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“Donovans St. Kilda”
Review of Donovans

Ranked #1 of 299 Restaurants in St Kilda
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$19 - US$60
Cuisines: Australian, Contemporary
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: 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.
Reviewed 12 May 2014

On our last night in Melbourne we joined the "new" friends we meet the end of last year in of all places, Jerusalem, Israel. We arrived for a sunset dinner and sat at a window table over looking the bay. While the wine and food were very good, by New York standards we found it expensive for what we received. The service/ambience was excellent and we were not rushed during the three hours we spent at the table catching up with our friends. If we return to Melbourne we would come back for lunch to take advantage of the bay views during daylight hours.

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Reviewed 1 May 2014 via mobile

Had our ten year anniversary here, but have been dozens of times. Usually for business though.
It's just perfect for any time, relaxed, great service, incredible food without being too flashy and the perfect water view for Melbourne summer or winter. The decor is perfect Victorian beach house.

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Reviewed 27 April 2014

Donovan's used to be one of Melbourne's best restaurants, and sadly that legacy is gone. We dined there on Thursday night, and were thoroughly disappointed with the quality of the food, and the overall value of the restaurant. We had veal and steak - the veal was this massive slab of meat, and indistinguishable from the steak. The steak was $58 - you'd expect a great deal from a $58 steak, and it was lacking. The main courses arrived with ridiculous cups of cos lettuce - and nothing else! What the hell do you do with 3 cups of cos lettuce each? For $50 - $60 for a main course, you'd expect way, way more. The wines - they're charging triple for wines that are locally available in bottle shops. We'll never go back. We don't mind spending the money, but for $200 per head you expect a 'wow' experience. The only 'wow' was the bill.

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1  Thank johnstrahan
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Reviewed 25 April 2014 via mobile

I went with my husband (first time in Aus) to meet with my friends who live in Melbourne. This restaurant has always been my favourites when I used to live here and returning after a few years - it is just as good.

Food was wonderful. Creatively, yet not overly fusion as sometimes when it is too fusion, what you eat doesn't look like that food itself.

Service was great - cozy and professional.

Environment was really nice and relaxing. It was like having lunch at someone's country house that was facing the beach.

Price was ok but if you are looking for value for money then this might not be the place. We treated our friends (total of four people including us) but the bill was cheaper than dinner for two at the Crown strip of restaurants. May be it is because we had less oysters for lunch. I did notice that the cost per oyster at Donovan's was more expensive than the other restaurants that we have been to, even at the Crown seafood one.

Tips: Get table by the window. Save your tummy for dessert. Mains are huge so can get a small main if you are already having a starter and want dessert.

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Thank Super_Sweet_Couple
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

We had lunch there on a nice sunny day. We loved the atmosphere and lovely service. Food was excellent. Though pricy this place deserves a visit.

Thank Elavben
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