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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Seafood, Australian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly

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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.
US$17 - US$49
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Seafood, Australian, Contemporary
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Quality food and quality service. Great for a special occasion or just indulge! Location by the St Kilda beach offers pleasant views.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Dreamer109090
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well over priced, nothing out of the ordinary except for the amazing view! Sunset was to die for, can’t say the same about the food. Good service, slightly annoyed they didn’t change our plates after the over priced grilled prawns( approx $20 per prawn). we...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank loredanaveronicat
Reviewed 1 week ago

spent a night with friends at Donovan's and the view is amazing, the restaurant itself is quite nice too. The service was fantastic, the lady that served us was very friendly and polite. The food was ok, very classic dishes, i think the quality of...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Baltram_7
Reviewed 1 week ago

Cannot fault this restaurant. I have been lucky enough to have been a few times now for special occasions and each time has been a perfect experience. The location is right on the beach front and for dinner with the sun setting over the bay...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank friedlock
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We recently dined at Donovan's for lunch on NYE. The setting and service are first class, however, the menu has hardly changed since we have been going there when it opened. The menu was exactly the same as the evening menu with no lighter lunch...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank jociestone
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our first visit to Donavans was a disappointment. Not the fine dining experience i had hoped for. Cant beat the view but the decor is dated and tired. The waitress we had was totally bored and over it. She was not friendly and we felt...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Gingertwig13
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were a party of 13. Lunch began at 1pm and wound up at 4.15! The service was excellent; the wines were very good if a little expensive and the meals were all of the highest quality. It was my first visit to Donovan’s but...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank potblak
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed our meal overall. Mussels were tasty, albeit slightly on the edge of being undercooked. Freshly sliced bread was a nice touch. Whole baby snapper was quite nice. Fried/roasted potatoes were delicious, as were the dauphine potatoes. Decor was a bit strange. Friendly and attentive...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank mister_eman10
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Donovan’s is in a Great location and great service - good food. I had the chicken Pie which was fantastic and the wine choice superb Go you will not regret

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Thomo61
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The girls from Miss Louise in Melbourne recommended this restaurant and they were spot on. We had the Barramundi and fish sticks. Dessert with the hand rolled truffles melted in your mouth. Giovanni our waiter was fantastic. I was amazed by the communication of the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Response from Kate M | Reviewed this property |
Smart casual. Always be respectful. The family who own Donovans want you to feel as if you’re coming to their beach home. It’s decorated personally & my family have always loved it & feel welcome
23 January 2018|
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Response from Kate M | Reviewed this property |
Tom yes it’s fabulous for Valentine’s Day dinner. Great food & wine & the staff are outstanding!
29 October 2017|
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Response from MikeFB | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn’t honestly recommend it with problematic kids. It would be a waste of a great restaurant. It isn’t cheap and there are better places to take wild kids. But, if you want to visit, they do accomodate well behaved... More
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