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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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Auckland, New Zealand
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

There were definitely some good bits to this restaurant - good wine and cocktail selection, some food options were great as well but what threw me off was the difference in portion size in mains. And the fact that steak came in without anything, just a slab of very expensive steak. I expect some creativity in restaurants of this calibre.

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Thank Tatiana B
Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Recently had dinner at Donovans with my wife and 9 year old daughter. The food was amazing, the service was first class, the location is ideal if visiting St Kilda. The ambiance was so relaxing and calm we were left smiling the whole way back home. You are not paying for food here, you are paying for an experience and... More 

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mentone
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed a delectable lunch with amazing matching wines - Service was impeccable with views to match - Highly recommended

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Thank hodderspring
London
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Every time we go back to this establishment I am blown away by the quality of service and the food is perfection. I still believe this is one of Melbourne's top restaurants. Amazing views of St Kilda beach and flawless decor. Love love love this place.

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Thank Kelly H
Vienna, Austria
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50 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed a magnificent lunch here solo while traveling to Melbourne for work. Service was impeccable. The food was fantastic, interesting, and well-presented. An ideal meal with a beautiful window seat to enjoy the view!

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Thank Bfdcshskpr
Melbourne, Australia
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45 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a celebratory lunch here. The weather was superb and we had seats by a window, bliss. The food is generous and tasty and just so delicious! The staff are friendly and professional and the whole experience is memorable and relaxing. The Bombe Alaska is worth the visit alone. We have only had lunch here on a couple of... More 

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Thank Robyn H
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nothing fancy and that's a good thing -always consistent. Friendly professional service. Almost like coming home. Sit in a lounge chair and have a drink. Sit and over look the water and share a meal with friends. Yep you will pay for the view but you can I'll have a great time.

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Thank mcmacco
Melbourne
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113 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Has been around for some 20 years - I first dined here within the first 6 months of their opening, and have been back at least once a year since! My latest meal here with my partner was back in Feb-2017. Still as good. "Quality" all round, in capitals - "QUALITY". Yes, it is expensive, but remember, you are dining... More 

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Has dinner for a friends birthday Waited fifteen minutes every time we wanted water or wine Male waiters cocky Female waiters hard to get their attention Ridiculous prices And boiling hot in the area we were seated in Booked a month in advance so they should have had more staff Crappy cheese choices and expensive wines

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Melbourne, Australia
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36 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for a family birthday meal. We had a wonderful table by the window & the staff were very attentive. The restaurant premises were lovely, clean & traditional - loved the atmosphere. However the food was rather average overall. The starters were very average. We had heard the chicken pie was special but got such a shock - it was... 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, View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups
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?