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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: Lunch, Dinner, 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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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
Delicious food and atmosphere

Donovan's has reopened and is as good as ever. The food is just exquisite. The service is always great - unobtrusive and anticipating your every need. The chicken pie was a real highlight plus the dessert featuring the donuts! Not cheap but a great experience.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2015
Sallymagpie
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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Melbourne, Australia
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47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

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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Port Phillip, Australia
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We've been many times to Donovan's but this was first time since the fire. We were there for my wife's birthday dinner. From the start the service was slow and there was a series of mistakes such as poring wine for our mid-teen son without checking if he would/could drink alcohol. Failing to bring my wife's accompanying side plates, plus... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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387 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 446 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

One of the few restaurants you can visit in Melbourne that is right on the water, rather than looking across a road to the water. Very comfy room with a mix of chairs and sofa tables. Nice seafood with a whole char grilled snapper very tasty. Oysters were good but i think overpriced for what they were. Service efficient and... More 

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Melbourne
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Went here for a friends special birthday and it was ok. If the prices weren't so exorbitant it would give it a better rating. The steak did not come with a sauce (sorry, can't remember if the option was on the menu) but I wasn't asked. All in all it was a lovely night but I have had better at... More 

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Victoria
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015 via mobile

We had possibly the best wait service ever, the atmosphere was fantastic, very family friendly also(bit pricey for families though) but children were welcomed! The dishes I ordered, were unfortunately a big disappointment! I was not charged for my meal though and I understand the dish was taken off the menu.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Donovan's has reopened and is as good as ever. The food is just exquisite. The service is always great - unobtrusive and anticipating your every need. The chicken pie was a real highlight plus the dessert featuring the donuts! Not cheap but a great experience.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Wow everything about Donovan's is fantastic. Perfect waterfront location, lovely warm atmosphere, pleasant and helpful staff and excellent food. We were a group of ten celebrating a special birthday and every single dish that was placed on our table from entrees, mains to desserts were all delicious. The wine list is extensive too. You have to try the Bombe Alaska,... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Re-opened and better than ever! My husband and my wedding anniversary was sublime. A warm welcome, a table by the open fire place, friendly professional service....and the food...amazing as always. The ham hock, rosemary and lemon risotto was one of the best l have ever eaten anywhere in the world. That is a big call ! the chicken pie always... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

had high expectation before coming there with a group of friends for dinner, it didnt disppoint us, beautiful view by the beach, we enjoyed the beautiful sunset in the restaurant, it was lovely, and the food is very nice too, lil pricey maybe, and the only things was that we waited for quite some for our food.the owner was super... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

High expectations often lead to disappointment, zero expectations often lead to pleasant surprises. In our case, we had read the very positive TA comments, so expected better than the best. OMG, still can't believe how fantastic food and service were at dinner this Thursday evening. It was dark and very cold outside (mid July), so we camped in the soft... More 

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Additional Information about Donovan's

Address: 40 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3182, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9534 8221
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Port Phillip  >  St Kilda
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
Cuisine: Contemporary, Australian

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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: Special occasions, Doing business, Romantic

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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