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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
Daily 4:30PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

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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4.6

service

4.6

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4.6

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4.0

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91% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (63)
Special Occasion (59)
Good for a Date (57)
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Romantic (48)
Good for Anniversaries (46)
Waterfront (42)
Good for Birthdays (41)
Notable Wine List (31)
Quiet Conversation (31)
Business Meals (26)
Worth the Drive (23)
Cozy (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Bar Seating (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Happy Hour (7)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Fun (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Casual (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
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Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
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Seasonal (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our waiter was fantastic and the time of the courses perfect. Much noiser than the previous UTC location but a great meal as usual.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Always great food and high end dining. Great view of the cove. I recommend getting reservations early 430 to get a view. Hit the bar for happy hour. Cheap drinks and food.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food and service was amazing! Crazy expensive though! A true splurge for a very special occasion. Surf & turf market price was $95 for an entree! Yikes. Delicious but an interesting conversation with our teenagers on value.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 9, 2017

What a wonderful place to take a date. We decided to dine outside overlooking the ocean which worked out perfectly as we were the only ones out there.

The food was very good, especially liked the bacon wrapped scallops. Our server Jason was outstanding, in all the years I have dined out he has been the best. My date and I were talking quite a bit and not in any particular hurry and Jason took care of anything we wanted. I did feel kind of bad for him since we were having such a great time we would up having a four and a half hour dinner!

Great place and highly recommended.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The finest steaks seafood and wine. Costly but worth it.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Wonderful!! Thx!! Such a positive experience with wait staff who make you feel special!!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Fantastic ocean view, if you get there early enough to get a window table.
Good variety in the menu.
Good service.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Great food and service!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The meat was a little over cooked and the crab legs were small and didn’t taste fresh. The scallops didn’t taste fresh either. They offered to give us a new streak but we declined. They were kind enough to give us complimentary coffee and dessert. We dined overlooking the La Jolla cove and could hear the sea lions barking and the crashing waves provided a nice ambiance. The patio heater kept us cozy while we dined. Overall, it wasn’t a bad experience but I don’t think I would order the seafood again.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Me and my husband celebrated his birthday here and dinner was just phenomenal.
Cari was our server along with Jonathan and they were both just extremely attentive to us and very very polite.
We always decide for Donovan's for special occasions because this place never fails and is always very welcoming .

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Was out in La Jolla for business, Went with another couple, food was outstanding.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We’ve eaten here a few times and loved it every time. This was the first time we sat on the deck outside and although it was dark we sat looking out into the ocean and listen to the seals. The staff was very accommodating and moved a heater right next to us. We were the only ones outside per our request to seat outside, we never felt neglected.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Bar Seating, Waterfront
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Amazing service, from the time we checked in to the time we left the service was superb!
The view of La Jolla is breathtaking, so romantic.. highly recommend for date nights and special occasions. Not t forget the amazing menu choices, best steak house in San Diego period.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Great views, great food, great service. Nothing but high marks for this terrific steak/seafood La Jolla fixture with a high perch above the coastline providing awe-inspiring views. Not an inexpensive evening, but well worth it. Excellent wine list too representing many great California wines.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Good food, great service and atmosphere. Restaurant honored my special requests ie window table and provided a complimentary dessert for our special occasion.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

You cannot beat the view frim the window seating at Donovan's. Then, the service will let you know that you are in a very special place. Once the food arrives, you will know that you chose the right place for a truly memorable meal.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great food and service. Ideal for special
occasions. Steak was cooked perfectly.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Our Service was excellent the food was amazing the tower of seafood to die for! Everyone that attended our table where friendly, kind and great energy! Thank you

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our service was excellent. Prices seem to be going up as $70 is a way too expensive for a Porterhouse, as I recall it used to be in the later $50’s or maybe $60. That was very disappointing to see. Not everyone is wealthy and we still would like to enjoy Donovans however they are making it completely unaffordable for those that don’t have money to burn. Other than the price of the steak we had a great time and I love the new venue.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Scenic View, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

1. Checked in on time (actually, early). Table not ready, after 15 minutes I got up and tracked down the hostess, then I was seated immediately. 2. Not seated outside as specified in reservation. 3. Steak not served as requested. Overcooked steak and cold side orders. 4. Shaky, sweating young waiters, so unsure of what to do that it was almost comical. Summary: pretty mediocre restaurant. Perfect for tourists who will never come back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Really enjoyed this restaurant overall. Views were gorgeous, service was delightful.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Great setting and view. The steak was a major disappointment and very hard to believe it was prime level as stated. It was tough for 4 of the 5 meals served. Major disappointment!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 2, 2017

I can't say enough great things about this place. We came to CA for 4 nights and this is the place I saved for last. Well there is something to say about saving the best for last. We were greeted by a friendly host, and then the the three people taking care of our table were exceptional. The service was excellent, the food was superb and the restaurant is beautiful. The oysters rockefeller were the best I ever had and I've been to a lot of cities. This is a wonderful restaurant and now that I'm home in PA, I'm planning my next visit, I just need to go back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Food was amazing, staff was always there asking if everything was okay! I enjoyed every bit of my night there

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Bobby is an excellent server. He is our favorite server.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Excellent all around, great atmosphere, great food, great service and great conversation! Highly recommend!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Loved our meal, the ambiance and service. We brought our tweens and even they enjoyed their food with no complaints!

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Went there to end a Girls Day Out. The fried calamari appetizer was on point, crispy & light. Lovely filet mignons tender delicious & juicy meat. Beautiful vegetables prepared crisp tender. Brussel Sprouts in bacon & balsamic glaze a must. The fried calamari appetizer was on point, crispy & light.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Paleo Friendly, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Our server didn't mention that sides were not included when you order filet mignon so we ordered assuming it wasn't à la carte. Had she mentioned that the salad and soup would be separate - I would've ordered a different side because the salad was very generic and we didn't even know what soup was brought out except it didn't taste like anything, pretty bland and needed seasoning. We requested our filet mignon medium well and less pink if possible, our server said yes but when we received our meal, all of our filet mignon were medium rare than medium well...

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 25, 2017

We chose Donovan's to celebrate our anniversary. We had a table with a view of the Children's Pool and La Jolla Shores. The service team was very attentive but not intrusive. Th e menu had lots of options but we both ordered one of the steaks, both of which were flavorful and properly cooked. Entrees come with vegetables and a choice of potato. We each had the Gruyere potatoes au gratin and were delicious as were the vegetables. We had salads as a first course, both of which were fresh and well prepared. We could easily have a conversation. For a prime steakhouse, the pricing, although not cheap, was certainly satisfactory for the meal and service. We'll be back.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 25, 2017

My boyfriend and I sat at the best ocean view table in the house. It was so romantic watching the sunset together enjoying the Moscato wine with fresh baked bread and delicious seafood chowder. Our main meals were salmon and the steak and shrimp scampi with mixed vegetables and mashed garlic potatoes. Delicious, hot and cooked to perfection. The creme brulee and the tiramisu were fabulous. Wonderful service, loved it.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Donovans is always a great steakhouse. The seafood chowder was seasoned to perfection. And the filet looked a little bit more on the rare side, but tasted exceptional. We brought a bottle of Duckhorn cabernet, which went excellent with our steak. We shared a creme brulee to finish up our scrumptious meal.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 25, 2017

We have gone for our anniversary and Just recently my husbands birthday. We had a great view. Our food was amazing. And the server found out in a sly way what other dessert my husband likes to surprise him with it! I love the creme bru le!! I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

This time is my second visit. I coud not forget the tast of the T bone togetger with delicate roasted flavour which can be rarely seen even in Japan.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Donovans is ALWAYS excellent! Best steaks in San Diego and fine service always. The ocean view is fantastic but we love it for being always great food and service.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food superb. Service even better. Celebrating my husbands birthday. Will come again

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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