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Donovan's

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Contemporary, Australian
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40 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3182, Australia
+61 3 9534 8221
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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: A former 1920s bathing house situated on the St Kilda foreshore...
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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  • 31
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Our annual indulgence!

We go to Donovans every year for our anniversary and we are always a little nervous that it won't be as good as the previous year, but it always lives up to our expectations! Atmosphere is elegant casual (not snobby) and food is to die for! Would highly recommend eating as this institution!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
EHateley
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  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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English first
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We go to Donovans every year for our anniversary and we are always a little nervous that it won't be as good as the previous year, but it always lives up to our expectations! Atmosphere is elegant casual (not snobby) and food is to die for! Would highly recommend eating as this institution!

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Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed a lovely evening at Donovan's, right on Port Philip bay. The staff were fantastic, friendly and very attentive to our needs. The food was excellent, starting with the oysters. The Lamb Medley was superb, the meat fell of the bones, and the flavour was lovely. The dessert was the Bombe Alaskan, which I was not sure if I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Sunday Lunch with a very special friend service was warm friendly and catered to our needs 1st class . The rib Eye of Beef for two was cooked to perfection fresh salad Beautiful local wine Kooyong PN ( great large wine list) The dessert Bombe Alaska was to die for Great atmosphere service was 1st class nothing was to much... More 

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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Today ..we dined for the first time at Donovans. Our group of 10, were all newbies to this restaurant. We were delighted with the food, ambience, views, and service. I did read a post on TA just two weeks ago, and I note two of the dishes they complained about, were actually the same as what I ordered...I was ever... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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41 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Three friends, on a winter Thursday night, dinner before a concert at the Palais. It's hard to see how it could have been better. I was early, and sat by the fire with a drink until the others came. The space is very similar to the pre-fire version, but updated. The location is unbeatable - views over the bay, at... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

If you're looking for the restaurant that ticks all of the boxes, Donovan's has just raised the bar ! My Special Birthday was celebrated in great style, with superb food, from the entrée to the blissful Bomb Alaska, followed by a fantastic wine selection. Seated in surroundings that provided the perfect ambiance and setting, with views over the water and... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

After having a wonderful meal at Donovans last year, we were looking forward to dining again once it reopened. Unfortunately the food was a major disappointment. The chicken liver pate was a mousse that had no taste of chicken liver at all. To their credit, they did not charge us for it when they enquires how it was and we... More 

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Melbourne
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70 reviews 70 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Highly anticipated reopening of Donovan's was well worth waiting for. Deserving and Humble Owners are back with vigor and cheer. Very quick visit recently, I am looking forward to returning here with that Special lady from the past that introduced me to Donovan's a few years ago, You know who You are. Cheers Donovan's and Welcome Back !

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Melbourne, Australia
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14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Special family celebration, we were treated to terrific food, very good experienced service and at lunch, you can enjoy the beautiful views. Entrees of cheese soufflé and mussels had lovely flavours and hit the mark. Duck to share for two was beautifully prepared - moist, tender and flavoursome. Sadly we couldn't finish it, nor get to the Bomb Alaska which... More 

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Milano, Italia
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23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

I have been at Donovan's for a dinner with a colleague during off peak season (Autumn). Location is in front of the beach and very cozy (with logs burning in 2 fireplaces) and food is delicious. Quite expensive (about 90$ for one main course and a glass of wine) but it's known and part of the pack. The only really... More 

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Additional Information about Donovan's

Address: 40 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3182, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9534 8221
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Port Phillip  >  St Kilda
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Contemporary, Australian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 40 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3182, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Port Phillip  >  St Kilda
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9534 8221

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Contemporary, Australian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Doing business, Special occasions

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?