We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Cowboy Star

#222 of 3,848 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
640 10th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-7218 (Market and G Street)
+1 619-450-5880
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
Closed now
See all hours
Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 17:00 - 22:00
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Sat 17:00 - 22:30
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

339 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 319: English reviews
Level Contributor
15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Pathetic, a steakhouse that can't figure out how to cook a medium-rare after three tries. But, they give you your money's worth in salt. Pathetic.

Thank randal v
Manhattan Beach, California
Level Contributor
101 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food, service and atmosphere are all top notch. The steaks are excellent, as always, the oysters were amazing and the wine was wonderful. The service was some of the best I have experienced in quite a long time. It was our son's birthday and they went out of their way to make this a memorable meal and evening. A... More 

Thank Andy F
Bartlett, Tennessee, United States
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We found this place on Thrillist.com. We didn't have reservations, so the hostess recommended the Chef's Counter. It was like dinner and a show! Really enjoyed watching the care with which the food was prepared. My husband said it was the best filet he's ever had. I got the New York Strip. It was cooked perfectly and very flavorful. Each... More 

Thank Heather S
Level Contributor
18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

we sat at the counter overlooking the kitchen. it was very entertaining and everyone was so welcoming. the mussels and halibut cheeks were phenomenal. would definitely return.

Thank Mike G
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was absolutely a magical meal! It wasn't just the food. To begin the hostesses recommended I sit at the Chef's Counter - great suggestion as I was dining alone and it was great to watch the staff prepare the meals. Everyone went out of their way to say hi to me and if someone brought out a sample or... More 

Thank Mark W
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

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
Level Contributor
16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

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
Level Contributor
16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 February 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
Level Contributor
80 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 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
Level Contributor
140 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 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

Been to Cowboy Star? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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
US$14 - US$80
American, Steakhouse
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:30
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
  • Neighbourhood: 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.

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Cowboy Star staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?