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Donovans

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Australian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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40 Jacka Bvd, 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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182 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

still great, arrived sunday night at 545pm and sat in the lounge waiting for the rest of the work party. Had a glass of Clover Hill sparkling which was very nice. Had tempura warm oysters and gnocchi with bugs and seafood for main. Both were very nice. The Bombe Alaska looked bigger than last year , 5 of us shared... More 

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Thank Lisa H
Australia
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73 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Everytime I walk into Donovan's is like coming home after a trip away. The decor is relaxed and homely - akin to a cross between a dining room and lounge room, and as most reviews concur, the food and service are consistently superb and the wine list good. Most importantly, it is great to see familiar faces still smiling and... More 

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Thank FlyingTheCoop
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Went for a beach walk and decided to drop in for a late lunch to share the fish and chips, prawns, a cheese board and a few glasses of wine. Very good food, great service and outstanding consistency year after year.

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Thank Marvin P
Melbourne,Victoria
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167 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Donovans consistently produces a great dining experience. The food is excellent. We had a wonderful variety of oysters, and salmon and other seafood with delicious desserts to follow. The service was perfect, unobtrusive yet efficient. The location overlooking the beach is a delight. Thoroughly recommend, particularly for visitors to Melbourne.

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Thank trurab
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
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90 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After a morning of business in Melbourne we went to Donovans for a late lunch and had a great time and a lovely meal. The service is excellent, starting with very knowledgeable staff. We ordered a couple of appetizers to share and enjoyed them all. The emphasis is on seafood, so we ordered three local seafood entrees that were fresh,... More 

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Thank Jaime H
Melbourne, Australia
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wifes favorite restaurant and definitely very high on my list. The service is always impeccable and the food whilst definitely being more expensive than your average restaurant is really very good. The interior is also really cozy and inviting. Will definitely be going back.

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Thank Toby_Scott
Queenstown, New Zealand
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23 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

12 Of us were booked for dinner including overseas guests. Melbourne was 34 degrees that day so this lovely venue on the beach at St Kilda had heaving action on the beach at sunset which set the scene nicely. From the minute we walked in you could tell the staff were well trained and completely onto it - never felt... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Meal - excellent quality, excellent presentation. Service - attentive, discreet, efficient. Ambience - can't beat a beach view. Decor is appropriate to the setting. Only my second visit, but I felt that I was treated as well as a regular customer. I don't want them to change anything, and I look forward to going back again.

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Thank Geoffrey H
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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29 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My favourite restaurant. Quality food, wine list from around the world, fantastic friendly staff and great beach side atmosphere. This is not a cheap place to dine but if you are looking for a fantastic food experience this is the place.

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Thank LouTez
Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Booked a Saturday night 8pm for our 25th wedding anniversary, as going by reviews it looked really good. They have the 2 seatings for dinner, 6pm & 8pm, which doesn't really suit, as I prefer to eat at 7-7.30pm however I can understand its more profitable for the restaurant to do this. Annoyingly, as pretty hungry, had to wait 30... 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
Australian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?