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Cowboy Star Restaurant & Butcher Shop

640 10th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-7218 (Downtown)
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Ranked #68 of 3,979 restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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88% Recommend
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English first
San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

I have been to this restaurant a dozen or so times in the last few years. This year I decided to celebrate my birthday at Cowboy Star. I was there about two weeks ago. It was absolutely one of the best dinner I've had in a long time. The evening was awesome. Morgan, the reservation specialist, was pleasant and kind... More

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Cosenza, Italy
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3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Simply, the worst restaurant where I ate in my entire life. Meat tasteless, pretentious waiter service, very high prices.

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San Ramon, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Terrific atmosphere, service, first rate steaks - even sea food. Excellent wine selections that won't require refinancing your house. Nice touch: order a glass of wine, they will pour a small amount for guest approval before pouring the rest. Fabulous deserts. Health conscious diners: there is something for you, even berries and sorbet for desert. Easy walk from most downtown... More

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Bedford, UK
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63 reviews 63 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

This is one of the best steak restaurants I have been to. Seating is mainly banquet style which makes it a bit difficult to hear across the table, but this was a sophisticated restaurant with high standards. I had a filet steak which was perfectly cooked, very tender and superb accompanying sauce. The mashed potato was fine and the beans... More

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Balboa Island, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Contemporary decor, comfortable ambience, slightly upscale with a just a touch of old west accents. Very comfortable booths in addition to the tables. Fireplaces, too. Relatively quiet atmosphere. I have known about this place for months and viewed the interior, and noted the adjoining small butcher shop, and prices. Restaurant week triggered my first dining experience here. Despite it being... More

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San Diego, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is my favorite spot in San Diego! GREAT food and service!!!! Don't forget to have a cosmo while you are there!

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Fresh baked bread, excellent steak, good Mac & Cheese. Good portions. Not one of my favorites ever, but a very very solid entry with good service and an elegant but hospitable atmosphere.

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San Diego, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Many of the restaurants in the East Village are quick fare for people attending the Padres games, Cowboy Star is not one of those. Plan to spend at least two hours there. The decor is old Hollywood Cowboy done nicely. There is also a great story to the building--it is really old and has gone through a huge transformation from... More

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Los Angeles
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

The food had some hits and misses. The layout and vibe of the place was comfortable, while being upscale. The efficient, attentive service created an amazing overall experience. FOOD Honestly, I don't think we ordered well for a place with the word "Cowboy" in the name, but at the end of the day everything on the menu should be delicious.... More

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Washington DC
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30 reviews 30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

I had the 14 ounce Ribeye steak medium well with sautéed mushrooms . Talk about good eating... That was well worth the $50 price tag. Make reservations.

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