Donovans

4.7
450 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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GR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, excellent service, fantastic location.

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MC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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S
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
1 review
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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LN
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was wonderfully presented, the service was friendly and the ambience was very warm

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DS
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pretty expensive, but you pay for what you get and the food, service and ambience of the place is great, so it was money well spent 👍

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D
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing Birthday dinner. Staff were amazing and we received a personal welcome from Mr Donovan himself.
Could not of asked for anything better.
Regards Deane Job

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NC
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We ordered the prawns, no price on the menu. We were very surprised how much they were. My fault for not asking furst

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RP
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Is always a delicious meal with attentive service in a warm and comfortable setting. Can’t wait to go back!

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It’s our favourite restaurant in the whole wide world.
The service is always warm and friendly and so professional.
The food, is delicious!!
We just love it there.
Highly recommend to everyone.
Thank you again x

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n
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly, attentive and most accommodating for our family including a newborn and toddler. Food was delish! We'll be back

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

Donovans is such an amazing venue with the food and service both being out of this world. Such a wonderful restaurant.

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HB
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to bring your family for a special dinner.

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ED
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great restaurant, nice view and food. I like their T Bone steak and the dessert

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IC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a very good evening with very sympathetic wait staff and excellent sommelier

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KZ
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful setting by the beach. Great service from the moment you arrive. Food was sensational. Will be going back.

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KL
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Beautiful place, ambience and service. Feel special being right there at the beach. However, food is good but not exceptional and completely overpriced for what it is. $48 for a baby chicken then more if you want to add sides! At least the bread is free and delicious. Also not a lot of choice, especially if you can’t eat shellfish. Brings the whole experience down to average. Paying for name and location and more staff than they need for the night we went. Served by at least 5 waiting staff over the course of the night.

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g
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

been a few times but it seems food quality has come down a notch and i was disappointed.
Not all the food came out at same time and that was not good either

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AB
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous! It’s been 16 years since I last dined at Donovan’s..I live interstate..and I was thrilled to find the excellent service, wonderfully friendly and helpful staff, ambiance and of course superb food were still the hallmark of this fabulous family run establishment. I was able to introduce my partner to the culinary and other delights of Donovan’s and he was extremely impressed. Well done to all the hard working staff and special thanks to Andy and David who truly made my return visit such a special one. Donovan’s is my absolute favourite restaurant in Melbourne! I can’t wait to go back!
I highly recommend Donovan’s to anyone wanting a fine dining experience.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Superb restaurant great service great food great view amazing wine list just wonderful

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LH
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the moment we were warmly greeted at the front door, Donovans feels special. Especially as we were then ushered to a window table overlooking the St Kilda foreshore. The service is warm, friendly, efficient without feeling rushed. The menu, while constantly reflecting seasonal ingredients, feels familiar and isn't too fussy (although there were far too much truffle oil in my opinion!)
We were there for lunch and hoovered the bread with fave bean dip, chicken liver parfait to share for entree, then salmon for my mother and rigatoni with wagyu ragu for myself. The food is lovely and you can tell the chefs care about what they serve.
The wine list is extensive and prices are typical of a high end establishment.
I won't pretend Donovans is a value choice - entrees are typically $25-$30 and mains range from $30 up to $60. But I'm constantly surprised by the total bill (for some reason I always expect it to be higher).
It really was a lovely meal.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never had a bad meal here, the menu is fairly static, but they do it so well. We only are there two days ago and I'm already dreaming of getting back there for more pie. Excellent staff, extensive wine list, with something for everyone's taste or budget. Just lovely.

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TH
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great restaurant and absolutely lovely food and view! On the pricey side however highly recommend for a special occasion.

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