Donovans

4.7
392 reviews
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Modern Australian
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
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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KM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Donovans is our absolutely favourite restaurant for special occasions. My husband proposed to me at Donovans and we like to celebrate our birthdays, engagements and celebrations there. We cannot fault the food, ambience, staff and experience when dining at Donovans. This time around, whilst we totally loved our dining experience, we felt a little rushed by the waitress - we understand we had to be out by a certain time but we had finished our meal and drinks within the 1st hour and we would have liked to have taken our time a little more. This would never deter us from recommending Donovans to anyone and we will return again soon :) Thank you!

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LW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We’ve been going there for ever, it just keeps getting better and better!
Thanks heaps.

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C
6 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Disappointing. We were rushed beyond belief, and our waitress wouldn’t leave us alone until we ordered. Both the starters and the mains came almost immediately, cutting into what was to be a leisurely dinner. My glass of wine was a very short pour. Very pricey.

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RM
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always the same - exceptional. Friendly staff......not obsequient, very discreet. Loved the meal, the view, the ambience - whats not to like. Thank you, we will be back.

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p
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Having been to Donovans many times - All I can say is "excellent" - no complaints whatsoever.............

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JM
3 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great night. 3 of us. 2 of us had pasta, and it was amazing. Really really good, so much flavour, and this isn't even an Italian restaurant. I've had food from the grill before, and haven't been wowed, so went for the pasta. The Bombe is always great.
You can't beat the view on a clear night. The service was excellent.
What I most liked was the extensive selection of half bottles of good wine. I don't want to drink a whole bottle any more: both very expensive, and never finish it, so a waste. With half bottles a small group can have a few different wines for a reasonable price, and not be intoxicated or over the limit.

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SH
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Visited Donovans for a business dinner. I appreciate good food and consider myself accustomed to high prices for good food. However, I still cringe a little at $25-28 entrees and $45-55 mains. I usually try re-assure myself that "it'll be worth it". Unfortunately, while exhibiting some lovely flavours the meal simply did not represent value for money to me. $700+ for 4ppl. Very Very 'economical' portioning and to be honest just simple food prepared well. Not good value and I'm getting a bit sick of restaurants proclaiming to be exceptional and charging as such.... and seeing waffer thin slithers of food on the plate. Asking them to review their pricing or portioning will fall on deaf ears I'm sure, so I simply can't visit Donovans again.

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AW
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

The venue and service was perfect but the house specialty chicken pie was a disappointment especially not using the prime cuts of chicken. The way it was served was great and we were well looked after but the main reason to return to a restaurant is the food and providing cheap cuts is not a way to treat high end patrons. I thought the menu was limited and the disclaimer for not catering for food issues was akin to ready made meals

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A
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

Will not recommend it to anybody!! $65 steak was totally overdone; soufflé tasted like a frittata; brought my oysters and starter at the same time; brought my wine and then my cocktail; waiters changed 3 times; waiters were rude and they rushed us! Never again to Donovan’s!

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SC
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Loved our dinner experience, great food and great service. A little disappointed on how the cocktails were presented but they still tasted nice!

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PJ
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sunset with on terrace drink then bayside table with attentive service and excellent food. It could be that more Australian wines are featured in the by-the-glass section.

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SG
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary we had a great time food was great and the staff were lovely. Very happy with the service and the views of the beach were awesome.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had such a wonderful dining experience at Donovans. The Staff were attentive and very courteous. The chiefs prepared a sumptuous meal for us to enjoy, it was an experience we will be talking about for a while to come.

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MG
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

I just made a bad choice. Fish and chips was quite ordinary, thick batter and quite oily, potatoes ok. It was no better than if I had ordered it from the local fish and chippery and I would’ve paid a lot less. As I mentioned it was a bad choice. We had a lovely evening.

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OT
7 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wholesome honest food served in beautiful location. Service excellent!

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OT
12 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love Donovan’s, my favourite Melbourne restaurant. The staff are warm, friendly and professional. The food and wine is delicious and the vibe is fabulous, I feel like I’m sitting in someone’s home (a very nice home)

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p
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely out look and relaxed interior , food and service excellent

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IM
3 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect, like always
Happy to come back
Good food, view and service

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L
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Really tasty food, seafood in the linguine was so fresh. Dessert of coconut rough was ok, wasn’t really as described on the menu (more chocolatey which I don’t like than coconut). Cocktails were great, restaurant was cozy and comfortable though they could have had the air con a little higher. Service was fine, nothing spectacular. All in all we really enjoyed it and would go back

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MB
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We thoroughly enjoyed the evening that was a gift from our children for our 46 anniversary. The duck was absolutely divine as was the rest of our meal. Also I just fell in love with the limoncello spritz it was the best drink I have ever had thank you all for our lovely night

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NO
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

The food did not taste good. Value for money is poor. Very poor.

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SW
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The meal was beautifully presented and the duck was the best we have had. They gave a plated of sweets with Happy Anniversary written in chocolate icing.

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SM
2 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Continues to be a great institution. Pricey, but the food, location and ambience are as fantastic as ever

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MI
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Just so good! Ambience fantastic, food exceptional, flavours stunning. It's been 15 years since I was last there, not much has changed, but that is fine. :)

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s
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I'm from London and this is my favourite restaurant in Melbourne. Delicious food, fabulous decor and setting, wonderful staff. Couldn't be happier.

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DU
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Quite a few years since I have been to Donovans, (before the fire). It's always a pleasure to come back. My overseas guests always enjoy and the window table makes it all special. I love the "new look" but enjoyed seeing favorite spots still available. Our service from the front door arrival, particularly as my guests were delayed until departure was impeccable. Hopefully not so long till the next time.

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LP
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We were given a $200 voucher as a gift, didn't think it would get us far, but it did. We had a main each, a dessert to share, a beer, cider, 2 glasses of dessert wine and 2 coffees and went $12 over. In saying that, it would not be a place we would normally go to as the prices are over the top, but the food and service was amazing. Great place to go for a special occasion.

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JM
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff a very friendly and the seafood linguine is a must!

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VG
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Has already referred clients to you - just hoping that will not impede my getting a reservation in the future!

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NH
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent staff, great food, timeless setting. It had been a while since we had visited Donovans and we were a little unsure about how it might have changed. Thankfully, it was not only a great experience but it was probably the best we have had there. Could not fault anything!

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j
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Terrific service and tasty food , welcoming staff , very warmly and tastefully decorated , wonderful location. Excellent place to catch up with friends / family. 😎👍

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J
4 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and wine options. Great views enabling truly enjoyable dining with freinds.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous! We LOVE Donovans. We've been going for years and always enjoy it. The view, the food the wonderful service, the friendly, professional staff - it's all excellent. Gail, Kevin and everyone in the Donovans team, thanks, you've nailed it!!

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FG
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Donovan’s never disappoints. It has been a while since we’d dined there. So glad we came back. The shared lamb dish we had was cooked to perfection. We won’t leave it so long between visits again. Service is excellent also.

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S
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was impeccable, the food superb and we had an excellent table. Will definitely return.

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K
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Donovans never disappoints! Great service & delicous food.

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CM
5 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a fabulous way to celebrate a champagne birthday! Excellent food and fantastic service. Would highly recommend for anyone interested in celebrating with a view. Excellent seafood, wine selection, and atmosphere!

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JP
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful food, excellent service, wonderful outlook. Hard to fault. Will definitely return.

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RB
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Top 10 dining experience of our life. Extremely enjoyable.

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D
18 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Donovans was fantastic! We were looking for a spot along St. Kilda beach for dinner before watching the penguins come in and Donovans was perfect. The food was excellent, we'd highly recommend the roast pumpkin and steak, and there was a strong wine list. After our reservation had been made other friends wrote to recommend it as well.

They did reach out several times to confirm the reservation, by phone, an OpenTable reminder, and a personal email. We expected the restaruant to be packed when we arrived due to the intense follow-up but at 6:00pm on a Monday it was very quiet!

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