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The Gambling Cowboy Chophouse and Saloon

4.6
4.6
963 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

7:30 PM


Booked 17 times today

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

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Food was great.
  2. B

    Bobandjeannie

    Las Vegas

    138 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    138 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Natalya ws fantastic. Very knowledgeable and attentive. Spent a lot of time in Colorado, around real cowboys and steak was as good as I have ever had. The carrot cake belongs in the American Museum of High Calorie Desserts". Really good. Too many people for me, but that has nothing to do with the quality of the restaurant. Definitely would go back and have the rattlesnake carpaccio. Kidding, they didn't have that.
  3. JM

    JayM

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place! I went specifically for the ‘Cowboy Benedict’ that I had there a long time ago (eggs Benedict with filet mignon instead of Canadian bacon) and some of the best hollandaise sauce I’ve ever tasted- it’s whipped or something- just sooo good. I still can’t believe how good it is. My friend ordered the breakfast burrito and it was fantastic, too- not my personal ‘go to’ but delicious just the same. Dinner there is a treat, too. Service is excellent, attention to detail is appreciated, just an all around high-end experience (but actually not outrageously priced). Keep up the great work, and thank you!!!
  4. SG

    SteveG

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and an excellent waitress. Had a great time
  5. l

    linduh99

    Orange County

    149 reviews

    5.0

    149 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent menu with many fine choices. The Prime Rib is amazing. My husband had Blackened Ribeye and totally not disappointed.
  6. OM

    OllieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and excellent service. The staff was very friendly
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are locals and hadn’t been to The Gambling Cowboy in awhile. We sat on the patio and had a fabulous dinner of prime rib and salmon. Service was first class, we had just returned from France, our dinner and the service here rivaled all the restaurants we had dined out in Europe. Keep up the good work. Our server was excellent, he works at South Coast winery too. We will be back!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was wonderful, I had the the ribeye and a Blood Orange Margarita, the steak was tender and beautifully cooked, the margarita was tasty as well, staff friendly, service prompt.
  9. L

    Luvgoodfood

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a treat to have dinner at The Gambling Cowboy! Great service, great food and a great atmosphere. Servers are all very nice and prompt. Love this place!
  10. S

    Steaklover

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food1service5ambience5
    It took 3 steaks to get my meal done right. By then my party was done eating. Not a good experience
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  12. JS

    JoeyS

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience5
    To start, I never have been a fan of green beans specially served at an upscale steakhouse. The corn was very good, I ordered the Rib eye Steak special. I asked for Mid Rare. It was closer to a Medium & too firm to the bite for a rib eye. I don’t know if this establishment serves Prime beef. But it definitely wasn’t! Colleen the server was very nice. Nice price on the Justin Cab. Servers should have a linen napkin with them when pouring wine. If there’s a small spill it can be easily dabbed!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jessica was a great server. Enjoyed our time.
  14. YR

    YRivas

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    We dined here for our 29th anniversary. Wait staff was very pleasant, dining room was a bit rowdier than I was looking for but still a great time.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Absolutely terrible experience. The food was way over salted like it tasted like a salt bomb. Also I ordered my steak rare $60 steak came medium well. Server was non-existent. I will not be coming here again
  16. y

    yum2

    Orange County

    78 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    My husband and I celebrated our 43rd anniversary the Gambling Cowboy. When we arrived, I was somewhat put off by the kitchy decor in the lobby. However, once we got seated in the outdoor area, we were pleased with the warmth and friendliness of our server, Casey as well as the other staff. Casey's knowledge of the menu and wine list helped us enjoy our dinner. My husband's filet mignon was tender and cooked to his liking. I ordered the short ribs with mushroom risotto and it was delicious. I'm a light eater and I wish there was an option of half orders. All in all, I would recommend Gambling Cowboy for doing their steaks right!
  17. A

    Apr6

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jessica our waitress was great and our food sever was very friendly Food was delicious so where the drinks and beer
  18. WL

    WilliamL

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Steaks were great, service was nice.
  19. TH

    TimH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and excellent service! Only knock was that we came at happy hour and the noise from the bar was loud. But we've been there many times before. So, I think this was an isolated incident.
  20. MG

    MissGemma

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Gambling Cowboy! Had breakfast for the first here. Bottomless mimosas. Thank you! Food was great. Great ambiance and service. Very enjoyable experience.
  21. GG

    GeorgiG

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    a pleasant surprise. took awhile to get a bloody mary but other than that just fine
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, great food & wonderful cowboy experience!
  23. PE

    PeterE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food was excellent and service was top notch. The decor was a eclectic. Sort of reminded me of what a brothel over a saloon might have looked like in the 1880's. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes good food and atmosphere. The only thing could have been improved on was the music. It sounded like an FM radio station playing country music. The ambiance deserved music that was more sophisticated - at least without commercials. But other than that, the place is definitely a must.
  24. TZ

    TinaZ

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fabulous as always! Great that’s everything is included… most steakhouses everything is Ala carte!!
  25. DS

    DerylS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We've enjoyed and recommended Gambling Cowboy for several years, but this visit was a disappointment. Two of our party ordered the French Onion soup and both came only moderately warm, so the cheese on top was somewhat congealed and tough to eat, compared to the typically piping hot melted cheese one expects. Also, three of our party got the garlic mashed potatoes with their meals and these also were not hot. It seemed like they were made at the start of dinner service, then they attempted to keep them warmed throughout the service. Our waitress did deduct the soups from our menus and replaced the potatoes, but even the replacements were not hot. Our meats were wonderful, as were our vegetables, but at these prices, we expect better attention to detail on everything.
  26. J

    Jennifer

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful view of old town, delicious food and attentive waiters. We had a great tine!
  27. PS

    PhillpS

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Brunch. Was just amazing. Go just go. You will not be disappointed. Get the prime rib hash
  28. t

    travelocity

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Prime rib and rib eye steak were delicious and cooked perfectly. Our server was very good - when we saw her. She was spread very thin. We finished eating and it was over 20 minutes until we were asked about dessert. Arrived about 7pm and didn't leave until 9:30. Need more servers.
  29. JM

    JulieM

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Our reservation was for six people on a Saturday evening. We were seated promptly on the outdoor deck, but three of our party had our backs so close to the door that they were bumped into a number of times by servers and customers. Our server was moderately friendly and became less so, and much less attentive, after our food took over AN HOUR to come out. When I asked about it, she got snarky with me and said she couldn't guarantee a time for our food. The food was tasty, but three of the five steaks we ordered were either cooked at the wrong temperature or were on the wrong plate. We were offered no compensation for the long wait or the mix up with our food. No apologies. Just a "Thanks for your patience" quip when our food came out. I have been to the Gambling Cowboy a number of times and never experienced it quite this bad.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day
  31. H

    Helene

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We had a lovely time. It’s a good thing we weren’t in a hurry. There were plenty of servers and plenty of tables unfortunately it seemed as though the kitchen was way understaffed. With that said they did turn out a very yummy breakfast. I got the short ribs Benedict ask them to replace the English muffin with a biscuit and it was fantastic. My husband got the steak Benedict with the medallions and we both thoroughly enjoyed our meals. It’s too bad they didn’t have the help. Some people were really really getting upset. But if you hit it when they’re fully staffed I highly recommend this restaurant.
  32. DC

    DarylC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience1
    Amazing food never disappoints. Bring back clam in white wine sauce appetizer back! Dining area outdated and stuffy. Seating (booths) uncomfortable and sticky. Service from Casey excellent! Attentive, knowledgeable and kept out drinks and bread filled.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great friendly service , huge portions, delicious food!
  34. MS

    MaryS

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the spicy salad, filet, loaded baked potato, green beans, and corn. Everything was delicious! The Apple crisp for dessert was fabulous!
  35. LS

    LeaS

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered the French Dip with garlic fries and it was great!!! The Watermelon mojito was excellent. The staff was friendly and welcoming. One of our favorite places for special days.
  36. S

    Sabbie

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Gambling Cowboy is definitely the hidden gem in Old Town Temecula. We will be telling everyone who ventures to the Temecula Wineries to have one meal here. The food and service was fantastic! Though it is located off the curbs of the main street of Old Town it is definitely worth the effort.
  37. AK

    AntKaro

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated 2 birthdays and retirement.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Good was great service was so bad. Ruined my experience
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time here after eyeing the place for several months. They’re very busy and reservations are usually all taken by the time we tried to get one, but this day we got lucky and got a 3pm reservation. The service was timely and friendly. Everything from appetizer to dessert was spot on! Drinks were strong, but delicious. Hefty price tag at the end for just my husband and I ($250) after tipping 30%. But for special occasions totally worth it IMO. Loved the bread and butter with chives they gave while we waited. For an app we got the stuffed jalapeños in a raspberry sauce.. YUM!!
  40. C

    Cpwx

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant never disappoints! Great food, excellent drinks and a fun atmosphere!

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The Gambling Cowboy Chophouse and Saloon is rated 4.6 stars by 963 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 17 times today
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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