Cowboy Star

4.8
3142 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 3142 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RamanK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a very enjoyable evening. Went for dinner. Food is always cooked to perfection with complex flavors. Mark provided excellent service. He remembered us from the last time, where we had sat and also what cocktail we had. Incredible!!!Happy hour menu looks great too. Thank you everyone for your 5 star service.

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KathyC
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a wonderful time! Honestly food and service is the best we have ever received! Can’t wait to go again! If you haven’t been here it is a must do!!!!

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vipDQQuin
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, never disappoints! Drinks were great, wine selection great, and the food always on point.

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JayVaz
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I completely loved the restaurant style. As soon as my husband and I entered i was amazed by the decor. What did disappoint me was the size of the table they sat us at. I am wheelchair bound and it’s difficult to sit in small spaces or tables. The food was amazing, but my steak was not cook medium well. It was still bleeding and was too pink. The drinks were okay. The vegetables and mashed potatoes were amazing too. The best part was the attention and service they provided my husband with. It was his birthday and they made him feel very special.

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MrSanDiegoRealtor
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and enjoy the food and hospitality! Highly recommend Cowboy Star!

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LarryH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best place in San Diego!!! Hands down!!!

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KevinH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was my first time and it was amazing. From the food down to the service. Everything was just amazing.

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Angel
Tahoe
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience celebrating our 2 graduates! All of the staff was so very hospitable!! And the food...outstanding!!

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AgKChi
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We celebrated my husband's birthday at Cowboy Star. I let the restaurant know ahead of time and they made personal touches by having his name on the menu and provided a "special treat" after dinner. The steaks and the preparation of it lived up to our expectations. We appreciated and enjoyed the green beans and mashed potatoes that came with it. We still ordered an additional side. For appetizers, we had to try 3x times in picking a starter because they were unfortunately out of the prawns and the quail items. We ended up going with their oysters. Not our first choice but still good. Their service was great, by checking in with us without overly coming by to see if each bite was good. The ambiance and care for customers as we're coming out of Covid restriction was at a comfortable level for us. We haven't dined in for over a year and it was a great experience and meal for a special occasion. Thank you.

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BecaE
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been there 6 times now. It never disappoints. Worth every penny. Absolutely perfect!

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HealtynHungry
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service food and ambience. Consistently good over many visits.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service amazing food… very special 33rd wedding anniversary celebration!

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vipLSwik
San Diego
69 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been awhile since we have been here for obvious reasons. What a pleasure to return and have it be even better than it was before. The food is creative when it matters and always utilizes the very best ingredients. Obviously, the steak offerings are phenomenal but don’t overlook the seafood.

We’ll be back soon, if you haven’t been you should go as soon as you can.

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vipSteveK
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding! We had a great time

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Daryl
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our server, Luis, was amazing. All his recommendations were spot on. Only issue I had was when trying to have a night cap at the bar we were refused service. Open seats at the bar, which is supposedly first come first serve, we tried to sit but the hostess said they were reserved. Then I asked if we could go back to my table for another drink, she again said no because we got up and it was now reserved for someone else. Spent $500+ on dinner for 2 and we were still denied to sit at a first come first serve bar.

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PaulC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, incredible atmosphere, staff and overall experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steakhouse in SD! Excellent customer service!

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vipplayafoodie
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive service and delicious food

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MikeH
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Adam our server was fantastic all the way around! The steak tartare and beet salad were great. Her ribeye was great. My filet was actually average, which I was not expecting (temp was correct on both, though). The banana dessert was very good, if you like bananas. Was a little bummed the Frank Family Vineyards Cab was out of stock, so opted for the Keenan Merlot, which was fine, as he makes great wines. I'll naturally come again.

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Susiegrx11
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We should have ordered a steak. We ordered scallops and shrimp. Our mistake. The service was outstanding, the drinks, homemade rolls and dessert was excellent. When you come here order the steak.

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Christina
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I have been looking forward to trying this place for years since I knew a cook who worked there. Well, I was disappointed with the blandness of my starter, then the strange oversalted puree of my lamb. The lamb itself was ok, didn't really have succulent flavor for med. rare but relied on the puree possibly. For dessert, the creme brulee was oddly very cold as if they got it from a freezer, not freshly made. It tasted nice though. For this level of dining this did not come close to standard expected for any of the dishes. I am guessing the lack of experienced cooks since the pandemic laid off their talent. When told about the issues, I received no apology by the waiter, he seemed mentally checked out and about 10 to 15 mins later I was suddenly approached by the manager who quickly apologized and had taken off some items for my bill which was nice. I wish the waiter at least apologized and explained he'd be getting the manager, basic service etiquette. I am not a picky eater so this was very surprising the lack of quality. The ambience was energetic, more casual than the price point, pretty interior. Love they played classics like Dolly Parton. I feel I may give it a second chance to redeem itself from maybe a bad night but there are other restaurants I recommend for steak and fine dining as of now.

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SaraG
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was outstanding on all levels. We had a group of 8 and everyone had a wonderful experience.

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Dave
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a date night or night out. Quality food and service. Will be nice when the chef's table/prep table area comes back- cool to watch them at work.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent!

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MariaG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servers are so attentive to diners need and enhance the dinning experience with great service. Ambiance is great and food was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Steak was cold when it arrived and not as tasty as other nice steakhouses

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was wonderful. We went for my sister’s birthday, and since I mentioned it when we reserved they had a special menu that said “happy birthday!” At the top.

We had an amuse bouche of pea purée with asparagus and a small, delightful slice of radish. Then, we enjoyed half a dozen oysters and their dinner rolls - which were hot and came with seasoned butter. I had the Wagyu skirt steak, which came with mashed potatoes and green beans. My sister had the ribeye, which came with the same, and we shared the Mac & cheese.

The vibe is so cool, with a western theme and a mix of old classics and mid 20th century country music. Really fun spot. Can’t recommend it enough.

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LauraF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing service! Happy to have my favorite steak back!

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ReynaMae
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Service was spot on, ambience was excellent, food was insane. Recommend 100%!

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vipBenjaminC
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cowboy Star is an excellent restaurant in all aspects. The staff is well trained, knowledgeable and friendly. The food was outstanding. Fresh ingredients, great presentation and cooked to perfection. If you want good steak with side dishes that dont disappoint... cowboy star is the place

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BrianM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recommend this restaurant to anyone for a great night out

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DavidF
Naples
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Service was a little slow. Great food a little overpriced

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vipSolaimanM
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This isn’t a typical steakhouse or cheesy franchised restaurant. The architecture reminds me of a urban cowboy theme in Wyoming. Enjoyed the open kitchen and appreciate the quality of food and service. Definitely the number one steak house in San Diego. Do yourself a favor and dine here. It’s a wonderful experience and brings back so many memories for me, especially in this new normal!

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JamesH
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all the way around! A must stop when we are in town!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for a birthday and had a really great time. Brought an old bottle of wine and was able to pay their $30 corkage, which is very fair and I was grateful they gave us that option given they have a great wine selection. Wine service was excellent. Joshua, our server, handled the 40+ year old wine with care and extreme professionalism. We ordered oysters, spot prawns, salad, and dry aged steaks. We enjoyed everything! However the service is what really made the night special. We will be back!

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vipSandraV
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambience and food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service, okay wine menu.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is extraordinary. The presentation is dazzling. And the service is outstanding. What a wonderful, truly unique, experience.

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ChristopherW
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had dinner to celebrate a friend's engagement and they took such amazing care of us the entire night, and the steaks were perfection. I would absolutely return without hesitation!

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PeteP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for family.
We really enjoyed the service and the food was off the chart good.

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Cowboy Star is rated 4.8 stars by 3142 OpenTable diners.

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