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Donovans - Donovans, St Kilda, AU-VIC
Donovans, St Kilda, AU-VIC
Donovans, St Kilda, AU-VIC
Donovans, St Kilda, AU-VIC
Donovans, St Kilda, AU-VIC

Donovans

4.7
4.7
1489 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 our intimate knowledge of modern Mediterranean cooking. 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 48 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $101 and over
  • Cuisines
    Modern Australian, Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–2:45 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 6:00 pm–11:45 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 9534 8221
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • 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, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,489 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Great for scenic views

  • City Centre

    Great for scenic views

  • City Centre

    Most Booked

1,489 Reviews
  1. RogerM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favourite restaurant in Melbourne. Everything they do is relaxed and consistently to a high standard. The staff are always personable. Love the place.

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  2. MichelleH

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    View & ambiance can’t be beat. Service is great, food superb! Great wine & cocktail list as well!

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  3. peterg

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous good quality food and although it was not cheap it was well worth the money for a special meal. The staff are excellent and really attentive and the situation of the restaurant is perfect facing the sea.

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  4. Sallym

    Victoria

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We lopve this restaurant and great to see the quality is still great after Keven and Gail sold it

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  5. CourtneyS

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful food as always and great service. We celebrated my husbands birthday and it was busier than I expected for a Tuesday but never the less service was impeccable and personalised for us. Thank you

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  6. TonyP

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome experience all around. I was very glad that I decided to treat my guests there because it really was one. They enjoyed it thoroughly too. The food was awesome and Elenora's service was outstanding - 12/10 (if possible).

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  7. JennyB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely love Donovans - myself and 3 friends come twice a year every year to celebrate our birthdays. Was a bit disappointed that the strawberry mouse and the chocolate desert were not on the menu but other than that it was great. Best chicken pie in the world :)

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  8. MelissaB

    Melbourne

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and the ambiance is warm and comfortable. I haven’t been for a while, but I’m so happy that I went. I will be back soon. Delicious

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  9. craigb

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous every time. Just cannot fault this now iconic restaurant.

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  10. Bruce

    Victoria

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I like Donavans a lot . However the food was warm not hot , my chicken pie was not super hot . The green beans were warm and the potatoes were warm . We did not receive our appetiser which you normally get . Overall the waitress was ok but English was a challenge . I was a little disappointed compared to previous experiences .

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  11. jjk112

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Donovans remains one of the great restaurants in Melbourne!

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  12. EddW

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, great location and good ambiance. You'll be sure to have a good time here.

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  13. DuncanM

    Exclusive

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A very relaxed atmosphere to enjoy excellent food and great service.

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  14. PhillipJ

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    It was unfortunately not a very pleasant experience. We were seated on a small table where the side tables are stacked .Trying to hold a conversation whilst people are coming and going to take or replace tables is not a pleasant experience .It was made worse by a waiter bringing a spare chair and pushing it alongside me by the tables . Overall the wine service was slow . But my biggest frustration was the unpleasant manner in which our dinner was intruded by moving furniture .Not even an excuse me was offered. Eventually I complained but to deaf ears as far as managent was concerned .

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  15. MarkC

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible service with fantastic views. Food was plentiful and great.

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  16. MichaelL

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful restaurant, great location for a nice dinner with sunset. Food and Service are outstanding. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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  17. NicoleH

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious, amazing location and view, comfortable atmosphere and service was perfect! I would recommend this restaurant for a very enjoyable evening out, thank you!

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  18. DoraS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved our first time experience at Donovan’s! The cocktails were superb and the food just divine. We will definitely be coming back here. The only problem is traffic and parking. Need to plan your trip well in advance. I was very happy for my first time at Donovan’s and can’t wait to come back! 🙏

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  19. Plow

    Sunshine Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just a beautiful venue, terrific service and delicious food :)

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  20. Tonyc

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every thing was amazing They did an amazing job on what I requested

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great night out with friends where food, service and ambience was perfect.

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  22. BarbaraO

    Sunshine Coast

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our lunch was delightful! Everything was perfect: food, service, view and friendly staff. It was birthday celebration for our friend, and she was overjoyed. Thank you. We will come back soon.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent atmosphere, service and food. A very enjoyable lunch. Highly Recommended

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great beach view, great service. Highly recommended!

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  25. RyanT

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An institution; the best restuarant in Melbourne .

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  26. DawnE

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our Daughters took us to Donovan’s to Celebrate our56th Wedding Anniversary Excellent Service Food and ambience ! We could not fault anything! Will definately be back !

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  27. JoeH

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I always have a lovely meal at Donovan's. The service is also always excellent and our lunch on Saturday was n o exception!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great night out @ meal overall with only glitch not informing us that potatoes were included in steak when we ordered additional potato side

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  29. ChristinaM

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Special night for our family reunion with my parents in from overseas. Everyone loved their meal - the food is so fresh and always 10/10. Wine list fantastic, servers so friendly… and we capped off the evening with a Bombe Alaska!

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  30. Davew

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an amazing place to come to. Best restaurant in Melbourne by far

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  31. KathyF

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food & service. Special mention to Sarah who went above & beyond. A fabulous afternoon celebration.

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  32. Gary

    Melbourne

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, good service and great wine selection.

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  33. EricaL

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure to dine at Donovan’s, never disappoints! Friendly staff, lovely food and great atmosphere.

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  34. ScottM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The prices have gone up substantially since my last visit. Im very disappointed in a $30 charge for a few glasses of sparkling water. It looks like a charge for 2 bottles, but I never saw a lid taken off, nor was I asked if I'd like another bottle. The glass was topped up once. Then throw in a credit card charge when I paid cash. I won't be back in a hurry.

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  35. RunToEat

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Forgot how great it is! Loved the view, the food and the service. We were there until closing.

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  36. gregs

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    excellent food, great layout & great views. Highly recommend.

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  37. SallyM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely lunch with international guests , baby snapper was delicious and great to get chips and salad without having to order sides. Staff were great.

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  38. TomC2017

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal and surroundings. Oysters to start were delicious.

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  39. HartmutB

    Frankfurt

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very nice and tasty dinner with super friendly service. The food was very tasty and the service prompt, fast and extremely friendly. We’ll certainly recommend the restaurant to friends.

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  40. CHRIS

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    For an unrivalled Hampton’s like ambience by the bay with superb food, great service and the ability to hear everyone at the table you can’t go past this iconic Melbourne restaurant. We chose Donovan’s for interstate guests on two separate occasions recently and they loved it.

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FAQs

Donovans is rated 4.7 stars by 1489 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 48 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 Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–2:45 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 6:00 pm–11:45 pm
  • Price
    $101 and over
  • 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
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, 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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