Cowboy Star

4.8
3391 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 3391 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We Regular Here but every experience is exceptional. Our server last night was incredible, from anticipating our needs to whipping out a tide pen as soon as he realized I got chocolate ice cream on my pants. We dream about the porterhouse and cocktails. Our favorite restaurant in San Diego, hands down.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was over all a wonderful experience. A small hiccup at the start where my reserved seats at the chefs counter were taken but the staff made sure I was well taken care of until my seats became open.

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Marina
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. The steak was phenomenal. We had the 14 oz ribeye and t-bone which was amazing, so flavorful. Service was good. I especially enjoyed the host she took the time to make small talk and super friendly. The prices are not bad at all. Can't wait till next time

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great we will definitely go back

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SandiM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit expensive but worth every penny! Food and service is amazing!!

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vipFoodieGal
San Diego
68 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved our experience here! Great food, cocktails, service, and vibe. Will definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food wasn’t great. To much pepper, to much garlic. Not worth the price.

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Cmprda
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service delicious food and good size servings. An enjoyable evening!

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RandyS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved the experience!! The Aged Old Fashion cocktail was fabulous.

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JenniferP
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service. Delicious food. Every time we come here we get treated amazingly and it’s always a wonderful dining experience. The custom menus for the hubby’s birthday was the sweetest touch. Will be back again for sure.

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SusanJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best steak tartar in the world. Everything else is also fabulous.

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Maowie
Singapore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Not impressed with the steaks, front of house needs work on.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El mejor steakhouse de San Diego definitivamente. La ensalada César buenísima al igual que el dry aged rib eye

La atención de maravilla

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LouisA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary at Cowboy Star and the staff gave us a memorable experience. The food was excellent, the table they sat us in was private, and Veronica was an outstanding experience. We ordered the dry aged ribeye which was flavorful and just the right saltiness we liked. We also ordered other sides and dessert and they were all excellent. Veronica gave us a copy of our anniversary menu and my wife was very pleased to have experienced such great service, food, and ambience at Cowboy Star!

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1232steak
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience5

unfortunately our server didn't speak english well, and didn't come by very much... Also the food took a little longer than usual.

I come here alot (1 time per month) and love this place. Just thought you should know.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took my dad who is a little bit hard of hearing and I was worried about the noise, but our service and the noise level and our food was absolutely phenomenal. Every waiter and waitress and staff person were beyond helpful and on it and we just had an amazing time. Little pricey but worth every bite.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Francisco (sever) was very attentive. Food and service was exceptional. Will return.

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JorgeG
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Muy buena comida, aunque los precios están por arriba de restaurantes como Mortons.
En la mesa de al lado se sentaron unas personas que hacían demasiado ruido y nadie les dijo nada, creo que es un muy buen restaurante que debería tener cuidado con la gente que entra para que no molesten a los que estamos adentro.

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DMK2
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The tables were so close together I could bump elbows with my neighbor. It was not enjoyable. The AC was on full blast, also not enjoyable. Our salad was as if we had 2 day old salad soaking in salad dressing. Our server made us feel like he was trying to rush us out from the moment we sat down. Both of our steaks were over cooked and dried. This was our first time dining here and most likely the last. Very disappointed overall.

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vipBenjamin
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was there for New Years Eve. Chose to do a late dinner to avoid the New Years' bar parties. We couldnt have had more fun. Our group of 8 was served by Josh and his level of service, but still casual vibe is very rare. Paced our meal perfectly so we were finishing up in time for our midnight toast. The food, sides and drinks were great. I love the high end steakhouse meets western bar vibe. A definite must when in San Diego.

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KimSanDiego
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our 1st visit. We enjoyed our meal and the service was excellent. We had a ceasar salad, bread (yummy) a t-bone, ribeye and creme brulee. Top notch martinis too. Would definitely dine there again.
My only tiny issue is that it's tight quarters. Tables and booths are super close and they pack it to capacity. Conversation isn't easy.

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Melt
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent ……………………………………………………………..

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LynnM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and the best steaks in San Diego!! Thank u!!

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CheyenneW
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time at Cowboy Star and absolutely worth it! Love the food the service and overall feel of the restaurant. Alway telling people to go and celebrate their special occasion with Cowboy Star!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Every time

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a memorable time due to the amazing food and wonderful service. Mark is our Favorite waiter who is knowledgeable and gives great advice w/ food & cocktails.

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sambrown
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service & food. Great choice for both family, special occasions & intimate settings . Each of my visits were great experiences. Would ABSOLUTELY recommend to others! My compliments to all the employees !

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vipKristaR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible always

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SteveO
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic! The service was phenomenal and the meal was delicious. The ribeye melted in my mouth like butter.

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DTrinidx
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time coming to this place and just as good as the first. I tried the T-bone on this occasion and it’s definitely a filler. I’ll have to give the ribeye a slight edge on taste.

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MadisonS
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! Husband is a huge steak fanatic and said it was a true dry aged steak he ordered. Really enjoyed it one of the best he’s had. Everything else was delicious too!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very good steaks in an old school steakhouse feel. Service was subpar for how much it cost.

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NatalieS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely incredible, we had a fillet mignon and rib eye and it was absolutely divine! The service was spot on, our server was knowledgeable, honest and provided great recommendations! I would recommend this place time and time again!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience5

This place is sub par to other steak houses our ribeye was cut poorly the entire steak was fat I understand that there is some fat on this cut but 75% of the steak was fat I would recommend going somewhere else I was very disappointed after the server recommended also if you sit at the counter the kitchen staff gives you dirty looks and made me very uncomfortable it was very very uncomfortable I will not be going back

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the best restaurant experience ever! It was our last day in San Diego, and we were lucky enough to get a reservation couple hours before our flight. The restaurant is AMAZING. From the entrance (really cool door) to the seats (super comfortable). The service was unbelievable. Water and Bread (Which was delicious bread. Probably the best bread at a restaurant period) came out really fast, different waiters worked together to serve us and made the experience even more enjoyable. The food, oh my don’t get me started. Best food i’ve ever had! My family and I are prone to going to different fancy restaurants, nothing tops this. The bill was expensive, but it was amazing food. The Wagyu melted in my mouth, 11/10. Mac & Cheese and other entrees like the Ribeye were also delicious. Desserts were Spectacular. Banana Pudding was delicious followed by the Crème Brûlée. All in all, the restaurant was amazing. Amazing Service, Amazing Food, Amazing environment/ambience. If I ever go back to San Diego, I will most definitely go back to Cowboy Star. One thing to mention, it was my birthday and our waiter brought out a decorated plate saying Happy Birthday, the usual when celebrating at a restaurant. However, something that really differs compared to other restaurants was a token/gift given by the restaurant.

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Proper25Leisure
Naples
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That good. Just do it.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They made a menu for my boyfriend’s bday and were able to deliver our cake to our table

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vipAustinC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience!
Food,service, and everything was on point
Definitely coming back🙌

NC
NCap
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steaks were amazing and the service was excellent. This is my family’s favorite steakhouse.

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Cowboy Star is rated 4.8 stars by 3391 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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