Donovan's - San Diego Gaslamp
Donovan's - San Diego Gaslamp

Donovan's - San Diego Gaslamp

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.donovanssteakhouse.com/
  • Phone: 6192379700x1
  • Hours of Operation:
    Cocktail lounge opens at 4 pm, Happy Hour is 4:00pm - 6:00pm Daily. Dinner Service starts at 5 pm.
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Holiday Hours may apply, call for specifics.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: We feature classic American music, including Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald.
  • Special Events: We have 2 private rooms that can accommodate up to 40 guests.
    Please call or email Charlotte Wagner.

    cwagner@donovanssteakhouse.com
    tel: 8772666336
    cell: 6199917333


Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th & K
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Donovan's - San Diego Gaslamp
Donovan's rich and intimate ambience is enhanced by world-class unobtrusive service. The Chef serves 100% USDA Prime beef 100% of the time. Donovan's wine list of over 300 wines features the best the world has to offer. Wine tasting dinners available.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Donovan's - San Diego Gaslamp reviews from OpenTable diners
154 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (114)romantic (90)notable wine list (68)fit for foodies (39)neighborhood gem (31)good for groups (27)late-night find (14)vibrant bar scene (13)hot spot (6)scenic view (6)great for lunch (5)great for outdoor dining (5)great for brunch (5)Show More
  • Very Good
    HonestWiner
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I got the New York strip and it was delicious. The chocolate moose was average. I would return to Donovon's steak house again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible experience
    CC2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We made a reservation for early dining to beat the crowds and night life of downtown. We arrived early for our reservation and had a cocktail in the bar. We were only one of two tables. This experience was okay. Once we finished our drinks and crab cake we moved to our dining table. With a very empty restaurant we were seated upstairs on a two top in a dark corridor. There were other open tables throughout the entire venue. My fiancés steak was full of gristle. My shrimp were overcooked. This is not a fine dining venue. The over all experience was less than satisfying. We go the Donovan's in LJ and love it. We will not go back to the Gaslamp Location.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing dinner w/ Love of my Life
    PhilKnowsFood
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Martini at the bar while we waited for a cozy table. Free mignon wraps - holy cow! Price Fix - Chop salad (add blue cheese), blue cheese mignon, crème brulee with a La Roach Pinot Noir to wash. Amazing. Perfection
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious and elegant
    bebedubs
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had a quiet, romantic table in the corner. The staff was very friendly & attentive. Our dinner was great-NY strip, filet, scallops, great sides, lovely bottle of wine, and finished up with the tiramisu. We really enjoyed it. The style is a little dated, but this place was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Service Great Food
    Charline
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We once again were impressed with the service and the delicious food at Donovans
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Birthday
    Epicurean
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed the steaks; kudos to the chef. Very attentive staff and hostess made the evening birthday celebration very special.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a rare touch of class in san diego
    alansappetite
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Donovan's has their act together. They do everything right: food, service, ambience. Our server, Eric, is the epitome of professionalism. Easy sell, good sense of humor. The food was as good as it gets. Sure, the price is steep, but you are paying for a combination of food, ambience and theater.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Di1951
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We didn't think the food was that great for the price.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved it!
    MsMy34
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I brought a friend here for a bon voyage dinner before he deploys. We both had a great time, the food was amazing, ambience was beautiful and the customer service was beyond awesome. I would definitely recommend dinning here for a special occasion. I am definitely going to return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Night
    Mando
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Highly recommend for any special occasion. Very attentive staff and excellent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Even Better Staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Awesome dining experience for my girlfriend and I. We were celebrating a romantic evening together. We were a little more intimate than we should have been in this setting but the staff left us alone until we focused on the menu. They were very pleasant and accommodating and our server, Matthew, made some excellent recommendations that we followed and were extremely pleased with. When being seated, I pulled the chair out for my date and then assisted her by sliding it back in beneath her. The hostess made a nice comment about how sweet it was and how she loved that. Just everything allowed us to be intimate and feel romantic without being rushed or judged. Very nice staff! The steaks were great and potato and veggies included in the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You Don't Know Jack
    chefbobcatVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Jack was the Captain/Server for our dining experience at Donovan's - San Diego Gas Lamp. Jack and his team provided service that was attentive, but not intrusive, timely, but not pushy and excellent in every way. In this day over of diners not understanding proper dress codes, we appreciate a restaurant that still pays attention to detail including Tuxedos worn by the Captain. The meal started with very tasty bread and the butter served on a heated plate that made it easy to spread. My excellent Oysters Rockefeller was served on a heated plate and were our main courses. Donovan's is a classic Steak House that is unfortunately disappearing from the dining culture.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 80th birthday dinner celebration
    jackram
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    there were three of us celebrating the 80th b'day of one of the women. the service was wonderful, as was the food. the staff took means to make our friend's b'day a celebration, which included a creme brûlée that was excellent, and a glass champagne for all. we could not have asked for more. my second time here and I will definitely go back. best filet mignon I've ever had, and it was cooked correctly for me, med. rare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HomerSimpsondinVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great for Steaks. Outstanding service. A top notch steak restaurant. Too bad guests do not show proper respect. Sandals and T-shirts. I do not blame the restaurant. Same people board aircraft in flip flops and shorts. That is our world. It is what it is. But food was great and I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lot of hype...
    NikNak
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Let me just start by saying my Ahi steak was amazing! My issue, and a very minute issue, were the side dishes. I had the au gratin potatoes which were bland...my girlfriend had the garlic smashed potatoes, again bland. I just expected for a restaurant of this caliber to not rely so heavily on their star attractions(steak).
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Always
    Manolo
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    One of my three favorites steak and wine restaurants in the USA. Always great quality food at reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and service was great
    Bigfoot
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Had the fillet and scallops. The food and service was great. Love there bread. Restaurant is very nice with a classy vibe. Lighting was way to bright, we were upstairs and the wife had to change chairs to avoid the over table light blinding her in the eyes. That's was the only issue
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Knowledgeable wait staff. Food was very good. Did not have dessert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • magnificent
    crazycombo
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My boyfriend and i celebrated our second yaear anniversary at donovans. We loved the food and the service was Amazing. We cant wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steaks Good Value
    Food4ThoughtVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Donovan's in San Diego Gaslamp district offers great quality meats prepared expertly. Unlike other steak houses which require all sides to be purchased a la carte, Donovan's serves each entree with a vegetable and a choice of potato. This makes is a good relative value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great old time steak house
    luvefood
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Loved the food and service,steaks are great.wood paneled walls old time San Diego
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top 3 NY Strips of all time
    bding93
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My son and I are big fans of NY Strip steaks. He was at Camp Pendleton for some summer training and we took him to Donovan's for his 16th birthday while in town to pick him up. In my estimation, the Donovan's NY Strip steak is one of the top 3 that I have eaten throughout our continuing quest for the perfect NY Strip. It it vacillating between number one and number two. Kudos to Donovan's for a great meal and fantastic ambiance. The drinks weren't bad either! We will definitely return if we are in San Diego again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Prix Fixe!
    INDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We enjoyed the twin filets, and all that came with! Everything was prepared and presented beautifully. HIGHLY recommend for a special steak dinner!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FABULOUS RESTAURANT!!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I wanted a really nice, romantic restaurant where we could celebrate our anniversary, while we were visiting San Diego. We were not disappointed one bit, when we dined at Donovan's -Gaslamp in SD!! We received excellent service & food in a beautiful atmosphere, concluding with a complimentary dessert for our anniversary. The steaks are quality & cooked to perfection, and the menu selection is great. We recommend this restaurant to those who are seeking a good steakhouse with wood paneling, low lights & white tablecloths. We felt the price was reasonable for what we got. Try it...........you'll like it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tim and Laurie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    All you want in a steak restaurant! From fast valet parking to fantastic desert. We have been there several times and will return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Must visit for steak lovers
    Samtan
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We went here on our first night in San Diego , the steaks were really good . My son had the fillet migion and I had the T bone, I think the fillet migion was slightly better. We ordered a bottle of the catena alta Malbec which was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unca98VIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Every time we go to the downtown Donovan's we are not disappointed. Great food. I was there for my 79th birthday dinner and the lamb chops were to die for. They always give special attention to your needs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last guest to sit and l leave..
    Zapatajuanj
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I walked in at 9:45pm with my business partner and was seated promptly. Food was great, steak was cooked to perfection and service couldn't be better! The three waiters on the floor were very professional and didn't give us any hint that it was late and they wanted to go home. I would recommend this restaurant to anybody looking for a great meal!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing restaurant
    IWgirl
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We chose this for a very special anniversary for some dear friends. Everything about Donovan's was amazing; especially the service! I highly recommend this fabulous restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • $10 Martini was good
    Hungry
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Went there to use a Living Social coupon but it was for La Jolla. They wouldn't honor it. Aren't the restaurants related? We said that was OK, we would just have a drink. They ushered us to the bar even though there was only one other table occupied in the restaurant at 5pm. The waiter in the bar was very friendly. The bar menu said the Happy Hour included complimentary Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches and pulled pork sliders. We had 2 drinks each at $10 a piece (happy hour price!) and were given 2-1 inch slices of a Philly sandwich. Never did see the sliders! The waiter said they didn't have food because there weren't many people in the bar. Went to Spaghetti Factory across the street for dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Getaway
    Romance4two
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We went with the premise that it was a good place to eat. We ended up loving the ambiance and great service. The food was very good along with their signature cocktails.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Went for our anniversary and were not disappointed. We normally go to a Morton's for special events when we are in a location they serve. Donovan's was a last minute change and it was excellent, service was attentive, food quality and preparation was bang on, and a great wine selection to accompany the meal was all you could ask for. Steaks are their specialty and they have perfected the cooking of them. Only issue I would have is they have priced themselves into the special occasion selection with steaks in the $50 range then add on the extras. But special event it was!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overpriced but excellent meat
    JGJG
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Overpriced but excellent meat; served a whiskey sour that was sweet; excellent Malbec by the glass.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Vacation Dining
    GreatSteak
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    On vacation from Chicago. Donovan's was comparable to Chicago's great many steakhouses. Excellent dinning expeience with outstanding food and service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food unbecoming a steak house
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The filet I ordered as medium arrived well done. The herb crusted chicken was dry. The bread was excellent. The service as well. Will not be back as the food you receive is not a value at their prices.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Great
    Deliciousos
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We've been to Donovan's multiple times and it is consistently excellent. The food is simple delicious and the service is attentive. Hands down one of the best steakhouses anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We were there pretty early because we had a concert to catch at 7:30. Food, service, everything was excellent!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TERRIFIC DINNER
    DowntownGirlVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We recently enjoyed a birthday dinner at Donovan's Steak House in downtown San Diego. The service, atmosphere and food were all excellent. Great staff who were very attentive and brought a delicious birthday dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our 25th Wedding Anniversary
    Nixer286
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    My wife and I had great dining experience at Donovan's as we celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary. From the time we walked in and the hostess wished us a happy anniversary to the time our waiter, Eric, made us feel 100% at ease and welcome. His knowledge of the menu helped my wife and I choose our meals, which exceeded both our expectations. My wife had the bacon wrapped filet with lobster and I had the rib eye. Both were cooked to perfection and loaded with flavor. At the conclusion of our meal, we were treated to a tasty creme brule. My wife and I were very happy when we left. The staff, the meal, and the ambiance at Donovan's really added to our anniversary celebration. Thank you! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    ElizabethandJustin
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our one year anniversary at Donovans and the team created a magical evening we will never forget. The food, service and overall experience exceeded our expectations and our Captain Jason went out of his way to make us feel special. We cannot say enough about this place! Pure magic.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.