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Cowboy Star Restaurant & Butcher Shop

640 10th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-7218 (Downtown)
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Ranked #52 of 4,044 restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $14 - $80
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, 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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89% Recommend
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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 NEW

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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16 reviews 16 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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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64 reviews 64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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79 reviews 79 reviews
46 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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Cambria, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

My husband and I had the opportunity to check out San Diego for a few days last year, I stumbled upon Cowboy Star on a review site, so we called and hoped for a reservation that evening, In luck, they were able to accommodate us. We walked in and I immediately wanted to own it and I own a restaurant.... More

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Silverado, California
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163 reviews 163 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I quite enjoyed this restaurant. I had the wedge salad and martini to start. Following that I had the rib eye steak and it was cooked fairly much to perfection, couldn't ask for anything more. The service was very attentive. and helpful. I ordered the extra side for the steak which were the truffles. Pretty pricey and only three on... More

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Poway, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Count on a great meal with a price tag to match. Very creative menu, excellent service. Food is delicious, ambiance is casual yet at the same time fine dining.

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San Diego, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Excellent steak, prepared just the way you want it!. Great service with knowledgeable staff. Reasonable wine list, definitely will go back

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