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

Donovan's - La Jolla

  • 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: 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
352 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (297)romantic (215)notable wine list (161)fit for foodies (119)good for groups (78)vibrant bar scene (75)neighborhood gem (63)hot spot (41)late-night find (24)kid-friendly (10)great for lunch (6)great for brunch (5)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Superb service, excellent food
    SandiKatie
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    My husband and I took our three children to Donovan's for a family birthday celebration. We had outstanding service - fully professional, while still quite friendly, and our food was great - steaks were cooked perfectly, our sides were delicious (garlic smashed potatoes especially), and deserts delectable. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food and service
    Maryann
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    I have food allergies and the staff was very accommodating with my needs. The food was excellent and service could not have been better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steak
    Pmen
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Very nice dining experience albeit very expensive. Hard to dine as a single when out on business. Wanted to treat myself to a good steak. Wasn't disappointed. Waitstaff were somewhat cold to a single diner, but the meal was delivered in a timely manner. Probably will not return, but do recommend for premium meat entrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steak
    BigD
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I had the bone in ribeye. Rhe steak was perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned, and tasted awesome. I recommended Donovan's to anyone looking for a great Steak.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DMffodie
    dmfoodie1VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We dined at Donovan's prior to attending play in La Jolla. Waiter was excellent, very knowledgeable with regards to selecting a bottle of wine for our table. Fish Chowder was very good. Meat was cooked perfect, however all the potato dishes were lacking in flavor and creativity. Overall service was outstanding.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really slow service, good food...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Went here for dinner and the service was slow. It started off well with the waitress coming over to take our drink order, but it took 10 minutes for my drink to come. For appetizers my friend ordered a wedge and I ordered a cup of chowder. My friend got their wedge, but never got my chowder. At first I thought it was going to come later , but it never came. It took me 5 minutes to flag down someone and then found out it was never put into the system. While our steaks were perfectly prepared, it took 40 minutes for them to come out after the appetizers were finished. We ordered dessert which was good. Bill came out to be $235 for two people and in my opinion, if you're spending this kind of money, the experience should be better. On a side note, the staff was really friendly and attentive.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    eagle
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    After taking her to lunch several times, she said she liked Filet Mignon and I said it was my favorite as well. I made reservations through Open Table for Donovan's. I have never made online reservations, but it was easy. When we got there we were greeted right away by the staff. The wait staff were great and made us feel very welcome. We already knew what we were going to order, but when the Filet Mignon came it was tender, flavorful and exceeded my expectations. She enjoyed the Filet as well and said it was the best she'd ever tasted. She opened her presents and right after they brought out Creme Brulee with a candle on it. We discovered another favorite we both had in common and shared the dessert. Best Birthday dinner, thank you.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • me eat good
    meeatgood
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    it's moving to downtown La Jolla : I will not go to that traffic mess not matter how much I love this returant. well,, there's still Fleming's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    RLBLVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Love the food and excellent servive! We took our parents there for the first time and they loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No comment.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/3/2014
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    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Before it goes
    LaJollaLove
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Donovan's is classic and cozy. You can get dressed up or wear good jeans with a blouse. The wine selection is good, but not too vast or bizarre. It's location is HARD to find across from the mall hidden behind office buildings, but that is a large reason they are moving to downtown La Jolla. I assume once there they may not be so quiet and may be a little less of a hidden gem. So go there now while you can enjoy the slow atmosphere that allows you to eat at your own pace. Once downtown, they may need to rush people out as good steak in downtown is hard to find since Jake's closed, Donovan's is taking over Azul's, and Manhattan's is always booked.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NocookingVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The food was Excellent food as was the service. The meal was a little pricey! We all enjoyed what we ate.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Anniversary
    satisfieddk
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This was our eighth visit to Donovan's. Every dining experience both business and pleasure has been wonderful. The service we received on Friday night was the best ever. Our every need was catered to by at least four staff members. Eric, Thomas and Lisa we unbelievable. My wife also received a Happy Anniversary for the hostess. I would give everyone involved 5 stars for making our evening the best Anniversary ever. The only down side to the evening was hearing that they were moving from their current location to Prospect St. in La Jolla.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service.
    foodlaser
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Food was as good as advertised. The service however, was well beyond!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • krusenj
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My husband and I came here for our respective birthdays. The service was great and the prime rib and steak were excellent. I would have been happy with the whole meal, but the shrimp scampi was not good. In that respect, I was disappointed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • specialoccasionbob1
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Atmosphere is great---prime steak was not as good as in the past --new supplier in the past year or so? prices are extremely high! $68 for one steak with a potato and a few veggies! Still love Donovans but would go more often if prices were more reasonable
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEST in san diego
    daniel
    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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great steak house
    BeenThereDoneThat
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Excellent food. Steaks were perfect, service was impeccable, friendly people, easy free parking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What are you waiting for?
    TBrez
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Donovan's was amazing, I love valet parking (takes away stress) the staff was attentive and the food was divine from the chopped salad to the creme brulee. I do not normally write reviews but felt compelled because it was such a good experience
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Went there for my son's 16 bday, with his grandmother and two little sisters. He wanted steak and we had never been there. Everything was delicious. The staff was so nice with the youngest sister - 7 years old. A place for a great meal that is nice and quiet so that we could actually talk and enjoy each other. Definitely one of the more expensive meals we have had in SD, and worth it. Great wine selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.