Cowboy Star

4.8
3333 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 3333 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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CarolannB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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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Walker
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Aged steak is the way to go!!! Skip the scallop. Get the oysters!

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Bill
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So incredible. Best meal I’ve had in San Diego in a long time. They went above and beyond for my birthday. Such a special evening.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great ambiance, great food

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything great!

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RogerS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

C-Star has been my go-to for steak in San Diego, but the last two times, the steak has not been that good. I usually order the NY Strip and it has been subpar. This last time it was hard and did not have the delicious flavor that once made C-Star my fave.

After this last dinner, I am considering not going back.

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GailH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Steak was perfectly done. Waitress was attentive and pleasant.

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TimM
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious, the service was excellent. Especially like the skirt steak - we've ordered that and the 14 oz bone-in ribeye together a few times now and the skirt steak is always our favorite.

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daveh
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Surprised to be charged for bread $6, very pricey restaurant. Good food, still would recommend it. Just be prepared to drop a few hundred especially if you have a few drinks as well. $14-$17 for a cocktail

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SergioC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great customer service. Personalized menus for my fiancees birthday. Our server was fantastic. Incredibly helpful. Received a complimentary amuse bouche from the chef and dessert.

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vipSanDiegoGal
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food and service! Thank you!

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vipJimD
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A usual favorite but a big miss on a special birthday. Despite it being stated in the reservation and addressing it with the hostess personally, they never even acknowledged the birthday let alone a treat after dinner.

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JB619
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner at Cowboy star. Excellent service from our waiter Mark. We were sent to heaven after one bite! Starting with the bread service to Wagyu steak and finish with abuelita s'more 😋

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LynnD
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service. Food prepared as requested and delivered timely

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TonyG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Steak was horrific! I returned it because it was cold and they brought me back the same one and it was still cold and no flavor! If I could find a way to prove that the steak was not a prime steak, I would do it because I have had prime steaks at some of the worlds best steak houses and they all and I mean ALL are better than the steak I had at Cowboy Star!! I didn't even eat half of my rib eye, and I will never be back to this pathetic restaurant!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Cowboy star has been our go to and we have been here plenty of times and have had a wonderful 5 star experience but today was just underwhelming and disappointing. The meat was undercooked and raw and the seafood was a bit too fishy if you know what i mean. My husband had to spend the night using the restroom and i woke up several times to the sounds of him “exploding”. Service is normally always on top of their stuff but that day, the waitress forgot our drinks. Lame but important. Maybe it was the new cooks and preps in training but it did leave a bad taste in my mouth. And to pay $250+ on this type of experience is just a waste of money. Proceed with caution and check your meats.

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Cowboy Star is rated 4.8 stars by 3333 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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