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Cowboy Star, San Diego, CA

Cowboy Star

4.8
4.8
3813 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 450-5880

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Victor Jimenez

  • Private party contact

    Jessica Tittle: (619) 450-5880

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Cross street

    Market and G Street

  • 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.<br /><br />

  • Public transit

    San Diego Trolley Blue Line and Orange Line: exit "Park and Market"<br /><br />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, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Steakhouse

  • San Diego

    Steakhouse

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mom and dad date night and celebration of our second baby and second home purchase
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a beautiful night, amazing a service and food. Thank you.
  3. KC

    KCH123

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food, great service in a cool setting. Pretty expensive but delicious. The wine list is a bit prohibitive.
  4. LS

    LSwik

    San Diego

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants in San Diego and we try to get there at least every 8 weeks or so. They always have the best seasonal ingredients that you can buy and the preparation is always creative and perfectly executed. Plan ahead as last minute reservations are hard to come by and for good reason. They are a steakhouse at their core but some of my most memorable meals there have been Seafood driven menus. Always professional and engaging service staff.
  5. MF

    MichelleF

    Louisville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    We were celebrating our anniversary and made reservations weeks in advance, but were seated at a tiny table so close to another larger table that it was extremely uncomfortable to speak with my husband and could hear the entire conversation next to us throughout the dinner. I started with the wood fired shrimp special, but rather than being what I would consider wood-fired, it was floating in a dish of oil and tasted like nothing but oil. The server was lovely and switched it for the shrimp cocktail, which was better, but very average for a higher end restaurant. My side and sauce were likely forgotten and brought out later, which led the server to focus on that and never asked about our steaks - both of which were dry and over cooked. My brussel sprouts side was obviously rushed to cook - sprouts were boiling hot and overly firm in texture. They were also floating in oil - the descriptions should indicate how greasy these items are - I would never have ordered them if I knew how oily they would be. We frequently visit high end steak houses and would not consider this anywhere in our top 30+ restaurants for a steak. Combine that with the awful table placement and we would certainly not visit again.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time trying Cowboy Star and we were blown away. The food, the service, the ambiance were all top notch. We ordered mussels as an appetizer along with the bread, then we split a wedge salad, and I had the rib eye and my wife had the filet. They both were cooked perfectly and melted like butter. We also ordered the twice baked lobster potato which was amazing. Only regret is we didn’t save room for dessert but I guess that means we’ll have to come back.
  7. C

    Caymus

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This restaurant has become a tradition for special occasions. Everything about this restaurant is great! The food is exceptional and you could not ask for better service.
  8. GB

    GB123

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat at the chef's counter and loved watching everything so beautifully and thoughtfully crafted.
  9. N

    Nick

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I are from Chicago and visit SD often. This was our first time here but won't be our last. Our food and staff was all 5 star. Definitely recommend.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love coming here! Staff is amazing (kind & EXTREMELY knowledgeable) and the food is seriously incredible! My bf & I always get the shrimp cocktail & beef tartare as appetizers. Both so tasty. The filet is to die for! So tender and juicy. The potatoes are creamy & the veg that it’s served with is always crisp & seasoned to perfection. We always end our night with espresso martinis which are the best I’ve ever had! We love you Cowboy Star!!
  11. HK

    HKfromTokyo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    サービス良し、味良し、雰囲気良しでした!ダウンタウンに近いので、交通の便も良かったです。誕生日サプライズも出来るそうです。
  12. NM

    NeginM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambiance, great playlist, incredible service and outstanding food.
  13. E

    Edwards

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing dinner and amazing time we had for our anniversary! The food was impeccable and the service extraordinary! The only issue we had was what to eat, with so many choices. We will definitely be back and it won’t take a year!
  14. BB

    BBandE

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food is always outstanding here! We love the rotating seasonal menu. Make sure to check out their butcher shop, too. Can't wait to try their bacon!
  15. JP

    JoPa

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for my husband’s birthday. We sat at the counter which allowed us to interact with the chefs. It was such a great experience! The staffs were phenomenal! Shoutout to Matthew the head chef who gave us different insights on varied plates and orders, the kitchen staff- Nicole, Freddy, and our server Josh. Definitely coming back.

    Cowboy StarResponded on November 12, 2022Thanks so much for this nice note! We are glad to hear you enjoyed yourselves at the Chef's Counter and will pass along those kind words to the team.

  16. JH

    JennipherH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our service was amazing he gave great recommendations and had a fun personality! Always have a great time!
  17. V

    Vicki

    Las Vegas

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They were very busy which delayed the start time of our reservation; however, they more than made up for the delay with the service they provided. One of our favorite restaurants in San Diego.

    Cowboy StarResponded on November 12, 2022Sorry to hear you had to wait, thanks for joining us and for considering us one of your favorites!

  18. MW

    MichaelW

    San Diego

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to Elton John concert but not before Cowboy Star! Food was great as usual, service was over the top! Made the whole night great Thank you

    Cowboy StarResponded on November 12, 2022Thank you! Hope you had a blast at the concert!

  19. K

    Keith

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So Good!!!!!!!!!!! My wife and I were very impressed and happy with the quality of the food. Plus, the staff was incredibly gracious and helpful!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Todo estuvo espectacular , el servicio y l comida y el lugar wow
  21. VJ

    VJayF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My dinner at Cowboy Star was the most enjoyable dining experience I've had in some time. Farm raised beef and wild game, hung to dry and age to perfection. The comfort and warmth of an honest-to-goodness western roadhouse. As a native of Montana, I can truly appreciate this rare find. A thoughtful modern take on western hospitality. Not far into the meal I realized that I was getting more than just a good steakhouse dinner. The level of service and attention to detail were were outstanding: the special birthday menu I received. The amuse-bouches were an unexpected delight and timed to fit the rest of the meal. I left the table for a short time and when returned, my crumpled napkin had been replaced by a fresh one. I believe we had 3? staff perfectly coordinated in their services. Our servers knowledge of the menu was detailed when we asked for suggestions. I've only experienced this level of service while fine dining in New Orleans. I think maybe this staff has been trained by a knowledgeable and experienced professional in the food culture unique to New Orleans. Following through on my hunch, I ordered the bread pudding. Wow! An inspired take on a classic cowboy dessert. This bread pudding could take its place among New Orleans famed creations. Enough said. Cowboy Star isn't just an upscale steakhouse. Cowboy Star is modern fine dining: unpretentious, relaxed, comfortable. I cant wait for my next visit to San Diego.
  22. C

    Cheryl

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and atmosphere. The dry aged steaks are delicious.

    Cowboy StarResponded on November 12, 2022We love those dry aged steaks too! Thanks for the nice review Cheryl!

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been to a lot of steakhouses and this one was by far THE BEST we’ve ever had!
  24. ES

    EricS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bartender was server was fire. Good drinks, fast service.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite steakhouse in SD
  26. M

    Melisa

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great spot. Loved the ambiance. The food was perfectly cooked and delicious.
  27. C

    Casisas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I spent over a day's wages for myself on one dinner date with my boyfriend - and would do it again with a few modifications. Go between 3 & 6 sometime Monday - Friday if you want to drink so you can get happy hour prices. My bf got the Filet Mignon & I got the Wagyu Skirt Steak. We traded a few bites and both argued we had the better plate. We did agree that, for both of us, it was the best steak we've ever had. We also agreed that I had the better dessert, the Chocolate chip bread pudding. Oh my gosh, it was so good! He got the "Saloon Girl" Brownie and we were both very disappointed with it. It was hard and cold. I am not sure if that is how it is supposed to be or if it was just a whoopsie. Other than that, everything was fantastic.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food was excellent. The perfect date night.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Really good, just not quite as good as some of the other similarly priced steak houses in San Diego
  30. TM

    TimM

    San Diego

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    A little disappointed upon initial seating. It was my wife's and my 10 year wedding anniversary and we had requested a booth when we made the reservation some time ago. Also, we are regular customers at Cowboy Star, so we were disappointed when we were directed to a 4 top on the floor instead of requested booth. We had to wait another half hour for a booth, which was fine. We ordered a 14 oz ribeye and also the Wagyu skirt steak. The skirt steak is always amazing, but the ribeye had more fat than usual and was not as good as we're used to. Shrimp cocktail and wedge were both outstanding. We'll be back in next week for a birthday celebration, hopefully seated at a booth!
  31. A

    Amber

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    It took our server about 15 minutes to greet us and he did seem busy so we understood but kind of expected better service from a restaurant like this. He walked by us 1000 times and only checked on us maybe 2 times. Our food was great except for the steaks. My fiancé ordered the ribeye and there was a lot of silver skin left on and half of the steak was fat. I ordered the filet mignon medium. When it come out it was rare and I do not prefer it that was so I sent it back. They brought me the same one just heated up and it was still too red in the center but I didn’t want to be difficult so I said that it was fine but I could only eat half of it. The mash is delicious and so were the veggies. With the great reviews we just expected more out of the restaurant and it made our anniversary dinner not feel as special.
  32. G

    Great

    Fargo

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we had from appetizers to entrées and dessert was amazing service was incredible
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wife’s birthday w/ kids. Great food and great service!
  34. LH

    LeoH

    Austin

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect as usual.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food steaks
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous meal. Excellent cocktails. Prompt and delightful service.
  37. BE

    BEddie

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The go to place for fine dining and special occasions. We've been to Cowboy Star numerous times, eat there as often as we can.
  38. ET

    EdwardT

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great service and amazing atmosphere. I ordered bone in ribeye steak. It was absolutely amazing. My daughter got 14 oz ribeye steak (not bone in). I have never heard my daughter make comments like this about food. She said it was the best steak she ever had. Definitely would recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes a great steak.
  39. CM

    CarstenM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner experience with exceptional service. Highly recommended!
  40. MC

    MaraC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing fine dining experience. The best steakhouse in San Diego.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

Cowboy Star is rated 4.8 stars by 3813 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today
Google Map for Cowboy Star

640 10th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Market and G Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • 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.<br /><br />

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Victor Jimenez

  • Additional

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

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