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Seafood, Australian, Contemporary
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40 Jacka Bvd, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3182, Australia
+61 3 9534 8221
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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Been here twice in a month. First for taking staff for our Christmas party, second taking large group of overseas visitors. Food, drink and ambiance were outstanding! At first, the portions look small however they are exactly right. Service was perfect and location is stunning. Was virtually full each time however not once did the table service drop. Both occasions... More 

Thank DaveAbroad
Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Simply fantastic. We went in Donovans more than one time because they have a real special menu and totally Perfect also for Gluten Free. Barramundi, Salmon, Filet... What we can say... Delicius!!!

Thank Piccioneviaggiatore2
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

First thing that strikes you is the view!! Wow so breathtaking beautiful. Great wine list perhaps a little on the more expensive side as to is the food but with a view like that comes a price tag (seaside inflation) The wait staff were knowledgeable and happy to chat all things seafood. Certain dishes were slightly over seasoned but nothing... More 

Thank George R
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Food was OK. Have had better there. Well over priced . Fantastic service . Not worth the outing. Prawns and snapper from Charcoal were under cooked seemed oven cooked with an oil and Lemon goo over the top . Not impressed . Will we be back ??? Probably Not! Maybe- only for the view!

1 Thank Loredana Veroni... T
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went to Donovan's recently. Wow what an amazing place. on arrival staff welcomed us and showed us to our table. We had made a booking which you need to do or you won't get in by just turning up. Once seated we were given our food and wine menu's. The selection of food was just enough to give you a... More 

Thank birney49
Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I thought after reading some reviews that Donovan's may be a touch over rated. I couldn't be more wrong. Donovan's is an exceptional restaurant. The staff are so friendly and accommodating, and the location is just breathtaking. The food... wow. We couldn't have been happier. Beautiful, fresh and delicious meals with generous serves. We couldn't be happier with the choice... More 

Thank SiScarlett
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Whilst spending a couple of days in St Kilda, on a visit from the UK the staff at the hotel where we were staying recommended Donovan's. We booked in at 7.30pm that evening and were greeted by friendly staff and shown to a table in the middle of the restaurant. The restaurant was nearly full but the staff were well... More 

1 Thank William P
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Fabulous venue, great views , a special night out for a small group or couples. Food was very good service ok

Thank Kaye B
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We had dinner here and it was delicious. I had risotto, and couldn't fault it in any way. The crispy skin barramundi was delicious as were the gnocchi . After dinner we watched the sun set which was just so beautiful. We couldn't have wished for a better ending to a most wonderful evening. Do yourself a favour and have... More 

Thank Rosetta S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

what an amazing place for lunch. the view, the very friendly staff and a great menu. it was very hard to work out what we wanted everything was great, the oysters yummy, the salads yummy, the linguini seafood yummy, my barramundi yummy, the fat chips yummy and the desserts yummy. AND the coffee brilliant. this is a must it just... More 

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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
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
View, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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, 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?