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About 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.

Chef Fernardo Mackenzie joined the Donovan's team in November 2015.
He won the Culinary Achievement award along with several scholarships. Chef Fernando has won many gold medals in culinary completion across the nation and served on the board of directors for the American Culinary Foundation San Joaquin Chapter.

Chef Fernando has a very diverse cooking style with quality and consistency at the fore front. His high level of attention to detail and focus along with his dedication to his craft is something he strives to teach his employees constantly. This focus has a dramatic impact on the final product and the overall dining experience.

1250 Prospect Street
San Diego, CA 92037
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Steak, Seafood, Prime Rib

Hours of Operation:
Cocktail lounge opens at 11:30 daily.

Happy Hour 3-6pm Daily. Specialty cocktails, draft beer, wine, and bites.

Complimentary Steak Sandwiches & Prime Filet Burritos during Happy Hour!

Now Open For Lunch!
11:00am-2:30pm Daily

Dinner Service: 4:30pm- 10:00pm Sunday-Thursday. 4:30pm - 11pm Friday-Saturday



Cross Street:
Torrey Pines Road

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 450-6666

Website:
http://www.donovanssteakhouse.com/

Entertainment:
Featuring classic American music, including Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald.

Parking Details:
$10 valet parking located in front of George's at the Cove

Executive Chef:
Fernando Mackenzie and Brennen Baum

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Sun - Thu 4:00PM - 5:45PM 8:00PM - 11:30PM

Fri - Sat 4:00PM - 5:45PM 8:30PM - 11:30PM

Private Dining

Whether it’s for an exceptional dining experience with custom menu or a delicious cocktail and appetizers gathering, bring your celebration to one of our inviting private dining rooms at Donovan's La Jolla. For details, please contact our event manager.

Donovan's - La Jolla Ratings and Reviews

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95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (48)
Good for Anniversaries (47)
Special Occasion (47)
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Scenic View (45)
Romantic (41)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Waterfront (35)
Notable Wine List (29)
Business Meals (27)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Worth the Drive (22)
Cozy (17)
Good for Groups (17)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Casual (6)
Authentic (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Seasonal (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Fun (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

We were celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary. They made us feel really special on our date. From the initial greeting, cocktails and dinner we were congratulated on our anniversary.
Dinner was excellent as well as dessert.
The atmosphere cannot be beat, low lights, the ocean view.
Highly recommended for any occasion.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We were celebrating our anniversary. We celebrated a previous anniversary when it was Azule. I had the 10oz Filet Mignon & my husband had the same with a 10oz Lobster tail. Both our meals were OUTSTANDING. I had the gruyere au gratin potatoes YUM! Recommend HIGHLY. Decadent!! Along with the gifted Creme Brûlée for our anniversary....a cherry at the top of a very nice evening. Oh Yea!! And an outstanding view!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The staff and food are always awesome, and the booth provides some cozy privacy.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Romantic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Fantastic restrauent for an up-scale dining experience. Service and food was impeccable as well as the venue. Five Stars!

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 9, 2018

One of the best dining experiences I have had. I had the filet which was cooked to perfection at Med/rare. It melted in my mouth! We ordered the crab cake which was to die for and the apple pie at the end was perfection. This is a must go!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

The staff was amazing, they were attentive and very nice. The food was fantastic as always. I would recommend The food and service to everyone.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Excellent overall experience, didn’t feel crowded or loud like other steakhouses nearby. Sat down immediately upon on arrival. Definitely will be back.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Excellent evening!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The most excellent dining experience we have had in 2017. Wonderful service, food both prepared and tasting perfectly as expected in a fine dining restaurant but doesn’t always happen. Glad we live in La Jolla close to Donovan’s!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Love the setting, Donovan's has been a longtime favorite of mine. Great food and friendly welcoming staff.

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent food. Despite the very unfriendly hostess, the waitstaff was excellent. However, this is a very premium priced restaurant relative to the portion sizes.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Visiting my son in La Jolla and he said he had heard great things about Donovan’s. It did not disappoint Attentive service, great steaks (I had prime rib and it wa perfect), and wonderful atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Waite staff were very attentive. The restaurant was recommended for the sunset. Unfortunately, we didn't see one on that evening. Nice restaurant.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great steak and seafood.. Good value, great location. Will be a regular...

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Lobster tail & ribeye are quite good.
But the New York’s strip is over cooked.
In general, the service is awesome, and the environment is nice.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

I cannot tell a lie! The service was exquisite! I ordered the surf and turf special and they actually remove the lobster tail table side for you! Very impressed! We went on Christmas Eve, just my husband and myself. We always celebrate the holiday on that day. First timers there! Got a window seat! It is a little pricey, but we expected that. And it was well worth it! Highly recommend this restaurant, and particularly this location!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had a great time at Donovan’s. The service is absolutely superb!

Tags: Waterfront, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food was delicious and service was excellent, as usual.

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Amazing service like always. Quality food as they say "you get what you pay for." Their secret menus are a must try especially the seafood tower. I highly recommend if your going on a date or a special occasion. They also have a bar where you can enjoy the game in a no e environment.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We had a very nice time and meal. Started with the chowder and Cesar salad, both were excellent. Both our steaks (strip and ribeye) were cooked perfectly and were delicious. Service was very good and not too intrusive. If you like steak, I'd highly recommend Donovan's. Straightforward and competently executed.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Outstanding from start to finish. Happy hour offering is generous. View - fabulous! Service best in the Cove!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Casual, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Beautiful Place - wonderful food and lovely wine. The only sad thing is that we expressly asked for a window table as it was our son's 18th birthday and we wanted to make it truly special. They say on their website that you must request a window table when you make a reservation ( which we did ) . But they don't tell you that on the night, the window tables are first come first serve. They were nice enough to move us to a booth ( which was better than a standard fourth in the middle of the restaurant ) and everything else was wonderful, but we would have loved to have had a view.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food and service is always the best in town. Scott was our host, very knowledgeable and attentive to our groups needs. Dining at Donovan’s is the next best thing to Home. Always able to exceed our high expectations. Thanks to Dan Shea and his team

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Casual, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

The food and the service was outstanding. Scott was our waiter and was very attentive and polite. He was very helpful and he was very nice 👍—his helper’s were also great. We have been to this restaurant before and we will definitely go again. Highly recommend for a great dinner and ambience because of it’s location and food and great service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Authentic, Cozy, Waterfront, Casual, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Scott was our waiter and he made us feel right a home. The young lady that also helped with our table never let our water glasses get less than half full. There service we received was the best that I have ever had at any restaurant. The food was great and the view from our table couldn't have been any better.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Good food, though too expensive for me.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

It was OK. The food was eatable, but nothing special. We enjoyed the calamari appetizer. The service was good, but not great. We had to get up from our table and ask for the check. They were busy, but we had 3 servers so I figured we wouldn’t need to track down the check. The drinks @ the bar were great! It was the best part of the experience

Tags: Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Best steaks in San Diego. Outstanding service, a wonderful dining experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Incredible view overlooking the coves in La Jolla! Great experience and of course the filet Mignon was amazing!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Great ! The service was amazing and the food fantastic. Will definitely go back!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Waterfront
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Been coming to Donovan's for years. The UTC location was our first experience and it continues at the new Prospect location!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Donovans continues to be one, if not The, very favorites. Most importantly, the food is divine - perfectly prepared and a pleasing menu. It is my go-to restaurant for observing special occasions. And of course the service is always very impressive. I almost always order my favorite filet mignon, but also love the lamb and the lobster. Would encourage anyone to give it a try for a most enjoyable experience.

Tags: Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

The food was deliscious and the waiters were very attentive. Overall a great experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The 10 oz. filet mignon was cooked to perfection as was everything else. The service team was outstanding. It was our first visit and we will certainly be back.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Outstanding service, view, ambiance, and food! Don't miss out on Donovan's!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 21, 2017

We had a wonderful filet dinner for our anniversary.

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Good meal my wife and I had. We were craving a really good steak and it was good, maybe not top top shelf but good. We shared a KC Strip loin, could have been a littel more charred on the outside for our liking. The scallops appetizer was excellent FYI. Good wine list. You do pay top dollar here but staff very attentive and overall a good evening for us!

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

We arrived early and were accommodated with the seating request that we made. The view was outstanding! My filet was tasty and the veggies were prepared well. The au gratin potatoes weren't what I was expecting, but good. The creme brulee was fabulous!

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Cozy
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Best lobster ever!! My husband loves his ribeye steak as well. Everything was cooked perfectly and the wait staff was attentive. Wish we could go there more often!! They made our anniversary!!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Donovan's La Jolla has been one of our favorite restaurants for many years. They are consistently exceptional when it comes to food and service!

Tags: Scenic View, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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