Donovans

4.7
373 reviews
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Modern Australian
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  • Special Occasions
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
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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L
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

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

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MB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

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

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NO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

The food did not taste good. Value for money is poor. Very poor.

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

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.

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SM
2 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Continues to be a great institution. Pricey, but the food, location and ambience are as fantastic as ever

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MI
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

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. :)

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s
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I'm from London and this is my favourite restaurant in Melbourne. Delicious food, fabulous decor and setting, wonderful staff. Couldn't be happier.

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DU
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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LP
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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.

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JM
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff a very friendly and the seafood linguine is a must!

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VG
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Has already referred clients to you - just hoping that will not impede my getting a reservation in the future!

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NH
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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!

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j
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Terrific service and tasty food , welcoming staff , very warmly and tastefully decorated , wonderful location. Excellent place to catch up with friends / family. 😎👍

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J
4 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and wine options. Great views enabling truly enjoyable dining with freinds.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!!

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FG
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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S
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was impeccable, the food superb and we had an excellent table. Will definitely return.

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K
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Donovans never disappoints! Great service & delicous food.

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CM
5 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!

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JP
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful food, excellent service, wonderful outlook. Hard to fault. Will definitely return.

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RB
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Top 10 dining experience of our life. Extremely enjoyable.

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D
18 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!

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JG
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service outstanding again - will be back again next year / third year in a row this place is a destination - flawless and faultless

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SL
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Very pleasant setting.
Thank you for the delightful window table.
Really enjoyed our visit 🌟🌟

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RS
6 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
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 on 20 January 2019
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 on 19 January 2019
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 on 19 January 2019
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 on 19 January 2019
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 on 19 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent service, great food and lovely location/view.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
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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