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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
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
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Sydney, Australia
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83 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Absolutely loved this restaurant. My first time in this historic restaurant however we were clearly surrounded by couples who return time and time again. The food was remarkable to say the least, the service exemplary and atmosphere friendly and vibrant. Thank you for having us Donovans.

Thank Paul W
London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We wanted to stop at Donovans for a quick drink on a hot day. We were told in no uncertain terms that we could not just have a drink..... no problem at all then we will have some snacks too... "Kitchen is closed". So we can only have a drink with food but we can't get food. What bizarre logic.... More 

1 Thank Bob722851
Launceston, Australia
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159 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 557 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I were meeting up in Melbourne with friends from Northen Ireland and thought they would enjoy Donovan's.With minimal notice the Maitre'd found a window table overlooking the beach which impressed them together with the beach ambience of the restaurant. Began a long leisurely lunch with a great semi dry Prosecco from the Veneto.The staff were most obliging... More 

2 Thank Donald B
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I were dining at Donovan's last Saturday night for a Valentines Dinner! The service was exceptional,my husband had the marinara linguini which was amazing heaps of seafood and a really decent serve. I ordered the gnocchi with bug meat in a prawn bisque, quantity half of my husbands linguine the bug meat was over cooked and prawn... More 

1 Thank leylahogan63
Greater Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful location, Amazing service and food. Only negative is that its a bit on the pricey side. Best to book a sea view table.

Thank simfoo
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great afternoon relaxing environment over a great meal. The wine list is actually very extensive with many wines for any pallet.

Thank MurrayG73
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great restaurant - fantastic location overlooking Port Phillip Bay, great food especially the seafood and accommodating staff who are able to assist as required. We were shown to a table but then requested a table with a better view - this was not an issue. Apparently it has been there a long time and it is easy to... More 

Thank Richard H
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83 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love this restaurant. A little expensive but the meals, without exception are faultless. Snapper cooked perfectly in a delicate broth and with tasty accompaniments. Portion size just right. Wait staff attentive but not intrusive. And an outlook across the bay. Beautiful! One of Melbourne's best.

1 Thank Malvoleo
Cohuna, Australia
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After reading the reviews, Donovan's sounded great. Staff were friendly, but that's where it ended. Ordered pork belly dish, for the price you would think the pork portions would be decent size and at least cooked and presented well, WRONG!!! The vegetable stack was tasteless and the oyster kilpatricks, the bacon was burnt and like minced bacon at $6.95 per... More 

2 Thank Trevor J
Melbourne, Australia
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Donovan's is a five minute walk from our house, but we only go on special occasions or when we have overseas visitors due to the price. The food is great and the service is very formal and thorough, with real family run hospitality behind it. Recommended for a special meal.

Thank jafinho

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Australian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
View, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
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
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?