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Donovan's Steak and Chop House

1250 Prospect St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3680
+1 858-450-6666
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good18%
  • Average11%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“steak” (132 reviews)
“ounce filet” (5 reviews)
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11:00 AM - 11:00 PMAll hours
American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options
1250 Prospect St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3680
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Reviewed 6 December 2017

I wished the Happy hour was longer, since the waitress seemed to have many jobs that day, she was the bartender and server for the bar area which was busy, so it took forever to get our drinks, then food, then ultimately our check. She...More

Thank rebecarpisces
Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

We had the prime ribs which had a rub which we had to remove. Once removed the beef looked good but was basically tasteless and bland. The restaurant looked fine but way too expensive for the weak taste. One can do a lot better. This...More

Thank tommo_8
Reviewed 19 October 2017

Views sorry no! Everything ealse 5-star and just fun place to eat with amazing service and food for a date or business meeting!

1  Thank JD M
Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

Classy, relaxed atmosphere with amazing outdoor seating. We stopped by in the afternoon to have a drink and check out the menu before deciding where to have dinner later. The bartender completely sold us on this place. Drinks were awesome and she showed us the...More

Thank dljns
Reviewed 1 September 2017

My boyfriend and I enjoyed our anniversary dinner here. Waiter was great, but a bit over the top. However, the backwaiter was amazing and always made sure our needs were meet in a friendly, not over the top way. All the food was top notch...More

Thank Nhung N
Reviewed 30 August 2017

The staff were more than hospitable even though we arrived pretty late and were able to serve us a fantastic meal. We really thought the salad was fantastic and the meat was very tender as expected.

Thank Z8819QDbrians
Reviewed 1 August 2017

Mom was in town recently to get relief from the Phx heat. The two of us and my wife went to Donovan’s in La Jolla. My request for a window table was granted to so we had a great view of the Cove and Torrey...More

Thank Greg S
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

Donovan's is a nice restaurant but..... It's a bit stuffy and old fashioned, as well as maybe overpriced, but you can't argue with the food. It was very nice. We were there with our son but their is no kids menu at all. The one...More

1  Thank WolveyGeordie
Management response:Responded 6 August 2017

Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry you had a bad experience with the steak fries. If you would give us another chance to provide the service and meal we hold our standard to please let me know and I will personally make sure...More

Reviewed 10 July 2017

Donovan's recently moved into the village of La Jolla where the parking is terrible, but the view is fantastic. And the decor, and the food, and the wine list, and the service. Waiters wear tuxedos, and are right there at the table immediately to introduce...More

1  Thank Leslie E
Reviewed 21 May 2017

My girlfriend and I heard this place was a hot spot in San Diego. We really had an amazing time. Loved the sirloin steak with Cakebread Cabernet. The restaurant was lit lightly. It was very relaxing and inviting. The hostess was very sweet. We really...More

1  Thank Jules L
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Ingrid M
21 November 2016|
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Response from Barbara A | Reviewed this property |
Donovan's does everything with class even their happy hour, Enjoy.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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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