Donovan's - La Jolla
Donovan's - La Jolla

Donovan's - La Jolla

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.donovanssteakhouse.com/
  • Phone: 8584506666x
  • 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: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Donovan's - La Jolla reviews from OpenTable diners
392 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (335)romantic (248)notable wine list (173)fit for foodies (126)good for groups (82)vibrant bar scene (78)neighborhood gem (61)hot spot (45)late-night find (26)kid-friendly (8)great for lunch (6)great for brunch (4)scenic view (3)Show More
  • BEST in san diego
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Went there for my wife's birthday we were amazed 5 star rating For sure. But you pay for what you get. Best food = high prices. But if you have the extra money I strongly recommend donovans
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What are you waiting for?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I can't rave enough about the food and the service. Courtney's team was spot on with making sure we had a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great steak!!
    Frish
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This restaurant easily exceeded my expectations. The food was delicious. Absolutely one of the best steaks I have ever had. I recommend the NY strip. Cooked perfectly and great sides as well. The macaroni and cheese appetizer was great as well. I brought my wife here for our anniversary and she enjoyed it as well. The staff was very friendly and their service was excellent. They even suprised us with a complementary dessert to celebrate the occasion. I would recommend this place to anyone! Great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Food, Service and Ambience
    CCSDCAVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Although a bit pricey, Donovan's is well worth it! In the style and furnishings of a traditional steakhouse, it was a pleasure to enjoy our meal in quiet, comfortable and classy surroundings. The steak melted like butter to taste and was perfectly cooked. The chopped salad was a true chopped salad and every small morsel was delectable. Service left nothing yo be desired - it was perfect. For a special occasion or just a quiet evening with family or friends, Donovan's is tops on our list.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My All time favorite
    WellnessMD
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    As a world traveler Donovan's is best of the best. They will soon be moving to La Jolla with an ocean view so this added to the superb service, food preperation, excellent wine and beverage list, full bar, low noise level, etc. you will need to make your reservation early!!! Victor, the manager is outstanding. Everyone there is a VIP. I would eat there everyday if given the opportunity...and the calorie count!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Service By Far!
    JDWD5
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    You can't beat the service or the steaks at Donovon's in La Jolla! (Even the other Donovon's in downtown could learn from this location.) Every staff member we encountered thoroughly enjoyed their job and could not be more accommodating. Their attention to detail and friendly manner are things we don't find very often at restaurants today. Donovon's in La Jolla is the best dining experience we have ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Very nice as always! The food, service, and ambience is always wonderful and consistently good.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly great steak!!
    steaknwife
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My husband and I travel all around the US and try steak places looking for the best steak. He likes a tender-melt in your mouth steak that stands on its own. Donovan's was number two in a decade. I was impressed. As for me, I don't eat steak. I had chicken and it came with a tomato-caper sauce that I could have eaten as soup with bread it was so good. The service was top notch-attentive but not in your face, friendly, and very much customer first. I would recommend it to any steak lover!! And to anyone who just loves good food and good service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Service, Wonderful Ambiance
    gardenbee
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Donovan's Del Mar Room was a lovely place for a quiet birthday dinner with an old friend. The menu is pure steakhouse, excellent quality but no surprises. Although the prices are quite high, they are a good value. The staff, from the front desk to the busboys, was both pleasant and professional. Will be sorry to see them move to Prospect St. In January.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DPV44732
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had a wonderful meal with exceptional service. A great night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Donovan's "never" dissapoints
    Fussy1
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We have been eating ar Donovan's for many years. We have used it for family celebrations and just when we're in the mood to have a mouth watering delicious meal. It NEVER dissapoints. The menu selections are great and we've ordered just about everything at one time or the other and everytime not just most of the time, they prepare our meal to perfection! We feel its like our second family kitchen. The price is a little up there but the food is well worth it. I love Donovans and recommend you give them a try too. You won't be dissapointed. I recommend the filet & bacon wrapped scallops combination. Delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful birthday.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My wife and I went early on a Saturday and it was very quiet. It felt like we were VIPs by the way we were treated and attended to. The food was amazing. Obviously it is pricey. But, with that expectation, it was an amazing night.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic
    Love3c
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My only concern was how very casually dressed some of the patrons were, which slightly affected the general ambiance. Possibly this was due to it being SDRW but old t-shirts to a nice dinner restaurant?!?! Really?!?!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding
    elzorro
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Everything was outstanding. Starts out with free valet parking right in front of the restuarant. We were greeting by a very friendly hostes & promted seated in a very comfortable booth with our name on it. We immediately received cold bottled water and hot fresh bread. The waiter was very friendly and effecient. The meal was perfect and we were treated like guest in a home. As we were leaving the manager wish us well and thanked us for coming. A perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I liked it.
    ButtaFlyBlaque
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The ambiance was a bit dark for my taste. But overall, it was an awesome experience.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dedevic44
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Wonderful food and ambiance. Service is outstanding.. Steaks are fantastic. Better than Mortons, Flemings and Ruths Chris. Beautiful, classy restaurant. Donovans is now on my list of must dine at while in La Jolla. Wish they had one in Los Angeles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Always outstanding, the food is absolutely the best around and the service is second to none.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    It was definitely good, quality food. Was it my most favorite dining experience ever...no, but it was still really good. I would definitely go back if it's in the budget.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scoupe93
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Donovans always exceeds our expectations! Our favorite place for date night. Can't wait to visit your new location!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ben Savin
    gambler
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Always enjoy dining at Donovan's. Excellent food, service and personal attention that we get from the staff.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We always enjoy eating there.
    4anniversaryplace
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Went four our anniversary and it was very special. Our food was delicious and the service was outstanding. They even brought us a creme brulee with two candles to celebrate the occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    RIchard
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    From the time we walked in the door, until we received our vehicle in the valet parking, the staff at Donovan's was attentive and helpful. It was a great experience all around and I would recommend Donovan's to everyone.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Donovans, goodbye
    Doneavans
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    It's probably going to close in January or move someplace else, but Donovan's was amazing. Restaurant week helped with the prices considering bacon wrapped scallops (although perfectly cooked) were almost 20 bucks. Ouch! But the place is gorgeous and the service is impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    FirstDate
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Had a birthday dinner recently and everything was outstanding. The steaks were delicious and perfectly cooked, the service was impeccable, and the ambiance was sophisticated. Highly recommend it, especially for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Wonderful atmosphere, good valet, late on reservation, had another cocktail!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good as always
    ML896
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This time we went for restaurant week. The food was good, and was prepared well. Service good as always
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not up to their usual!
    Basil
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The food was excellent, but the service was lacking. Maybe because it is restaurant week.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome food and service
    foodie
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The only thing better than the food was the service. My steak was perfectly cooked and full of flavor. Three waiters ensured we didn't want for anything. Awesome experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    randall
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The best steak in San Diego. The service is also great!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mary
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Outstanding, as usual! I am a little sad they're moving because it's so easy to get to right now. La Jolla, while beautiful, is a more difficult drive with traffic and parking is more of a chore. I will also miss the space, which is just as a steakhouse should be!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OUTSTANDING!
    dpkraftVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    When it comes to fine dining, this is the best of the best.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant week
    1stimer
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Had an amazing first time here. There was actually more to the restaurant week menu. Our waiters great. Great first time experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    BWMT
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Dinner was great was busy with Restaurant week and end of Living Social coupon but the service was excellent and so were the Lamb Chops
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a wonderful place.
    MrDimn
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Donovan's is always a fantastic steak house. Always enjoyable. Expect to spend a few more dollars than usual, but the quality is phenomenal. One of my favorite places to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service is as good as it gets
    SDLou
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Living back east for most of my life, I find it hard to find a place that truly knows good service. Donovan's hits the ball out of the park. Our server and the other folks on the staff were outstanding. If you're looking for a very nice place to go to for that special occasion, Donovan's is where it's at. Oh and did I forget to mention that the food was excellent. A bit longer wait on the weekends to get your steak the perfect temperature, but who's in a hurry at a place like this. Enjoy the company of wife, girlfriend or friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Steak
    kartracr
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was our second time dining at Donovan's. The New York strip steak was excellent (again). We took friends for their first time (it was one of their birthday's). They also enjoyed the steaks (filet and rib eye).
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Always a great dining experience: delicious food, wonderful service, nice ambiance
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Experience
    katielou
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It was so nice to be spoiled with such a pleasant and service focused dining experience. The food was delectable and our servers, Chris, Aaron, and Enrique, were amazing and friendly and took such great care of us. Thank you for making our 7th wedding anniversary so special and well treated.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and service!
    808Local
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I took my son to Donovan's. It was his first fine dining experience and he enjoyed the food and the wait staff. They were extremely friendly and attentive!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    steakloversunite
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The service was spectacular until the end when we produced a Living Social coupon, at which point it took a dive, despite an almost 25% tip on the total amount before coupon. Up until that point, it was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. The food was simply amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.