Cowboy Star

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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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DW
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, exceptional service and outstanding food!

JM
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, ambiance and fantastic service! Our waiter did an amazing job. Probably the best waiter I have had.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always - Cowboy Star is a excellent dining experience.

l
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Steaks were fantastic. Would love to return when I travel back to San Diego!

MB
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic dinner at Cowboy Star. Had a great time food was fantastic, service was attentive and well orchestrated Would refer friends and would definitely return.

JH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Service was excellent. I would definitely recommend.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was great. Will definitely come back again!

WR
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been here a few times now. Service is not only attentive but knowledgeable. Atmosphere and decor are great and the food is spectacular....never had better steak anywhere.

JM
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak on the west coast. Always great service and fun to sit at the chefs table.

m
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the meal, especially the entrees and attentive service.

RM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic steakhouse. Steak was perfect and the service friendly and professional.

C
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I eat out 300 days a year and have been to every “who’s who” restaurant in SD. Time and time again CStar takes the cake as the best food and the best experience. Both food and experience being mutually exclusive of each other. 10/10.

DP
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting from Chicago we wanted to try a spot that wasn't a known big chain steakhouse. Cowboy Star was a home run start to finish. Seats at the counter were a great experience as was chatting with the chefs. Highly recommend.

C
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chiles toreados, cream brulee and Carajillo are the best.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My all time favorite restaurants. It was a pretty stress full day, a glass of wine and a rib eye from Cowboy Star is all it takes to make things alright in the world

TM
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cowboy Star never disappoints. Always top notch. Food was excellent, cocktails spot on. Service is always knowledgeable and friendly.

m
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the Wagyu Hokkaido New York steak. Pricy, but unlike any steak I'd ever eaten. Melt0in-your-mouth tender....

a
Orange County
92 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They are good
Good drinks
Good service
Good food

Everything awesome

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as usual!!!

B
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I went to Cowboy Star with extremely high expectations after hearing reviews so my review is probably a little biased. I think the food is tasty but very highly-priced for the value. I have had much better steaks for cheaper.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is hands down the best steakhouse in San Diego. The meat is perfect and the sides are excellent and the prices are fair compared to some of the other local steakhouses. The service is impeccable.

l
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a late anniversary dinner date and were treated incredibly well and nicely by the staff. The food was delicious. This is a great place to treat yourself to a wonderful steak dinner!

D
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service at Cowboy Star was superb. From the fresh rolls and butter to the dessert everything was excellent. Steaks and mashed potatoes came out perfectly, very tender and flavorful.
Our server Luis and the entire staff made for a perfect experience, topped off by a special dessert plate to celebrate our anniversary.

AH
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love sitting at the counter!!

EA
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good, as always

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Let's start by saying that we had huge expectations about this restaurant. Since from the greeting it didn't start well. Hosts barely welcomed us and looked at us. In general the staff was too serious. Our server was ok not good not horrible.
Food wasn't good. Both my meat came back not cooked as I wanted and I had to send at least one back because it was too raw for me. The other one was raw as well but al least edible. When I did send it back everyone was discussing if it was actually undercooked or not which made me uncomfortable.
They have an open kitchen all of the chefs had greasy hair and they were not wearing a hat or anything, completely unsanitary and gross.
Considered that we had to send back the meat, which is their specialty, they should know that the taste and the tenderness once it got cold and reheated again it's not the same.
Nothing was comped not even a dessert.
For $320 check we will definitely not go back.

CR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place! Loved the flavor and the dessert was amazing!

BK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lived up to the reputation. My partner had the wagyu skirt steak and said it was amazing. The leftovers were delicious cold/reheated the next day. I had the corn & crab risotto and it was probably the best risotto I've ever tasted. It was the best crab I've had since I was in Alaska, and a good portion of it. We thought the caesar salad was just okay but the parker house rolls are to die for! Our server, Ali, was very nice and we loved watching all the special little things the staff and manager did to keep the level of service so high. The restaurant was not too loud and we loved the decor. Perfect for a special date night or group dinner. Will definitely be going back!

d
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Going away dinner

RC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE!!
We sat at the counter and were able to chat up the chef and watch the food go out. It was amazing- the food was incredible and they gave a special touch to my boyfriend's birthday meal:)
EXCELLENT

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing first visit, we will definitely be back!

AQ
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very knowledgeable staff with excellent customer service.

OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing steak. Seriously one of the top three places I’ve ever been, would highly recommend. The sides were good the bread was great but the steaks is where this restaurant really shines. Would go back!

T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We come here every year for my wife, mother in law & brother's birthdays. we always enjoy our time. our favorite part is where we get to pick our steak knives. I was disappointed this time when there was just a generic steak knife placed in front of us. Also the reservation for my wife's birthday but the bread pudding I bought had "Happy anniversary" on it. Almost got me in trouble until I pointed to the menu where it said "happy birthday, Tina".
You guys are always great but the server seemed like he wasn't into it that day. we had him serve us before and he was always on top of it. not so much this time around. Also, he seems to never remember us even though we go here 3-4 times a year and had him as a server multiple times. Other servers are the same. We understand though, it's difficult for Americans to tell asians apart

DR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and excellent service with knowledgable staff. Highly recommend the ribeye.

LL
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstanding experience....food was spot on...service was fantastic

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, absolutely fabulous service. When booking the reservation, I told them it was my boyfriends birthday, and they even made specialized menus for him, wishing him a happy 25th.

s
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

steak, disser..was great for me.
i had never forget memory at cowboy.

G
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time at Cowboy Star and we had such an amazing experience. Service was wonderful and the food was perfect! We look forward to coming back soon!

F
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

When we arrive the restaurant was empty, no customers, we arrived 15 minutes ahead of reservation, they refused to sit us down until our reservation time. I found this insulting.

Food is great and once you are seated service is also great!!!

It was just the first impression. That demerits the experience

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