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Donovans

4.7
4.7
986 Reviews
$101 and over
Modern Australian
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–2:45 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 6:00 pm–11:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 9534 8221

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Stephanie Graham

  • Private party facilities

    For all Private Dining Room enquiries and availability please contact our Function Coordinators at Donovans on (03) 9534 8221 or send an email to privatedining@donovans.com.au

  • Private party contact

    privatedining@donovans.com.au: (03) 9534 8221

  • Neighborhood

    St Kilda

  • Cross street

    Shakespeare Grove

  • Parking details

    Paid metered parking available opposite Donovans on Jacka Boulevard, adjacent to the Palais Theatre

  • Public transit

    Tram No.16 and 96 Stop 138 (outside Luna Park)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 986 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Great for scenic views

  • Melbourne

    Good for special occasions

  • Melbourne

    Modern Australian

  • City Centre

    Best Ambiance

  • City Centre

    Great for fine wines

  • City Centre

    Great for scenic views

  • City Centre

    Good for special occasions

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  1. NA

    NatalieA

    Melbourne

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    We have visited for many years, my husband even proposed here 23 years ago. Last night did not shine for us, service for drinks took 40mins after we were seated. Our cocktails we could not drink! Non existent wine service. Most of our entrees were excellent but my main size prawns $68 were over cooked, and potatoes undercooked. It was a busy night and we can excuse lack of service and finesse but as it was a special occasion, we left scratching our heads to where was the lead ship and systems we had experienced on previous years. Maybe a sign of the times
  2. PE

    PETE

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Annoying to be hurried along because it was the 12 noon sitting. We requested the port bottle be left for us to finih, and the waitress said no and walked away. Amateurish in view of the style of the clients, viz. us in tailored suits and expensive watches.
  3. RA

    RussA

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent special night out. Fantastic food and excellent service. Lovely setting and ambience. Attention to detail excellent.
  4. M

    Megan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Donovans has been a wonderful Melbourne institution for many years, and I have always enjoyed the experience. I will be going back again and again, a beautiful, fun and special restaurant, with views of our spectacular bay. A great restaurant, to visit any time of the year, for any special occasion, or simply to enjoy good food, not complicated, and wonderul attention from the team.
  5. T

    Tracey54

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again a lovely night at Donovans lovely staff & great good 💕
  6. KS

    KatieS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    All the waiters were kids, so the service was not a service I would expect from a fine dine restaurant. Too slow, wine was spilled over the table, not accommodating. Food was quite average.
  7. L

    Lozza

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I took my partner here for her birthday. The food was amazing and the service outstanding.
  8. BA

    BruceA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience. The food and service was excellent.
  9. R

    Riro

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Expensive menu that never changes. Change it up and keep it fresh please
  10. SF

    SarahF

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really lovely lunch with friends. Food was perfect and the setting is so comfortable - like being hosted at a beautiful beach house.
  11. RN

    RobertN

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for our anniversary and could not have been looked after better. Food was outstanding. Bombalasca topped off a fantastic meal. Look forward to visiting again
  12. MS

    MortezaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Extremely happy with our dining experience, great environment with a table with beach view, delicious food and friendly staff
  13. CH

    CHRIS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Excellent in every way. Only downside was the tiny size if 4 scallops in my starter. Otherwise well worth another visit.
  14. MA

    MelbourneA

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food as always with service to match and tremendous location.
  15. DM

    DawnM

    Victoria

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Fabulous food and a wonderful night out. Loved that they did a happy birthday treat for my mum. She loved it.
  16. LC

    LeshelleC

    Melbourne

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Another amazing lunch. Food was delicious and service was excellent as always. Love the window table. Thank you
  17. LE

    LEroy

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Very small servicing, tasteless food and overpriced
  18. K

    Kruno

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very pleasant dining experience. The food was a treat and the service first class. Thank you.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place!!!!
  20. RM

    RuthM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Welsh waiter was outstanding! The potatoes were the only fault in a superb meal…they should have been cooked longer and made crispy. Otherwise a wonderful experience!
  21. DM

    DaleM

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply the best place to dine for both lunch or dinner
  22. F

    Foodie3015

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, service and view of the water in a comfortable environment like you’re in a friends living room. We enjoy celebrating family occasions here and the staff help make them feel special.
  23. B

    Beebee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my husband’s birthday at Donovan’s. We hadn’t been for years and it was our first visit with kids (aged 7 and 8). It was such a lovely night - special without being pretentious. The Donovan’s formula still works a treat - food and service were impeccable. Kids loved their meals (priced at just $12-14 each) and they received colouring books and pencils. Staff enjoyed easy banter with the kids as well. They’ve now decided that their birthdays will be celebrated there too!
  24. R

    Roger

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    I can’t fault the food or service, although we did not have a great table location next to the service area. We asked to be moved to a table for two next to the window but were told it was reserved. When we left the table for two remained empty the whole time. The experience overall was good, although not outstanding. I had been told great things and perhaps my expectations were too high.
  25. VJ

    VictoriaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is THE restaurant experience if you want to be in a beautiful aesthetic environment being spoilt with divine food and service and able to hear what others are saying at the table. Old world hospitality. Perfection. Thankyou Gail.
  26. J

    Jonathan

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful experience, our Welsh waiter was brilliant.
  27. FK

    FleurK

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Sensational Food, great service, comfortable and beautiful in summer or winter!
  28. RP

    RaymondP

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb Sunday lunch experience. Charles, our server, was excellent.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful setting, food and service excellent.
  30. HH

    HitomiH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were at the restaurant to enjoy peaceful time during busy business trip. Foods were gorgeous, staffs were very kind and perfect view! I will definitely recommend my friends.
  31. H

    Hello

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great location, some dishes are extremely good. Service - some very good. It is definitely a good place for good dining.
  32. SM

    StephenM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Having eaten at Donovan's many times over the last 20 years its just seems to have lost its way a little. The food and the service has always been 5 star until yesterday the prawns were over cooked dry the chipped potatoes were like roast potatoes' with no garlic the meals were placed in the wrong place and water was spilt over the table 3 times . I have never had a bad meal or experience until yesterday weather it is just the sign of the times or staffing issues it just was not the same old Donovan's .
  33. CL

    CharlesL

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Food was fantastic and the ambience was excellent. Great wine list. Would highly recommend Donovan's
  34. SV

    SimonV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Donovan’s never fails to impress. Lovely staff, relaxed vibe, amazing food.
  35. CC

    CatherineC

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing experience. Food, service and ambiance was 5 star. Wine delicious but of course expensive. Staff knowledgeable and efficient. Our only downside was the Parmesan cheese in the cos salad was a bit like cardboard and not of the level we expected or have had in any other places. Looking forward to returning
  36. A

    Amela

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We booked the table online with request next to the window for 12PM lunch on 09/11/22. When we arrive we were offered the table next to waiters table, we questioned why we can’t get the table next to the window as requested. We were told that all table were already booked….restaurant was empty. Apparently we would need to book at least 2 months in advance to get the window table according to staff member, don’t know her name she did not introduce herself….we left and went to the Stokehouse where we had great lunch without even booking the table prior. Honestly Donovan’s is such a disappointment, will never go there again!
  37. JA

    JAQB

    Savannah

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Always great but the spuds that came with the tbone were cold. For these prices that's not acceptable.
  38. CG

    CamilleG

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really nice venue for a special occasion. Beautiful seafood and great service.
  39. MR

    MartinR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food and service generally excellent. Everyone in our party of four was very pleased with their choices. High quality food for which you pay appropriately for.
  40. m

    magicmtn42

    Brisbane

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the Donavan’s hospitality very much, in particular the interaction with staff. Harly our waiter was professional, friendly and knowledgeable. Thank you for a great evening!

FAQs

Donovans is rated 4.7 stars by 986 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Google Map for Donovans

40 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda, AU-VIC 3182

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Shakespeare Grove

  • Neighborhood

    St Kilda

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–2:45 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 6:00 pm–11:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Paid metered parking available opposite Donovans on Jacka Boulevard, adjacent to the Palais Theatre

  • Public transit

    Tram No.16 and 96 Stop 138 (outside Luna Park)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Stephanie Graham

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (03) 9534 8221

  • Private party facilities

    For all Private Dining Room enquiries and availability please contact our Function Coordinators at Donovans on (03) 9534 8221 or send an email to privatedining@donovans.com.au

  • Private party contact

    privatedining@donovans.com.au: (03) 9534 8221

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