Donovans

4.7
349 reviews
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Modern Australian
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
Welcome to Donovans - our ‘house on the beach’ and home we love to share. Donovans is located on the St.Kilda beach front offering guests a memorable dining experience in Melbourne. With a bay side view, beautiful Mediterranean inspired food and the special relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant, Donovans is where you will feel at home.

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.
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4.7
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4.6
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4.1
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RS
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always consistent and reliable. Lovely meals from quality ingredients. The mussels could have been a little less salty in the broth, but could not go past the freshness and quality of the components of the dish. Lovely wine list. Don’t go here if you are watching the pennies though.

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OT
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our daughter’s 13th birthday. The bomb Alaska was great as a birthday cake.

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CW
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Do NOT go!!! A long time ago I went to Donovans and it was great. But now they appear to be trading on their old reputation. Service was terrible, the wait staff paying no attention to guests, the food was tasteless and the quality was average with the price being outrageous. The noise level was so loud that it was hard to have a conversation across the table for two! Add to that the cost of a round trip taxi from downtown Melbourne the whole experience was a complete disappointment. Definitely will not go back!

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PB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful service, great quality food and beautiful wines. I could not fault this place. We had such a great time and we were so well looked after (even though I had booked the table for the wrong week and they were completely full, they still looked after us without fuss). We can't wait to go back!

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RW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing as always. Great food, great atmosphere. Love coming to Donovans. Will definitely be back!

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HT
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent service, great food and lovely location/view.

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SS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Terrific place to have a high end meal.
Excellent meals and drinks.
Environment was very relaxing and chilled.
Service couldn't have been any better.
Not as many vegetarian options as I'd hoped for.
Best touch was remembering it was our anniversary and writing it on our dessert.

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LW
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wish it was a tad cheaper. It’s only for people who can spare it that’s for sure

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LD
5 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic meal at Donovans. Fresh fish was the best we had anywhere during our 3 week stay in Australia. Staff were excellent and dealt really well with my food allergies.

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BC
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always Donavans is great place to have lunch, dinner. I love the ambient, food is fantastic and my young overseas friend was impressed, specially with Bombe Alaska. Hope to return very soon, thank you!

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C
2 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are always made to feel welcome, like we are visiting old friends. The atmosphere and the staff are always attentive, polite and cheery. Highly recommend to anyone.

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ME
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing dinner. Outstanding food and wines. Exceptional service. Definitely returning

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TR
6 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Beautiful food, the only slight negative was both my entree and main could've been hotter. Still highly recommend this restaurant.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a restaurant with style, the food and its presentation, the staff an so is the décor. I had not been there for over ten years but after this visit I will be going there more often.

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JC
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We booked two friends from Montreal into D’s for lunch on Thursday last for two reasons: we hadn’t been there for ages, two, it’s the best Bay view of all.
The meal was outstanding, everyone enjoyed their choices, the service discreet and professional and our friends wowed by the outlook. Very happy Vegemites!
Unfortunately the wine list is universally expensive, which creates a negative to the overall experience.
Sincerely,
Jeremy Caldicott

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S
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

College graduation luncheon.

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F
3 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Fantastic location for romantic dinner at sunset, e.g. grilled seafood with champagne! Gastronomically not the best value for money..., but kind service.

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LK
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Beautiful food and amazing service! The agnolotti in particular was delightful and the staff gave us complimentary chocolates for my father’s birthday!

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EB
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Donovan’s is always good. Great food, good vibe and excellent service. We always go there for special occasions! Emma

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a good place for family and friends. Kid friendly

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KK
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a fabulous pre-Christmas lunch. We always enjoy our time at donovans and yesterday was no exception. Great food, wine and atmosphere.

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A
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Glad we brought jackets as the table was right under the aircon vent which created a cold draught. Food was OK but didn't match the price. Scollops were small and roast potatoes too salty.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Donovans is the best place to have lunch or dinner. amazing place, fantastic food and absolutely special people

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PM
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Stunning cuisine as usual, excellent service, and the ambience is wonderful.

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CT
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Super disappointed. Been going annually for years but this time it was like a different place. I think they are cashing in on the brand. Food ordinary. Service bad. Expensive.

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AD
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere, exceptional service & family friendly...Well Done Donovans🙌

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Alles super... gerne wieder 👍🏼

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B
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great night. Were celebrating our first wedding anniversary. We had a great table with a view of the bay. A few storms on the horizon were spectacular and created a terrific sunset.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic service, great food and a wonderful wine choice. Would definitely recommend.

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AP
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We celebrated our daughters highschool results here. It was a momorable evening.

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CN
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It's always an amazing time at Donovans.

The staff constantly work together to make the entire time feel effortless. Everyone is welcoming, warm and helpful.

It was my partner's birthday dinner, and we had a beautiful seat in the corner window. For dessert we got to have an even cozier setting near the fireplace, whilst we enjoyed the delectable Boma Alaska. Donovans made the night perfect, and a cherished memory.

Thank you so much for the most wonderful evening.

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LS
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never fails to impress - great service! Everyone needs to eat here at least once -

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SM
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Donovan's. The food was very good and the service excellent, but I couldn't help feel it was overpriced. It was enjoyable to go there once and enjoy the fabulous view, however I doubt we'll go back.

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for our anniversary, after our meal which was delicious but very filling we didn’t have the room to order a desert. They still brought us out a complimentary plate of sweets with Happy Anniversary beautifully written in chocolate. Incredible service and excellent food. I believe the wine list is a bit over-priced but I still feel they delivered for the overall price tag! Loved it

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D
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great view, friendly staff, good food, small portions, pricy

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EM
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This restaurant continues to be a favourite, lovely in the warmer months by the water and cosy in winter. Staff are always very attentive and friendly, had lunch there over the weekend and ordered the usual leader prawns and some sides, shared the Passionfruit Brulee and Coconut Rough for dessert which were incredible! Quality of food has not changed over the years, highly recommended.

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G
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

had a great Christmas lunch. Lively atmoshere with a good vibe.

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DG
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the time we arrived to the time we left the complete team at this restaurant is Outstanding A++

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and fantastic service. Highly recommend for a special occasion!

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DK
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

Very nice stylish place. The food was overpriced for the taste.

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