Permanently Closed - Donovan's - San Diego Gaslamp

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
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San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always can count on impeccable service and a great steak! Just found out they were making March 14th their last evening serving San Diego - sad to see the icon close.

G
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. The food and service is consistently great

L
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great place for a getaway dinner 🥘👍😁 cozy and intimate

SU
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our Anniversary Place as know meal will be top quality.

JR
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were disappointed in the quality for the price we paid.

HR
Dallas
22 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had 6 for a business dinner - the service was solid, the food good based on everyone's comments and the price was reasonable. Thumbs up.

TC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is easily one of the top 3 restaurants I have ever visited. The staff was excellent and the food was absolutely in a whole other ball club! Going back again tonight because it is all I have thought about since my first visit.

Donovan's - San Diego Gaslamp - Permanently Closed
Responded on February 26, 2020

Thank you for your outstanding review, @TravisC! We appreciate your feedback. Happy to hear that we exceeded your expectations, and look forward to serving you again and again!

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M
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent broiled oysters! Great food highly recommend the experience!

Donovan's - San Diego Gaslamp - Permanently Closed
Responded on February 27, 2020

Glad to hear that we met your expectations and that you loved the broiled oysters! We just introduced them and the feedback, such as yours, has been overwhelmingly positive. We'll be sure to share with Chef Sal! Thank you for the glowing review. We look forward to serving you, again.

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MB
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it. This was the first time dining at this location. Service was awesome.

Donovan's - San Diego Gaslamp - Permanently Closed
Responded on February 26, 2020

Thank you, @MikkieB! We hope to make all of our first-time guests, regular guests! We look forward to serving you, again.

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T
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

We had been going to Donavan’s in UTC and La Jolla for years. Obviously, there is no view at the Gaslzmp location, unless you count the homeless person hunkering down in the doorway across the street. Also, when Agnes boxed up our leftovers she completed left out a full complement of snow peas and carrots that I had specifically saved for my husband. We also missed the backlit menus.

Donovan's - San Diego Gaslamp - Permanently Closed
Responded on February 26, 2020

Thank you for the feedback, @Terry. Unfortunately, homelessness is an issue in San Diego and we've reached out to the city several times, but we haven't received much assistance in working out an equitable resolution. As we continue to work this issue outside, we continue our dedication to providing a flawless fine-dining experience inside. Our apologies for not meeting that expectation when packing your to-go bag. On your next visit, speak with our manager, Arnold, for a suitable resolve.

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CG
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Went here for our Valentine’s celebration. The food was great, well except for the bones that showed up in the salmon towards the end of the meal. That was not so great!

H
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a first rate meal, great service, and good value.

TG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of San Diego's best restaurants. Service team was professional providing excellent customer service. Food was fantastic in all ways. Highly recommend for any special occasion with that someone special or just sharing a meal with friends.

e
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Valentines weekend and food was substandard compare to other visits. Event at Petco park delayed our already very costly valet parking. Will avoid Downtown SD altogether when events ongoing

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my wife to the Valentine’s Day dinner, it was very attractive setting with dim lighting and noise level was low. They had a great plate advertisement. Food was amazing from beginning to end. I highly recommend Donovan’s to anyone.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My 1st time going. I loved it. I really enjoyed the ambiance. It wasn't so quiet that you feel like you can hear yourself eat but it wasn't noisy it was a nice comfortable everybody's welcome ambiance. Dinner was delicious start to finish. I really really loved the Broiled Oysters! I could eat those every day.

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food!

KP
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food. This was an amazing meal.

Donovan's - San Diego Gaslamp - Permanently Closed
Responded on February 26, 2020

Thank you for your review, @KurtP! We're pleased to hear we met your expectations, and look forward to serving you again.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Loud table next to us, food was below my expectations, steak was over cooked and dry. Not the best experience. This was my second time at Donovan’s but will be my last.

JH
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great meal! Our waiter Charles was very knowledgeable and attentive. Overall it was a fantastic experience and I would highly recommend it.

VP
New York Area
10 reviews