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Donovan's - San Diego Gaslamp

2191 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Steak, Seafood, Prime Rib
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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.
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Phone number
(619) 237-9700 ext. 1
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Fernando and Chef Sal Reynoso
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Cross street
6th & K
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Parking details
$15 Valet Parking.
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We feature classic American music, including Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald.
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Special events & promotions
We have 2 private rooms that can accommodate up to 40 guests.
Please call or email Maria Lamm.
(619) 991-7333

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

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.

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What 2191 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Food and service was outstanding from the server greeting me by name to the unexpected dessert for our anniversary. Great experience!

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

Jlpcookies (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

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.

vipMMwilltravel (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

BrandonS (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Outstanding service and ambiance. The seafood tower was AMAZING. All steaks were cooked perfectly. The augrautin potatoes are a must have for the side.

OpenTable Diner (Aguascalientes)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Excelente comida y el servicio es estupendo.

vipBrentG (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

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!

Johnnie (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

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

JOANNE (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent service! Great food. 1 of our 5 orders was wrong, but that was remedied right away.
Plan to again!

Shrimps (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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!

Foodiemom (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was delicious, great service and the people were very friendly.

Gary (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Lobster was small for the price. Flavor wonderful

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

vipDMDiner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

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.

vipNikonNut (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

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.

TomW (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

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.