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Reviewed 4 days ago

This restaurant is rated one of the top steak places in San Diego, and it is located in a lovely physical space with wonderful servers and great service. I ordered the onion soup as my starter, and my wife had the Local Organic Greens salad....The onion soup looked great and had an impressive and quite tasty melted cheese coating. The soup itself, however, was too much on the sweet side for my liking. I don't mind a little sweetness in my onion soup, but that was the dominating flavor here. My wife really enjoyed her salad, and I likewise enjoyed the sample of the salad that I tried. For dinner I had the Wagyu Skirt Steak, which was prepared as I had requested and which was the most tender skirt steak I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. My only complaint is that the steak was excessively seasoned with pepper. I love a little salt and pepper on my steaks, but this had so much pepper you might describe it as au poivre (without the sauce). Speaking of sauce, I had ordered the Chimichurri to accompany the steak, but the excessive pepper seasoning on the steak overpowered the Chimichurri. My wife ordered the Woodfired Rack of Lamb, which she really liked. It came out undercooked from what she requested, but they gladly prepared it properly once she pointed that out, and she really enjoyed it. The total bill, without drinks but with tip, came out to a little over $200 people for the five items described above (the steak sauce is a separate charge). For that price, I was expecting a little better.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Matt and Doug were phenomenal. The food was out of this world good and both of them made sure to make us feel welcomed. The food was killer, including the New York and filet but the e rioja recommended to us was heavenly. We will...be back solely because of Matt and Doug’s serviceMore

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed February 21, 2024

Awesome food, service and hospitality. Onion Soup, Mussels/Clams, Wedge, NY strip, Tenderloin, dessert all outstanding, Thank you to all the staff from the hosts, servers, runners and everyone in the kitchen including the utility workers for making this an amazing dinner experience. They all truly...understand the meaning of exceeding expectations. Thank you!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed December 26, 2023 via mobile

Very reasonably priced steak that was good in a beautiful ambience with great service. I would recommend this spot for couples dining or family dining. Get the French onion soup and the chocolate mousse for dessert too !

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed August 30, 2023 via mobile

Everything was fresh and delicious! Steaks, apps, drinks, service! Wow. The wine pairing recommendation was splendid. The old fashioned was hands down the best I’ve EVER had. The wait staff were attentive, friendly and professional.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 1, 2023 via mobile

Food here was good. My wife got the ribeye and I got the Halibut. I also got a whiskey sour. Wasn’t my thing but I’ve never had one. We sat a table that you could see the dessert station and it was awesome. The lady...making desserts was super nice. She made the experience for us. We tried the Mexican Street Corn ice cream and surprisingly it was awesome. I would eat here again.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed April 30, 2023 via mobile

Excellent prepared T-bone steak. Grilled to a perfect medium rare just as I like it. My friends agreed it was a very great experience.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed March 9, 2023 via mobile

Venue fine but in an iffy location; loud all male military group seated very near booths, and worst was very thin cheap piece of meat at superior prices.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 4, 2023

We had an exceptional server, Luis, for our night at the kitchen rail tables. Watching the fantastic symmetry of the line cooks, appie cooks, charcuterie/salad tender and expo and line cooks made for a interesting night-"dinner and a show" The steaks and food was prepared...with care and was delicious. Just a 15 minute walk from the Civic Theatre so very convenient for a night out.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed January 9, 2023 via mobile

When we arrived the restaurant was packed, but we were promptly shown to our table and met by welcoming smiles and a really attentive waitress. Both the cocktail list and wine list was extensive, and I settled on a lonestar cocktail which was fantastic (although...not as alcoholic as I would have liked). The food menu was the perfect size, not too huge you struggle to chose, and not too small to struggle to pick. We had children with us and the waitress suggested splitting a steak as she advised portions were substantial. Delicious steaks came expertly cooked and our boys were served perfect smaller steaks that were still big enough for an adult! The mash was delicious and the greens cooked to perfection. We had a huge Mac n cheese side which was so good but we barely touched it as so full from our mains. This was kindly boxed up for us. We all shared one dessert, a yummy chocolate brownie with malted ice cream. Not a cheap meal but worth every penny and our best in San Diego.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed November 12, 2022 via mobile

Checked multiple sites for best steak in San Diego. Cowboy Star was at or near the top of all lists. We were very impressed. The food was superb and the service was excellent. Our thanks to Adam and the team.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed October 13, 2022 via mobile

My husband chose this restaurant after some research and it was a real hit with us. We sat at the bar rather than one of the restaurant tables and enjoyed watching the bar activity whilst waiting to eat. They have mechanised the bar shelving so...when the bar staff need a bottle from a high shelf, the shelf drops down. Kept me entertained anyway! At first I wasn’t going to order a steak but then went for steak frites at the last minute and was so glad that I did as it was cooked to perfected and absolutely delicious. My husband felt the same about the steak that he ordered. Then I chose the caramelised upside down pudding with cherries and cherry ice-cream. Absolutely delicious! The staff were extremely professional and helpful and the decor is warm and cosy. It was not a cheap meal but worth the money in our opinion.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 17, 2022

My husband and I went to Cowboy Star a week ago to celebrate my birthday and we couldn’t be more pleased with our dining experience. From the beginning the customer service was amazing. First it was Melody who greeted us with a big smile, was...very friendly, and made us feel appreciated as customers. She went above and beyond when I asked for a different table and sat us at a booth instead! I wish there were more hostess like her! Our waiter, Adam, follow up with an equally friendly attitude and outstanding customer service. He took his time to tell us about the menu, answered our questions, and made sure to check on us often. The food was amazing! Great presentation. Our steaks were cooked to perfection. We are very picky when it comes to dining out and our experience at Cowboy Star ranks among the best we had!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed July 8, 2022 via mobile

Food: 7/10. Above average, not spectacular. Large portions, good flavor. No wow factor from any particular dish. Service: 5/10. Hostesses, wait staff outside of waitress were friendly. Waitress was rude, curt and unwelcoming. Restaurant was not busy enough to warrant this behavior. Overall: 6.5/10

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed May 21, 2022 via mobile

We arrived a few minutes early and were seated at the chef’s table until our table was ready. The hostess was very welcoming. The chef came from behind the counter to give a guest a steak she purchased for her pitbull. Once he passed her...the steak, he pet the dog then went right back to the grill and touched some bread. After we gasped and jumped up he got some hand sanitizer. We informed the hostess of what occurred and informed her that we were leaving. The manager and another gentleman went over to the chef and said something. The manager walked right pass us and didn’t apologize. Avoid this place! This is very unsanitary.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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There are places nearby. Corkage fee is $25 per bottle but it's a bargain when the alternative is 3 times the Bevmo price.
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  • Food: 4.5
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