Donovans

4.6
300 reviews
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$101 and over
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Modern Australian
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Modern Australian, Mediterranean
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Daily from 12:00pm
Dinner: Daily from 6:00pm
Christmas Day Dinner- Closed
10% Public Holiday Surcharge Applies on all food and beverage.
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Phone number
(03) 9534 8221
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Emma D'Alessandro
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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
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Private Party Contact
privatedining@donovans.com.au: (03) 9534 8221
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Shakespeare Grove
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Parking Details
Paid metered parking available opposite Donovans on Jacka Boulevard, adjacent to the Palais Theatre
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Public Transit
Tram No.16 and 96 Stop 138 (outside Luna Park)
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 300 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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4.1
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

very good service and amazing sunset beach views. the food was very nice and the overall quality of wine and alcoholic beverages was outstanding

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PC
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Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food was very good and service was excellent atmosphere was very nice and food was good value

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CD
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Donovan's was the perfect spot for an anniversary celebration. We had a fine lunch including starters of scallops and mussels and a barranundi main. The desserts were complex, delicious and generously portioned - the fruity creme brulee and the chocolate cocnut rough.
There is a good wine list and some fresh fruity cocktails!
Service was professional warm and timely.
The restaurant, a former beach changing shed has a woody beachy vibe without being sandy and casual.
We enjoyed our day

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C
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is not our first time at Donovans but it has been several years since we were here last. It was our anniversary so worthy of a special occasion restaurant, which Donovans continues to be. Prompt, friendly and unpretentious service. Great selection of wines and a wonderful location on the beach, particularly on a calm and balmy evening. The food was again prepared wonderfully and tasted great. We again made the mistake of eating too much as many choices are hard to pass up.

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S
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great as always. This time a bit noisy but bearable. The location is unbeatable

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KT
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

My husband ordered a glass of champagne and instead of checking with him which one we were automatically served the most expensive one! I feel like it should have been checked with us! A bit cheeky and misleading! We were constantly interrupted by the staff and didn’t even both finishes our plates before they were being removed. Food was lovely however overall a disappointing birthday lunch.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Disappointed with the choice of food, it was unimpressive. My meal (risotto) was ok not brilliant.
Prices were WAY over the top at $18 for a glass of wine!! This is ridiculous...and I’m not a cheapskate....

View is great.

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AF
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and great wine list. Would highly recommend.

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DM
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really loved Donovans. The food was exceptional and couldnt decide from the menu. My linguine was amazing and my partners lamb was fantastic. Wood definitely go back again.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, awesome staff, great location. Very expensive, we had a voucher but could not afford to eat there often

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FP
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our table was booked for 7.45pm. We were a bit late due to parking problems and then had to wait at the bar while the table was set. We ordered prossecco to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary and the bartender said it was complimentary. Afterwards he came to the table to apologise and advise that he had been told we had to pay for it ($18 each). We got to the table at about 8.10pm
Table service was friendly and helpful and the food was very good. My fillet steak was cooked perfectly.
We were given a nice table in a quiet part of the restaurant with an excellent view of the boardwalk and the bay.
All in all a very pleasant experience.

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LS
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful evening, great food, great service and a beautiful surprise dessert for my birthday. Would highly recommend. We were so well looked after and attended to by the staff. I was very impressed with how the chicken pie was served! Donovan's definitely lives up to its famous name. Il look forward to my next visit.

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MB
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We just love Donovans - beautiful food, superb atmosphere and great service.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Donovans is an absolute gem . It has become the favorite restaurant for everyone in our family. It never disppoints. .. superb food and service and stylish yet relaxed ambiance.

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RT
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent overall. If I had any complaints, it would be value for money, perhaps a tad too dear...

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RG
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had a lovely afternoon. The staff were very attentive and the food and wine was perfect for our needs. Nick our host looked after us very well.

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LW
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Have heard many great reviews but we did not experience the same- was a very 'nice' meal but not wow and was expecting a lot more for the dollar value.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

everything’s perfect

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AM
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent venue with attractive decor and a super view. Most venues with a great view rely on their location where as this one has superb service and food. High quality and tasty dishes. Top service and ambience.

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WK
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Dinner was superb. Other than some odd seating plans, everything was great. Food, service, and price were all wonderful!

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T
4 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

The food was ok, and for the prices I expected a lot more. Wine was great - pricey, but good options!
The ambience was nice. I felt like I was at someone’s home, with a lot of other people dining all at once.
The service was also quite disparate. Some of it was GREAT - the gentleman helping with a wine choice for example was excellent - and he also asked for feedback on a new addition to the service and was very receptive. However other servers were not good - when we didn’t leave a tip the card was thrown down on the table to give back to us. I would have expected a much more gracious response from the staff member, at a Melbourne institution.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were at Donovan’s to celebrate our wedding anniversary of 38 years and we were made to feel very special! Service was terrific and the food delicious, couldn’t fault our night there at all. Thank you Donovan’s for making our night memorable

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JM
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I always try and have a meal at Donovans when in town and it never disappoints

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KM
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was one of many visits to Donovan’s, on this occasion to celebrate a friend’s 40th birthday. It was our friends’ first Visit on our recommendation. This was probably the best experience we have had at Donovan’s - service, food, ambience and a wonderful round window table made our friend’s birthday very special. Thank you and can’t wait to come back

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SS
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had high expectations of Donovan’s and they were exceeded. Exceptional food and service!!

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KC
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We all had a wonderful time and the food was delicious ... especially the Bombe Alaska!

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JV
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Discovered that the Melbourne marathon was going right passed Donovans and there would be road closures so called them as they had not advised on this. They accepted that there would be road closures and also disrupted parking and suggested I catch a taxi or Uber and to leave plenty of time to be on time - so far all going Donovans way. They told me they had overlooked this matter and would contact all Open Table bookings about the issue but they made no contact with me. Its simple, Donovans - customers first !
Just as well they have great food.

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T
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall we had a great time and loved the food. The Maitre D was very friendly and professional.

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TD
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Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time eating at Donovan’s, definitely not the last. Great ambiance and view of sunset amazing. Food was delicious with the mussel dish being our favourite, full of flavour.

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J
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love Donovan’s it never fails love the vibe food service and views

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AS
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Donovans staff work seamlessly to deliver fine food and drink in an informal and scenic setting.
Always a favourite.

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SA
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Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food. Superb service. Stunning views. Would definitely go back again.

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IA
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Good food & beverage selection, great quality and excellent service. Nice night out.

Clientele was mainly baby boomer age group.

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KA
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Overall the food was of a high standard; except the John Dory dish was overcooked and dry and the squashed kiphler potatoes were really just mashed. It was served luke warm and when we complained they completely remade the dish. Still seemed overcooked but the rest of the dish was hot and presented much better. So why not before, at $55 you would expect perfection! The service and atmosphere is very nice, but $46 for fish and roast potatoes (not chips in my book) is pushing the envelope! Could not recommend at these prices, no matter the location or the excellent service.

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b
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So much better than The Stokehouse next door ...

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LD
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our best 'foodie' experiences Excellent food, outstanding service & superb views - sensational combination.
Thankyou Donovans. 🤗

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MB
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful lunch! We returned after enjoying our dining at Donovan’s several years ago.... certainly not disappointed!!! The food and wine were excellent, and the service was superb. Several in our lunch party had dietary requirements and it was wonderful that our wait-staff were so knowledgeable, friendly and helpful with suggestions but also facilitating changes so that everyone had a meal they could enjoy. Hats off too to the kitchen - brilliant that they can change so many things so that again everyone is happy💕 We will be back soon!!! 10 stars on the 5 star scale!

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E
7 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Donovans continues to deliver great food, wine and service; it always feels like coming home, thanks again cheers

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R
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Nice quiet atmosphere. Service good, friendly staff, food good.

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PP
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Ordered rare T bone steak that was 80% completely raw, especially nearer to the bone. Potatoes were undercooked. Salmon main was prepared nicely, but way overpriced for $60. Scallops starter was just okay, again, overpriced. Environment was nice, although they sat us at cramped seats near the toliets. Not sure if we were skimped on purposely for both the food and the seating, but it made us wonder. Paid over $200 for the dinner and left really unsatisfied with the food. Our waitress was nice though so no complaints there. Won't be going back and won't be recommending it to anyone else. Really disappointed with the steak because we came there looking forward to a good steak.

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