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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
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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: 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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  • 56
    Very good
  • 16
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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
A Special Birthday Surprise

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
BMarmi
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Dublin, Ireland
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

While my husband had been to Cowboy Star twice before, this was my first time dining there and they did not disappoint according to my expectations from my husband's visits. Our evening began with a couple stellar Manhattans from Garth at the bar. He was very friendly and informative. Moving in the dinner, we were extremely well taken care of... More 

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

Jamie, thank you so much for taking the time to say such kind words about your experience here! We love our Manhattans too! We look forward to seeing you in again! More 

Houston TX
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53 reviews 53 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Good cocktails, terrible meal. Hen chicken and ribeye steaks were not good. Chicken was super dry, riveted were not grilled and fat was not marbled with meat. Wagyu beef was delicious.

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16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Went with my family for restaurant week. Only reasons it is not a full 5, our server, I never got his name because we never understood him, he was very aloof. Never really talked too us and quite frankly did not even seem sober. He told my mother her grass fed burger was impossible to cook well done and would... More 

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

We are so glad to hear how much you enjoyed our food! Than you for saying so! More 

Los Angeles, California
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314 reviews 314 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

My husband and I ate at the Cowboy on a recent trip to San Diego. The restaurant was very clean and we were seated right away. The server was very knowledgeable and helpful, with the wine selection and also about the menu. We ordered the rib chop and were so happy. It was 18oz so we split the dinner. The... More 

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

Misty, we really appreciate all the kind words about your experience with our food and service, we hope to see you again the next time you're down in San Diego! More 

Great Falls, Montana
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16 reviews 16 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

My husband and I recently ate at the Cowboy Star and love it. The food was very good and the service are amazing. The staff seemed genuine and not just working for tips. The staff was very helpful with suggestions and recommendations. We were seated at a nice table in the back next to the fireplace. The restaurant ambience was... More 

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

Janet and Nathan, It means a lot to us that you had such a nice time here at Cowboy Star. Our staff truly does enjoy being a part of a team here, it's great that you were able to pick up on that. We hope to see you in again soon! More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I was knocked out the minute my wife and i walked in the door. The ambiance was perfect for a romantic evening. The wait staff were attentive and right there when needed. The food was definitely the best part of the experience. The aged beef ribeye rocked. I recommend this downtown jewel to all my foodie friends.

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

Richard, we're blushing from all the compliments. We thank you very much for your supportive words. More 

San Diego, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Love the casual vibe. Food impeccable. If you are there for happy hour a great value is the steak and frites. Order a cosmo for starters.

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

Thanks so much for the nice review! Happy hour is definitely the best time to come in and try us out in a thrifty way. Hope to see you soon, yee-haw! 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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?