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.



6 private dining rooms to choose from.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Donovan's - La Jolla reviews from OpenTable diners
425 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (363)romantic (261)notable wine list (188)fit for foodies (134)good for groups (82)vibrant bar scene (82)neighborhood gem (65)hot spot (42)late-night find (29)kid-friendly (8)great for lunch (6)great for brunch (5)scenic view (4)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • 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.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    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
  • 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.
  • Good food
    Meatlover
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Very nice restaurant. Good food. Nice atmosphere. Very slow service. Too many people serving each table. Very confusing and slows the dining process. Only go if you have hours to waste. Avoid this restaurant if you are really hungry. Sat at the table for nearly 30 mins before our order was taken.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Went there for our anniversary. Everything about this place is Fantastic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great restaurant and food
    steaksntails
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I went there with my wife for her birthday. Excellent food and service. They gave us a complimentary dessert. Not your everyday restaurant, but great for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The food was excellent but too expensive for the relatively small portions.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    damoses21VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Everything was perfect! My husbands steak was amazing my Chilean sea bass was amazing, the bread and sides were great! A good quality old school steak house!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome
    Bobggggggg
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Awesommmeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssss
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Meat and Potatoes Restaurant
    DONE
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We have now dined twice at Donovan's La Jolla and found the food good but not outstanding. We tried the Filet Mignon which was dry. Normally when you cut into a nice piece of medium rare beef there is juice on your plate, the juice was not there and the flavor was not as it should have been, although it was tender. Chop salad was good but not the best we have had and the smashed garlic potatoes were very nice. Veges are coated with oils which takes away from natural flavor. White bread is served with meal, prefer more earthy breads. Chilean Sea Bass nice, Bok Choy tough. Calamari good, Crab Cake average. If you like exotic intriguing flavors, you may find Donovan's food a bit bland for your palate. Would love to see menu expanded.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fave steak joint
    AmandaT
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We love coming here! The food is amazing and the service is always on point!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old school
    JoemamaVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Go to Donovans, La Jolla if you are in to steaks and old schoool dinning. The steaks are perfectly prepared. The service is xlnt. But, you should also be prepared to pat $45-60 for those steaks. My wife and I ate at Donovans for the second time and had a different experience. We had fillet medallions with scampi, and with scallops. Both at $42, and a better value than $60 for the porterhouse which we had the first time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best steak EVER!
    JoJoSanDiego
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Truly a dining experience ... great service, only surmounted by the food!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went the extra mile...
    FAARetirement
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I reserved a table for a retirement party. When we got to Donovan's, they put us in a special room secluded from the rest of the restaurant. The atmosphere was outstanding and the service even better. While I already knew that Donovan's in La Jolla was exceptional, this took it to another level.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We have eaten here many times for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food and great service
    JackLinda
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The best steak, cooked exactly as we ordered it,medium rare with a nice seared outside. This was served with a perfectly baked potato and above average veggies. The potato is them topped worth your choice of toppings... butter, sour cream, bacon bits, and real chives(not green onion tops) They are also generous with the bread and butter, which has a nice crust and sweet yeasty flavor. The meals are large enough to share and they gladly split the plate for you.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    808Local
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    If you enjoy a good steak coupled with excellent service, this is the restaurant! Prime cuts of steak are cooked perfectly to order. Plenty of delicious side dishes to choose from along with a vast list of wine, cocktail and beer list. The service is friendly and outstanding!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • You know what to expect
    iheartpasta1VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Consistency is good! The meat is always cooked perfectly. Victor is always friendly and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently excellent- but moving!
    CarlaRNVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Always a special treat. Wonderfully attentive service. Very sad to hear Donovan's is moving from their primo UTC location to the inconvenient downtown La Jolla (in the Azul location) due to their lease holder discouraging their continued contract. This will occur after the first of the year. What a loss for UTC medical and corporate patrons. Supposedly, a more lunch-friendly moderately-priced, modern trendy (I.e., small "healthy" portions), eatery will replace them, but the Donovan's experience is irreplaceable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Somewhat disappointed
    NewDiner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I thought that the staff was friendly and somewhat attentive. The restaurant was dimly lit, but pleasant. I did not like care for the music playing. I would have liked something more relaxing playing in the background. People that I know have had very positive things to say about Donovan's, but I was not very impressed. The food was good, but not for the price.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet