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.
Really tasty food, seafood in the linguine was so fresh. Dessert of coconut rough was ok, wasn’t really as described on the menu (more chocolatey which I don’t like than coconut). Cocktails were great, restaurant was cozy and comfortable though they could have had the air con a little higher. Service was fine, nothing spectacular. All in all we really enjoyed it and would go back
We thoroughly enjoyed the evening that was a gift from our children for our 46 anniversary. The duck was absolutely divine as was the rest of our meal. Also I just fell in love with the limoncello spritz it was the best drink I have ever had thank you all for our lovely night
The food did not taste good. Value for money is poor. Very poor.
The meal was beautifully presented and the duck was the best we have had. They gave a plated of sweets with Happy Anniversary written in chocolate icing.
Continues to be a great institution. Pricey, but the food, location and ambience are as fantastic as ever
Just so good! Ambience fantastic, food exceptional, flavours stunning. It's been 15 years since I was last there, not much has changed, but that is fine. :)
I'm from London and this is my favourite restaurant in Melbourne. Delicious food, fabulous decor and setting, wonderful staff. Couldn't be happier.
Quite a few years since I have been to Donovans, (before the fire). It's always a pleasure to come back. My overseas guests always enjoy and the window table makes it all special. I love the "new look" but enjoyed seeing favorite spots still available. Our service from the front door arrival, particularly as my guests were delayed until departure was impeccable. Hopefully not so long till the next time.
We were given a $200 voucher as a gift, didn't think it would get us far, but it did. We had a main each, a dessert to share, a beer, cider, 2 glasses of dessert wine and 2 coffees and went $12 over. In saying that, it would not be a place we would normally go to as the prices are over the top, but the food and service was amazing. Great place to go for a special occasion.
Staff a very friendly and the seafood linguine is a must!
Has already referred clients to you - just hoping that will not impede my getting a reservation in the future!
Excellent staff, great food, timeless setting. It had been a while since we had visited Donovans and we were a little unsure about how it might have changed. Thankfully, it was not only a great experience but it was probably the best we have had there. Could not fault anything!
Terrific service and tasty food , welcoming staff , very warmly and tastefully decorated , wonderful location. Excellent place to catch up with friends / family. 😎👍
Excellent food and wine options. Great views enabling truly enjoyable dining with freinds.
Fabulous! We LOVE Donovans. We've been going for years and always enjoy it. The view, the food the wonderful service, the friendly, professional staff - it's all excellent. Gail, Kevin and everyone in the Donovans team, thanks, you've nailed it!!
Donovan’s never disappoints. It has been a while since we’d dined there. So glad we came back. The shared lamb dish we had was cooked to perfection. We won’t leave it so long between visits again. Service is excellent also.
The service was impeccable, the food superb and we had an excellent table. Will definitely return.
Donovans never disappoints! Great service & delicous food.
What a fabulous way to celebrate a champagne birthday! Excellent food and fantastic service. Would highly recommend for anyone interested in celebrating with a view. Excellent seafood, wine selection, and atmosphere!
Beautiful food, excellent service, wonderful outlook. Hard to fault. Will definitely return.
Top 10 dining experience of our life. Extremely enjoyable.
Donovans was fantastic! We were looking for a spot along St. Kilda beach for dinner before watching the penguins come in and Donovans was perfect. The food was excellent, we'd highly recommend the roast pumpkin and steak, and there was a strong wine list. After our reservation had been made other friends wrote to recommend it as well.
They did reach out several times to confirm the reservation, by phone, an OpenTable reminder, and a personal email. We expected the restaruant to be packed when we arrived due to the intense follow-up but at 6:00pm on a Monday it was very quiet!
Food and service outstanding again - will be back again next year / third year in a row this place is a destination - flawless and faultless
Very pleasant setting.
Thank you for the delightful window table.
Really enjoyed our visit 🌟🌟
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.
Our daughter’s 13th birthday. The bomb Alaska was great as a birthday cake.
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!
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!
Amazing as always. Great food, great atmosphere. Love coming to Donovans. Will definitely be back!
Excellent service, great food and lovely location/view.
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.
Wish it was a tad cheaper. It’s only for people who can spare it that’s for sure
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.
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!
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.
Amazing dinner. Outstanding food and wines. Exceptional service. Definitely returning
Beautiful food, the only slight negative was both my entree and main could've been hotter. Still highly recommend this restaurant.
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.
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.
College graduation luncheon.