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.View Private Dining Details
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Daily 4:00PM - 5:45PM 8:00PM - 11:30PM
Great food and Great service. We had a party of five and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The food was excellent and the service never seemed rushed.
Food and service was outstanding from the server greeting me by name to the unexpected dessert for our anniversary. Great experience!
Having been to many of the best steakhouses in the US, I can say the ambiance here is one of the finest. Our server was great too. The disappointment was my rib eye steak, it was cold when served. I know I ordered it medium rare, but it was cold when brought to the table. Medium rare steaks should still be hot when served. When I mentioned it, the server took it back and reheated it. Then it definitely tasted 'reheated'. My wife had a New York and it was excellent, she also ordered hers medium rare, and it was served hot. When she tasted mine, after the "reheat", she agreed that it tasted "reheated". Quite sad. Oh, I've also been to Donovan's in Phoenix and SLC, and they were great.
Food was good steakhouse fare. Disappointed that wait staff is not properly trained and cleared the table when one guest was still eating. I was very unhappy and made it known.
Set up a reservation for 4 at 8 Pm. After 10 minutes or so we asked about our table, we were told that our table was given to another group. We were then told that it would be another hour wait unless we would be ok with a table top at the bar. We decided to take he table top, but it also was not ready until 840.
Several menu items were not available, and ultimately our meals arrive at around 10 pm. 2 hours after our reservation. The servers indicated the reason for the delay was a convention was in town. Since San Diego is a convention city, I was surprised the restaurant could not handle or at least accepted reservations they clearly were not able to manage.
Finally, once the food arrived, some of the meals were undercooked, although others were very good. The manager eventually comped the meal, but the experience was easily the worst I’ve experienced.
I come here whenever in San Diego. Always outstanding to very good. The service was outstanding as always but the quality of the Ribeye steak was not as good as previous visits. They prepared the meat correctly but lacked some flavor and more fatty than usual. I will certainly return.
Outstanding service and ambiance. The seafood tower was AMAZING. All steaks were cooked perfectly. The augrautin potatoes are a must have for the side.
Excelente comida y el servicio es estupendo.
Great service but food was average. Steak was very good but lobster tail was tough and undercooked. Expected much more for the price. Restaurant atmosphere was very nice.
If you’re looking to go all out on an expensive dinner, this is the place to do it in San Diego! As a tourist from Chicago, this steak house is up there with the best in the business!
We had never been and wanted to try. The best part it was part of Restaurant Week and close to where we stayed/ The Grand Horton
Excellent service! Great food. 1 of our 5 orders was wrong, but that was remedied right away.
Plan to again!
Had dinner with friends we haven't seen a long time so we appreciated the quiet as well as the feeling that we were not being rushed which allowed us to catch up. Meal pace and service was perfect, and it was restaurant week to top it off! Staff was attentive but not intrusive. Great meal, we will definitely be back!
The food was delicious, great service and the people were very friendly.
Lobster was small for the price. Flavor wonderful
We wanted a quick meal before going to see Hamilton at the Civic Theater. We were pleasantly surprised at how efficient our wait staff was. Ours steak and shrimp combo plates were perfectly prepared. I don't think that I have ever had such hot mashed potatoes. My crème brulee was so rich and decadent that I was unable to finish it completely. (sadly). The flavors were wonderful and the service was spotless, this included the valet service for our vehicle. Thank you for making our evening the best it could have been.
This was our first visit to the Downtown Donovan's although we have dined at other locations in the past. The location is the first floor of a building in the Gaslamp at 6th and K. It is an old style steakhouse with dark wood paneling. The only view is of the street but the interior is very nice and classic. There is no parking but there is valet. As with our times at other Donovan's, the food is excellent, particularly the steaks. Entrees come with vegetables and a choice of potatoes. I had a very good wedge salad and a smaller filet with nicely prepared vegetables and the au gratin potatoes. My wife had the Restaurant Week dinner with a Caesar salad and a small tenderloin with scampi. Initially, the service was excellent with the team assigned to our table being very attentive, quickly correcting an error in my choice of salad and ensuring that everything was going well. Later, a group of 8-10 was seated near us and that seemed to distract our server to our detriment. My wife was supposed to have a creme brulee with her meal but we were running out of time to get to the theater and, by the time we were able to get our server's attention, we simply had to ask for the check as quickly as possible. The server did ensure that we got her desert in a box before we left. We like the chain and will dine with Donovan's again.
Donovan’s has a very classic ambiance. Great steaks and wines. We went for restaurant week. They offered four awesome entrees as a choice for $50 with salad and dessert. Donovan’s is my favorite fine steak house. I was a little disappointed that I had to get up from the table and walk back to the hostes and ask for the restaurant week menu. One hostes acted like she didn’t know there was one. Other than that, the waiter and staff were awesome as usual.
Great food and service. Amazing location and ambience.
Table next to us had a loud mouth blabbering on his cell phone. Staff really needed to ask him to take it outside. Please be more aware. Other than that a wonderful experience. Will go back.
I was excited to dine at this place! What better excuse to do so, than for San Diego Restaurant Week! That’s the intended idea. To try out places that you wouldn’t normally try. So, I make reservations while trying to contain my utter excitement for a nice dinner out. To get right to the point. The food wasn’t all that great for the price and the service was very slow. The whole dinning experience from appetizer to dessert took about two hours. Furthermore, unless you’re willing to spend so much more than this teacher on a teachers salary can afford, than maybe you will have a more efficient and attentive dinning experience. But if you can only afford to get the “special menu” items at the discounted price and wine by the glass... expect to wait a while and be forgotten by your waiter.
Amazing and educated staff. Great flavor in all their selections
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.
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.
Donavan's always is a wonderful culinary experience thank you!
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.
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!!!
The night was great no complaints
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.
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.
Fantastic dining experience!