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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Donovan's - La Jolla reviews from OpenTable diners
282 reviews since March 30 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (235)romantic (170)notable wine list (125)fit for foodies (90)good for groups (64)neighborhood gem (43)vibrant bar scene (41)hot spot (29)late-night find (27)kid-friendly (9)great for brunch (6)great for lunch (6)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Disappointed
    MSTONEVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Have been to Donovans in the past and its not what it used to be, The waiter Chris was excellent, Food average. Dressed nicely and found people in the restaurant on a Saturday night in shorts, cut ff jeans and looked like they were eating at in and out burger. Does not have the class it used to.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful evening
    SharonS
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We had a great evening out with amazing steaks. Was pleased to see that side dishes (veg/choice of potato) are included with the entrée. Many other steak houses charge extra for these. Our filets were perfectly cooked and the recommended wine complemented the food precisely. Would definitely go back here again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service/food is par
    JNOX1
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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. =)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing birthday dinner celebration
    YumyumD
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic food!
    Mrdimn
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bobby
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    as always, the dining experience at Donovan's is superb......no wonder people buy so many living socials......
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Head waiter not friendly
    oceansaver
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great staff
    DDub
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    For the prices . It was ok . Food was excellent ! Service when you have three staff members staffing your table should be a little more attentive. A disgusting piece of old moldy bread was between the seat and wall where our booth was . ( lost my appetite after this )several items my brother attempted to order we're no longer available and one of the meals of the 5 did not come with the others. This meal was top dollar, in addition to excellent food -I also expect service , ambiance , cleanliness to come with the experience .
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    hjermoian
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Best restaurant in North County. Excellent food and Service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a favorite
    Datenight
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Nothing but the best from the best when you arrive at Donovan's.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rochmanis
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great Food, Great Service as usual ! Must try the Prime Rib Roast on Fridays only--Outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service and food
    Robert
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Expect high-level service from knowledgable and attentive staff. Worth the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Donovan's - La Jolla
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This was a very classy place. The service was outstanding, and steaks were incredible along with the spinach salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exceptional Attn to Detail
    SBPinotFan
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An evening out
    sweetlou
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our 1st visit to Donovan's
    countrygirl333
    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!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ultimate Date Night
    publican
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • best of the best
    dpkraftVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    This is the place if you want possibly the best meal you've ever had!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Donovans
    Acapulcobold
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    5 Star Service, excellent food, Prime beef at its greatest. Simple ingredients, cooked to perfection. A++ highly recommended....
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Doug700
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Restaurant
    LuvLJfood
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Donavan's
    foodie
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Overall
    bananasplit5
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dependably outstanding!
    v8240zVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    CNNL
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had great service, great food as always. You never disappoint.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • kp
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best Steakhouses in town
    aznmom
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent as always
    trueskew
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good dinner
    robiot
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Experience!
    Henry
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Excellent service, food and wine list. I highly recommend this place for any special occasions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Less than stellar
    NYfoodie
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always delightful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great steaks and service as usual
    lclee70
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I've been to Donovan's and as usual, the service and food are excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome experience
    Divinediner
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Donovan's Steak and Chop House
    wammie
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experiance all around
    AndreaC
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So great!
    GJandCsmomma
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch!
    Brett
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    As always, Donovan's never disappoints! My out of town guests were very impressed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very disappointing
    Darla
    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.
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