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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (58)
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Bar Seating (25)
Cozy (23)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Worth the Drive (21)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Good for Groups (16)
Local Ingredients (14)
Authentic (13)
Happy Hour (13)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Casual (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Paleo Friendly (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Fun (6)
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Tasting Menu (3)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Cowboy Star is simply the best! It’s one of the top best restaurants I have dined in, and I’m comparing it to San Francisco restaurants.
My husband and I have eaten there a few times. This week we celebrated my birthday. We were treated so well. Our steaks were cooked to perfection and melted in our mouths. The mashed potatoes were addicting!!!😍
I recommend Cowboy Star to my friends already. I will continue to do so in the future.

Barbara Yeamans

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great experience sitting at the chef's bar which enables you to watch some of the cooking magic. Service was timely, friendly, and helpful with questions. Thought some of the pricing was very expensive and I'm not talking about the meat. Thought the desserts were very expensive for portions. My second time eating there in 10 years and I would absolutely go back/recommend.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Delicious food, although one dih, the sea trout, was over salted. Love this restaurant. The service is first class, cocktails delightful and food always interestingly presented. Loved the baked alaska torched at the table.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had an amazing experience at Cowboy Star. The food was incredible (crab leg meat instead of lump crab for Oscar style!!), the drinks were on point, and the wait staff was beyond helpful and attentive. Glenn made our night, gave excellent recommendations, and saw to our every need before we knew we needed it. I haven’t seen that level of service outside of New York City. Truly special.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Best Bday ever. Will, Luis, Adam and Jose, Thank you for making my bday so special!!

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent steak. I had the Hokkaido Wagyu 8oz and it was delectable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Went there for my friends birthday and the wait staff was very nice and got us setup quickly. The food was amazing we had the ribeye and the skirt steak with the creamy horseradish and chimichurri sauce. The ribeye came out overdone and we ordered medium rare. We showed it to our waitress and she had a new one cooked quickly. Lived the spicy margarita and no dessert didn't need it. The rolls were so awesome too but had to remind the waitress to bring them out.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We were in town for a long weekend and wanted to visit a local steakhouse. It was easy to get a reservation on a Sunday evening. The restaurant is small, but intimate. I loved that you can see right into the kitchen. We sat in a booth, but there is bar seating that looks straight into the kitchen. Great menu with awesome accompaniments paired with the steaks. Our steaks were cooked to perfection. Overall we really enjoyed our evening; our bottle of Pinot was fabulous as well!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 20, 2017

This place was amazing with wonderful service!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent find. Well prepared meats. Staff is professional and high end. Downtown top quality yet easy to park and access.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

This was the second time we have been here. We came back because we absolutely love it. The food is amazing. I have been to many steakhouses before and this by far is the best I have ever eaten. Better than Ruth Chris, better than Flemmings. Absolutely delicious. The ambiance is amazing and the service is top notch. Worth every penny.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Healthy, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Wow how refreshing! Amazing food, love the old cowboy music and decor. Excellent service an drinks. Get the bone marrow side to put all over your steak. The wedge was also to die (home-made bacon).

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Well, I got laid because the food, service and experience was that amazing :)

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great service, restaurant, overall great!!!!!!!!!!

Tags: Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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 on November 16, 2017

This restaurant was wonderful. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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 on November 15, 2017

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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