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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
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!
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I can't say enough great things about this place. We came to CA for 4 nights and this is the place I saved for last. Well there is something to say about saving the best for last. We were greeted by a friendly host, and then the the three people taking care of our table were exceptional. The service was excellent, the food was superb and the restaurant is beautiful. The oysters rockefeller were the best I ever had and I've been to a lot of cities. This is a wonderful restaurant and now that I'm home in PA, I'm planning my next visit, I just need to go back.
Went there to end a Girls Day Out. The fried calamari appetizer was on point, crispy & light. Lovely filet mignons tender delicious & juicy meat. Beautiful vegetables prepared crisp tender. Brussel Sprouts in bacon & balsamic glaze a must. The fried calamari appetizer was on point, crispy & light.
Our server didn't mention that sides were not included when you order filet mignon so we ordered assuming it wasn't à la carte. Had she mentioned that the salad and soup would be separate - I would've ordered a different side because the salad was very generic and we didn't even know what soup was brought out except it didn't taste like anything, pretty bland and needed seasoning. We requested our filet mignon medium well and less pink if possible, our server said yes but when we received our meal, all of our filet mignon were medium rare than medium well...
We chose Donovan's to celebrate our anniversary. We had a table with a view of the Children's Pool and La Jolla Shores. The service team was very attentive but not intrusive. Th e menu had lots of options but we both ordered one of the steaks, both of which were flavorful and properly cooked. Entrees come with vegetables and a choice of potato. We each had the Gruyere potatoes au gratin and were delicious as were the vegetables. We had salads as a first course, both of which were fresh and well prepared. We could easily have a conversation. For a prime steakhouse, the pricing, although not cheap, was certainly satisfactory for the meal and service. We'll be back.
My boyfriend and I sat at the best ocean view table in the house. It was so romantic watching the sunset together enjoying the Moscato wine with fresh baked bread and delicious seafood chowder. Our main meals were salmon and the steak and shrimp scampi with mixed vegetables and mashed garlic potatoes. Delicious, hot and cooked to perfection. The creme brulee and the tiramisu were fabulous. Wonderful service, loved it.
Donovans is always a great steakhouse. The seafood chowder was seasoned to perfection. And the filet looked a little bit more on the rare side, but tasted exceptional. We brought a bottle of Duckhorn cabernet, which went excellent with our steak. We shared a creme brulee to finish up our scrumptious meal.
We have gone for our anniversary and Just recently my husbands birthday. We had a great view. Our food was amazing. And the server found out in a sly way what other dessert my husband likes to surprise him with it! I love the creme bru le!! I can't wait to go back!
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