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Donovan's - San Diego Gaslamp

4.6
2235 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steak
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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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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
6th & K
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Parking details
$15 Valet Parking.
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Entertainment
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.

marial@donovanssteakhouse.com
(619) 991-7333


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

What 2235 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The ambience is very pleasant. Low level lighting, but menus were illuminated- nice touch. Felt a little rushed during the appetizers but that settled down. Service was very good. Overall the food was excellent but the grilled shrimp scampi was lacking. Filets were tasty and cooked perfectly.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Our party enjoyed our evening at the bar. Great wine list and wine by the glass old fashion yummy. Loved the halibut & steak and extras. So close to petco park. We will come again. Great attentive service and friendly accommodating staff.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent Steak / Seafood restaurant. We will return. The filet mignon was exceptional!

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

For the price the food was just okay. One of the people with us ordered the ribeye cooked medium and it came out medium well. When he asked the server she said that’s how they cook medium there. So, if you want your steak medium order it medium rare.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Nice upscale place. A bit pricey but food and service were very good.

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Donovan's is a regional upper level Steak House that is as good as, if not better that the standard chains of Flemings, Morton's, Ruth's Chris and the like. We had the Bacon Wrapped Scallops for an appetizer and I had the Rack of Lamb with Mint Jelly. There every bit as good as I expected them to be. I will most definitely be returning.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Outstanding food and service as always, but getting ever more pricey. Hard to handle without an expense account!

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

This isn’t our first trip to donovans but unfortunately we were seated next to some loud women who didn’t have much etiquette. It was to the point where we had to request to be moved. The service and food is always great here but definitely sad those guests were there. We aren’t from san diego but travel from long beach from time to time to enjoy donovans and this visit happened to be for our first anniversary:(

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great service

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great experience. The service was top notch as well as the food. I ordered the filet mignon. It was excellent! My friend had the sword fish it was also excellent. So glad we chose to eat here for my birthday

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great food and service as always but I have noticed the last couple times it didnt appear to be that busy especially in the bar area? Somehow lost its energy?

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Excellent ambiance, service and food. I haven't been to Donovan's in over twenty years. Not because I didn't like it, but more of a lack of opportunity.

I was not disappointed in the least. In fact, it has excelled in every way since then!!

I want to go again as soon as possible. Such a memorable evening.

So thankful!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Delicious prix fixe Chef's menu. Seafood chowder was creamy and nice chunks of seafood. Filet tip was perfectly cooked and seasoned and demi glaze was fantastic. Dessert cheesecake a nice finish. Chef came out to dining room and made rounds to check-in with patrons. Nice touch and the overall staff are friendly and attentive. I will return for seconds!

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3.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Server did not know the specials. Took a long time to get our drinks. Very expensive for the service, and the food.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Every facet of the dinner was exceptional - 5 Star experience!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

This place is great for a special occasions, and a great bar, oh by the way the wait staff are incredible. I experienced 5star level of service, outstanding. Thanks and I will be back

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Lamb chops extraordinary!!!!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Excelente filete mignon, puré de papa con cáscara y ajo, excelente servicio excelente ubicación, notable Wine list!!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Celebrated my loves birthday ♥️

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Always the best steak in town. That's why I go. You know I'm right.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

fANTASTIC FOOD SERVICE GREAT SSTEAK AND AU GRATIN POTATOES

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Lamb rib rack was outstanding. Will definitely eat here again next time I'm in San Diego

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

I had a great experience. Celebrated my anniversary at Donovan's and the experience was perfect for our occasion. The staff was friendly and attentive. We had the chef’s prix fixe, a 3-course meal and enjoyed everything from the starters to the dessert. The setting was romantic for the occasion and the staff followed through with the anniversary note left during reservation. It met the expectations that I had as someone who has been to other steakhouses in the area of the same category.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Very nice setting in the heart of the Gas Light District of downtown San Diego. Our waiter Eric and all of his support staff did a superb job of taking care of us. The food was fantastic. I had the blue cheese sedge salad and my date had the spinach salad. Both were wonderful. We shared two entrees. I had the peppercorn crusted filet and my date had the salmon. Both were cooked to perfection and tasted delightful. The chef and his support staff prepared not only a delicious meal but an attractive looking one as well. Donovan's is not inexpensive, however we expected that. It not only met but exceeded our expectations. I recommend you try it out.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Had a lovely anniversary dinner. Our server Eric and his team were exceptional and made us feel welcome and very special.

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3.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Being from the Indianapolis area, i was expecting something along the lines of Saint Elmo's. This was nothing close to that. The steak was cooked properly, but bland. The calamari was just OK, nothing better than most chain restaurants. The meal was good, but not "over the top".

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

THE BEAUTY OF THIS PLACE, IT TRULY DOES HAVE A ROMANTIC SETTING. ME AND MY FIANCE ENJOYED OUR VISIT HERE, THE FOOD WAS TO DIE FOR...YUMMY. THE DRINKS THE BARTENDER MADE FOR US ...THEY WERE JUST PERFECT. I WOULD LOVE TO COME BACK ONE DAY SOON.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Coming from NYC, this place does not rate. The service and ambiance were nice, however the food was lackluster and pricey for what it was. We ordered the tomato and onion salad as an appetizer and it was unrecognizable from what we would normally get at the Palm Steakhouse here in NY (or at any other Palm in the country). I had the 8 oz filet which I thought was decent. It was very expensive, though, for San Diego and the creamed spinach was not good. All in all, the place was decent but not for the money. Will note, the bartender at the bar where we had a pre-dinner drink was wonderful, and worth a return trip maybe just for drinks at the bar!

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Donavan's is my go-to place every time I visit San Diego. This restaurant and all of the staff are special. The care they take in ensuring a fine dining experience is exceptional. The friendliness of the staff is both comforting and welcoming. Most cities have several amazing steakhouses. This is one of the best because of the staff, the menu and the wine list.

I would recommend Donavans, Gaslamp, and the La Jolla restaurant to anyone living or visiting San Diego.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Simply amazing, again

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Amazing steak and shrimp! The seafood tower was excellent.

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1.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Server spilled drinks all over my date & gave us attitude after bring out the wrong food. Had to ask multiple times for sauce for my meal.

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1.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The sommelier was rude and the service very slow. Food was very disappointing. We won't return.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Excellent food and service as always. They have an excellent new cheese platter that make a great appetizer or desert.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great place for a date night. We went with another couple and had a great time. The filet melted in your mouth. The asparagus was flavored perfectly and the garlic mashed potatoes were amazing. For dessert we had the best creme brûlée I have ever had. Hands down, the chef knows what he’s doing. I strongly recommend checking out Donovan’s.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

This is such a great spot. The service and food is top-notch, one of my favorite places to eat when visiting San Diego.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

HANDS DOWN best food, best service, best experience! I highly recommend Donovan's for one of the greatest dining experience in San Diego

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Salad was very good. Steak was also good. The sides were crisp and well cooked. Perhaps I should have tried the Rib Eye instead of the Filet. My customer was pleased and overall meal went well. It was quiet and dinner meeting was a success

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Outstanding!

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3.0Dined on February 27, 2018

The value for the meal was unacceptable. Overpriced for an OK steak. Very disappointed.

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