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“Donovan's - One of the Best!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Donovan's Steak and Chop House

Donovan's Steak and Chop House
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Ranked #45 of 1,238 Restaurants in La Jolla
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: La Jolla Village Drive at Genesee
Description: 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.
San Diego
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Donovan's - One of the Best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

Have been to several of the major steakhouses: Ruth's Chris, Morton's, Fleming's, LG's, etc, and Donovan's is every bit as good as any of them.

While they are all pretty much the same (great food and nice ambiance), there are slight distinctions between the top restaurants.

I'd recommend Donovan's to any person who enjoys a great steak. They are one of the best and can compete toe to toe with any steakhouse nationwide. Pricey, but hey, aren't they all?

Try Donovan's. You won't be disappointed.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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San Diego, California, United States
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Best Steak in San Diego County”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

This is must visit at least once a month for me. They have an excellent menu, wine list, cocktails if that's your thing, ambiance, servers, bartenders, valet, etc. You will not go away hungry or disappointed. They also have other locations in San Diego.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Austin, Texas
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64 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Has yet to be beat!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

Donovan's is our ALL TIME favorite restaurant! We have dined everywhere from the very expensive down to the hole in the wall across the US and this place is still our #1. The service and the food were unbeatable. Every single need was taken care of before we had to ask and the food was the best. We ordered a steak, the lobster, and a crab cake, along with some other items. It was all perfect. They had an excellent wine selection and we will continue to frequent Donovan's every time we are in San Diego.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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irvine, ca
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great fillet mignon!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

Love the fillet mignon here, probably one of the best I've had!I ordered the dessert as well and it was really good. Service was great, would definitely come back here.

Visited July 2012
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San Diego, California
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

Delicious food, impeccable service, wonderful atmosphere. My favorite restaurant for special occasions.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank pepper423
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