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Cowboy Star Restaurant & Butcher Shop

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640 10th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-7218 (Market and G Street)
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.
619-450-5880
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Cowboy Star is the first restaurant in San Diego’s East Village to serve...
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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    Very good
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Slightly off the beaten path. Excellent find

Went here on a weeknight and the place was busy but we were seated reasonably quickly without a reservation. It is close to the main drag of the Gaslamp district but on a less busy street. Food was excellent. Steak was prepared as ordered and sides were excellent. Chocolate bread pudding for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
AverageJoe55
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Greenville, South Carolina
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Greenville, South Carolina
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66 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Went here on a weeknight and the place was busy but we were seated reasonably quickly without a reservation. It is close to the main drag of the Gaslamp district but on a less busy street. Food was excellent. Steak was prepared as ordered and sides were excellent. Chocolate bread pudding for dessert was exceptional as well. Servers were attentive... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

If you want an amazing food experience, well the cowboy star restaurant won't disappoint. I think it took me 10-15 mins just to choose a steak, so much variety, from cut, origin, price, sauces, extras . Side sauces are extra which is a bit of a bummer,but did incl. green veg and beautiful mash. Our waiter was Jason, very professional,... More 

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Jon W, Front Office Manager at Cowboy Star Restaurant & Butcher Shop, responded to this review

Dear Gary, Thank you so much for leaving such a great review! We are so glad that you enjoyed yourself. We hope to see you in again soon! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Excellent food from apps to dessert, the wagyu steak is incredible, great wine list and spectacular service, the chocolate bread pudding is a must!

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Jon W, Front Office Manager at Cowboy Star Restaurant & Butcher Shop, responded to this review

Max, I am so glad that you enjoyed everything! The Wagyu is a definitely a real treat! We look forward to having you back again soon! More 

Rancho Santa Fe, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015 via mobile

Just up the road from San Diego Padres Petco Park, this is a nice fine if you're in the mood for steak. High marks also go to the Caesar salad, The lamb chops and the New York 12 ounce. Make sure you save room for one of their decadent desserts such as the bread pudding with the chocolate ice cream!... More 

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Jon W, Manager at Cowboy Star Restaurant & Butcher Shop, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to say such awesome things about your experience here at Cowboy Star! More 

San Diego, California
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We had a business dinner here and the staff was the best. They worked had to make sure everything was great. They were able to get us in thier private room and they took very good care of us. I would highley recomend them! Everyone enjoyed the evening and they said that the food we fabulous. Thank you for helping... More 

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Jon W, Manager at Cowboy Star Restaurant & Butcher Shop, responded to this review

Sheri, it was our pleasure to have you and your group in for dinner! Thank you for saying such nice things about your visit. We can't wait to have you back! More 

Colorado Springs, Colorado
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364 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

A group of four on a business trip had a great end-of-trip meal at one of the back tables and everything was pretty close to perfect. We started with the steak tartare and ahi appetizers and then enjoyed the Caesar salads with real white anchovy filets, accompanied by a Zaca Mesa syrah (2012). Each of us ordered different steaks with... More 

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Jon W, Manager at Cowboy Star Restaurant & Butcher Shop, responded to this review

We're so glad that you enjoyed dining in our San Diego location! Thank you for all the kind words. We look forward to seeing you out here in "The Springs" as well. More 

Nashville, TN
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167 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We scheduled a working dinner here while in San Diego. Upon the reviews before we arrived, I expected more. The food was very good and the wine was lovely. We started with the oysters, and while really different from any I've ever tasted, very good. Then we shared the cheese and meat appetizer which was delicious! We gobbled that down... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Having read the glowing reviews on tripadvisor I booked a table at Cowboy Star to through Open Table in advance of our trip to San Diego. I mentioned in the e-mail that it was a special occasion and that my fiancé was celebrating his 30th birthday. We were greeted by a friendly hostess who showed us to one of the... More 

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Jon W, General Manager at Cowboy Star Restaurant & Butcher Shop, responded to this review

With genuine gratitude, thank you for speaking so kindly about Chris's birthday dinner here. It would be our pleasure to have you join us again, the amuse bouche is different every day! More 

Sedgwick, Maine
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53 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We had just flown in from the East coast. We arived after nine and were seated adn served as if we had been long term diners. The service was excellent. Kath and I shared muscles and oysters which were excellent. I am sure the meals are great but for no steak eaters this was a pleasant interlude.

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Jon W, General Manager at Cowboy Star Restaurant & Butcher Shop, responded to this review

Dennis, we're happy to hear you mention that we have excellent options for non-steak eaters too! We hope you enjoyed your trip "out West!" You can wet your whistle here anytime you're in town. More 

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3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Lovely place. We are not very pretentious people, but we appreciate good food and are willing to pay for it so it wasn't the prices that disappointed us. Our server spoke in a very intimate tone while the noise level in the place wasn't on the same decibel -he did a fine job but he could tell we weren't impressed.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 640 10th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-7218
    (Market and G Street)
  • Public Transportation: 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.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 619-450-5880

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 14 - 80
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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