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Donovan's Steak and Chop House

#101 of 3,836 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
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Sun - Thu 16:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 16:00 - 23:00
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Sarasota, Florida
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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Trivoli, Illinois
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37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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282 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

1 Thank marko18745
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Our last visit was in December 2015 but whenever we visit San Diego we have dinner at Donovan's. We usually sit in the bar area which is very nice and the wait staff and service are superb. The Bacon-wrapped scallops and the potatoes au gratin are my favorite and every steak I've had was delicious!!!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Mount Albert Ontario
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

I had the 8oz Filet Mignon, (Medium Rare) my wife had the Surf & Turf.......would rate mine 10 of 10 My wifes' rating is 8.5. I am quite sure that is in the top 3 meals of my life, and I'm 66! Forget what the side was called, but they're sort of sliced baked potatoes with sauteed onions and peppercorn... More 

1 Thank Rob H
New York City, New York
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

Chose this place following several recommendations including seeing that the restaurant was consistently rated highly on multiple sites. There was nothing really wrong with our experience apart from the fact that there was nothing really special about it. We ordered the bone in ribeye and rack of lamb. Both were just average and slightly overcooked. All of it was a... 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, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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?