Donovan's in La Jolla-best steakhouse in SD?
I heard some women in Trader Joes today saying that Donovan's is one of the best steakhouses in SD. I thought it was like cozymels or something. Someone give me the background on this restaurant.
I don't know if Donovan's is the "best" steakhouse in SD, but it's pretty darn close. It is upscale, extremely good and worth every penny. It's definitely NOT something like Cozymels.
I think Donovan's is a cut above the rest (pun intended), though if one is located in downtown/Gaslamp I'm not sure if it is worth the trip. But where on earth did you come up with this "like cozymels or something" impression? It is *near* Cozymels geographically, but how you could compare a private non-chain upscale steakhouse to a chain Mexican "trying to project themselves as being a bit above El Torrito" restaurant is entirely a mystery to me.
Donovan's is our favorite steakhouse in SD, above Ruth Chris' and Flemings (both of which are also very good). Consistently excellent service every time we're there. Steak is great, as well as their salmon and chicken. Great creamed spinach and sauteed mushrooms! Expect to pay top dollar there and plan to either share your meal or have a full meal made of leftovers.
For San Diego, I would agree it is the best steakhouse....however, where are you coming from and what are you comparing it to?...in other words, if you are using a Peter Luger, Sparks, Metropolitan Grill or Gene & Georgetti's as a frame of reference then you will probably be disappointed...if not, then Donovan's will almost certainly meet or exceed your expectations. I would certainly choose Donovan's over a high end franchised steakhouse (i.e. Mortons, et.al) that you can find in 50+ other cities.
RAINWATERS IS THE BEST.
You can not beat the incividual attention that you get when the owners are onsight.