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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
  • "I ordered the 16oz rib eye and my dinner date had the bone in ny strip steak special. We both ordered medium well. Mine came out perfect...medium well. The NY steak didn't get the same result. We also ordered the sautéed mushrooms which was tasty n so was their cheesecake. What's nice about Donovon's is they also give you vegetables medley and a choice of potatoes with the entree. The Bill came out to be about $170 including a $20 corkage fee. We gave them $200 since their service was spectacular. =)"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Went to dinner for mom's birthday dinner. Everything was great. When we walked in the hostess told my mom happy birthday before we sat down. The wine list had a good selection. It is nice to go to eat somewhere it feels like the waiters really want you there and genuinely care about how you feel. The food was so awesome. Had a steak, it was cooked to perfection. You could cut the steak with a butter knife, it was so tender. The money spent here is always well worth it, the people, the food, the ambiance was all perfect. Got a great desert with a birthday candle. Everything was perfect, I can't think of anything I would change there."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Donovan's is a fantastic restaurant when it comes to steaks. I don't know about the fish, but the steaks are amazing. The steaks melt in your mouth.... Staff is friendly and helpful! Expect to drop a bit of cash. It's not cheap but it's a great place for business write-offs, and special occasions."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The head waiter wasn't friendly - this may be because we were using one of the local coupons. The food is alway top notch at Donavan's but this waiter made this outing a bad experience for my wife and I. Not sure if we will return to Donavan's again - there are plenty of quality restaurants in the area. Its not always the food that make the experience your waiter always sets the tone of the meal."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Donovan's is an excellent restaurant with fantastic steak and seafood dishes. The staff is attentive yet unobtrusive, and they do whatever they can to ensure everyone enjoys not just their meal, but their entire experience."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Best restaurant in North County. Excellent food and Service."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Nothing but the best from the best when you arrive at Donovan's."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great Food, Great Service as usual ! Must try the Prime Rib Roast on Fridays only--Outstanding!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Expect high-level service from knowledgable and attentive staff. Worth the price."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "This was a very classy place. The service was outstanding, and steaks were incredible along with the spinach salad."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Elegant but relaxing. Service was the best we've had in years. Never felt like we were in a restaurant, but more like a meal at a home."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Our meal at Donovan's was a very pleasant experience. The food was delicious, and it should be for the exorbitant prices they charge. OK for an occasion, but not often."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "went for my hubby's bday. we were both had a wonderful experience. the best mac n' cheese I've ever had. augratin potatoes were delish too! hubby cut his steak with a FORK!! he was thrilled! got a complimentary crème brulee for dessert. it was delish too!! was too full to finish so I took it home, tasted just as good for breakfast the next day! will DEFINITELY go again!!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We don't dine at fancy restaurants all that often so when we do we appreciate all the exceptional elements of fine dining. Donovan's met all the expectations and more. Great place to take your love and to have conversation over tender steak and savory sides. The dress code is clearly not enforced at the bar but it doesn't affect the ambience."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This is the place if you want possibly the best meal you've ever had!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "5 Star Service, excellent food, Prime beef at its greatest. Simple ingredients, cooked to perfection. A++ highly recommended...."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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
  • "The food was great, I had filet and shrimp with a baked potatoe. My wife had chicken, with au graten potatoes wheich she really enjoyed."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "We had great service, great food as always. You never disappoint."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "As always, Donovan's never disappoints! My out of town guests were very impressed."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "We are always enjoying the outstanding food and ambiance."
    Dined on 6/14/2014