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Cowboy Star

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640 10th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-7218 (Market and G Street)
+1 619-450-5880
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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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
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Chicago, Illinois
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is not a typical high end steakhouse and that's exactly the reason we enjoyed it so much. We had requested and were seated in one of their booths, and this would be highly recommended to enhance your experience. Our server Jeremy was both professional and knowledgeable. All the positive reviews about the the steak tartare are accurate. It was... More 

1 Thank Irish_Willow1
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A place that makes you want to have a steak! Just enough cowboy; not overdone. Impeccable service, superb filet mignon and and ribeye steak actually medium rare as requested, excellent wine list too. Sorry, we did not have room for dessert

Thank Bryan G
Lakeside, California
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

My boyfriend took me here for an early Valentines dinner. So amazing!! The food was outstanding, the service was fantastic. We got lucky and got the sweethearts booth by the fire - so nice and added to an already amazing night!! We got the creme brûlée for dessert - yum!!! A perfect ending to a wonderful meal!!

Thank KB1127
Anchorage, Alaska
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78 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2017 via mobile

I went here with very high expectations, based on the recommendation of a friend. While the service was excellent, the food was average. Although I didn't go for the $100 or $200 Wagu steaks, I figured the recommended ribeye would still be great. The steak was well-cooked, but didn't have a lot of flavor, and was overly fatty. Everyone in... More 

1 Thank AKAggie96
San Diego, California
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134 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2017 via mobile

I had a wonderful experience, The food was so exquisite, the atmosphere is really nice and gorgeous! This place is a must in San Diego. The server Luc was very kind!! The menu is very authentic!

Thank arturoaguilar68
Rancho Santa Fe
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2017

We went to Cowboy Star for dinner last time for the first time, the service was great, the food amazing and very cute place. I had the Wagu flank steak which was off the charts which I ordered all veggies instead of veggies/starch. The most amazing steak. I also ordered the caesar salad which I really enjoyed. We had the... More 

Thank ssunshine52
Berlin, Germany
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2017

I went for the heirloom carrots followed by the Dry-Aged ribeye. The balance of flavor was outstanding, in both dishes, and I cannot fault a thing. Leave room for the sides as they too are something special. Don't think twice about going.

1 Thank George G
Stanwood, Washington
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85 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2017

Best steakhouse in Gaslamp area, on 10th Ave, reservations suggested. Wonderful selection of meat and seafood, top quality & service! Top shelf scotch, booze and wine selection. Save room for desert!

Thank Daniel B
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017

This was my second special occasion trip to Cowboy Star. They never disappoint! My wife and I both had the 8 oz Filet. It was wonderful, cooked perfectly. The kitchen staff catered to my wife's diary allergy which was fantastic. The steak tartare appetizer is an absolute must. Hogan's Mule to drink; bartender did a great job. Ants on a... More 

Thank Andrew B
Encinitas, California
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354 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016

Very nice steak restaurant for fine dining. Very knowledgable waitstaff. Also a few selections of non steak items like seafood and duck. Decor is modern Western mixed with the classic Hollywood Westerns.

Thank Anna M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$14 - $80
American, Steakhouse
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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: +1 619-450-5880
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?