Donovan's - La Jolla

4.8
3956 reviews
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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.

We have inside seating with a view of La Jolla Cove and Outside Terrace seating with fire pit tables for dinner.
We have Happy hour every day along with Reverse Happy Hour from 9:00 pm to closing



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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love me some Donovan’s! Great fillet and wedge salad.

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MV
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Thank you for making our anniversary special.

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DW
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is one of San Diego's finest special occasion restaurants--but don't wait for a special occasion to enjoy this gem! It's rare indeed to find gourmet cuisine and a fine ocean view in the same establishment, and this is it! It's particularly desirable as the days stay light longer and you can contemplate the glorious Pacific while enjoying great food. The red meats and the au gratin potatoes and wedge salad are particularly notable, but there are many other fine options.

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SM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Halibut and scampi overcooked and my filet undercooked. The prepared new meals and the halibut was better not great but then my filet came back even more undercooked as my scampi was so tough that I had to cut it with a knife. Hopefully they can get the kinks out because dinner for two was $400.

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OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and great food. The view was incredible. I definitely recommend going a little before sunset.

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JG
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the food was outstanding. We will go back.

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A
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our anniversary and had an incredible time. I believe every employee of the restaurant came by our table and wished us a happy anniversary. The service was excellent. Our waiter, Jason, was very attentive without rushing us. Our appetizers and entree’s were excellent and prepared properly. The atmosphere at the restaurant is relaxing and the view of the ocean is awesome. We will return.

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JD
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food and staff was amazing - definitely a go to place for a great dinner

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JO
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone did a great job, food was excellent, best view in San Diego.

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service, atmosphere, food, and view.

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JP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We decided to go to Donovan's at the 11th hour - about 1 Sunday. OpenTable found an opening at 4:45 which was perfect. We like to eat early whenever possible. Being the last minute the last thing we expected was a window table so we were really delighted to get one without even asking. My husband was salivating for the Tower, but I didn't see it on the appetizer menu. Again, much to our surprise and delight, Donovan's ran it as a special. Down side is that we were so full such a wonderful dinner (tenderloin/shrimp) that we had no room for their luscious desserts. Next time!

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CC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love our time at Donovan's. We have never been disappointed and we will of course, keep coming back!

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B
San Diego
50 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent service and ambiance. Food prepared as ordered.

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CC
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent! and great service! We love Jason, our captain, and the rest of the team. Very courteous and never had to request for anything because they pay so much attention to our needs. Picked a great bottle of wine, can't ask for anything more.

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CF
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious . All the servers were very courteous.

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c
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every regard.
From the service to the views of the Pacific Ocean, this place has it all.
The steak? The steak is the best you’ll have.
Yes, it is priced appropriately.
No, you will not regret a visit to this phenomenal restaurant.
The cocktails are handcrafted and really round things out.

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent but the food was not worth the price. Truluck’s, Eddie V’s and Larsen’s are the same price but they are another level. The only thing that was good was the bread and butter. The new york strip and filet mignon would fit better in Outback’s being sold for a much lower price

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DH
Las Vegas
106 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great classic Steakhouse dining at Donovan’s! Dominique, our waiter, was pleasant and professional.
Our dinner consisted of Wedge Salad, Beefsteak Tomato Salad, King Salmon and Prime Ribeye. Finished up with a delicious Apple Pie A la Mode. Great dining and beautiful views! Definitely ask for window table for sunset!

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AM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Donovan’s and we had a great experience. The service was excellent, the food was delicious, and we had a fabulous view. We will definitely go again for that special occasion.

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NS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a beautiful view of the sunset and the food was superb. The table next to ours was a little loud with their celebrations d visiting but otherwise it was a great overall experience. We went on a Monday night and it wasn't busy at all.

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KB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, the food, the view, all was amazing! You guys went above and beyond and put out rose petals for us since we were celebrating our anniversary. Can’t wait to come back!

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M
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The steak meat is stinky, and although it changes, it make me feel sick. There are paper labels on the apple slices. It seems that it has not been washed.

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OT
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 4ambience 5

Steaks just aren’t as good as they were years ago. Thinly cut, gristly. This the fourth time we’ve experienced the steak this way. Disappointing. Oysters Rockefeller were great tho.

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j
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

David provided us with excellent service!
Excellent food as always!
Cheers!

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AW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unforgettable anniversary dinner! The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. Everything was cooked to perfection.

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AS
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to dine, food are delicious and service is exceptional.

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c
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The views/location are spectacular and only enhanced by the wonderful staff....from the friendly greeting upon entering and being escorted to your table to the wait staff...just wonderful. And the food is really spectacular. This is a definite MUST when in La Jolla....I've brought friends and family and it is a huge hit every time. Thanks Donovans!

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A
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

60th Anniversary

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GF
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not enough superlatives. The food, the service, the atmosphere. Simply, the best steakhouse anywhere.

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AK
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We often celebrate special occasions at Donovan’s La Jolla. This was my 75th birthday and it was a wonderful meal.

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RF
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Everything tasted great except for our bone-in rib eye. We ordered the steak medium rare and it seemed more rare than medium rare. That wasn't the issue. The steak was very chewy and had lots of gristle. Normally every bite is mouth watering, however this steak never measured up. We've had this steak before at this Restaurant and loved it. This steak didn't compare. I'm not sure if they changed beef suppliers or we just were unlucky.

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D
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

The place, flavor and service was great. Two of us got sick.

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J
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We truly enjoyed our personalized experience at Donovan’s. My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and they made it magical. The service was outstanding - we appreciate Jason, Anita, and Patrick for taking good care of us! The food was delicious and perfectly prepared! We will absolutely return when we visit La Jolla in the future!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating our son’s 16th Birthday and we were not disappointed. Our table and view were amazing, the service was fantastic and the food was delicious! Great night!!

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DG
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food! Crab cake and surf and turf were fantastic! And... don't forget a killer views!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were Celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and the staff made us feel like they were celebrating with us. It was a great experience and when we will never forget. Thank you very much for providing us with great service and please thank Backy

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VG
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Victor was an outstanding waiter. And Jared the same. Donovan’s always delivers great food. My steak was cooked exactly as I requested.

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D
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Romantic way to spend our 30th anniversary. Two other couples had the same idea. I don't anywhere better than to sit at the crowning point of La Jolla, like a bird overlooking the beautiful coastline while enjoying a perfectly prepared meal, with impeccable service. Thank you for the experience!

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J
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience with great food. Service was outstanding and very attentive.

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OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelent is the word that comes to mind.

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