Donovans’ exciting menu has been developed with Gail and Kevin’s knowledge of modern cooking coupled with an Italian influence from their talented Head chef Emma D'Alessandro. The menu is extensive with a modern mix of favourite dishes emphasising the best local produce. Donovans also offers an extensive wine list of Australian and imported wines and an eclectic mix of cocktails.
We were looking for a venue to celebrate something very special and Donavans did not let us down. Good food, service and value. Many thanks.
fabulous ambience- overlooking the Bay while feeling like you are in your own family dining room. Great selection of amazing food and helpful attentive staff....lovely evening!
Never disappointed, understated elegance serving simple fresh and divine food. Love it every single time.
Didn’t disappoint 10/10 thank you ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Love the entire package. Thankyou to the wonderful staff.
I celebrated my birthday recently at Donovans with my husband. Donovans is our 'go to restaurant for birthdays, anniversaries, and any other reason we can find to go there for a meal. It is our absolute favorite and we can't fault anything. Thank you :)
Thank you for making my 50th birthday family lunch such a special time amidst the global turmoil
Food amazing as always
Service was excellent, Waiter very knowledgeable on wines and product.
Mains were brilliant, Pork belly & Lamb Rump tender and cooked to perfection
Couldn't fault in any way
Very impressed! Will be back :)
Service was great and the meals were beautiful with flavours that just worked.
We had a window table in the corner and we were treated to great food, wine, service and a colourful sunset.
Excellent friendly service. Delicious food and great selection of wine. Great atmosphere. Classy but still casual and friendly. One of our favourites.
Always great. Its one of those goto places for close family and friends, but also good for business.
Loved it-such an enjoyable lunch, food exquisite, service outstanding.
Amazing night, amazing views and great service. Great food!
Loved the experience from start to finish. Easy to book online, booking confirmed by phone, great attentive staff, fabulous meal. Would certainly dine there again!
Service was very good, but the food was poor.
The swordfish and the prawns were very unsatisfactory and poor value for meals costing $52 and $62 respectively.
I could not recommend Donovan’s to anyone
Nice place, food was great and staff were very friendly and attentive. Thank you for a great night until we meet again
Pure joy to dine here! Divine food, wonderful service, outstanding location.
Beautiful food, however it is the service and ambience that takes this eating experience to the next level.
The location is obviously superb, but so often a restaurant with a great location relies too much on just that and lets other things slip. Not Donovans. The menu was imaginative, varied and the portions generous. The food was as good to eat as it was to look at!
But the service was outstanding. Attentive but not in your face; knowledgeable about the menu but not superior; wine list was a good mix of styles and regions and price points.
Didn't make a fuss as it was my birthday but fish was not warm.
Waiter decidedly sullen.
Shame as we usually LOVE Donovan's who doesn't?!
Not a birthday to remember sadly :(
Felt like a hotel dining room.. very big and bright..
Service was excellent
Thank you for making our anniversary a stunning experience.
Have been to Donovans many times over the years and always impressed. The most recent visit showcased Donovans outstanding food and service. All three courses were very high quality. Shared entrees - a kingfish ceviche and Tasmanian scallops - were well-presented and very tasty. Shared mains - grilled chili prawns and a whole grilled snapper- were outstanding. The prawns were perhaps the highlight of the night, tender but with subtle chili and barbecue taste. The snapper was almost as good as the prawns. Desserts of a pistachio soufflé and strawberries and cream panna cotta continued the pattern of excellent food for the night. Service was very attentive but unobtrusive and the wine list was extensive. Highly recommended
Thank you for a great evening. I was very happy that we got a window seat as I requested in the booking. Service was great! The food was fabulous! Lovely surroundings. Donovan’s has earned a place as a Melbourne icon.
Lovely atmosphere at Donovan’s. Welcoming staff and great food. Shared fabulous entree of scallops; main of swordfish cooked perfectly. My mother had pork belly and loved it. So impressed with side of maple carrots-WOW! We shared the strawberries and cream pannacotta for dessert. Perfect finale to a beautiful birthday lunch.
Lunch at Donovan's recently was fabulous. Could not be happier with meal or service - Excellent.
The icing on the cake was when one of the staff raced out in torrential rain to retrieve my car (some distance away). My elderly companion and I were extremely grateful.
Customer service indeed !!
Amazing Service, Great Food, Top Location, will be back😁👍
An exceptional team executes flawlessly in a lovely dining room that takes in all that is best about iconic St Kilda Beach. Try the fabulous Leader Prawns - lightly grilled with fresh lemon; exceptional Port Arlington mussels with capers preserved lemon and tomatoes. The fish and house chips are iconic and exceptional - served with stunning home made tartare. Grilled Swordfish is absolutely on point - and the creamy chicken pie with spring vegetables is perfect for a cooler day. Terrific wine list - inventive cocktails - and their coffee is some of the best.
Special occasion topped off with seamless style, lovely hosts, quality food and homely surroundings.
Went for Valentine’s Day - service was amazing, food was amazing and we will be back! Was so full so missed out on the Bombay Alaska :(
Beautiful location. Welcoming interior. Delicious food and wine. The wait staff was friendly and professional. If I lived in the area I would be a regular customer. Sure glad to find this delightful place during our trip to Melbourne.
I loved everything about this place. Especially how you can have drinks outside with those amazing views or on the relaxing couches. Food was delicious we started with Oysters which were great. The saffron and lobster pasta was yummy. Service was excellent and the cherry cider was a treat. My husband loved the selection of Scotches.
Will definitely be back. We had a very special date night. Nice to reconnect in such a relaxed and beautiful atmosphere Thank you ❤️
Great location and view of Melbourne's bayside at its best. My guests were from the US and they were impressed by location etc.
Staff friendly, attentive etc. Interesting menu, good choice. We selected mainly seafood...everything fine but no more. Given prices, reputation etc, quite underwhelming. My guests noted that it fell well short of the CBD restuarants; I agree.
Fantastic atmosphere, view, service and food. All staff were very friendly and accommodating. The menu had a great selection of food and drinks.
We really enjoyed our lunch at Donovan's. Our table was terrific (No one beside us), the service was excellent & the food was great. Would definitely recommend Donovan's for a first class yet un-pretentious dining experience.
Always enjoy eating at Donovans, food is of great quality.
Donovans is my favourite place.great atmosphere and fabulous food. They make you feel at home. Great for dinner with friends, functions and business meetings.
We booked a table for 8:30pm but when we arrived they advised us that our table was not ready and they could not push the people out. After waiting more than 20 mins we finally got our table.
We have been to Donovan’s on a number of occasions over the years even hosting my wife’s 50th last year in the private room for 23 people. I do like the beach ambience and it is nice sitting outside watching the sunset, however, I think the value for money has dropped away, our bill was over $500 for 3 which did include mains and entree with 1 dessert and 1 bottle of wine @ $120. The food was not outstanding as it has been in the past.
Donovans is rated 4.7 stars by 664 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.