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Cowboy Star

1972 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Good for a Date
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Steakhouse, Contemporary American
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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
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Phone number
(619) 450-5880
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Victor Jimenez
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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.
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Private party contact
Jessica Tittle: (888) 778-0275
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Cross street
Market and G Street
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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.

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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.
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
What 1972 People Are Saying
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4.8  based on recent ratings
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LoriEllen (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

It was a birthday dinner for a long time friend and the first time he had been there. The server, Joshua, was very attentive to our table but not in your face all the time, just the kind of table service that I want. The food was delicious, steak was melt in your mouth, halibut was fresh and flavorful and dessert was yummy.

I have had numerous work events and lunches there and they always get my thumbs up.

dinernumber321 (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Amazing Food! Loved the Wyguy Skirt steak! Tasty Drinks (Broken Arrow). Service was fantastic! We also spent some time here for Happy Hour- bartender was knowledge and fast! Overall amazing experience- definitely will be back. We've already recommended our friends who live in San Diego to go there!

Teys (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

This place is amazingggggg! Open kitchen and food is wonderful. Service is top notch. Great for a date or special occasion. We were impressed and the steaks....wowwww.

5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Everything was delicious! Our waiter was great and the wagyu was absolutely perfect. Will be back!

vipBarbara (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

We were from out of town and took a chance on this restaurant for a surprise retirement dinner for a close colleague. The environment was warm and elegant, but not stuffy. Loved the "cowboy" theme, but it wasn't overdone and cheezy. The food was outstanding. The chef was masterful and putting together just the right combination of flavors. I felt so strongly about it I asked to meet him so I could tell him personally! Try the beet salad. A bit pricey, but the filet mignon was totally worth the money. We also had phenomenal service.

AthertonBakingCompany (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Always perfection!

5.0  Dined 7 days ago

The food here is always exceptional. The staff is extremely polite and helpful. When you see them ironing the table clothes in between guests, you really see the attention to detail. Always love the compliments of the chef tasters that are provided.

TaylorW (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Everything was amazing ! It was our first time having a meal there and we couldn’t have been more impressed . Garth started us off with some old fashions and they were truly phenomenal. The meal was perfect and our server ( female) was beyond knowledgeable and gave us great suggestions . We will definitely be back

JacobC (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We loved the grass fed options for the steaks. We will go back.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

I love this place. I really do. Probably my favorite steak house in San Diego. The service has been impeccable and the food outstanding every time I have gone to CS. Nothing different about this occasion. Great food, great service!

However, I do have one gripe: apparently they've recently upped their corkage fee to $30, which I find to be excessive and, frankly, greedy, and feel compelled to mention it her. I'm sure many people will assume I am cheap, but believe it or not, far from it. I genuinely and generally have no problem paying a corkage fee. I have a lot of wine at home that I know the quality of and would generally be happy to pay a fair corkage than have to pay twice as much for a bottle of similar quality and value. I know the concept of the corkage fee and understand that alcohol is a large part of a restaurant's margins. My gripe is not with the practice but with the amount that keeps creeping up, CS apparently being on the forefront here. It took me long a while to accept over the last few years as restaurants at this level pushed to make $25 the norm, but $30 just felt egregious, especially considering I purchased over $50 in cocktails from them as well. Our bill was $260+ before a generous tip (north of 20%), so squeezing that extra money out feels excessive to me.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018


NormTheStorm (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Wagyu and Dry-Aged Ribeye steaks were the two best pieces of meat I've ever had. Excellent and attentive staff.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Made these reservations over a month ahead of the date, yet was still sat in the back overflow room. This room is terrible and the ambiance is nothing like the rest of the restaurant. It has three awkwardly placed tables, nothing on the walls and is very segregated from the main dining area. I asked to be moved to a better a table and they obliged very kindly.
Other than this the experience, service and food, was excellent.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Has it's pros and cons. We had reservations at 8:30 but weren't seated until 8:50. We were placed at a 2 person table crammed between 2 other 2 person tables (they split up a 4 person table- they had clearly overbooked their reservations). This made it impossible to get up without having to ask the other patrons to get up out of their chairs. We were literally less than a foot away from each table- which made it impossible to hear our own conversation- and we could hear every word of their conversations.

Bread was great, salad was good, Mac and cheese was great, but my husband's New York Strip was just mediocre. He ordered it medium-rare but it was medium, and he said it was tough. We usually go to Mastros and he said the steak doesn't even compare here. Disappointing since we were celebrating his 40th Birthday. Probably won't return.

vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Best steaks in San Diego hands down!!! Service is always 5 Star, it’s our favorite date night restaurant in SD.