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Cowboy Star Restaurant & Butcher Shop

640 10th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-7218 (Downtown)
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Ranked #50 of 4,058 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $14 - $80
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Market and G Street
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.
Description: Cowboy Star is the first restaurant in San Diego’s East Village to serve up a unique dining experience by combining contemporary American cuisine with a western flare. Winner of the 2008 Orchid Award for Interior Design, the restaurant features exposed beam ceilings‚ cowboy accents‚ and classic landscape photography giving Cowboy Star a welcoming atmosphere where locals gravitate.A stunning display kitchen is the focal point of Cowboy Star, offering an insiders view of the action. The bar at Cowboy Star offers a stylish and cozy environment complete with large leather booths, a fireplace and hand-crafted cocktails. The Old West ambiance provides a laid-back and stylish background perfect for private parties and special events.
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209 reviews from our community

89% Recommend
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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I was here for a private wine dinner event with a group of about twenty people in their private dining space. Food was outstanding with service equally great. The meat course was simply delicious. Will definitely be returning again soon.

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Seattle, WA
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Fab food with a relaxing atmosphere! Very pleasant staff... helped us select just the right steak. Mac & cheese > outstanding. Not an inexpensive place, but perfect for an upscale (yet casual-vibe) dinner. Perfect walking distance from the Gaslamp or East Village. The only reason I did not give it a 5 star was because I felt they needed to... More

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Oslo, Norway
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Ended up going to Cowboy Star yesterday when browsing nearby restaurants on Foursquare. We got lucky and arrived just at the time when they had the last seating. Best choice we've made so far on this trip to the USA. The starter (Something with sweetbread) was glorious, and then the steak came. A 14oz ribeye, extremely tender, and with a... More

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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82 reviews 82 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This place is for meat lovers. We went first time on a consierge recomendation, and after that every evening during our stay in San Diego. Staff is very friendly, restaurant is walking distance from the gaslamp district and is safe to walk. Reservations are accepted. And food... Tartare is great,grilled bone marrow to try, skirt steak Angus and Cobe -... More

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Carlsbad, CA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The atmosphere is nice, the appetizers, steaks & sides were really good and the staff did a nice job. Pricing is consistent with the market. I'd go back. There are 2 areas where Cowboy Star falls short of a 5 star rating: the wine and the portion sizes. The wine list is shallow and the pricing markup is pretty steep.... More

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Palm Springs, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

A very cool place in a very cool neighborhood. The decor is quirky and unique and the food is great.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

A local recommended this place and I was a bit confused given the availability of fresh seafood. This place was incredible. The tartare was excellent and the skirt steak was unbelievable. Yes, a skirt steak! Very well informed staff who knew the menu well. This place blew me away and one of the best meals I've had all year.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Atmosphere is a nice surprise as the name does not infer upscale. Staff is very attentive and personable. Food is great all around. The only thing holding back from a real high end steak place is care for the wine. Especially since it can be the most expensive item on the bill. Cabernet should be about 63 degrees, not 75... More

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Dubuque, Iowa, United States
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71 reviews 71 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The resturant almost looks out of place from the street, it looks like an old western saloon from the front. We did not have a reservation, but I would recommend making them. We waited about 20 minutes for a table on a Friday night. We ended up sitting at the chefs table in the kitchen. I was a little nervous... More

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encino, ca
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83 reviews 83 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Pros: All our steaks were cooked perfectly as requested. All staff was very attentive and friendly. Cons: Steaks were a little bland tasting (lucky for me I added blue cheese topping which really helped). We checked in at 8:30 for dinner and weren't served our food till 9:50 which seemed a little long of a wait to be served our... More

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