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Cowboy Star Restaurant & Butcher Shop

640 10th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-7218 (Downtown)
619-450-5880
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Ranked #35 of 4,065 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $14 - $80
Hours:
Mon - Wed 2:30 pm - 11:30 am
Thu 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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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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San Diego, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I love how small this restaurant is. The concept is freaking awesome, classy cowboy feel to it. The kitchen is out in the open so you get to be entertained if you sit at the bar.

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London
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86 reviews 86 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I can't remember last time I had such a good steak (ribeye)! It was tender like cutting butter, the taste of the meat was excellent and generously served but not extravagant. The sides were also really good, I can't fault anything at all. All of it with an excellent glass of red wine... what a feast! The restaurant's deco is... More

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Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

loved eating here. It's a bit away from the Gaslight area, but within easy distance. Thankfully not touristy, truly excellent food and service. The food was served perfectly cooked and melted in my mouth. I have already recommended to several friends visiting. Wish it was i LA.

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Gulfport, Mississippi
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This was some of the best food I've ever eaten. The appetizers were small but tasty. There was a party going on in my mouth I tell ya! The entrée was amazing. I had the filet and my friend had the NY strip. The service is top notch and that and the quality food is why you will pay top... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

My husband picked this spot based on reviews to celebrate our 7th anniversary. We arrived at our reservation time and were promptly seated in a great booth. The decor is pretty modern with a western twist that is understated. We both started with a craft cocktail and the were presented with custom printed menus congratulating us on our anniversary. It... More

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CA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
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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
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
60 helpful votes 60 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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