Cowboy Star

4.8
2941 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.

Support Cowboy Star during COVID-19

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
What 2941 people are saying
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JeremyP
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak house south of LA, but better service and price of LA.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. This place is the best steakhouse in town. Support them to remain open !!!!!!!

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MarkF
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The interior was inviting at the outset. The music was a throwback to the old cowboy music with songs from "sons of the Pioneers" Hank Williams... Service was very good. Drinks were very good, wne list and menu are excellent. The food was delightful!

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MarissaD
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was amazing! We had such a wonderful time celebrating a birthday here and will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

just absolutely love this place

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JenniferP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even with COVID restrictions, the staff made it a beautiful fine dining experience. Everyone was extremely friendly and we felt so comfortable the entire time. Food was delicious and the prices were fair.

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DaveC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing all around. Food, drinks, ambiance. Stellar!

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RudyP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A place for steaks. Steaks come with mashed potatoes and green beans, but make sure to add a few delicious sides.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!! Our server was amazing!! We can’t wait to go back. N their old fashioned it a must!

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SF58
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely ambiance, well prepared flavorful food and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. From the customization on the menus with happy anniversary to the amazing service/food

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SandraG
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My absolute favorite steakhouse in San Diego. Everything from the drinks to salad to main course and dessert was perfection.

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GeorgeS
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cowboy Star has great ambiance and even better food! The chef even sent out a small amuse bouche between courses. The steak was perfectly cooked as were the scallops and we finished off with the chocolate chip bread pudding which was out of this world.

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DianeC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a joy to come to Cowboy Star!!
Think my new drink is Aged Negroni!!
Making plans to come again in December.
Granddaughter will be home on leave from Air Force. She can’t wait to come!!

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vipboojem
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service. I've been here many times, and always love it! My favorite steakhouse in San Diego!

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MauricioDR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. The food, as always, was spot on. Wagyu skirt and filet are family favorites along with the chocolate chip bread pudding.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and amazing steak!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, atmosphere. Must go for wonderful steak and dining experience! 😁

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service by Adam. We Love this restaurant & highly recommend it . Delicious food , beautiful remodel of the bar area and all Covid requirements are met for an enjoyable dining experience. 5 stars!

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CHaslam
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and food choices great and cooked to perfection

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Missliss88
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was impressed the moment I walked in. The decor was perfect for a date night. Service was attentive and not overly invading. The FOOD was delicious. Get the steak of course!

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vipCiaoBella
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food & service.
Can’t wait to go back

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vipJimmy
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome all the way around!

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RickD
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food and service was great. I love the bread. Will continue to come back. Rick D, San Diego.

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JosephW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak in San Diego!

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AudreyB
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The recommendations were on point and my meal came out better then expected! They even did a nice happy birthday menu for my table! I enjoyed everything about this place

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JerH
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to all the places in San Diego.....COWBOY STAR IS THE BEST RESTAURANT IN SAN DIEGO. Staff is top notch / welcome bite from the Chef is always the best surprise / YOU HAVE TO DO THE BREAK SERVICE / all sides are amazing / obviously the streaks are their claim to fame but all entrees have been delicious

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KarinaV
Baja California
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious like always and great service.

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KarisC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was above and beyond my expectations. When you read the name of the restaurant you aren't expecting anything out of the norm but from the moment we walked in until the moment we stepped out we were treating amazing and the service was superb. We went on a Sunday evening so less foot traffic, our server was Mark. This man knew the entire menu, gave amazing recommendations and several options. The way he described the foods made you want EVERYTHING. They work amazingly as a team and are able to swing by and help each other. The entire experience was flawless and smooth. We started with great drinks and their bread, it was soft, warm and had salt on top with whipped butter. It went well together. The amuse-bouche was what I thought was random, a mix of tomato, strawberry and pistachio. We didn't think we would like it but it went so well together We got the porterhouse medium and it was to die for. I have never understood when people say a piece of meat melts in your mouth. Well I can honestly say, now I understand. The macroni and cheese is a must. I also love that even though the steaks are la carte, cowboy star has a small portion of a side of the night. The price was steep but it was so worth it and I can't wait to go again. Very happy to have picked this place for Anniversary. That reminds me, they personalize you menus with the occasion and at the end of the night the server wrapped a menu up for us for memories. This place knows what they are doing. Counting down the days until we can go back

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SarahK
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our waitress was the best part! The food and ambiance was second. A bit pricey but you get what you pay for in most cases!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated Our one year anniversary dinner here. The service and food was amazing. We will be back.

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RossH
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak I’ve ever had. If you looked the definition of hospitality up, you would find a picture of Luis under it. Truly an amazing place to eat.

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ChristopherS
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prices have jumped substantially, more than expected. I know they just came off a renovation and unexpected shutdown for a couple months but still a big jump. For example the Porterhouse dinner for two jumped from $90 to $140. Service was outstanding as usual, great ambiance, and the food is still some of my favorite in town.

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MARKV
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Attentive staff and a quality menu and excellent execution

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CharlesF
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I went here with my wife for dinner based on reviews. I have been to my fair share of steakhouses and this was average. The food was good, 31 day dry aged ribeye special with seared scallops to add on. The steak was cooked perfectly as well as the scallops. The bread is really good too. The house cured bacon on the wedge salad was good as well.

Dining was in doors, which we were not overly concerned with, but I was a little shocked by how full the dining area actually was and the spacing was not adequate. I guess that is more of a personal choice as to what you feel comfortable with right now, but this is the closest seating I have seen anywhere so far.

I saw several reviews talking about the good service, but I won’t say I had the same experience. Dessert was not offered, which were there for a birthday (Which was told to the server) and we would have done dessert. The birthday was not acknowledged, which is not a big deal but a dessert menu could have at least been offered.

Overall the food was good, but it seems we struck out on the server. Bottomline I would not go out of my to go back.

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SarahD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Came here for an anniversary dinner. Made reservations & were seated right away. Restaurant is dark w/ dim lighting & noise level was moderate. Food was delicious & they offered non dairy options for me since I have an allergy. Only complaint was that the steaks were on the salty side. We had to send back one of our steaks but they were very apologetic & got us a new one right away. They even comp’d our dessert. Overall we loved it.

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Krys
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and the food even better! Absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to go back

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DonnaB
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table was set comfortably away from other diners. The service was fast and server was attentive. The Steak was soooo good. Well seasoned and great grill flavor.
Only complaint would be that the Knives could be sharper (-:

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ChristianF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go to steak house when ever I’m in SD. I love the Japanese wagyu, wish they had foie gras again :(

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JOEB
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far my favorite place in San Diego! First class all the way!

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Cowboy Star is rated 4.8 stars by 2941 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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