Good choice for in-town dining.
Arrived on time for Saturday noon reservation and seated promptly, even considering that it was "Rod Run" weekend and the town was packed.
My patty melt burger was very tasty. Looked like a hand-formed patty that had a nice char. Onion soup was very good as well. Partner's BLTA sandwich was very large and fresh(cheerfully accommodated request to serve it on parmesean toast instead of the normal croissant).
Service was OK.
Very attractive western decor.
Seems like it would be a nice choice for dinner as well.
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
The 2nd time we were ate at
The 2nd time we were ate at the Gambling Cowboy. we both had steaks that were cooked just as ordered. Will return again.
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
We have been here a couple
We have been here a couple times lately. We have really enjoyed the food and the service is wonderful. Very friendly.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
This place is a one of a Kind. A must go to place if you are in town.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a solid choice!
This restaurant is always a great choice for great steaks, good and attentive service, and great ambience!
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
First time I've eaten here
First time I've eaten here in several years. Used go dine pretty regularly but the constant change in management with the former owner that changed concepts all the time. I thought the food was really good and service was right on to what we wanted. The only issue here is that the place is load, really load. They had live music going and if you were there for a good time you were going to enjoy your self. I was there for a romantic evening for my wifes birthday. I feel they need to invest in some noise deafening products that are available. Even on the other side of really nice glass wall it was hard to sit and talk to my wife. I will return because the food and service won me over.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Justin was an outstanding
Justin was an outstanding server. Food presentation was spectacular. The Salmon chophouse salad is the yummiest :-)
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Terrific food, wonderful staff
It was the end of a long day. My husband was hungry. I was grouchy. I was too tired to eat, but I knew skipping dinner was a wise move. Our server was patient, friendly, and helpful. She suggested some great options. We both enjoyed dinner.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and service
My wife and I have been here several times (dinner and weekend breakfast). Food is always first class as is the service. Always busy so make reservations.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We've eaten at The Gambling Cowboy before and decided to head back to celebrate our anniversary. The service was spectacular as was the food. Our server Sam was fantastic and she made sure everything was not only prepared to our liking but was served in a leisurely manner so that we could relax and enjoy our evening. We highly recommend you try the specialty cheesecake for dessert, it was awesome!!
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
FIRST TIME AT THE COWBOY AND I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED. EVERYTHING WAS GREAT. OUR SERVER, NATALIA ,WAS JUST AS AWESOME. I WILL DEFINITLEY COME BACK WHENEVR I VISIT TEMECULA.
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service from the front
The service from the front desk reception was not that good, I wasn't greated with smile and she was just looking at the computer screen and talked to me. However the service from the waitress is excellent and same goes to the foods as well!
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
we were in temecula for 3 days and went to this great find 3 times. awesome food and service. ask for sam -- she is the best!
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful service. Greeted at the entrance with a smile. The food outstanding. Too much to eat. If you have a large appetite, perfect for you. Otherwise be prepared to take some home.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gr8 place 4 business in the desert
Not a chain. Relaxing out side Patio great view.
Food is inexpensive for cop house but don't expect to have your socks knocked off. Ambiance makes up for the food.
6/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Thank you Amy et al
Server Amy and the entire staff treated us like royalty from the moment we arrived. Very romantic start to our Anniversary weekend. Food and wine was terrific. We loved it so much we came back the next night and everyone remembered us. :-)
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Repeat customer and will certainly patronize again!
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food. Service - Up and Down.
We had dinner here and the service was terrific. The food was great as well. A couple of days later, we decided to have brunch there. The service was notably sub-par. The place was not busy and yet, still, the waitress was noticeably absent. We purchased "endless mimosas" which would have been a value if the waitress was actually paying attention to us. All in all, I'd try the place again, but if they lag on the service again then its just not worth it.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Though they hit the mark on the cowboy theme throughout they do not slop food like cowboys. The food is blog worthy for sure. It looks appealing and is just as tasty. I couldn't wait to put these pictures up on Foodspotting!
I do wish we could pick sides however it is kind of nice that sides are included in the price.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have had several very good meals here (Dinner/Breakfast). Tonight the steaks came back a little overcooked and the mashed potatoes sent back because they were cold. The manager was informed and provided us with a card that will give us a discount on our next meal. We will be back because this place has great food, steaks, seafood and lamb chops!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Expensive, but worth it
Excellent steak and prime rib! Servers are attentive, but not obtrusive. The food is on the expensive end, but worth the cost.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice place and polite,
Very nice place and polite, friendly service staff. Our food service was a little on the slow side (Sunday evening) with delays in serving the appetizer and then the main course. Highly recommend the side order of Cowboy Macaroni and Cheese!
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Order the porter house steak
Order the porter house steak and it was cooked to perfection..one of the best steaks I have had in a long time.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and a casual
Excellent food and a casual atmosphere. A wonderful place for birthdays and special occasions.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first "dinner" at the Cowboy. Everything was wonderful. Food was delicious, (appetizer, steaks and sides.) Love the roasted corn and huge loaded baked potato that comes with the meals. Cant ask for anything more! Service was great, very attentive but not pushy. Atmosphere was what we hoped for, (not too quiet but yet not overly loud). And we brought in our own bottle of Ponte wine and no corkage fee!! Although next time we will buy a bottle of wine because their selection is excellent with prices that are equal to what the wineries charge. Love Weins wine too!! We have had "brunch" outside three times and the food is great but the service outside is pretty poor. Definetely will return for dinner.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always consistently great
I have dined at the Gambling Cowboy many times and have never once been disappointed. It seems like everything they do just works - the food, the atmosphere, the bar, the management - all very professional and reliably excellent. We had the prime rib along with a wedge salad and a great bottle of wine. The service from Frank was top notch as well. We always enjoy returning, whether we sit in the bar for drinks and appetizers, or a full on meal in the restaurant.
9/6/2013 5:00:00 PM
I had the 16oz Ribeye steak that was marinated with a cajon spice for 72 hours. Very yummy!!!!!
Always love this restaurant.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been to the restaurant several times before, always a good experience.. The service was attentive and very professional. The three of us ordered the small fillet, and each was served perfectly ( i'm a well-done guy and it was so tender, I didn't need a knife...really!).
I started with the Chophouse salad and it was served chilled, sweet fruit, dressing applied correctly. So big I had to share it.
At the end of the meal, before dessert, I opened several B-Day cards and the server asked if it was B-Day. When I answered yes, she said they had a special chocolate sunday and it was enough to satisfy the three us.
Lastly, I brought my own bottle of wine and thought that the $15 corkage was very fair.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Having a reservation is the way to go. Got seated right away and service was superb. Food portions were huge so were worth the prices. Parking was difficult but it is a pleasant area in Old Town Temecula to walk.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect For An Escape
I went to The Gambling Cowboy On a Saturday Evening around 3:00, on the 19th of October, 2013. My Girlfriend and I. We found a parking spot conveinelty under the restarunant's balcony. the Hostess greeted us as soon as we came off the elevator, and gave a choice to sit at the bar, dining room, or outside. we chose to sit outside on the balcony, "where we had perfect views of our cars" (along with the view of old town front street) Our server was great, fast and had great knowledge of the menu. I ordered an alcoholic beverage and an appitizer, they both came out perfect and in a timly fashion. She had a Filet Salad, nd i had an Ortega Jack Prime Sandwich. Both were delicious. The eviroment was pleasent and joyful, we both left happy and full
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was no gamble....
Wow, if you're a beef lover you must GO!! The most delicious prime rib ever. Burgers, steaks, they have it all. Some of the friendliest service I've ever had. 3 day trip, 2 visits to GCS. That could say it all.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best of the best
One of the best restaurants I've been to anywhere - and the best I've been to in the Temecula area. Five-star dining in a rustic yet romantic ambiance. It's pricey, but that is to be expected in this category of food. Only problem was our waitress was a bit slow. Perhaps it was the crowd on a Friday night. I'm not really sure, but I'm used to more personal attention when dining in such a fine establishment. That aside, it was absolutely fabulous. I can't wait to go again.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Worth The Drive
I have eaten here approximately 6 times and have been very satisfied each time. The breakfast is also fabulous. My girlfriends and I look forward to coming for breakfast before picking up our wine and olive oil shipments. Glad we found you!
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Every lil thing was magic!
Impeccable service, we were waited on by several yet they were hardly noticed. They filled our glasses with wine & water before we noticed we had drank that much. We were with family and had uninterrupted conversation. The food was delicious and done to perfection. Everything was served timely, we didn't feel rushed, nor were we waiting around. This place could become addicting!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner and Lunch
Our dinner was very good and we enjoyed it very much. Service was very good and timeliness of the food was just right. Two days later, we went to lunch and the service personnel were very good, courteous and friendly. However, our wait time was poor for a "Great Hamburger", over 40 minutes.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was excellent and the service very warm and friendly. The outside seating on the balcony was enclosed and quiet with a good view. It was very easy to hear a conversation at our table. We will come back again.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went to the Gambling Cowboy for Thanksgiving dinner. The food was just wonderful. The service was good however the time between our salad course and actual main course seemed to be too long. I will most definitely return next time I am in the area.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great impromptu Thanksgiving
We were traveling and made impromptu plans as we were going through Temecula. It was a great surprise. They had a lovely pre-set menu for the holiday. Food was excellent and they made the kids feel welcome.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had reservations for 2. The minute I gave my name we were quickly usered to our table ...NO waiting at all !!!
The wait staff and servers were the best and the owners made you feel more than welcomed to their restaurant.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Get thee here
The food, service and ambience were all top shelf. This is one of Temecula's premier fine dining locations. Check it out.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM