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Donovan's - La Jolla

3585 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.

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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Steak, Seafood, Prime Rib
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Hours of operation
Happy Hour 3-6pm Daily. Specialty cocktails, draft beer, wine, and bites.

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

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Phone number
(858) 450-6666
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Fernando Mackenzie and Brennen Baum
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Cross street
Torrey Pines Road
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Parking details
$10 valet parking located in front of George's at the Cove
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Featuring classic American music, including Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald.
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

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.

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

What 3585 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined a day ago

Great location and food, cheesecake was delicious

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Jason was our head waiter and he was great but the service as our food was GOD awful. Over 3 hours and we got there at 430 when they opened. Order two seafood platters and would NEVER recommend the North Atlantic salmon. I am catholic and follow the no meet on Friday which I usually get the Australian rack of lambs which are amazing and highly recommend but didn’t have them this time. My girlfriend and I had a movie reservation at 715 at THE LOT in LA JOLLA and were late when we were seated at Donavan’s at 430. THIS PLACE IS ALWAYS HIT OR MISS

OpenTable Diner (Nashville)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Visiting my son who now calls San Diego home. I had not been to the SD area in 10 years, but I remembered Donovan’s and it was my first pick to take he and his girlfriend out for dinner. Great atmosphere! We will be back.

vipHighMaintenance (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

The food and service were first rate. What a great setting. The food and service compliment the setting wonderfully. Highly recommended. Value? The food prices are fine for what it is. The wine prices are “full” and then some. Still, I highly recommend it.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Excellent view, great service, Creative Menu, Reservations were easy and accommodating. Wait staff were friendly, supportive and added value to the experience.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Definitely $$, but can't beat the quality and the service. Best in San Diego as far as I know. So its great for those special occasions to celebrate, honor or impress. Or if you have the money, every week.

chauffeurP (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

It was a Valentine's dream dinner. We sat by the window with an ocean view and were treated like a King and his Queen. The service was outstanding. Our soup, salad and entrée was cooked to perfection. The tiramisu was a sweet way to end our meal with a nice hot cup of coffee. Loved it!

TerryW (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

As usual, the food and service were supreme.
The ambiance, however, left a lot to be desired. The noise level was that of a frat party. We asked to be moved once which was accommodated as we were initially next to a large noisy group. The new seating area was an improvement, but there was a group in the middle of the room that was extremely loud and obnoxious. My wife was so upset that she ate less than half her meal. We could barely hear each other talk. People have no civility anymore, and we understand that Donovan’s is making a lot of money off these large groups. Consequently you are hesitant to ask them to tone it down for the benefit of your other guests. Our next task will be to find an equally nice restaurant closer to Oceanside that has a pleasant atmosphere conducive to a nice quiet dinner for two.

AshleyJ (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food and service. We were sat next to a large rather rowdy group of young homecoming kids but even that couldn't take too much away from the delicious food and cocktails

vipItalianfoodlover (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We enjoyed the food and location. When I made the reservation I requested a window table, which I understand is on a first come -first served basis. We were seated off to the side, not at the window but there was a window seat available. I heard other guests complaining about not being closer to the window. Just know that even if you request a window table, you're not going to get it. And in all fairness, they tell you that upfront. The filet was cooked perfectly but they could improve on the dessert. We had the tiramisu, nothing special.

Kipp (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Celebrated two Birthdays Sons and Husbands, food was great, service was great, it was a pleasant time all around. Will be back soon.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
2.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

My steak came out burnt. Had to wait 15 mins for someone to even check on me to tell them it was burnt. They brought a dessert for my husbands birthday without asking if we wanted it and then charged us for it. We confronted them and they stated it was an error. Will not being going back there! Overpriced, undervalued. Not a happy customer.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

I took a business client for dinner during restaurant week.We had to wait a while before our table was ready.Some dishes on restaurant week menu were not available
Food was OK,nothing to compare with luxury steak houses.High price for fair meal

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Wonderful dinner. We had been to the old La Jolla location, but this was our first time on Prospect. It was a bit louder than the original location, but the food & service was outstanding as expected.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We had a great time, and wonderful dining experience. The meal was delicious, and dessert very sweet and tasty. The service was also friendly and top notch. We would recommend to a friend, and certainly plan on going again in the future. It was a little out of our price range, but it was worth it.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Amazing as always...great food, romantic ambience and outstanding service!!

vipLetsEat (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

This was my husband's birthday celebration on the first day of the Torrey Pines PGA tournament. We come here once or twice every year, but this year didn't meet our expectations. We ordered ultra Michelob beer, and the waiter came back, saying they were all out because of all the golfers, hmmm, this was the first day of the tournament. He then suggested their blonde ale, we agreed, and he came back and said they were all out, seems like he should only suggest what he has in stock. The beet salad was very good, and we both got filet mignon, and split the large lobster tail. The lobster was great, but the even though the steak looked like the right shade of pink/red, it just didn't taste as good or tender as prime steak should, nor as good as the last few years. It was a special occasion, and we didn't want to make a scene and have our steak replaced while we filled up on lobster and our potatoes. We may rethink coming here next year.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Incredible view, outstanding professional service, great food. A couple of tables of people were so loud that conversation was a challenge.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Great food and great service! It was my fiancées birthday, and the treated us so well! Loved the whole experience.

Baboo (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

It was a group dinner and they made a lot of noise THAT WAS VERY HARD TO CARRY CONVERSATION BUT FOOD WAS EXCELLENT