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Donovans

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Seafood, Australian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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40 Jacka Bvd | Victoria, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3182, Australia
+61 3 9534 8221
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12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
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Melbourne, Australia
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27 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The restaurant is right on the beach of St Kilda - and I mean ON the beach. If you can get a window seat then it is wonderful being able to see the waves come in - and the city in the background as well. Food was AMAZING - definitely a lovely place for a special occasion. Service was excellent... More 

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Thank Michelle G
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36 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Donavan's is a great place to have a fine meal We come here every time we visit Melbourne The meal last night though was good but not as good as our last visit The two dishes that could have been better were The steak tartare special of the day it was lacking a little in flavor and I also asked... More 

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Thank Jeff W
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food, people and service. Wonderful place to watch the sunset!! Kids enjoyed running on be beach while we finished our wine:)

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Thank Cosman2
Henfield, United Kingdom
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149 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Booked from the UK. Another wonderful evening at Donovans. Service is usually to a very high standard but lacked a bit this time,maybe due to the restaurant being very busy. Had my usual fantastic Fish & Chips followed by the incredible Chocolate Fondant (A must).

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Thank Andrew S
Augusta, Georgia, United States
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104 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is what a restaurant should be! We were pleased by the unpretentious seaside location and wowed by the great tables and superb service that our large party received. The food was fit for a king. We ordered fish and chips as entrees and this traditional dish was the best version that we have ever had (more than we could... More 

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Thank Lawrence D
Stafford, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As we were on honeymoon, we booked into Donovans on recommendation of friends. Situated on St Kilda Beach it is in an excellent location. We were early for our table so were offered drinks at the bar whilst we waited. Service is friendly and efficient. Complimentary breadsticks made on site were very moorish. We were soon shown to our table,... More 

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Thank Loraine R
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very disappointing The waitress told us of a Beef special for the evening for three people What we got was a lump of charcoaled grilled a FAT for $150 Peculiar taste as well Chips over salted Waitress had no idea what to suggest and embarrassed by all the lumps of inedible fat we had to leave on the plates We... More 

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Thank Richard S
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely setting if you can get the right table. Food is ok without being outstanding. A bit noisy for an intimate evening. Prices were outrageously expensive for what you got.

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Thank Nuritt B
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Service first rate. Food spot on with tender chicken cooked to perfection and chicken pie fantastic. Dessert once again brilliant. Great night out with both service and food to be commended.

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Thank Perry T
Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the food, setting and service, all of which are very good indeed. It is though very expensive and the portions are ridiculously large. Three of our party of six had the fish and chips and the portions really would have been sufficient for the entire table to feast on. (Beautiful fish and chips by the way). Bombe Alaska... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Seafood, Australian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Monday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Thursday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Friday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Saturday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
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
Description
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?