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The Gambling Cowboy Chophouse and Saloon

4.4
684 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steakhouse
Perfect For:
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  • Good for Groups
The Gambling Cowboy Chophouse and Saloon, located in the heart of Old Town Temecula, brings a new standard to local casual fine dining. Expansive views from our third floor deck and elegant turn of the century setting offer 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 Happy Hour Tuesday through Thursdays from 3-close and Friday through Sundays from 3-6pm. Our bar features Premium Spirits, Draft Beer, Fine Wine and mouthwatering appetizers. Enjoy live music every Friday, Saturday and some Sunday Nights. $1.50/ounce Prime Rib on Sundays 3-6pm ONLY. Join us for a casually sophisticated Breakfast, lunch or a romantic dinner and enjoy a truly distinctive dining experience! Reservations Highly Recommended Friday-Sunday.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner Tuesday thru Thursday 4 - 9pm



Friday, Saturday 4 -11:00 pm



Sunday 4 -9pm



Lunch Tuesday thru Sunday 11am-3pm



Breakfast Saturday and Sunday 9am-2pm



Happy Hour Tues, Wed, Thurs 3pm- close. Fri, Sat, Sun 3pm-6pm



CLOSED MONDAYS
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Phone number
(951) 699-2895
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Danny Clark
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Private party facilities
We offer our private veranda over looking Old Town Temecula. Our veranda is enclosed and is temperature controlled.
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Private party contact
Rene Ehmcke or Judi McMahon: (951) 699-2895
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Front Street
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Entertainment
Now Playing; Guitarist Tim Cash, The Classics from Izon Eden, Alex Drizos...
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Special events & promotions
Wedding receptions, rehearsal lunches or dinners, Anniversary parties, Birthday parties, Business meetings, Pharmacuetical meetings
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 684 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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food
4.3
service
4.2
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4.0
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Food OK. However, the dining room was extremely noisy-other diners were so loud that it was very annoying. Service was not very good, either.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Anniversary dinner. Everything was fantastic! appetizer, salad, steak and dessert!!! Definitely will return

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

This is a beautiful place to eat! Located on the third floor, you take an elevator trip upstairs! The doors open and you walk into a beautiful area to the right is a bar area with live music left is the actual restaurant. The service was great the food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We loved the place! It was a little loud. We made reservations but had to wait awhile for our table. Food was delicious!!! Would go back if we lived there!!!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

I wanted to go here for a while to try it out, we met some friends there and had a good time..

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Service very slow.

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Good ambiance but Sunday night. Checked previous evening - no table available and very raucous (St Pat’s). Great menu, generous portions and the best hollandaise evs. Would return and recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

As always excellent service and the 3 day marinated ribeyes were outstanding!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Food was AMAZING!!!! Best Mac n Cheese EVER!!!! Corn was flavorful, steak was cooked perfect!!!! Our server was wonderful , super friendly and very attentive. Excellent service, Excellent food- we'll DEFINITELY be back!!!!

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Admittedly, the steaks are tasty but overpriced. The ambience was not warm or comfortable - felt like we were eating a $200 meal on a wooden picnic table. Probably won’t eat there again. Our waitress was a veteran, especially with excuses of late food or forgotten sides

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We went to celebrate a birthday. It was a busy Saturday night but we ended up sitting at a booth in the very corner and front of the restaurant, where there was tons of traffic from the kitchen and people being seated. People were constantly rushing by the table and we couldn’t see any of the restaurant, really - it kind of ruined the ambiance a little. Our waitress was very nice but it was obviously busy so it was a little slow to get our drinks, appetizers, etc.

The food, however, was delicious! Our cocktails were tasty and strong, the appetizers were hot, and our entrees were cooked to perfection. It was a very tasty meal, just our table placement left something to be desired on the ambiance. I would love to come back, just maybe be seated elsewhere

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Our group was placed on the veranda, which was wonderful! Everyone enjoyed their meals and all the staff were wonderful.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The food was fantastic. I had the beef dip sandwich with garlic fries. The cucumber martini on the other hand was horrible but they took it back at no charge.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great selection of entrees and appetizers, requested a table over looking Front Street. Was well accommodated, worth the price. Prime rib was an exstestive choice with all the trimmings.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

What a great restaurant! I went with six friends for a birthday brunch and couldn't have been more pleased. Our waitress (her name escapes me) was literally the best waitress ever and the food was top notch! We all loved the place - the food, the ambiance, the staff, the noise level, the cool saloon bar - all of it. I will definitely go back. Thanks for making my birthday special Gambling Cowboy!

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2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

First time and heard a lot of good reviews. Not your go to place for a special occasion. Getting past the saloon/roadhouse motif, the food was served cold, late and very over priced. Will not be back.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great service

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3.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Food was good but slow getting to the table and pricey for what you get. Service was average but all in all I had my experience and can honestly say I'm not eating there again nor recommending it.

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3.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Didn’t bother to read my comments on Zooey Tanle when I made reservations

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The food was excellent. I had the lobster bisque soup and the fillet mignon. My wife had the bacon spare ribs. My wife said they were the best spare ribs she ever had.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

A good steakhouse in Old Town Temecula. Service was slow, but the restaurant was full on a Thursday night. Very popular with tourists who want to experience a bit of the “old west”. Large menu with choices that will appeal to all. The baked potato was $4.00 & with generous sides, could easily feed 2 people. Our favorite part of the meal was the appetizer: phyllo wrapped Brie cheese bundles sitting on a raspberry chipotle sauce. Enormous slice of chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream was too dry. So enjoy the fun ambience & know that the portions are easily shared.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Valentines Day

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Went back for valentines day. Was disappointed that we where sat outside as this was not on our reservation I made 2 weeks prior and they said they sold out inside. Would liked to know that and would have gone somewhere else as it was very cold outside.

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Great food, great drinks, service was subpar.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

My compliments to the chef.

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2018

We were warmly received, our waitress was great. There was a draft, we were seated near a door that went outside which was in heavy use.

Food was delicious, well presented.

😃👍👍👌👌

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

New resident of the area wanted to try out local fare the “cowboy” was recommended by a friend.
Great food, good bar selection and great service we will recommend to our friends. A must if you’re in “Old Town “.
Can’t wait to try the breakfast menu.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Great food!

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Food was good, expensive but for a special occasion it was nice. Parking was a pain unless you valet.

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3.0Dined on January 16, 2018

Tables are a very tight fit. Service was ok. Thought it odd I was offered Cupcake wine rather than Robert Hall or better to go with Rib Eye. Once we received the wine list, we went with a bottle of Red from Robert Hall. The heavily season Rib eye was full of grizzle, a first for me in a chop house and at that cost. Chop house with no lamb on the menu??? and lacking Pork chops??? Wasn't the worst, but certainly wasn't worth the $$. Wouldn't go back.

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2018

How can you not like this place? Great food, atmosphere is great!

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

We had a lovely evening at the Cowboy. We were pleasantly surprised that our drinks were reasonably-priced, generous servings. We first sat at the bar. What a contrast to other Old Town bars with their uncomfortable bar stools and drafty rooms! The Cowboy has cushy bar stools with high backs We lingered in the bar area and enjoyed the ambiance. Then our waiter Ariel escorted us to our table in the dining room. He is a fabulous waiter who provided impeccable service. Our ribeye and swordfish dinners were perfect. We look forward to returning in a couple of weeks, when we will
stay later for the entertainment .

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

This is our go-to steakhouse for special occasions. The Gambling Cowboy is exceptional, yet relatively casual. The service is top notch and the food is absolutely amazing. It’s such a special place for us that we purposely do not go there for just the sake of “eating out.” We want to keep it that way....because it is deserving of being a dinner destination that doesn’t become “everyday” or “mainstream.” We look so forward to our times at The Gambling Cowboy and have several wonderful memories of special times spent dining there. Birthdays, anniversaries, special family and friend visits, etc. So happy we have this wonderful steak and chophouse right in our backyard. Good job to the owners, managers, chefs, servers, and staff!

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3.0Dined on January 9, 2018

It was just okay.
Overpriced‼️

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2018

Casey and wait staff as well as Chriş the Manager were attentive and awesome. Food was excellent. Definitely make reservations because this place is in demand and with good reason!

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Took a small family group for a birthday dinner. It was the right location for everyone's appetite. Ambience was celebratory, the only thing flat was the beer.

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4.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Every time we visit Temecula we always stop here for dinner. Great steaks and great fun.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Food and service excellent. Wonderful meat tender and cooked perfectly, service was exceptional. From hostess to bus girl and waitress was so solicitous. We love the ambiance of the waiting area, bar and dinner seating. I recommend this restaurant to clients, especially out-of-towners.

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2017

we LOVED this place! food and atmosphere was wonderful. A little pricey for such a casual place but I will go again for great food and good wine. big portions, good service.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

We had the tuna melt and they were delicious. Great service, too!

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