Donato Cafe 1980

4.2
8 reviews
$41 to $100
Italian
Come and visit Donato Café.
Relaxed areas to enjoy coffee and cake, our breakfast and lunch menus or weekend dinners.
Family and dog friendly, indoor and outdoor dining.
BYO Licence.

Our signature dish is our Breakfast Tower

Head Chef features Luca Belluci

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 8 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2based on recent ratings
4.0
Food
4.4
Service
4.1
Ambience
3.8
Value
Noise · Energetic
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Mopsy
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

A bit too noisy for conversation. We had the tower would have been easier if separate bowls were supplied to share the dessert.

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Jenny
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

very good service and nice meals

Donato Cafe 1980
Responded on 10 July 2021

Hi Jenny, Thank you for your review . Looking forward to seeing you in store again soon. Donato Team

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Marie
3 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Service and food was very good and great atmosphere and easy to book and ample parking. Highly recommended. More Vegan options would be great, however still very happy.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A brunch out to celebrate our baby moon during the 25k limit. Such a lovely experience.

Donato Cafe 1980
Responded on 19 June 2021

Great to hear you enjoyed our venue and service. Look forward to seeing you guys in store again soon. Donato Team

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Vince
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The service was great as was the food and the coffee. The decor of the premises was really good. The menu was a bit light on with breakfast dishes dominating. I had the lasagna which was very tasty but a bit overpriced for the size of the portion. I was hungry before too long. Overall not a bad experience.

Donato Cafe 1980
Responded on 18 May 2021

Hi Vince, Thank you for you review. We are glad you enjoyed the experience and our venue. Looking forward to seeing you again. Donato Team

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

I am so torn by Donato. I really want to like it because they have created a lovely outdoor space that is comfortable and especially on a day like today, perfect to sit in the sun.

It’s for this reason that I have been a number of times but I think today will be my last time. It was Mother’s Day and I expected it to be busy but it really wasn’t as full as I thought it would be.

We initially ordered two soy lattes in mugs which were delivered to our table not long after but unfortunately were small lattes in glasses. I then ordered a ham, cheese and tomato toastie while my friend ordered the chicken burger. My toastie came out barely toasted, flat and ham and cheese, no tomato. My friend’s burger was apparently good but there was so much mayonnaise in it that it flooded her plate and made the burger soggy. After the drinks and food, we were offered drinks once more and then were ignored for the remainder of our time there. The menu also stated that the burger came with fries but they were very oily wedges.

As I said we have visited a number of times from both the old building and new but there are simply too many nice places around the area to keep being disappointed. It’s such a shame.

Donato Cafe 1980
Responded on 18 May 2021

Hi, Thank you for your review. We are sorry for your experience you've had whislt visiting our venue. We will address this with our kitchen team and manager to ensure this doesnt occur again. Thank you for supporting us at MPH CAFE and now the new venue DONATO CAFE. We would love to have you return to our venue again, and ensure it is a more enjoyable one. Donato Team

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PatrickE
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is a real gem on the Peninsula .Their Friday night pasta night presented authentic quality Italian food in a lovely ,cozy ,ambient setting with very attentive and professional service.The calamari, lasagna and lamb Ragu were delicious and I'm looking forward to trying the other options.The BYO feature with alcohol added even more value to what was a great night out.The only minor negative would be they need to drop the lighting just a little[20%] to help that cozy ambience really go to the next level.The cafe lends itself to group bookings as well as couples with a range of seating options.Looking forward to our next visit already.A welcome addition to the Peninsula for serious foodies ;-)

Donato Cafe 1980
Responded on 18 May 2021

Hi Patrick, Thank you for your detailed review. We are glad you enjoyed your experience upon your visit to our venue. A little gem situated on the Mornington Peninsula on the busy Craigie Road. Looking forward to having you return again Donato Team

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Kenl
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience2

A disappointing experience this time. Items on the menu not available resulted in very limited choice for lunch. Staff seemed quite disinterested and food was just ok, and cold. Noise level inside was unacceptable. Outside was spoilt by barking dogs, with owners and staff taking no action. I hope things improve as we would like to support local businesses. We appreciated the discount when we complained but we would prefer to have a great experience rather than a discount. I hope this feedback assists you.
Regards, Ken, Mount Martha

Donato Cafe 1980
Responded on 7 May 2021

Hi Ken, Sorry to hear about your experience upon visitng our venue. We look forward to seeing you in store again soon. We will address the issue above with our management and staff. Thank You Donato Team

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FAQs

Donato Cafe 1980 offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 5916 1374.

Donato Cafe 1980 is rated 4.2 stars by 8 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.