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


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

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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4.0

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86% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (21)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
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Quiet Conversation (14)
Romantic (13)
Business Meals (12)
Notable Wine List (9)
Good for Groups (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Authentic (6)
Cozy (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Fun (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Casual (1)
Hot Spot (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (St. Louis)·Dined 5 days ago

The wait staff could have been more friendly and inviting. They seemed to be overwhelmed and didn’t take much time to talk and fully explain menu items as you would expect from a place of this caliber. The wine is extremely over priced as well as some other menu items. One lobster tail cost 51 dollars compared to the filet and scallops that was 52 dollars. Kind of disappointed as this was my first visit to San Diego.

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·Dined 6 days ago

The service was excellent and the food was tasty. However, billed as the best steaks in San Diego, my expectations of a Filet being fork-tender were not met. Also I had the 8oz filet with an 11oz lobster tail special and when the bill came I was surprised that the steak was $52 and the tail was a separate $80. The tail was better than the steak and there was no communication as to what the MP (market price) was. My mistake for not asking I guess.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Donavan's always is a wonderful culinary experience thank you!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Very accommodating and respectful staff. Food came out in a timely manner (not too quick, not too slow); food was delicious, perfect temperature, prepared the way we wanted it, well seasoned, and very satisfying. Great portions too.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food was excellent and the service was great. It wasn’t too busy but we still made a reservation because I love to get the points with open table. Try the shrimp cocktail it’s amazing!!!

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

The night was great no complaints

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

In my opinion, did not live up to the fine dining experience. Waiter wasn't the friendliest the drinks were not great and the food was just average. We travel frequently and always visit fine dining steak house. We are used to the fine dining experience. We did like the decor and the wait staff were friendly. That is about all I can say about the positives of this restaurant. I would compare it to a Claim Jumper. Also forgot to mention, our main course took 45 minutes to come out.....never ever ever have I waited to long for an entree. Not the best experience.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2017

A very nice restaurant. We were put in the corner for our anniversary. There were open tables (2-3) near us open the window. Make sure you request a seat that fits you and not in the corner. Felt cramped and stuffed, boxed in. Food Good, Service good (Daniel), by the time we saw the seat we had and they put a table of 8 next to us, it got cramped and be in a corner near the AC Control.. Tried to make it special but it was not good due to the seating situation. I would not return for the fact to spend over $300, for celebration or regular dining. Our view was the wall, people, and I could see the street. My husband's view was the wall and me. Thank God he loves me. This was our 2nd visit to the rest.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Fantastic dining experience!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Just another amazing meals at Donovan’s on Christmas Eve for a bit of us time before the family crush! Thanks for making us feel special that night!

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Disappointed. Not the Donovan’s I knew once upon a time. Overpriced, dried filet and crab. Service never refilled our wine glasses. It was a birthday and no mention of it even though I made sure they were aware. Not even a goodbye from our waiter as we walked out the door. Ruth Chris or Flamingos is your better bet. Time to let the nostalgia go.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Sometimes you just want a steak done right -- well, this is the place. The food was simply wonderful and delicious. Appetizers, wine selection, steak (perfectly cooked and server very hot), side dishes perfect. The wait staff was just right, attentive but not in your face. Sometimes it is just about doing it right!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Our meal was excellent! We were told that we would not be charged for a wedding cake and when we checked our receipt once we got home, we had been charged! Not happy about that, but otherwise excellent!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Really enjoyed the peppercorn steak. Service was great!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
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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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