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Donovan's

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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

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  • 168
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  • 88
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 6
    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
Most recent review
Its Back!

After being closed for 7 months and missing out on a booking in Dec Donovans is back and as good as ever. The decor doesn't look to have changed but it has been freshened up maintaining that wonderful atmosphere. Food is sensational. Try the seafood for 2 for a little bit of table theatre. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
Gidget3001
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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301 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

After being closed for 7 months and missing out on a booking in Dec Donovans is back and as good as ever. The decor doesn't look to have changed but it has been freshened up maintaining that wonderful atmosphere. Food is sensational. Try the seafood for 2 for a little bit of table theatre. The soufle is also amazing. Rod... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

It was a gorgeous sunny 28 degrees in Melbourne. The sun was shinning. There was people everywhere along the esplanade watching the iron man race . A helicopter hovered above and ships sailed past. Inside the restaurant it was cool and we had a window seat overlooking the bay. Gorgeous view. The staff were excellent and attended to every question... More 

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Julatten, Australia
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We had only been here once before and as soon as we knew we were going to Melbourne I rang and made a booking. It most certainly did not disappoint. We didn't need dessert, but we "wanted" dessert because our first two courses had been so good. Great wine selection also and watching the sunset over the water, just beautiful.

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Aireys Inlet, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Love this place, one of the first restaurants that my partner took me to. He booked again and we were not disappointed. Service was floorless, food excellent. We shared a chocolate indulgence for dessert and it was amazing. Will be back again.

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North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
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559 reviews 559 reviews
304 restaurant reviews
333 helpful votes 333 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We are lucky diners: Donovan's re-opened just a few days before we ambled by along the promenade at St Kilda beach on a gloriously sunny day. The beach was dotted with beauty in all forms from dogs to sunbathers. Inside Donovan's was cool and relaxing in its new bright decor, the product of Clare Donovan's eye for detail, decor and... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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549 reviews 549 reviews
299 restaurant reviews
322 helpful votes 322 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

The sun was out, the young hit the beach, we took a great lunch! Reopened about 4 days ago after 6 months of fire rebuild and redecorate, and it is just swell. The Donovans and there ?65 staff are charming. Comfort level is high. The menu and wine list interesting. The food is not fancy elaborate, who knows I may... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Food was average ,great atmosphere ,great staff great place for a date.The deco is to over the top.... could me more cool ,has too much information ... not my cup of tea. the bathroom look like Kardashian ...style ,despiste the lack of taste ,this place is very romantic and serves great food ..

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St Kilda, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Early last year I took some relatives from England to Donovan's for lunch. It was one of the finest dining experiences I've had, and my relatives enjoyed every minute. The staff couldn't've been more helpful, and the food was excellent. The location on St Kilda Beach is perfect, and the weather on the day was superb. It is such a... More 

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We were a bunch of 15. We had enjoyed one of the best meals not only in Melbourne but even in any other place in the world. The beef was Halal, the food was delicious, the atmosphere is enjoyable and the scenes are GREAT. Above all, service is outstanding. One of us had some sauce staining his Jacket by one... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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220 reviews 220 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

When you go to Donavan's you are made to feel a bit special & very welcome. It is pricy & definitely for a special occasion or you are hungry as there is plenty on offer!!

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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
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

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