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Donovan's - San Diego Gaslamp

4.6
2249 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steak
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Donovan's Steakhouse at San Diego - Gaslamp has a rich and intimate ambience and 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.

Our steak and seafood dishes are traight-forward, honest and always flavorful. Our executive chefs achieve Donovan’s high standards of excellence with every dish. Prime USDA, house-cut steaks, market fresh seafood flown in daily, and fresh seasonal vegetables are crafted into the delectable entrees, sides and appetizers you expect at a premier steakhouse.

Complete your night out on the town dining at Donovan’s classic steakhouse in San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter. One block west of Petco Park, one block north of the San Diego Convention Center and just four miles from San Diego International Airport.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Steak, Seafood, Prime Rib
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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.
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Phone number
(619) 237-9700 ext. 1
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Fernando and Chef Sal Reynoso
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
6th & K
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Parking details
$15 Valet Parking.
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Entertainment
We feature classic American music, including Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald.
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Special events & promotions
We have 2 private rooms that can accommodate up to 40 guests.
Please call or email Maria Lamm.

marial@donovanssteakhouse.com
(619) 991-7333


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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Whatever the Occasion, We’ll Take Care of You at Donovan's Gaslamp. All private dining rooms are available for private luncheon events, businesses and holiday festivities for a minimum of 15 guests. For details, please contact our event manager.

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Daily 4:00PM - 5:45PM 8:00PM - 11:30PM

What 2249 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Celebrated 25th Wedding Anniversary. Gave us private table with rose pedals on table. Made a special occasion even more special with service and the food and wine were excellent. They helped making it a romantic dinner we were looking to have.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We were there to celebrate our son's graduation from Law School. Eric was our waiter, assisted by Katie. The service was top notch. It was attentive but not intrusive. We had the seafood tower as an appetizer and everyone enjoyed it. The steaks were excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Great food and service. We will definitely see you soon!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It was amazing

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Service was amazing! Wait staff was like a well oiled machine and had plenty of charachter. Food was good, but steak could have been seasoned better. Overall great place, will definitely visit again.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Awesome service great food :) i would def recomentd the lamb chops as an ap. Everyone there was so attentive and friendly!!!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Absolutely lovely food and service. I'd recommend Donovan's to anyone looking for a fabulous steak.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The food was incredible, the service outstanding, and the atmosphere very romantic! Perfect for a special evening out or just meeting friends for happy hour. I highly recommend it and will go there again!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Had a celebration for my daughters college graduation. Treated very well by our server, engaging in conversation and gave us my daughters dessert for free! Lovely place and food was delicious!

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Cocktails were exceptional. Accomodated our requests for appetizer as an entree (lamb chops) along with sharing a wedge salad between two of us. We brought a bottle of wine and appreciated the service during dinner (including prompt refills). You are on my list of favorites!

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Migael was the best!

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Great Food and Service was 5 Star. We had the lobster , halibut , and filet . Lobster was perfect !

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Food was great......wine prices a bit too high!!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

The ambience is very pleasant. Low level lighting, but menus were illuminated- nice touch. Felt a little rushed during the appetizers but that settled down. Service was very good. Overall the food was excellent but the grilled shrimp scampi was lacking. Filets were tasty and cooked perfectly.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Our party enjoyed our evening at the bar. Great wine list and wine by the glass old fashion yummy. Loved the halibut & steak and extras. So close to petco park. We will come again. Great attentive service and friendly accommodating staff.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Excellent Steak / Seafood restaurant. We will return. The filet mignon was exceptional!

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2.0Dined on April 20, 2018

For the price the food was just okay. One of the people with us ordered the ribeye cooked medium and it came out medium well. When he asked the server she said that’s how they cook medium there. So, if you want your steak medium order it medium rare.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Nice upscale place. A bit pricey but food and service were very good.

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Donovan's is a regional upper level Steak House that is as good as, if not better that the standard chains of Flemings, Morton's, Ruth's Chris and the like. We had the Bacon Wrapped Scallops for an appetizer and I had the Rack of Lamb with Mint Jelly. There every bit as good as I expected them to be. I will most definitely be returning.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Delicious!! A nice & quit place with excellent service! I recommend:)

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Outstanding food and service as always, but getting ever more pricey. Hard to handle without an expense account!

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

This isn’t our first trip to donovans but unfortunately we were seated next to some loud women who didn’t have much etiquette. It was to the point where we had to request to be moved. The service and food is always great here but definitely sad those guests were there. We aren’t from san diego but travel from long beach from time to time to enjoy donovans and this visit happened to be for our first anniversary:(

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great service

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great experience. The service was top notch as well as the food. I ordered the filet mignon. It was excellent! My friend had the sword fish it was also excellent. So glad we chose to eat here for my birthday

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great food and service as always but I have noticed the last couple times it didnt appear to be that busy especially in the bar area? Somehow lost its energy?

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Excellent ambiance, service and food. I haven't been to Donovan's in over twenty years. Not because I didn't like it, but more of a lack of opportunity.

I was not disappointed in the least. In fact, it has excelled in every way since then!!

I want to go again as soon as possible. Such a memorable evening.

So thankful!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Delicious prix fixe Chef's menu. Seafood chowder was creamy and nice chunks of seafood. Filet tip was perfectly cooked and seasoned and demi glaze was fantastic. Dessert cheesecake a nice finish. Chef came out to dining room and made rounds to check-in with patrons. Nice touch and the overall staff are friendly and attentive. I will return for seconds!

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3.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Server did not know the specials. Took a long time to get our drinks. Very expensive for the service, and the food.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Every facet of the dinner was exceptional - 5 Star experience!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

This place is great for a special occasions, and a great bar, oh by the way the wait staff are incredible. I experienced 5star level of service, outstanding. Thanks and I will be back

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Lamb chops extraordinary!!!!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Excelente filete mignon, puré de papa con cáscara y ajo, excelente servicio excelente ubicación, notable Wine list!!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Celebrated my loves birthday ♥️

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Always the best steak in town. That's why I go. You know I'm right.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

fANTASTIC FOOD SERVICE GREAT SSTEAK AND AU GRATIN POTATOES

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Lamb rib rack was outstanding. Will definitely eat here again next time I'm in San Diego

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

I had a great experience. Celebrated my anniversary at Donovan's and the experience was perfect for our occasion. The staff was friendly and attentive. We had the chef’s prix fixe, a 3-course meal and enjoyed everything from the starters to the dessert. The setting was romantic for the occasion and the staff followed through with the anniversary note left during reservation. It met the expectations that I had as someone who has been to other steakhouses in the area of the same category.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Very nice setting in the heart of the Gas Light District of downtown San Diego. Our waiter Eric and all of his support staff did a superb job of taking care of us. The food was fantastic. I had the blue cheese sedge salad and my date had the spinach salad. Both were wonderful. We shared two entrees. I had the peppercorn crusted filet and my date had the salmon. Both were cooked to perfection and tasted delightful. The chef and his support staff prepared not only a delicious meal but an attractive looking one as well. Donovan's is not inexpensive, however we expected that. It not only met but exceeded our expectations. I recommend you try it out.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Had a lovely anniversary dinner. Our server Eric and his team were exceptional and made us feel welcome and very special.

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3.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Being from the Indianapolis area, i was expecting something along the lines of Saint Elmo's. This was nothing close to that. The steak was cooked properly, but bland. The calamari was just OK, nothing better than most chain restaurants. The meal was good, but not "over the top".

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