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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

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

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4.6

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4.6

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4.1

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92% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (53)
Special Occasion (46)
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Good for Anniversaries (44)
Romantic (36)
Waterfront (36)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Notable Wine List (26)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Business Meals (23)
Worth the Drive (19)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Cozy (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Good for Groups (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Hot Spot (6)
Casual (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Fun (4)
Authentic (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
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Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (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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·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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