The Gambling Cowboy Chophouse and Saloon

4.5
861 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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.
What 861 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
GM
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Wife found a long hair, attached to her garlic bread. Showed our waitress. Her reply was "no one in the kitchen has long hair". It sounded as though she doubted what my wife showed her. The waitress response was insulting and embarrassing to my wife. I dont believe the incident was reported to a manager. No one else spoke with us about the incident. Thats not the kind of hygiene incident that should be dismissed. Not the response i expected from a high end restaurant in temecula. Disappointing. Maybe we'll hear from you. On the way out, my wife slipped and fell on the wood floor. Food/ambience was great, but patron care was lacking.

Report
Helpful
JB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always get the Bill’s Cut Filet....it was cooked perfectly as usual!!!! ....and Shelley, our server, was outstanding!

Report
Helpful
G
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Nice place to celebrate a special occasion.

Report
Helpful
R
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Steaks were overdone...twice..

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Going away dinner for a friend

Report
Helpful
r
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome steak and sides. Only downside was a kid playing a game on a cellphone at full volume. Not necessarily the restaurant’s fault...what’s wrong with people??

Report
Helpful
S
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my steady date for a romantic evening. We chose to sit outside and the table was perfect. The appetizer started us off (calamari) and was very tasty. My date had a filet and I had the country fried steak. Both were made to perfection. Our server was very attentive and had a great personality and always a smile. After dinner we went over to the bar and listened to music. 2 guys singing songs from the 60's and 70's. Perfect way to end a great date nite.

Yes, will return. Only negative is the cost of valet parking. I realize parking is at a premium in Old Town Temecula, especially on a Saturday nite. But price seemed excessive. My guess is the valet parking is handled by an independent company, not by the restaurant.

Thank you for making our evening special.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service. No disappointments here!

Report
Helpful
BE
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was spectacular! The steak wasn't cooked quite long enough and the manager totally took care of the situation. The manager and server checked on us to be sure we were happy. Such great customer service!

Report
Helpful
RV
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and environment. Food was excellent as always and no complaints of staff.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVED this restaurant. The service, drinks, and food was fantastic. They even included a free dessert for my birthday!

Report
Helpful
BB
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I decided to celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary at The Gambling Cowboy as we have in the past and it did not disappoint.
I had the filet and my husband had the bone-in ribeye and both were delicious. We also were treated to a decadent mousse for dessert.
I had a glass of wine and would like to say that I appreciate the generous wine pour!
The menu pricing is on the higher end, but the food, ambiance, and service are fantastic and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend The Gambling Cowboy.

Report
Helpful
SB
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had reservations and it was busy, but we were seated quickly. Drinks and appetizer came out fast. Meat was cooked correctly. Sides and dessert were both very good, as was our server. Looking forward to returning when we are in the area again.

Report
Helpful
BS
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside, great time. They had an issue with our order but made it right.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for birthday dinner...it was delicious!

Report
Helpful
D
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommended this restaurant. The food is fabulous and I love the wine selection from the local wineries.

Report
Helpful
AC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our faborite steakhouse in temecula. Food and drinks are always excellent and we love no.corkage fee on local wines. Def be back here soon

Report
Helpful
p
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

We frequently eat here. Our favorite place by far. But tonight very disappointed. Waitress was horrible in every way. Felt rushed felt unvalued. Rushed to order and the. Waited forever to get s check. Completely unacceptable. Will have to think twice before I go back.

Report
Helpful
OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Bone in ribeye

Report
Helpful
D
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a fantastic Mother's day brunch with my wife and daughter! Service on par as always and food selection for the brunch buffet was insane...our mouths watered and eyeballs about fell out from the many choices. Everything was delicious, from the appetizers, prime rib, ham, eggs benedect and too many sides to cover, not to mention the omelettes to order... perfection! Thanks for another outstanding meal! We will be back again!

Report
Helpful
S
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We Love the Gambling Cowboy! Decor is great, all of the staff is super friendly and the food is amazing!

Report
Helpful
RW
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent way to spent quality time with your best friends. The food and service were excellent and we will definitely be back!

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Seated by the patio door in the back. With all of the people coming in and out you think our service would have been a bit better... The food was excellent!

Report
Helpful
m
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an early reservation and were seated on the patio overlooking downtown. The short rib dinner, the ambiance, and the service all made for a wonderful night out. This was our second visit to Gambling Cowboy and next time we will be coming with friends.

Report
Helpful
OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great casual steakhouse experience. Terrific service and high quality food. Definitely try the marrow bones.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in town. Always the best

Report
Helpful
C
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great place! Outstanding food and not too pricey for a steakhouse. The ambiance was fun and inviting. Our waitress was fantastic. You should definitely check it out!

Report
Helpful
AA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best chophouse that we have experienced. After dinner we sat at the bar for an after dinner drink but the bartenders ignored us for about 5 minutes.
Three bartenders on duty that evening and not very attentive to us. The girls were to busy talking their regular customers.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great steak house!!!!

Report
Helpful
p
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service from Shelly. Order the Ribeye - it's cooked to perfection!

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Steaks were great. Too noisy.

Report
Helpful
c
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Came for our 18 year Anniversary on Sunday. We ordered the same steaks this time as last time. Steaks seemed to be a bit smaller than usual. There was a private party of 30 in the bar across the hall. Not sure if all the good cuts went to them or they were the priority of the night. Either way steaks were small for 16 oz and 50 dollars. Husband ordered blackend steak which came out very bland and did not have nearly as much flavor as my Traditional steak did. The waitress felt bad that it took an hour for our food to come out and that his steak didnt have the quality it should. So, she gave us a cowboy chocolate cake slice to make it a little better. It was appreciated. Love the Gambling Cowboy but this is the second time we have come out of maybe 5 times and the steaks weren't up to the quality it should be for 50 dollars. Other time his steak came out cold in the inside and still mooing! Ordered med/ rare. Didn't expect an uncooked cold steak to come out. Seemed to be only seared and forgot to finish cooking it.

Other three times or so were pleasant with good quality and acceptable service time. Food is great if it comes out with the right temp on steak and 16 oz size that is ordered. Aware that a steak cooks down a bit depending on doneness. They shouldn't come out looking like a 8 -10 oz steak after cooked.

Report
Helpful
N
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My salmon spicy chophouse salad was absolutely delicious and my guest enjoyed their food as well.

Report
Helpful
OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always a wonderful experience with delicious food

Report
Helpful
DG
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Overall, a great experience. Food was good and service was spot on. The restaurant is in need of repair. Booths look run down.

Report
Helpful
KW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Celebrating my husband's birthday. Pleasant staff. I liked the boneless short ribs more than my husband. Taste was good but think he was expecting something more like their sticky sauce ribs. We'd go again.

Report
Helpful
p
Palm Springs
18 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience

Report
Helpful
OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food... reservations still had to wait a bit.... but the food is always excellent as well as the drinks

Report
Helpful
CP
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious and a bountiful amount of food. The bread was deliciously warm. We will be back again.

Report
Helpful
GM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place for very good food. Great appetizers. Looking forward to our next visit. One of the best steaks I have ever had and I have had steak all over the world.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
22
null