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Donovan's of La Jolla

4340 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92122-1233
(858) 450-6666
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Ranked #20 of 1,274 restaurants in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: La Jolla Village Drive at Genesee
Description: Celebrate Restaurant Week all year long! Enjoy a Chop House Salad, one of three special entrees, and your choice of desserts, all for only $50! 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. 6 private dining rooms to choose from.
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Belle Mead, NJ
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My fillet mignon was prepared perfectly for me. Medium rare came out with the right amount of pink. I'm still thinking about it. The restaurant was upscale casual, but I still felt a little under-dressed wearing jeans.

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Escondido, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I have been here to the La Jolla location 2 times and both times were amazing. I was unsure I was going to like it so much the 2nd time because I drank their top shelf margarita the first time and they were a little strong. But the second time was just as amazing. My husband and and I ordered... More

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Warrenville, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This resturant is a wonderful place to go to celebrate a special occasion. It's a great steak house and they make your dinner extra special with all the attention. They have a very nice bar too. Food is great!

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5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I've heard so many things about this place. And wanted to go for years. So I finally got to go. And boy was I disappointed. Saddened to wait for our reservation time. It was a complete "old fogey" pick up place. We waited past our reservation time. And had trouble getting anything from the server in the bar. Then when... More

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La Jolla, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Donovan's is world class service served up with top steak and cuisine... love the private rooms for a party.... love the seafood tower for a party starter!

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Pasadena, California
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86 reviews 86 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

This restaurant is very much like a Morton's! Great food, very pricey but nice. We weren't overly hungry so we had the calamari, French onion soup on special and the wedge salad. All were good and our drinks were delicious. The service was impeccable. A great place for a special occasion or if you just want to indulge in a... More

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Jessica B, Guest Relations Manager at Donovan's of La Jolla, responded to this review

Hello Tmboc, Thanks for the awesome review! We're really glad to hear that you had such a great time and that the service was excellent. Thanks again for your feedback and for your business, it's greatly appreciated and valued. I hope you'll join us on your next trip! Best Regards, Jessica Smith Guest Services jessicas@donovanssteakhouse.com More

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Excelent place, I visit this restaurant a lot. Dont look for more. This is the best place for steak. Excelent service too.

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Jessica B, Guest Relations Manager at Donovan's of La Jolla, responded to this review

Hello Festercarecota, Thank you for the great review! I'm very glad to hear that you join us frequently and that you always have such a wonderful time with. Thank you again for your feedback and for your business, it's greatly appreciated and valued. I hope you'll join us again soon! Best Regards, Jessica Smith Guest Services jessicas@donovanssteakhouse.com More

san diego
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Instead of doing mothers day Sunday, we decided to celebrate Saturday night. Normally we go to Flemings, and are regulars there, but thought a change would be good. We were seated in the back room, the one with the padded like kitchen chairs. The room is cramped and certainly not worth dressing up for. I was upset and disappointed for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

we visit Donovan s every 2 months the fillets are extremely large and are the best in san diego the staff is first class just a wonderful experience can t wait to go back

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17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

What can you say about Donavan's other the Wow! Excellent service. Courtney was our server and with her assistants there was always someone right there to assist us. Everyone in our party of 5 enjoyed the steaks, seafood and price-fix choices. It's a little pricy but worth it. "And that's the way it is" MegaBob

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Jessica B, Guest Relations Manager at Donovan's of La Jolla, responded to this review

Hello MegaBob, I'd like to thank you for your kind review. I'm very pleased to hear that you and your group had such a great time with us and that Courtney took great care of you! Thank you again for your feedback and for your business, it's greatly appreciated and valued. I hope you'll join us on your next trip!... More

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