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

Donovan's - San Diego Gaslamp Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.donovanssteakhouse.com
  • Phone: (619) 237-9700 x1
  • 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 & Promotions: We have 2 private rooms that can accommodate up to 40 guests.
    Please call or email Charlotte Wagner.

    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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Diner Reviews
  • "Loved the food and service,steaks are great.wood paneled walls old time San Diego"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We enjoyed the twin filets, and all that came with! Everything was prepared and presented beautifully. HIGHLY recommend for a special steak dinner!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "All you want in a steak restaurant! From fast valet parking to fantastic desert. We have been there several times and will return."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Overpriced but excellent meat; served a whiskey sour that was sweet; excellent Malbec by the glass."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We are always impressed with Donovan's. It is our kind of special restaurant. The food and service is great and the environment is quiet. The waiters are attentive, knowledgeable and gracious. The steaks are the best in San Diego."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "after eating out all week at a conference this was the best meal"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I have had the pleasure of dining at Donovan's 4 times in the past year, and let me assure it is amazing. Service was beyond, with there knowledge and recommendations. There is not one item here that I can say is average. Always a pleasure dining at Donovan's gaslamp."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Excellent service, awesome food and great ambience....perfect for celebrating special occasions!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Must be the best steak I every had (24 oz rib chop). Matthew our waiter was friendly and very knowledgeable on all the items and the wine list. If prime beef is your thing- this is the place. The entire staff was excellent."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We save this restaurant as a treat. Went to celebrate the completion of some stressful Job stuff, excellent treat as always. Incredibly well prepared and cooked steak and complete dinner. Loved it, as always."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We got there 5 minutes before our reservation, and as always, very attentive valet parking staff, same thing at the door, got our table in seconds. It seemed that everything was in place for what you come to expect from Donnovan's. Then our server arrived, a refined gentelman in his mid fifthies, respectfully presented himself, and the very attentive lady that assisted him with our table. After ordering our initial bottle of wine, he took our order in a timely matter, but at every stage or course, we got better "service" from the other staff, than from our server, his attitude did not feel sensire, like if he was not pleased to be there, I can't say he neglected us, but defenetly not what you come to expect at 175 dlls per person tab."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "My steak was very good, but my husband's was tough. He could not eat it all. Considering that he had a Filet, I was surprised."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "If you want a great steak Donovan's is the place to dine. The interior is warm and welcoming and the service is always wonderful. The pre-fix dinner is a good deal, but whatever you order you will enjoy it!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We had oysters as an appetizer which were tremendously good. We did not expect that good in a steakhouse. The steak was also good, but just average among notable steakhouses such as Mortons and Ruth Chris. The wine list is something that the restaurant should be proud of, but I would prefer more reasonable wines (like 40-50 dollars). The prices for foods were also more expensive than an average person can easily afford. All in all this restaurant is good for business dinner, or special occasions."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Celebrated my fiance' and I's first year together at Donovan's. It was our first time at this restaurant and did not expect it to be perfect. After everything was said and done, we truly think the food and service came close to perfect. We have 0 complaints and would love to celebrate our next anniversary at this restaurant. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Great steak. Great ambiance. Very good wait staff. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We had wonderful service for dinner date on Sunday night. They were attentive and polite and went out of their way to make sure we enjoyed ourselves. The food was very good. We would come back again."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We had a good dinner with attentive service. Staff was very nice. Food was what you would expect for the price, portions are a little too large but tasty. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Steaks were excellent. Ceasar salad was mushy and mediocre, as were the side dishes. Would not eat here again. Had heard good things about Donovan's--not so much!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "this place never disappoints it is always outstanding and the best happy hour in the city"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "This is our favorite restaurant in San Diego. the food and service are outstanding. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Food - Drinks - Service all top shelf. Great place for a special occasion. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Looking from the outside, the building has a little bit to be desired. On the inside however the food was amazing. "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Good dinner with family and perfect service.food was great overral."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Stopped in for dinner before going to the Grand Hotel Theater. Everything was wonderful. The ding on ambiance was due to our table location (second floor in the traffic lane of servers.) The food was top notch. My wife loved the shrimp, and the filet. Mine was excellent too. The service was attentive. Oh yea the noise level was fine....once the couple with a toddler left. (I guess he wasn't happy watching his parent enjoy a prime cut of meat). "
    Dined on 5/10/2014