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Donovan's

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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: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, 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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  • 203
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  • 96
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 9
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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
Saturday Lunch

Definitely the best restaurant in St Kilda. Food was sensational. The service was professional and friendly. We were looked after very well. The wine selection exstensive. The venue was beautiful. I highly recommend this restaurant.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
ricco65
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Broadbeach, Australia
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Broadbeach, Australia
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Definitely the best restaurant in St Kilda. Food was sensational. The service was professional and friendly. We were looked after very well. The wine selection exstensive. The venue was beautiful. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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Melbourne, Australia
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I have eaten twice here within a few months and the menu was not the same. The food both times was excellent and the wine list is exceptional. The staff are very friendly and attentive. A wonderful Melbourne dining experience

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is a very special restaurant that been serving quality seafood for many years. It's worthwhile booking to reserve a table by the window to take in the lovely view of beach and bay. The menu is terrific with much variety but we always seem to go for their fresh seafood dishes, and why wouldn't you being right next to... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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88 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Exploring St Kilda I stumbling across this amazing restaurant situated conveniently along the shoreline. Joseph met me upon entry and shared a little history of the premises and ensured I had power to work & eat. Their waiter David ensured I sat with a view, placed a small table alongside and ensured all my needs to work/eat were met. Then....the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Wonderful lazy Sunday lunch warmed by a open fire and stunning view of the bay. Staff happy and knowledgeable of menu and wine. Menu extensive offering something to tempt the fussiest eater both young and old. Generous serves so if you want room for dessert skip the entrees.

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St Kilda, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Unquestionably St Kilda's best restaurant if you are looking for the finest, creative food in a waterfront location. Comfortable surroundings and impeccable service complete the picture. I'm a local and have been here a dozen times, so I have to say you can't go wrong with Donovan's. Just wish I could afford it every day!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We come here always to celebrate special birthdays and are never disappointed Nigel looked after us beautifully and everyones dinner was yummy The cake we ordered was fresh and delicious We will be back Thank you for a wonderful night

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Melbourne, Australia
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48 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

In the dark of night, this restaurant becomes similar to many others. An extensive wine list is offered, albeit pricey. My salmon was cooked as I requested, the accompanying side dishes tasty. There were no glaring negatives but the overall experience was not special. Service was quite good and the staff pleasant. I'd like to try it again in the... More 

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Absolutely delicious dinner and lovely service. We had dinner with a large group for work. We have quite a few vegetarians and people with food intolerances. They were incredibly accommodating.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We went to this restaurant last Saturday for a special birthday. Pre-dinner drinks were ordered but our gin and tonics were quite weak with little taste of gin! All the spirits were expensive and after these drinks were shown our table. We ordered the food and wine and. One of our guests ordered the mussels for entree and found they... More 

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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: Doing business, Romantic, 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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