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Cowboy Star, San Diego, CA
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Cowboy Star

4.8
4.8
3873 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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

  • Executive chef

    Victor Jimenez

  • Private party contact

    Jessica Tittle: (619) 450-5880

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • 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

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What 3,873 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Steakhouse

  • San Diego

    Steakhouse

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  1. KC

    KitC

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Happy hour is great if you can make it 1500-1800 (Mon-Fri). Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding was amazing and a must try.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Adam was great. Everything was stellar and top notch. We were all very satisfied.
  3. AM

    AnaMM

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely worth it! Delicious steaks, oysters and very nice staff
  4. ST

    StephanieT

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal- beef cheek appetizer was delicious, salmon was very good and the banana pudding dessert was amazing! Great service- attentive without being annoying. Great experience!
  5. SP

    ScottieP

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Only complaint is lighting very dark
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an amazing first experience. The food was exquisite and the service was unmatched. Definitely a celebration to remember.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing start to finish. The Cocktails were delicious and strong. We started off with the bread service and the beef cheek. Both gave us high hopes for our entrees. I had the dry aged 18oz ribeye that was cooked to perfection. My wife had the wagyu skirt steak and she loved that too. The service was excellent. The Chocolate Chip bread pudding was also delicious. Would definitely recommend this place!
  9. JO

    JamesO

    Las Vegas

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I feel like I say the same things every time I go to Cowboy Star, but it’s absolutely true. This place never disappoints. They are consistent in providing great, flavorful, food with amazing service. We can’t get enough of this restaurant.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Puerto Vallarta

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  11. S

    Steve

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Food was good but not great. Service was excellent. We may have expected too much based on all the great reviews.
  12. Z

    Zoolover

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The steaks were perfectly trimmed and cooked, and the sauteed mushrooms were to die for. The service is attentive without being overbearing. They even noted my preference for seating from the last visit. Don't let the downtown location fool you into thinking this is just another overpriced tourist spot. Well worth the money and hassle of parking.
  13. MC

    MariaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was absolutely amazing. Luis our waiter was over the top. Definitely coming back.
  14. AB

    AdrianB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t say enough good things about this place. Service was amazing and food was ridiculously good.
  15. JP

    JenniferP

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have fabulous service, excellent food, and awesome drinks every time we come here. Our waiter was so friendly and attentive. The servers were all friendly and efficient. We celebrated my husband's birthday here now two years in a row because we know we will truly have a great meal and enjoy our time.
  16. JA

    JessicaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Amazing food! You could literally tell the staff to pick the food for you and everything will be amazing! Love the ribeye and bone marrow. Soooooo delicious!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    1 1/2 hours to get served. Fish was uncooked. Really poorly done.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great! Service was also phenomenal!
  19. A

    Aaron

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere. Excellent attention to service and outstanding food. My wife and I go at lease once a year for birthdays or any celebrations. Highly recommend. Thank you cowboy star for making my wife's birthday special
  20. CV

    CVPVD

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Although this is a steakhouse, I ordered to menu items that extend that genre's stereotypical repertoire: sweetbreads and pheasant two ways. Both dishes were outstanding. My extra-dry Martini expertly rendered, balanced, cold and with appropriate olives. It was nice to find the Grgich Cab on the by the glass wine menu--it heightened my enjoyment of the pheasant. I credit my server at Wormwood the night before for referring me here. Both great exemplars of the current San Diego dining scene.
  21. e

    elsaq

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Year’s Eve Bueno. Este restaurante sin duda, se ha convertido en nuestro favorito. Comida y atención de 10
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful experience. Everything was lovely. Amazing food. Great service. Loved every bit of it.
  23. m

    malissaa

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Year’s Eve
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and delicious food
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    New Year’s Eve
  26. K

    Kerrypox

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Decent but nothing that stands out. Worth trying if you enjoy steak.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cowboy Star is the finest of everything. The food is unbelievable, the service is impeccable, the wait staff and bartenders are the best in the business with a thorough knowledge about their food and drinks. We try something new from the menu every time we go only to find yet *another* favorite. Cowboy Star deserves alllll the stars.
  28. CU

    ChrisU

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. The steak I ate was perfectly done like I ordered it and it was delicious. The drinks were also great.
  29. RD

    RickD

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food and our server Adam were Great! Will come back again. Rick D, San Diego, CA.
  30. J

    Josh

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Man downtown San Diego has a lot more homeless emcampments than usual especially the streets around Cowboy Star. Anyways we went into, had a reservation and was seated shortly. The have a nice bar area in front on the left side and a nice seating area next to a grill on the right side, then a long hallway to where all the tables are. We started off getting the C-Star Signature Steak Tartare (hand chopped tartare is prepared to order with capers, shallots and parsley, topped with a quail egg, served with toasted baguette) and the Cowboy Star Bread Service (house made parker hosue rolls served warm with soft whipped butter). I really liked this Tartare and one of the best in San Diego but I think the best is Born and Raised. Then we all ordered the 14 oz Dry Aged Off The Bone Ribeye (35 day dry age) with a side of Mac and Cheese (C-Star favorite with smoked garlic, bourbon shallots, and bacon lardons). It was nice because the steaks came with Asparagus and Mashed Potatoes. The steak was an incredible quality cut of meat, seasoned perfectly, cooked medium well and had an amazing crust but soft texture on the inside. My favorite side was the Mac and Cheese, it was on the heavier side but the bacon lardons were incredible. After we ordered the Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding (house made brioche with chocolate chips, topped with warm butterscotch sauce and dark chocolate ice cream). This was the most popular dessert and made extremely well. Overall great restaurant, steaks were amazing and side of Mac and Cheese was the best. Great service and food, would highly recommend.
  31. JR

    JimR

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Great Food. Great Service. My only complaint is that the music was exceedingly loud. Impossible to hear the other folks at the table the waiter. They did turn the music down when requested.
  32. JP

    JennP

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food with professional, courteous and friendly service. Everything we ordered was perfectly cooked and the drinks were delicious.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a reservation for 2 @7pm and we got there early and they seated earlier then what our reservation was. The waitress was amazing and super attentive. The service we got was really perfect. I had let the restaurant know that I had a special surprise for my girlfriend and with cowboy star being the perfect place to propose I am now engaged. They absolutely went all out for what I had planned with amazing drinks flowers for my fiancé a card with all of staffs congratulations written in the card. The chef there is down eight amazing with how he makes the food and what you creates for his guest. I am gluten free and i know when I go to cowboy star I have zero worries no doubts only perfect meals and amazing atmosphere. I am really happy with what cowboy star provides and I am also really appreciative of the service they gave for a night I could never forget! Thank you chef victor and your team for everything!
  34. JS

    JeffS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to celebrate our anniversary, and we had such an amazing experience. Excellent service and all the food and cocktails were top notch.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We LOVE Cowboy Star! It’s our go-to restaurant for a special date night. Great service and excellent food. The service starts at the door. We live waiting at the bar, how they treat you kindly and make great drinks. And the steaks?? Amazing!
  36. MH

    MrsHKain

    Denver

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down excellent service from start to finish! Ambiance is such a vibe! Food was delicious! The tomahawk steak was over the moon fantastic paired with a bottle of chard, family size Brussel sprouts and bacon Mac & cheese! Highly recommend. Insider tip, if you are celebrating a birthday, call in advance and let them know, the menus are customized with the birthday persons name!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I chose Cowboy star to celebrate the Holidays with a friend. While we are regulars, our friend had never been. We were not let down; everything was beautifully executed from the dishes to the service. You can not make a better choice than Cowboy Star for any special occasion, or even a Monday night happy hour. Truly love this restaurant.
  38. e

    eddyb

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always amazing. Best steak in San Diego. Great service
  39. DD

    DaniDF

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cowboy Star steaks are always amazing! We loved our dinner.
  40. s

    sandiegodiner

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had the shrimp cocktail and braised beef cheeks to start. The shrimps were large and there were 6 of the per order. They were grilled, which gave it a nice smokey flavor but also dried it out a little more than expected. The beef cheek was tender with mostly truffle oil dominating the dish. Great if you love truffle oil. It was a tiny portion compared to the shrimp. The French onion soup was average, according to my dining partner. I do not like blue cheese and didnt realize that it was on the salad when it was recommended. I didn't eat much of tge salad. The filet mignon and dry aged boneless ribeye was cooked perfectly, tender, and full of flavor . For sides, the mac and cheese was good but we like the Ruth Chris version better. The carrots were roasted well but overall the dish was bland. For dessert, they really delivered on the chocolate chip bread pudding. It would have been nice to offer a whiskey sauce instead of the butterscotch though. The Vietnamese tiramisu was disappointed. The coffee flavor was muted andl the sponge was so dry it sucked the moisture out of my throat. I was expecting soft and creamy and it was completely the opposite and made me sad. I couldn't eat it. The pacing of the kitchen was excellent and allowed time between courses to digest all that food. We did not feel rushed and service was excellent.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

Cowboy Star is rated 4.8 stars by 3873 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 37 times today
Google Map for Cowboy Star

640 10th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Market and G Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • 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

  • 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

  • Executive chef

    Victor Jimenez

  • 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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