did get (crab cake) was delicious. The Strawberry Shortcake was perfection. We will definitely be back. The ambiance was good I did enjoy the look and feel of the restaurant; the old timey cowboy music could be improved with some Western Swing i.e. Bob Wills, Asleep at the Wheel. The look of the staff although very professional was a bit incongruent with the ambiance.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Steak Ever
    CCLSanDiego
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    My family and I dined at your restaurant for the first time last Friday. Each appetizer and entree that was recommended was a hit. I've never had a more juicy and tender steak (14 oz. Ribeye bone in Steak) and very delicious We also loved the crab cake, grilled asparagus, roasted mushrooms and bread pudding. We will recommend your restaurant to all our friends & family. Thank you.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • Best steak in San Diego
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    A definite new favorite of mine. Great food, good ambiance. I'm definitely gonna be back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely wonderful!
    LoveToDine2136
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Had dinner twice this weekend at Cowboy Star. I knew the food was going to be good but was blown away by the quality, creativity and execution. The staff could not have been more courteous or helpful. The steak tartare was the best I have had- had to go back for it the next evening. Desserts were interesting and creative. It was an experience to remember and repeat!! Great ambience and very comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    PollyanneVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food is always excellent. I would recommend this restaurant to those who appreciate fine dining at reasonable cost.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • NICE DOWNTOWN OPTION
    1KTravelerVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I hosted a group of friends with varying tastes in food and wanted something very safe. Cowboy Star presented a nice option and we had a very good dinner. The steaks are the main focus here, and are served a la carte, much like other fine steakhouses. Service was attentive and the suggestions turned out very well. Even one of the diners who wanted hers done "well" (gasp) commented that the NY Strip was as tender as she'd ever tasted. The bread pudding for dessert was a sinfully delicious way to end a nice meal. The wine and cocktail selection are extensive and should satisfy any connoisseur of hand crafted libations. Give this place a try in Downtown San Diego.
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    special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    Homer
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Food, service, everything was great! I have already recommended it to several people!
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    good for groups, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding service for my group!
    Japan
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Booked a six-person reservation for my group and Cowboy Star was able to accommodate two extras when I called the day of- the first experience of their generous service. The occasion for the group meal was my upcoming move out of the country and a friend of mine even called ahead to get personalized menus printed for the dinner! Amazing. Great attentiveness by the servers, engaging the table and making the dinner that much more enjoyable. Beyond the service, it goes without saying that Cowboy Star is the best steak that you can get anywhere in San Diego. If I wasn't living across the world, I'd be back for another special occasion in a heartbeat.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What has changed?
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Cowboy Star is my go-to spot for special business lunches for a couple of years if not more. The burger f/k/a "Jon's Favorite" was not as good as usual and the fries seemed old. I'll give it another shot but this particular lunch was concerning - especially since I recommended the location.
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  • The best steakhouse in San Diego
    mrmrVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Bottom line the best steakhouse in San Diego. Great everything. Their wines are marked up quite a bit more than usual and would love to have the wines priced at market values. A very nice place overall. Other than the wine prices and a lack of a dress code ( $400.00 dinner sitting next to a guy in a affliction T-shirt, cut jean shorts and J-cruisers and his lady dressed like a Game of Throned wildling) this is a great place.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service both excellent
    BluesincVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The food was fantastic, but I was really impressed by our waiter. He was the perfect balance of friendly, attentive, knowledgable, and funny, adding to our experience without trying to overshadow it. It's something you don't see often, so worth appreciating. As for the food, best steak I've had in SD, perfectly cooked for each of us, even though my family's tastes run from rare to medium well. The space itself could be in Manhattan, warm, interesting, but simple. I hope the designer won an award.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic