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About Donovan's - Phoenix
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Donovan's Phoenix rich and intimate ambience is enhanced by world-class unobtrusive service. The Chef serves 100% USDA Prime beef 100% of the time. Donovan's wine list of over 700 wines features the best the world has to offer.
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.
Donovan’s Phoenix Steakhouse is located just six blocks east of Biltmore Fashion Park and Esplanade. The restaurant is convenient to fine hotels such as Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Ritz Carlton, Phoenician Resort and Royal Palms Resort & Spa. Donovan’s is about eight miles north of Phoenix International Sky Harbor Airport.
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Steakhouse, Prime Rib, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Cocktail lounge opens at 4 pm nightly. Happy Hour Monday - Friday 4pm-7pm Dinner Service begins at 5 pm. Monday-Saturday: 5pm - 10pm Closed Sunday and Major Holidays. Special Holiday Hours may apply.
31st & Camelback
$50 and over
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Featuring classic American music, including Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald.
We offer complimentary valet parking upon arrival.
Chef Fernando and Dana Dominguez
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Donovan's Martini Hour, Monday - Saturday from 4:00 - 7:00pm. We offer complimentary USDA Prime Filet sandwiches Monday - Friday from 4:00 - 6:00pm in the Bar only.
Donovan's also has 8 private dining rooms, for private dining or receptions that can accomodate 8 to 120 guests.
Private business events, personal celebrations, holiday dining or a gathering of family and friends. We'll pamper your quests in a style they deserve. VIP special treatment begins at our front door with complimentary valet parking.
Donovan's - Phoenix Ratings and Reviews
*sigh* I really tried to give this place the benefit of the doubt. It's been there a while, so it must be doing something right, right? So wrong. I find myself hard pressed to understand why anyone comes here when there's so many great steakhouses in Phoenix that know how to do it right. While the only thing they actually did do well was give us a nice table as requested, the waiter was not attentive in the least. Somehow this ended up being a 2 hour dining experience when the place wasn't busy and it was just my husband and I. Drink was okay, but martinis should be COLD. I was reluctant but tried the bacon mac and cheese as an appetizer upon recommendation. So disappointing. WHERE IS THE FLAVOR? Absolutely tasteless. I swear it left me begging for cheese, something mac and CHEESE should never do. They brought me the seafood bisque instead. Tiny little cup for $12. It had more flavor, but the seafood was indistinguishable. It should have had clams and shrimp. No clams. There was some kind of fish I couldn't identify, and something cut into squares with a seafood texture. I couldn't figure it out, and I wondered if it was imitation crab? Our meals came, and I couldn't believe we were paying $52 for what should have been 6 ounces (definitely more like 4) of filet and 2 small-ish bacon wrapped scallops. 86'd au gratin potatoes (maybe they were out of cheese entirely that night?) so I had to settle for boring smashed garlic potatoes. Everything needed salt and I am really not a put-salt-on-everything person. I didn't leave hungry, but everything was just ehhhhhh. For a $200 meal between 2 people, I would normally most definitely be bringing something home. Not from this place. Wish we had gone to Dominick's like we'd originally planned, but now I don't have to question whether this place can compete. Just, no. Oh, and I guess our waiter had decided his other tables were more important as someone else dropped off our check. No goodnight or anything. We won't be back.
Our Donavan’s experience did not live up to the hype we had been given by business colleges and friends. Initially we had great intro/service, by the time we ordered our drinks and entrees it started to slide down hill. Food took more than 30 mins to be delivered & 2 of our steaks where mis-plated. We came with the intention of celebration, we left disappointed with the service and food. Thankfully our celebration conversation carried the evening. My take is if you are going to charge the Do$ova$n$$ prices, you need to step up all aspects of the experience.
Donovan's is the quintessential fine dining restaurant in Phoenix. Anytime there is a special occasion or a memory to be made, Donovan's doesn't disappoint. For us, it was a special date night when pampering and top service were key. Merlin and the team waitstaff did all that and more. We'll be back!
This was my second time at Donovan's and I won't be back. The first time my steak was extremely over salted, everyone else's was fine but we all agreed mine had at least double if not triple the proper amount. This time it came out blue rare(asked for med rare) they then took it back and it came out medium well. Flavor was good just slightly frustrating for a higher prices steak house. The appetizer weren't good at all. I will say, we both enjoyed our salad, and the creamed spinach was great. Very good service as well. The food was a let down.
Not great experience. Food came out and most of it was cold. They took it back and brought so better food out. We went to get our check and they decided to charge us for a $15 glass of wine when we ordered the nine dollar glass of wine. I said we ordered the nine dollar glass of wine and the waiter said oh no you didn’t and said you ordered this other glass wine anyways they ended up changing the check to the nine dollar glass wine. There’s no way I would ever order of $15 glass of wine when there is a nine dollar glass of wine option that is not me. Not sure why he had to challenge us that knowing they would do the right thing eventually. The correct food was average at best. Bacon wrapped scallops were just OK and my small fillet was just OK with a big piece a gristle down the middle... but I did not complain because of the cold food situation and did not want to seem like complainer!
Honestly, went there when it first opened as was mildly underwhelmed. Recent visit was entirely different....for the better. Excellent service, outstanding cuisine, appropriately priced and--pleasantly--a back-lit menu that I could actually read with the aid of a searchlight. I will be back and you would be well served to try Donovan's if you haven't already.
The restaurant was somewhat noisy. Wait staff was loud when explaining things to newly seated customers. All four us ordered an 8 oz. fillet at varying temperatures. When the meal arrived, two of the fillets did not look like center cut fillets. Only one of the fillets was cook to the temperature requested. On returning the fillets, the medium rare steak came back as well done, the other ordered originally medium, but came out rare, was return medium rare. We were told that we would receive a complimentary desert for the trouble with our meal. At the end, we were presented with desert menus, with no mention of the promise complimentary desert, and then presented with the check. Not at all a pleasant experience. Will not be returning.
My wife and I have been going to Donovan's on Phoenix since they opened in 2005. It is one of our favorite restaurants. We began our Donovan's love affair at their La Jolla restaurant in the early 2000's. Typically, our visits are exceptional. But this visit missed the mark.
Beginning with a lobster tail as an appetizer was a great choice, although it took a while to arrive after ordering. At Donovan's, the steaks are supposed to be the highlight of the evening, but this time, they were not good. A disappointing $500 meal. Maybe there were kitchen issues or some other problem that we were not aware of, but this visit was not up to Donovan's standards.
We were using our "Fine Dining Card" and had not been advised of any exclusions from the menu until we began ordering. Our waiter then had to leave our table to check with the manager what items they were going to exclude. We didn't complain about this but, we weren't happy. We had taken time to carefully decide what we wanted to eat and now, had to relook the menu. That said, I move to the meal itself. Although everything was satisfactory; for the prices, it was not extraordinary! Donovan's prices are just slightly lower than Maestro's and we find that the food at Maestro's is much superior -- and only a few bucks more.
Donovan's has an quiet atmosphere (it was Tuesday and it wasn't crowded) and it felt like an old "gentlemen's club". In fact, to be honest in comparing the two steak houses, we prefer Donovan's atmosphere to Maestro's fast and louder atmosphere.
Under cooked ribeye, sent back. Flavor less and tough. Offered a replacement, but my wife already had her food and I did not want to wait. Didn’t eat it and it was removed from the bill. Service was friendly, but very sporadic. Fried potatoes and onions with some sort of glaze were disgusting. Coffee refill wasn’t offered for over 15 minuets. Not a pleasant experience, especially for a 26th wedding anniversary. You would be well served to dine someplace else.
If I could give them more stars I would. We enjoyed a delicious bottle of Bordeaux and melt in your mouth filet mignon. We finished our meal with tiramisu that was light and full of flavor. As perfect as the meal was, the service was even better. Highly recommend and will definitely be back.
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