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Donovan's

40 Jacka Blvd., St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
03-9534-8221
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Ranked #5 of 170 restaurants in St Kilda
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Australian, Contemporary
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Geneva, Switzerland
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105 reviews 105 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Donovan's provides a classy dining experience starting with the comfortable lounge setting for drinks before your meal. The decor in this restaurant is interesting and tasteful. Staff are friendly, efficient and provide excellent service. Quality products are on the menu. Our party, on this occasion, had oysters, squid, asparagus salad, seafood linguine and giant butterflied prawns. The setting at the... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Really great menu well served by happy waiters, fantastic view over looking the water and the esplanade.

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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

From the time we arrived to the time we left, we were made to feel that nothing was a problem and that we had chosen the best place to dine at. We were recommended Donovan's by Mario from Star Limousine's. He eats there regularly and told us we would need to book in advance to get into this fine dining... More

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Brisbane, Australia
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

I went with my sister for Friday lunch and it was quite busy. I booked a week ahead but still did not get a window seat. Service was a bit hit and miss. The drinks came out after the entree was served and my sisters drink was forgotten altogether. I had the calamari and it was a little chewy, no... More

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NSW
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50 reviews 50 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We had a lovely lunch here. I just think it's a little over priced for what we got. $59 for a pasta that consisted of olive oil and some seafood. It was a great experience but I felt the food wasn't that great for how expensive it was.

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Colombes, France
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104 reviews 104 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

the decoration of this place facing the ocean is amazing! before our lunch we sat in comfy enormous couches with orange and green cushions and enjoyed some bubbly. we had four tastes, for different entrées that we shared and magnificent tasmanian oysters. I had risotto with tiger prawns which was very good. I tasted the signature chicken pie and that... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Have eaten their on 4 occasions and it never ceases to amaze me how they have maintained their excellence with their meals and service

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Oh my!! Make it your business to visit here. You need to book. The service is superb - not obsequious just attentive and eager to please. Food superb - I've never had a 'less than perfect' meal here. Ambience unbelievably beautiful regardless of Season. Not the cheapest but nowhere near the most expensive - and you certainly get what you... More

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Victoria
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We go here for special occasions - particularly birthdays. It is always very special and there is no problem catering for my mum who is a Celiac - even to cooking fish without flour and cooking it for longer!!

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Melbourne, Australia
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102 reviews 102 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

We went to Donovan's for my partner's birthday & were given a table @ the back of the Restuarant with a nice view of the sea. What we didn't know until sometime later was ? That it was right beside the toilets & a hoard of people kept coming & going the rest of the time we were there .... More

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