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Donovan's Steak & Chop House


Donovan’s Steak & Chop House
La Jolla, Ca
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San Diego UTC – Just a quick 15 minute drive north of downtown and five minutes East of La Jolla San Diego and located in the trendy area of UTC (University Town Center), you will find Donovan’s Steak & Chop House. A tradition upon itself, Donovan’s offers their clients a classic dining experience, complete with red leather banquets and deep rich clubby décor.

Reservations are a must and we were immediately escorted to our table. Famous for their Martini’s, our party of four each choose a different type, from traditional (straight-up Grey Goose with blue cheese filled olives, of course) to the contemporary (Lemon Drops and Appletini’s). All were delightful with just the right blend of flavors.

To start we enjoyed a momentous Seafood Platter, not on the menu but worth a special request if not mentioned by your server. The platter overflowed with scallops, crab, lobster, shrimp, oysters and clams with delectable dipping sauces. It was over-the-top delightful in its presentation and for this diner, the best shrimp I have ever had.

While for any sane person this would have been enough sustenance for anyone, the evening had just begun. Soon to follow were Caesar Salads and Lettuce Wedges (again, the blue cheese on the wedges is a must), both done superbly. Still, this was just a pleasant interlude as the main courses were on their way.


Prime Filet Mignon
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For a band of four, we decided not to just order the prime cut entrees, and for a famous steak house a hard temptation to resist, but instead enjoying the menus offerings and sharing delights to each other. Requests were quickly met for the Prime Filet Mignon Petite 10 oz. (one of us at least ordered steak), a Center Cut 14 oz. Pork Chop, Broiled Shrimp Scampi and a Center Cut 14 oz. Veal Chop. Adding to the evening and meal was a superb and extensive wine list that would please even the most trained palette of connoisseurs.

We all ate splendidly, enjoying not just all our own meals but savoring bites of our combined feast. We were able to enjoy the nuances that each dish offered. Sides of Sautéed Mushrooms and Asparagus completed the festivities and it was an absolute delight.

Basking in our well satiated tummies there was no turning back at this point – desserts needed to be ordered. Soon Chocolate Mousse Cake, Fresh Berries and Cheese Cake with Strawberry Sauce adorned our table. As with the entire meal, the presentation continued to let us know we were in the care of culinary masters.

The service was impeccable with a barrage of staff taking care of our every whim and practically knowing what you wanted before even requesting it. Parking is not an issue due to the complimentary free valet. This is not a place to come to if you are watching your purse strings, as our check topped $450 (gratuity included), yet a place worthy of every penny spent. An unforgettable meal and a charming evening will be had by all who choose to visit Donovans.

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  • City: La Jolla, CA 92122
  • Phone: (858) 450-6666
  • Name: Donovan's Steak & Chop House
  • Address: 4340 La Jolla Village