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Cowboy Star, San Diego, CA

Cowboy Star

4.8
4.8
3661 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 40 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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What 3,661 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Steakhouse

  • San Diego

    Steakhouse

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  1. L

    Lainie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cowboy Star is one of my favorite gems here in San Diego. As always, the food, service, and atmosphere was fantastic. Can’t wait for my next visit!
  2. CE

    ChrisE

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is how you do it. A top tier dining experience in every way. Best food and service, bustling open kitchen, happy diners, upscale with supreme quality, gorgeous meats, expert servers, and casual enough for cowboys, but shine your boots, boys this is a lovely, stylish place. No points taken but the Hostesses were confounded by a birthday in our party of 4 and we asked for better seating than our first table. Heck, we didn't want a free dessert but we did ask for a booth for more room and premium seating. Hostess was annoyed and turned us down but the higher ups worked it our for us. We ordered well, spent lots of $ and tipped generously. The Hostess was a bit cold and rude as we left. Odd, but she was still mad 3 hours later. I mention this in case the Restaurant reads these. We LOVED our special night at Cowboy Star...it's been too long and we are happily reunited!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food - Great time!
  4. AW

    AlW26

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Ordered a non alcoholic drink off the menu because I’m pregnant, bartended served me a drink with alcohol and we didn’t realize until we received the bill.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience. Food was prepared perfectly and the overall food experience from starters to dessert was outstanding! The duck was one of the best I’ve had. Just everything was wonderful! Highly recommend
  6. MS

    MikeS

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's been over 2 years since we last visited Cowboy Star, we used to live across the street and went often! Love the Vibe of the remodel and the food was wonderful! See you again soon.
  7. SD

    SDFoodie

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a really popular place and I can see why. Everything on the menu is delicious, and you get a combination of the benefits of eating at a large chain restaurant with the wonderful feel of a family-owned establishment. This is my third time here in a month and I even saw John Cena there yesterday! Pretty crazy! The steak is cooked to perfection and again everything on the menu is delicious. The lighting and ambience is perfect and the restaurant has a cozy yet spacious vibe. The dishes are clean and the establishment itself is clean as well. This is a place that is meticulous and pays attention to detail, which matters, especially for an upscale place like this. I always look forward to my next visit (I have been going almost every weekend). Only one piece of feedback that I have was once or twice (out of the entire encounter, so not the whole time), I felt like the waiter acted a tad bit smug at times, and he had his back to me on one or two occasions while talking to me about what I wanted to order. As a customer, that is a pet peeve of mine. For me, it was as though I am a child at an ice cream store trying to pick out flavors. I think eye contact is very important, especially in the restaurant business. It conveys respect for the customer. It is in my line of work as well (healthcare). I would never turn my back to any of my patients while I am talking with them. It stood out because 1) this is a high-end restaurant, and 2) the previous two times I was there, the waiters were so courteous and hospitable in a way that was humbling. In all fairness, the waiter yesterday was nice as well and said some nice things throughout the evening, thanking me for being a repeat customer, etc., so I think he meant well overall and just has a few things to polish in his presentation. All in all, a fantastic place and the cherry on top was I even got to see a celebrity there yesterday! Woo hoo!
  8. b

    boojem

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife & I asked if there's a better steakhouse? There isn't. The best steak you can buy. EVERYTHING we ordered was great. The best restaurant. Shrimp cocktail & mushroom risotto - great.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience! 1st time there and everything was perfect!
  10. JL

    JuliaL

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a lovely anniversary dinner. Our waiter was so welcoming and helpful. Food was beyond delicious. Will definitely be back!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came here for an early dinner with our babies and we had an amazing time. The place was very clean and super kid friendly. They are super patient with you and the kids which is a plus for us. The food was outstanding and the service was A1. We will definitely be coming back.
  12. a

    alekzandrear

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely love this spot and last night was no exception ! GREAT SERVICE, GREAT FOOD, & GREAT KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE FOOD ! Already looking forward to going back again :)
  13. A

    Almeidas

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was as impeccable as the food. This is one of our top three restaurants, and we’ve been to many. Highly recommend Cowboy Star for any occasion!
  14. RL

    RayL

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never a disappointing visit! The food is great and the steaks are perfect!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server (I believe) Josh, was awesome. Great pace to the dinner and we had a great time. The food was absolutely excellent. Will definitely be back to get some more deliciousness soon!
  16. C

    Ciel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat at the chef’s table and watching everything be prepared was such a special addition to our already delicious meal. Everything tasted amazing, especially the steak. The only thing we weren’t huge fans of was the apple included in the brussels sprouts, but that might be a personal preference.
  17. J

    Jessica

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently the best food, service, and dining experience of my life every time.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We got the Brussel sprouts, steak tartare, filet mignon and wagyu strip steak. All worth the experience. Don’t miss out on dessert with the chocolate chip bread pudding
  19. SD

    SDFoodie

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant and that was my second time there. Everybody is nice, the food is delicious, and simply it is steak done right. They have a very down to earth atmosphere and nice decor as well. The butcher shop puts the cherry on top and you can even order high-quality meat to go for preparation at home.
  20. h

    hulagirl66

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Seating was very tight that we heard the uncomfortable conversations of the diners next to us. Our service was excellent! The wagyu steak was ok, expected more for the price. Probably won’t return, unfortunately.
  21. SC

    SandiC

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cowboy star is the best date night. We love the consistency of service, food, and the incredible atmosphere.
  22. AB

    AmberB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal. We went there for my hubbies bday and they treated us like royalty. Every single person on the staff was happy, polite, and knowledgeful on all of the products. Great cocktail and wine list and the steaks were cooked to perfection. Highly recommend getting a few sauces on the side, because they are amazing. Definitely one of the top steak houses in San Diego County
  23. LG

    LeoG

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food , a little expensive but good I will return soon very good service
  24. j

    jakes

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best steak in San Diego. My go to for client dinners.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.
  26. RT

    RosalieT

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing. Service was great.
  28. PJ

    PJSanDiego

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ordered a Ceasar salad and loved the twist they gave the original recipe. Our steaks and side dish were a little salty. We tried a drink called Oaxaca that had mescal, it was strong but wonderful!! Definitely going back
  29. AB

    AudreyB

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ❤️love Cowboy Star❤️ Always great food Great service never a complaint
  30. MC

    MattC

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cowboy Star Rocks!! If you haven't experienced a meal at Cowboy Star you are missing out. What are you waiting for? Amazing!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Average. Had higher expectations.
  32. AM

    AntonioM

    San Diego

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and better service !!!
  33. SB

    SteveB

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was phenomenal, the service outstanding, and the drinks were inspired!
  34. JO

    JamesO

    Las Vegas

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place never disappoints and each visit I’m reminded of why we go out of our way to dine there every time we are in town. This time, there was an issue with my steak. Nothing the restaurant did, it was just a bad cut. The issue was handled flawlessly. I was given a palate cleanser while I awaited my new entree. The replacement steak was top notch and the meal continued.
  35. S

    Skyl

    Cleveland

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    SOOOOOOOOO excellent. The world's BEST service, the food was DELICIOUS!!! Highly recommend to anyone visiting San Diego!
  36. F

    Fritzl27

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. Never disappoints. Great steaks, cocktails and service 😁
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and food, it just took so long to get the food
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and drinks, outstanding service. Thank you!
  39. FH

    FrankH

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as always. Hand down #1 Steakhouse in San Diego
  40. MW

    MichaelW

    San Diego

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have lived in San Diego, and tried most high end restaurants. I have also ate at some of the top steak house out of state HANDS DOWN THIS WAS THE BEST STEAK EVER!!! It was cooked perfect and it was a great piece of meat. The sides were flavorful and cooked great. The service was excellent. If you're from SD or out of town and downtown, this is a must steak house to visit!!

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 3661 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 40 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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