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About Cowboy Star

As a new addition to 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.

640 10th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Happy Hour Monday - Friday 3:00pm-6:00pm in Bar Area

Cross Street:
Market and G Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 450-5880

Website:
http://www.thecowboystar.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking is readily available before 6pm. We invite evening dining guests to park in several public lots located within easy walking distance of Cowboy Star. These lots include garage parking located on 7th and Market and a surface lot located a block away from Cowboy Star on the east side of 11th and Market.

Public Transit:
San Diego Trolley Blue Line and Orange Line: exit "Park and Market"

Public Buses 5, 901, and 929 stop half a block from our front door on 10th Avenue.

Executive Chef:
Victor Jimenez

Private Party Facilities:
Cowboy Star offers an intimate, private dining room available for a maximum of 20 seated guests. Features of this room include exclusive audio/visual capabilities, a fireplace, and sliding doors for complete privacy.

Private Party Contact:
Jessica Tittle: (888) 778-0275

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Cowboy Star Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (64)
Good for a Date (57)
Good for Anniversaries (56)
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Romantic (46)
Fit for Foodies (41)
Handcrafted Cocktails (36)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Business Meals (32)
Notable Wine List (27)
Worth the Drive (22)
Cozy (22)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Bar Seating (21)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Authentic (14)
Good for Groups (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Casual (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Fun (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Great Beer (3)
People Watching (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Seasonal (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food and service! However, I would recommend only getting a booth. The regular table seating is smashed close together usually in a 4 and 2 top arrangement. I was in a 2 top next to an overly loud and obnoxious 4 top, we were sitting together for all reasonable intentions and that was not cool. Besides that the steaks were very good!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Every time the experience is better than the last. I love this restaurant and am already looking forward to my next trip to San Diego to go back.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

We recently went to Cowboy Star for our anniversary and it was fantastic, as usual. The service is wonderful and the food was fantastic. We started with the mussels, which were some of the best mussels I have ever had. Then my husband had the wagyu steak with fois gras and I had the venison, both of which were cooked perfectly and had wonderful complementary flavors. We will definitely be back again in the future!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food and service was the best

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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

Happy hour was great, prices and food were really good. You get what you pay for and everything was delicious. They even added a nice touch for my fiance's birthday. Would go again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

Top-notch, service from the second we came in the door, until we closed the place down. Cocktails were very enjoyable. Cuisine was exquisite. Definitely a new favorite for the wife and me.

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

A barmaid recommended Cowboy Star and she was spot on! Great in every aspect.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

My wife and i have eaten at CS twice over the past 30 days. The initial visit the food was fantastic, our rib eye steak was delicious. The scallops were superb.
Our recent visit was less eventful. We tried the more expensive "aged" rib eye and were extremely disappointed. the meat was dry, tough and we did not enjoy the flavor.
there was a dog in the restaurant with a patron who kept barking...very weird!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Corner counter experience was absolutely amazing!!! Flawlessly run kitchen! Cheers to all staff, well done!!

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 5, 2018

This was a very good restaurant. We took advantage of the $30 corkage fee and brought our own Cabernet. We had the house bread (4.5/5), the wagyu tartar (4.5/5), the Wedge Salad (5/5), the size mushrooms (3.5/5) the skirt steak and chimmichuri (4.5/5), and the Wagyu Strip (4.75/5, but very pricey at $110). Dessert was small and not too memorable.

The service was very good, and the crowd was lively. The hostesses were very cordial and pleasant.

All around great choice and highly recommend.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Very late New Years Eve dinner....sitting at the Chef's Bar just simply made the night special. Spend the night with my daughter sipping wonderful wine (great glasses) and watched the chef's creative amazing dishes!!!! When in San Diego again I will surely dine again!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The steak and filet mignon were delicious melt in your mouth!!! The vegetable could be better as well as the mashed potatoes. The beet salad was interesting and delectable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Hands down one of the best places I have eaten. Steaks were beyond expectation as well as the sides and apps. One of the best Old Fashions I ever had, but the chef here is the real star. Top notch staff as well all in all a 10/10 will come back again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Loved the service and will definetly go back. I was there for my birthday and was treated with nothing but the utmost attention and respect. Although quite pricey, you are paying for amazing service and food.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Primarly a steak house with pleasant atmosphere and high quality food and professional service. Better and more personal than the corporate version: Morton's, Ruth Cris etc.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Me and my family are from Tx we were looking for a good stake so we found this restaurant and definitely a great stake house, the service was awesome the price its fair i will definitely go again👍😋

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fun, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Planned a dinner for my parents, Aunt and Uncle for a very special occasion. The restaurant staff were all very helpful and service-oriented. They customized the menus with a special note and my parents/family were touched. Their server Jeremy was the ultimate host, giving them a memorable and 5-Star personal experience. Food was amazing! My go-to for a great night out and special occasions from now on!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Best food and service ever

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Exquisite service in a grown up atmosphere with terrific flavoring and some novel preparations. Only the name is hokey. This is not yer avridge steakhouse.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We both had the rib eye it was so delicious! Melted in my mouth! The service was amazing!!! From the hostess the server our waiter what great amazing wonderful service! Great job!!! Food was excellent delicious! Love it!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Fun, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Casual, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas dinner with my wife, excellent food, great service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

We had two excellent steaks here! The wife had a filet and I had a ribeye...both cooked to perfection. The merlot was extraordinary and the dessert capped off a great meal! We highly recommend the Cowboy Star to anyone wanting a very special experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Food was seasoned to perfection. Service was timely. Drinks were strong and tasty.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

The perfect B-Day gift. My husband loved receiving a menu that had a birthday greeting wishing him a Happy B-Day. This was delightful and unexpected. The service was amazing and we felt like we were getting individualized attention although the restaurant was packed. The food was also outstanding!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Best steak of my life. The wagyu strip.

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Glen was our waiter. He was amazing. All of his recommendations were spot on. Several people taking care of different things. Very friendly. Very attentive. It was a Saturday nite and the place was very busy. Any time we needed something Glen was on top of it. Thanks

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 15, 2017

It’s my go to stealhu

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Excellent as always. By far, my favorite place!

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Our favorite restaurant to visit when we are in San Diego. Great service, delicious steaks and bread pudding dessert that keeps us coming back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Had a great experience. We sat at the counter and was able to see the food staff create the different meals.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 8, 2017

My wife and I chose to eat here for dinner after our elopement. They went above and beyond to cater to us and make us feel special celebrating our wedding day. Food was outstanding! Highly recommend the thyme quail appetizer, the roasted beets, and the aged ribeye steaks.
The service was the best we have received in a very long time. Of course, they catered to us - but we noticed the other servers providing similar attention to their guests as well.
If you’re in the area, this restaurant is a must visit. We will definitely come back on our next trip.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Anniversary celebration on SD glad we choose C Star!! First time visit, not disappointed. Cuisine top notch merci Chef Victor! Loved the beet & fromage blanc!

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Spouse wanted a steak for his birthday, I had a cold. We put it off for a few days til I recovered and he got a bonus movie for his suffering. I thought Cowboy Star would be a good choice, close to the movie theater and we switched to lunch before the movie. Good choice.
The restaurant has a nice selection of craft cocktails. I chose a whiskey sour, which I haven't had in years, and it was a good choice, not sweet and a bit tart. Spouse got his fave, a dark beer, to add the bottle to his beer collection.
Lunch was the smallish wagyu top sirloin for me and a filet mignon for date. Both were done very nicely, and both were super tender for their specific cuts. We'd order both again.
But the impressive thing, vis a vis other chain steak houses, was the tastiness of the sides. Most chains have BORING sides, but Cowboy Star makes roast veggies or fries or broccoli taste GOOD. The fries are from the appies menu and have a trio of different sauces - house-made prosciutto aioli, spicy ketchup and mustard aioli. All 3 add to the potatoes and even put a nice touch on the meat or plated veggies. Worth the extra $3.
We also stopped in at the butcher shop next store and brought home a few things for the next week or so.
Definitely worth a return trip.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Our experience was absolutely amazing! I had set up the reservation for my boyfriends 35th birthday and they went above and beyond my expectations. Thank you so much for making his night so special. From the food to the service everything was superb!

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

The service and food were both beyond excellent , defiantly coming back

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Cozy, Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (London)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We loved it. We were there about three years ago and liked it more now. Beware of the corkage advertised as $20, it was billed as $30 irritating thing to be surprised by although made little difference to the check. Service was ok, not great. Overall loved the place.

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 30, 2017

I'm a carnivore and I went with a vegetarian. I ordered the crispy wagyu tongue, 12 oz New York steak, Brandy peppercorn sauce, bone marrow, and the peanut butter brittle with Creme Brulee banana and rum dessert, which they actually lit on fire. It was all excellent except for the bone marrow which I could have done without. I ordered four or five spicy margaritas as well.

He ordered the risotto, bread, brussel sprouts, and panna cotta. And he washed it down with an Old Fashioned. Or two.

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

this experience was a gift for a special birthday. Didn't know much about it but liked the menu, and it turned out to be outstanding

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 29, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Cowboy Star. In particular, I really appreciated how the hostess recognized that I was pregnant and gave me a list of non-alcoholic cocktails. It was a very nice touch.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Absolutely the best steak in San Diego. The dry aged rib eye is one of the best I have ever tried. Now I have had steaks at Gallagher Steakhouses in New York, Las Vegas, Ruth Chris, Morton’s, DK’s in Hawaiian, Delmonico, Craftsteak, Lawry’s. None of them compared to the dry aged rib eye here. I mean it was absolutely delicious and tender. I had the marrow, tartar, but the steak was the best, not to say anything else was bad in fact it was all Excellent but again the steak was outstanding. Sorry I keep going on about the steak but it’s true.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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