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Donovans

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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
Today
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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Greater London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful restaurant, right on the beach. The staff are very good too, friendly and efficient. We loved moving to the outside seating area after our meal. Can't wait to return next time we visit Melbourne

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Thank sophie1279
Melbourne, Australia
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325 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Came for Friday dinner as the sunset was happening lovely view from the table sun disappearing into the ocean. The drinks Are quite reasonably priced for the location. Food is expensive and nothing out of this world for price. Had a couple of issues with two of the food items salad extremely salty taken off bill once tasted by staff.... More 

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Thank Mark D
Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Cannot fault anything about Donovan's. The food, the drink, the service was amazing. We went into one of the private rooms for a friend's 50th birthday. With views across the beach and the fireplace lit, it seemed the perfect setting for lunch on a Saturday in June.

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Thank Oakie67
Australia
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65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great restaurant and location for a special occasion. Fine food and wines if a little expensive. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Recommended.

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Thank 773EJB
london
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Thought Donovans was really great. Exceptionally expensive but just a lovely place to eat and be served.

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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206 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A long established restaurant on St Kilda with a good menu. However, the prices are rocket high for what it is and compared to other better restaurants in Melbourne. The food is nice enough but noting outstanding. Good service. Overall, though, over expensive and over rated.

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aberdeen
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71 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is THE restaurant to go to with sea views in St Kilda. Fabulous food and great friendly service make this the best restaurant in the area. Be sure to order the fish of the day grilled- we had snapped plus a mix of wonderful starters including tuna sashimi, grilled prawns, smoked salmon and olives along with wonderful homemade bread.... More 

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Thank sc207
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10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love this restaurant. It is our go to place for small celebrations. The food is perfect,the wine list expansive enough to satisfy everyone's taste but what we love most is the friendliness and warmth of the staff and surrounds. No pretentiousness here and no stuffiness that usually comes with the price tag. The view is great and window seat... More 

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Thank Lesley K
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252 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Primium location, fine dinning. This is a fine good place. We went for a birthday. We had a great time and enjoyed our special night out. Parking is a problem in this area, better to get a cab.

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Thank David F
Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The great food & location are truly hard to beat but it's the fantastic service that really sets this place apart. It is welcoming, attentive, friendly, warm and personal. You are made to feel like a regular customer! I've been 6 or so times with friends over the years but this is the first time with the family for a... 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
Seafood, Australian, Contemporary
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
View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
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?