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The Gambling Cowboy Chophouse and Saloon

4.6
4.6
1002 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
The Gambling Cowboy Chophouse and Saloon is located in the heart of Old Town Temecula and brings a new standard to local casual fine dining. Expansive views from our third floor veranda and elegant turn of the century setting offers an intimate and inviting atmosphere. Our Classic Steak and Seafood menu features only the highest quality aged Midwestern corn-fed beef along with many other sumptuous selections. We offer an impressive wine list featuring vintages from many local wineries and from the finest regions of the world. Join us for weekly Happy Hours Tuesday through Thursdays 3-close and Friday through Sundays from 3-6 pm. Our bar features Premium Spirits, Draft Beer, Fine Wine and mouthwatering appetizers. Enjoy live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights. Join us for a casually sophisticated Brunch on Saturday and Sunday mornings or Lunch served everyday. Always a romantic Dinner and truly distinctive dining experience! Reservations Highly Recommended. Closed Mondays.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Seafood, American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (951) 699-2895

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Private party facilities

    We have a private banquet room or we offer our private veranda over looking Old Town Temecula. Our veranda is enclosed and temperature controlled.

  • Private party contact

    Rene Ehmcke or Judi McMahon: (951) 699-2895

  • Neighborhood

    Temecula

  • Cross street

    Front Street

  • Parking details

    Friday-Sunday Valet Parking Offered

  • Entertainment

    Now Playing; Guitarist Tim Cash, The Classics from Izon Eden, Alex Drizos...

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,002 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Steakhouse

  • Temecula / Wine County

    Best Food

  • Temecula / Wine County

    Best Value

  • Temecula / Wine County

    Fit for Foodies

  • Temecula / Wine County

    Hot Spot

  • Temecula / Wine County

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Temecula / Wine County

    Romantic

  • Temecula / Wine County

    Special Occasion

  • Temecula / Wine County

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Temecula / Wine County

    Most Booked

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  1. JB

    JustinB

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    This has been one of our favorite places to dine when in Temecula. The food is always great and the service as well. But tonight we were highly disappointed by one of our meals. We tried something new and I caution you to NOT order the lobster Mac n cheese. While delicious, for $44 you WILL NOT get the amount of lobster depicted in photos here on Yelp. You will be lucky to get half and all ham instead. I even showed the waitress the picture as soon as she set it down and asked what happened to the portion of lobster? She really couldn’t answer but offer to order us another side to add to it of course to our additional expense. Then she came back and said that before they used claw meat and now they use tails. Well tails you would think are more meat? Nope, like I said your lucky to get half the meat. In no way was there a full tail in there. To be transparent I recommend they actually put the whole tail to see what you’re getting. Not a chopped up minuscule amount for $44.
  2. TA

    TerriA

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience was wonderful. The food was delicious and the service was exceptional. We enjoyed ourselves!!
  3. KK

    KathleenK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Food was expensive and stroganoff disappointing. It had more than filet mignon in it. Tasted like ground beef and flavor was poor.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration. Great service!
  5. GM

    GMinSD

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Not what it used to be. Much smaller menu, and definitely not the same service level or quality of food. Used to be our favorite restaurant for years, but probably won’t be back. Steak was way overcooked….well done and then some. Took over 20min for a replacement…for just the steak only, ate that with my original sides that were all cold. Expected far more for a $50 entree. Disappointing for sure. Looks like there are newer and better places in old town now.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall1food4service5ambience1
    Was told we couldn’t make reservations for a party of eight but there were two other party’s of eight that showed up after us. We had to sit at different tables. Will not be coming back
  7. S

    Shannysmith

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The cowgirl kisses are always our favorite. All of our meals were delicious and the drinks were perfect!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful!! Family visited from Europe and they enjoyed it very much!! Food was excellent! Service was fabulous! They were able to seat us in a great location and the highlight was the beautiful music from the young lady performing. Excellent song selection and just made the night even more perfect!
  9. LT

    LaraT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Amazing food! Server was really busy, helpful, but busy and not very attentive after we got our food.
  10. DB

    DaniB

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was amazing! Mike our waiter was very attentive and courteous.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Frank was awesome!!!
  12. CT

    ChrisT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food as always. Great service too. We will be back again soon.
  13. FC

    FrankC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time there and we loved it. Our waitress was excellent, And the food was outstanding definitely will be coming again! The only disappointment is I did mention it was my girlfriends birthday on the reservation I was hoping go to put something together to say happy birthday
  14. ER

    ElizabethR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my son and daughter in law’s anniversary. Excellent service. Food was great 👍. Enjoyed our evening. I highly recommend this restaurant to my friends and family.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was just “okay “. I guess We expected too high for the price.
  16. S

    Shikyta

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We found this place by word of mouth and it was wonderful! Prime rib and veggies were delish!
  17. KF

    KimF

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated a birthday and the food atmosphere and service was amazing.
  18. RF

    RedFishBlueFish

    Orange County

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have eaten dinner at The Gambling Cowboy several times and always enjoyed the food. It is a favorite spot in the wine country of Temecula.
  19. GM

    GabrielaM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The staff was excellent. Very attentive and friendly. My sons had a Shirley temple and they said it was the best they ever had! The food was really good! I had the chicken which was moist and delicious. My sons and husband had steaks and prime rib which they all loved. The portions are huge so be ready but we didn’t feel it was over the top expensive. We will definitely come back. Very impressive.
  20. T

    Transylvalleygirl

    Orange County

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    An all-over great experience! The restaurant is charming and inviting, and manages to be filled with atmosphere without looking overdone, cheap, or claustrophobic. Every staffer we met was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and accommodating. We felt welcomed even before we stepped in the elevator to go up to the restaurant! I chose a blackened halibut special with buttery jasmine rice and asparagus. It was divine! The halibut—topped with a delightful fruit salsa—was perfectly cooked and looked so pretty on the plate. Others in our party had steaks that they enjoyed, but not as much as the the two of us who ordered the halibut. On a Wednesday late afternoon/early evening, the restaurant was very busy, so I’d suggest making a reservation, as we did … even if you think it’s early enough not to need one. Allow time to find a parking space. We had no trouble, but it was clear we just got lucky. I’d highly recommend the Gambling Cowboy for dinner with friends, a family get together, or a special dinner for two!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Great food
  22. f

    farmgirl

    San Diego

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    it was our Anniversary and it was a great meal with attentive service. We will be back soon!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my mother here for her birthday, the food and outdoor seating was amazing, we went around 6:30 pm so we could catch the sunset it was perfect. Very speedy for a cowboy spot though.
  24. d

    doheny

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Shelly was the best waitress we could have hoped for. She was very attentive to all our needs and checked back often how everything was and if we needed anything. We had a 5:30 reservation and we seated on time. We were given the booth right after entering the restaurant. Most people would have found this distracting, but it was a great place to people watch. We had the bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers to start. Spicey but ever so good especially with the raspberry sauce. Next, we followed with the rib eye which was done to perfection. Portions were large and took home over half of our dinners. Of course, needed to get dessert to go. We chose the chocolate layer cake. It was delicious, very moist and CHOCOLATEY! We had been here several years ago and were very glad we chose to come here again. Definitely will be back.
  25. MO

    MikeO

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service as always
  26. RO

    RODT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Busy on Saturday night, we made reservations on line , so no wait. We had steak , it was outstanding. Our server, Jessica made our experience just fabulous. She was attentive and very personable.
  27. s

    superboymom

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. We ate on the patio and everything was perfect!
  28. TH

    TessH

    Orange County

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was good and hearty portions but after we got our salads we waited an hour for our food. Our server was very nice and told us our food was on the way. But it wasn’t. She stopped by again and said the kitchen got backed up. We made the mistake of not ordering our entrees when we ordered our salads. The people next to us also had salads and entrees. They sat down after us and were finished eating before we even got our food.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It’s such a lovely restaurant. The server was fantastic. Things just seemed to take a really long time. So maybe understaffed? Anyway luckily we weren’t in a hurry so we enjoyed our friends and live this restaurant. We will be back!
  30. JR

    JimR

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a treat to eat here. Would enjoy seeing a bit more expansive menu for lunch. Their dinner menu is to die for!
  31. P

    Patriot

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Hostess was rude and irritable. We were early for our reservations and she actually thought it was funny to say she was going to move our reservation to 9:30 and make us wait another two hours, thought she was joking, but it wasn't the case. They did not have our table ready even at the reserved time and put us outside on the balcony on a hot night. Food was good, but very overpriced.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. One of Temecula’s best.
  33. WH

    WandaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious! The steak was tender and very flavorful along with the side dishes and the service was great!
  34. KA

    KARENL

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleased with our prime rib dinner last night. Portions were generous and plating appealing. Friends ordered the salmon which was also delicious. Service was spot on. My martini was super cold and strong. Will definitely go back..
  35. KH

    KevinH

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks good service a good go to steak house in old town Temecula
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration after wine tasting.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sons 31st Birthday
  38. OT

    OTkm

    Phoenix

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place to celebrate any occasion! Delicious food and top-notch service.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    The food was salty overall, took one bite and stopped there. The garlic mashed potatoes has no garlic with a weird detergent aftertaste. The green beans were mixed with old and fresh ones, the ribeye was not cooked how we asked, it wasn't grilled, but seared, asked for medium and got bloody. The cowboy potatoes were shaggy, like it was fried in cold oil. First time and definitely our last time. A very mediocre steakhouse restaurant. Drove 80 miles to have a birthday dinner, just to end up being disappointed.
  40. M

    Mmagu19287

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was up to our standards . Question on birthday dessert. Everything else great.

FAQs

The Gambling Cowboy Chophouse and Saloon is rated 4.6 stars by 1002 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


Google Map for The Gambling Cowboy Chophouse and Saloon

42072 5th Street, 3rd Floor, Temecula, CA 92590

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Front Street

  • Neighborhood

    Temecula

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Seafood, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Friday-Sunday Valet Parking Offered

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Entertainment

    Now Playing; Guitarist Tim Cash, The Classics from Izon Eden, Alex Drizos...

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (951) 699-2895

  • Private party facilities

    We have a private banquet room or we offer our private veranda over looking Old Town Temecula. Our veranda is enclosed and temperature controlled.

  • Private party contact

    Rene Ehmcke or Judi McMahon: (951) 699-2895

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