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) #1 of 212 Restaurants in St Kilda €€€€ Seafood, ,
40 Jacka Bvd | Victoria, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3182, Australia
+61 3 9534 8221
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good22%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Seafood, Australian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
40 Jacka Bvd | Victoria, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3182, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday

We have been dining and lunching here when we have visited Melbourne for almost two decades and unlike many superb restaurants, it just keeps getting better. When we heard the restaurant had burned down a few years ago we were devastated. However, the best was...More

Thank Tim K
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Donovan's is the place where the family is getting together every time we visit Melbourne. Great views, food, wine and service.

Thank piancov
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you like a bit of everything then Donovans is the place to go. Great plates to share, extensive booze list...love it! Beautiful for a drink even better to lounge over some amazing food. Well done to Chef and staff, truly beautiful experience.

Thank Deb B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We celebrated a milestone birthday here as a couple and it was wonderful. Sorry it took a week for the review. The ambience and service was really great. The welcome was perfect and the food and wine was amazing. Thank you for the celebration being...More

Thank PHOAustralia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everything about this place is fantastic. The atmosphere, the staff, and most of all the food. First time back in about 15 years, and it's still as fabulous as ever.

1  Thank Ornithorh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow, who would have thought that Port Philip bay could be so beautiful. At night it was like a post card from the windows at Donovans. Combined with a warm and friendly atmosphere and greeting on arrival, attentively offered drinks and seated at a great...More

1  Thank Susan (Sue) G
Donovansstkilda, Manager at Donovans, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many Thanks! We hope to welcome you back to Donovans soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our hotel concierge sent us to Donovan's although it was outside the downtown business area of Melbourne. The cab ride was about 15 minutes because of traffic but the trip was well worth it. Donovan's is a beautiful restaurant with a western-US lodge-type feel -...More

2  Thank Patricia C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The old Stokehouse used to be my preference for this area of St Kilda but as it burnt down and is being rebuilt we slipped into Donovan's virtually next door. We settled in on a very quiet cold Monday evening for dinner and loved the...More

1  Thank shanotravelo95
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love the food at Donovans. I will continue to frequent there. Service is great, good views of the beach and amazing steak.

1  Thank JasminAyles
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Celebrated our wedding anniversary. Great service and food brilliant. Extremely thankful of the dessert treat given by staff. From start to finish well presented staff that were attentive to all our needs with the food presented top rate. Thank you for a great anniversary celebration...More

1  Thank breezy486
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Jessica P
Hi, Are children welcome and if so, do you provide high chairs? Thank you!
30 April 2017|
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Response from Donovansstkilda | Property representative |
Yes! We love to welcome children. Just request a highchair at the time of your booking.
Are you open Melb cup
31 October 2016|
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Response from Donovansstkilda | Property representative |
Yes we are open all public holidays however all food and beverage does incur a 10% surcharge on the day.
Open Christmas Day? Prices?
25 September 2016|
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Response from Mark S | Reviewed this property |
Unsure about whether open Christmas Day suggest you check the web site, prices are at high end however it is fine dining and you should expect to pay extra for that.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$38 - US$76
Seafood, Australian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
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
Good for
Romantic, View, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 40 Jacka Bvd | Victoria, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3182, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Port Phillip  >  St Kilda
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9534 8221
  • E-mail
A former 1920s bathing house situated on the St Kilda foreshore,
Donovan's is a stylish seaside eatery with a unique & homely beach house charm.
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