Donovans

4.7
469 reviews
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Modern Australian
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  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasions
  • 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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EB
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Our Bomba Alaska wasn’t lit up at our table as done previously, was a bit disappointed as had told kids all about it. Was still delicious though.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was 10 out of 10
Love this place, staff and food. Well done 👍🏼

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GC
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience - we have been regular patrons of Donovans

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PG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An institution of Melbourne fine dining! With breathtaking views of the bay, the knowledgeable yet unpretentious staff are welcoming and warm with their service and candor.
As regular customers we are always greeted by name and given exemplary service. The food is impeccably presented and is always of the highest five star standard. The wine list has a multitude of choice from vineyards from across the globe.
A must visit dining experience if you’re ever in Melbourne. 👍

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OT
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic Service and Food.

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RW
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing as always. Food was outstanding! Couldn’t recommend highly enough

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m
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great quality and taste of seafood but the Alaska Bombe was disappointing in presentation - the main essence of lighting up the dessert was done in the kitchen (out of sight) and we only get to see the chocolate being dripped onto the bombe before getting served.

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C
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything about this experience was perfect
My partner and I have wanted to dine at Donovans for years but have never been lucky enough to score a table before
From the warm welcome on arrival to the bustle of the elegant dining room to the charming and friendly staff and most importantly to the most amazing delicious food - it was a magical night that we will never forget and one that we look forward to revisiting again
If you get the chance dine at Donovans I guarantee that you will not regret it

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BM
Melbourne / VIC
25 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

We had a hankering for fish and chips and Donovans has a lovely outlook and a lovely dining room. It also has lovely friendly staff who are very attentive and helpful. Donovans also has a very large and diverse menu which one would have to be very picky to not find anything to suit one's taste. Even down to being careful about any fashionable food issues. It has a formidable wine list at formidable prices. I didn't believe that anywhere in Australia would have fish and chips that are more expensive than Doyle's in Sydney, but they do. One up for Donovan's but not for the customer.
Everything was very good. The scallop entrée was delicious and the scallops were perfectly cooked. The fish in the fish and chips were superb. The chips were delicious but were more like roasted potatoes than chips- and served in a quantity that was far too generous.
I'd recommend this place heartily if you're part of the set that takes their bank manager to lunch or dinner.
But the prices are on the uncomfortable side for food and torture on the wine. For example a bottle of William Fèvre Petit Chabils which sells for around $30 retail max, was closer to $80. If you're in the wine trade pop in and have a look - it's heartening to see that that there is still money in wine. At least here. Go for the view, the staff, the choice, the food, but sadly, not the value.

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MK
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place.
Food and atmosphere were excellent.
Explained menu with great knowledge. Will be back again that’s for sure.
Love the lamp!!
5 star ⭐️ rating.
Thank you for a lovely night.
Mark & Kerrie

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PL
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff and service was fantastic, the food magnificent and the overall experience was sensational. My friends were from Sydney and thoroughly enjoyed the lunch.

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J
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I requested a quiet table which we received with a lovely view. I took my children aged 10 & 13 who were also delighted with the experience. Wine selected was perfect.
The started were my favourite.
A most enjoyable way to celebrate my birthday.

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PC
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dining at Donovans was simply divine. any questions we had were answered with expertise and the menu was explained clearly. Attention to detail was thorough, clearing of table and finished dishes all taken away effortlessly and ease. Enjoyed it so much I think I will be back next week.
Thank you Donovans

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KW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Donovan’s is a wonderful restaurant either for lunch or dinner. It is like visiting a beautiful home, next to the sea with an open fire.
Outstanding experience of eating out in Melbourne.

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GT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Donovans is our go to restaurant for special occasions such as, birthdays, anniversaries and other major family celebrations.
The staff are always friendly and welcoming and the ambience of the restaurant is very calming.
We find the food to be excellent and the servings to be reasonably generous.
Overall, the cost of a night out at Donovans is not cheap, but you pay for what you get, which is a great experience.

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KH
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently excellent. We love the homely atmosphere too and staff are outstanding.

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RS
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

always great service, attention to details. beautiful food.

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I
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very happy like always, very nice atmosphere, nice and good quality food, very good service.We happy to come back and recommend friends

Ilana

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RM
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Relaxed, yet classy interior decor and a prime location right on the beach makes for a lovely vibe, and perfect for a romantic winter night's dining. And, with the excellent service from the moment you're greeted at the door, along with the scrumptious meals on offer, the dining experience at Donovans is most certainly a memorable one.

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GR
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed our evening as an excellent Dining experience
Drinks a bit overpriced
Staff were excellent and appropriately attentive
5 star

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CM
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food, presentation, and the setting was magical.

The noise level was unpleasant as there was a large party,very close to us. We made the move to the fireplace / sitting room to enjoy a way more pleasant atmosphere, with our dessert and coffee.

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MO
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, excellent service, fantastic location.

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MC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a fantastic restaurant. The best food, service, and good value

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S
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have been dinning at Donovans for many years, it has always been a favourite and a place to celebrate special occasions. Thank you Kevin, Gail and the amazing staff always a pleasure to dine at your restaurant.

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RR
London
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always excellent food service and venue

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KC
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The shared roast shoulder of lamb was to die for: unctuous, tender, delicate. Eighteen hours to cook and we are still savouring it in our minds days later. Try it.

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KW
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Staff were excellent. Venue is gorgeous.

Food: We were all a little disappointed in our meals. The meals were small and the salmon was cooked a little too long.

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D
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Waitress was very unfriendly and seemed irritated when we asked about our main course. Not a pleasant experience.

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BD
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Service was appalling, wait time was too long abs did not know how to make cocktails.

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MT
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

My favourite restaurant was its usual fabulous self. Food outstanding service too wonderful just love it.

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MK
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love returning to this restaurant which is one of our long-standing favourites.

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CE
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Oysters very small. Beef cheeks seemed dry. Bomba Alaska too rich; a little disappointing. I would dine again but choose dishes more carefully. It is a lovely place and I'm glad for the experience.

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SI
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have a wonderful lunch - everything was perfect, can't wait to come back again.

Kind regards
Louise Scott & the Ingram family

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JD
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great venue, and restaurant fit out warming.Keep this one for special occasions.......

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CL
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great place to go for Dinner or Lunch. Have never been disappointed.

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G
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Donovan’s is always a treat and never disappoints. Beautiful setting, attentive and friendly (definitely NOT stuffy) staff, fabulous food. Absolutely every dish we had was delicious - impossible to pick a favourite. We’ll be back again soon!

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NC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 1

Overall we were pleased with our visit but at every meal we had to wait for our drinks. We were seated at the couches for predinner drinks, no one attended us for over 10mins and then we were told our table was ready, so we ordered pre dinner drinks at the table. we ordered a bottle of wine to have with dinner, our dinner arrived and it was nearly 10mins until our wine arrived, which was spilt twice of the table. Then we ordered port and we were left for 15mins with our dessert in front of us and no port. We decided to get the bill and leave.

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SH
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Service perfect
Food amazing
Just wished we had more time as we were off to a concert
So definitely will be back
Thankyou

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P
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A beautiful meal, overlooking the bay. Fantastic service which is consistently great, every time we dine there.

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LR
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Stunning food and setting with an effortless but engaging style of service.

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