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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 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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49 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went for a convention and large group dinner. Easy to find, great service, delicious food, safe for gluten free, nice wine and cocktail list, accommodating for groups, and worth the high price.

Thank IrishGermanSwedish
San Diego, California
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want 5 star service,ambiance,food and prices, Donovan's is the place. Outstanding for special, very special occasions and great for all the time if you are very rich but worth every dollar spent. Miss the fine dining of New York,Chicago Gold Coast, San Franscisco, this is the place. The guys actually wear suits and ties and I swear I... More 

Thank guskonstantin
Santa Clarita, California, USA
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My son and I visited San Diego for his senior year spring break and thought steak sounded good for dinner. Found Donovan's on TripAdvisor and decided to give it a try. Honestly one of the best dining experiences I've had. We both got the bacon wrapped scallops with the petite filet which both were amazing. My son also got the... More 

Thank PSCOnline
Akron, Ohio
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35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Make reservations. Excellent service and even better food. Highly recommend the Pretty in Pink martini.

Thank Mike-Staci11
Toronto, Canada
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386 reviews
314 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017 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 

Thank Wild_Radek
Haarlem, The Netherlands
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199 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

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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437 reviews
321 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017

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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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 January 2017

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
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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91 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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.

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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
USD 31 - USD 50
American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options
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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, View, Groups, 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?