“Upscale, yet never pretentious. Down to earth friendly service but never intrusive. Seafood doesn't get any better.”

-Sylvia Van Peebles, The Examiner

Musical Chef Shuffle at Donovan's Prime Seafood
June 11, 2012 – By Brandon Hernandez,
Source: San Diego Reader

“Donovan’s Prime Seafood added another veteran to their team, having recently hired long-time San Diego dining industry fixture Mike Mitchell (formerly of Oceanaire, Burlap, and Gingham) as their GM. It’s clear, experience was important to restaurant ownership and Mitchell brings plenty. In addition to seasoning received at high-volume eateries, his resume also sports previous experience as a past president of the San Diego Chapter of the California Restaurant Association.” Read more

Donovan’s Prime Seafood
April 14, 2012 – By David Nelson | WDSD Executive Editor
Source: Wine and Dine San Diego

“Very much a special occasion restaurant, Donovan's is the sort of place at which food insiders drop names the same way theatrical agents lunching in Beverly Hills casually allude to the stars and directors in their stables. Names like Petrossian, the Paris-and-New York-based importer that supplies the precious Ossetra caviar that Durfield uses to decorate a plush hamachi tartare.” Read more

Prime Time
February 2012 – By Troy Johnson
Source: San Diego Magazine

“Durfield is part chef, part vaguely OCD food engineer. His dishes have symmetry and point-counterpoint. They have feng shui. I imagine each sliver of “young coconut meat” is lowered onto the back of these Laughing Bird prawns using levers, pulleys, and the latest casino anti-theft technology. It finally touches down with such a lightness that the prawn is neither bruised nor aware it’s being joy-ridden by an adolescent island fruit […]” Read more

Donovan's Prime Seafood in the Gaslamp Quarter announces Chef Kemar Durfield as the executive chef and general manager
November 2011 – By Maria Desiderata Montana
Source: The Examiner

“Formerly the Chef de Cuisine for the highly acclaimed restaurant Addison at the Grand Del Mar Hotel for the past five years, and recently appointed a Relaix & Chateau chef by the celebrated Chef Thomas Keller, Chef Durfield is poised to make a tremendous impact on Donovan’s Prime Seafood, as well as the Gaslamp Quarter’s dining landscape.” Read more

Donovan’s Prime Seafood
September 22, 2011 – By Sylvia Van Peebles
Source: The Examiner

“Although the same standards of service and quality of the food is equal to its Downtown and La Jolla Steak and Chophouse counterpoints,  Donovan's Prime Seafood  is not to be confused. The best thing about this new addition to the Donovan's family of restaurants is that it caters to seafood lovers with gluten allergies.” Read more

Donovan’s Prime Seafood
July 2011 – By Happy Hour Magazine
Source: Happy Hour Magazine Online

“Complimentary?! Yes, complimentary Fish & Chips, $1 Oysters, and $3 Drafts! Donovan’s Prime Seafood is located in the heart of the Gaslamp right on Fifth Avenue, just steps away from PETCO Park and the San Diego Convention Center.” Read more

Prime Dining for the Seafood Connoisseur
2011 - By Jaclyn Castello
Source: San Diego

“The Donovan’s Restaurant Group is a trademark in the San Diego dining community known for exemplary service and quality cuisine. While Donovan’s is primarily known for perfecting the classic upscale steakhouse, the restaurant group has set its sights on coastal cuisine for their newest venture, Donovan’s Prime Seafood. Sister restaurant to Donovan’s of Downtown and Donovan’s of La Jolla, Donovan’s Prime Seafood continues the family tradition of excellence with its fresh sea fare and attentive staff.”  Read More