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
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.
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.
Excellent Steak / Seafood restaurant. We will return. The filet mignon was exceptional!
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.
Nice upscale place. A bit pricey but food and service were very good.
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.
Outstanding food and service as always, but getting ever more pricey. Hard to handle without an expense account!
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:(
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
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?
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.
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!
Server did not know the specials. Took a long time to get our drinks. Very expensive for the service, and the food.
Every facet of the dinner was exceptional - 5 Star experience!
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
Lamb chops extraordinary!!!!
Excelente filete mignon, puré de papa con cáscara y ajo, excelente servicio excelente ubicación, notable Wine list!!
Celebrated my loves birthday ♥️
Always the best steak in town. That's why I go. You know I'm right.
fANTASTIC FOOD SERVICE GREAT SSTEAK AND AU GRATIN POTATOES
Lamb rib rack was outstanding. Will definitely eat here again next time I'm in San Diego
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.
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.
Had a lovely anniversary dinner. Our server Eric and his team were exceptional and made us feel welcome and very special.
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".
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.
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!
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.
Simply amazing, again
Amazing steak and shrimp! The seafood tower was excellent.
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.
The sommelier was rude and the service very slow. Food was very disappointing. We won't return.
Excellent food and service as always. They have an excellent new cheese platter that make a great appetizer or desert.
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.
This is such a great spot. The service and food is top-notch, one of my favorite places to eat when visiting San Diego.
HANDS DOWN best food, best service, best experience! I highly recommend Donovan's for one of the greatest dining experience in San Diego
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
The value for the meal was unacceptable. Overpriced for an OK steak. Very disappointed.