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Donovan's

40 Jacka Blvd., St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia
03-9534-8221
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Ranked #4 of 175 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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English first
Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed a lovely afternoon sitting in front of an open fire watching a cold overcasting day sweep over the bay. Donovan is close to all public transport and parking so if you are in Melbourne and you want to stop & relax for awhile then this si the spot. Lovely staff, great food, great wine list, just a great... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Attending a concert in Melbourne next week and was planning dinner/supper at Donovans after. Emailed the Restaurant about bookings and dining options and received an almost immediate response...very unusual in the Melbourne restaurants scene...unfortunately unable to secure a reservation to suit..but..if the service from Donovans in relation to making a reservation is any indication we have a dining experience to... More

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Brighton, Australia
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96 reviews 96 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Had dinner with 4 friends a few nights ago. They all had fish of various sorts; I had the gnocchi. It was sensational, the best I've ever had. Desserts were also great. Would have liked more variety on the menu that didn't involve fish or poultry but will be going again soon for that gnocchi. Also wider dessert menu would... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

We walked in off the very wet sea front with 2 young people on a budget, all hungry and looked at the menu while we dripped. We decided a bit pricey but in view of the rain we would stay and so glad we did. We scrapped the budget (we paid) and all had stunning food and wine. Our wet... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We were taken here for a business dinner and it was amazing. Although it was too dark to see the water, I could see the waves breaking on the shore line. The food and service were great, our friend ordered the duck and it was cooked to perfection. The deserts were lovely although a little rich. Definitely going back the... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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82 reviews 82 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

What a wonderful fine dining experience in a warm and cosy dining room. The service was exceptional - Silver service, great menu recommendations, full wine glass at all times. And then the food! Amazing!!! Do yourself a favour, try the oysters. Then try the barbacued prawns. And then fill up whatever room you have left with the amazing beyond words... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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32 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

What can I say that hasn't already been said about this fabulous restaurant? There is a very good reason why on one of the coldest evenings of the year in the middle of the week Donovan's is packed and pumping. The squid looked prettier than a squid deserves to look and every morsel was delicious - the penne with duck... More

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Melbourne
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

My husband & I had a date night without children last weekend and decided to come to Donovan's for dinner. Not only was the food well presented and very tasty, the service was second to none. The staff were all very professional and courteous, nothing was too much for them. We started off with the Jerusalem artichoke soup with winter... More

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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We had the spatchcock for starters and it was one of the best we have had around the world and we've dined at 3 michelin star restaurants. For mains we had the beef wellington and this was cooked to perfection, medium rare with a delicious, buttery puff pastry cover. The espresso souffle for dessert hit the spot. We will be... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We arranged a surprise lunch in the function room for my Mum at Donovan's yesterday. The staff were brilliant to deal with at all stages of organisation and on the day the service was seamless, professional and I couldn't fault it. They were especially helpful at catering for a few of us who had dietary requirements. I have always loved... More

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