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Cowboy Star

$50 and over
Steakhouse
Located in the heart of 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 times today

Why we love it

Executive chef: Victor Jimenez

The award-winning, ride-’em-cowboy digs—hello, indoor fire pits—are one reason to dine at this long-standing East Village steakhouse. But so is the meaty food. Executive chef Victor H. Jimenez serves world-class New American fare like New York-style Hokkaido wagyu (flown in from Japan) and smoked garlic mac and cheese.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 450-5880
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Private party contact
    Jessica Tittle: (619) 450-5880
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Cross street
    Market and G Street
  • 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.<br /><br />
  • Public transit
    San Diego Trolley Blue Line and Orange Line: exit "Park and Market"<br /><br />Public Buses 5, 901, and 929 stop half a block from our front door on 10th Avenue.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 4,386 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  • San Diego

    Steakhouse

4,386 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Sonora

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was just delicious! We ordered filets mignons, wedge salads, creamed spinachs and a bottle of red wine. I really recommend this restaurant.

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  2. JorgeV

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    food was amazing. server was not great made the difference from an ok time from an amazing time. I had to ask for everything more than once .

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  3. KellyP

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, staff, and service. Would highly recommend

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So awesome. The wagyu skirt steak was phenomenal. Probably the best steak in San Diego.

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  5. JessT

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came here for my husband’s birthday. My filet was perfect, and the blue cheese crust on top made it sing. My husband got the NY strip and it had several spots of inedible fat/gristle. He said later that he wished he’d got the filet. Would’ve preferred another vegetable instead of asparagus, as neither of us are big fans, but other than that, everything was perfect. I appreciated the server being so patient and understanding as we brought our tween daughter and she very grumpy. The service here is always impeccable.

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  6. KristenM

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hands down favorite restaurant in San Diego. Always on point. Steaks are a 10. Everything is just always perfect. The personalization on the menus for special occasions is a step above everyone else too.

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  7. FallonK

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband is really picky about his steak and after dining here this is his new favorite! Everything was delicious! A great place to go for any occasion.

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  8. heather

    New York City

    24 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    We went there to celebrate my son’s bday. My son ordered the dry aged ribeye and my husband and I ordered the ribeye steaks. Everything up to the main course was great, however when it came down to the main course, my husband and I got our steaks and my son’s steak was not ready. Apparently someone dropped the ball and his steak took a good 10 mins to arrive in the meantime we couldn’t wait any longer as our steaks were getting cold. My son started eating some of our steaks and all the sides we had ordered.. when his steak finally was served, it was a bit too rare as it didn’t have a chance to rest.. this really put such a damper on the whole night.. our waiter was very apologetic but truthfully, I feel the experience and the celebration was ruined.

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  9. HaroldT

    Orange County

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this restaurant! It is our go to every time we are in San Diego. We order the ribeye and always get the Mac and cheese. Throw in the bread service while you are at it.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and drinks. Every bite of my 14oz ribeye and my wife’s filet was tender. C star old fashioned is a must. Amazing service as well. Will definitely be back!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was on point, temperatures were perfect, service was top notch. We got the wagyu skirt steak, filet mignon, and happy our stuffed chicken wings. 5/5

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I Love this place! We are always so impressed by the service and food. Between the drinks and the food one of our favorite places to eat in downtown!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Dubai

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excelente lugar. La Wedge salad está espectacular y la carne también.

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  14. madg

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely expensive, but worth going for a fun treat! Service was great and very quick. The mac n cheese was the star, though!

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  15. JenniferC

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was amazing!!! Best service!! Even on a busy holiday!

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  16. TheLegos

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed every dish, the ambience, the service, our table, our dessert!!!! Definitely coming back!

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  17. Bree

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best meals I have ever had in San Diego (or in general). Every thing we ordered was absolutely delicious. Our server was also incredible - extremely attentive and thoughtful when taking care of us. Will definitely be coming here for all future celebrations

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  18. Pete

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, not sure if any steak is worth 60 bucks but I’m old school. The rolls were the best I’ve ever tasted, really soft. Everything was well seasoned, obviously the chef and cooks know what they’re doing. Great experience

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good service, great ambiance, solid drinks, reasonable wine price. My ribeye was a little tough, but most of our filets were reportedly good.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Counter seating is definitely the way to go! You get to experience excellent chefs preparing the most delicious food. The Mac and cheese is to die for, this place is 10/10!

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  21. JoseB

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always An amazing experience at cowboy star the best steakhouse in San Diego

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite part of the experience that makes cowboy star stand out compared to competing fine dining is that they have a waiter standing aside watching incase someone needs something. I had just sat down and put my LV bag on the table bc it’s not going on the bag of my chair or the floor, and the waiter came up to me with a bag hanger that hangs on the side of the table, therefor I didn’t have to have my bag on the table!! The rest of the experience was as expected for the price of the food. Very attentive and hospitable staff. The wine pour at the bar was questionably small but when we were seated at our table the pour was half of the 30oz glass. We also noticed the food went through multiple people for inspection that guests were able to easily see. Loved this place overall. Very pricey but with high value, extremely excellent experience

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  23. SteveP

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ali was an amazing server. The food was spectacular. Loved the ribeye, creamed spinach, mushrooms, yummy rolls and rockin bread pudding

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  24. MatthewD

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and atmosphere. Perfect place for a couples birthday dinner

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Hard to get reservations. Finally was able to get in at a decent hour but then was seated at a bar counter which i was not expecting! I wanted more of an intimate table setting. I requested that when I was made aware where we were sitting but they could not accommodate. Our servers were very kind and pleasant. Food was great. I would definitely recommend planning ahead and double check your table they are giving you.

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  26. JulieF

    San Diego

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food as always. Favorite steak in San Diego!

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  27. KateS

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved, loved, loved the ambiance! The food was absolutely delicious and the service was on point. My biggest complaint is the upsell when ordering.

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  28. MatthewG

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and exceptional food! Will definitely come back when in town.

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  29. ALESSIOB

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    High level for food and wine, service even better. A lovely experience.

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  30. JoeP

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First rate service and first rate food. We always try something new on the menu and they do not disappoint. You can’t go wrong on anything on the menu.

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  31. DanielC

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service great food everything was really good

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food took a very long time to come out Steak was not cooked as requested Waiter never came to check how food was? Food was poor and service was poor

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m one of those first time review people. But I just could not do it. This was an amazing dinner. From beginning to end. The beet salad was to die for, the oysters were sweet and delicious, the Brussels sprouts were crispy like I love them and my steak was cooked perfectly. My husband had the shrimp cocktail, French onion soup and a steak all were delicious. We had a very friendly server who was also amazing! The only negative is they don’t have one in Las Vegas where we live, hehe!! Maybe someday!! We will for sure be back!!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Truly one of our favorite places to come to in downtown. Not only is the food exceptional and always cooked to absolute perfection, but the service is beyond the best service I have ever experienced. The staff is always so kind and friendly. They are also incredibly observant and so stealthy with the way they consistently clear the table and refill your beverages without ever having to ask. They come in and out so quick and in the most respectful way. There are so many details that they are so on top of. Down to the very menu they hand you based off any special occasion you’re celebrating. My husband and I have only been here twice as I write this review, but we will absolutely be back again and again. Best part about living local. I honestly can’t say enough amazing things about this place. 12/10 would recommend.

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  35. KevinB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Me and my date both had the filet mignon and it was awesome, cooked just right and just the right amount! It is a bit pricey, and the cheapest bottle of red wine we had was $90. I still enjoyed it very much.

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  36. MikeM

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Services was excellent. Food was definitely on point and would go back again for sure!

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  37. DavetheCM

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Cowboy Star serves a great menu of aged beef and seafood selections with daily specials that have included a bison 28oz ribeye, and seafood platters. We have dined at the bar previously many times, but this was our first full service dinner and it was fantastic! The 14 oz ribeye and filet were our entrees with French onion soup starter that was the best we’ve had. Rich stock with heavy onion the way it should be. ASI had the shrimp cocktail and the dry rub seasoning made this different than the norm and extremely enjoyable. When I’m San Diego make sure Cowboy Star is on your list! See you the next time we’re in San Diego!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came to celebrate my 5th year anniversary with my wife, it did NOT disappoint. Our server Mark was very attentive and gave some of the best recommendations. Will definitely be coming back to celebrate more special occasions. The bread is a must 🍞

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful evening here. Four of us shared a porterhouse steak for 2. It was plenty and delicious. Creamed spinach was done perfectly . They did not comp the dessert although it was a birthday, which was a little disappointing. We asked for a quiet table and got one in the back area which was perfect. On the way out, we saw that the main dining room was also designed to not be overly noisy. Service was attentive but not intrusive. Would definitely return.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was spectacular!!! It is 10 stars!! The service was top notch. Friendly service with great customer service. I would definitely recommend.

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FAQs

Cowboy Star is rated 4.9 stars by 4386 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 times today
Google Map for Cowboy Star

640 10th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Market and G Street
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • 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.<br /><br />
  • 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.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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