Donovans

4.6
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633 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 633 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.2
Value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Special occasion topped off with seamless style, lovely hosts, quality food and homely surroundings.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for Valentine’s Day - service was amazing, food was amazing and we will be back! Was so full so missed out on the Bombay Alaska :(

n
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful location. Welcoming interior. Delicious food and wine. The wait staff was friendly and professional. If I lived in the area I would be a regular customer. Sure glad to find this delightful place during our trip to Melbourne.

CK
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I loved everything about this place. Especially how you can have drinks outside with those amazing views or on the relaxing couches. Food was delicious we started with Oysters which were great. The saffron and lobster pasta was yummy. Service was excellent and the cherry cider was a treat. My husband loved the selection of Scotches.
Will definitely be back. We had a very special date night. Nice to reconnect in such a relaxed and beautiful atmosphere Thank you ❤️

MF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

Great location and view of Melbourne's bayside at its best. My guests were from the US and they were impressed by location etc.

Staff friendly, attentive etc. Interesting menu, good choice. We selected mainly seafood...everything fine but no more. Given prices, reputation etc, quite underwhelming. My guests noted that it fell well short of the CBD restuarants; I agree.

LA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic atmosphere, view, service and food. All staff were very friendly and accommodating. The menu had a great selection of food and drinks.

G
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed our lunch at Donovan's. Our table was terrific (No one beside us), the service was excellent & the food was great. Would definitely recommend Donovan's for a first class yet un-pretentious dining experience.

NM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always enjoy eating at Donovans, food is of great quality.

KK
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Donovans is my favourite place.great atmosphere and fabulous food. They make you feel at home. Great for dinner with friends, functions and business meetings.

PS
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

We booked a table for 8:30pm but when we arrived they advised us that our table was not ready and they could not push the people out. After waiting more than 20 mins we finally got our table.

CS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

We have been to Donovan’s on a number of occasions over the years even hosting my wife’s 50th last year in the private room for 23 people. I do like the beach ambience and it is nice sitting outside watching the sunset, however, I think the value for money has dropped away, our bill was over $500 for 3 which did include mains and entree with 1 dessert and 1 bottle of wine @ $120. The food was not outstanding as it has been in the past.

S
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic as always

t
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

Had lunch and was very disappointed with the lack of service. Ended up not having desert as we couldn't find anyway staff. Fish was tough and grisly. Previously dined there and loved it. Won't go back.

C
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

beautiful location, lovely decor excellent choices on menu. Friendly and efficient service

AL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A really great fine dining experience. It was good to be in a restaurant where the staff had received excellent training in all aspects of table service. This alone made a huge difference to our business dinner. We were seated at the table by the front door, which was excellent. The food was superb.

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was incredible. David our waiter was excellent. Wine beer and cocktail also perfect! Thank you.

RD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome lunch time get away from the heat and crowds of the tennis!

a
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience beautiful food, interesting staff with good customer service, and walked away with smiles on our faces

DN
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my fifth time dining at Donovan's and never disappointed. Great service, atmosphere and people. Although the snapper was amazing, on the last three times this has been the market fish of the day, maybe a change, however this isn't a huge issue. Keep up the Donovan's great work!

SR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing venue and table to watch sunset for my partner’s birthday. Service, food and wines were all impeccable.
Thank-you - we’ll be back for sure!

ME
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Delicious food, beautifully presented .
However , prices are exorbitant..

SD
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall1Food3Service2Ambience1

No meet or greet
Table not ready
No IPA
Main chosen unavailable, but not told when given menus
Wrong mains brought to the table
Overall a very disappointing experience

JS
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff and kitchen couldn't have been more caring and obliging...we were totally blown away by the care and effort all of you went to in order to look after us. Charles super attentive on the email responsively...amazing! The kitchen cooked us the most delicious slow cooked lamb I have ever experienced...incredible! And David our waiter was such a delight with his calm and "nothing is too hard" charm was beautiful to be around! Thanks for a sensational dinner we truly were tickled pink : )

K
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Donovans was AMAZING! The staff were polite, professional and friendly. The decor was beautiful and classy while still being cosy and relaxing. The beachfront view was beautiful. Most importantly, the food was absolutely delicious and well worth every dollar. We will most definitely be back!

SK
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Beautiful lunch! The food was generally of an excellent standard and the service attentive but not intrusive. We will visit again.

RM
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a really nice experience, exceptional food, great service and a really homely feel.

AD
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional food and service with a great view of the bay. Definitely recommend this for lunch or dinner. Its wonderful. Thank you Donovans.

EL
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, an incredible dining experience. Amazing food and impeccable service.

DJ
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Donovan’s remains a Melbourne institution on the waterfront in Saint Kilda, It is expensive but represents value for special occasions in particular.

H
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Donovans is beautiful. One of the nicest meals and dining experiences I've had in a while. The food was delicious and the service great. I will definitely go back, and recommend Donovans to friends and family.

KD
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ambience, Food and staff helpfulness all of the highest levels.

Recommendations on what vineyards to visit on the Mornington Peninsular spot on.

M
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous dinner with work colleagues from Sydney and Canada...we all thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful food and ambiance...staff were so friendly and professional...highly recommend 🍾

W
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service, matched by great food and wine, and a beautiful environment. Thank you

JG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
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 on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

JM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
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 on 16 January 2020
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.