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Cowboy Star

4.8
2033 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Contemporary American
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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
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Phone number
(619) 450-5880
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Victor Jimenez
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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.
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Private party contact
Jessica Tittle: (888) 778-0275
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Market and G Street
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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.

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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.
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
What 2033 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.8
service
4.7
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Phenomenal experience. Started off the meal with a delicious Amuse-bouches. We got the steak tartare and oysters for our appetizers. The tartare was prepared perfectly and all the flavors worked harmoniously together. The oysters were fresh and the sauces complemented them well. I had the filet mignon medium rare and my boyfriend got the bone-out dry-aged rib eye medium. Steaks were cooked correctly and the green beans and mashed potatoes were great with the steaks. We also ordered the bone marrow, Mac and Cheese, Béarnaise, and horseradish sauce. I definitely recommend the Mac and cheese. Dessert was the chocolate cake and it was perfect for sharing. Absolutely love this place.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

My experience at Cowboy Star was exceptional. The staff was very friendly and the food was excellent. They serve some of the best steak tartare that I have tasted. The dry-aged ribeye was worth the price. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

They forgot it was for my brothers birthday and the waiter felt a bit disconnected. But the food more than made up for the so so service.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Exceptional ( the best steak in San Diego) steak, beautiful restaurant!
Wonderful service!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Everything was delicious. It was a good choice. We will be back!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The food was exceptional! I ordered the Wagyu Skirt Steak and it came perfectly cooked! Very nice plating and combination of sides made for an awesome meal. Food is only one important aspect of the dining experience, the next is service. My waiter was very attentive throughout the dinner and made very educated suggestions for drinks and sides to pair with my meal. Not only himself but other waiters that brought different dishes too us would make their suggestions as well. Lastly, the restaurant for being as open as it is, was very quiet. The modern mixed with rustic design and decor was very inviting and pleasant to be in. All in all I give it five stars, the combination of food, service and ambiance was more than I had hoped for!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

I would like to express a apology to the manager and staff for one of my guests for dinner that night. He ordered a $65 steak that he felt was over cooked. The manager politely cooked a fresh steak and he still wasn’t satisfied and asked for it to be removed from the bill. I was so embarrassed!! Obviously he didn’t know what he wanted and was intoxicated. Needless to say I will never go to dinner with him again. Me and my husband will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Love this place! Great food and awesome service all the time! Steak tartare is my favorite and wagyu skirt steak is the best.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Our staff messed up the reservation, their staff made it work! I could not have asked for a better Birthday dinner!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Excellent service, most delicious steak I’ve ever had, lovely charcuterie and cheese board! If you like an incredible steak, this is the place for you in San Diego.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Amazing food and a beautiful evening with the love of my life

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

This was the first time we had been to Cowboy Star. We went to celebrate a very special occasion and were not disappointed. From the atmosphere when we arrived to the excellent food and very attentive service, it was a dining experience like no other. I would enjoy going back, but the prices are a bit out of my range for anything but a super special occasion like this was. Thanks for making it so memorable! :)

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Made reservation for birthday celebration. Cowboys confirmed reservation by text, email, and phone call. I frankly felt hassled by the repeated confirmation. When arrived, tried to sit us at the door when the Restuarant was open. What was more disappointing was the fact that they did not recognize the special occasion.

Good sized portions and meal included veggies and a starch. Meal was good, not exceptional. Steak was perfectly cooked.

Wine menu needs a complete overhaul. With limited exception, all Californian wines. 100% domestic wines. Zero international. For a steakhouse, 3 Cabs with the oldest being 2015 was extremely disappointing.

REI Do Gado is much better experience, value, wine selection, and service. The also recognize when it’s your Birthday.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

This is definitely the best steak place in all of San Diego, and probably my favorite restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Everything about Cowboy Star deserves an A+ - food, service, ambiance, etc. Of course, the steak main courses were delicious, but the standouts of the night were one of our appetizers - house-made pasta with mushroom and foie gras - and a rotating dessert - funfetti cake (adult version). After commenting on how amazing the pasta was, our server said they always knock it out of the park, but they aren't ordered much. So, I urge everyone to add a pasta dish - it's worth it! Plus, you can always take leftovers home if you get too much.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food, service, and ambiance are 5 star! Highly recommended for special occasions or when you need a great steak.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Everything was delicious and service was helpful and unobtrusive. Great meal!!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Our server Glenn was fantastic and well informed, we didn’t feel rushed but he helped pace the dinner, attentive but not hovering. The busboy and food runners were skilled and our meal was perfectly timed. I will absolutely be back and can’t wait to eat everything I see.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Anniversary dinner date with hubby was very enjoyable. Servers were very attentive. Got special menus that said Happy Anniversary at the top and dessert came with same message in chocolate across the plate. Nice details.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Awesome place

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Spent $200 on a steak and they charge $0.30 for sauce. Cool.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We went there for our friends birthday. They made us custome menus that said Happy Birthday! Up top. I wish I knew I could personalize it to day his name as well! But amazing food, outstanding service and great energy in the place!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

If you want GREAT service, GREAT food...this experience is the one you won’t want to deprive yourself of.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Everything about the dining experience was Awesome! Best steak and potatoes ever.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Cowboy Start seeks to please. Service was attentive and knowledgeable. Steak tartare was one of the best we've ever had. Menu is very meat focussed but there are seafood options and one vegetarian option. We'd love to see an additional appetizer that would appeal to a lighter taste -- a crudo etc.

Booth seating is always nice and cozy. And the cowboy theme is done well, stylish and sophisticated. The kitchen is open style. There is a fireplace just as you enter the restaurant.

The price point is high. The Waygu skirt steak came in at $50 and was accompanied by mashed potatoes and green beans. It was very good. Scallops also were a win and had gourmet accoutrements.

Did we mention there's an "amuse bouche"? Love that extra touch.

If you like steak tartare, then coming here is a must.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

In town from VA and ate there twice this week. Each steak was delicious perfection!

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Celebrated a birthday. Service is always impeccable. Food was fantastic and the drinks are always good.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

The food is flavorful. Flavor is the upmost consideration at this establishment. So many steak houses serve a slab of meat but with little flavor. At Cowboy Star the steak, salad, sides are all imbued with flavor.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Despite reservations, we were seated 30-45 minutes late and missed another venue planned that evening.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Always wonderful.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I think this is a place every San Diegan should go at least once! Make reservations
Well in advance.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I am a carnivore. I admit it. And I love steak. I’m known amongst friends of making the best steak around. Smoked, Sous Vide, grilled, pan seared, I love all of it. So you could assume I’m picky when it comes to dining out for beef.

We started with the tartar. Great texture, blend of spice and well balanced, finished with our brut champagne we brought with us. I viewed the menu and have been wanting the snake river farms skirt for a while. It’s served over garlic potatoes and green beans. I was done perfectly medium rare and just melted in your mouth. I paired it with a Justin Cab by the glass. Btw blind tasted the justin $17/glass and the Stags Leap Artemis $27/Glass. Great way of deciding wether or not more $ taste better.

We will be back for the Miyazaki Wagyu when I land my next project. $200 a plate is curiously enticing. Reviews of the ribeye make my mouth water.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Just a perfect meal from start to finish. Don't waste your time anywhere else. If you want the best steaks with good local flare this is it.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Nothing exotic, just delicious and perfectly cooked steak and sides + good wine and excellent service

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Sat at the Chef's counter. It's like watching a theatre production. All food were cooked to perfection. Excellent wine list, the server was attentive. Will definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Another wonderful lunchtime experience at CS; food, presentation and service were all excellent. The Butchers Choice Waygu Steak was exceptional. My associates also said how much they enjoyed the food and setting.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Incredible steak... we sat at the counter and were looked after by Elliott, one of the chefs. He was great, the food was great, it was great.... 10/10

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Awesome steaks, love sitting at the counter to watch the chefs at work. Will be back.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

It was the first time for my husband and myself at this restaurant. We were celebrating our first marriage anniversary, and honestly beyond my expectations. The food was delicious the pudding cake awesome. We had to bring our newborn with us since she was a little sick and staff didn’t have an issue to find a table that accommodate the three us since it was a last minute request. Well worth paying 50.00 the plate. Reason I didn’t give 5 stars it was because one of th hostess keep looking at me in a awkwardly way that was kind of rude. But overall awesome service and I would definitely recommend this place.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

50th Birthday dinner for hubby

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