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The Gambling Cowboy
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Ranked #11 of 423 Restaurants in Temecula
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Front Street
Reviewed 7 March 2011

I'm not sure why the Gambling Cowboy was full with a waiting list of one and half hours 3/5. The food was okay. I would place the taste level at an experienced home cook level as the food was devoid of subtlety.

Other than not knowing where to go there is no reason to wait for a table. We waited or more accurately, walked to other restaurants to see if we could be seated earlier.

Service was earnest not distinguished. We were happy with the time it took to get the food to us as every chair and table was full when we were seated.

Ended up drinking our wait at a saloon around the corner and can't comment on GC's bar or wine selection.

If you're after steaks or prime rib it is serviceable joint and won't disappoint and certainly not wow you. Think of it as a high end Sizzlin Sirloin, a place to go if you're with, or are, a picky eater. Not a place to seek out for a dining experience.


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1  Thank Mikeh53
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Reviewed 13 February 2011

We arrived 5 to 10 minutes late for a 6PM reservation due to having to park 3 blocks away (ie - no dedicated parking lot). We waited for 10 to 15 minutes for our table and were seated about 6:25. The girl seating us told us that the management had instructed her to tell us that since we were a half hour late for our reservation - the we were required to finish our dinner and leave the table within one hour. We were amazed at the rudeness and protested that we were only 5 to 10 minutes late for the reservation. Our server however was pleasant and took our drink, salad and meal order. Our main course arrived at 7:20 - 10 minutes before we were scheduled to vacate our table. We finished dinner, ordered dessert and coffee and left the table at 8:45 making sure we stayed well past our allotted hour.

The food was great and the waitress efficient and pleasant. The service was a bit slow but not unbearable. It is a shame that the atmosphere for the evening was tarnished by the initial rudeness and that we cut out tip in half to 10%.

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1  Thank KenH2
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Reviewed 13 January 2011

Temecula residents since July of 2010, the wife and I were wine-tasting on a Sunday and asked one of the pourers at Callaway which restaurant he'd recommend for a 4 p.m. dinner. He directed us to the Gambling Cowboy in Old Town.

What a PERFECT recommendation. On Sundays, the prime rib is $1 per ounce! And it was spectacular. Their wine list features a lot of Temecula wines.

I can't wait to go back and try the seafood...

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1  Thank tmurph
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Reviewed 2 September 2010

Great atmosphere. Great food! Great experience! On the second floor so there was a nice view all around. Comfortable booths.

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1  Thank DebbStarr8
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