Cowboy Star

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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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vipGinnaB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday-menu said happy birthday

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Anniversary Dinner food was yummy

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DrSam
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as usual! The best Steak Restaurant in San Diego! 20 Stars to our waiter Mark. Above and beyond.

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VictoriaM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I gave my husband three restaurant choices for his birthday and I am glad he picked Cowboy Star. I had never been here and always like to try new restaurants. I was very pleased with our choice. First of all I loved our table for two which was a round small booth. It was cozy. My husband had a Caesar salad - his go to- for an appetizer salad and I had the piccata sweetbreads. There are not too mNy restaurants in town thAt serves sweetbreads and I really like them. Have to say these did not disappoint- they were up there with one of the best I’ve ever had. Then we shared a large rib eye steak and ordered the mushrooms as well. We usually order steak rare but at the suggestion of our wonderful waiter we ordered medium rare and it was perfect. So tender... then for dessert we had bread pudding my husband is not a dessert eater but he loves breAd pudding. It was delicious- Also one last thing we had decaf coffee in a French press - I am a coffee lover- I have mine sent from Colorado because of a great restaurant experience we had in Estes Park. This coffee was just as good - I meant to ask what kind it was- if you can let me know I would appreciate it. Lastly but not least- our waiter was fabulous. I am embarrassed to say I don’t remember his name- I just know he is an attorney as well. He was very knowledgeable about the menu, wines and a great conversationalist. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were extremely attentive and very kind. I feel like it was a high valued meal

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Barb
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a classic steakhouse that is hip with great ambiance. Food is great and the service impeccable (thanks Sean!)

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BlondieEsq
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I came for dinner with a girlfriend. Our waiter was extremely pushy from the get go. We wanted to share an entree and he wouldn't stop pushing us to order more dishes. We shared an appetizer, salad, and entree. The food was good. There was something off in the tuna tartare. The wedge salad was excellent, and the scallop dish was good. The prices are ridiculous and not tied to reality in any way. $46 for a scallop dish is absurd. Yes we pay for the creativity and not just the ingredients, but come on. This is downtown price-gauging and there's no other way to put it. No wonder the restaurant was mostly empty.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good experience

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LauraB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our son coming home from college at his favorite restaurant. Fantastic meal as always. First time back since their remodel of the bar area. Looks great. Would definitely go back and eat in this area.

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vipRogerC
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

New remodel is nice, food exceptional as always, had a few attempts to get one of the steaks prepared to the correct temp but overall was a good experience.

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Foxxylisa1025
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service was great. The appetizers were delicious. Our steaks and sides needed seasoning.

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Julissa
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. From beginning to end. We Recomend T-bone, hamburguer, and Squeeze Orange juice.

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vipMilesP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Took a client there for dinner, being from NY and used to the typical NY steakhouse I wasn't sure what to expect. But the food was excellent - I ordered a bone in ribeye that was cooked perfectly to my order. It was neither over seasoned (like a Delfrisco) or under seasoned. Service was excellent.

The only disappointment was the selection of potato sides. The protein comes with mash potatoes, but I'd like to have the option of another potatoes side eg pan roasted, parm waffle fries, Au Graten etc.

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vipDano
San Diego
67 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you LOVE a great steak, you cannot miss this downtown eatery. Start with steak tartar, or a wedge salad with a slice of thick smoked bacon. The four of us chose three different steaks (sirloin strip, filet, and their special strip steak) from the menu, a horseradish and an au poivre sauce, and added a side of mushrooms.. We brought a bottle of 2012 ARafanelli zinfandel ($30 corkage), and it did the meal justice. Dessert were glasses of brut rose and tawny port. Splitting the meat (the waiter’s idea) was a superb way to try different pieces of meat. Individual sides of mashed potatoes (which actually tasted like potatoes), and blanched asparagus spears were included. Evening parking can be a challenge..

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vipFuzzyBeaver
Toronto
179 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great dining experience from start to finish. The restaurant has a lovely interior and good sound baffling. Even with the place full you could chat easily. The steaks are truly fabulous. So tender and cooked exactly as ordered. The service is extremely good. The wine list is large and well put together.

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vipKHFdez
San Diego
84 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time. The food was perfect, and the decor is nice.

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JHub
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Wagyu skirt steak was Amazing!! We love this place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful experience. Small intimate restaurant.

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vipWelldone
San Diego
77 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The service wasn’t as good as before. Waited for things too long, then they were clearing our table the second we said were didn’t want desert. Very rushed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food. Great experience. Can’t wait to go back. Thanks everyone! Keep up the great work.

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LaurenC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Incredibly expensive for less than impressive food. Steak WAS great, but not worth the $300 price tag.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Loved the atmosphere. Our server was excellent. Food was wonderful. We ordered oysters as an appetizer and they were fantastic. All of our steaks were cooked perfectly. 10/10 recommend if you’re in San Diego!!

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BradleyJ
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best steak in San Diego....hands down! The service is impeccable and the drinks, apps and sides are amazing. Book it now!

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PaulK
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG! We had a counter seat and it was great. Hearing the chef de cousin keep orders flowing, seeing him do quality control and hearing him praise the other chefs was as remarkable as the food and service.

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vipamindr
Orange County
99 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service
Great food
Great drinks

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MousaR
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Our steaks were cold in the center at a medium temperature

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IlzeV
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVED this restaurant! We fell upon this blindly and were pleasantly surprised! The staff is amazing, knowledgable and friendly. The atmosphere is cool and inviting without trying too hard. The food was spectacular! We were truly torn as to what to order because everything sounded so delicious and of course we were not disappointed. We will tell everyone about Cowboy Star and we will certainly return. The only thing I could ever say was a bit odd , dare I say uncomfortable. We were lucky enough to be seated at the Chefs Bar. While this really is the best place to be, really amazing to watch the talented staff all working together. The chairs at the bar are high swivel chairs without a foot rest. So you feel a bit like a small child , unable to touch the floor or rest your feet upon something. After an hours time, our legs were pretty uncomfortable . Otherwise the Cowboys Star is just a fantastic place to eat! We highly recommend it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and excellent service !! It by far exceeded my expectations.

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CaraH
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was outstanding! Parking was horrendous! Food was good. My husband ordered the aged ribeye and I ordered the bison New York strip. I have to say I’d rather have the ribeyes my husband grills. Expected more flavor especially for the price. The knives were rather dull and I had a hard time cutting through my medium rare bison without it sliding all over the plate. Potatoes weren’t hot either.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food !
Server knew exactly what to recommend,meats nicely cooked and amazing flavor !

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LawB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service with equally amazing food. Appetizers, main entrees, sides and drinks were high quality and quickly brought to our table. The timing of it all was also great, so we never had food waiting and our steaks were served promptly after our salads and at the perfect temperature.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A bit noisy.
Waiters too eager to get the orders. Not a relaxing place.
Food and wines very good.

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vipal0ha
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time and was not disappointed. Service and food was perfect. If we come back, I would opt to sit at the bar. The energy seemed more our speed.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Amazing food. Easy to find. Parking might be tough but we walked. Will be making this a place to eat at again.

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SuzanneS
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was not notified by your organization or the Cowboy Star that the restaurant was closed for lunch on Wednesday (2-19-2020.) I and my guest are handicapped and this lack of communication caused us to pay double for our transportation.

Both of us have relished our past experiences at "the Star". We may try again on Thursday (3-5-2020.)
Thanks for listening,
"Cowboy's Sweetheart"

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EricA
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Way too expensive for steaks that tasted the same as chain steakhouses. There's nothing special about this place. We also were seated right in the middle with people all around us within inches. Waste of time and money. My steak was dry and had no flavor.

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SamanthaA
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing, the best steak house in San Diego- or perhaps anywhere!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far our favorite place for great beef and cocktails always!

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Sara
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go here every year for our anniversary because the service, atmosphere, and food is always outstanding! We made a note in our opentable reservation that it was our first wedding anniversary and Cowboy start printed custom menus that said "Happy 1st Wedding Anniversary" on the top and let us keep them for a keepsake. So thoughtful!

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