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Donovan's

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Contemporary, Australian
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40 Jacka Blvd., St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
03-9534-8221
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12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 173
    Excellent
  • 91
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
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
Donovans is back

Eight of us went for lunch on Anzac Day. The service was absolutely impeccable from the minute we walked in the front door till we left almost three hours later. We had two children, 7 and 12 with us. I noticed children and toddlers at other tables. They were all made welcome by the staff. Now... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
Belgiananddane
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Melbourne, Australia
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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311 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Eight of us went for lunch on Anzac Day. The service was absolutely impeccable from the minute we walked in the front door till we left almost three hours later. We had two children, 7 and 12 with us. I noticed children and toddlers at other tables. They were all made welcome by the staff. Now for the food. What... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Donovan's has long been a favourite special occasion restaurant and this time we came to celebrate a birthday. First visit since the fire and on walking, it felt the same, no radical changes to the interior. The menu appeared the same as well and we were hoping for a few changes. I chose the eye fillet and was happy with... More 

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Torquay
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Extremely good mussels, venison, salmon and most other things on the menu. Wine list was impressive but could get rather expensive. Friendly staff and recent refurbishment(we were told due to a fire).

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Melbourne, Australia
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138 reviews 138 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Donovan's used to be my favourite place in Melbourne before they had to close last year - good food, great location on the beach, effective staff... I went back for 1st time since they had re-opened and I was so happy about it. Unfortunately it was a real disappointment. The service was absolutely disastrous. We had to require systematically for... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We had lunch here with friends for a double celebration. This was our second visit to Donovans and just as good, if not better, than the first. Location, ambience, food and service were all first class. Our waiter, Matt, was so knowledgeable and passionate about the food and wine and was great. After lunch we finished our drinks outside overlooking... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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587 reviews 587 reviews
314 restaurant reviews
348 helpful votes 348 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We booked a lunch table for 2. On arrival there was no one on door duty for some time, then we were shown to a table in the centre of the room but one of the chairs was missing and when found neither chair had any seat padding and one faced away from the view! We asked if the table... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I don't think there is currently a restaurant in Melbourne that offers as much as what Donovan's does. Wonderful operators with great passion for what they do who DO NOT SIMPLY RELY ON THEIR AMAZING LOCATION ON THE BEACH. Donovan/s is beautifully decorated and always presented with flawless attention to detail all of which provides a wonderful atmosphere. The menu... More 

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East Sussex
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96 reviews 96 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We dined her as a treat for our last night in Australia, and had a delicious meal. Mains were around $50 a head (both adults had the steak), with a children's menu around $15. Our steaks were amazing, delicious fillets cooked perfectly. We had a side of the pumpkin and sweet potato which was really nice. Kids meals were a... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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271 reviews 271 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
283 helpful votes 283 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Wow....what a return! Superb food, excellent service, on the beach on a mild evening. My snail souffle, chicken pie (served into it's fluffy pastry cap at the table) but no room left to be tempted by the pistachio souffle........who says I didn't consider it seriously though! That gives me a reason to return soon.

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Noosaville, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

A long-time-favourite lunch venue overlooking all of the activities on and off St Kilda Beach. Easter Sunday did not disappoint. My interstate, well travelled friends enjoyed the eclectic ambience as much as I always do. The food, though rather expensive, was lovely. The mussels entree a favourite. Comprehensive wine list. Service second to none from the moment we arrived. Another... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 40 Jacka Blvd., St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Port Phillip  >  St Kilda
  • Phone Number: 03-9534-8221

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Contemporary, Australian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
6:00 pm - 1:00 am

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?