Cowboy Star

4.8
3345 Reviews
$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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 3345 people are saying
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Aileen
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience5

All the food was really salty. I’m not sure if that’s because it is supposed to be a Texas style. Asked for a steak that was medium well. They tried two times and it was either either over cooked or not cooked enough. They couldn’t get it quite right.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt a little rushed. Conversations kept being interrupted with some constantly picking up dishes,asking if we wanted another drink when we had only taken a few sips of the first one. My second drink wasn’t right because I think the waiter couldn’t hear me due to the high noise level. Very, very loud (seated by the back party room).

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JoshW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food (filet mignon and venison), would definitely recommend to any meat lovers.

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Melanie
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing great cocktails, food and service.

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Bailey
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal, the service outstanding, & the atmosphere cozy & romantic. This is definitely a place for foodies & special occasions. I will certainly be coming back.

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JamesO
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to Cowboy Star and it was as good as we remembered. The food is top notch and the service is on point. We really enjoyed the dining experience but the star of the meal was definitely the steak. Cooked to perfection and very tasty.

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AprilC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a 50th birthday and it was perfect. Food was amazing and a great atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing

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MichaelD
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time and we plan on coming back again soon.

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K2858
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is so amazing, super helpful, informative, kind. Best customer service. I took my husband here for our anniversary last night and he absolutely loved it!!! The quality of service in which the staff provided, was seriously so awesome. And the FOOD!! Steak was cooked to perfection and the brioche bread pudding was *chefs kiss* 100000000/10 would recommend!!

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Barbara
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have dinner at Cowboy Star on our birthdays, every year. It makes our celebration extra special. The food, service, and atmosphere are wonderful. We plan to return for many years to come!

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AnnetteO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service. Food is always good here. Only complaint is there should be valet service. Parking is hard. But what do you expect, it’s downtown. Everything from food to service is excellent.

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JuanP
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I, first experience at the Cowboystar was very amazing. The waiters that were serving were very attentive and overall had great customer service. The food was absolutely awesome every bang for your buck. This place is very recommended but a bit pricey. Hands down one of the top steakhouses in the San Diego area.

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MeganP
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

First timer. Entree took 54 minutes to come out from when it was ordered and our $50 something steaks were just warm. Our waitress let us wait and didn’t offer to make it right or offer something to eat while we waited. We came for a birthday and we were surprised they charge you for birthday dessert. Not to mention, the receipt offers you to pay from your phone, but it wasn’t as seamless as you’d think. After errors and “something went wrong messages” for several minutes, we weren’t even sure if we paid and had to ask another waiter to check. Crossed it off our list, but wasn’t $300 tab worthy.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We went with a group of friends for my husband's birthday. Very nice experience, friendly staff. The food was great. We all shared 2 steaks options, which was more than enough for 6 people.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Everything was great. Food, service, cocktail,wine. Highly recommended for a special occasion.

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CarolannB
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Best to eat in a booth. We did and enjoyed our time. It really reminded me of a steak house in a casino in Las Vegas.

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1JDorius
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would definitely come back here. The food and service was top notch. My life and I enjoy our anniversary but this establishment.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. Service was very clean. Definitely worth the few extra bucks compared to Chain Steak Houses. Only disappointment, we were looking forward to seeing Jon & Angie.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great from start to finish — front desk staff was super helpful with our reservation changes and the servers were all very attentive, friendly and helpful with suggestions.

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vipAnnie
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Came here to celebrate a new job. The oysters were good and bread “service” was delicious. I have no idea why it’s called bread service or why this bread is not complimentary, it’s just bread with butter, delicious but it’s basic. The filet was also very good, best steak I’ve had in a long time.
Service was the only thing lacking. The server had an attitude and it seemed liked we were inconveniencing them. Though the supporting staff was good and made up for the server.

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vipMichelleM
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to celebrate our friends birthday and it was amazing definitely will be back

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BobZ
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious steak. What a treat to watch the staff at the counter

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ArmandB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Clearly overrated. Food ok, ambiance boring and service was acceptable. Price/ quality clearly not good enough

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. We sat at the chef counter and watched all the amazing meals be prepared.

Our wait staff was the perfect amount of attentive. The food was delicious.

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JesusH
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mi mejor lugar de carnes de usa, altamente recomendable, buena carne

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vipJessicaD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think this some of the best service in san diego. The food is always amazing

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kevinr
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

small touches make a big impression.

the phenomenal food and service doesn’t hurt, either, can’t wait to get back!

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vipHeatherH
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible meal and service

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DTrinidx
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steak and great service. You get what you pay for! Everything was delicious and servings were generous.

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PatrickM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, food was delicious. We had a seat at the counter in front of the kitchen and the service was just like being at a table but we got the show of the kitchen.

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AllisonA
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat at the counter and could watch the kitchen prepare and plate the food. They were so meticulous it was fascinating to watch.

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PhillipW
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

From start to finish, the experience was exceptional, add in the food and words can’t describe their evening.

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CarrieW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Food was incredible!!

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RogerZ
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first trip to Cowboy Star and it was a fantastic experience. The service was great and the steaks were delicious. The food is expensive, but in line with other high end steak houses. Reservations are a must.

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BobbieP
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cowboy Star never disappoints. From the cocktails to the dessert, everything is prepared perfectly, and often with just a twist to make it interesting, but not so crazy that it takes away from what you came for: an awesome steak (fish selections are great too). The service was excellent (thank you, Veronica and your assistant —- I’m sorry I forgot his name!).
This restaurant will always be top of our list for good food on a special occasion!

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NathanC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent and never disappoints.

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DavidR
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. Good cocktails also. Everything was prepared just as it should have been.

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PaulS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and was not disappointed. Everything was world class.

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Katelyn
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went for our honeymoon and it was such a great experience. The ambiance was romantic and the service was excellent. The food was amazing and our waiter gave excellent recommendations. It was the perfect night out!

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Cowboy Star is rated 4.8 stars by 3345 OpenTable diners.

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