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“Good steaks, friendly service” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cowboy Express Steak House

Cowboy Express Steak House
40433 Lakeview Dr, CA 92315
909-866-1486
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Ranked #63 of 108 Restaurants in Big Bear Region
Price range: $10 - $30
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
johannesburg
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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Good steaks, friendly service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

A fellow guest referred us to this cowboy themed bar/steakhouse right across the road from our hotel. They gave us a nice table next to a window with a view of the lake. We ordered a steak on a sizzling hot plate which came perfectly medium rare covered in garlic butter. Choose the baked potato as one of your sides, its great. Even though it was out of season the place was full and this added to the warm, friendly atmosphere.

Visited May 2013
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  • English first
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  • German first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Big Bear Lake, California
2 reviews
“Good Service !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

I am sometimes slow on getting around to posting things, we went to CESH for a late lunch during midweek food was good , it was nice to sit and it a quiet lunch with no interruption's from the busy day to day activities. We had time to enjoy our drink and talk , without a waitress standing over us ( service was great ). We just ordered a simple lunch type meal which was cooked well done just as we had asked for . Next break we get will be back.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Indio, CA
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55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great Food and Friendly People”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

We visited Big Bear Lake for the first time and tried out this place on our first night. I had the Sizzling TriTip Platter at the recommendation of our server. It was great, flavorful, tender, and huge. The meat was served on a sizzling platter drizzling with butter and sprinkled with tiny pieces of garlic. I had the baked potato with butter, sour cream, and chives and baked apple. The sides were also great. The dinner was a special for $21.95 (usually $23,95) and it was worth every penny. My husband had the Pork ribs, also at $21.95, and said they were great. They were accompanied with rice and baked apple. The rice was a mixture of wild and long grain. The portions were huge. We brought home steak, ribs and rice, enough for an second dinner with the addition of some vegis. Our server Chelsea was friendly, efficient, and helpful. She also helped us select a bottle of wine. When we left several of the patrons spoke to us and this really added a pleasant touch to our already great dining experience. We are planning to spend two months at Big Bear Lake this summer and will definitely return many times.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego, California
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86 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Grew up in Big Bear but just discovered this tasty spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

I've been to Big Bear a million times (my parents live there) but just discovered this restaurant recently. We've been twice in the last couple of months and the food has been great both times and inexpensive.
The hot wings are good. The chili is good. The fish and chips are amazing. The ribs are good.
That's about all I can lay claim to - we never had to wait, but didn't go at a popular time so you might not be so lucky.
This is now our number 1 restaurant for lunch in Big Bear. Ok, maybe #2 after Maggios...

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“excellent tri-trip for two”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

we ate here over the presidents holiday. we ordered the tri trip for 2. i thought it was excellent. the meat was medium rare as ordered and the garlic butter crust was delicious. the meat was very tender. Im not normally a steak person but this great. There is also a little bar there where we waited that was nice. Overall the staff was nice and very helpful

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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