About Donovan's - San Diego Gaslamp

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.

570 K Street
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Steak, Seafood, Prime Rib

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.

Cross Street:
6th & K

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 237-9700 ext. 1

Website:
http://www.donovanssteakhouse.com/

Entertainment:
We feature classic American music, including Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald.

Parking Details:
$15 Valet Parking.

Executive Chef:
Chef Fernando and Chef Sal Reynoso

Additional:
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

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


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.

Donovan's - San Diego Gaslamp Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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4.4

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3.9

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87% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Cozy (8)
Authentic (7)
Fun (5)
Happy Hour (5)
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Comfort Food (3)
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 (Miami)·Dined 5 days ago

Top notch steakhouse. Food and service are awesome. Great steak and onion ring tower.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The app listed the points associated with the time I reserved at 1,000. I was awarded 100. The Brussel sprouts were inedible with too much sauce and sweet/sugar coating. The tuna poke was also overly sweet and and dropping in sauce. The waitress did not ask if anything was wrong with the meal.
I would have thought the service and food quality would have been better given the prices

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Anniversary

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Steak was tough filet was overdone. Overpriced at $300 for two. Go elsewhere

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Steak was very good but a bit over cooked and I have had better at this price point

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Cant go wrong at this place, nice setting, located ideally in Gaslamp district enjoyed a very nice dinner, four drinks for a price you cant beat, will be back

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Salty! A brick of salt would have been less salty than the food. The best thing I had was the chop salad which was basically chopped iceberg lettuce. Service was amazing, super friendly and helpful staff, nice restaurant, but the food was horrific. Definitely not a $400+ meal... for 3 people.

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Awesome meal. Took New Zealand customer and he loved it.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great service, fantastic food, worth the $$$. I had the one ribeye....one of the best steaks I’ve ever had.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Dinner with a friend while in vacation in San Diego. Had the filet mignonnwhixh was very tasty. My friend had the Rib Eye which was stringy and has a tendon running through it. When we told the waiter about her steak, he said "that's how a Rib Eye is cut". We are from the Midwest and know our steaks. The dinner was overpriced and one steak was bad. We were very disappointed. Especially with the way the server handled the poor cut of Rib Eye.

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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Normally it is excellent, the waiter was a little slow, the ribeye was a little grizzly this time, they forgot our drink order and it wasn’t very busy, the lamb chops were delicious as usual and the bread and the mushroom gravy. I will definitely go again but I like the La Jolla location better

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Always wonderful, the steaks are ALWAYS cooked to perfection and the staff definitely wants to please. We love it there!!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

You definitely get what you pay for. Excellent cut of meat prepared perfectly. The ambiance is that of a typical classy steak house, Great selection of wine to compliment the entree.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 9, 2017

The food was delicious. However the service was a bit lacking. We were not offered coffee refills nor did someone check on us.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

I went on a date so i made reservation and was sat 30 min late. We were hungry and frustrated. The food is what I recommend,it's good. But seating and hosting were unprofessional and just unorganized. I spent 140.00 Saturday the 7th and I don't think my experience was worth it, I was embarrassed in front of my boyfriend. I spoke wonderful things about donovans and then we get this services. I hope the next time we come we can actually enjoy a fine restaurant.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Our service was very slow we asked for bread a couple times and we never got it. Service in the bar area was good, but table service wasn't.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The food was spot on but the service was mediocre. Went for our anniversary and it was as if they didn’t care or they forgot. It felt like the waiter was very snooty and we were a bother to him. The other wait staff was ok. Might give them a try again only because the food was amazing.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Okay. Beautiful setting and lovely décor`. Service was okay. Nothing outstanding. Might go again and might not. Food okay too.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great restaurant with great service and great ambiance. Love the turn of the century type of decor.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The have some of the best Filet Mignon in town; in fact might be the only one that serves Prime Filet Mignon... others are choice if you check. Service was great and atmosphere is good.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Server was great and staff. Need more desert, for the Buffet. Made reservations they didn't know. They send me an email and said they missed us. I still gave a good rate on yelp

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food taste great, the service average, Very elegant setting. Its a good place for special event celebration.

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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Amazing food and service. We were a group of 8 and were handled in the most efficient and timely fashion. Joseph and Alex were awesome. We felt like we were the only table in there and they were quite busy. Food came out exactly as ordered and temperature was perfect. We couldn't have asked for better service and food. Simply perfect.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 26, 2017

I am basing this review on the meal we had for restaurant week. We did order appetizers too. The appetizers were very good but my friend and boyfriend got the tenderloin and shrimp scampi and they both said the shrimp was over cooked and the meat was just ok. I had the prime tenderloin meal and it too was just ok. The plates were hot but the food wasn't as hot. The potatoes were luke warm, just a huge lump of blah potatoes. Not what I would expect from a fancy steakhouse. The service was great - very attentive. Just feel that the food served is not up to par with newer style restaurants that may not be steakhouses but service great steaks. This is my second time to Donovan's (first visit was La Jolla) and I don't think I would try it for a third time. Wasn't bad, just for what you are paying, it wasn't great.

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 24, 2017

There is little to distinguish Donovan's from many other steak places. Very pricey. Pleasant ambience. I think $66 is too much for a veal chop sitting lonely on a plate.

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We try to make a meal at Donovan's whenever we travel to San Diego to visit our son and daughter-in-law. We have been doing this for several years and always look forward to the excellent steaks and service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food was amazing and our server, Daniel, was helpful, attentive and answered all our questions regarding the menu.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Way over priced for the quality and quantity. House salad for 14??? Not even close to worth it.

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Fantastic food. Dark, cozy atmosphere. We celebrated our anniversary and loved it.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Awesome dinner,with my wife! Great night out in San Diego gas lamp district.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Really enjoyed our time there. Great food, my husband said best salad ever!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

One of the best dining experiences I've had in years -- from service to food to ambiance. Love the illuminated menus, too. Highly recommended.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Donovan's lived up to it's reputation. Steaks were done to perfection. Service was outstanding.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 7, 2017

There was a little delay with the first batch of drinks arriving, but I can't fault waitstaff for that. The staff were courteous, efficient, knowledgeable, and engaging. Table service was first class.
The food was top notch, with all of our steaks cooked to perfection, regardless of selection. I had the blue cheese topping on the rib-eye, and the proportion of cheese to meat was right on the money.
The accompanying garlic mashed potatoes were heavenly.
Finally, a chef who understands that mashed potatoes are still potatoes and should have some substance to them rather than be a whipped, creamy fluff. They were elegantly seasoned, and delicious. Also the vegetables. Just right. Not just a garnish.
The appetizers were tasty, and well cooked.
Cocktails were generous, and tasty. The wine selection is excellent.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 3, 2017

First, they do not cater to infants. No high chairs or booster seats. So be prepared to bring your own or hold them in your lap. Second, for 8 people, they only brought out one plate of bread. Then, our food took an hour and 15 minutes to come after ordering and the longest cooking item would have been medium-well filet mignon. The manager only compensated us with a free desert. They didn't even acknowledge that we were celebrating two wedding anniversaries after we mentioned it to the hostess. The meats were marginal in terms of flavor. The sides and salads were delicious. They have definitely gone downhill.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

We had a party of 9 including 4 children. The staff was very friendly and took care of all of our needs for the children.They made us feel welcome. The food was absolutely delicious. This was a special family gathering and we are so glad we picked Donovan's!!!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Casual, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 3, 2017

SERVICE WAS BAD. IT TOOK MORE THAN 30 MINUTES TO GET DRINKS REFILL. WHEN OTHER FOOD ARRIVED, NO SILVERWARE AND THEY DON'T OFFER COCKTAIL NAPKINS. THE STEAK WAS LOADED WITH FAT AND VEGGIE HAS TOO MUCH OIL. ONCE I REMOVE THE FAT, THE STEAK TASTE VERY GOOD. FRENCH FRIES CAME OUT COLD. THEY DON'T OFFER FRUITS OR HEALTHY DISHES FOR DESSERT.WE WANT TO ORDER MORE DRINKS BUT DON'T WANT TO WAIT 30 MINUTES AGAIN.IF YOU WANT ROMANTIC PEACE AND QUIET, YOU NEED TO REQUEST UPSTAIR BUT LIMITED SPACE. VALET PARKING ONLY.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We were there before a Padres game on Sat evening, and were to have dinner in the bar. They didn't seem prepared for the early crowd, so service was very slow. We overheard the bartender telling the hostess to slow down seating people because he couldn't keep up. We had drinks and appetizers and would have stayed longer, but the A/C was woefully inadequate for the crowd and temperature, so we opted to have dinner at the ballpark and left. As always, the food is excellent.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Both of our steaks were over cooked, not seasoning on the steaks. Our food looked like it was sitting for a while. I would suggest Ruth Chris or Mortons for a good steak, avoid this place unless your going for a quick meal at the bar.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Food and service were great, definitely on the top end price wise.

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