Donovans

4.7
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543 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.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.2
Value
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TA
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

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!

JL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

JG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

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.

PS
London
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

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.

GS
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic restaurant. We try to go there whenever we are in Melbourne. Can’t fault it.

ME
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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.

g
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

JL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience5

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

GS
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location, great food and excellent service plus an extensive wine list to complement the meal.

GS
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Will definitely be back, absolutely amazing! The service was great and the food was so fresh and delightful

RZ
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience5

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.

CM
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is the very best restaurant in Melbourne. Always a wonderful experience.

JH
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a spectacular experience at Donovan’s - who can resist the chicken pie

SR
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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.
Thank you

LT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious fresh seafood. Amazing view. Great service. Loved the complimentary truffles with happy birthday written on it.

GJ
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

SF
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Utterly perfect food and experience. Superbly prepared and presented food paired with friendly and professional service. Can’t wait to return.

JS
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been to Donovans to celebrate nearly every special occasion. Can not rate this restaurant high enough

A
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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.

EK
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in Melbourne everything about our experience was superb.

KM
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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+++

P
Maastricht
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was awesome and the waiters were very friendly.

A
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

VS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely we would recommend, the pleasure of hospitality well done and fuss free is a joy.

MG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Great location. Great ambiance.

Definitely a favourite go to restaurant in Melbourne. Excellent for leisurely lunches.

MK
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

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.

D
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food and service. Wine list is pretty expensive.

GJ
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

PW
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Donovan’s is still our special occasion go to place. Everything surpasses our lofty expectations set by many years experience.

A
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been going to Donovan’s for many years and it keeps getting better.

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food especially the steak was very good 👌👍

JS
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

This was a great introduction for two visitors from Sydney

LF
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

such a great place to spend a lazy few hours eating drinking and chatting. Very enjoyable thank you

NG
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

AG
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gorgeous food. Friendly staff. Must visit in Melbourne!

CR
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

JK
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

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.

R
London
8 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Our 6 monthly visit from London