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Donovan's Steak and Chop House

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1250 Prospect St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3680 (La Jolla Village Drive at Genesee)
+1 858-450-6666
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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370 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

As a pretender to this level of dining I say they still have to smooth out the edges with service and food. Being early by 15 minutes and being told to wait 10 minutes when I can see tables are empty? Being asked 5 times in 2 minutes if the meal is fine by different people and being thrashed to... More 

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here for the last night of our honeymoon and Donovan's allowed us to end it on such a great note. We came early and got a table with a view of the ocean. Staff knew about our special occasion and put rose petals on the table. Brian, our waiter, was very knowledgeable and endeavoured to make our experience... More 

Thank Marvyn K
Murrieta, California
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409 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I don't know how anyone can say Donovan's is not the best! We had an early reservation for 5:00pm as we were heading to the airport after dinner. The reservation time actually was perfect. We were lucky enough to see the beautiful ocean and sunset. This was our last family dinner together before our son was to be deployed over... More 

Thank JAE2512
San Diego, California
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food and service was incredible. We really had a great time and enjoyed ourselves. We were never rushed and service was great.

Thank lew246
San Diego, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

This is fine dining minus the pretentiousness! From the dilectable food to the attentive service and incredible ocean view, Donovan's never disappoints! As a mother of 3, a night out is rare. When we are able to get out, sans kids, we know we'll have a special evening at Donovan's. I can't go without having the spinach salad and shrimp... More 

Thank juliamiller2017
Mexico City, Mexico
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73 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

I ordered a shrimp cocktail, it was nice, the iceberg salad was average, the filet Mignon was average, I chewed a couple of nerves (which was odd in a filet Mignon), side dishes were nothing spectacular and the dessert menu was uninspiring. Service was good.

Thank JPMoralesBroc
Coon Rapids, Minnesota
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Wonderful food and the staff was very attentive! Love the ambience! The staff was very friendly as well!

Thank Toni O
San Diego, California
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

I had forgotten what it is like to be treated very special until I dined with my family to celebrate my wedding anniversary. Smiling faces of the employees and no request was too much trouble. The food was absolutely superb. On a scale of 10 is the best this dining experience was a 15 at least. The prices are not... More 

Thank Barbara A
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

It is a dark, romantic restaurant with a wall of glass overlooking the Pacific. We were lucky to be seated in the second row from the window. We chose the 8 ounce filet which came with your choice of potato and house vegetable. The steak was cooked to perfection! The only negative about Donovan's is that they use a team... More 

Thank WestOceanDrive
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7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Was there for a special celebration dinner. Food was excellent service was just average. Waiter was snobby.

Thank Greg D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
American, Steakhouse
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
View, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
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
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?