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Donovans

4.7
4.7
835 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 36 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–2:30 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 835 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
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Scenic View

  • City Centre

    Best Overall

  • City Centre

    Notable Wine List

  • City Centre

    Scenic View

  • City Centre

    Special Occasion

  • City Centre

    Modern Australian

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  1. CM

    CharlieMol

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Food is great as are the staff. It would be lovely to see a few more vegetarian options as well as the other beautiful items available.
  2. ST

    SharonT

    Victoria

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always love to visit Donovans had a lovely late lunch today Most enjoyable
  3. SE

    SteveE

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was flawless amazing decor and excellent service.
  4. K

    Katrine

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Service very poor for the first time. Wine not topped up and inexperienced staff delivering food. Entree came same time as bread instead of later
  5. AL

    ArthurL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was quite nice but a bit disappointed that of the 2 glasses of champagne available by the glass, ordered one only to be told when the waitress came over that it was I not available by the bottle when clearly the menu stipulated it was available by the glass.. When I asked could they do the nearly $30 for the same price as the $23 no go.. I know it’s a top class venue but not having a contingency in place I thought was extremely poor and disappointing..
  6. MH

    MillieH

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A little pricey but worth it! Food was on point, lovely ambience and atmosphere and perfect service. Will definitely be back for our next special occasion!
  7. T

    Tammy

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing food and service. Absolute favourite place to eat in Melbourne.
  8. BC

    BenjaminC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Always a pleasure and feel comfortable, the food never disappoints and our waiter was great
  9. MD

    MicheleD

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was exceptional. It was a very busy night and she kept us appraised of timing and reasons for some delays. The food was delicious.
  10. AT

    AnnieT

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Is this a trick survey??? We LOVE Donovan’s. It’s our “go to” restaurant. Can’t fault a thing. Thank you for another delightful evening & meal.
  11. AM

    AmandaM

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved our experience at Donovan’s. It was my daughters 18th birthday dinner Every single dish was divine. The lamb shoulder , the duck especially could of easily fed more than 2 people - superb The service impeccable- we had the lovely Laura and she was so accommodating Still the best restaurant in Melbourne
  12. AH

    AbigailH

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Sunday lunch experience! Delicious food and delightful servers.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely beautiful!!! Amazing service and high quality food. The desserts are out of this world! Especially the bomb worth every calories 😀
  14. R

    Rubo

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good delicious, service faultless, friendly and welcoming. Nothing was too much trouble. Bob was a fantastic waiter. A master at his trade and went above and beyond. We felt very spoilt and like we were family. Always an amazing experience.
  15. MG

    MarionG

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The ambience and food were terrific and the service exceptional. The waiter made it very easy to host my husbands birthday
  16. SS

    SusanS

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely as usual. Thank you for having us. It was delicious.
  17. LI

    LIsaN

    Melbourne

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Wonderful overall, but those fish and chips are overrated.
  18. n

    noelh

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always, our family go to restaurant, not enough words to say how great it is😀😀😀
  19. L

    Lilian

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Very disappointing. We arrived on time, shown to a table, then ignored for nearly 30 minutes: no water, no menu, no eye contact, nothing. After 2 hours, with no time for dessert, we were asked to vacate the table, even though we had only 90 minutes of actual service. No acknowledgment, no apology. The meal cost nearly $500 for 3 people, with very modest wine.
  20. KS

    KerriS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Small gathering. Wonderful menu which made it hard to choose. We shared entrees and all had a different main. All the dishes that came out were excellent Service was professional but casual which suits the beach atmosphere. Thumbs up all around
  21. KA

    KarenA

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    amazing food , service & ambiance . We celebrated our friends special birthday and a wonderful night . 🙂
  22. RD

    RichD

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. The menu was a bit limited but the food was well prepared and presented.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were there for my sisters birthday. The Service fantastic, the food was magnificent. Staff well mannered and friendly.
  24. AS

    AndreiS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great place with great food and great ambience ! But to be totally upfront, we not so great in english as native speakers around us, so we really missed the images of the dishes on the menu.
  25. CM

    CathyM

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, Great service and great ambience even on a cold winters night
  26. DA

    DebbieA

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The atmosphere at Donovans was so good. Loved the way it was set up with furniture and the open fire place. Made it so welcoming on a cold wet night. There was a slight accident after we sat down where the standing drinks menu knocked over a wine glass and smashed it. Over came a very grumpy waiter, who proceeded to grab and remove everything from the table. While we realised that to ensure no glass was left anywhere it needed to be done, he had a bad attitude and was huffing and puffing and snatched items in front of us without even commenting what he was doing. It did spoil the ambiance and the celebrations of my husbands birthday. After he was done he was not seen again so not sure if his manager noticed as well. The rest of the evening was great. The food was to die for, and the rest of the service from the staff was amazing. We will go back again.
  27. J

    Jasmine

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We had the most unpleasant, disrespectful experience last night at Donovan's. Essentially our meal did not arrive after 1 hr and 40 minutes of arriving. We asked the waitresses twice where our meal was. We had to ask three times for our glass to be filled of the wine we had bought because our glasses were empty for ten minutes each time. After 90 minutes the manager appeared on the floor for the first time so asked him what was going on. He had extremely poor customer service and conflict resolution skills and rather than diffusing the situation to rectify, console and compensate us for such a terrible experience he instead charged us the full amount of our wine and we didn’t receive our meal. We left feeling extremely stressed, upset and very hungry.
  28. RB

    RosaB

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was literally ‘oh my God’ which every mouthful. Ambience & service are part of the wonderful food experience.
  29. c

    christineb

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Gorgeous place to celebrate a birthday. Relaxed, quiet and private and thé bombe Alaskan was the bomb!
  30. GT

    GeoffT

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    We celebrate my wife's Birthday and our Anniversary every year at Donovans. Food, service and ambience have always been excellent in the past. This time we felt the service was lacking with the waitress less attentive and we had to speak to another waitress to get service. This is not the service we had come to enjoy. The food and ambience was great, but I must admit it is expensive. We will be returning.
  31. CH

    ClaireH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and fabulous service in a very homely atmosphere with a beautiful outlook.
  32. PF

    PFez

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Nice dinner but this is the second time the T-bone has been tough. It's weird because I have had the T-Bone about 5 or 6 times across different visits and on both occasions when we sat down at 6pm for dinner the T-Bone was tough. All other times it wasn't. Floor staff were lovely and efficient per usual.
  33. S

    Simmy1066

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistency of great food, service and ambiance is the hallmark of this mainstay.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a simple date night with my lovely wife and it was lovely to enjoy the ambience that is only Donovans. The food and service at this Melbourne iconic restaurant is simply perfect in every way.
  35. JD

    JulieD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    High quality dining experience in every way. Excellent for a special occasion.
  36. JB

    JaneB

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful food in a beautiful setting with a view second to none.
  37. PT

    PamelaT

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch for my mother who was turning 97 was made very special by delicious food,warm and professional staff who always put in that "little bit extra". An exceptional gesture(unsolicited) was made by presenting my mother with a special "birthday cake " with candle. Donovans has been her favourite place for a long time and,thus, we have had several celebrations or visits here so thank you to all the people that make this place a top class place to dine. Pamela Turner
  38. A

    Anon

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Ideal for a special occasion, especially in the daytime when you can make the most of the lovely views
  39. MW

    MatthewW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Execptional food and service from this long standing favourite.
  40. RW

    RobertW

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, did not disappoint. Love the atmosphere and the food.

FAQs

Donovans is rated 4.7 stars by 835 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 36 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–2:30 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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