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.
Our favorite special night restaurant - relaxed, 'resorty', great food and wine, invariable very good service (engaging but no over familiar) - but more expensive every year, and car parking also!
Really good atmosphere. I went to Donovans around 8.30 pm and the sunset view was fantastic. T-bone was so good and tender. I would definitely come back.
A lovely restaurant. The venue with ocean views is terrific. Excellent service, the wait staff do a great job. The food was good but quite expensive, with the high prices I expected better.
Excellent setting and fabulous service. Very attentive and knowledgeable.
Food very good too.
Weather wasn’t great which was a shame but on a sunny day would expect the outlook to be spectacular.
Fantastic restaurant. We try to go there whenever we are in Melbourne. Can’t fault it.
Always an beautiful evening at Donovans, the whole package, of food, wine, service and ambience makes for a special evening no matter what the occasion.
Thank you team, we had a great night.
Family meal to celebrate my daughters birthday. One of our party is gluten intolerant, which they accomodated so well, including serving her a specially made bread roll straight out of the oven. I had the casarecce pasta with enough spice to make it soo tasty. The oysters were large and fresh (daughter) and the scallops were amazing (wife). I shared the roast duck with potatoes which I would recommend to all duck lovers. A number of our party had the fish and chips, which were tasty crispy flathead fillets. For dessert the birthday girl shared a bomb alaska and the rest of us had the tart. All-in all, the food was delightful, the views were amazing, particularly as the night sky was lit up by some incredible lightning and the night was made special by the attentive service from some real professionals. This restaurant is a favourite and will remain so.
Been there 3 other times. Went for our 40 anniversary. I went specially for the steak as i seldom eat meat . Was not happy with the potatoes either very dry . I actually mentioned to the waiter when we came in if Monday will be alright and he said the chef is there everyday
Great location, great food and excellent service plus an extensive wine list to complement the meal.
Will definitely be back, absolutely amazing! The service was great and the food was so fresh and delightful
Lovely setting and decor, service friendly but very poor value for money. My prawns were not charcoal grilled and lacked flavour. The blue fin tuna was little more than an entree size. A bottle of mineral water at $18 is far too pricey.
This is the very best restaurant in Melbourne. Always a wonderful experience.
Outstanding service for our lunch to celebrate our wedding anniversary. From the moment we entered Donovans the staff wished us a happy anniversary. The service was impeccable and the food and wine were outstanding. Highly recommended.
Always a spectacular experience at Donovan’s - who can resist the chicken pie
Me and my partner took a sneak peak during day time on a perfect warm weather with beautiful clear sky and oceans views right opposite the restaurant. Had Grilled prawns with cos lettuce and chips which was deliciously made & My partner had Barra with few veggies which was excellent as he says:-)
It could be expensive but it was a perfect date.
Delicious fresh seafood. Amazing view. Great service. Loved the complimentary truffles with happy birthday written on it.
Absolutely brilliant dining experience and service from our waiter. The seafood was to die for, as was the ambience. Thank you for making my girlfriends birthday so special xx
Utterly perfect food and experience. Superbly prepared and presented food paired with friendly and professional service. Can’t wait to return.
First time at Donovan’s but won’t be the last.
The food was awesome and service spot on.
Very attentive staff but not annoying.
It was our anniversary and they wrote Happy Anniversary in Chocolate with four chocolate balls. Nice touch.
Best wine list I have seen and would recommend to anyone.
A little pricey but well worth the money.
We have been to Donovans to celebrate nearly every special occasion. Can not rate this restaurant high enough
Not been to Donovan's for years and was pleased to find it's still as solid as ever. Got a table by the window - yay. The service was very good - friendly but not too much so. (It always intrigues us that, judging by the waitstaff shirts, they have a good deal with Gazman!). Food was lovely - scallops, barramundi, fillet steak, cannoli, custard tart (it wasn't just me eating!). This and four drinks came in under $300, so this is kinda good value as far as it goes, but far too expensive for anything other than a posh meal out. Go if you want a good, solid, reliable restaurant experience.
One of our favorite restaurants in Melbourne everything about our experience was superb.
We love absolutely everything about Donovans. It is our celebration place - birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions. The food, service, ambience is all consistently fantastic. A+++
The food was awesome and the waiters were very friendly.
We had a fabulous anniversary lunch celebration at Donovans, with a table at the window, as requested. The service was just right - friendly and attentive. We had tuna and barramundi for mains, with a couple of vegetable dishes on the side and it was all delicious. The complimentary chocolates with an anniversary greeting was an unexpected, scrumptious treat to round-off our meal with coffee.
Absolutely we would recommend, the pleasure of hospitality well done and fuss free is a joy.
Great food. Great location. Great ambiance.
Definitely a favourite go to restaurant in Melbourne. Excellent for leisurely lunches.
As a restaurant to attend for a special occasion you can't go wrong with Donovan's. Good food, great location and service. Would I prefer a slightly smaller bill? Of course, but you get what you pay for. We will most assuredly will return.
Great food and service. Wine list is pretty expensive.
From the moment I open the front door, I was greeted with sincere importance. I wasn’t disappointed until I left. Only annoyance was we had to from our table after 2 hours, but relaxed at the comfortable lounge. Our table was remained unoccupied.
Donovan’s is still our special occasion go to place. Everything surpasses our lofty expectations set by many years experience.
We have been going to Donovan’s for many years and it keeps getting better.
Food especially the steak was very good 👌👍
This was a great introduction for two visitors from Sydney
such a great place to spend a lazy few hours eating drinking and chatting. Very enjoyable thank you
We have been celebrating our wedding anniversaries and our different milestones at Donovans for over 15 years. Every time we go there, it's like visiting your parents home or your grand mothers. It feels warm, familiar and the staff are alway's attentive without being over the top. There has never been a bad experience, except for when they took our favourite dish off the menu , the chicken pie. I am sure that there was an uproar among the diners , as it was back on as quickly as it came off. :-) Donovans, thank you for being a part of our legacy and our story. We cant wait until next time.
Gorgeous food. Friendly staff. Must visit in Melbourne!
Great wait staff and an amazing ambience. It’s just like dining in a very special home looking out at the water...food was very good too... and the timing of when it came out was impeccable especially as a lunch. an amazing birthday experience complete with the complimentary chocolates with a candle! Thank you to everyone for that special attention.
It was a very special occasion for us and the staff met all our requests which we really appreciated. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere was perfect. I would highly recommend this place to anyone. I would like to say a special thank you to the wait staff that were so attentive to our needs during our afternoon. Thank you so much.
Our 6 monthly visit from London