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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.
San Diego, CA 92037
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!
Dinner Service: 4:30pm- 10:00pm Sunday-Thursday. 4:30pm - 11pm Friday-Saturday
Torrey Pines Road
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Featuring classic American music, including Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald.
$10 valet parking located in front of George's at the Cove
Fernando Mackenzie and Brennen Baum
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
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
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.
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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