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Cowboy Star

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640 10th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-7218 (Market and G Street)
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Open now
All 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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My partner and I looked at many steak houses to eat at, this one came recommended by a local. My lamb dish was superb, couldn't fault it, my husband had the filet mignon he was very disappointed, the meat was very bland albeit tender and cooked to perfection. The black pepper sauce was cold but the manager kindly waved the... More 

Thank Dentos74
Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent three hours waiting at the bar for my son. The sliders (3types)are excellent Later we had two steak frites - superb. Will return.

Thank smaresident
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Holy Sh$&! This place is on point. I leave a lot of reviews and give a lot of 5 stars when deserved but this place needs 11! Bring your wallet but you get what you pay for. Excellent spirits selection as well as wine, although not the most extensive list, there should be something in a price range you'll enjoy.... More 

Thank David B
Edinburgh, Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

Carefully chose Cowboy Star as it was our Anniversary when we were in San Diego and we were not disappointed. Got a great large comfy booth for our table and we liked the setting and atmosphere immediately. We started with really good Oysters done with Tamarind Oil and lime, followed by a fabulous T-Bone Steak and a really good Filet... More 

Thank daveedinburgh
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

Cowboy star was an amazing dining experience. The staff are great and even add a few laughs. Service is prompt but let's get to the food. Oysters... Amazing... Steak tartare ... Even more amazing... Dry aged Bone in ribeye... One of the best steaks I have had. Highly recommend !

Thank Andypequeno
Nyon, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

I came here with a business associate for a working dinner. I was happy they had a local hard to find IPA (Alpine Duet) and a nice wine selection by the glass. I ordered the house Caesar and the beef filet with bearnaise sauce. The amuse-bouche was too simple and included a very small piece of tomato, carrot, and cheese.... More 

Thank Brads P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Went to this place on a Saturday for dinner. To begin with we had to wait in the bas for our table,, which was fine with me as it gave me a chance to go through their extensive whiskey list, they have a great selection of ryes, bourbons, scotches, and whiskeys. Finished off their bottle of Tullamore Dew "Phoenix" just... More 

Thank LenofMV1
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

Gorgeous steaks, incredible service and beautiful loungy ambiance. What else to ask for? Truly recommended if you are looking for a steak!

Thank Moreno_chicago
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

This is a serious steak lovers place. Reservations recomended. Everything was delicious and gluten free no problem.

Thank GlutenFreePerson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

The service and food at this place are fantastic. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. I will be back for sure. The Kobe Beef and The Service are Top Notch!!!!!!

Thank ddwyerUsa

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$14 - $80
American, Steakhouse
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, 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: 16194505880
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?