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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:
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



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

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

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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (43)
Special Occasion (42)
Scenic View (41)
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Good for Anniversaries (41)
Romantic (38)
Waterfront (34)
Notable Wine List (32)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Business Meals (22)
Worth the Drive (19)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Cozy (16)
Good for Groups (16)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Authentic (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Casual (6)
Fun (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Comfort Food (4)
People Watching (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Seasonal (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 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

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 (Nashville)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Casual, Scenic View, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

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

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 (San Diego)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·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!

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Las Vegas)·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

Tags: Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·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.

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 (Central Coast)·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.

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 (Chicago)·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

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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 (Atlanta)·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.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·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.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Romantic, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·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.

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 (San Diego)·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.

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·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.

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 (San Diego)·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

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We went during Restaurant Week and had a very enjoyable dinner with my parents. We were moved to a window table that was much quieter and the service by Becky and her partners was outstanding. The meat melted in your mouth and the dessert was super delicious. We will return.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2018

staff was outstanding wife loved the chop salad overall we were very satisfied with the food we'll definetly return to try other dishes

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Great dinner, great location. Seafood tower was awesome!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was delicious. Service was fantastic! A bit pricey but it was a special occasion so worth it :)

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We always love the food and staff at Donovan's. Great time every time we go.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The staff and food are always awesome, and the booth provides some cozy privacy.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Romantic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Fantastic restrauent for an up-scale dining experience. Service and food was impeccable as well as the venue. Five Stars!

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Filet and Lobster is the best in San Diego.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 8, 2018

One of the best dining experiences I have had. I had the filet which was cooked to perfection at Med/rare. It melted in my mouth! We ordered the crab cake which was to die for and the apple pie at the end was perfection. This is a must go!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The staff was amazing, they were attentive and very nice. The food was fantastic as always. I would recommend The food and service to everyone.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent overall experience, didn’t feel crowded or loud like other steakhouses nearby. Sat down immediately upon on arrival. Definitely will be back.

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent evening!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The most excellent dining experience we have had in 2017. Wonderful service, food both prepared and tasting perfectly as expected in a fine dining restaurant but doesn’t always happen. Glad we live in La Jolla close to Donovan’s!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Love the setting, Donovan's has been a longtime favorite of mine. Great food and friendly welcoming staff.

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent food. Despite the very unfriendly hostess, the waitstaff was excellent. However, this is a very premium priced restaurant relative to the portion sizes.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Visiting my son in La Jolla and he said he had heard great things about Donovan’s. It did not disappoint Attentive service, great steaks (I had prime rib and it wa perfect), and wonderful atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Waite staff were very attentive. The restaurant was recommended for the sunset. Unfortunately, we didn't see one on that evening. Nice restaurant.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great steak and seafood.. Good value, great location. Will be a regular...

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Lobster tail & ribeye are quite good.
But the New York’s strip is over cooked.
In general, the service is awesome, and the environment is nice.

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