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Donovan's - La Jolla
Donovan's - La Jolla
  • Address:
    4340 La Jolla Village Drive
    La Jolla, CA 92122
    Neighborhood:
    La Jolla / Golden Triangle
  • Cuisine:
    Steak
    Price: $31 to $50

Donovan's - La Jolla Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.donovanssteakhouse.com
  • Phone: (858) 450-6666
  • Hours of Operation: Cocktail lounge opens at 4 pm Monday through Saturday.

    Happy Hour 4-6pm Monday though Saturday

    Complimentary steak sandwiches and $8.00 martinis during Happy Hour



    Dinner Service starts at 5 pm. Monday-Thursday: 5pm - 10pm. Friday 5pm - 11pm.

    Saturday 4:30pm-11pm



    Closed Sunday except in the month of December.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Sal Reynoso
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Featuring classic American music, including Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Slow-roasted Prime Rib with Yorkshire pudding every Friday.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: La Jolla Village Drive at Genesee
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet or private lot for self-parking
A word from Donovan's - La Jolla
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 700 wines features the best the world has to offer. Wine tasting dinners available.



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Diner Reviews
  • "It's been way too long since we've eaten at Donovan's and that won't happen again. It's nice to go to a real restaurant with real service and superb food. Nothing is left to chance. Love the ambiance, décor, soft appropriate background music and wait staff who know how it's done. Our experience couldn't have been better, and we won't wait so long next time."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Fixe price menu is the best deal. Stay away from the crab legs add on. It's expensive and they were dry and over cooked The shrimp are good with the filet. Potatoes were solidified, so order one of the other side dishes. Our waitress didn't overview them for us so we didn't know at the time we had choices."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Food was not up to par. My husband tried two rib eye steaks. Both were riddled with chuncks of fat. Not marbled at all. The potatoes with the guyere cheese were under done and not edible. My filet was very good. However only one good meal for 200.00... No bueno!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great ambiance, service, & food. The lamb chops were perfect, but I think they need to serve mint jelly or something other than ranch. The filet mignon was cooked perfectly. The vegetables were cooked perfectly and had the right amount of crunch to it. The mashed potatoes had a great consistency, texture, & flavor. I loved the roasted garlic in it and the texture added by the potato skins. The potatoes au gratin had a great buttery flavor and a nice crust on top. The ribeye was undercooked. I ordered it medium rare and it came out rare. The outside had a beautiful sear to it like the filet, but the inside was red and chilled. I should've asked for a fix, but I was so shocked that they undercooked my steak for such a nice specialized place."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We have tried most of the steakhouses in town, and Donovan's is by far the best, The level of service, the ambiance, and most of all the food, are always exceptional. If you are looking for a delicious meal and an evening that you will remember, this is the place. We recommend Donovan's to everyone we know for that extraordinary culinary endeavor."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I love this place. It never fails. They serve the best steaks, cooked to perfection as ordered and provide top notch service. It is worth the money especially when you are celebrating something special. My fiancé and I were celebrating our anniversary and we had the perfect table. The only distraction was we were seated next to another couple and one of them was talking really loud. It sort of ruined the romantic mood for me. Glad the food was great, though."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I went with the ribeye this time and was happily impressed by the taste. My wife felt the same about the filet mignon. Service is always excellent... they work for the customer. My check was ready and I had the card on the table, and the bus boy grabbed and said "let me get that for Brian". That's how it should work. I ate at another place last night, same situation, and a lot of people passed by my check without giving it a though."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The food was great. My husband had the soup of the day & ribeye and I had the shrimp scampi, both meals were delicious. For dessert, we had the complimentary creme brulee and that was absolutely amazing. The reason for my 3 star review: Our waitress was very nice but she dropped the ball on my wine order and my husband's soup came out after out entrees were served."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Excellent service, food and wine list. I highly recommend this place for any special occasions."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I am not a meat eater but my party enjoyed their steaks. What I didn't enjoy was the service. I don't like partial clearing: wait until all the diners have finished a course before clearing the plates. I had to stop the servers twice from clearing plates before all the diners had finished. I shouldn't have had to say it at all. This is an expensive restaurant and no one should feel rushed. Our main server was also "snooty". He may have thought he was being cute, but his manner had an edge and his affect was a bit arrogant. Our party may not have been important to him; we were from out of town and weren't regulars. My feelings were reflected in the tip."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This is one of my all time favorite places to dine. Staff is especially attentive and polite. Food is delicious and well presented. The whole package that Donovan's embodies is why it's my favorite place....especially for my birthday!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I've been to Donovan's and as usual, the service and food are excellent."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "You can't go wrong here. Everything is great. Super food, first-rate service, romantic comfortable setting, what's not to love? Oh yes and free parking! This is a favorite."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Food was spectacular and the service was just as good. The martini's are strong and perfect, just the way they should be. Good wine you can find many places, including here, but the martini's are the best in San Diego."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We bought a Living Social coupon and thought we would go try it out had heard it was an Amazing place to go for dinner and it was just that we had a really Amazing Dinner and Appetizers but even more than that we had Amazingly Great Waiter (Thomas) he went way out of his way to make sure everything went just Perfect can't wait to go back but will make sure Thomas is working and get one of his Tables."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Donavan's to celebrate my husbands birthday. We were treated like gold the entire time we were there. Like we mattered. It was also fun that everyone wished him a happy birthday too. The service and the food was spectacular and the complimentary birthday creme brûlée was the icing on the cake. Thank you, Donavan's for a wonderful evening and for helping us celebrate in style. We will be back!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Food was excellent , service was flawless , and over all experience was fantastic!! We have gone to Donovan's many times for special occasions and have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "As always, Donovan's never disappoints! My out of town guests were very impressed."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I treated my husband here for Father's Day and we brought our two young children, ages 2 & 3. When we walked in and I saw how "posh" the restaurant was I was concerned that there would be a problem bringing the children (I had made early reservations just in case of this) but we were treated with nothing but the best service throughout. Although they did not have a children's menu, the chef made them a cheeseburger upon request with no problem. As for my husband and myself, our dinners were absolutely lovely and cooked to perfection, with the different course coming out in a timely manner but not on top of each other as happens sometimes in other places. I would not regularly bring my children here as it is a more of an upscale place."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I have traveled both nationally and internationally and have eaten at steak restaurants rated "great" throughout those travels. In my opinion, Donovan's La Jolla is the best of the best. Significantly, I have held this opinion for many years. Their consistency of food and service excellence is exceptional. It's always my pick for special people and/or special occasions."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I have never had a bad meal or experience at Donovan's until this visit. The service and quality of food was not what you expect from what I consider a 5 star restaurant."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Through the years my family has used Donovan's as our elegant special occasion restaurant. The service was always outstanding and the food was always wonderful. Something has changed there and we don't know what, but our last two experiences were not up to the same level we always had there. My Porkchop was so tough I couldn't cut it with my steak knife and our waiter had to take it back. My daughter's vegetarian plate had little on it that was appealing. For a restaurant of this caliber we were beyond disappointed in our food. The only course I can recommend that night was their Caesar salad which was up to par. Sadly I have no desire to go back there again for any special occasion or even just for dinner."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We were seated promptly and our waiter Bobby was friendly, service oriented, and made our dining experience very memorable. We had the seafood chowder and the filets with bacon wrapped scallops and portabello mushrooms. Perfectly cooked. It was my date's birthday and he was treated to a sizable creme brûlée for dessert which we both shared. We left there stuffed."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We are always enjoying the outstanding food and ambiance."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This is a nice restaurant, good service, very good food. But is very pricey. A good steak costs $70.00, rack of lamb $60.00 etc. A dinner for 3 with soup and salad came to $201.00 dollars plus tip. For us, this restaurant will be for special occasions only. Cannot afford it as a weekly or even month thing. However the steaks and lamb were excellent and cooked perfectly. Baked potato comes fully loaded. Creamed spinach side was also very good. Chopped salad and onion soup were good, but no better than any decent restaurant."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I returned to Donovan's about six months after a bad experience. In a reservation note, I requested a better seat, a properly prepared tenderloin, and unobtrusive service. I got all three. Thank you, Donovans."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Awesome food and awesome time. Service is the best.."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Probably the best steaks in town, the service is over the top the best making one feel special special. The ambience is very romantic. I would highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Everything you would want and expect with a traditional steakhouse...."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "As always, great everything. From driving up, staff, food, service.. always A+++ Thank you far a fine night."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I brought my boyfriend to Donovan's to celebrate his birthday. It was his first time dining here. He was amazed by the excellent service and the staff's attention to detail. The food was amazing. Everything the perfect temperature, cooked to perfection and more than we could eat. Even the leftovers were divine. We will be back for future special occasions for sure."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The butter was salty and hard, but the bread was very good. The service was good. The skillet potatoes enjoyable and different from same old mashed or baked. The carrots were almost raw. the filet was tender and cooked properly, but the veal chop was overlooked and tough. I didn't return it because I was hungry and tired and I didn't want to wait. The complimentary creme brûlée was good and large enough to share. I would try again, but not the veal chop."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Whether you are a steak lover or not, Donovan's is the place the go. My husband and I recently dined at Donovan's for our anniversary. Everything was exceptional, from the service to the food. My husband ordered the 10 oz and I ordered the salmon (since I am not a meat eater) and both were melt in your mouth delicious. We received a complimentary creme brulee because it was our anniversary. That was a nice surprise! Donovan's is pricey, but as the saying goes "you get what you pay for" and this was definitely worth every penny!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "World class dining. Everything was absolutely perfect."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Always a great place for a fabulous dinner and special time with your guest."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Super ambiance and a steakhouse that is affordable. Entrees are served with choice of potato and vegetables, so for the price of a steak, you can get a whole meal. Professional, attentive service."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "As I was soon to be married, I wanted to have an old-fashioned bachelor's dinner rather than the now-traditional bachelor's party. I decided to keep the group small so I could afford a meal we would all really enjoy and remember rather than inviting a large group to a less-expensive venue. My wedding party joined me at Donovan's and it was exactly the evening for which we had hoped. Started with cocktails and appetizers in the bar followed by dinner in the main dining room. The service was attentive but not intrusive, the steaks and sides were cooked exactly as ordered, and the cocktails and wine fit the appetizers and meal very well. Donovan's will continue to be a favorite for us."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Staff attentive and personable. Food excellent. We always look forward to our visits and friends we bring with us love it!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Excellent filet migenon - my husband and I both agree it was probably the best we had. Even done at medium well, the steak was not tough and very juicy. The service was top notch and friendly; you don't feel out of place if you don't fine dine regularly. My husband had the lobster tail and was by far the largest he had seen - the waitress had said they were exceptionally large that night and she wasn't lying! Definitely looking forward to returning for our next special occasion."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "It was wonderful from start to finish! Creme brûlée was the best I have ever had "
    Dined on 6/2/2014