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Donovans, St Kilda, AU-VIC

Donovans

4.7
4.7
1526 Reviews
$101 and over
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 our intimate knowledge of modern Mediterranean cooking. 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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2 people

7:30 pm


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $101 and over
  • Cuisines
    Modern Australian, Mediterranean
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–2:45 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 6:00 pm–11:45 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 9534 8221
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Private party facilities
    For all Private Dining Room enquiries and availability please contact our Function Coordinators at Donovans on (03) 9534 8221 or send an email to privatedining@donovans.com.au
  • Private party contact
    privatedining@donovans.com.au: (03) 9534 8221
  • Area
    St Kilda
  • Cross Street
    Shakespeare Grove
  • Parking Details
    Paid metered parking available opposite Donovans on Jacka Boulevard, adjacent to the Palais Theatre
  • Public Transit
    Tram No.16 and 96 Stop 138 (outside Luna Park)
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,526 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Great for scenic views

  • City Centre

    Great for scenic views

1,526 Reviews
  1. PeteD

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My favourite restuarant. Been here many times over the years but this time the food was not up to it's usual standard. Scallops were luke-warm, duck was low on flavour. Salmon was very good. The menu offered less choice than I was expecting but the wine list was good as always. Pre-dinner Margaritas bland and small. Prices and service about what I expected. This is the first time I have ever been here when the place was not full. One not so great visit out of about fifteen is not so bad. I just hope it is not a sign of things to come.

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  2. PhilJ

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappoints. Relaxed fine dining - beautiful food (as always). Amazing view.

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    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was fantastic and the staff were attentive, personable and professional. The food was certainly good, but not worth the price (in our opinion.) We were celebrating my elderly father's birthday and he chose fish and chips from the menu. The "chips" were actually half potatoes that were probably very nice, but not suitable for an elderly gentleman as they were too hard to chew. We had seen shoestring fries served to children at another table and thought that these would have been a better option for a senior. There were no seniors options available on the menu. The pasta, pate and salads were all lovely though. The wine list was extensive and the wines we had were exceptional.

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    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I've been dining at Donovans for probably 20 years, and, this time, I was so disappointed. I won't return. Melbourne has many wonderful restaurants, and I'm sorry to say that Donovans has had its day. The staff are not what they used to be. The waiter serving us had no idea about the menu or the wines, nor did he suggest asking the sommelier. In fine dining, you pay for the entire experience, especially great service with passionate staff, not just the food. I got annoyed 3 times with 3 different staff, the last for trying to rush us by interrupting our conversation as we were finishing our last glass of wine. Ford service with a Mercedes price tag.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service and experience. They were so accommodating to our two young kids.

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  6. Rubo

    Melbourne

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely long lunch. The staff always make each dining experience amazing. Always loving visiting.so good for special occasions.

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  7. KittyP

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    50th Birthday with our daughter and SIL.. Everything she could have wanted.. great menu and wine.. attentive staff and ambience. We all loved it. Thank you.

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  8. Bill

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The seafood linguine was tasteless, and the pasta was undercooked. Overpriced for what was received. The whole baby snapper was very salty! We did receive a free special of the day starter because we were not advised of the daily specials. Only one oyster on one plate that was later taken back and updated with two, which is what we ordered. Disabled toilet is not disabled-friendly.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Sunshine Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Arrived early but we’re still seated at a perfect table by the window . Service was prompt but not intrusive . Food was also first class & delivered timely . A little pricy but otherwise perfect !

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Warm, friendly and welcoming; I love dining at Donovan’s. Our group enjoyed fresh seafoods and pastas with Australian wines. Our server, Serena, was on top of everything.

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FAQs

Donovans is rated 4.7 stars by 1526 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:30 pm


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for Donovans

40 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda, AU-VIC 3182

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Shakespeare Grove
  • Area
    St Kilda
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–2:45 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 6:00 pm–11:45 pm
  • Price
    $101 and over
  • Cuisines
    Modern Australian, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Paid metered parking available opposite Donovans on Jacka Boulevard, adjacent to the Palais Theatre
  • Public Transit
    Tram No.16 and 96 Stop 138 (outside Luna Park)
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (03) 9534 8221
  • Private party facilities
    For all Private Dining Room enquiries and availability please contact our Function Coordinators at Donovans on (03) 9534 8221 or send an email to privatedining@donovans.com.au
  • Private party contact
    privatedining@donovans.com.au: (03) 9534 8221
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