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Donovan's - La Jolla

4.7
3626 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steak
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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.

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.

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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Steak, Seafood, Prime Rib
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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



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Phone number
(858) 450-6666
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Fernando Mackenzie and Brennen Baum
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Torrey Pines Road
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Parking details
$10 valet parking located in front of George's at the Cove
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Entertainment
Featuring classic American music, including Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald.
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.

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

What 3626 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
service
4.6
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4.2
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Excelente lugar y servicio

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Friend from out of town. Made extra early reservation to get window seat. Was told first come first serve. Was put in booth at back of room while almost all tables near window remained open. Finally asked to be moved closer. It was ridiculous. Food was okay. Have been to Urcelay location several times and quality was not as good. Very dark heavy decor. Very odd.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Best Bartender, Steak and Ocean View in San Diego.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Service was exceptional! Thanks, Jason and team! All the little things were timely, and often above expectations! Food was fabulous! Even the wedge salad was exceptional...a wedge salad! Ahi and Filet...savory! And the view? The Pacific Ocean forever! Thank you Donovan’s!

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2.0Dined on April 17, 2018

I'll come clean right up front...I've always been a huge fan of Donovan's. I consider myself a "steak guy" and I've probably been to the old Donovan's UTC location 25+ times. I considered it the best steak house with the best steaks in all of San Diego, and it was always one of my favorite steak houses anywhere. The dark woods, low light and hushed elegance - combined with superbly cooked steaks - were what a fine steak house should be in my opinion. The food quality hasn't changed at the new Prospect Avenue location in La Jolla, and now they have an absolutely fantastic view from the bluff looking over La Jolla Cove to add to the mix. Having said all that, they've completely lost the ambiance of the old UTC location. The new spot is LOUD, LOUD, LOUD...TOO LOUD!!! Our party of four for a birthday dinner on a Monday night could literally not have a conversation across our small (3 ft square) table because of all the noise in a not-packed-to-capacity dining room. Everything we said to each other had to be nearly shouted. There is a private room that accommodates up to 20 people which is completely enclosed in glass and, between that and the large glass windows fronting the cove, I can only conclude that the designer/architect wanted to achieve a bounce-back effect for the noise in the restaurant, because that's exactly what all those hard surfaces do. Mission Accomplished! It's a shame, because I've always had great experiences in Donovan's both here in San Diego and in Scottsdale, but this location is off my list now, and I'm very sad about that. Contributing to our frustration was poor staging of our meal - they completely missed one appetizer (although they did comp that at the end of the meal) and it took 1 hr 50 minutes from the time we sat down until our entrees were put in front of us. Just an overall poor experience that has left this steak lover and avowed Donovan's fan sadly wondering "How could you guys have ruined such a good thing?"

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Wonderful scenery, delicious food and incredible service!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Food and service was great. View is spectacular! We were able to get a window seat because we went early and had a drink at the bar.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

This is our go to restaurant for celebrations. Food is amazing and the service outstanding. The entire staff is warm and welcoming from the minute you check in until you leave. I highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The Service and food were great . We also had a great view from our seat .

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Outstanding food and service. Parking a little challenging, but it is downtown La Jolla. View is tremendous.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The service was phenomenal and the food was absolutely delicious!

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Perfect steak. Great window seat table!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Birthday ... was a wonderful experience.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Absolutely fantastic. Our server Lindsay was incredible, should be commended!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Donovan’s was the best dining experience I’ve ever had! Obviously it is pricey but the food is worth every penny. We received outstanding service and excellent customer service from every employee we encountered. I would highly recommend if you’re looking to have a fancy date night. Also, the view of the ocean is INCREDIBLE!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The service was so wonderful and attentive but not overbearing. The food was delicious! I had lobster and my husband had the filet. The cocktails were made perfectly!! And the wine list first rate.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

You can’t beat the view at this great restaurant overlooking the Pacific in La Jolla! The service and food are also excellent!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great food great service great time! Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Bob our server was amazing!! There when we needed him, but not too much! Food was delicious and the atmosphere perfect! Thank you!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

We celebrated an anniversary and a birthday. The food and service were excellent. We will definitely return. Thank you so much for making this special for us.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Celebrated our wedding anniversary. Was great until they seated another couple directly beside us (too close) and a noisy party behind us, afterwhich I couldn’t even hear what my husband was saying. Kind of ruined the evening in the end.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

It was a great experience with a wonderful ambiance. We had a wonderful time celebrating my husband's birthday and the entire staff made sure to wish him a happy birthday. The food was amazing and the view unbelievable. Can't wait to go back for another celebration.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The food at Donovan's is always good, but I guess I just miss the old place.

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1.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Has been a long time since I hated a dinner experience this much. The male staff are sexist pigs, the interiors were shabby and uncomfortable, and the food was Terrible. I'm so sad we wasted our anniversary here and $400.

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Everything was great, except there was a hair in my colleagues meal. But the restaurant was very responsive and gave us complementary desserts which was appreciated. The staff was a little slow to refill waters and didn’t refill our wine.

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2018

The filet mignon was cooked to perfection.
The brownie with ice cream was very good and a generous portion.
The only problem for us was that the beef and the potato was too salty, but that seems to be how they generally do it in steak houses.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Great service friendly and courteous staff. Excellent decor and the food is delicious. Definitely, a must try out! Your stomach will be very happy!

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

The food, service and view were all exceptional. Our server and the manager, Arnold really went out of their way to make us feel special and have a special night. I could not recommend this place more for a nice dinner or special occasion.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We were there for celebrating my boyfriend birthday, but had the worst service ever in Donovan's. Our waiter never paid attention to our table as he was busy to other tables he had. we end up ordered wine to a busboy and he took care of us very well. Also we ordered medium rare for our stakes, but came as rare. We sent them back the kitchen and it came back as over
cooked. we didnt want to stay for our desert so asked a busboy to just pack them up. again where is ou waiter????? we were so disappointed to their service.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

An exceptional meal with time-warp ambiance. Welcoming and friendly with a very high level of service, which was a bit theatrical and intrusive at times. Except for the spectacular ocean view, this could be a clubby restaurant in the financial district of any major city. Very expensive, but worth every penny.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Hi this is Isaiah! Excellent experience this past Friday, and expect a review and photos from me.

@isaiahphotons

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

It was a very nice restaurant, with a wonderful view. The only complaint I have is that it was a special occasion, I called beforehand to have a message written on the menu, and they misspelled my girlfriends name. I called made sure they had the correct spelling. Had it repeated, wrote it on the website on the special request box.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Very nice dinner. Service was outstanding. Only hiccup was they put Honey-Mustard dressing on my Caesar Salad. The good news is when I mentioned it oddly sweet,, they went back to the kitchen and figured out the problem and told me what happened. They comp’d the salad.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We had a wonderful experience at Donovan’s on our anniversary. It was our first time there and highly recommend it for the quality of the food and the service was excellent and very friendly. The tables aren’t located so close to each other like so many restaurants are, much nicer for conversation and brings down the noise level. We will definitely return in the daylight hours to appreciate the beautiful views or dine outside on the lovely terrace in warmer weather.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Consistently get great food and service. A great special occasion place.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Great restaurant great food the service was outstanding we were able to get a window table and it was awesome

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

A dinner to remember! The service matched the quality of the food- top notch!

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Can’t go wrong here, a good, quality experience.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

This was our second time at Donovan's and we have enjoyed both very much. Beautiful view if you get there before sunset. Excellent menu for seafood and meat as well as wine. The service was good, always attentive without being intrusive, but my wife was pu toff by our waiter who came off a bit arrogant and condescending.

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