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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 174 restaurants in St Kilda
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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  • Italian first
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I first went to Donovans in 2007 on News Years eve. Although I couldn't say for sure... the menu didn't feel like it had changed that much... but in a good way. Unfussy, elegant modern Australian cuisine in a lovely setting with warm and friendly service. It's not that cheap, but you it's a great experience.

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Melbourne, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Donovan's is a genuine restaurant where the people are genuine and truly care about your experience at their home.

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Melbourne, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Lovely resturant. Great location and easy casual decor. Food is excellent and so is the service. This resturant is not cheep but worth the experience. A few drinks at the bar before dinner and during sunset... a must.

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Melbourne
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We had a work function and dined in this place. It is right on water. The presentation of the food by the trained waiters made the food even tastier. From entree to desert, everything was perfect. We loved this place.

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Munich
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27 reviews 27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

A really nice location for lunch on a rainy Sunday in Melbourne. Very cozy setup with sea view. The food is fresh and outstanding in taste - delivered by attentive service folks. I'll be back here ...

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Sydney, Australia
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111 reviews 111 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Donovan's offered us one of the most faultless dining experiences we've had in Australia. We were very impressed and would highly recommend. We actually hadn't decided whether to visit Donovan's or Stokehouse, but given there was just the foundations of Stokehouse remaining (burned down last year apparently) the choice became much easier. Love the location. Right on the beach with... More

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Hereford, England, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We were recommended this place by a stranger on a place, when discussing where we were staying in \Melbourne, and then our friends told us they'd booked it! This is a fabulous place, very welcoming and fantastically decked out. The place has a nautical theme, as to be expected, but lovely and quirky too. The menu was very extensive, and... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Based on the reviews of others, I took my boyfriend here to celebrate his 30th B'Day and had a fantastic night Pre dinner cocktails at the bar were gorgeous with a healthy measure of spirits. Our table was right next to the window over looking the water and the service and food was top notch. We were presented with what... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Went there for a business dinner last week.The place located with in front of the shoreline and inside it feels like a giant well decorated living-room. The food comes with small portions and it is good. We tried the samples starter, the veal and the whole baby snapper, all tasted good. Good wine selection and good acoustics that let you... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

The four of us were sitted near the window with perfect views of the bay and people watching on the boardwalk. One of the best located good restaurant in this part of Melbourne. The decor of the place has a homey feel with the soft lightings and intimate corner settings for couples. The service was efficient and fast and we... More

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