Cowboy Star

4.8
2429 reviews
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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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VR
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cowboy Star has become a family favorite. Superb at every level.

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EC
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dinner in San Diego - even if you don't order any steak. Jeremy is an INCREDIBLE waiter, I would request him every time we do. Prop tip: order their espresso martini.

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S
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The steaks were amazing! All enjoyed a delicious and delightful evening. One person in our group is vegetarian. There are plenty of yummy sides. So good!

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PL
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I’ve seen a lot of awesome reviews for Cowboy Star, so we wanted to try it out. We were a little taken back by the $40 charcuterie board, but it was good. The creamed spinach was too salty for me, but the steak was tasty. As with any steakhouse though it’s always a little overpriced. Be prepared for a pricey dinner out.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always LOVE this restaurant!!! Never disappointed!

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JB
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best steak in San Diego and one of the best I've had anywhere!

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DC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I made reservations for 5:30 pm . The place was almost empty there were several booths available. Ithey sat at at a very small table for two next to a table for four in the same row. I requested a booth. They said they were taken. During dinner, the booths remained empty.

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EM
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fantastic service

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PW
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely meal in the back dining room was perfect for our business lunch, and the food was great!

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DC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always awesome ! Jon and Angie always treat us special. First time for my son and his husband they really enjoyed.

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KD
Leipzig
15 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good restaurant. Pleasant atmosphere and service. Good wine selection. NYC strip steak one of the best in USA. Great recomendation.

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ML
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal spot great apps and awesome place

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B
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Possibly my new favorite steakhouse anywhere. I will be returning to confirm.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and Sean gave us the best experience!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Better food. Recommend sitting at the Chef’s Table (counter seating).

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My favorite steak place

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and staff in a great atmosphere.

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CD
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, steaks cooked to perfection. Pricing is a bit breathtaking, however. This place and the menu/pricing seems geared at the business (expense report) crowd. At least half the restaurant seemed to be there on business. That said, they took excellent care of us. Everything we ate and drank was impeccable. If your income is less than $1M annual, I would suggest ordering the rolls. Because they are fresh, buttery and awesome and they are $4. Eat two. Save two. Save some of your steak because the roll filled you up. Take home a little bit of steak and your 2 leftover rolls. Eat the most AMAZING steak sandwich for breakfast the next morning. And now you feel a little better about $200+ for dinner because you got another delicious meal out of it!!

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J
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was nice but our steak came out pretty crispy and we ordered the porterhouse medium. I think they wanted to go home because it was close to closing when we received our food.

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San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dinners I've ever had. Wedge salad was great with thick cut bacon on the side. Steak was cooked perfectly with delicious peppery crust. Chocolate bar dessert is a nice finish and not overly sweet. I can't wait to go back

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New England
18 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

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L
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steakhouse in San Diego. Food is amazing and staff are knowledgeable and attentive.

Wagu skirt steak is a hidden gem on the menu. Try sitting at the chef’s counter for a very unique experience.

The bar staff, Keith, Doug and Garth are pros and the restaurant manager, Will leads an amazing wait staff.

I’ve been eating here for 10 years it just keeps getting better, if that is even possible...

A must try. You’ll love it!

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KD
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

the food was incredible, we really loved watching the chefs prepare everything! amazing cocktails as well, and a very attentive and friendly staff.

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p
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Drinks, wine, every course including terrific steak first rate.

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A
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent...their service, food and ambiance. It was a special occasion and I was impressed that they personalized the menu with my son’s name for his birthday. I personally don’t like rare steaks so I got the medium well wagyu skirt steak and it was still very tender! My son and husband ordered the medium rare ribeye steak and they finished everthing on their plate...The Mac and cheese was the best I’ve ever had as well as the Caesar salad. The Creme brûlée was a great way to end our meal...Glenn, our server did a great job too. Alcohol selection was good too. Will definitely be back in the future for special occasions.

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r
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THEE best steak we’ve ever had! I had the Kobe skirt steak and my fiancé had the dry aged bone in ribeye. The mussels we had for our appetizer were amazing too. Our server was very attentive and accommodating. They went above and beyond to ensure that my fiancé had a proper birthday dinner—a greeting printed on our menus and written on our dessert plate along with a candle. We will definitely be back to try the porterhouse steak for two! :) Thank you for a wonderful dining experience!

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d
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding quality, favor and preparation. Cowboy Star is my wife’s and I favorite steakhouse.?the bar is set high and the professional staff always delivers. Cowboy Star is a marvelous location for a great dinner, family event and business dinner.

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HL
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is great. I had the $128 steak with mashed potatoes, it was really good I would order it again. The prices are high for the quantity of food you get BUT the quality is great.

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WM
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great space that served up one of the best tasting steaks I’ve ever had. Low-key, knowledgeable, attentive service. A spun-out, decadent redoux of carrot cake is not to be missed!

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CF
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great. All people contact was very positive and food was awesome!

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J
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful evening at Cowboy Star! Friends were in town visiting and wanted to go to a great Steakhouse.....we hadn’t been to Cowboy Star for quite sometime but had loved it on previous visits. Once again, it did not disappoint! Food was excellent, prepared exactly as requested. Veronica our server did a wonderful job despite a little mishap with a bottle of champagne .....we felt horrible for her, and I know it was a really uncomfortable situation for her. However, the Manager was quick to help with the clean up (along with several other servers) and all was fine! We were all extremely happy with our every aspect of our evening and there’s no question as to whether we will return! Can’t happen soon enough! Thankyou Cowboy Star!

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a
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, food was delicious and the service was perfect.
Highly recommend to visit.

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KK
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and the most delicious meal I've had in a really long time.

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j
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

waited about 30 minutes after our reservation and waited at the bar with no place to sit

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JL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cowboy Star is hands down the best restaurant in San Diego.
The menu choices are well thought out and executed with precision, flare and care.
My Wagyu Skirt was ordered Black and Blue and it was perfect. A beautiful sear on the outside and a perfect temperature on the inside.
A special shout out to Joshua, our server. A genteel man with an encyclopedian knowledge of the menu, wine list and anything else you care to know about Cowboy Star.
Well done!

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LI
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always our choice for family celebrations. Even the non-beef esters were happy.

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AA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this spot -- they have a veggie entree now that is great for vegan / vegetarians. And service is always top notch.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic!

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Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wondrous!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

It was very delicious. The service was good, but there was no child to eat.

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