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.
Stunning food and setting with an effortless but engaging style of service.
The food was wonderfully presented, the service was friendly and the ambience was very warm
Pretty expensive, but you pay for what you get and the food, service and ambience of the place is great, so it was money well spent 👍
Amazing Birthday dinner. Staff were amazing and we received a personal welcome from Mr Donovan himself.
Could not of asked for anything better.
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We ordered the prawns, no price on the menu. We were very surprised how much they were. My fault for not asking furst
Is always a delicious meal with attentive service in a warm and comfortable setting. Can’t wait to go back!
It’s our favourite restaurant in the whole wide world.
The service is always warm and friendly and so professional.
The food, is delicious!!
We just love it there.
Highly recommend to everyone.
Thank you again x
Friendly, attentive and most accommodating for our family including a newborn and toddler. Food was delish! We'll be back
Donovans is such an amazing venue with the food and service both being out of this world. Such a wonderful restaurant.
Great place to bring your family for a special dinner.
Great restaurant, nice view and food. I like their T Bone steak and the dessert
We had a very good evening with very sympathetic wait staff and excellent sommelier
Beautiful setting by the beach. Great service from the moment you arrive. Food was sensational. Will be going back.
Beautiful place, ambience and service. Feel special being right there at the beach. However, food is good but not exceptional and completely overpriced for what it is. $48 for a baby chicken then more if you want to add sides! At least the bread is free and delicious. Also not a lot of choice, especially if you can’t eat shellfish. Brings the whole experience down to average. Paying for name and location and more staff than they need for the night we went. Served by at least 5 waiting staff over the course of the night.
been a few times but it seems food quality has come down a notch and i was disappointed.
Not all the food came out at same time and that was not good either
Absolutely fabulous! It’s been 16 years since I last dined at Donovan’s..I live interstate..and I was thrilled to find the excellent service, wonderfully friendly and helpful staff, ambiance and of course superb food were still the hallmark of this fabulous family run establishment. I was able to introduce my partner to the culinary and other delights of Donovan’s and he was extremely impressed. Well done to all the hard working staff and special thanks to Andy and David who truly made my return visit such a special one. Donovan’s is my absolute favourite restaurant in Melbourne! I can’t wait to go back!
I highly recommend Donovan’s to anyone wanting a fine dining experience.
Superb restaurant great service great food great view amazing wine list just wonderful
From the moment we were warmly greeted at the front door, Donovans feels special. Especially as we were then ushered to a window table overlooking the St Kilda foreshore. The service is warm, friendly, efficient without feeling rushed. The menu, while constantly reflecting seasonal ingredients, feels familiar and isn't too fussy (although there were far too much truffle oil in my opinion!)
We were there for lunch and hoovered the bread with fave bean dip, chicken liver parfait to share for entree, then salmon for my mother and rigatoni with wagyu ragu for myself. The food is lovely and you can tell the chefs care about what they serve.
The wine list is extensive and prices are typical of a high end establishment.
I won't pretend Donovans is a value choice - entrees are typically $25-$30 and mains range from $30 up to $60. But I'm constantly surprised by the total bill (for some reason I always expect it to be higher).
It really was a lovely meal.
Never had a bad meal here, the menu is fairly static, but they do it so well. We only are there two days ago and I'm already dreaming of getting back there for more pie. Excellent staff, extensive wine list, with something for everyone's taste or budget. Just lovely.
Great restaurant and absolutely lovely food and view! On the pricey side however highly recommend for a special occasion.
Another incredible dining experience. Made the celebration of mum's birthday one to remember visiting from the UK with the family....our favourite place in Melbourne by a mile!
A delightful evening in our favourite restaurant where the service ambiance and food was wonderful
Magnificent food, fantastic service and a great location.
My wife has always wanted to dine here so on her birthday we did.
Donovan’s did not disappoint.
Expensive, however quality always comes at a price. In this case the cost was well worth it. Highly recommended.
Absolutely delightful, delicious food and excellent service.
Gorgeous place Gorgeous food beautiful day Great service Great wine
Overall ambiance was pleasing, there were lot's of people, so naturally, it is expected of us to wait for about 10 minutes to be able to place our order. However, I noticed there were a few insects around while eating :(
I'm fairly disappointed with the food as there weren't any sauce to go along with the steak, and fish & chips.
We were given desserts for my friend's birthday, that was really nice!
The quality of food and services considering the price was extremely disappointing.
fantastic place, from the moment we were greeted to the second we left. amazing food. & wine. fantastic service
We have visited Donovan's on a number of occasions and always been impressed with the food, service, friendly staff, ambience et.
Very happy to recommend to our friends.
Some of the best food I have enjoyed with friendly service. Highly recommended
Only disappointment is that one spills their drink in front of waiter and he dues nothing about it. He watches me clean it up
Always fantastic. Great service and food. The same great QLD prawn dish I enjoyed nearly 20 years ago.
Favourite restaurant, amazing food. Totally my go to when I want a long lazy lunch.
Great atmosphere and always good service. Food is exceptional.
I love the friendly service here. You are always made to feel welcome and valued as a customer. You never get the feeling that the restaurant is doing you a favour which is not uncommon in high end eateries. They are very helpful to people with special dietary requests. The ambiance is comfortable and the location amazing. The noise level is muted which means you can have a quiet conversation your friends can actually hear. The food is well cooked and very fresh. There are no OTT gastronomic elements in the menu but everything is tasty. My only comment would be about the price. I come here regularly but not often as I might. Some menu and drinks items are quite a stretch.
A wonderful night out, we cannot fault any of it. The service was superb, food was great, sommelier was helpful. Really a great experience all around.
It was a wonderful experience for a very special occasion. Couldn't fault it.
Incredible food, incredible service, incredible experience. We shared both steaks and they were outstanding. Would go again and again.
Donovans is our absolutely favourite restaurant for special occasions. My husband proposed to me at Donovans and we like to celebrate our birthdays, engagements and celebrations there. We cannot fault the food, ambience, staff and experience when dining at Donovans. This time around, whilst we totally loved our dining experience, we felt a little rushed by the waitress - we understand we had to be out by a certain time but we had finished our meal and drinks within the 1st hour and we would have liked to have taken our time a little more. This would never deter us from recommending Donovans to anyone and we will return again soon :) Thank you!
We’ve been going there for ever, it just keeps getting better and better!