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“Awesome food, awesome service.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Donovan's of La Jolla

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 #28 of 1,263 Restaurants in La Jolla
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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“Awesome food, awesome service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2008

Awesome food, awesome service.

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San Deigo, CA
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Everything is delicious...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2008

Everything is delicious. The steak, the bread, the water, everything. It is pricey but definitely worth it if there is a special occasion.

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Oklahoma
2 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great food, but service problems”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2008

My friend and I had 8PM reservations 2 weeks ago on a Friday night. Great atmosphere, lively but not too loud. We had a drink at the bar, and when we were called to our table, we paid the $19 bar tab and were seated. We both had the filet, which was superb. One of the best steaks I have ever eaten. Everything was great until we were finished eating. We had not seen the waiter in a long time and actually had to flag someone down to get him. He finally showed up, and the original bar tab was added a second time on the tab. The waiter again was no where in sight so we had to ask another waiter to find him. After pointing out the error, it took an additional 10 minutes to get a new tab. Very annoying. Probably not standard service there, but it certainly took the luster off of an otherwise superb meal.

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“I've enjoyed many steakhouses across America . . . Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Las Vegas and in other countries...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2008

I've enjoyed many steakhouses across America . . . Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Las Vegas and in other countries as well. I cannot think of a better steakhouse than Donovans. First, the bar is the finest in SD. I'm not talking about some trendy bar for 21 year olds. This is a true bar of the Harry's in Venice catgegory with highly trained and skilled bartenders and a menu of Port's, Scotch's, Wines and other spirits that will dazzle the imagination. Second, the interior is old school classy with rich hardwoods and plush colors masterfully decorated with a masculine touch. The dining areas are romantic, clustered in several rooms, and the old cigar room has been transformed into a wine cellar with private dining by reservation. Third, the service is unsurpassed. The waiters are knowledgeable, and the in-house Sommelier will knock your socks off with boutique vintner pairings.
Finally there's the menu. This isn't some Ruth's Chris knock off. Sides are included and are just as exquisitely prepared as the steaks and seafood. Now for the steaks. I have never had a better steak anywhere. The surf n turf is the best. Donovan's uses large, fresh Australian lobster. Try the filet medallions with demiglace and melted blue cheese or a simple salted and peppered premium cut grilled to perfection. The desserts are excellent too. It may be a little dressy and pricey but sometimes some things in life are worth it.

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Saratoga Springs, Utah
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“This is simply the best...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2008

This is simply the best steak I have ever eaten. And I have had a few. The service is exquisite. Nowhere comes closer to culinary heaven.

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