Donovans

4.7
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600 reviews
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$101 and over
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Modern Australian
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.
What 600 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fabulous food fabulous service and fabulous setting that’s why we keep coming back every year

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

For the last 3 years we have lunched in January with our UK friends that come over for the tennis we have table 14 and it is always a great day the service is excellent the food exceptional and the wine list is extensive I have no hesitation in recommending Donavan's as one of if not the best restaurant in Melbourne.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Donovans has been our favourite restaurant for many years and the food, the service, the atmosphere never disappoint!

JM
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I absolutely love this place, exceptional service, stunning views and oh my God the pie. It’s such a special restaurant.

J
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We loved how relaxing and comfortable it was to dine at Donovans. Service was good, food was outstanding and the views are awesome!

PE
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and nice location. The oysters were amazing

DK
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The service was outstanding. Professional, knowledgeable, humorous and cortious . Would recommend to friends and family and would visit again for a special occasion.

R
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Too expensive. Small portions. Starters menu too poor

HS
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Coming back to Donovan’s after a few years break was like coming home for comfort and ambience, but with wonderful service and excellent food. We won’t wait so long for the next visit. Thank you all

JD
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and atmosphere great service and lovely view would highly recommend anyone for special occasions such as birthdays or anniversaries

LB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

A special event dining venue that is not cheap. However, the ambience, food and service is very good.

AD
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Has been a family favourite for a long time. Never fails to live up to a great experience & can always be relied on for amazing food, great service & a lovely, relaxing ambiance.

BL
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Whole heartedly recommend this to anyone who loves food. Really great food with perfectly cooked steak and seafood.

CT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Very good dining experience. Staff were professional without being invasive. Would (and have) recommended dining at Donovan’s to my friends and colleagues.

CM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Donovan's is our go-to favourite 'special' restaurant for celebrating special events. If I had more disposable income I would go there to celebrate Saturday's! It never fails to impress.

DB
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We love the overall sense of welcome and care by Donovans’ staff - and can never go past the smoked salmon blinis!

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

The food was delicious. Some of the best seafood we’ve had during our holiday to Australia. Expensive but worth it. Lovely view of the water. Good staff / service.

CA
3 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Strong menu choices. Good wine options. Service was great. We were able to take our time and enjoy the experience.

RK
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

service amazing attentive but not intrusive thank to the man from Wellington
Food was of a high standard but portion sizes were small to adequate only for main
Wine selection good with an extensive list
Ambience good without being stuffy
Would recommend and will be back

M
Melbourne / VIC
11 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

My husband & I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary with a lovely dinner at Donovans’s.Had requested a table by a window but didn’t get it! Our serving staff were great, & we really enjoyed the food & drinks .
Overall a lovely night for a special occasion.

JW
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favourite restaurant by far! Relaxed atmosphere, great view, even better food.

P
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very nice food but a little pricey. Excellent service.

SS
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very relaxed & comfortable atmosphere. Great menu, so many choices. Very attentive staff. Will definitely be going back.

JB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed Donovan’s. The service was attentive, food magnificent and the location superb. I had the barramundi which just melted in my mouth. Absolutely will be back. Such a homely atmosphere. Well worth going to Donovan’s, great experience. Would recommend without any hesitation.

P
Melbourne / VIC
20 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Boxing Day celebration with family. Our entire experience was amazing. The staff were attentive and helpful. Wine was outstanding and we ate the slow cooked lamb. Delicious. I can’t wait to go back. PS. The view is spectacular.

D
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely love the setting at Donovan's - such a cosy feel with the beautiful outlook on to the beach and the water. Food and service was excellent, our waiter very willingly accommodated & looked after our vegan diner. Much loved dishes like the chicken pie, the fish and chips and the chocolate bombe alaska proved yet again how good they are! Thank you, it was a lovely way to celebrate Christmas with our family.

LA
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Stunning views. Impeccable service and delightful menu. Easily my favourite place to eat in Melbourne.

AR
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I went for an anniversary dinner and the ambiance was beautiful and food delicious. It made our night more special

K
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Telephone booking receptionist was very rude on the phone when asked if there was a booking. Requested for a 7.30pm table and she said there are none available. I checked online and said I see a 6.15pm slot which will also work for us. She curtly replied that I should just book online instead of calling then.

Food is overpriced for what you get. Would not recommend.

SM
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The most outstanding feature was no music....as I wear hearing aids there is nothing worse that trying to compete with others trying to talk over the music and the restaurant becomes noisier and louder... but as there was none the level was wonderful and I enjoyed being able to converse and hear everything. Thanks!
The food was well presented but the Waitress was a little occupied with talking to others and not paying attention...more than once we had to get somebody else as she was busy chatting about herself...( she was next to us).
We enjoyed the experience and will recommend to others.
Thank You....

S
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall1Food3Service3Ambience4

We have been coming to Donovan’s for 25 years and always have bought a special bottle of champagne which we have been charge corkage. This time we were advised that we hadn’t advised prior to arrival that we were bring a bottle and were told instead of $40 the corkage would be $65, i did advise the waiter that I was not aware of this rule and how as it to know. However much we discussed the point when our bill arrived the corkage was still $65. The food was overpriced and not value for money. So disappointed as this is my absolute favourite restaurant and was my “go to”. I also don’t like the 2 hour booking. When you go out for. 34 year wedding anniversary you want to enjoy yourself and stay as long as you like. Again really disappointed and won’t go back again. Such a beautiful restaurant but I feel lost it’s charm and friendliness. I miss Joseph as the maître de.

BO
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, staff were so attentive, food was delicious. We will definitely be back. I actually didn’t want to leave. Veranda outside is perfect for before or after dinner drinks

DD
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Donovan’s is a place that gets everything right, every time.

JD
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

So disappointing! I used to love Donovan's, returned after a long absence for a special pre-Christmas celebration with two dear friends and it was not good. Seated at 6pm, order taken 6.45pm, pushed off table at 8pm for next booking. Mains $50-plus, entrees $28-plus, genetally bland and waitress didn't smile once. What's happened?!

RH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great lunch - fantastic service - well executed menu - a total dining experience at world class levels.
The view is the best that Melbourne beaches can deliver and the interior decor is eclectic and interesting.

RK
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Always enjoy this venue and the attentive staff. Our party were from overseas and were duly impressed.

Y
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall2Food5Service2Ambience1

I would recommend friends just to dine but not special occasions at Donovan’s. Was very disappointed that I called to arrange on arrival to have 2 glasses of Ruinart served when we sat down cos it was my anniversary. But it wasn’t taken account into n both of us spend over $410. Very disappointed and obviously the receptionist doesn’t take a note in that.

NT
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I would be happy if the lamb was my last meal on earth.

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great atmosphere and of course location. Professional and courteous staff service. A delightful afternoon. Thank you

KO
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff very attentive but not intrusive. Food delicious and beautifully presented