Best Steakhouses in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter

Filet Mignon at The Palm Steakhouse in San Diego

I love downtown San Diego. The vibe is happy and fun in this part of the city, and it’s a great California vacation spot for people of all ages. I especially like the Gaslamp Quarter because it has so many great steakhouses – not that it doesn’t also have terrific sushi restaurants and other dining options, but the happy, festive atmosphere in San Diego’s top steakhouses really sets it apart. I haven’t been to all (or even most) of the great restaurants in San Diego – there aren’t enough vacation days in the year – but I’m more than content whenever I try one of these recommended best steakhouses down in the Gaslamp Quarter.   The 8 Best Steakhouses in San Diego, California Donovan’s Steak & Chop House – Donovan’s has won the Lamplighter Award in the past (Favorite [Read more]

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