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1250 Prospect St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3680 (La Jolla Village Drive at Genesee)
+1 858-450-6666
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Carlsbad, California
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558 reviews
382 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2013

My wife and I had dinner (during restaurant week) at Donovan's. This was not our first experience here and it won't be the last. The décor is typical of what you'd expect in an upscale steakhouse. We had our cocktails in the bar area during the ten-minute wait for our table (we had arrived about ten minutes early). The bar... More 

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Thank Gordon C
Jessica B, Guest Relations Manager at Donovan's Steak and Chop House, responded to this review

Hello Gordonc11, Thank you very much for your kind review! I'm very pleased to hear that you received such great service and that you and your wife enjoyed your meals from start to finish. Thank you again for your feedback and for your business, it's greatly valued and appreciated. I hope you'll join us again soon! Sincerely, Jessica Brickley Guest... More 

Okawville Illinois
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42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2013

We dined at Donovan's with a large group having made reservations ahead of time. Some of us ordered off the menu and some got group appetizers. Every step of our meal was carefully attended to. The seating staff and wait staff were so very attentive and friendly. Nothing was too much trouble. Everyone in our group was so pleased with... More 

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Thank GoIlliniMom
Jessica B, Guest Relations Manager at Donovan's Steak and Chop House, responded to this review

Hello GollliniMom, I'd just like to thank you for your positive review. I'm very pleased to hear that you and your group had such an amazing time at our restaurant and that the staff took excellent care of you from start to finish. I'm also very glad you took advantage of our Donovan! Thank you again for your feedback and... More 

Dallas, Texas
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38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2013

Went and had dinner in the bar as a solo diner when out of town on business. The service was great. I ordered the filet with a side of Bernaise in case it really wasn't that good (we've all had those steaks in high-end places). Well, the steak turned out to be one of the best I've had. Didn't need... More 

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Thank HogsWild
Jessica B, Guest Relations Manager at Donovan's Steak and Chop House, responded to this review

Hello PatriotDad, I'd like to take a moment to thank you for your kind review. I'm very pleased the staff made your evening memorable and that the food was the best you've had! Thanks again for the positive feedback and your business, it's greatly appreciated and valued. I hope you'll visit us on your next trip soon! Sincerely, Jessica Brickley... More 

Farmington, New Mexico
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2013

We were on vacation in California and had a chance to eat at Donovan's. I have to say this was the most tender steak I have ever had. I had the 8oz. filet mignon and my wife had the 24oz bone in prime rib. The staff was extremely efficient without being smothering. I would recommend this resturant to anyone looking... More 

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Thank r2r12
Jessica B, Guest Relations Manager at Donovan's Steak and Chop House, responded to this review

Hello r2r12, I'd just like to take a moment to thank you for your kind feedback of your visit to our restaurant. I'm very glad you had such a great time and enjoyed the food. I'm also very pleased that your birthday dinner was fabulous! Thank you again for your feedback and business and I hope you'll join us again... More 

Des Moines, IA
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96 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2013

My teenage son and I visited Donovan's while on vacation in San Diego. He wanted to go to a fancy steakhouse and I picked Donovan's. I am sooo glad I did! My son had the 24 oz bone-in ribeye and I'm pretty sure if I had let him he would have gnawed every last bit of meat off that bone.... More 

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Thank dillyma
Jessica B, Guest Relations Manager at Donovan's Steak and Chop House, responded to this review

Hello Dillyma, I noticed you've reviewed us in a few different places and I'd just like to say THANK YOU! I'm so glad to know that your experience was so great and that you're spreading the word. Thanks again and I hope you'll visit us on your next trip! Sincerely, Jessica Brickley Guest Services jessicab@donovanssteakhouse.com More 

San Diego, California
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2013

I ate at Donovan's for a dinner with clients, and it was a great venue for that. The ambient noise was low, making it easy to talk business. The service was very good; our server was helpful and friendly without ever hovering--yet he managed to be there just as we needed anything. I wasn't as crazy about the steak as... More 

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Thank CoyoteLiz
Jessica B, Guest Relations Manager at Donovan's Steak and Chop House, responded to this review

Hello CoyoteLiz, I'd just like to say thank you for your kind feedback. I'm very glad your business dinner went smoothly and was a memorable evening. I'm sorry that our steaks did not live up to your expectations but I hope you'll give us a try again soon. Thank you again for your feedback and business and I hope we'll... More 

Cincinnati
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

We had a trip to San Diego planned and I found a deal on Living Social for Donovan's . Since my husband loves a good steak, I decided to buy the deal. It was wonderful! My husband said it was the best steak he had had in a restaurant ever! They seated us on time with our reservation, and asked... More 

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Thank CincinnatiDebbie
Jessica B, Guest Relations Manager at Donovan's Steak and Chop House, responded to this review

Hello CincinnatiDebbie, I'm very pleased to hear that you and your husband had such a wonderful time at our restaurant on your recent visit to San Diego. I'm also very glad they gave you the creme brulee for your birthday! Thank you for your kind feedback and business and I hope you'll dine with us again on your next visit!... More 

Lake Forest, California, United States
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2013

The ambiance is very traditional steakhouse. We loved it. Don't dress too casual, most people are dressed nicely here. It is in the heart of the La Jolla business district and very close to our hotel - La Jolla Marriott. The steaks are the best!! The bread was to die for. Service was superb! Drinks are excellent - I can't... More 

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Thank Bobbi P
Jessica B, Guest Relations Manager at Donovan's Steak and Chop House, responded to this review

Hello Bobbi P, I'd just like to take a moment to thank you for your kind review about your experience at our restaurant. I'm very glad it was a memorable and enjoyable evening for you and that it was in the perfect location for your stay. Thank you again for your feedback and business and I hope you'll dine with... More 

California
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58 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2013 via mobile

Steak was dry and tough. Not worth $10 much less $60 Myself and my guests thought the onion rings are flat and no flaver. Very disappointment Pretty bldg

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Del Mar, California
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2013

Old style steak house feel, excellent service, and absolutely perfect steaks. The other big chain steak houses (Morton's, Ruth's Chris, etc) certainly do it well, but if you're in La Jolla (or downtown San Diego) and want a great steak, this is the place to go. There is also a pretty god wine list. Like all good steak houses, it's... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 50
Cuisine
American, Steakhouse
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1250 Prospect St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3680
    (La Jolla Village Drive at Genesee)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-450-6666
Description
Celebrate Restaurant Week all year long! Enjoy a soup or salad, a choice between two special entrees, and your choice of desserts... all for only $45! Donovan's rich and intimate ambiance is enhanced by world-class unobtrusive service and a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. The Chef serves 100% USDA Prime beef 100% of the time. Donovan's wine list of over 700 wines feature the best the world has to offer.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?