Donovan's - San Diego Gaslamp

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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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Daily 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

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San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our dinner as we celebrated our anniversary. Charles and his team provided exceptional customer service. Thank you so much and Donovan’s is one of our favorite restaurants.

M
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual.We we’re celebrating our 9th anniversary and Moses our head waiter remembered us from a previous dinner we had in August.Great service and food was very well prepared-atmosphere was just right.Always will recommend.

OT
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful thank you for a wonderful dinner

RN
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food menu and drinks! Our server, Cassidy, was friendly, informative and efficient.

CA
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was average for the price. The cut seemed much smaller then expected and the lobster was too expensive for the market price although I should have asked before ordering g I didn’t expect it to be that high. Service was not the best. Maybe server was new but they should ask before they just grab the lobster to take it off shell, not to mention she dropped it in my lap then picked it up and put it on the plate after apologizing. after collecting our plates she dropped them and broke the plates. The potato au gratin was not good at all it had more cheese then potatoes Which made it extremely oily.

CM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday they were great

MP
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, wonderful atmosphere. The staff was almost too attentive, as if that could be a problem.

DS
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dont worry about the menu prices, they are very fair for the excellent 5-star quality of the service, cuisine and ambiance you enjoy. This location is one of the Top 10 dining experiences in all of San Diego. Perfect for celebrating or impressing your guest or guests.

c
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice food, nice ambiance

N
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Slow to deliver food. Lobster was tasteless as were scallops. 7 Oz lobster tail was $75 Market Price. Steaks were ok. Better steak houses in San Diego

S
San Antonio
38 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I was advised to have the scallops wrapped in bacon by my server. They were not very good. Slightly overcooked and not a whole lot of taste.
My meal came out shortly after I had started my salad. I did not even get 1/4 of the way through it and I am a fast eater.
Then the desert took forever. The meal was a little cool because of the delay.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food- the prime rib was wonderful. Excellent service from our server, Charles

DB
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We returned to Donovan's on our anniversary trip to San Diego after a great experience last year. We requested a particular booth months in advance that we had sat in last year when we were there. I even made the reservation for an early time to ensure we got that booth. We got there and when the hostess went to seat us at a table I told her I had requested the upstairs booth. She said they weren't using that booth anymore but nobody called to let me know as we would have possibly went somewhere else. I got no confirmation call or anyone calling to let me know we would not be able to be seated as requested. That got the night off to a disappointing start and it went downhill from there. Although the service was good the food was not nearly as good as our previous visit. The steak (bone in ribeye) was tough and not very flavorful. Even the Oysters Rockefeller which I had raved about after our last visit were not good. We will probably not return when we go back to San Diego next year.

LS
San Diego
49 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Alaskan Cod special was fabulous !!
Excellent service and great special tonight !

r
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb, old style dinner restaurant with excellent food!

ND
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

It was great and the service was wonderful but ordered a medium rare steak and it came out medium as did the rest of the steaks for the people I was with. Wine was great but expensive.

RA
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service. Overall a magnificent experience.

LJ
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience. Excellent entrées with exceptional service. No hesitation responding to our special requests with preparation exactly to our liking.

W
New England
15 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible service, elegant atmosphere, excellent food

NB
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around outstanding. Our server Moises was phenomenal! Enjoyable evening.

AS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

i had gone to this location before, but i was seated in another area which looked old. i was very disappointed with the mashed potatoes when i specifically asked for garlic mashed and i received an overabundant of pepper which was inedible. the server asked if i wanted another order of potatoes and i said no.all 4 of us had way too much pepper in our mash. Then i think it was the floor manager who named all the variations of potatoes and he said we have shoe string or steak cut fries and i asked for shoe string and they were humongous. But he gave us 2 extra desserts and the tiramisu was the worst i ever tasted and my whole table agreed with me. Not worth $235.

CC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous time... Our waiter was the best! Really enjoyed all of his recommendations. We will definitely be coming back!

AB
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and service. Good for date night and large groups.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner we go every year for a special business dinner. Always great time.

RA
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

WORSE PRIME RIB EYE STEAK I EVER HAD. CHEWY AS HELL

CW
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

We were there for my brother’s birthday and to sum it up:

- 2 drink orders were wrong
- an extra side was forgotten
- it took forever to get our appetizers and even longer to get our entrees
- a rush or “we’re busy” is not an excuse when you are paying this high a price for quality food
- server was not around to refill drinks and was rather arrogant

We will be eating at the other steakhouses in SD from now on

D
Naples
31 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was amazing (as always)! Service was attentive without being intrusive. Thanks to Charles! He is the best!

MM
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for my boyfriends birthday and they were sure to make it very special. The attention the servers and the manager gave us is unparalleled. They had light up menus which is a small thing but made quite the experience. The food was cooked to perfection. Will definitely come back soon!

B
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Ambiance: it was shivering Cold inside, even our american friend who is more used to it than we europeans confirmed this.
Food Quality of the meat was good but not outstanding. I had as a side a baked potato which had almost no tast.
Beverage prices are high.

D
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stellar in every way. Please re-open the Phoenix location!

MR
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great place to bring a group of people the food was awesome and the ambiance was second to none. also loved the lighted menus, nice touch

MP
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was great. Moses, our server and his team were excellent.

SM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our wedding anniversary and were treated like royalty. There were red rose petals on our table! Excellent service and the food was delicious. I don't much like potatoes Au Gratin, but decided to try them and am happy I did! They are beyond good. It is a pricey restaurant, but it is worth it! If you want to spend a bit less, visit for their happy hour. Wish they had beer on tap, although good that they have local beer.

CD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Always enjoy eating here. Waiter, wanted to engage in casual conversation at the table. Found it distracting as he wanted to talk about tourist things to do in San Diego. This was unsolicited information. Ordered Blue Cheese on all steaks. Two came without it. Made server aware of error at the time the plate was set down. Nothing happened until waiter stopped by to check on how we were enjoying the food. It appeared the error was not the servers problem

r
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good !! Back to the future !! Congratulations !!

t
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is easiest the best steak we have ever had! And we do travel a lot and have had many steaks to sample. The pricing was very high, but it's San Diego. The beef was high grade as well. We will definitely be returning again next year when we are visiting SD.

L
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening with friends. Ordered steaks because they are known for their meat and we were not disappointed. Steaks were the best quality and tasted amazing. The whole meal and experience was excellent.

JS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 2

Our server was brand new and couldn’t help us with anything. She had to ask someone else to answer our questions and would disappear for long periods of time. The matre de never stopped once to ask how everything was. When you spend $500 on a dinner, you’d expect much more than what we received. The food was the only thing great...that and the lady who was bussing our table. no one else seemed to care. Very disappointing

L
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, especially the steaks!

MR
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an outstanding experience and the customer attention to detail was impeccable. Now for the food it was very well cooked and presented to us beautifully. Great atmosphere and energy from the bar thru the restaurant. I would highly recommend Donovans and you just cant beat the downtown San Diego environment. Walking distance from many of the hotels.

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