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Donovan's Steak and Chop House

#123 of 3,848 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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K Street, San Diego, CA 92101 (6th & K)
+1 619-237-9700
16:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 16:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 16:00 - 23:00
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Los Angeles, California
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38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 charge

Thank Sbd0512
Dana Point, California
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107 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 a fork, goodness as the first one. The ribeye's I've enjoyed at the La Jolla... More 

Thank Tom M
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 not in between. Vegetables and salad were good but if the beef entree disappoints...why bother?

Thank indytxee
Sarasota, Florida
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

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

Thank Gailsadie
2 reviews
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Donovan's is such an amazing restaurant!! Great food, great service, would come again!! The old world feel inside is super unique. I loved the rib eye and their dessert was to die for!!!

Thank Carrie C
Lakeside, California
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33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

I have long heard about this restaurant. I have even been to the Donovan's in La Jolla a few years ago but this was by far one of my best dining experience. We arrived early and enjoyed a well poured cocktail in the warm, inviting atmosphere of the bar. When they showed us to our table, they promptly returned with... More 

Thank kennedy777
Trivoli, Illinois
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Took a party of 9 from multiple countries and we had an excellent meal with very good, unobtrusive service. I had bacon-wrapped scallops and a delicious ribeye steak.

Thank ChuckIL698
Chicago, Illinois
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

We stopped in here without a reservation late in the evening and even though we could have gotten a table, we decided to sit at the bar and that worked out great. A full menu is available, and the bartenders get enough support to make it a smooth experience. We loved the ambience at Donovan's. Dim lighting and a beautiful... More 

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Terre Haute
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58 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Great Atmosphere. Great Service. Excellent Food. Lots of beautiful wood. My husband and I went there for dinner to celebrate my birthday. We had a wonderful evening. Our waitstaff did an great job attending to our needs. The food was great. I had the lobster and my husband had the steak (I tried his - it was amazing too). If... More 

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Houston, Texas
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297 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

Feels like an old school steak house: lots of dark wood paneling, leather, and dim lighting. A bit pretentious. Did not have great beer selection - seemed to be out of most on beer list. My 6 oz filet was superb. Perfectly aged, full flavor, great chew texture, and expertly seared. The accompanying shrimp scampi was less impressive: 2 over... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$50 - US$60
American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
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
Romantic, Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?