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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (64)
Good for a Date (53)
Good for Anniversaries (50)
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Romantic (41)
Fit for Foodies (37)
Handcrafted Cocktails (35)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Notable Wine List (33)
Business Meals (29)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Bar Seating (23)
Worth the Drive (23)
Cozy (20)
Authentic (15)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Good for Groups (15)
Local Ingredients (15)
Happy Hour (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Casual (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Paleo Friendly (8)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Fun (5)
People Watching (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Healthy (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

The staff was great and I like the open kitchen design. I stopped by after dinner to tell the Cook Crew what a fantastic job they did on our meal. The restaurant is small though & two of us were right in between groups of 6 so it was pretty loud. Even with a reservation in advance they couldn't seat us elsewhere when we asked right as they were seating us. But hey sometimes other conversations can be entertaining!

Their charcuterie plate had some delicious cheese on it and the meats are all produced in house and added a wonderful local aspect to the plate. As for the actual meal, the Bison NY cut was simply awesome & the Dry Aged Rib Eye full rib cut was one of the best I have tasted in San Diego. Special shout out to the Mushroom Dish made up of 3 types of mushrooms and served in a cast iron on wood type plate. Really fantastic and it rounded out the meal nicely.

All around a great experience and we will be back for sure!

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion
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·Dined 3 days ago

This restaurant was wonderful. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing steak house finally along the San Diego coast. Terrific selection of aged and fine wagyu beef and many seafood options as well. Try the wagyu tongue and definitely the scallops. Best bread pudding and baked Alaska ever. Great find! Perfect wine and cocktail pairing options!

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

We love Cowboy Star.
The food is consistently good.
It is expensive.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

One of the best meals I have ever had. Wagyu skirt steak was amazing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

Awesome 👏🏻
Service 👌🏻
Food 🥘 👌🏻

One of My favorites restaurants ...!!!😉

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our waiter Luis was great and made the experience feel personalized and worthwhile. The meat came out better than expected, rib eye and filet, they even comped a desert for my girlfriends birthday. Happy birthday menu which we got to keep. Wine was reasonable and very good.

Overall a great experience and I would definitely go back for another special occasion.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Cowboy Star is an absolute must for any San Diego locals or visitors. Their steaks are unparalleled! My husband and I have been spoiled with great steaks our whole lives and I would say Cowboy Star is one of the best- if not THE best! We both agree we now prefer Cowboy Star over Ruths Chris. I recommend this place to all of my friends and cant wait to come back for the next special occasion!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Fun, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Amazing... perfect steakhouse... great steaks and appetizers, sides, and deserts. Best steakhouse in San diego

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent service food was prepared perfect service was exceptional

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We went there for lunch and had the steak tartare and hamburgers with fries. Everything was excellent as was the service. If you are looking for a good place that focuses primarily on meat, you can't go wrong with Cowboy Star.

Tags: Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

The drink was strong and the 8oz steak was excellent. Cooked perfectly and delicious. It came with a good portion of mash potatoes and green beans.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We took my brother to Cowboy Star for his 40th birthday. The staff was fantastic and even drafted special menus for us to celebrate Jeffrey's birthday. The food was delish and we couldn't have asked for more.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We hoped for burgers, but they weren't available at dinnertime. We thought, because of the name, that it would be a restaurant with an Old West ambiance, but it was modern and sleek. We split a delicious house salad and the 14 oz. dry aged ribeye. It was beautifully presented as they sliced the steak into 7 or 8 pieces so you weren't given a hunk of half the steak. It was very tasty, but I've had better, much better. Staff was eager to please and friendly as one would expect. They did a very nice job for 2 weary tourists.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 6, 2017

For being a specialty steak restaurant, upon presentation to the table the steaks were the right color but super dry. Apparently they "rested" way too long. Not what I expect in a high-end establishment.

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Food was good as always. Server was not the best but maybe she was having a bad day. Normally tip 25% but not today

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The experience was incredible as usual. The food was unbelievably excellent, the drinks were delicious, and the service was top notch.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Fabulous steaks, service and dining experience!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great server great manager food always consistent and good

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

So far, it has been one of the best steaks I’ve ever eaten. Great appetizers, cocktails and food

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The dinner rolls were delicious. So was the rib eye & mushrooms!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent dinner and space, the best one for me in all this year!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

This is my favorite restaurant in San Diego and never disappoints. If I were asked to dine at only on restaurant for the rest of my life, it would be Cowboy Star.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 20, 2017

My 4th Time here. Best service amazing food never disappointed. Steak cooked to perfection. Best bone marrow ever. Drinks were delicious. Love sitting at the counter it’s like a food show . Nothing better than great food and amazing entertainment. Perfection

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Omg, all was amazing!! Food, wine. service and ambiance par excellance!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our server Marc (guy with an awesome beard) made our experience awesome as first timers!! Servers overall were super friendly..

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food and service were great - was super bummed that they didn’t acknowledge my husbands birthday despite putting it in the reservation notes and telling the hostess when I arrived. Made it worse that the table next to us had a celebration that was acknowledged. Thumbs down for that for sure.

Otherwise great recommendations from server and great food.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Our first time and I had requested a private table and they made it happen. My husband has always wanted to try this place so I booked it for his birthday. The food was excellent and our server Adam was amazing. The service was attentive but not too much and we didn't feel rushed at all. We ended with their bread pudding and all was well. We will definitely be back, the only thing that was not spectacular was the truffles that are extra, not worth it at all.

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 (London)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Three of us were dining, nice decor in restaurant, looked promising..ordered a vodka martini, it arrived with a big jammy lipgloss print from the last user of the glass.
Apologies from waiter. When my martini was returned, I was halfway through my drink when I looked closely and the glass had simply been badly wiped ! Yuck. The waiter did not even bother to give me a fresh glass.
That's just dreadful customer care.
The atmosphere for the rest of our pleasant night out was dashed! I was fuming at the lack of care from the waiter. I like to treat everyone as " I am a person, I am important " obviously , in Cowboy Star, I'm not that important...

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 10, 2017

This is the best steak house in San Diego county. One of the few places that serves bone marrow the right way. Best wine

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 9, 2017

this is the hidden gem of san diego dining, particularly among steakhouses. a comfortable, unpretentious environment, fabulous service, great meat--it's one of my top three recommended restaurants (along with solare and sbicca).

Tags: Notable Wine List, Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Extraordinario servicio. Todo el staff desde hostess hasta el chef principal.
Todos en realidad espectaculares.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Excellent vibe and feel. Great service! Excellent bartenders. Best part was the Japanese Waygu steak and the chocolate chip bread pudding.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Back again and NOT disappointed.

Cocktails: They seem to always have inventive and very good cocktails here. There were four of us and we had:
Wife - Blood and Sand
Me - Rooster Cogburn Spicy Margarita
Son-in-law - Smoking Gun
Daughter - Sunshine and Shadow

All were very good, but the consensus had Smoking Gun as the winner. A photo of the drink menu follows this review so you can see what's in the drinks I mentioned. Can't go wrong with any of them. Mine - as the name implies - is spicy, so if you can't handle a little heat, you might want one of the others.

Tried the Wagu tongue and crab risotto as appetizers. Wasn't impressed by the tongue, but the crab was excellent.

We "guys" had the aged, bone-in ribeye steak. Super!
Wife had Wagu strip steak - excellent
Daughter had the filet - also excellent
These people know how to cook a steak! Yum!

For dessert, wife and I split a chocolate chip bread pudding. Had this before and it's still YUMMY. Don't remember what he kids had, but they enjoyed it. I don't see the dessert menu anywhere online, unfortunately.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

This place will change the way you think about steak. We first ate here last February and it was amazing. We decided there was no better place to celebrate our anniversary. They made sure to acknowledge our special day when we first showed up and by putting it on our menus. There is no better place to get steak than here. I highly recommend it to anyone, just plan to show up without a budget. You need to experience it all.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

ステーキやホタテのグリルなど、どれも素晴らしかったし、コストパフォーマンスも良いと思う。ステーキや焼肉を普通の店で食べても1人40-50ドルほどかかる場合も多いが、それならばカウボーイスターのほうが断然良いと感じた。

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent service. Really good food. Great place for date night or special occasion. We went early and the restaurant filled quickly as the evening went on but the noise level remained low.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We've been wanting to try Cowboy Star since we moved to San Diego last year and now I regret not trying it sooner! It was a great experience from the top-notch customer service to the delicious steak. I would highly recommend it to a friend and am excited to revisit again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 3, 2017

It's always an enjoyable experience everytime I come here. I took my 2 friends from Toronto and they love it. Best steak we've had and the service is always excellent. They never disappoint.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Amaaaaaaazing food and great service. The ambiance was so cute. Overall an awesome restaurant.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for a Date
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