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Donovan's Steak and Chop House

K Street, San Diego, CA 92101
+1 619-237-9700
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“steak” (193 reviews)
“ny strip” (10 reviews)
Open Now
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM Hours
American, Steakhouse
K Street, San Diego, CA 92101
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Reviewed June 27, 2017

My business colleagues and I had an INCREDIBLE experience at Donovan's last Wednesday (June 21). On top of the food (especially my NY strip) being wonderful, the wine was lovely and the staff was incredibly gracious. I cannot say enough good things about the Maitre...More

Thank Nikki O
Reviewed May 19, 2017

Supposed to be one of the best but it simply overpriced for an OK setting. Service was OK, Brussels sprouts were very good. Had Filet Mignon and it was OK, just not for $52. Prefer Ruths Chris and Mortons in San Diego at this price...More

Reviewed May 11, 2017

As always Donovan's has exceptional service and the food is always top notch 5 star quality at both their San Diego and La Jolla locations. This is one of the finest restaurants in the San Diego area.....Top 10. The steaks are awesome. Very classy well...More

Thank kevin s
Reviewed May 6, 2017 via mobile

Looking for a different upscale steak house So much staff standing around , none of whom seemed interested in serving us Brought an fine older bottle of red wine No idea how to get a cork out. Finally the waiter asked for help and of...More

1  Thank H2hpv
Management response:Responded May 13, 2017

Hello my name is Fernando I am the corporate Executive Chef For Donovan's steak house. I see you had a bad experience at your last dining experience last time around so I would like to invite you back to show you the quality we are...More

Reviewed April 26, 2017 via mobile

Visited Donovan's on a recommendation from a client after arriving in San Diego. Upscale steakhouse near the ballpark easy walking distance from hotel. Very good steak and seafood. My colleague had crab legs and I had a fillet and shrimp cocktail. Both were very well...More

Thank Jmackh
Reviewed April 26, 2017 via mobile

Visited on a week night and ate at the bar. Service was okay - seemed a little understaffed. Biggest disappointment was my NY strip. It was chewy and just didn't have the characteristics of USDA prime beef - very little marbling. It was a little...More

Thank Bob S
Reviewed April 21, 2017

way overpriced for poorly cooked meat .. will not be back . service was ok for a place like this but the food was below average for the prices they chargeMore

Thank Sbd0512
Management response:Responded May 13, 2017

My name is Chef Fernando, I am the corporate Executive Chef for Donovan's. I understand you had a bad time last time out. Please give us the oportunity to show you the quality we are known for. Please reach me directly 8589269959 so I can...More

Reviewed April 10, 2017

I've been to Donovan's downtown twice. The first time was excellent. Without question, one of the top five ribeye's I've ever had. Everything was perfectly prepared and served. The second time, the ribeye was good, but not the same melt in your mouth, cut with...More

Thank Tom M
Reviewed April 4, 2017 via mobile

Sometimes you're in the mood for old school and then, the experience makes you want ambition and effort. The effort was average. Decent wine selection but dive deeper into the Gaslamp to get better execution. Just wasn't feeling it. Steak was good on edges and...More

Thank indytxee
Reviewed March 16, 2017

Food, service, ambulance excellent . Didn't have a reservation but set another comfortable secluded booth in the bar area. Perfect evening

Thank Gailsadie
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March 3, 2018|
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Response from Doris M | Reviewed this property |
Not especially; it is much more a reserved atmosphere where one would expect to have a leisurely 1-2 hour dinner with impeccable service in more of an intimate setting ; unless you hav one of those rare six year olds going... More
bill b
November 1, 2016|
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Response from Aaron L | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry! The corkage policy is $25 per bottle with a 2 bottle maximum if they are 750 ml, or 1 magnum (1.5 liter) at $50.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$50 - $60
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: K Street, San Diego, CA 92101
    (6th & K)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-237-9700
Donovan's 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 300 wines features the best the world has to offer. Wine tasting dinners available.
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